Archived Webinar

Part 2/2 - Global Nightlights: Illuminating a New Direction for Worldwide Electrification Projects

"How does the World Bank's Electrification Platform and Global Nightlights Platform support capacity-building within the developing world?"

In the second of this two-part webinar series, a demonstration of the Global Nightlights website- with all of its functionalities- is provided. Subsequently covered are applications of geospatial planning and tools within current WBG operations, ending with a case study on geospatial electrification planning within Africa.

About the Presenters

Kwawu Mensan Gaba

Kwawu Mensan Gaba is the Lead Energy Specialist at the Energy and Extractives Global Practice, and Global Lead at the Power Systems Global Solutions Group at the World Bank. He initiated and has been leading the award winning and groundbreaking work of “Monitoring Electrification from Space” since 2011. Along the way, he developed strong partnerships between research institutes, academia and private sector as well as leveraged disruptive technologies to help resolve one of the most challenging issues of our planet, with a focus on Africa and South Asia where most of the 1+ billion without electricity access reside.

Benjamin Stewart

Benjamin Stewart is a Geographer on the Geospatial Operational Support Team (GOST) at the World Bank. Ben specializes in integrating geospatial insight into World Bank operations by leveraging satellite imagery and open-source data and tools. Before joining the World Bank in 2012, Ben worked as a software developer with ESRI in Ottawa, Canada, and received his master’s in Geography from the University of Victoria.

Derek Lieu

Derek Lieu is a Developer at Development Seed. Derek builds tools at Development Seed that explore urban change, open geospatial information, nighttime lights, and disaster response data. Prior to Development Seed, Derek worked in journalism.

Rhonda L. Jordan-Antoine

Rhonda L. Jordan-Antoine is an Energy Specialist at the World Bank Energy and Extractives GP – Africa Region. With more than 10 years of experience in energy and development, Rhonda works on investment and advisory projects in various countries, including Kenya, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Lesotho, Burundi, and Senegal, and leads two regional programs: Geospatial Electrification Planning in the Africa Region and the Increased Electricity Access Support Program. Prior to joining the Africa Region, Rhonda served as TTL of the Power System Planning Support Program during which time she focused on least-cost power sector planning and system-wide analysis of energy projects, supporting teams in the ECA, MENA, LAC and Africa regions to define power sector engagement strategies and assess the techno-economic viability of specific operations. Rhonda holds degrees from Columbia University and a PhD in Systems Engineering from MIT.

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