Anton Eberhard is a Professor at the University of Cape Town where he directs the Management Programme in Infrastructure Investment, Reform and Regulation at the Graduate School of Business. His research and teaching focuses on governance and regulatory incentives to improve utility performance, the political-economy of power sector reform, investment challenges, and linkages to sustainable development. A recent focus has been the design of renewable energy auctions. He has worked in the energy sector across Sub-Saharan Africa, and other developing regions, for more than 35 years and was the founding Director of the Energy and Development Research Centre. He is a Foundation Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. Previously he chaired the Deputy-President's Advisory Panel on South Africa's Electricity Crisis and has served on the country's Ministerial Advisory Council on Energy, the National Planning Commission, the National Advisory Council on Innovation and the Board of the National Electricity Regulator of South Africa. In 2012, he received the SA National Energy Association's award for outstanding and sustained contributions to the enhancement of the South African energy environment. Prof Eberhard has more than 100 peer reviewed publications to his credit including three recent books: Independent Power Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa; Power Sector Reform and Regulation in Africa; and Africa's Power Infrastructure: Investment, Integration and Efficiency. He has undertaken numerous assignments for governments, utilities, regulatory authorities, donor and multi-lateral agencies, banks and private sector companies.
Wikus Kruger is a Junior Research Fellow and PhD candidate in the Management Programme in Infrastructure Regulation and Reform (MIR), 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.
Rhiyana Bassier is the personal assistant to Professor Anton Eberhard, manages the MIR office and acts as course coordinator for MIR's short courses. In addition, she has also co-ordinated the programme's African Electricity Regulator Peer Review and Learning Network. Rhiyana has been in the administrative field since 1996. Working at MIR/GSB is the highlight of Rhiyana's career, as she engages with a diverse group of colleagues, including from abroad, which she enjoys tremendously. She has also completed the Associate in Management Programme (AIM) in 2013 at the Graduate School of Business.
Gamieda Gierdien is the Finance and Projects Manager for the MIR Programme. Previously, Gamieda was Finance and Projects Administrator for the Energy Research Center (ERC) at the University of Cape Town, where she worked for seven years. Highlights of Gamieda's career to date include serving as Project Coordinator to the Sustainable Energy, Environment and Development (SEED) Programme in which she assisted in providing business training to local energy cooperatives in the Eastern Cape and Northern Province.
Catrina Godinho is a PhD Candidate in the Management Programme in Infrastructure Regulation and Reform (MIR), based at the Graduate School of Business (GSB) of the University of Cape Town. Her research focuses on the political economy of power sector reform and development, with special attention on the Sub-Saharan African experience. She has worked in energy research since 2013, focusing on issues relating to sustainable development, energy security, energy transitions, climate change mitigation, governance, policy implementation, and sector reform. Contact: email@example.com, +27 82 3362004, www.gsb.uct.ac.za/mir.
Peter Twesigye is a PhD Candidate in the Management Programme in Infrastructure Reform & Regulation (MIR) based at the Graduate School of Business (GSB) of the University of Cape Town. He is an Infrastructure Economist with work experience in Electricity Distribution & previously in Utility Urban Water and Sanitation Management. Peter's research is focused on Understanding Structural and Governance Incentives for Improved Utility Performance in East Africa. Peter has expertise in; Strategic planning, Regulation, Performance Contract Formulation and Design, Investment planning and appraisal, Tariff Setting & policy reviews and Energy Concessions analysis. He is member of the Academy of Regulatory Professionals Advisory Board (University of Florida's -PURC). He is currently the Manager Regulatory Affairs at Umeme Ltd and previously worked as a Senior Economist with National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC). Peter also worked as an Associate Consultant for 2ML Consulting Ltd in promoting PIPs and turnaround initiatives in a number of African Utilities.
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