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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.
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), South Africa’s national, multidisciplinary research council, which under his leadership became the first port of call for decision makers on the Southern African energy transition. Before joining the CSIR, Tobias worked as Chief Engineer for the System Operator of Eskom, South Africa’s national electric utility with more than 40 GW of installed power-generation capacity. In this role he was instrumental in the development of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2010 and 2013, which is the national long-term power-capacity expansion plan for the country. 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.
Tobias studied Mechanical Engineering with a focus on systems and energy engineering at the University of California at Berkeley and at the Technical University of Darmstadt. He holds a Master and a PhD degree from TU Darmstadt, and a Master of Public Administration on energy policymaking from Columbia University in New York City. He is married and has three children.
Head of Integration and Planning Section
Department of Wind Energy, Technical University of Denmark (DTU Wind Energy)
Jens Carsten Hansen has 39 years 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.
Greg Landwehr is the Principle Engineer in Supply Forecasting in the CSIR Energy Centre’s Energy Supply Research Group. Greg has spent a number of years working in the power transmission industry developing solutions for South Africa and Southern African Utilities as well as more recently, grid tie in solutions for Independent Power Producers. He is currently focusing on developing capacity at the CSIR in variable resource power prediction for the system operator. Greg holds an M.Sc. In Renewable Energy Physics from Oldenburg University in Germany and B.Sc.’s in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science from UKZN.
Dr Britta Rennkamp is a senior researcher at the Energy Research Centre (ERC) and senior fellow at the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) at the University of Cape Town. Her research focuses on climate policy and technology in developing countries and the links between poverty, inequality, energy and mitigation of climate change. Previous work analyzed conflict and coalition in renewable energy and nuclear programs, carbon taxation, green industrial and innovation policies in Africa and Latin America. Britta holds a PhD in Political Science from University of Twente, and a Diplom/MPhil in Regional Sciences Latin America from University of Cologne.
Walid Badawi assumed his position as UNDP Country Director in South Africa in January 2014. He is responsible for managing UNDP programmes and operations in the country leading a team of some 35 staff covering activities in poverty reduction, environment and energy, and governance.
Prior to arriving in South Africa and since 2009 he has led UNDP’s efforts to scale up South-South Cooperation and to engage emerging economies into new strategic partnerships with UNDP to contribute more effectively to achieving internationally agreed development goals including the MDGs.
Prior to that he served as Deputy Resident Representative (Programme) in UNDP Iraq. He also served for many years in the Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS) where he was Senior Policy Advisor to the Regional Director. Mr Badawi concurrently oversaw a number of regional programmes in the areas of HIV/AIDS and environment and was Deputy Director of the Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (PAPP) based in New York. From 1993 to 2001 Mr. Badawi served in the field working in UNDP Country Offices in Indonesia and Egypt where he was responsible for managing a number of development programmes and also worked on UN and donor coordination issues.
Mr. Badawi holds a Masters in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management (AGSIM) (Thunderbird), Arizona, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Fordham University in New York.
Mr. Badawi was a nationally ranked squash player in Egypt, Indonesia and the US, he is married and has 3 children.
Nemirini Tshamano is a Mechanical Technologist in building services and he is also registered with Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) as a candidate. As a consultant, in daily basis he is involved in designs of Fire protection services, wet-services, LP- Gas services and Heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC). Apart from work, He is a part time student (M-Tech Post-Graduate) with University of South Africa (UNISA). His research interest in renewable energy is to optimise the performance of horizontal small-scale wind turbines.
Konstantinos Pierros is with ENERCON GmbH in the Sales – Grid Integration team since 2011. He is responsible for the grid integration of wind power parks in the UK, the Netherlands and the Republic of South Africa and is based in Edinburgh, UK. Amongst his responsibilities are the communication of the electrical performance characteristics of ENERCON Wind Energy Converters to power system operators and to all interested parties and the contribution to the continuous development of grid codes and other related requirements, with a view to a system where renewable energy sources are dominant.
Konstantinos has a MEng in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and a MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems from the University of Edinburgh (class medal). He is a finalist for the “Achiever Award” in the Young Professionals in Renewables Green Energy Awards 2016 by Scottish Renewables.
Klaus Skytte is head of Energy Economics and Regulation at DTU Management Engineering in Denmark. He is an energy analyst with a strong academic profile and excellent analytical skills. With more than 16 years of experience in energy planning and system analysis, he is an entrepreneur who sees new perspectives and solutions in relation to a range of issues. He holds a PhD in economics and has coordinated several national and international research projects, e.g. the Nordic flagship project Flex4RES. His research activities encompass the areas of energy economics, regulation, micro-economic modelling, economic policy instruments, energy market structure and subsidy instruments for renewable electricity.
