Predicting the Future of Energy aligned with climate action policies: Cheaper, Greener, and more cost-efficient energy sources.

Predicting the Future of Energy aligned with climate action policies: Cheaper, Greener, and more cost-efficient energy sources.

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Meet our speakers

  • Mr. Eirik Melaaen
    Mr. Eirik Melaaen
    Director for Midstream and LNG at Norwegian Energy Partners.

    Mr. Eirik Melaaen is Director for Midstream and LNG in Norwegian Energy Partners with office in Oslo.

    His previous job was in Wärtsilä Gas Solutions where he had several positions (Senior Project Leader, Senior Technical Advisor, Business Development Manager, Product Owner etc.). In Wärtsilä he was involved in systems and projects for LNG carrier, FSRU (floating storage regasification unit), liquefaction, LNG terminals and small scale LNG, but also LNG infrastructure developments and LNG fuel-gas supply systems for propulsion of vessels.

    His focus has been concept and project developments including contract negotiations related to natural gas and LNG systems. This includes following up stakeholders as end users, charters, shipowners, contractors, vendors etc. located around the world.

    He has also background as a research engineer at SINTEF, post doc (CERN/Geneva) and consultant in energy systems (Norsk Energi).
    Eirik has a Ph.D. from The Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), Norway.

  • Mr. Eric le Grange
    Mr. Eric le Grange
    Executive and Head of ENSafrica’s Project Development and Project Finance department.

    Mr. Eric le Grange is an Executive and Head of ENSafrica’s Project Development and Project Finance department. He specialises in energy, oil and gas (including renewable energy) and mining.
    Eric has acted as lead counsel on projects developed, promoted and/or funded across Sub- Saharan Africa for various clients, including sovereigns, international corporates, international developers and investors, independent power producers, gas pipeline owners, ulies, state-owned enterprises and international commercial and developmental financial institutions.
    Eric is recognised as a leading/recommended lawyer by:
    IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide (including Energy and Infrastructure) 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 – Leading Lawyer – Highly Regarded (South Africa)
    Chambers Global Guide 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 – Projects and Energy (South Africa); 2017, 2016 – Projects and Energy (Africa-wide)
    The Legal 500 EMEA 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 – Projects and Infrastructure (South Africa)
    Best Lawyers® 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 – Project Finance and Development Pracce (South Africa)
    Who’s Who Legal 2019 – Energy; 2019 – Project Finance (South Africa)
    BA (Stellenbosch University)
    LLB (Stellenbosch University)
    Admitted as an attorney, notary and conveyancer of the High Court of South Africa

  • Mr. Greg van der Toorn
    Mr. Greg van der Toorn
    Country Manager - Energy, South Africa, DNV GL.

    Country Manager – Energy, South Africa, DNV GL.

  • Mr. Jan Fourie
    Mr. Jan Fourie
    General Manager at Scatec - South Africa.

    Mr. Jan Fourie’s career of over 14 years have been mainly focused on infrastructure and energy.  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 within the EPCM project environment 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 Jan was looking for a commercially orientated role in the renewable energy sector and joined Scatec Solar in January 2015 as Business Development Manager, focusing on Southern Africa.  Then in July 2016 Jan was asked to take the helm of Scatec Solar’s South African business as General Manager and in July 2017 took on the added responsibility of project development for the Sub-Saharan African region.  At the beginning of 2021 Jan transitioned into GM for Sub-Sahara Africa and passed on the development responsibility. His most notable achievements at Scatec include leading the recently completed 258MW portfolio outside Upington through its various stages, from development through to operation. As well as overseeing the development, financing, and construction of Mozambique’s first Solar PV Facility, the 40MW Mocuba facility in the Zambezia province.

  • Mr. Jeffrey Thamsanqa “Jeff” Radebe
    Mr. Jeffrey Thamsanqa “Jeff” Radebe
    Former South African Cabinet Minister, having served most recently until 2019 as the Minister of Energy and currently a Special Investment Envoy.

