Biographical Information The sustainability of renewable energy solutions in Africa based on bi-continental AU-EU research and innovation cooperation

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Léonard Lévêque has 12 years of experience in managing European projects on sustainable cities and territories (renewable energy, energy efficiency, air quality) private sector development (development of business ecosystems, diaspora investment), and local authorities international action, in Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa. Léonard coordinates the EU-funded Long-Term Joint European Union – African Union Research and Innovation Partnership on Renewable Energy (LEAP-RE) at LGI Sustainable Innovation, France.

François Moisan is Scientific Officer at ANR (French National Research Agency) and co-coordinator of funding organisations members of LEAP-RE Programme ((Long Term Europa Africa Partnership on Renewable Energy).

He is member of the EU-AU Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (CCSE) Working Group and member of the Scientific and Technical Committee of FFEM (French Global Environmental Fund).

He was previously Executive Director for Strategy, Research and International Affairs and Scientific Director of ADEME (French Agency for Environment and Energy Management). He has an experience of more than 40 years in the field of renewable energy development, energy efficiency, environment and climate change.  He was Chair person in diverse international fora (International Energy Agency Working Party, Executive Committee of International Partnership on Energy Efficiency Cooperation, European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy…).

François Moisan has a PhD on Economy from Grenoble University and is Engineer from Ecole Supérieure d’Electicité of Paris.

Mokhtar Sellami is Director in charge of Science Technology and Innovation in the National Council for Scientific Research and Technologies (CNRST) which is a new institution placed under the supervision of the Prime Minister. Previously he was in charge of Technological Development and Innovation in the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (Algeria) since (2012-2020). Before 2012, he was in charge of the directorate of research programming, evaluation and prospective studies (2008-2012). He is the official Algerian representative in African Union and the European Commission (bilateral partnership) and manages scientific cooperation in Algeria. He implemented the African institute of water science and energy in Algeria, and initiated many international cooperation programs with African and European countries. He has good experience in the definition of the content and evaluation of national research programs in agriculture, water, renewable energy, ICT, health, basic sciences and gets experience in the valorization processes of research projects and implementation of startups. He holds the doctorate in computer science at the University of Grenoble (France) in 1980, and worked at the University of Annaba as professor in computer sciences (1980-1992), Vice-President of the university (1992-2000). He worked as international expert with French, Canadian and African institutions in the evaluation of scientific projects. He has at least 80 international scientific publications and supervised many Ph.D. students.

Riccardo Mereu obtained his Ph.D. in Energy at Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) with a numerical study about Non Linear Eddy Viscosity Model for turbulent flows and his Mechanical Engineering MSc at University of Cagliari with an experimental and numerical investigation of a multi-effect solar still for salt water distillation. His main interests are fluid dynamics and heat transfer phenomena in single and multiphase flows in industrial and nuclear fields, with particular attention to turbulence and multiphase modelling. Since 2009 he is working as Researcher at the CFDLab of the Department of Energy of Politecnico di Milano on parallel confined jets modelling via Large Eddy Simulation approach. This work, part of the international IRIS nuclear project, is developed in collaboration with Ninokata's Laboratory (Nuclear Department) of Tokyo Institute of Technology (TITech) where he spent a few months from May to September 2009 as Visiting Researcher. Since March 2010 he is a two-year Progetto Rocca Post-Doc Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - POLIMI to develop a numerical investigation about Critical Heat Flux (CHF) phenomenon in nuclear field. Since 2007 Riccardo is member of Engineering Without Borders – Milan (ISF-MI) in the Energy Group and PM of the project 'CdF Médina' (Dakar, Senegal) for ISF-MI, focused on the use of appropriate technologies in the energy field. From 2008 to 2010 he was member of the board and Vice-President of the association.

Sandra Banda is a mechatronic engineer and researcher with 5+ years of experience in C&I solar power (grid scale) and thermal heating projects, energy access, solar cooling and electricity access using renewable energy technology. Her work involves project development and management, capacity development, proposal writing, research, data science and energy modelling of electrical energy systems. Her work supports the implementation of innovative renewable energy solutions to improve operational efficiency, use of electrical technologies to improve health outcomes, clean cooking, digitalization of mini-grids and energy data science in Sub-Saharan Africa. She uses her work as a platform to advocate for gender inclusivity in the energy industry.

Fabio Iannone (Ph.D.) has been carrying out research activities within the Sustainability Management Laboratory (SuM) of the Management Institute of the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies since 2016. During his PhD, he focused his research on the sustainability of the supply chain in the public sector ( Green Public Procurement) or private. Since 2020, his focus has shifted to Africa: on sustainable business models for renewable energy and on the sustainability of the mining sector. He is currently involved in two large research projects funded by the European Commission, dealing with the continent, respectively on inclusive business models through the involvement of local communities in geothermal energy in Kenya, Rwanda, Djibouti and Ethiopia (Horizon2020 LEAP-RE) and on the sustainability of raw materials in the mining sector for energy and the digital transition (Horizon Europe AfricaMaVal).

Tanja Woronowicz works as Head of Unit, North Africa, Middle East, Turkey, at DLR Project Management Agency. She has 15 years of work experience in international cooperation and stakeholder management with research communities and political decision makers. She also possesses 15 years of work experience in international cooperation and European Research Funding: managing international projects, leading intercultural teams both on-site and remotely. Furthermore, she is a certified trainer and business coach as well as an experienced auditor on QM and several process improvement frameworks.

Chakib Seladji, from the University of Tlemcen, has extensive teaching experience (more than 20 years) in the department of Mechanical Engineering in the fields of applied Energy and Thermal Engineering, energy efficiency, new and renewable energies.

Prior to working in the university in the late 1990s, he joined the top management of the Algerian National Agency for Energy Saving (APRUE) under the responsibility of the Algerian Ministry of Energy. He also contributed in many international projects namely: MEDA I, Tempus and Interreg-MED projects.

As the director of ETAP laboratory (University of Tlemcen) from 2012 to 2018, he contributed to constructing a strong link between industry and academia, encouraging research and teaching collaborations. As a team leader, researches were dedicated to massive H2 production using thermo-chemical processes, energy efficiency in agriculture and building sectors.

In 2017 he co-founded a National Association "Energy Cities Algeria" dedicated to the energy transition. The association works with local authorities to introduce strategies and practices related to good governance "smart cities". The association works in collaboration with other national and international associations “Member of Energy-cities Europe”