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ENGIE – CEO of Aurora Wind Power
Ms Movundlela is a Chief Executive Officer with over 10years’ experience across varying sectors including renewable energy, defence andaudit & advisory. Her contribution towards “powering” the development of Africa began in 2013 where she was intimately involved in the construction of a 94MW renewable wind powered facility in the role of Chief Financial Officer. She now leads the team responsible for the ongoing operations and asset management of the facility, providing clean & reliable energy to the South African grid. Through her experience Tebogo has also played a pivotal role in the establishment of ENGIE Southern Africa’s finance department as well as the financial close of Kathu Solar Park.
Tebogo is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Science honours degree from the University of Cape Town.She is a strong proponent for the development of young talent which she fulfils through her engagement in various forums and channels.
Tsholofelo Mokotedi has a BA (Psychology & Criminology) University of the North and a Higher Diploma in Education.
She cut her teeth in the skill development sector as a Career Guidance teacher in the 1990s. She then worked for an NGO that was promoting democracy in South Africa, and stayed there for five years. Her duties included the facilitation of a secretariat for a government department’s transformation forum. She rose through the ranks in education, training and skills development and stepped into various positions including workshop and training facilitation, lobbying and advocacy campaigns, curriculum development, and project coordination. In the early 2000s, she became an independent Consultant in training and curriculum development in the field of, amongst others, democracy education and lobbying and advocacy. She also worked in the private sector in training and development. She joined government where she was involved in the field of Quality Assurance. However, it was her passion in skills development that prompted her move to the SETA environment where she began at middle management level and was promoted to senior management. Throughout her career path she developed interest in strategic planning; stakeholder engagements; gender politics, social justice advocacy, change management and human capital development.
She is passionate about skills development and life-long learning and her dream is to see disadvantaged learners succeeding in their career progression and institutions of learning, such as TVETs Colleges and University of Technologies, regaining stature and being respected institutions of training for trades and technology. She wrote articles and monographs that were published.
Her current role is largely to oversee the development and implementation of the sectoral collaboration strategy. The tasks executed through visionary leadership and executive disposition, driven by passion and a high level of integrity.
Operations Director International division
Luis Eugenio Solla began his professional career in 1988 and has held various management positions with M. Torres Diseños Industriales SA, as General Manager at Bildulan S.Coop. Solla joined Acciona Energia Internacional SA in 2006. He was previously Engineering and Construction Deputy Director and Global Projects Director for Acciona Energia SA. In 2013, Solla became Global COO in Acciona Windpower SA. Following the recent merger between Acciona and Nordex he took up the helm as Operations Director International Division in Nordex – Acciona Windpower.
South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA)
Masechaba Mabilu is a Sustainable Development Strategist with a particular interest in the role of business and the interaction of various sectors in addressing the continent’s socio-economic challenges. She is the former Economic Development Manager for ACCIONA and a Member of the Board of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA). Mabilu is also outgoing chair of the SAWEA- Wind for Communities Working Group and the Joint Solar and Wind Industry Associations Socio-economic Development Working Group, both focusing on economic development issues in South Africa’s Renewable Energy Programme. Prior to joining ACCIONA, she worked in KPMG’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services, specialising in Strategic Social Investment Advisory and Carbon & Energy Modelling. She holds a B.Sc in Actuarial Science & Statistics and a BScHons, in Mathematical Statistics from the University of the Witwatersrand. Mabilu is currently pursuing an MPhil in Development Finance at the University of Stellenbosch Business School.
Director of Enterprise and Investment
City of Cape Town
Lance Greyling graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1996 with an Honours in African Studies majoring in politics and economics. He also received a Post Graduate diploma in Sustainable Energy from the University of Stellenbosch in 2009. During the past twenty years he has held positions in the private sector, civil society and national government. He first started out as a partner in a production house called Matchframe Pictures, which produced television commercials and raised funding for video programmes. After a year and a half expedition around Africa he took up the position as regional manager for GLOBE Southern Africa, which empowered parliamentarians on issues of sustainable development.
In 2003, Greyling entered the world of politics when he volunteered at the newly formed Independent Democrats before being appointed as their researcher. In 2004, Greyling was elected to Parliament. From 2004 to 2015, he served on a number of parliamentary committees including education, finance, public enterprises, minerals and energy and environmental affairs. He was elected Chief Whip of the Independent Democrats and during the merger with the DA, he was appointed to the position of Shadow Minister of Energy in 2011.
In March 2015, Greyling left Parliament to take up the position of Director of Trade and Investment in the Mayor’s Office at the City of Cape Town in the Western Cape Province of the Republic of South Africa.
General Manager South Africa
Jan Fourie’s professional career spans just over 11 years. He started his career as engineer in the energy sector with a stint in nuclear power, working for a consultancy dedicated to upgrades and modifications at Koeberg Nuclear Power Station. This was followed by a 7 year period working for one of the construction majors in South Africa, predominantly involved with EPCM projects in the energy and minerals sector. Most notably, Jan was involved with the development, bidding, financial close, construction and commissioning of two Round 2 REIPPP projects, one wind and one solar. After completing his MBA in 2013, Fourie was looking for a more business orientated role in the renewable energy sector and joined Scatec Solar in January 2015 as Business Development Manager, focusing on Southern Africa. In July 2016 he was asked to take the helm of Scatec Solar’s South African business as General Manager and most recently in July 2017, project development for Sub-Saharan was added to his existing responsibilities. Fourie,, currently fulfills a dual role as both General Manager and Vice President: Project Development within Scatec Solar.
Grid Manager (Africa)
Mainstream Renewable Power
Chris Billingham is presently employed as Grid Manager (Africa) by Mainstream Renewable Power, an internationally based company with its headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. Until 2014, he worked as a Chief Engineer – Grid Operations for the utility Eskom. Whilst at Eskom, he was involved in a number of national and international projects which included the Y2K strategy, the infamous dark load-shedding period, the 2010 World Cup power security strategy and then the first of the Renewable Energy Integration initiatives. Billingham, also facilitated the switch-on of the first major windfarm in SA at Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. He has been a speaker, panel member and Chairman at various local and international conferences that have focussed on power system control, supply quality and renewable energy and is a former Chairperson of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) -Technical Working Group.
Economic Development Solutions (EDS) (Pty) Ltd.
Co-owner and Managing Director of Economic Development Solutions (“EDS”) (Pty) Ltd.
EDS works within the Renewable Energy, Mining, Construction and Corporate Sectors of South Africa as Economic Development (ED) and BBBEE facilitators and strategists. A core component of this compliance being Localisation, i.e. local procurement, job creation and sustainable community development.
A speaker at the recent Botswana Renewable Power Infrastructure & Energy Efficiency Investors Conference, she was invited to share her expertise on Localisation and Community Participation.
