AfDB appoints Daniel Alexander Schroth as Director of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Department

AFRICA – The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has appointed Dr. Daniel Alexander Schroth as Director of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Department, effective from 16 May 2022.

Prior to his appointment, Schroth, a German citizen, served as Acting Director.

Schroth joined the Bank in 2012 following several senior appointments with various international organizations, including as Political and Economic Adviser to the EU Special Representative for Bosnia & Herzegovina; Economic Adviser in the EU Delegation to North Macedonia; Energy Sector Coordinator for the United Nations Mission in Kosovo, and for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s natural resources team in London.

Since joining the Bank as Principal Energy Specialist in the Energy, Environment and Climate Change Department, Schroth has led various projects across the continent and coordinated several partnerships.

They include the Sustainable Energy for All Africa Hub, the Africa Climate Technology and Finance Center, the Green Mini-Grid Market Development Program and the Bank’s involvement in the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund.

In July 2017, he was appointed Advisor to the vice president of the energy complex. Under his leadership, various partnership agreements were concluded, such as the Regional Development Objectives Agreement with USAID/Power Africa and the US$600 million Korea-Africa Energy Investment Framework. Schroth served as Acting Director from January 2019 up to the time of this appointment.

He has also been responsible for the mobilization of large-scale climate finance, including over $320 million from the Green Climate Fund for the Leveraging Energy Access Finance Framework, and the Sahel G5 Desert to Power Financing Facility.

With 20 years of experience in international relations, energy policy and renewable energy, Schroth has built a strong network of partners in the areas of energy and climate change.

He is a recognized expert on Africa’s renewable energy sector and has represented the Bank in many high-level international fora and conferences. He serves on several steering and oversight committees and is a member of the SDG 7 Technical Advisory Group.

“I am grateful for the confidence placed in me by President Adesina to scale up theAfrican Development Bank’s support for the deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across the continent, with a view to ensuring that the Bank is at the forefront of driving Africa’s just energy transition,” commenting on his appointment, Schroth said.

Schroth holds a Ph.D. and an M.Phil in International Relations, with a focus on international energy policy, from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and degrees in international business administration from Reims Management School, France, and the European School of Business, Reutlingen, Germany.

“I am delighted to appoint Dr. Daniel Schroth as Director of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Department,” President of the African Development Bank Group, Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, said.

“Daniel, a respected professional, will lead the team to support the Bank’s Regional Member Countries to develop renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean cooking solutions as part of their energy systems, through a combination of public and private sector operations, and he will also spearhead the delivery of the Bank’s relevant flagship programs.”

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