Max Jarrett on Energy Economics
15 Jun 2020
Max Jarrett, Africa Programme Manager for the International Energy Agency, explains how access to sustainable modern energy impacts education, health, and the future of a nation.
Hosted by Jeff Kavanaugh, VP and Head of the Infosys Knowledge Institute.
“Unless you have energy, just like a human being, unless you eat or drink water, you can't do anything. Unless we get to a scale where the majority of Africans have the access to energy that they need, that first principle, you can't be talking about a truly transformed African continent.” Max Jarrett
Jeff describes the energy price drop in April 2020
Maximilian Jarrett, you work at the International Energy Agency as its first Programme Manager for Africa. What is it about energy economics in Africa that's so important to you?
Jeff introduces Max Jarrett
You've mentioned about some early ideas on power. What really inspired you to join the IEA?
If you go back early, especially back in college or early in your career, was there anything that you noticed about energy? What has changed maybe today about how energy affects power and politics, compared to when you were younger?
You mentioned energy, water, food. Can you talk about maybe, almost like a Maslow's ladder, how these structural foundational things affect those more aspirational or more sophisticated components, and how maybe it's important for Africa?
As you look to the past few years, what are the green shoots or the hopeful signs of progress that you've seen?
What are some implications and opportunities as [the emergence of China] has happened? And has that played out or do you still see that as being important for the future?
What do you see is the mix of sources of energy, from traditional, to solar, hydro, or even some of the newer types?
As you think about energy in your program, what are you thinking about for education and for people to gain skills, and to be able to maybe transfer more and more of that wealth into the African society of the different countries? Learning is important. How do you use your role or your platform to help learning and build this for the future?
For the business leader, the executive, what can they do working with opportunities in Africa going forward, whether it's the consumer, whether it's productive capacity or trading relationships?
Max shares reading and news source recommendations