Janine has worked in many countries across the continent. She is a strong social facilitator and enjoys working with both rural communities and corporate top structures to ensure a holistic approach to transformation and inclusion, whilst managing the business imperative.
Director, Due Diligence for Europe, Middle East and Africa
AWS Truepower, a UL company
Mr. Terry has more than thirteen years of experience in renewable energy, developing and providing technical advice for onshore and offshore wind and solar PV projects. Prior to joining UL, Mr. Terry worked for TÜV SÜD and Wind Prospect Group, providing technical due diligence on over 3GW of onshore and offshore projects in the UK, Europe and South Africa, including due diligence on a 1700MW pan-European portfolio for an international investment fund. He also carried out turbine supply and maintenance contract tendering and negotiations for projects in the UK, Europe and South Africa totalling over 300 MW. Mr. Terry holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Reading.
Director, Grid Solutions
AWS Truepower, a UL company
Ken Pennock is UL-AWS Truepower’s Director of Grid Solutions and has ten years experience in the renewables industry. He is responsible for managing the organization’s global short-term renewable energy forecasting, utility load forecasting, seasonal forecasting, and climate change assessment and impact mitigation studies. Pennock also leads the organization’s wind and solar power grid integration studies and emerging smart grid applications related to transmission management, distributed generation, and storage management. He has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on a number of federally and privately funded multi-year solar and wind power forecasting as well as grid integration studies focusing on solar, on and offshore wind generation. In both his business development and management roles, he is responsible for strategic planning, project implementation and execution.
Pennock holds Bachelors in Environmental Studies, Masters of Geography, and a Master of Business Administration.
Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)
Christopher Wood is an economist at Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) focusing on trade and industry policy. His research areas include trade policy, regional integration, and technical regulation; and include experience in strategy for South Africa’s green trade policy. He previously worked as a researcher in economic diplomacy at the South African Institute of International Affairs, and has completed consulting work with Oxford Analytica, Executive Research Associates, the Swiss South Africa Joint Research Programme, and a leading South African trade union.
Executive Director of Energy
City of Cape Town
Kadri Nassiep is the Executive Director of Energy at the City of Cape Town. He holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and has 25years experience in the Energy sector. He has played a key role in coordinating energy research in the country to advocate for a greater share of cleaner energy in our energy mix.
During his career he has been responsible for the development of policy, strategy, legislation and regulations supporting the implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy. He was the CEO of the South African National Energy Development Institute and has held several senior management roles in National Government and Eskom.
He has also held several advisory positions, both locally and internationally, including representing South Africa at the International Energy Agency’s Committee on Energy Research and Technologies, as well as the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21).
Lusanda Tshwete has been an HR Practitioner for over 15 years. She currently works as Manager: People and Culture for Nordex Acciona Windpower based in Cape Town. Prior to joining Nordex Acciona Windpower she worked for Acciona Energy as a Human Resources Manager, before that she worked for National Empowerment Fund a Development Finance Institution based in Johannesburg. She holds an Honours Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of the Western Cape. She also holds a Diploma in Management of Technology and Innovation from the Da Vinci College.
Catrina Godinho is a PhD Candidate in the Management Programme in Infrastructure Regulation and Reform (MIR), based at the Graduate School of Business (GSB) of the University of Cape Town.Her research focuses on the political economy of power sector reform and development, with special attention on the Sub-Saharan African experience. She has worked in energy research since 2013, focusing on issues relating to sustainable development, energy security, energy transitions, climate change mitigation, governance, policy implementation, and sector reform.
Mike has over 25 years’ experience of structuring and marketing commodity and energy transactions in London, New York and South Africa.
In 1998, he became Head of Commodities for Rand Merchant Bank (“RMB”), a leading South African investment bank. Within that portfolio, Mike was also responsible for managing RMB’s interest in NUFCOR International Ltd, and the Marketplace Company, a company that specialized in establishing electricity markets and managed the New Zealand and Singapore wholesale electricity markets and the New South Wales gas market. Mike established an energy practice for RMB that advised clients, including large corporates and BEE companies, which were interested in investigating opportunities in the South African energy sector.
In 2005, he became Chief Investment Officer of Worldwide African Investment Holdings (now Pembani Holdings), a leading BEE investment house that focused on the sub-Saharan energy space. He successfully implemented Worldwide’s entry into the coal-mining sector, and served for a number of years on the Coal Industry Task Team (CITT), a committee representing stakeholders in the coal mining and beneficiation sector.
Mike established Navitas Holdings (Pty) Ltd as a general energy investment holdings company in 2008, and which the 100% owner of Kabi Energy (Pty) Ltd, a black-owned and controlled renewable energy development and investment company.
Mike been heavily involved throughout his involvement in the South African energy sector
He also represented the solar PV industry on a number of stakeholder working groups
During 2015, I represented the renewable energy sector on the BUSA Energy Task in cooperation with the War Room where he led 2 initiatives
Mike represents the renewable energy sector in the BUSA Energy Subcommittee and is a member of the NEDLAC Energy Task Team.
He was a Council member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Energy (MACE) until February 2017 and chaired the MACE IRP Working Group to make recommendations to Minister Joemat-Petterssen on the 2016 Update to Integrated Resource Plan.
Member of the BRICS Energy & Green Economy Working Group and a ember of IDC/SANEDI/SAPVIA/ SAWEA Steercom for the Battery Energy Storage for Solar PV & Wind to establish the pathway for battery storage to be introduced into South Africa.
Chief Executive Officer
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy South Africa
Janek Winand is the Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy in South Africa, operating out of Johannesburg. Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is a leading supplier of reliable, environmentally-friendly and cost-efficient renewable energy solutions with a strong track record in South Africa. Driving down the cost of renewables is the key target as Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy strives to make renewable energy fully competitive with conventional energy sources. Janek has been working in the renewables industry for the last 10 years, successfully leading departments and organizations in Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa. He is holding an Engineering degree.
I hold a Bcom (Honours) in Economics from the University of Pretoria with 10 years’ experience in regulatory and policy matters in the financial and banking industry; telecommunications and energy sectors. I have held positions as Senior Economist at the National Treasury; Economic and Financial Analyst at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA); and Senior Analyst in the Electricity Pricing and Tariffs Department at National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA).
In October 2010, I was a founding member of IMPETUS Regulatory Consultants.
As an independent consultant, I have been involved in a project for the development of the inaugural Strategic Plan for the Swaziland Energy Regulatory Authority. I was involved in the development of a tool for the review of the strategic plan and setting up the structure to enable management to track and plot progress of future strategic plans. In my capacity as Regulatory Consultant, I have performed the following functions: analysis of the electricity industry; identifying Projects relevant for the Regulator; benchmarking the Regulator against internationally best practice; and provided advice on regulatory strategy and approach.
