Davin Chown: Chairman
Davin has been involved in the SA renewables sector since 2001 and holds Director positions in Genesis Eco-Energy and Mainstream South Africa and helped to establish both companies in the South African energy market. Davin is a founding member of SAPVIA and currently holds a seat on SAPVIA’s management board and is the association’s Chairperson. He has over 14 years industry and consulting experience working in organisations such as IBM and Accenture, as well as project, commercial, regulatory and policy development related experience in the banking, finance, government, resources and energy sectors. He holds a Masters degree in Management (Wits University) and Sustainable Ecological Management (University of Pretoria). He has worked closely with various private sector, NGO, trade union and Government stakeholders in building the renewable energy (RE) sector in South Africa, and helping to create a policy, regulatory and investment environment favourable to the RE sector. Over the last year Davin has worked closely with industry bodies, civil society and Government in developing the Green Economy Accord, ensuring industry access to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy, shaping the energy inputs to the National Development Plan, working with various Government Departments by convening workshops to remove blockages in regulatory approvals (e.g. water permits workshop with DWA), shaping the local content strategy plan together with the DTI, and helping to initiate discussions with the National Treasury on a range of issues pertinent to the solar industry. Davin has also been involved in the formation of the South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC).
Ayanda currently holds the position of Managing Director of Lehadima Investments Holdings which has subsidiaries in Energy and Power, Agriculture and Farming, and Water. Ayanda has more than 20 years of electricity supply industry experience.
This experience includes that of a nurturing socially conscious role as the CEO of the Eskom Development Foundation and later working in what has been traditionally a man’s world (Senior General Manager – Renewables Business Unit and General Manager of Strategy, Technology and Assurance in the Generation Division). This diverse exposure equipped her with the skills required to have led Eskom’s renewables unit and that she did with an astute fervor.
Ayanda hails from Ezibeleni in Queenstown, now resides in Irene, is married and has two children. She is a board member of South African Solar PV association. In 2013 Ayanda was awarded with the prestigious Leadership Award of Boss of the Year. In 2015, she was awarded a pioneering award by South African Wind Energy Association.
Under her guidance, in March 2015, Eskom completed the construction of 100 MW Sere Wind Farm near Vredendal in the Western Cape on time and on cost.
She is a passionate, driven individual who seeks to deliver on the country’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.
Niveshen Govender (Interim Treasurer)
Niveshen Govender heads up the South African Photovoltaics Industry Association (SAPVIA) representing over 180 members through the value chain of Solar PV in South Africa. He has worked tirelessly on skills development, socio-economic development, manufacturing, standards development and installation certification in the Solar PV space ensuring the advancement of the Solar PV market segments. He is also a board member of the Global Solar Council (GSC) promoting the increased uptake of Solar technologies globally.
Niveshen has a background in renewable energy policy with a focus on solar technology, sustainable/ renewable energy technology projects, environmental sciences, carbon management, climate change, project management/co-ordination, and enterprise development.
He has successfully obtained a postgraduate Programme in Project Management at the University of Pretoria, a BSc Hons in Environmental Monitoring and Modelling from the University of South Africa, a BSc Biological Sciences degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a GrowthWheel Certified Advisor, able to provide guidance and strategic direction to businesses to promote growth and development.
Niveshen has spent over 10 years advancing the Green Economy agenda in South Africa. Through his career, he has worked on the drafting of policies, regulations and national strategic documents in the renewable energy space. He has implementation experience focused on many low carbon technologies and sustainable projects in the energy, water and food security sectors as well as flagship green economy projects.
South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA)
Brenda has worked at senior level in the Southern African development, education and energy policy sectors for over 15 years. In 2007 she initiated a national programme focused on climate-related behavior change. Her work there included the implementation of small scale renewable energy projects and lobbying for energy policy change.
Since 2014 she has worked part-time at the Energy Research Centre (UCT). There and in her personal capacity she has conducted research on energy policy generally and renewable energy and nuclear power, in particular. She has served on the Ministerial Advisory Council on Energy (MACE) since its inception in February 2015.
She has just completed an MPhil in Energy & Development (ERC, UCT, 2016). Her dissertation is on the politics of electricity planning in SA. Brenda has a strong track record as a trusted bridge builder across sectors, an effective fundraiser and a strategic thinker.
Mark Pickering (Chair: SAWEA)
Mark is the general manager of three renewable power companies in South Africa, 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 and operates the plants on behalf of all shareholders.
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 holds a bachelors and a masters degree (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.
Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA)
Carryn Bateman is a chartered accountant (SAICA) with experience in retail, financial and renewable energy sectors. Having completed her articles at Ernst &Young, she moved from audit and assurance into transaction advisory services. Carryn then joined Standard Bank where she worked as a manager in the strategic capital division at a group level. In November 2010, Carryn joined the photovoltaic and renewable energy industry with her appointment to the management team of SunWorx- a company specialising in the commercial/ residential application of photovoltaic technology. She was nominated and voted onto the SESSA PV committee in October 2011 and has been chairman of this committee since March 2012.
James M. Shirley
James began his university studies in Cape Town before moving to the United States and switching to Chemical Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. After work in Canada, United States and Peru on gold recovery projects, he put engineering on hold to pursue a career in sales and marketing management, at which he excelled, before returning to the field as General Manager of Kayema Energy Solutions, a leading integrator of renewable and energy efficient projects in South Africa. In 2010, Kayema was awarded the SAEE “Energy Company of the Year” title, and was also a finalist in the SANEA 2011 “Energy Project of the Year” for the design and implementation of Standard Bank head office’s commercial solar/heat pump hybrid system. In 2012 James was admitted to the Association of Energy Engineers, with the highest score in the country for his CMVP certification exam. In 2013, he was asked to launch the solar business in Southern Africa for Schneider Electric, a position which he currently holds and is very excited to be in. James speaks regularly at conferences around SA, and serves as Chairman of SESSA (Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa).
Southern Africa Solar Thermal and Electricity Association (SASTELA)
Ntombikanina was in June 2013 appointed the CEO for Southern Africa Solar Thermal & Electricity Association, where she is leading efforts to develop the Southern Africa market for solar concentration generation and technologies.
Ntombikanina is a curious spiritual soul on a human life experience, an African committed to the advancement of the continent for all its people, a womanist passionate about the plight of the women & youth in society. She is an entrepreneur and founder of UCU Consulting and UCU Foundation. She is a qualified coach was born in Vosloorus on the Eastern townships of Johannesburg, in South Africa.
With a career and working experience in both the private and public sectors and further experience in the non-profit and academic worlds, Ntombikanina Malinga further holds various academic degrees [in law, politics, international studies & business leadership] from local and international institutions. Is a recipient of numerous academic awards: United World Colleges Scholarship [1991-1992 Canada]; Abe Bailey Travelling Scholarship [1997 UK]; United Nations AMUN program [1999 Brazil]; Nelson Mandela Scholarship [1999-2000 UK] and was in 2008/9 awarded the Nelson Mandela Fellowship at Harvard.
Ntombikanina’s interests involve: leadership development and ideas creation [embracing the art of unlimited possibilities], politics [continental and global], travelling, reading, writing, hiking, the arts, live perfomances and spending time in her community and with family.
She is a mother to a beautiful 12 year old and resided around Johannesburg, South Africa.
Solar Thermal Association of Southern Africa (STASA)
Terence Govender (SAREC Chair)
Terence Govender is SolarReserve’s Vice President of Development, responsible for driving business and large scale solar thermal and photovoltaic power project development throughout Africa.
Govender manages SolarReserve’s development team in South Africa, where he spearheaded the development of three solar PV projects now in full operation in South Africa: the Lesedi (75MW), Letsatsi (75MW) and Jasper (96MW) projects. In addition he was instrumental in development of the Redstone 100 MW CSP project which was awarded preferred bidder status in round 3 of the South African REIPPP programme. Govender continues to build on SolarReserve’s success in South Africa as well as focusing further development activities in Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Ghana, Nigeria and other African countries.
Govender has over 19 years of experience in the renewable energy sector concentrated on the research and development of solar, wave and wind energy as well as biomass projects. During his career he has developed 3,250 MW of large-scale solar power projects throughout Africa.
Prior to joining SolarReserve, Govender was a Research Manager for the Renewable Energy Research and Development Department within the technology group of Eskom, the largest utility in Africa. Projects initiated under his management include the wave energy program and co-firing generation projects for coal stations in South Africa. He also served as Project Manager for Eskom’s 100 MW concentrated solar power project located in Upington, South Africa, and as a Deputy Director for the South Africa Department of Energy, where he was responsible for the Renewable Energy Market Transformation Project, solar water heating program and the two hybrid renewable projects managed by the department.
Govender has a Master of Engineering Sciences degree from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and is also a registered professional engineer with ECSA.
Tom Wray is Vice President, Business Development for the Middle East and Africa region, he also serves as the senior executive for the BrightSource London office. Tom brings over 20 years of international energy industry and project development experience to his role at BrightSource. Prior to joining BrightSource Energy Tom held a number of leadership positions with international energy companies including Drax, AES and Entergy where he successfully developed and bid for a number of thermal and renewable energy project across Europe and Africa.
Tom began his career with GEC based in China and working on the construction of a large nuclear power station. He is a Chartered Engineer and holds a mechanical engineering degree from Liverpool University and an MBA from the University of Warwick.