This panel will debate the current challenges facing the ESI in Africa, reflect on international trends and structural options; while providing informed direction in respect of the opportunities that should be leveraged to improve the sustainability of the sector, enhance service delivery and become the preferred choice for investors.
Specialist Electricity Industry Consultant, Utility Coach, South Africa
Dr Willem Johannes de Beer is a Registered Professional Certificated Engineer. He started his career with the Port Elizabeth Municipality (South Africa) in the Electricity Department. He worked for various municipalities for 12 years and then joined Eskom the national electricity utility in South Africa. During his 23 years with Eskom he served the organisation in various senior positions and he played a leading role in many areas of the business. During his career in Eskom he made significant contributions in various areas amongst others, in electrification, the introduction of benchmarking and value chains in the Eskom Distribution business. With the 1994 government change in South Africa, under his leadership the former Transkei and Ciskei electricity businesses were incorporated into South Africa. In January 2004 he joined EDI Holdings as the Chief Operations Officer. Since March 2011 Willem is operating as a specialist electricity industry consultant.
Energy Vice President, Schneider Electric, South Africa
Taru Madangombe is responsible for managing and leading the entire Energy team in the Utility, Intensive Energy Users and Mining segment, whilst driving the achievement of business targets for the Energy Business Unit for Southern Africa. His extended role involves providing input into the overall organizational business strategy. His focus is on rebuilding the relationship with new and existing customers and ensuring that Schneider’s energy business adapts to the rapidly transforming energy industry which is characterized by interconnectedness, digitization, technology automation and alignment to the internet of things. Prior to joining Schneider in 2017, Taru was in the engineering and consulting space where he held various technical and leadership roles in engineering & management consulting, project management, strategy and business development. He has spent more than 10 years working across various industries, including Utilities, Mining, Water, Renewable Energy, Petrochemicals and most recently in the Oil and Gas space.
Director, Economic Regulation, Zambia Energy Regulation Board (ERB), Zambia
An economist, with over 20 years of professional and academic experience with a broad range of experience dealing with all aspects of economic analysis, econometrics, research and corporate administration. He is a graduate of economics from University of Zambia; Colorado University and North Carolina A & T State University. He also has certification in PRINCE II, a tool for project management. Mr Mwila has professional experience spanning across academia; public and private sectors. He has significant experience in planning, organizing, directing and monitoring progress. Prior to joining the Energy Regulation (ERB) he was Assistant Director – Research and Policy at Zambia Revenue Authority. His employment history includes working as a full-time lecturer of Micro/Macroeconomics, price analysis, marketing and econometrics at the University of Zambia; worked at Zambia National Farmers’ Union as National Economist and later as Deputy Country representative for the USAID Famine Early System. He is a member of the Economics Association of Zambia.
OPIC Liaison, Power Africa, South Africa
Peter Van den Dool is serving with USAID in the Power Africa Coordinator’s Office in Pretoria, South Africa, where his role is to increase the involvement of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in the Power Africa Initiative. Prior to joining USAID, Peter was an Assistant General Counsel at OPIC for six years. In this role, he was involved in structuring, negotiating, and documenting complex transactions in emerging markets. Peter’s experience includes transactions in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. 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.
Technical Advisor, Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (KETRACO), Kenya
Gas Power System Managing Director, GE
Prior to GE, Nosizwe was based at Hitachi- Chemical Europe in Germany-Dusseldorf, driving commercialization, sales and services for integrated battery energy storage solutions in Europe and Russia. She also supported the global M&A team which led to 2 successful acquisitions in the region.
Prior to her expatriation to Germany from Hitachi Ltd Sub Sahara, she was Hitachi Ltd ‘s SSA leader responsible for strategy, business development and demand creation. In this role, her verticals of focus included Energy (distribution- GIS, transmission- cables, battery storage. Water (portable and non- portable, augmentation schemes i.e desalination), Transportation (express trains, locomotives refurbishment and energy recovery in rail), IT (e learning, M-health) and Chemicals (agriculture, mining).
Noz has delivered numerous presentations globally, on doing business in Africa with a special focus on infrastructure development, localization, transformation and social innovation. Prior to joining Hitachi Ltd. she co-founded and led Enele Consulting for 7 years, a management consultancy specializing in human capital development and developing emerging markets. Shortly after her studies at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, she relocated to Japan and was employed by Yamaguchi -ken where she lived and worked for a few years.