DAY 4 - 30 NOVEMBER - CONFERENCE DAY
09:15 Opening and word of welcome
09:30 Keynote on Vietnam's renewable energy future
09:50 Accelerating the Vietnamese energy transition
  • • How to accomplish a society wide green transition?
  • • What benefits a clean energy future brings, environmentally and social economical?
  • • Future scenarios and barriers in Vietnamese renewable energy future, and the role for the PV industry
10:20 /// Coffee break
11:00 Panel: Taking Vietnam's PV market from MWs to GWs
  • • Where does the PV sector stand in Vietnam?
  • • What lies ahead for market leaders and the private sector in the country?
  • • Competitiveness of the PV market?
JAMES HA /// HEAD ASIA PV QUALITY ASSURANCE CENTER - SERIS
James Ha joined the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) in 2016 as Head of Asia PV Quality Assurance Center. He directs and scientifically leads research collaboration projects as well as professional services for distributed and ground-mounted Photovoltaics Systems. Mr. Ha previously held several managerial and technical roles at TUV Rheinland Group in multiple locations (Japan, Australia & China). He has been involved in the field of photovoltaics for more than 16 years ranging from solar cells, PV modules and systems through his educational background as well as professional career.
JAMES HA
HEAD ASIA PV QUALITY ASSURANCE CENTER /// SERIS
TRUNG MAI VAN /// BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR - SOLARBK
Trung Mai Van earned Master of Electrical Engineering in Bach Khoa University. Teaching as the teaching assistant in the Advanced Program collaborated with University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign before joining the SolarBK as a senior research engineer in 2013. He was the PM of SolarBK for the first official grid connected solar system of 110 kWp over the rooftop of Green One UN House in Hanoi. His understanding from the solar cells to the turn – key solar solutions is a great asset of SolarBK.
He spent 3 months in Myanmar working with Telenor for renewable energy – based power supply for base transceiver stations across the country before promoting to be project director of SolarBK in charge of grid connected projects and micro – grid in the Spratly Islands. The installed capacity under his lead has been up to 2 MWp which translates to roughly 25% of the total capacity installed in Vietnam. He has been chosen as consultant to shape the grid – connected standards by Ministry of Industry and Trade and EVN Group due to his expertise in a wide range of installed capacities. He is appointed the Business Development Director of SolarBK since September 2016 due to his insights in technologies, implementation, project development and the profound understanding of standards, regulations and procedures in Vietnam.
TRUNG MAI VAN
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER /// SOLARBK
12:00 Market opportunities and outlook; a developer's perspective
  • • What are market entry strategies an international developer looks for?
  • • When do co-development and joint ventures make sense and what mutual benefits do they offer?
  • • Can a market get saturated, and where lies the risk for congestion in a nascent but prolific PV market?