Jonas Hörsch received his Diploma in physics in 2015 from the University of Potsdam with a thesis in the field of theoretical quantum optics and mechanics. Since 2014 he has been working on the integration of renewable energy into the power system as a PhD student in the Complex Renewable Energy Networks research group at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies.
Dr Jenny Riesz is a Principal at the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). She is in the Future Power System Security program, adapting AEMO’s processes and functions to ensure ongoing security and reliability, as the power system transforms. She has led work programs on frequency control, including analysis on declining inertia, high Rate of Change of Frequency (RoCoF), the increasing need for frequency regulation, and Fast Frequency Response. Current work programs include integration of large-scale photovoltaics, and the operation of large power systems with high quantities of distributed energy resources (DER). She previously worked at the University of New South Wales in research on 100% renewable power systems, and at ROAM Consulting.
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, France, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Korea, South Africa 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 focused 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, is married to Kelly Rigg, has two children.
Dr. Stefan Bofinger received his degree in electrical engineering in 2002. He joined the weather service provider Meteocontrol for five years and was responsible for different wind power and photovoltaic projects. He established the division for yield analysis of PV systems and due diligence. In October 2007 he became head of division Large Scale Energy Systems of Fraunhofer IWES. In the same year he completed his PHD on “Energy systems with a high share ov PV eletricity: potentials, forecasts, grid integration”. Currently he is heading the department “Energy economics and system design”.
Professor Shalanda H. Baker is a Professor of Law, Public Policy, and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. Professor Baker is an affiliate faculty member in Northeastern’s Global Resilience Institute, and she teaches courses at the law school and in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. Baker was awarded a 2016-17 Fulbright-García Robles grant, which she utilized to explore Mexico’s energy reform, climate change and indigenous rights. Before joining Northeastern’s faculty, Professor Baker spent three years as an associate professor of law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai’i, where she was the founding director of the Energy Justice Program. Prior to that, she served on the faculty at University of San Francisco School of Law. Baker holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law, and an LLM from the University of Wisconsin School of Law, where she also served as a William H. Hastie Fellow.
Sebastian Goers works as a Researcher since April 2008 and as a Senior Researcher since December 2013 at the department of energy economics of the Energieinstitut at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. After his studies in Bonn, Germany, and Córdoba (Universidad Católica de Córdoba), Argentina, he graduated in economics with a focus on international macroeconomics and environmental economics at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelm University Bonn. His dissertation at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, entitled with “Assessing the European Emissions Trading Scheme’s effectiveness and efficiency via on analysis of endowment and CO2 allowance price behavior”, dealt with selected aspects on the effectiveness and efficiency of the European Emissions Trading Scheme. His research focuses mainly on the macro econometric analysis of energy issues at regional and national level and in the evaluation of European energy and climate policies. In addition, Sebastian Goers acts since mid-2013 as the scientific coordinator of Upper Austria within the RLS Energy Network of the partner regions of Bavaria, Georgia, Western Cape, Upper Austria, Québec, São Paulo and Shandong.
Samantha Ralston-Paton has an MSc degree in Conservation Biology. She has over 10 years experience with integrated environmental management. She joined BirdLife South Africa in 2012 as BirdLife South Africa’s Birds and Renewable Energy Manager, where she works with bird specialists, environmental assessment practitioners, government, academics, and renewable energy developers to help ensure that renewable energy is developed in harmony with nature.
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.
Ntlahla Ntsadu works for Eskom distribution in the Eastern Cape Operating Unit as a power quality engineer in the Plant – Quality of Supply department. He received his BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town in South Africa in 2014. His is currently completing his MSc in Electrical Engineering on effect of wind power integration on power quality of the grid. His research interests are power electronics and power system control.
Nkateko Nkuna received his BSc degree in Electrical Engineering in 2014 from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He is currently working towards his MSc in Electrical Engineering on frequency support by variable speed wind turbines. His research interest includes power systems, electrical drives and control and renewable energy.
Mpendulo Kona completed his N. Diploma in Mechatronics engineering with Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in 2015 and got an internship with Globeleq South Africa Management Services; an asset management company which manages, independent power producing utility projects in South Africa’s renewable energy sector. He then got appointed as a Control Room Operator; Monitoring the power projects, specifically Solar PV and Wind Turbine technology, he then continued his studies and completed his BTech in Mechatronics with Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) In 2017.
During his career at Globeleq, he has been involved in providing remote technical support to onsite technicians across both technologies. This involvement inspired him to peruse a study aimed towards the improvement of wind turbines in their operational life cycle.