I have presented courses in economic regulation, tariff design, and cost-reflective tariffs to the Regional Electricity Regulators Association of Southern Africa Training for Regulatory Practitioners.
Currently, I serve as Chairperson of the Policy & Markets Working Group of the South Africa Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), and as a Member of the Management Board of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA).
Senior Director Construction Head of Global EPC
Pierre Pretorius joined Vestas in 2011 and was responsible for establishing the original EPC execution strategy and Construction Management teams in Vestas Southern Africa. Most recently he was Project Director on the Lake Turkana Wind Farm in Kenya and was appointed as Head of Global EPC in Vestas since early 2017. Pierre is based in Johannesburg and while he remains responsible for all Vestas’ construction activities in Southern and Eastern Africa, he is responsible to develop and strengthen Vestas’ global EPC execution capability and footprint. Pierre has been active in the construction industry internationally since 1995 and started his career in China and Hong Kong. He holds a B.Sc in Computer Sciences and Mathematics as well as an MBA from the University of Cape Town
Zhou Jianqing has been working with Goldwind for 6 years. He was Deputy General Manager of Goldwind International in charge of business development in emerging markets and then appointed as CEO of Goldwind Africa early 2015 to take all responsibility of Goldwind’s business in whole Sub-Saharan Africa region. Before his positions with Goldwind, Zhou Jianqing worked as a Government official with Ministry of Commerce of People’s Republic of China, where he worked for 10 year to enhance the economic and commercial cooperation between China and African countries. He has contributed a lot especially in design and implements many policies regarding China-Africa economic cooperation under the framework of China-Africa Cooperation Forum. This experience gave Zhou Jianqing a rich knowledge and deep understanding on African Countries, and together with his experience in wind industry, he is help Goldwind in implementing a long-term business strategy in African countries and in South Africa with priority.
Theo has over 10 years’ experience as a research and policy professional, focusing on energy efficiency and renewable energy. He is contracted by government ministries, international agencies, NGO’s and the private sector. In addition to South Africa, he has completed assignments in Nigeria, Botswana and Kenya. Currently, he is the project manager for the UNDP funded residential appliance standards and labelling programme and is stationed at the Department of Energy.
Marion Green-Thompson, Economic Development Director for Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, is a teacher by profession whose life journey has evolved to encompass experiences across a plethora of areas. She spent 16 years in the public service working in 7 provinces across 5 different sectors from Education to Health, Provincial Treasury, Finance, Economic Development and Environmental Affairs and Tourism.
In her current position she is employed by Globeleq as the Economic Development Director. The position is responsible for the development, design and implementation of economic development models, especially around Socio Economic Development and Enterprise Development projects and programmes, ensure reporting on Economic Development reporting to the IPP Monitoring Office and manage the activities of the 3 Community Trusts associated with the renewable energy project companies within the company portfolio. She also manages the organisations stakeholder engagement efforts including the Public Relations portfolio.
She has chaired the working 4 communities working group at SAWEA and is passionate any initiatives that embrace diversity, contribute to poverty alleviation and development of people especially in the communities were our plants are located.
Obakeng Moloabi is a one of the founding member of the Pele Energy Group. He leads the project development team for Pele Green Energy, a subsidiary of the group that develops, owns and operates renewable energy projects. Currently Pele is involved in projects with a name plate capacity of just under 900MW, the projects are at different phases from financial close conclusion to operational. He has been involved in the renewable energy industry since 2009 and has participated in the REIPPPP since inception.
Andre Otto started his career in the Dept of Minerals and Energy Affairs in 1993 where, amongst other, he worked on the development of the Darling National Demonstration Wind Farm, South Africa’s 1st Wind IPP that was commissioned in May 2008 with a 20 year Power Purchase Agreement with the City of Cape town and South Africa’s White Paper on Renewable Energy 2003. He was the Project manager for the GEF funded South African Wind Energy Programme SAWEP Phase 1 (2008 – 2010) and currently SAWEP Phase 2 (2015 – 2019) and WASA 2 (2014 to 2018) at the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI).
Member of the Executive Board, ENERTRAG AG, Germany
Gunar Hering is a member of Executive Board at ENERTRAG AG. He is responsible for project development, asset management, and finance. ENERTRAG is a pioneer of the German Energy Transition. The company has built 1 GW and is operating 3 GW of onshore wind capacity mostly in Germany and in France. Since earlier this year, ENERTRAG is also present in the South African market. As a leading innovator, ENERTRAG always took a view beyond wind technology and the electricity sector, and it built the first renewable hybrid power plant in 2011 which produces green hydrogen from wind power.
Before joining ENERTRAG, Gunar worked as an Associate Director for Energy at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)–a global top-management consulting firm. At BCG, he was part of the leadership team of the Energy Practice serving as global topic leader for renewable energy.
Gunar studied physics in Germany and the USA. He received his Ph.D. from Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany for his research inHeavy Ion Nuclear Physics at CERN, Geneva.
Director, Business Development Sub Saharan Africa
Acciona Energy South Africa
Degree in Industrial Technical Mechanical Engineering, E.U.Politecnica – Donostia – San Sebastián (University of the Basque Country) & Hochschule Mittweida (FH) University of Applied Sciences (Germany); Postgrad Degree / Professional Expert in Solar Photovoltaic Energy, CENSOLAR / UNED (Spain).
Senior Business Development Dtor with 13+ years of international experience leading and increasing business development and driving market penetration in Renewable Energy sector in Europe and Africa. Since 2012 based in Cape Town in charge of the expansion of Business Development of Acciona Energy for the South African (REIPP programm) and Sub – Saharan renewable energy markets; among others, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia (Scaling Solar ), Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Ghana, Senegal (Scaling Solar ) and Uganda.
Ivan Thuynsma joined Vestas in July 2016 as the Sales Director of Vestas South and East Africa based in Johannesburg. Prior to joining Vestas Ivan spend 14 years in the logisticsand supply chain industries where he held various senior regional and global positions at two of theindustry leaders. He also has extensive knowledge of doing business across the Africa continent and the Middle East. Most recently, Ivan served as the Global Head of the Mining Vertical at Damco (part of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group).
Ivan earned a Master’s Degree in Business Management at University of Johannesburg.
Felix J. Bielefeld is currently the Managing Director for eta Wind. He has been involved in the wind industry for over 8 years and experience in various roles. He graduated (M.Eng.) in the field of Industrial Engineering from Stellenbosch University. A focal point of his research was Physical Asset Management of Utility Scale Wind Energy Facilities, driven by condition based monitoring concepts. Felix further qualified as a State Certified Wind Turbine Technician in Germany. He applied his practical and analytical skills working on wind turbines of several makes in South Africa and Europe.
