Opening plenary: powering sustainable growth

Plenary space
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
10:15 – 11:00 WITA


Industrial growth needs power, and sustainable growth needs clean, green, affordable and renewable power. The opening plenary will set the stage for the Congress, showcasing the important role that sustainable hydropower plays in helping governments provide opportunities for their citizens whilst meeting net-zero objectives.


  • Chief Executive Officer, Sarawak Energy​, Sharbini Suhaili​
  • Chief Executive Officer, Andritz​, Frédéric Sauze​
  • President Director​, PLN​, Darmawan Prasodjo​
  • Climate Change Ambassador​, Canada​, Catherine Stewart (video)​
  • Founder​, Institut Bisnis dan Ekonomi Kerakyatan (IBEKA), Tri Mumpuni​
  • Global Director, Energy and Extractives Global Practice​, World Bank​, Demetrios Papathanasiou​

Session objectives

  • Highlight hydropower’s crucial role in powering the sustainable growth of the past, with concrete examples 
  • Outline the interconnected challenges of fostering economic and industrial growth to improve standards of living alongside delivering on net zero ambitions, and how hydropower can enable both 
  • Present high-level insight from countries that are central to these challenges and are embracing sustainable hydropower in their growth strategies 
  • Present high-level insight from hydropower industry leaders on the barriers to investment and development


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