Matthew Groch received a BEng and MEng degree from Stellenbosch University in 2011 and 2013 respectively. Following this, he worked as an Electrical Engineer at Eskom Transmission from 2014 to 2017. He is currently pursuing his PhD at Stellenbosch University with research interests in the bulk integration of renewable energy, the flexibility and balancing of power systems, wind power ramp events, and forecasting.
Mari-Louise has a diverse background incorporating extensive experience in environmental and waste engineering, Renewable Energy (RE), energy efficiency (EE) and demand side management (DSM) programmes in South Africa. Experience includes the design, development, planning and implementation of various projects, including EE programmes and interventions; incentive mechanisms for EE and small-scale RE projects; market, technology and product analyses for new EE initiatives; tracking and assessing market transformation over time; financial modelling; economic analyses; and carbon financing.
Most of this experience was gained working for the Eskom Integrated Demand Management (IDM) Programme, the South African National Energy Efficiency Institute (SANEDI), the South African National Department of Energy (DoE) and the DoE IPP Office.
Qualifications: Bachelors in Building Arts (University of Port Elizabeth); Bachelors in Civil Engineering (University of Stellenbosch); Clean Development Mechanism and Environmental Policy in Energy, WITS (Graduate School of Public and Development Management) & MEETI
Lydia works at the CSIR since 2011 as Environmental Scientists and Environmental Assessment Practitioner. With experience in various sectors in South Africa and other African countries, Lydia has successfully managed various types of Environmental Assessments including Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs), Basic Assessments (BAs), Environmental Management Programmes (EMPrs), Integrated Environmental Management Plans (IEMPs), Screening studies, (etc) as well as provided specific environmental advisory services to the government, the private sector and national/international conservation agencies.
Since 2013, Lydia has managed and led several challenging and complex national scale Strategic Environmental Assessments in support of the Strategic Infrastructure Projects (SIPs) under the National Development Plan (NDP) of South Africa, including:
– the wind and solar PV SEAs in support of SIP 8, which was undertaken to identify Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZs) for wind and solar PV facilities in SA, completed in 2015;
– the SEA for the construction of the South African mid-frequency array of SKA Phase 1 (SKA1_MID) in South Africa, in support of SIP16, which was undertaken to develop an integrated environmental management plan containing evidence-based knowledge set upon which strategic decisions are to be made with respect to the identification of no go areas and assessment of potential impacts, mitigation measures and management actions to be implemented during the design and construction of the SKA1_MID; and long-term research and monitoring programmes to be implemented on the SKA site, for submission to the Minister of Environmental Affairs for adoption, completed in 2017;
– the SEA Phase 2 to facilitate the rollout of wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) energy in South Africa, in support of SIP 8, which is currently conducted to identify additional REDZs most suitable for the roll out of wind and solar PV energy in all provinces of SA, in progress.
Registered as Professional Natural Scientist (Pr.Sci.Nat) in the field of Environmental Sciences (Registration Number: 400359/13) and member of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA), Lydia has been guest speaker at various national and international conferences and Universities in South Africa.
Lydia was selected one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 notable South Africans under the age of 35 in 2016: http://200ysa.mg.co.za/lydia-cape/
Mr Jarrad Gregory Wright – Jarrad is an MScEng(Elec) qualified electrical engineer and registered PrEng with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). He is a member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE), Conseil International des Grands Réseaux Electriques (CIGRE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He has extensive power sector experience in 11 African countries in generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power. More recently, as a Regional Manager for Energy Exemplar (Africa), his main strategic project was the establishment and expansion of the specialised software company into a respected energy consulting firm and class leading simulation tool of choice for energy market operations/planning in Africa. At the end of 2015 Jarrad joined the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Energy Centre as a Principal Engineer. His passion involving the intersection of the technical aspects and economics of power systems has motivated him to pursue his Ph.D. at WITS University.
Eugéne van Rensburg is a senior researcher at the Dept. Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University and has more than 20 years research experience. He holds a PhD in Microbiology with specialisation in fermentation and other industrial biotechnologies, and an MBA focusing on entrepreneurship, strategy and finance. Research interests include bioprocess development, biofuels and bioenergy, waste valorisation, the food-water-energy nexus and financial modelling.
Erol Chartan conducts research and development of power system simulations and wind power forecasts developing models in both spaces and performing analysis mainly to provide insight into understanding the integration of renewables. Prior to joining NREL, he worked as a power systems modeling consultant in London and previously in the Electricity National Control Room for the Great British transmission network operator. He achieved a first class masters in mathematics from Exeter, UK.