Felix recently worked on several wind energy projects world-wide, this includes South Africa, Germany, Bulgaria, Estonia and Japan. In South Africa, Felix represents REIPPPP projects as Owners Engineer and he successfully implemented condition monitoring strategies for wind turbines. In addition he is consulted by insurance companies for condition assessments. Felix is passionate about the technology and firmly believes that the long term success of the South African wind industry depends on knowledge transfer and localization.
Lizeka Dlepu is the Head of Community Relations and Sustainability for Enel Green Power South Africa. My greatest passion is development and empowerment of rural communities. My job involves ensuring that we obtain a social licence by building positive and sustainable relationships in communities where our plants are located with key individuals, groups and organizations; responsible for analysis of the social and economic issues most relevant to local communities in each project site in South Africa
She worked in the Economic Development and BEE Transformation space for Suzlon Wind Energy South Africa, Barloworld Equipment and GEA. She previously worked for the Department of Communications as the Director of Gender, Youth, Disability and Children Desk for seven years.
My education includes BA in Psychology qualification from the University of Western Cape I also did Masters in Town and Regional Planning at the University of Natal.
In addition to being the Head of Sustainability I am also a Non-Executive Director for South African Civil Aviation Authority.
Karl graduated in electrical / electronic engineering from Stellenbosch University in 1978.
After starting a career with Siemens, he migrated to high-technology defence projects until 1992, when he joined forces with Pragma. There his experience and methodologies of system engineering led to what became known as physical asset management, which was since formalised in the ISO 55000 standard.
After doing his share of engineering and business management duties in Pragma, Karl returned to professional consultation. He believes that asset management must be an essential part of an organisation’s business strategy, to create structure and order in the long term utilisation stage of the lifespan of assets. This is especially applicable to the long-life infrastructure assets as found in facilities and utilities, where much of the value of new projects can quickly be lost by lack of appropriate care and discipline.
Paolo Frankl is Head of the Renewable Energy Division at the International Energy Agency (IEA). Dr. Frankl leads the IEA’s work on renewable energy, providing policy advice in the areas of technology, markets and systems integration. He is the member of several international advisory committees.
A physicist by training, Dr. Frankl holds a Ph.D in energy and environmental technologies from the University of Rome. Dr. Frankl has over twenty years of experience working on renewable energy systems and markets, life cycle assessment and eco-labeling. From 2000 to 2002 he served as Advisor to the Director-General of the Italian Ministry for the Environment.
Christine Lins was appointed as Executive Secretary of REN21, the Renewable Energy Policy Network of the 21st Century, in July 2011. REN21 is a global public-private multi-stakeholder network on renewable energy regrouping international organizations, governments, industry associations, science and academia as well as NGOs working in the field of renewable energy. REN21 has its headquarters at UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme in Paris/France.
Between 2001 and 2011, Ms. Lins served as Secretary General of the European Renewable Energy Council. Previously, she worked in a regional energy agency in Austria promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
Ms. Lins holds a Masters degree in international economics and applied languages. She has more than 20 years of working experience in the field of renewable energy sources.
I have been working as an independent consultant after 10 years in Social Justice Network campaigns and 7 years in the development sector as a senior manager.
I have a strong background in human rights, democracy and lobbying advocacy programmes which I developed whilst working in the Department of Justice and Peace Commission in Pretoria of the Southern African Bishops Conference. At National Level I had a duty to mobilise communities and make presentation on various areas of Justice and Peace.
In 2008 I started getting involved more extensively in the development sector in particular working with grant administration and allocation in a youth organisation in Cape Town and assessing the implementation of youth programs that have been allocated grants by the European Commission. I have an extensive background and experience in facilitating strategic processes, planning and analysis.
He carries a background academically of Theology and Philosophy and has until most recently been the Programme Implementation Manager for Amandla Omoya in Jeffreys Bay, Letsatsi Borutho Trust in Kimberley and Sibona Ilanga Trust.
Head of Integration and Planning Section
Department of Wind Energy, Technical University of Denmark (DTU Wind Energy)
Jens Carsten Hansenhas 39years of professional experience as an engineer and scientist, and has since 1982 been employed at the Department of Wind Energy, Technical University of Denmark (DTU Wind Energy). Since 2000 he has been the manager of international research-based consulting and since 2002 the Head of Section of Integration and Planning. The work as a scientist has primarily been within wind power applications undertaken in parallel with activities as consultant in international wind power projects as project manager and expert. The work has involved feasibility studies, planning and implementation of pilot and demonstration of wind farm projects as well as wind atlas and resource assessment projects.
(Pr.Eng, ECSA; BEng Electrical & Electronic, Stellenbosch University; PGD Sustainable Development – Renewable Energy cum laude, Stellenbosch University; MEng – Engineering Management cum laude, Stellenbosch University; MBA Candidate, Stellenbosch University)
Compton Saunders is the Operations Manager at Globeleq South Africa Management Services , the Operations Management Company for the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, De Aar Solar Power and Droogfontein Solar Power. He is involved in the development of business and information systems, plant operations and the management of the Remote Monitoring Centre for GSAMS. In addition to this, he is currently leading the development and implementation of the organisational asset management framework aligned with ISO 55000, the first implementation of its kind in the South Africa renewables space. The purpose is to create an underlying management methodology and asset management language and practice within the organisation.
Gloria has over 6 years’ experience in online condition monitoring of offshore and onshore wind turbines from a wide range of manufacturers including Gamesa, GE, Nordex, Senvion, Siemens and Vestas. She has worked with several asset managers and operators across Europe and North America, analysing vibration and SCADA data and reviewing grease and oil analysis reports, to deliver valuable insights into turbine health. She is a proficient user of several vibration analysis software tools including Bachmann, B&K Vibro, SKF and TCM.
Her current role at Uniper Technologies Limited involves the development of diagnostic methods for identifying the onset and progression of component damage within wind turbine gearboxes and generators. She is also involved in the development of SCADA and vibration data alarm strategies for wind assets. This work is demonstrating the value of data analytics in driving the optimisation of wind asset maintenance strategies.
Dr. Tobias Bischof-Niemz is a Director of ENERTRAG SA Pty Ltd in Cape Town, and the Head of Corporate Business Development at ENERTRAG AG, Germany. Before joining ENERTRAG in September 2017, Tobias successfully established and led the Energy Centre at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Tobias served as a member of the South African Ministerial Advisory Council on Energy (MACE) that advised former Minister Joemat-Pettersson on long-term, strategic energy topics. Originally from Germany, Tobias worked in the Frankfurt office of global management consultancy The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for five years before migrating to South Africa.
