SAIREC 2015

Speaker Bios

 

Dr. Doug Arent

Dr. Doug Arent
Executive Director
Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Doug Arent is Executive Director of the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). In addition to his NREL responsibilities, Arent is Sr. Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, serves on the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Steering Committee on Social Science and the Alternative Energy Future, is a member of the National Research Council Committee to Advise to U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), is a Member of the Keystone Energy Board, and is Associate Editor for the journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. Arent was recently invited to serve on the World Economic Forum Future of Electricity Working Group, and is a member of the International Advisory Board for the journal Energy Policy.

Arent was a Coordinating Lead Author for the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has been a member of Policy Subcommittee of the National Petroleum Council Study on Prudent Development of North America Natural Gas and Oil Resources, served from 2008 to 2010 on the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change, and also served on the Executive Council of the U.S. Association of Energy Economists.

His research interests are centered in energy and sustainability, where he has been active for more than 30 years. He has published extensively on topics of clean energy, renewable energy, power systems, natural gas, and the intersection of science and public policy. Arent has a Ph.D. from Princeton University, an MBA from Regis University, and a bachelor’s of science from Harvey Mudd College in California.

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Ayanda Nakedi

Ayanda Nakedi
Senior General Manager – Renewables Unit
ESKOM

Ayanda Nakedi currently heads up Eskom’s renewables unit and has 20 years of energy experience behind her.  This experience has spanned working in what has been traditionally a man’s world (General Manager of Strategy, Technology and Assurance in the Generation Division) to that of a nurturing socially conscious role as the CEO of the Eskom Development Foundation.  This diverse exposure has equipped her with the skills required to lead Eskom’s renewables unit and she does so with an astute fervor.Ayanda hails from Ezibeleni in Queenstown, now resides in Centurion, is married and has two children. She is a Board member of South African Wind Energy Association, Chairman of SASTELA (Southern Africa Solar Thermal & Electricity Association), Board member of TAP (Trans-Africa projects) and Eskom Finance Company.

Under her guidance Eskom is implementing its first two utility scale renewable projects, the 100 MW Sere Wind Farm near Vredendal in the Western Cape and the 100 MW Upington Concentrating Solar Plant in the Northern Cape. She is a passionate, driven individual who seeks to deliver on Eskom’s commitment towards reducing its carbon emissions and in so doing seeks innovative solutions to achieve this objective.  She thrives on a challenge and believes that the developments in the current energy milieu is going to radically change the way we view energy and is history in the making.

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Georgios Pergamalis

Georgios Pergamalis
Head, Business Development – Africa & Middle East at Enel Green Power
ENEL Green Power

George is a longstanding executive of the business development function in Enel Green Power, one of the largest renewable energy utilities in the world, and has worked in in a number of countries and renewable technologies. He currently heads up the business development team for Africa & Middle East. He has considerable experience of the South African renewable market and in particular the REIPPP (auction scheme) as well as other markets in sub-Saharan Africa. George believes deeply in the potential of the African renewable energy market and seeks to contribute his international experience and direct foreign investor perspective to the sector. He is also a member of the South African Wind Energy Association’s (SAWEA) board of directors.

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Mthozami Xiphu

Mthozami Xiphu
Executive Chairman
South African Oil & Gas Alliance

Mr. Xiphu is the executive chairman of the South African Oil and Gas Alliance (SAOGA).  His experience is in the upstream Oil and Gas policy and regulatory sector, with current involvement and interest extending into the services and supplies sectors of the industry. Before joining SAOGA, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Petroleum Agency of South Africa which licenses both onshore and offshore blocks, besides holding the geological data of oil and gas reserves and resources.  He also served as director in the Department of Minerals and Energy.

Mr. Xiphu earned both the Masters of Arts in Hunman Relations and Affairs and Bachelor of Arts in Political and Government from Howard University in the USA. He holds a bachelor of Law from the University of Port Elizabeth in South Africa.

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Sisa Njikelana

Sisa Njikelana
Chairperson
South African Independent Power Producers Association (SAIPPA)

Sisa Njikelana is currently the chairman of the South African Independent Power Producers Association (SAIPPA).  He previously served as a member of parliament for 10 years until May 2014. He also served as Chairperson of Portfolio Committee on Energy. Furthermore, 5 of the 10 years were spent in the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry.

He was also a Councilor in the City of Johannesburg-Eastern Metro (1995-1998) and was active in the trade unions such as the South African Association of Water Utilities and National Education Health & Allied Workers’ Union in addition to a myriad of Non-governmental organizations.

Mr Njikelana holds a Social Studies Diploma from Ruskin College, Oxford, UK and a Leadership Development Program Certificate in Leadership in Communication.  He is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Local Economic Development.

Mr. Njikelana is a shareholder and director of iKapa Energy (Pty) Ltd.

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Kasief Isaacs

Kasief Isaacs
Portfolio Manager, Infrastructure Development Fund
Mergence Investment Managers

Isaacs’s career spans more than 20 years, with a specific focus on the energy industry. He joined Mergence Investment Managers from PwC where he was a director in PwC’s Advisory Services business for three and a half years and developed and led PwC’s South African renewable energy practice.

He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1998 and has a BCom Honors degree from the University of the Western Cape. He started his career with PwC in South Africa before moving to the UK where he built up significant project management experience over nearly 10 years, managing projects and leading teams spanning several countries and multiple time-zones and languages.

Isaacs has advised extensively to both local and foreign developers, investors and contractors in the South African renewable energy market and has led the teams responsible for supporting 20 successful bids under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement program. These bids spanned a portfolio of wind and solar energy projects with services ranging from transaction advisory to project management and model audits.

He is a regular commentator on the energy industry and also serves on the advisory board of GreenCape, an agency that aims to unlock the manufacturing and employment potential in the green economy in the Western Cape.