    Mr Jeffrey Thamsanqa “Jeff” Radebe is a former South African Cabinet Minister, having served most recently until 2019 as the Minister of Energy. Previous portfolios include Minister in the Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development. Radebe was South Africa’s longest continuously serving cabinet member, having been part of every national administration since 1994 and under every post-apartheid President. He holds a B.Juris degree from the University of Zululand and LLM in International Law from Leipzig University. He is the head of the ANC Policy Unit, and in the struggle against apartheid underwent military training with Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK). He was convicted under the-then Terrorism Act and sentenced to imprisonment on Robben Island.

    Mr. Radebe was appointed as a Special Investment Envoy by President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2019.

  • Mr. Ralf Tobich
    Mr. Ralf Tobich
    Market & Business Development Director in Norconsult Africa.

    Mr. Ralf Tobich (MSc Energy Studies) is an energy sector expert with more than 25 years’ professional experience in sub-Saharan Africa, most of it in a consulting / advisory capacity, and spanning the fields of renewable energy policy and strategy, power sector development planning, and electricity access.

    He also has industry experience in the mining sector and business development experience in the hydropower, solar energy and green mini-grids sectors.

    Ralf presently holds the position of Market & Business Development Director in Norconsult Africa. He works out of Norconsult’s Johannesburg office.

  • Ms. Khanyiselo Kumalo
    Ms. Khanyiselo Kumalo
    Energy Analyst currently completing a Master's degree in Sustainable Energy Planning and Management at Aalborg University in Denmark.

    Ms. Kanyiselo Kumalo is an Energy Analyst. Khanyiselo assisted GreenCape in exploring the transport sector of the green economy. With a focus on supporting the development of the nascent electric vehicle market in the Western Cape and the rest of South Africa, her overall aim was to identify investment opportunities that would contribute to sustainable and alternative energy solutions for the transport sector. More recently, Khanyiselo completed a study for GreenCape that serves as an account of the consequences of a hydrogen-based energy transition on the social welfare of vulnerable workers and communities in Mpumalanga. To further expand her knowledge in the renewable energy landscape, Khanyiselo is in the process of completing her Master’s in Sustainable Energy Planning and Management at Aalborg University in Denmark. Turning her attention to the value in PtX, her research is trying to determine whether hydrogen-based energy carriers could be an alternative route for SA to maintain it’s role as an energy exporter.

  • Ms. Mpume Zwane
    Ms. Mpume Zwane
    Divisional Finance Director at Unilever, Expert advisor to the Board of SANA and Chairperson at Business at Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

    A business executive with over 20 years of experience in strategy, leadership, and portfolio management in the financial service industry, after having started her banking career through a Learnership Programme. She held the position of Regional Executive for Bidvest Bank KZN and is currently the Divisional Finance Director at Unilever. Mpume is the Chairperson of Women in Business at Durban Chamber of Commerce and industry, and former Regional Chairperson of Businesswomen`s Association of South Africa.

    Mpume holds a number of qualifications in Finance, Marketing, and Executive Leadership from various universities in South Africa and the United Kingdom.

  • Prof. Mthunzi Mdwaba
    Prof. Mthunzi Mdwaba
    Co-Founder, Board Member and Chairman of SANA, IOE Vice President to the ILO, Vice Chair of ILO, IOE Chair of Business Human Rights, Chair of ProductivitySA.

    Chairman, Board Member and co-founder of SANA. He is the IOE VP to the ILO, Vice-Chair of the ILO, IOE Chair of Business Human Rights, and Chair of productivity. Mr. Mdwaba is also the founder, President, and CEO of TZoro IBC that operates across 27 countries, dedicated to Computer Technical Training Solutions (the largest partner for Cisco and Microsoft).  He has held the position of the Chairman of Employer Organisations, namely and for two terms as President of the ITA (Information Technology Association. He was a board member of the Business Women’s Association in South Africa, Vice President for Professionals that comprised members of the professional organizations of Business Unity South Africa, and Vice President of the Uni-sectoral Sector.
    Mr. Mdwaba holds a Baccalaureus Artium (B.A.) degree and Baccalaureus Legum (LL.B.) degree from the University of the Witswatersrand (WITS) and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.


Mar 02 2021
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