Christian Prins is Economist for Economic Policy Development at the Economic Development Department (EDD) and has been a member of senior management of the Department since 2011. His main focus is on the impactsthat national environment, climate change, green economy and energy programmes of government have on job creation, economic growth and inequality. Previously he held positions asDirector: Financial Services and Director: Tax Policy, respectively at the National Treasury. He holdsB.Com, B.Com Honours (Economics) andMSc in Finance (Economic Policy) degrees. He has also completed executive level training at the World Bank Institute, and New York Institute of Finance.
Enel Green Power South Africa, Country Manager
William Price is the Country Manager at Enel Green Power South Africa, a position he acquired on 1stJuly 2016. William is a nuclear engineer by profession and has over 29 years of experience in the power industry with 23 years in geothermal business development, operations, maintenance, engineering and construction.
He is well-known in the industry as the pioneer of geothermal submersible pump technology, advancements in binary technology and hybrid applications.
Price joined the Enel Green Power team in 2007 as the Vice President of Engineering and Construction in Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGP-NA) and Project Team Leader responsible for projects in North and Central America. While with Enel, Price has managed the execution of geothermal, wind, hydroelectric, solar thermal, and solar photovoltaic projects that total more than 2,000 MWs.
Price began his career in the U.S. Navy in 1982, and graduated at the top of his class in the Nuclear Power Program. After completing his government service, Price became involved with the Coso Geothermal Field and was part of the construction and operations team that expanded Coso from a 30 MW dual flash steam facility to a 240 MW project spread over four different sites. In 1992 he became the general manager of the 24 MW Steamboat Binary Geothermal Project.
Founder & Owner: Absolute Rigging & Transport
Armien Hassiem established Absolute Rigging & Transport (ART) in 2009 as an offshoot of the original family owned business, Hassiem Transport, which his grandfather started in 1924. He joined the family business in 1997, forsaking a career in medicine when the business needed new blood and a new direction to survive.
ART specialises in Vessel discharge, Port handling & Storage; Transport to & on site; Specialist Rigging & Crane hire to the Renewable Energy, Oil & Gas and Mining Industries in Africa.
ART is the only 100% Black South African owned company to offer this specialised services to the wind energy market.
ART has successfully transported WTG components for the Gouda Wind Farm (Acciona) ; Amakhala & Gibson Bay Wind Farms ( Nordex).
Armien is actively involved in the management of the business. He believes that personal supervision, experienced staff & the correct equipment ensures superior & safe service to his clients.
ART whose motto is “Extending Possibilities”, began with 20 employees in 2009 and has grown to more than 120 specialised riggers, operators & drivers who undergo local and overseas training from equipment suppliers who provide in-house facilities and send trainers to Absolute’s Airport Industria premises.
Head: Power, Utilities and Infrastructure – Barclays Africa
Bhavtik C. Vallabhjee has over 20 years of Corporate & Merchant Banking experience in South Africa and in the Middle East. He has been engaged in structuring major project finance transactions in sectors such as power (incl. Renewable Energy), water, oil & gas, telecoms, transportation, healthcare & industrial projects. He has worked on several deals in the Middle East and a number of African countries. He has been involved in executing transactions with an aggregate value in excess of US$23bn in his career. He spent 5 years in the Middle East at the height of its infrastructure spending boom where he was a Project Finance banker there (including with GE Capital in Dubai). After returning to 2010, he had joined Standard Bank’s Corporate & Investment Banking division’s Power & Infrastructure team where he specifically focused on Renewable Energy and was part of the team that successfully closed 17 projects with total debt underwrites of ZAR15bn. He is currently Head of Barclays Africa’s Power, Utilities & Infrastructure team and works across conventional & renewable power technologies in Africa.
He is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant (UK), has an MBA in Finance from Stellenbosch Business School in Cape Town, South Africa, two Honours and a Bachelors degree in Accountancy & Finance.
Ruse Moleshe, is the Head Industrial Infrastructure responsible for the Power, Water, Logistics and Telecoms sub-sectors within the IDC. She has a wealth of over 20 years’ experience in the power and infrastructure space and was previously working for the Department of Energy, Basil Read EPC contractor, Development Bank of Southern Africa and Standard Bank of South Africa. Ruse has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and Honours in Energy Studies.
Happy Khambule, Senior Political Advisor at Greenpeace Africa has a passion for being part of partnerships that initiate and drive social innovations, Happy is part of 1.5 degrees political taskforce. Happy studied law at the University of Johannesburg and was recognised by the British Council as a Global Change-maker and International Climate Champion in 2008 and 2010 respectively. In 2013, he was selected as one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans of the year.
Happy has always had a passion for being part of a team especially teams that start social innovation projects. Happy is passionate about positive change and values collective action. He was a British Council International Climate Change Champion mentor. Happy is particularly interested in identifying levers of change within South Africa’s policy and legislative landscape as opportunities or tipping points in achieving a low-carbon generation.
Neil Lindsay has been in the Renewable Energy Industry for 16 years where he has developed and managed wind and solar PV portfolios in UK and Africa. His previous positions include UK Managing Director for Enertrag, Projects Director Scotland for Element Power and Non Executive Director for the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group. He has sat on and advised a number of trade association boards.
For the last 3 years he has supported Aggreko in developing their services to the Renewable Energy market and has advised them in UK, Continental Europe and Africa. He is based in Kenya and acts as Renewable Energy Business Development Consultant covering all of Africa.
Ashwin is responsible for originating potential deals, analysing, assessing, structuring and negotiating investment opportunities, as well as the execution, performance monitoring and realisation of investments.
Ashwin joined AIIM in 2010 and has worked on infrastructure project finance deals in the transport, thermal energy and renewable energy sectors, as well as assisting in the management of existing assets. Most recently, Ashwin was involved in the successful execution of a 90MW HFO fired Albatros power station in Mali, and 2 10MW solar PV projects in Namibia. He was also involved in the 350MW gas fired Cenpower IPP power project in Tema, Ghana in 2014, and the successful execution of two renewable energy investments in South Africa, namely the 139MW Cookhouse Wind Farm and the 81MW Renewable Energy Investments SA Solar PV investment, both of which reached commercial operations in 2014.
Ashwin represents the AIIM funds on the board of AIIM Hydroneo, a hydropower development joint venture, Albatros Energy Mali, and Mercury Power, the holding company for AIIM funds investment in Cenpower IPP.
Prior to joining AIIM, Ashwin spent 8 years with Aurecon, a consulting engineering firm managing teams delivering permitting and development assistance to project developers, including inter alia environmental permitting, water, waste and air quality licensing. Ashwin’s areas of focus were the large infrastructure, energy and water sectors. Before joining Aurecon, Ashwin spent two years in the UK working for Thames Water in project management and management systems implementation and review.
Ashwin holds a B.Sc Honours degree and a MBA from the University of Cape Town.