GAJANAN JOSHI /// HEAD PROJECT DEVELOPMENT SEA - WATTKRAFT
Gajanan Joshi possess more than 32 years of experience in development of conventional fuel based and solar PV technology based power projects. He has to his credit wide experience in development of Super Thermal, Super Critical, Lignite fuel and Gas based power projects in India ranging from 120 MW to 660 MW capacity. He has worked in responsible positions in large Indian corporates and MNCs while executing projects in India and abroad.
Since 2010, he is associated with the development of Solar PV projects in India ranging from 05 MW to 20 MW sizes. He has a wide experience in developing organization relationships with the engineering firms, technology providers and EPC agencies from EU, China and India.
He is a regular contributor in developing the policies and system improvements in the Solar PV sector. He is also contributing in promoting renewable energy by way of writing articles and speeches in national and international forums as well as in TV & Print media.
GAJANAN JOSHI
HEAD PROJECT DEVELOPMENT SEA /// WATTKRAFT
12:30 /// Lunch
14:00 Technical and contractual risk mitigation; lessons learned in different markets
  • • What common hurdles do PV projects run into?
  • • What makes a good project that delivers highest IRR and lowest LCOE?
  • • How can Vietnamese projects set themselves apart when competing for financing with its regional peers?
ROLAND QUAST /// SENIOR ADVISOR - APRICUM
Roland Quast is a highly experienced solar industry professional, with significant expertise in solar power plant development. Having spent more than 12 years in leadership roles in the solar business, Mr. Quast brings a wealth of experience and profound insight into all aspects of solar power project development, construction and financing to his role as Senior Advisor for Southeast Asia at Apricum – The Cleantech Advisory, a global transaction advisory and strategy consulting firm specialized in renewable energy.
Mr. Quast is also the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Southeast-Asian solar power plant development and EPC company German ASEAN Power headquartered in Singapore with operations in Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam. Prior to that, he co-founded and headed German solar power plant development company Quast Nahrath Group in 2010. Before that, Mr. Quast was a member of the management team of PV thin-film producer Inventux Technologies AG where he led the company’s strategic development, as well as building its PV project development subsidiary. Mr. Quast started his career in renewable energies as the Head of Business Unit Clean Technologies at Berlin Partner where he was responsible for a transaction volume of more than USD 500 million in the solar sector alone.
ROLAND QUAST
SENIOR ADVISOR /// APRICUM
14:30 Panel: Key Bankability Challenges and Solutions
  • • Identifying the key risk categories for project financing: credit, political, legal and technical risks.
  • • How to mitigate key risks associated with Vietnam's PV market?
  • • Can the market scale up investments into solar energy projects?

BRANDON COURBAN /// EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - OLYMPUS CAPITAL
Brandon Courban joined Olympus Capital in 2016 and is a member of the Asia Environmental Partners team. He is based in Olympus Capital’s Singapore office focusing on the development of ASEAN pipeline opportunities. Brandon has 14 years of commercial experience, first in the oil and gas sector, and since 2007 in sustainable resources and renewable energy. He was most recently a Senior Advisor to Macquarie Group in Singapore and Indonesia. Previously, he held senior roles with Armstrong Asset Management (Singapore), Sindicatum Sustainable Resources (London and Singapore), and Mott MacDonald (London).
Mr. Courban holds a Bachelor of Engineering and an MBA from University of Hertfordshire, U.K. and is a Chartered Engineer.
BRANDON COURBAN
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR /// OLYMPUS CAPITAL
GEOFFREY TAN /// MANAGING DIRECTOR ASIA PACIFIC - OPIC
Geoffrey Tan is a Managing Director at Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and is OPIC’s Asia-Pacific regional representative based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Mr. Tan has worked in emerging markets infrastructure financing for over 19 years. Since joining OPIC in 2003, he has worked primarily on power, renewable energy, water, toll roads and port projects, but has also diversified into future flow and financial institutions transactions. These projects have been across Latin America, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. He has been involved in innovative and groundbreaking deals requiring creative project and long term debt structuring solutions in unique and challenging environments.
Prior to OPIC Mr. Tan worked for the Chase Manhattan Bank (now JPMorgan Chase) in New York, Singapore and Hong Kong focusing on project and structured finance, and for Emerging Markets Partnership in Singapore focusing on private equity infrastructure investments. His work with them in the Americas and Asia included experience in the power, oil & gas, mining, telecommunications, transportation, pulp & paper, and petrochemical sectors.
Mr. Tan is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Virginia, and also attended the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.
GEOFFREY TAN
MANAGING DIRECTOR ASIA PACIFIC /// OPIC
15:30 /// Tea break
16:15 Panel: The investment potential in different provinces
  • • How do difference between provinces translate to different challenges and opportunities?
  • • What are the local needs for PV?
  • • Reality vs. Expectations on a provincial level
  • • Best and worst case scenarios for solar PV in the different regions
17:15 Panel: View on the future: Opportunities and challenges for PV in Vietnam
  • • Discussing the way forward
  • • What challenges (might) lie ahead, and what pitfalls can Vietnam avoid?
  • • Where are the opportunities for PV in the coming years?

18:15 Closing remarks

18:30 Extensive reception with food

20:00 End of conference