20 May 2024 | Crowne Plaza, Vientiane
Laos-Australia: Putting Renewable Energy into Action
Renewable energy like wind and solar offer incredible opportunities for Lao PDR for creating jobs, driving investment, and helping to secure year-round energy supply.

"Laos-Australia: Putting Renewable Energy into Action" aims to build a common understanding of the significant and diverse ways that renewable energy can propel Laos towards achieving its economic, social, and environmental goals.
Date: 20 May 2024

Venue: Crowne Plaza, Vientiane
(Room: Lane Xang 3)
  • Create Common Understanding
    Build a common understanding of the significant and diverse ways that renewable energy can help Laos meet its economic, social and environmental goals.
  • Spark Discussion
    Discuss how Laos can deliver an inclusive energy transition that creates a fairer, more resilient energy system while addressing key issues impacting women and other marginalised groups
  • Share Good Practices
    Share good practices in inclusive renewable energy transition and foster institutional partnerships among Laos government agencies, key stakeholders (for example: Lao Women's Union, EnergyLab, IJET, private sector, and academia), Australian partners, the private sector, and other development partners.
9:00 - 9:20
9:00 - 9:20
Opening Plenary
  • Opening Remarks: Mr. Chantho Milattanapheng - Director General, Department of Energy Efficiency and Promotion | Ministry of Energy and Mines
  • Opening Remarks: Mr. Dan Heldon - Australian Deputy Ambassador to Lao PDR
9:20 - 10:50
9:20 - 10:50
Session 1: Pathways to an energy system fit for the future
  • Overview Presentation - Mr. Chantho Milattanapheng, MEM
  • Clean energy presentation: Global trends and regional context - Dean Rizzetti , EnergyLab & Jessica Clements, P4I
      Panel Discussion : The Technological Potential and Economic Opportunities Created By The Renewable Energy Transition
      • Dr Nawshad Haque, CSIRO - Panelist
      • Dr Kesiny Phomkeona, National University of Laos - Panelist
      • Souliyo Vongdala, LOCA - Panelist
      • Anna Nadolny, Australian National University - Panelist
      • Todd Wassel - Asia Foundation - Moderator
      10:50 - 11:10
      10:50 - 11:10
      Morning tea and networking
      11:10 - 12:40
      11:10 - 12:40
      Session 2: Unlocking private sector investment
      • Opening Remarks from AUSTCHAM
      • Presentation: Promoting Private Investment in Renewable Energy - Elisabeth Weihong Xian ,IFC
      • Business Pitch Platform : LaoThani, Discover Laos Today, Nam Theun 2
      • Presentation: How do you unlock investment in clean energy? - Vu Hoai Phuong, InfraCo
      • Presentation: Carbon markets and clean energy - Wesley Ramnauth, GGGi
      12:40 - 13:45
      12:40 - 13:45
      13:45 - 16:20
      13:45 - 16:20
      Session 3: Towards an inclusive energy transition
      Presentation: Understanding the landscape: Perspectives on gender-responsive energy policies - Jennifer Mudge, P4I
      Panel Discussion: Charting the path forward: The attributes of an inclusive energy system
      • Jenny Hayward, CSIRO - Panelist
      • Syvang Xayyavong, Lao Association for Autism - Panelist
      • Douangchanh Lopaying, Oxfam in Laos - Panelist
      • Ajit Parida, CARE International - Panelist
      • Dr. Eleanor Seymour, P4I - Moderator
      Afternoon tea and networking
      Session 3 (cont.): Breaking barriers: Increasing women's participation in energy infrastructure
      • Malyvanh Phomsengsavanh, MEM - Panelist
      • Phonethida Phimmaly, National Gender Association Laos - Panelist
      • Viengsam Indavong, Association for Autism - Panelist
      • Sokphalkun Out, EnergyLab- Panelist
      • Dr Inleusa Basengkham - Moderator
      16:20 - 17:00
      16:20 - 17:00
      Closing Remarks
      17:30 - 20:00
      17:30 - 20:00
      Reception at Crowne Plaza Zen Garden
      • Mr. Chantho Milattanapheng
        Director General, Department of Energy Efficiency and Promotion, Ministry of Energy and Mines
      • Mr. Dan Heldon
        Australian Deputy Ambassador to Lao PDR
      • Dean Rizzetti
        Energy Policy Director
      • Jessica Clements
        Deputy Head of Technical Adisory, Partnerships for Infrastructure
      • Dr Nawshad Haque
        Principal Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Australia
      • Dr Kesiny Phomkeona
        Head of Chemistry Department and Senior Lecturer
        National University of Laos
      • Souliyo Vongdala
        Chief Executive Officer, LOCA
      • Anna Nadolny
        Senior Research Officer, Australian National University
      • Todd Wassel
        Country Representative
        Asia Foundation
      • David Ormsby
        Executive Director
        AustCham Lao
      • Elisabeth Weihong Xian
        Senior Investment Officer
        International Finance Corporation
      • Shawn Ryan Batabat
        Managing Director
      • Benny Kong
        Discover Laos Today
      • Amarith Chanthalangsy
        Nam Theun 2
      • Vu Hoai Phuong
        Regional Manager
        South East Asia, InfraCo
      • Wesley Ramnauth
        Carbon Policy Officer
        Global Green Growth Institute
      • Jennifer Mudge
        GEDSI Lead
        Partnerships for Infrastructure
      • Dr Jenny Hayward
        Principal Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Australia
      • Syvang Xayyavong
        Lao Association for Autism
      • Douangchanh Lopaying
        Programme Manager for Natural Resources Management and Livelihood
        Oxfam in Laos
      • Ajit Parida
        Program Director
        CARE International
      • Dr. Eleanor Seymour
        Partnerships for Infrastructure
      • Malyvanh Phomsengsavanh
        MEM LWU representative
      • Phonethida Phimmaly
        National Gender Association Laos
      • Viengsam Indavong
        Association for Autism
      • Sokphalkun Out
        Policy Engagement Manager
      • Dr. Inleusa Basengkham
        Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Specialist
      The Renewable Energy Awards celebrate Laos' Renewable Energy Leaders. The awards recognise exceptional leaders who are driving Laos' energy ambitions and delivering a fairer transition.
      Awards Categories
      • Clean Energy Technology
        This award recognises leaders who are developing and deploying new technical solutions that are driving the transition to clean energy.
      • Inclusive Energy Transition
        This award recognises leaders who are helping deliver an inclusive energy transition, such as empowering women's leadership in the energy sector or off-grid community energy access.
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