Wikus Kruger is a researcher with the Management Programme in Infrastructure Reform and Regulation (MIR), based at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (GSB). His research focuses on increasing private investment in sub-Saharan Africa’s power sector, in particular for renewable energy and energy access.
After completing a Master’s degree with a focus on Renewable Energy, Sean decided to combine his experience in the human capital industry with a passion for RE and early in 2012 started AltGen Consulting & Recruitment. AltGen was initially primarily focussed on recruitment of scarce skills but as the RE program gained momentum there was a clear demand for knowledge management and the offering gravitated towards consulting into skills development and training. In 2015/16 the first major project in Eastern Africa was executed with AltGen completing sourcing, recruitment and on-boarding of all of the turbine technicians for the Lake Turkana Wind Farm in Northern Kenya.
Ricardo Hansby has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors across different industries.
He is currently the Head for Corporate Affairs and Community Investment (Africa) for Mainstream Renewable Power South Africa, having served previously as Deputy Director-General: Partnerships and Special Projects for the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agency (MISA) of the national Department of Cooperative Governance. Prior to this he was Deputy Director-General: Infrastructure and Economic Development in the Department of Cooperative Governance. In both these roles he was responsible for fostering partnerships with stakeholders in government and the private sector in support of local government service delivery and economic development. He was also responsible for policy development and implementation in the fields of municipal infrastructure, basic services and local economic development. He represented the Department on various structures including the Economic Sector, Employment and Infrastructure Cluster of Departments, the Technical Committee of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Anti-Poverty and Employment Creation and the Board of Directors of the Development Fund of the Development Bank of Southern Africa. During that time he chaired the technical committee of the Economic Workstream of the Special Presidential Project on Distressed Mining Communities and served on the Jobs Fund Advisory Committee of the Minister of Finance. Internationally, he chaired NetsAfrica, a bilateral structure to encourage business and government cooperation between Tuscany (Italy) and South Africa.
Prior to the call to public service, Ricardo had a stint as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
He also worked for Protekon, the consulting engineering and construction subsidiary of Transnet Ltd, as Manager: Business Development and Marketing. In the 1990s, Ricardo also served as Head of Foreign Trade and Investment for the Western Cape Department of Economic Affairs and RDP where he was responsible for developing policies and strategies to attract foreign direct investment into the Western Cape and promoting exports from the province. Before joining the Department, Ricardo worked for the Chamber of Mines of South Africa as a Public Policy Analyst and lobbyist
Ricardo obtained an Honours Degree in International Political Economy from the University of the Western Cape. His professional focus is on building and managing partnerships between government and the private sector with a view to unlocking economic growth, development and private sector job creation.
Chief Executive Officer
Kouga Wind Farm
Lukhanyo Kenneth Ndube is currently the Chief Executive Officer, for the Kouga Wind Farm. He has more than 16 years of electrical energy generation experience, and more than 9 years’ experience as a Senior Manager and leader. He holds a BSc (Eng.) Electrical from the University of Cape Town (UCT); a Postgraduate Diploma in Science from the University of the Witwatersrand;andan MBA Degree from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business . He is a Member of the National Society of Black Engineers of South Africa, Professional Engineer, Engineering Council of S.A.; Member of the South African Institute of Measurement and Control; and Member of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa (IoDSA). Lukhanyo is passionate about value creation, people development and believes in the concept of abundance.
General Manager: Africa
Hein assumed the position of General Manager in 2016. He has direct responsibility for projects in development, construction and operations including taking the lead on Mainstream’s Africa initiatives late in 2016.
Since Hein joined Mainstream his roles have included project and business development through to construction. He has over ten years’ renewable energy experience.
Hein trained as a mechanical engineer and built a successful career in delivering complex projects and new business initiatives leading multi-disciplinary teams of professionals. His experience covers rewarding enterprises in the automotive, rail, marine and energy industries. He has been one of the pioneers of the South African renewable energy industry and a board member of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) since 2014.
Grové is an infrastructure and regulatory economist with more than 25 year’s experience in the electricity, gas and liquid fuels sectors. He started his career as an industrial engineer at Eskom and has worked as an energy and power sector policy researcher at the University of Cape Town; at the former National Electricity Regulator (NER); at the Human Sciences Research Council; as a senior policy and economic advisor to Government and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA); as a regulatory advisor to Transnet; and as an infrastructure expert in energy sector commercial and regulatory litigation.
Grové served on the Liquid Fuels Windfall Tax Task Team appointed by Minister Trevor Manual and on the team responsible for drafting the 1998 White Paper on Energy Policy. He was an invited Visiting Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit of University of Sussex in 2005. Grové is the Managing Director of Meridian Economics, an energy and infrastructure economics advisory firm based in Cape Town.
Grové holds a BIng (Ind. Eng.) from the University of Stellenbosh, a BA (Econ. and Soc.) from Unisa, an MSc (Eng.) Energy Studies from the University of Cape Town, and a DPhil (Economics of Technology) from the University of Sussex. His doctoral dissertation focused on finance, technology choice and investment decision making in the power sector.
Annelize van der Merwe is Director Green Economy at Investment South Africa, a division of the Department of Trade & Industry (thedti). Prior to this, she was Green Economy Investment and Finance Liaison for the Western Cape Sector Development Agency, GreenCape and the Western Cape’s Trade, Investment & Tourism Promotion agency, Wesgro. Ms van der Merwe is responsible for acting as the point person for foreign and domestic investment in the green economy in South Africa.
In her current role, Ms van der Merwe ismandated to enhance foreign and domestic investment in the South African economy. Ms van der Merwe is responsible for contributing to the department’s investment pipeline, specifically in the green economy. She has been instrumental in attracting and securing key investment projects in various green economy subsectors including renewable energy, waste management, energy efficiency and biofuels.
Ms van der Merwe has a career in international trade and investment spanning more than 15 years. Prior to joining the dti she worked for the British and Dutch governments, promoting trade and investment relations between South Africa and these countries.
Ms van der Merwe holds a Masters degree in Economic Policy with a specialisation in Trade & Industrial Policy as well as a certificate in International Politics from the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences-Po) in Paris, France.
Global Wind Energy Council
Steve Sawyer joined the Global Wind Energy Council as its first Secretary General in April 2007. The Global Wind Energy Council represents the major wind energy associations (China, India, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Canada, USA, Europe, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Korea and UK) as well as the major companies involved in the global wind industry.
Steve has worked in the energy and environment field since 1978, with a particular focus on climate change and renewable energy since 1988. He spent many years working for Greenpeace International, representing the organization at intergovernmental and industry fora primarily on energy and climate issues. At GWEC he is focussed on working with intergovernmental organisations such as the UNFCCC, IPCC, IRENA, IEA IFC and ADB to ensure that wind power takes its rightful place in the energy options for the future; and with opening up new markets for the industry in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Steve is also a founding member of both the REN21 Renewable Energy Policy Network and the IEA’s Renewable Industry Advisory Board. He advised the Chinese government on the formulation of its renewable energy legislation, as well as providing expert reviewing for the IPCC’s Working Group III. He grew up in rural New Hampshire and holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Haverford College.
