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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.
Associate Director: KPMG
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Brenda 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, UCT.
She has an MPhil in Energy & Development (Mechanical Engineering, UCT).
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.
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
“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.”