Pre-Forum Event

Role of Pilot Demonstrations to Accelerate Clean Energy Transitions

Hosted By: United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Monday, 3 June 2024

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (GMT +8) | Auditorium Hall 4

The objectives of this session are as follow:

  • To highlight the role of pilot demonstrations in accelerating the development of innovative clean energy solutions in Asia-Pacific.
  • To highlight case studies that have successfully overcome barriers in implementing pilot demonstration projects within Asia-Pacific, particularly focusing on clean hydrogen, critical minerals, industrial decarbonization and smart energy.


2:00 - 2:08 p.m.

Opening Remarks

Peter Warren, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

2:08 - 2:15 p.m.


Ivana Dimitrova, UK - Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)

2:15 - 2:22 p.m.

Accelerate-to-Demonstrate (A2D) Facility: New Funding Opportunity

Valeria Arroyave, UNIDO

2:22 - 3:24 p.m.

Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A

Moderated by Peter Warren, UNIDO

Kadidia Konare, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Yatin Premchand, Black & Veatch

Ripu Bhanjan Singh, Swaniti Global

Steve Peters, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

3:24 - 3:28 p.m.

Summary of Key Takeaways

Valeria Arroyave, UNIDO

3:28 - 3:30 p.m.

Closing Points

Peter Warren, UNIDO


Peter Warren

Peter Warren

Facility Manager, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Valeria Arroyave

Valeria Arroyave

Project Coordinator, Critical Minerals A2D Facility, UNIDO

Yatin Premchand

Yatin Premchand

Managing Director, Black & Veatch

Steve Peters

Steve Peters

Senior Energy Specialist (Waste To Energy), ADB

Kadidia Konare

Kadidia Konare

Asia-pacific Infrastructure Capital Markets Lead, IFC, World Bank