Sergio Portatadino is the Power Africa Regional Adviser for West Africa and Deputy Lead of the Energy Practice at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. He is based in Conakry, Guinea.
Sergio coordinates the Energy Trade Outlook that the Institute is carrying out in partnership with Power Africa, which aims to highlight the benefits that West African countries can gain from regional trading. This work ranges from the modelling of national markets to donor mapping and gap analysis, through to concrete support for market building.
Before taking on this role, Sergio served as an Energy Adviser in Guinea, where he assisted the Minister of Energy in developing and executing his strategy for a balanced evolution of the sector. In particular, Sergio supported the creation of a Regulatory Agency and a Public-Private Partnership unit within the Ministry, led the financial negotiations for a number of renewable and thermal power plants, and provided training to Ministerial officials on finance and project management.
Prior to joining the Institute, Sergio worked in the Risk Management department of E.ON Global Commodities in Düsseldorf, Germany, and at Pöyry Management Consulting, focusing on corporate strategy in the energy sector. He started his career at the Bocconi University research centre for energy economics.
Sergio has an MSc in business administration from the Bocconi University of Milan and an MBA from HEC-Paris.