Session is open to all registered delegates

This panel will reflect on disruptive technologies at play in the ESI and provide guidance to the sector leaders in respect of skills and strategies required to convert the challenges into business opportunities and to improve collaboration and enhance business growth.



Mr. Gareth Gregory

Africa Head, Strategic Energy and Client Delivery, Energy Security Services Africa (Pty) Ltd, South Africa

Gareth is the Africa Head, Strategic Energy and Client Delivery in the commercial division, Energy Security Services Africa (Pty) Ltd, 2016. His business activity has covered numerous sectors with a combination of finance and technical experience. In the Energy & Renewable Energy Sector his expertise covers Energy Economics, Policy, Modelling/Planning, Technology, as well as the Geographic and Political aspects of Energy. Both from an on-site plant development and consulting perspective. This includes capital project experience having delivered the claims assessment on projects exceeding bn1$ locally and abroad. He is unconditionally committed to integrating a socio economic perspective to each and every engagement. The core value proposition to an energy intensive client is Gareth’s ability to deliver the net effect from a commercial, political and technical perspective, driving sustainability through innovative approaches and a network that includes public and private stakeholders Commercial innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability pinpoints the fundamentals of Gareth’s core value proposition in Africa.



Dr. Lawrence Jones

Vice President, International Programs, Edison Electric Institute, United States

Dr. Lawrence E. Jones is a thought leader and practitioner with over twenty-five years of experience in the energy industry. He joined Edison Electric Institute (EEi) in September 2015 as Vice President, International Programs. Under his leadership, EEi’s International Programs has more than 65-member companies with operations in over 90 countries, and has launched several new strategic initiatives including the annual Global Electrification Forum, the Africa Utility Power Sector Exchange, and the Thomas Edison International Utility Executive Fellowship Program. Prior to joining EEi, Dr. Jones was North America Vice President for Utility Innovation & Infrastructure Resilience at Alstom Grid Inc., where he assisted utilities worldwide with formulating strategies for deploying new technology innovated business solutions. He was also Vice President, Policy, Regulatory Affairs & Industry Relations. Dr. Jones is the Chair of the 21’1 Century Power Partnerships Public-Private Leadership Forum which is an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial. Dr. Jones is also Honorary Industry Fellow at Monash University in Australia. He is frequently invited to speak at industry conferences and academic symposia for diverse audiences across the globe.


Mr. Stuart Michie

Digital Lead South and Southern Africa, ABB South Africa Pty (Ltd), South Africa

Appointed to the Country Management Team of ABB South Africa as the Digital Lead for Southern Africa, Stuart is responsible for driving the digitalisation agenda of ABB in Southern Africa across Utilities, Industry and Transport and Infrastructure segments. Prior to this Stuart managed the Grid Automation business of ABB in Southern Africa for 7 years. Stuart is a registered professional engineer and has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town. He has spent 23 years working in the electrical industry in the areas of protection, communications, automation, control and software. Prior to joining OPIC, Peter was Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs at a startup company in Chicago. Prior to that position, he was an Associate in the Corporate Department of Kirkland & Ellis (Chicago), where he focused on transactional work for private equity clients. Peter earned an MBA and a JD degree from Northwestern University. His undergraduate degree is in Economics from the University of California, Davis.


Mr. Rob Morson

Partner, Pinsent Masons Africa LLP, South Africa

Rob specialises in construction and engineering law focusing on front-end and non-contentious matters. Rob has advised comprehensively across both the public and private sectors and has extensive experience in the use of both bespoke and standard form construction and professional consulting contracts (including FIDIC and the NEC), and in-depth practical knowledge of construction law and infrastructure development. He has acted for employers, contractors and consultants {both local and international) on projects, disputes and other matters in connection with energy, port, mining and process plant projects, and also industrial and commercial property transactions. Chambers and Partners awarded Rob “Star Individual” in 2016 and 2017” {the 2016 ranking being first such ranking in the Construction area in South Africa). Chambers remarks that Rob has “an outstanding reputation in this arena, with a wealth of experience in construction matters” and quotes sources as saying “one of the top guys in the country - his commercial acumen is beyond reproach” and “it is no exaggeration to say that his knowledge of the field is second to none”.


Loda Dedekind      

Technical Director, Aurecon

Loda studied BEng Chemical Engineering at the University of Pretoria and graduated in the first class in 2004. Her first introduction to the energy and power generation industries was as a process design engineer on the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) new generation Nuclear Power Project in South Africa (2005 – 2009).

Being fascinated by the energy industry, she focused her career development on energy and power generation development in Africa ever since. Loda was the only woman member of the core team of engineering professionals assisting Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) on the Hwange Power Station expansion project (2011 – 2013) as part of an Owner’s Engineer team.

With the power shortages in Southern Africa, several governments turned to the option of employing Independent Power Producers (IPPs). South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) established an IPP Office (IPPO), tasked with the development of the IPP procurement programme. The Government of Botswana too ventured on to procure 300MW of IPP development. Loda was closely involved in both tese initiatives, acting as Technical Advisor for the IPPO and Lead Transactional Advisor to the government of Botswana in procuring the coal fired IPPs for both these programmes.

She is further involved in a number of projects from the private sector side with the development of IPPs across Africa, leading Owners’ Engineering and/or Technical Advisory teams in the development of power generation projects in Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana and Zimbabwe, covering renewables, gas to power and coal fired power generation projects. Loda is currently a technical director at Aurecon South Africa, leading Power Generation in Africa.

Dr. Carlo Papa

Director, Enel Foundation, Italy