News 2011

Sunlabob invited to prestigious business forum in China

From 14-16 Sept, Sunlabob director Andy Schroeter attended the prestigious Annual Meeting of the New Champions, organised by the World Economic Forum, in Dalian, China.

The Annual Meeting of the New Champions, the “Summer Davos”, is the foremost global business gathering in Asia. Introduced in 2007 in close collaboration with the People’s Republic of China and with the personal support of Premier Wen Jiabao, last year’s meeting in Tianjin convened 1,300 participants, including over 400 CEOs from Forum Partner and Member companies together with up-and-coming leaders from business, politics, science and technology from 80 countries.

This year, more than 1,500 leaders from over 90 countries attended the event where innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability stood out as new paths to overcome the current crisis and ensure a balanced growth of the global economy.

Besides being the only invitee from a Lao organisation, Mr Schroeter was also invited to give a presentation at a Beta Zone panel session along with Juergen Wild, CEO of M+W group in Germany and Igor Akhmerov, CEO of Avelar Energy in Switzerland. Moderated by Mr Sam Goldman, Founder and Director of D.Light Design, the Beta Zone panel session looked at how solar energy solutions are transforming energy markets, technology investments, and national competitiveness. Andy’s presentation focused on the status of solar energy in Laos, the challenges that accompanies it and possible solutions for the future.

With over 10 years at Sunlabob’s helm, Mr Schroeter has taken rural electrification in Laos and surrounding regions to new heights by introducing innovative business models and sustainable renewable energy solutions to remote areas where the public electricity grid does not yet reach.

Mr Schroeter plans to gain the most out of this experience in China and bring back fresh ideas and perspectives to Sunlabob.

For more information on the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2011, please visit the website of the World Economic Forum.