Demetrios Papathanasiou

Demetrios Papathanasiou

Global Director - Energy and Extractives Global Practice World Bank

Dr. Papathanasiou leads more than 100 professionals at the Global Units of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice of the World Bank. He coordinates the overall strategic direction of the Practice, advances the knowledge and learning agenda for the Bank’s energy and extractives professionals, and oversees corporate reporting, trust funds, and partnerships for the Practice.

Dr. Papathanasiou has worked for more than 20 years with the World Bank Group on Energy and Infrastructure in Africa, Latin America, East Europe and the Balkans, South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific Islands. He has contributed to developing energy policies in several countries and worked on power generation projects using many diverse technologies: thermal, hydropower, solar, wind, and geothermal. He has led large teams on complex utility and sector reforms, as well as sizeable public-private partnership transactions. As the Manager for the World Bank’s Energy Practice in South Asia (2016-2020), he was responsible for a portfolio of more than $10 billion and worked to increase renewable energy projects in the region, expand regional interconnections and exchanges, and modernize networks across the region.

A professional Electrical Engineer, Dr. Papathanasiou holds an MSc in Environmental Technology and a PhD in Energy and the Environment from Imperial College in London, UK.


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Monday 09/05/2022

From 14:20 To 15:20

05/09/2022 14:20 05/09/2022 15:20 Copper, Cobalt, Nickel, Tin, Rare Earths: Battery Metals and their role in the Energy Transition
  • Examining African governments’ policies on critical minerals and their current view of the mining sector
  • How does the mining sector see green metals policy developing further?
  • Where can bridges be built in policy and long-term operational growth?
  • The role of cobalt end-users in supply chain transparency
  • Can African battery metals producers benefit from the Biden Administration’s mandate on critical minerals and, if so, what’s the new U.S. / Africa investment roadmap? 
Stage A

Stage A

"Copper, Cobalt, Nickel, Tin, Rare Earths: Battery Metals and their role in the Energy Transition"

Benedikt Sobotka David Brocas Demetrios Papathanasiou Fortune Mojapelo Ken Tainton Socrates Economou

Monday 09/05/2022

From 15:20 To 16:20

05/09/2022 15:20 05/09/2022 16:20 Platinum Group Metals & the Hydrogen Economy Opportunity
  • To mitigate the effects of climate change, we will need to transition to an energy system with fewer greenhouse gas emissions and more sustainable energy production and consumption.
  • A long-term structural change in energy systems is needed, and Hydrogen Council members are developing hydrogen solutions to accelerate this energy transition.
  • Hydrogen has a key role to play in the global energy transition by helping to diversify energy sources worldwide, foster business and technological innovation as drivers for long-term economic growth, and decarbonise hard-to-abate sectors.

Knowledge Partner

Stage A

Stage A

"Platinum Group Metals & the Hydrogen Economy Opportunity"

Demetrios Papathanasiou Natascha Viljoen Rebecca Maserumule Sean Evans

Tuesday 10/05/2022

From 09:00 To 09:50

05/10/2022 09:00 05/10/2022 09:50 Keynote Debate: The Accelerated Energy Transition – is this Africa’s moment?   
  • What is next for Africa’s mining sector in context of battery metals and PGMs; how will sector heavyweights shape it in years to come?
  • What does this mean for investors, other mining companies and government?
  • What should major companies core strategies be in dealing with governments, and how can they focus on grasping energy transition opportunities together?
Stage A

Stage A

"Keynote Debate: The Accelerated Energy Transition – is this Africa’s moment? "

Demetrios Papathanasiou Kgabi Masia Natascha Viljoen Tshokolo Nchocho Vanessa Ushie Werner Duvenhage

Tuesday 10/05/2022

From 14:30 To 16:30

05/10/2022 14:30 05/10/2022 16:30 A New Lens on State Equity Participation: Assessing Africa’s Risks and Rewards in a Changing Global Context

The World Bank and African Legal Support Facility welcome you to the African Mining Legislation Atlas (AMLA) Toolkit Launch. AMLA has developed two knowledge products (“Toolkits”) focused on proposing strategies that enable practical implementation of the Guiding Template’s provisions on (i) state equity participation and (ii) local development and community engagement. These Toolkits will provide publicly accessible information and analysis of various legal approaches to address these two important areas in inclusive mineral development. As part of the launch, AMLA will host a panel discussion to address experiences in and evolving approaches to state equity participation.

 

   

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Stage D

"A New Lens on State Equity Participation: Assessing Africa’s Risks and Rewards in a Changing Global Context"

Demetrios Papathanasiou Hon. Paul Chanda Kabuswe Mr. Aboubacar Kagbè Touré Nneoma Veronica Nwogu Ntsiki Adonisi-Kgame Olivier Pognon Ronald Chari Scot Anderson Sheila Khama
Time and date

Monday 09/05/2022

From 14:20 To 15:20

05/09/2022 14:20 05/09/2022 15:20 Copper, Cobalt, Nickel, Tin, Rare Earths: Battery Metals and their role in the Energy Transition
  • Examining African governments’ policies on critical minerals and their current view of the mining sector
  • How does the mining sector see green metals policy developing further?
  • Where can bridges be built in policy and long-term operational growth?
  • The role of cobalt end-users in supply chain transparency
  • Can African battery metals producers benefit from the Biden Administration’s mandate on critical minerals and, if so, what’s the new U.S. / Africa investment roadmap? 
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Topic
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Time and date

Monday 09/05/2022

From 15:20 To 16:20

05/09/2022 15:20 05/09/2022 16:20 Platinum Group Metals & the Hydrogen Economy Opportunity
  • To mitigate the effects of climate change, we will need to transition to an energy system with fewer greenhouse gas emissions and more sustainable energy production and consumption.
  • A long-term structural change in energy systems is needed, and Hydrogen Council members are developing hydrogen solutions to accelerate this energy transition.
  • Hydrogen has a key role to play in the global energy transition by helping to diversify energy sources worldwide, foster business and technological innovation as drivers for long-term economic growth, and decarbonise hard-to-abate sectors.

Knowledge Partner

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Venue

Stage A

Topic
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Time and date

Tuesday 10/05/2022

From 09:00 To 09:50

05/10/2022 09:00 05/10/2022 09:50 Keynote Debate: The Accelerated Energy Transition – is this Africa’s moment?   
  • What is next for Africa’s mining sector in context of battery metals and PGMs; how will sector heavyweights shape it in years to come?
  • What does this mean for investors, other mining companies and government?
  • What should major companies core strategies be in dealing with governments, and how can they focus on grasping energy transition opportunities together?
Stage A
Venue

Stage A

Topic
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Time and date

Tuesday 10/05/2022

From 14:30 To 16:30

05/10/2022 14:30 05/10/2022 16:30 A New Lens on State Equity Participation: Assessing Africa’s Risks and Rewards in a Changing Global Context

The World Bank and African Legal Support Facility welcome you to the African Mining Legislation Atlas (AMLA) Toolkit Launch. AMLA has developed two knowledge products (“Toolkits”) focused on proposing strategies that enable practical implementation of the Guiding Template’s provisions on (i) state equity participation and (ii) local development and community engagement. These Toolkits will provide publicly accessible information and analysis of various legal approaches to address these two important areas in inclusive mineral development. As part of the launch, AMLA will host a panel discussion to address experiences in and evolving approaches to state equity participation.

 

   

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