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  • Max Jarrett on Energy Economics

    June 15, 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


Show Notes

  • 00:00

    Jeff describes the energy price drop in April 2020

  • 00:46

    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?

  • 03:13

    Jeff introduces Max Jarrett

  • 03:59

    You've mentioned about some early ideas on power. What really inspired you to join the IEA?

  • 04:55

    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?

  • 07:18

    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?

  • 11:28

    As you look to the past few years, what are the green shoots or the hopeful signs of progress that you've seen?

  • 16:49

    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?

  • 19:38

    What do you see is the mix of sources of energy, from traditional, to solar, hydro, or even some of the newer types?

  • 21:49

    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?

  • 26:41

    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?

  • 29:27

    Max shares reading and news source recommendations

About Max Jarrett

Max Jarrett

Max is the International Energy Agency's first Africa Programme Manager, with 30 years experience in international economic affairs, media production, and strategic communications. He most recently served as the Director-in-Charge of the Geneva-based Africa Progress Panel, which was chaired by the late Kofi Annan, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former UN Secretary General. Prior to his role in the Africa Progress Panel, Max spent over a decade working with the UN in Africa, started his career in 1990 at the BBC, producing and presenting Focus on Africa and Network Africa, the BBCs daily current affairs programs and award-winning programs for his African audience.

Max Holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the London School of Economics, and a master's from London University's School of Oriental and African Studies.

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