SMP Renewable Energy Forum with special guest William Kamkwamba

3 Dec 2019



Tuesday, December 3rd from 2.15pm to 6pm
Edinburgh City Chambers

Free but space is limited – we especially encourage those working in the renewables sector to attend. 




Bringing together industry leaders and practitioners from the renewable energy sector currently working between Scotland and Malawi, this round table meeting of the SMP Renewable Energy Forum will be joined in person by the inspirational William Kamkwamba, subject of the award-winning book and global Netflix feature film The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind trailer

About The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

SMP gala screening of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The SMP’s Renewable Energy Forum was initiated in response to the suggestion of SMP members from multiple institutions working in this sector between Scotland and Malawi, who see value in sharing information, expertise, challenges, lessons learned and opportunities. It met for the first time on 7th March 2019 in the Edinburgh City Chambers.

At this event, the SMP Renewables Directory will also be launched. Available to all online (and on request in hard copy), the SMP Renewables Directory will provide a succinct overview of who in Scotland is doing what and where in Malawi in the renewables sector.

Numbers are limited due to the space available to host the meeting and we particularly encourage those involved in renewable energy work to attend, however, William Kamkwamba’s keynote address will be broadcast live.

Further details to follow on this website and our social media platforms.


William will speak of his remarkable journey which led him in 2008 to establish the Moving Windmills Project, a non-profit corporation which he created to pursue rural economic development and education projects in Malawi.

This meeting will aim to:

  • Share William’s inspiring story and discuss how Scotland-Malawi expertise in this area can support William's Moving Windmills Foundation
  • Share information, updates and learning about who is doing what between Scotland and Malawi in the area of renewable energy
  • Share and explore the Government of Malawi’s Renewable Energy Strategy, exploring how Scotland is supporting its delivery
  • Share updates from, and have discussions with, the Scottish Government and the Department for International Development
  • Explore how the SMP Renewable Energy Forum can best support the wider SMP membership to include renewable energy generation in their own Scotland-Malawi links
  • Support networking amongst key stakeholders within the sector.

For more information on the launch meeting, see the SMP Renewable Energy Forum minutes

The SMP has also published a document outlining the Outcomes and Actions from this meeting.


The agenda for the meeting will be as follows:

2.15: Registration plus tea and coffee

2.30: Welcome by David Hope-Jones CEO of the Scotland Malawi Partnership

2.35: Roundtable introductions

2.20: Screening of extracts from 'The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind'

2.55: Keynote address (broadcast live on Facebook) (William Kamkwamba)

3.15: Q&A and discussion around Scottish support for Moving Windmills

3.30: Tea and coffee

3.45 SMP Renewables Forum Co-Chair’s introduction (Nicholas Gubbins, Chief Executive of Community Energy Scotland)

3.50: Scotland-Malawi Renewables Showcase – an overview of activity and sharing of learning

4.20: Update from Scottish Government

4.25: Update from DfID

4.30: Government of Malawi Renewable Energy Strategy. Briefing, remote input from Malawi and group discussion: how are we actively fostering alignment with the Malawi renewables strategy?

4.50: Discussion: How can we as a forum best support Scottish organisations with Malawi partnerships to invest in renewables to support their Malawi partners?

5.10: Open Q&A and discussion around Scotland-Malawi renewable cooperation

5.20: Summary of outcomes and next steps (Nicholas Gubbins)

5.25: Closing reflections (William Kamkwamba)

5.30 to 6.00: Networking