Aksharis theBonds Specialists forthe Primary Markets teamin the Capital Markets division of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. His role entails driving newbond issuances by local and international issuers across the JSE debt market. This includes the development of new products and platforms to enhance the capital markets. Before joining the JSE,Aksharwas with FNB Specialised Finance for almost 4 years where he worked within the Mid-Corporate Investment Banking divisionas a transactor in the Leveraged and Acquisition Finance team focusing on various corporate actions, M&A and private equity related transactions. Thereafter, he joinedKfW IPEX Bank working in the Infrastructure Finance team focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa transactions.
Yoliswa Msweli, a Chartered Accountant by profession, is a “corporate entrepreneur”, having established KPMG’s Strategic Social Investment Services team within the Climate Change and Sustainability Services Unit. She has been working at KPMG for 12 years and specialises in Development, providing advice to organisations across various sectors to ensure that socio-economic development initiatives are appropriately designed, effectively governed and achieve demonstrable impact.
Msweli is a Chartered Accountant with experience that spans across South Africa, UK and Hungary. Yoliswa specialises in Socio-economic Development, advising organisations across public and private sector on delivering effective and impactful development. Her passion is to advance development progress through advising a variety of organisations on sound initiatives that are appropriately designed and suitable for context and realities on the ground, are well governed and executed to achieve demonstrable impact.
Her development experience has been obtained from working with organisations in Mining, Renewable Energy Sector, Public Sector and Not-for Profit sectors in South Africa and the UK. Her specialisation is providing advice across the following areas of the organisation or programme: Strategy and Governance, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation, Reporting and Assurance
On a voluntary basis, Msweli is involved in Business Women’s Association of South Africa (BWASA) – Gauteng Committee, Programmes and Strategic Partnerships portfolio. Additionally, she volunteers her skills to provide strategic support to Not for Profit organisations such as ABASA (Advancement of Black Accountants in Southern Africa); Youth Managers Foundation; Project Hope and other development initiatives.
Lucy is currently General Manager: Infrastructure Finance at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). She is primarily responsible for leading DBSA’s investment activities and managing relationships with key clients primarily in the energysector in South Africa.Prior to this role,she was a Divisional Executive in the Investment Banking Division at the DBSA.
Lucy has over 15 years of combined experience in infrastructure project finance and Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).She has led DBSA’s team in originating and executing several energy projects which have won international awards and added more than 2500MW of power to the South African National Grid. Lucy is also the recipient of the Green Future Leadership Award (2016).
She hasled several investment teams, and executed landmark lead arranging mandates for transactions in various sectors including energy, telecommunications, PPPs, health and transport.
Lucy has an MBA in Finance from Manchester Business School of the University of Manchester, UK.
Hilton has an MS Electrical Engineering from Wits (1983). After doing engineering for some ten years he moved into policy development and analysis in 1991. Since 2007 this has increasingly focused on sustainable energy systems and economy both as a practitioner as principal Engineer, Energy and Climate Change for the local government of the City of Cape Town, as a consultant and as a researcher. His current main interests are academically orientated studies of quantitative economic and financial analysis of energy and emissions; political, political economy and institutional analysis of implementation of energy and climate change emissions mitigation policies, and; the transition to sustainable economies and energy systems within developing country contexts of severe inequality and poverty.
Dr Sebbowa is the Principal Consultant at Frank Energy Consultants Limited, Suite 404 BMK House – near Hotel Africana Kampala
Engineer Frank Sebbowa was born in 1952 and in 1977 graduated in Mechanical Engineering, he obtained his PhD from University of Leeds in 1982. He obtained his MBA in 2006.
Dr Sebbowa was a Senior lecturer at universities in Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda for several years before becoming the CEO of a private manufacturing company: Uganda Clays Ltd, where he served for nine years.
Between 2012 and 2016 Dr Sebbowa was the Executive Director of Uganda Investment Authority.
Earlier between 2001 and 2011 Dr Sebbowa was the CEO of Uganda’s Electricity Regulatory Authority.
Dr Sebbowa who has served and continues to serve on several Boards of Directors in Kampala
As a Rotarian Dr Sebbowa often takes on several charitable roles.
Crescent Mushwana holds a MEng Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand. He is currently employed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), as a Principal Engineer in the Energy Centre. His work and research interest are in energy-system planning and operation with a special focus on scenario modelling of future energy/power systems with high shares of renewables. He was previously employed by the electricity utility, Eskom as a Chief Engineer in Transmission Grid Planning. Mushwana is a Member of South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).
Country Sales Manager
Allan joined ENERCON in 2011 and became the first native member of the UK Sales Team. As of 2014, he has been leading and growing the in-country team in South Africa with considerable engagement across all relevant industry stakeholders. He has a passion for the increased deployment of onshore wind energy in South Africa, across both utility scale wind farms and additionally on smaller schemes that can be embedded inside distribution grid networks. He remains optimistic for the future of the South African renewable energy sector, having further defined ENERCON’s localisation strategy during the industry slowdown. With a growing and increasingly cost competitive product portfolio, he is in no doubt about the desirability of ENERCON’s gearless, direct-drive technology that is characterised by its unrivalled quality, efficiency and reliability.
Tasneem Essop is an expert on climate, energy, poverty and social justice issues and is the Founding Director of the Energy Democracy Initiative in South Africa. Prior to this, she headedthe climate work in WWF International and served as the Head of Delegation for the organisation at the UNFCCC.
She is also serving her second term as Commissioner in the National Planning Commission of South Africa.
Before joining WWF in 2008, she held the positions of Provincial Minister for the Environment, Planning and Economic Development and Provincial Minister of Transport, Public Works and Property Management in the Western Cape.
Before becoming a Member of the Western Cape Provincial Legislature in 1994, she was a trade unionist in COSATU Western Cape. She is a qualified teacher.
