Evan Schiff has been the Event Director of African Utility Week since the 2015 edition. During that time he has been honoured to see the huge growth in interest in the African electrical sector as the continent moves to modernise its electrical grid and maximise generating assets. To stand the best chance of achieving the goal of improving energy access on the continent, Evan has come to learn that solutions have to include growing the skills capacity in the sector and also to use the events to provide access to opportunities for start ups and SMME’s. He is a firm believer in the power of Initiate! to further both of these goals.