Olumide Fatoki

Head of Unit, Sustainable Energy Access (On- & Off Grid), NESP.
NEF2022

Olumide Fatoki

Head of Unit, Sustainable Energy Access (On- & Off Grid), NESP.

Biography

Olumide Fatoki, MSc is the Head of Unit, Sustainable Energy Access at the Nigerian Energy Support Programme – a technical assistance programme co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Power. He oversees the Mini-Grid Market Acceleration on framework/policy development, project implementation, high-level stakeholder management (incl. private sector), promotions, and M&E. He equally supports Strategic Operations, Advisory, and Capacity Building.

10+ years of clean energy expertise (with multiple training and extensive education in Engineering Management and Strategic Leadership) and a continuous vision to accelerate electricity access in Africa, he pioneered the Mini-Grid Business Acceleration Facility, an approach that catalyzed the Nigeria Mini-Grid Market in 2015 and was directly responsible for the implementation of the six (6) pilot commercial Mini-Grid project operationalized since 2018 providing electricity for over 20,000 direct beneficiaries. The success further attracted multiple funding opportunities from other donors including the World Bank, African Development Bank, etc. He continued to monitor the performance of the projects to further strengthen the framework and advise the government on scaling with the development of additional twenty-five (25) interconnected mini-grid projects to benefit about 138,000 people. In addition, he has mentored many local companies in the sector, some of which are top players now, scaling project development. He equally led the development of the First-Ever Central Monitoring Platform for Mini-Grids in Nigeria. He also champions the “Premium Grid” concept that promotes renewable energy embedded generation and franchising for large-scale grid integration projects.

He has over 14 years of direct professional experience in project cycle management, execution, and policy/regulatory development. Extensive experience in leading the design, development, and implementation of large-scale poverty alleviation, clean energy, and climate resilience initiatives. His forte includes strategic planning, procurement, climate finance, adaptation planning, needs assessment, and large-scale infrastructure management (identification, preparation, financing, and construction). Substantial experience (proven track record) in strategic program oversight (developing/managing programmatic budgets, team building, delivery, etc), cultivating partnerships, strategic communications, business development, fundraising, and leading large multi-disciplinary teams in humanitarian, project implementation, complex procurement processes and negotiations, development/energy planning, and long-term poverty alleviation processes.

He continues to support developing economies portfolio (sub-Saharan Africa) and emerging markets to define and achieve their energy visions, aims to accelerate universal energy access and energy transition plans from a heavy dependence on fossil fuels to a diverse platform of renewables and energy efficiency while establishing a blueprint for the global energy transition.