Welcome to ACEF 2019

Message from the Co-Chairs

Dear Clean Energy Colleagues,

The Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) is one of Asia’s premier networking and knowledge-sharing events dedicated to clean energy and energy access in Asia. If you are new to the ACEF family, we would like to extend a very warm welcome and hope you can join us in Manila at ADB Headquarters on 17—21 June 2019. If you have attended ACEF before, we assure you yet another great week of connecting with some of the most innovative and forward-thinking clean energy advocates and practitioners, and for learning from dynamic and visionary speakers from around the world.

Last year, more than 1,300 participants from 73 countries attended ACEF. One of the key reasons for the huge success was additional networking opportunities at ACEF that provided a unique platform for attendees to share ideas and discuss how they can work together to help continue to drive the clean energy transition in Asia. We also offered two knowledge networking events that provided an opportunity to learn about ADB specific projects and another opportunity to discuss new and innovative ideas with up and coming entrepreneurs in Asia and rest of the world. We plan to build on the momentum that was gained from last year’s forum and apply and expand upon key knowledge networking and match making aspects to ACEF 2019.

In 2019, as ACEF celebrates its 14th anniversary, participants will find an exciting format with a wide variety of plenary sessions, deep dive workshops, innovative Thematic Tracks and other formal and informal opportunities for networking. The theme for ACEF 2019 is “Partnering for Impact”, with five cross-sectoral thematic tracks: Energy and Livable Cities, Energy and Water Sustainability, Energy and Rural Poverty Alleviation, Energy and Innovative Finance and Clean Energy Trends and Directions.

We feel that these cross-sectoral thematic tracks will enrich the discussions we have during ACEF 2019 and help us find solutions to critical challenges. For instance, how can we make our cities more livable? How can we ensure gender equality? How can we address energy access issues? These important questions need to be addressed in parallel to meet our sustainable development goal.

For the week itself, we will kick of ACEF with a full day of networking and parallel Deep Dive Workshops (DDWs) on 17 June. This will be followed by a mix of plenary sessions, thematic tracks, and special events during 18 – 21 June. We will have a total of three plenaries that will provide inspirational messages and vision for the clean energy sector. For this year, the DDWs will be incorporated into the main forum on 19 June and 21 June, which will allow for more enhanced discussions throughout the main forum. The Thematic Track Sessions will be unique because they will involve cross-sectorial discussions that will connect clean energy with livable cities, water sustainability, rural poverty alleviation, innovative financing, and research and academia.

We are excited for this year’s ACEF because we will be working with other sectors to provide cross sectoral content that focuses on more inclusive impact across Asia. Do not forget to mark your calendars for June 17—21 2019 and subscribe to our newsletter.


David Elzinga


Peter du Pont