Anton Eberhard is a Professor at the University of Cape Town where he directs the Management Programme in Infrastructure Investment, Reform and Regulation at the Graduate School of Business. His research and teaching focuses on governance and regulatory incentives to improve utility performance, the political-economy of power sector reform, investment challenges, and linkages to sustainable development. A recent focus has been the design of renewable energy auctions. He has worked in the energy sector across Sub- Saharan Africa, and other developing regions, for more than 35 years and was the founding Director of the Energy and Development Research Centre. He is a Foundation Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. Previously he chaired the Deputy-President’s Advisory Panel on South Africa’s Electricity Crisis and has served on the country’s Ministerial Advisory Council on Energy, the National Planning Commission, the National Advisory Council on Innovation and the Board of the National Electricity Regulator of South Africa. In 2012, he received the SA National Energy Association’s award for outstanding and sustained contributions to the enhancement of the South African energy environment. Prof Eberhard has more than 100 peer reviewed publications to his credit including three recent books: Independent Power Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa; Power Sector Reform and Regulation in Africa; and Africa’s Power Infrastructure: Investment, Integration and Efficiency. He has undertaken numerous assignments for governments, utilities, regulatory authorities, donor and multi-lateral agencies, banks and private sector companies.
Ms Ntombifuthi Ntuli is a Board Member of the South African Wind Energy Association. She holds an MPhil Degree in Energy Studies (University of Johannesburg) and a Certificate in Economic and Development Policy (University of Witwatersrand). She is an Alumnus of the United States International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) as well as the African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE).
Currently she works for the CSIR as a Research Group Leader: Energy Industry. Previously she worked for the Department of Trade and Industry as a Director: Green Industries, where she was responsible for facilitating the development of the local renewable energy industry. Before joining the DTI, she spent 3 years at the Embassy of Denmark working as a Coordinator for the Business to Business Programme, where she facilitated business linkages between Danish and South African companies. Prior to that she spent 7 years in Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality working on Energy ad Climate Change programmes.
Lizeka Matshekga, is the Divisional Executive responsible for the Infrastructure, Agro-processing and Agriculture and New Industries within the IDC. She brings a wealth of 23 years’ experience within the financial services sector, where she has spent more than half of that within the Development Finance institutions. She has a Masters in Development Finance from Stellenbosch University, Honours in Commerce from the University of Cape Town and Bachelors in Commerce from the University of Western Cape. She sits on many boards of IDCs investee companies.
Chief Executive Office (CEO)
South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA)
Brenda Martin has worked as a senior practitioner in the Southern African Development, Education and Energy policy sectors for over 15 years. After implementing small-scale energy, water and food security projects in Southern Africa between 2011 and 2016, she conducted interdisciplinary applied research on energy policy at the Energy Research Centre at the University of Cape Town. She has an MPhil in Energy & Development -Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cape Town.Her dissertation focused on the Politics of Electricity planning in South Africa.
Naim Rassool has had extensive exposure within the South African mining and manufacturing industry with CSIR and Atlas Copco having practised as an engineer. Prior to joining SARETEC in March 2015, Naim spent a number of years in venture capital with the Innovation Fund & TIA and after that being a CEO of a medium size engineering company, USC Metering (Pty) Ltd. Naim recently was appointed to the Board of Green Cape and also holds Board positions in other private sector companies. Naim has a BSc (Engineering) & MSc (Engineering) from the University of Witwatersrand and an MBA degree from University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).
African Clean Energy Developments & SAWEA Board Member
Mary Waller is a Manager at African Clean Energy Developments, a South African renewable energy developer which is actively involved in developing, bidding and implementing large-scale wind and solar PV projects in the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. She is responsible for all aspects of ACED’s RE portfolio from arranging project finance to project development, and has a strong focus on the legal and financial structuring, land arrangements and economic development aspects of the RE portfolio. Mary is also a Member of the Board of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA).
Prior to joining ACED in 2009, Mary completed her Masters in Energy and Development Studies at the Energy Research Centre at the University of Cape Town. Prior to conducting her Masters, Mary worked for JPMorgan Leveraged Finance in London where she was involved in a variety of infrastructure deals across the energy, water, electricity and gas sectors in Europe. Mary completed a Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Economics in 2006 and a Bachelor of Commerce in Politics, Economics and Philosophy (Triple Major) in 2005 at the University of Cape Town.
Globeleq South Africa Management Services
Chairperson – South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA)
Mark has over 25 years’ experience in power sector issues. He has led numerous advisory processes on power and other infrastructure matters for national government departments, development agencies and local municipalities. He served on South Africa’s National Electrification Forum (NELF) in the early 1990’s, edited the 1998 White Paper on Energy, was a member of the Ministerial Advisory Forum on EDI Restructuring and led the team advising EDI Holdings’ on its legal strategy.For the past ten years Mark has pursued the development, construction and operation of independent power producers in South and Southern Africa.
Mark is currently Managing Director of Globeleq South Africa Management Services and also the general manager of three renewable power companies, being the 135 MW Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, the 45 MW De Aar Solar Power plant, and the 45 MW Droogfontein Solar Power plant. Globeleq is the majority shareholder in each of these assets and manages, operates and maintains the plants on behalf of all shareholders.
Mark holds a bachelor and a mastersdegree (cum laude)in electrical engineering, a post graduate diploma in public policy and development administration (with distinction) and an MBA (with distinction). He has served as chair of SAWEA’s working group on policy and markets for two terms and as chair of the assets working group for two terms. He was elected to the board of SAWEA in September, 2017 and represents the association on the board of the South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC).
Jess is the Director the Sustainability Institute, a non-profit trust working in research and capacity building for just and sustainable African futures. She is an extraordinary lecturer with the School of Public Leadership at the University of Stellenbosch, coordinating the Corporate Governance and Sustainability module for the PGD and MPhil programmes.
Jess is a PhD Candidate with the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town, holds an MPhil in Sustainable Development from Stellenbosch University and a BSc in Ocean and Environmental Sciences from UCT. Previously, she has led teaching and consulting programmes in corporate governance, sustainability and community development for the public and private sectors.
Nordex Acciona Windpower South Africa
Board Member – South African Wind Energy Association
“Anne Henschel is a key figure in the renewable energy sector in South Africa. Appointed as Managing Director of Nordex Energy South Africa (RF) (PTY) Ltd in March 2012, Anne was subsequently promoted to lead the newly formed Nordex Acciona Windpower South Africa in the capacity of Country Manager South Africa. She has also been appointed to the Acciona Windpower South Africa (Pty) Ltd Board of Directors.
Having steered Nordex South Africa through the recent international merger of Nordex and Acciona Windpower – a culmination of 17 years at Nordex AG – Anne remains focused on delivering exceptional value to the five current REIPPPP projects of the Nordex Group.
As Member of the Board of SAWEA, previous Chair of the SAWEA Manufacturers and Local Content Working Group and Trustee of the Nordex Education Trust, Anne uses her leadership position to plough back expertise and insight in order to build the renewable energy industry in South Africa and to transfer skills and uplift communities within which the Nordex Group operates.
Anne completed the Senior Executive Program at Harvard Business School and holds a General Management Certificate from Gordon Institute of Business Science. She holds a Master’s degree in Latin American Sciences from the University of Rostock in Germany. In 2000, she joined the Nordex Group, and has subsequently served in various corporate roles around the world.”