David studied at Bristol University, graduating in mechanical engineering. During his studies he completed a research project investigating the impact of terrain model accuracy on the industry standard wind flow model WAsP.
David joined Wind Prospect in 2010 as a Project Engineer providing wind resource assessment services both in-house and for external clients. David progressed to Project Manager and Technical Manager roles within the Energy Resources Services team with responsibility for research and development. He has worked on all successful Round 1 wind projects within the REIPPPP at different stages (feasibility, FESR, FESIRs, FPCs and operational performance assessment).
David joined Lloyd’s Register as Technical Lead for the Energy Resource Services team in May.
Dr. David Jacobs is CEO and founder of the consulting firm IET – International Energy Transition GmbH. His work focuses on financing, policies and framework conditions for renewable energy sources. Mr. Jacobs has an academic background in Economics and Languages and a PhD in political science. He worked as a researcher and policy consultant for several governments and international organizations (e.g. IRENA, IEA-RETD, World Bank, UNEP, UNDP, OSCE, IDB). He authored more than 50 articles, reports, books and book chapters on sustainable energy policy design in the developing and developed world. In addition, he presented on renewable energy framework design in more than 35 countries around the globe.
Clement Venter has over 14 years’ experience in a power engineering environment and have acquired the Baccalaureus Technologiae Electrical Engineering Degree (Cum Laude) and is currently studying towards the Magister Tegnologiae Degree Engineering at the Nelson Mandela University. His thesis focuses on the impact of Renewable Power Plants (RPPs) on the electrical power quality at rural consumers’ point of supply.
He is a former member of the Renewable Energy Technical Evaluation Committee, responsible for Grid Code Compliance assessment of new RPPs. Currently he is heading the Consulting Department at Eya Bantu Professional Services where he focuses on RPP and Power System studies, protection design and settings and general research.
Clemens Jauch is a professor for wind energy technology and deputy director of the Wind Energy Technology Institute at the University of Applied Sciences Flensburg. His research interests are control and grid integration of wind turbines. Before joining the University of Applied Sciences Flensburg in 2012, he worked for Suzlon Energy, Risø National Laboratory, and Nordex Energy. Clemens Jauch holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Aalborg University and a M.Sc. in Electrical Power Systems from University of Bath.
Celeste Renaud is new to the research field, having recently completed her BSc degree at the University of Cape Town, majoring in environmental science. She is currently completing honours degree at UCT, with her project focussing on wind characteristics and synoptic conditions in South Africa. Passionate about climate science and renewable energy innovations, and with a growing interest in climate information communication, she is excited at the prospect of entering the environmental field.
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.
Bernard has Bachelor of Architecture from UCT and Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by 40 years experience as a professional landscape architect, currently specialising in environmental planning and visual assessments.
He was Convenor of the Master of Landscape Architecture Programme at UCT for 7 years, during which time he prepared a publication on Reading the Landscape.
Bernard has presented papers on Visual and Aesthetic Assessment Techniques, and is the author of Guideline for Involving Visual and Aesthetic Specialists in EIA Processes, prepared with the CSIR for the Dept. of Environmental and Development Planning, Provincial Government of the Western Cape.
Arne Gloe works as a research assistant at Wind Energy Technology Institute, University of Applied Sciences Flensburg. His research topic is the grid integration of wind turbines. He currently works on the provision of synthetic inertia with wind turbines in collaboration with Suzlon Energy. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Wind Engineering from Universities of Applied Sciences Flensburg/Kiel and a Diploma in Industrial Engineering from Hamburg University of Technology. During his studies he spent a year in Cape Town as an exchange student at UCT.
Dr Andrea Hahmann is a senior scientist in the department of wind energy at the Danish Technical University (DTU Wind Energy). She obtained her PhD in Meteorology from the University of Utah in 1992. She has worked with atmospheric mesoscale and climate models for nearly 30 years. Before coming to the wind energy field 8 years ago, she worked in research of the influence of land cover to climate and in atmospheric transport and dispersion problems at the University of Arizona and then at NCAR. She now works on atmospheric modeling applied to wind power forecasting and in regional wind energy resource assessment.
Akinola Ayodeji Ajayi-Obe received the MEng degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, in 2009. After completing his degree, he joined Schlumberger Nigeria Limited, as a Real-time Support Engineer, providing real-time data delivery services for oil exploration and production operations. He joined Rolay Engineering Company Limited in 2011, working on the development of off-grid solar photovoltaic systems.
He is currently pursuing the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering with the University of Cape Town, South Africa. His research interests include renewable energy system, multilevel converter topology and development of control algorithm based on FPGA.