MIRA Faculty


Professor Anton Eberhard

Anton Eberhard is a Professor at the University of Cape Town where he directs the Management Programme in Infrastructure Reform and Regulation at the Graduate School of Business.

His research and teaching focuses on the restructuring and the regulation of the electricity and water sectors, investment challenges and linkages to sustainable development including widened access to affordable services and programmes in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

He has worked in the energy sector for more than 25 years and was the founding Director of the Energy and Development Research Centre. He is the foundation member of the Academy of Science in South Africa and serves on a number of Councils and Boards.

He is also a former board member of the National Electricity Regulator of South Africa. Professor has more than 100 peer reviewed publications to his credit and has undertaken numerous assignments (both locally and abroad) for governments, utilities, regulatory authorities, and donor and multi-lateral agencies. 

Thembani Bukula 

Mr. Thembani Bukula serves as Chief Executive Officer of PowerX Proprietary Limited. He also served as Full-Time Regulatory Member of Electricity at National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) from 2005 to 2016. He has over 25 years of experience and has served on the boards of various organisations. Mr. Bukula graduated with a BSc Engineering degree from the University of Natal and a Post Graduate Diploma in Engineering Business Management from Warwick University. He is a registered Professional Engineer with a Government Certificate of Competency (GCC).

Joseph Kapika

Joseph Kapika is a Senior Energy Specialist in the Energy and Extractives Global Practice of the World Bank Group. Prior to joining the World Bank, Joseph served as Senior Researcher and PhD candidate with the Management Programme in Infrastructure Reform and Regulation (MIR) at the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Graduate School of Business (GSB) where he was also co-ordinator of the MIR's flagship programme, the African Electricity Peer Review and Learning Network.

Joseph's experience in the electric power sector spans 19 years and his work has covered power system planning, transmission system development, the Southern African Power Pool, power sector reform and regulation among others. He holds a B.Eng. (Hons) in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Loughborough University in England, and an M.Sc. in Economic Management and Policy from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland.

Joseph is also co-author of Power Sector Reform and Regulation:Lessons from Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, HSRC Press (2013)

Robert Koch

Robert Koch was born in Johannesburg in March 1966. He received his B.Eng and M.Eng (cum laude) degrees from the University of Stellenbosch. He has been employed by Eskom since 1990, and is currently Corporate Specialist (Power Quality) and Eskom's National Quality of Supply Co-coordinator.

Robert is an active CIGRE working group member and convener of the Study Committee C4 Advisory Group AG C4.1 (Power Quality). He is also convener of IEC SC77A/WG8 and member of the IEE CIRED S2 (Power Quality) Committee.

He has published over 90 technical papers and journal publications related to power quality, technical performance, and regulation and has consulted to various power companies and research organizations throughout the world.

He is recipient of the SAIEE Young Achievers Award for his contributionstopower quality management in South Africa, and of the International CIGRE Technical Committee Award for his contributions to the work of study Committee C4 (System Technical Performance). Robert was one of the lead authors of the Power Quality Directive of the National Electricity Regulator (2003) and of several of the NRS 048 regulatory power quality standards since 1995.

Wikus Kruger

Wikus Kruger is a Junior Research Fellow and PhD candidate in Managing Infrastructure Investment Reform and Regulation In Africa (MIRA), based at the Graduate School of Business (GSB) of the University of Cape Town. His research focuses on independent power producer (IPP) and emerging power investments in Africa, especially focused on renewable energy and energy access. Wikus previously worked as a Research Officer in the Energy, Poverty and Development thematic group, at the Energy Research Centre, based at the University of Cape Town. He was also a senior consultant with Restio Energy for seven years, working mainly on sustainable energy in Southern and Eastern Africa. He furthermore worked with the EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF) in Brussels during 2012. He has experience in market and business development of clean energy technologies, technical assistance to national governments, national energy sector policy analysis and development, energy sector reform, and technology cooperation and demonstration.

Dr Martin Rodriguez-Pardina 

Martin Rodriguez Pardina is currently Chief Economist of Macro Consulting S.A. a consulting firm specialized in economic regulation of utilities. He has experience working as a consultant in regulation and restructuring of public utilities in Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Russia and India. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a degree in economics from the University of Cordoba in Argentina. He has published several articles on utility regulation in international journals and is the co-author of two books published by the World Bank one on resetting price caps and other on regulatory accounting. Until 2001 he held an academic position as Executive Director of the Economic Regulation Research Center at the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa.

Chris Trimble

Chris Trimble leads project financing for electricity projects in West Africa at the World Bank, including national projects in Senegal, The Gambia and Guinea Bissau; and regional integration projects including the OMVG interconnection (enabling Senegal, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and The Gambia to trade electricity). He also leads major analytical studies at the World Bank, including a study on the financial viability of electricity utilities in 39 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Mr. Trimble holds a Masters degree in Public Administration and International Development from Harvard, as well as an Economics Degree (International Development) from the University of Cambridge.



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