Charlotte Aubin-Kalaidjian founded in 2010 Greenwish Partners, an investment company specializing in renewable energy infrastructure. Today, Greenwish Partners is building a multi-country portfolio of solar energy assets in sub-Saharan Africa where renewable energy is an economical, fast and environmentally friendly solution to the electrification deficit, prohibitive generation cost and fossil fuels dependency. Prior to founding GreenWish, Charlotte spent 14 years in investment banking. She was Managing Director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, where she developed a portfolio of financial assets of several billion euros in France and Switzerland. Charlotte is Executive Member of the Women Leaders in Infrastructure Association. She is committed to Climate Change initiatives, Impact Investments and Women Empowerment.
Marie-Roger Biloa, born an raised in Cameroon, is the Chief Executive Director of the Africa International Media Group. After studying at the Universities of Abidjan and La Sorbonne in Paris, The Diplomatic Academy in Vienna (Austria) and the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge (USA), MRB is a journalist by profession and the Editor of the political magazine “Africa International”, and founding Editor of two highly successful local publications, “ICI-Les Gens du Cameroun” (2004) and “ICI-Les Gens du Gabon” (2008).
She has also been a very frequent talk show guest in Europe and Africa. Ms Biloa is also president of the “Club Millenium” in Paris, a think tank for Africa and a much appreciated networking center for African and international business and political leaders. The « Millenium Lady’s Club », attached to it, aims at inciting women to run for public office and get involved in politics. Its membership include very prominent African ladies, both in the public and private sector. Mrs Biloa does not exclude getting personally involved in active policy-making in Africa.
Ms Biloa also founded « Women for Clean Energy »in 2013. WFCE is a grouping of women willing to become actors in the clean energy chain. The group was set up to win energy supply contracts from governments and empower women in that male dominated field which has now been opened to the private sector. Today a state authorization to produce hydro-power on a couple of 5 MW sites has been secured and WFCE is seeking technical partnerships and funding. If successful, the model is meant to be replicated in other African countries.
Detrimental effects of climate change can be felt in the short-term through natural hazards, such as landslides, floods and hurricanes; and in the long-term, through more gradual degradation of the environment.
The adverse effects of these events are already felt in many areas, including in relation to, inter alia, agriculture and food security; biodiversity and ecosystems; water resources; human health; human settlements and migration patterns; and energy, transport and industry.
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