Anton Eberhard is a Professor at the University of Cape Town where he directs the Managing Infrastructure Investment Reform and Regulation in Africa (MIRA) 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 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.
Rhiyana Bassier is the Administrative Officer for the Managing Infrastructure Investment Reform and Regulation In Africa (MIRA) department. She is also the Programme coordinator and manages workshops, events and the course programmes. She assists the HOD, Finance Officer, Researcher and manages the MIR office. Rhiyana has been in the administrative field since 1996. Working at the Graduate School of Business (GSB) is the highlight of Rhiyana’s career, as she engages with a diverse group of colleagues and students, including from abroad, which she enjoys tremendously. She has assisted in the Executive Education (EE) department and the Open Academic Programmes (OAP) department. Her roles as Programme coordinator, has increased her knowledge and broadened her experience and skills. She has also completed the Associate in Management Programme (AIM) in 2013 and the Post Graduate Diploma in Management Practice at the Graduate School of Business (2017).
Gamieda Gierdien is the Finance and Projects Manager for the MIRA 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 Research Associate and Ph.D. Candidate in Managing Infrastructure Investment, Reform and Regulation in Africa (MIRA), based at the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Graduate School of Business (GSB). She also holds the position of OIES-Saudi Aramco Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies (OIES), at the University of Oxford. Catrina's doctoral research focuses on the political economy of power sector reform and development, with special attention to the Sub-Saharan African experience, and case studies in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Alongside her doctoral studies, Catrina’s international research and advisory work has included contributions the World Bank’s Rethinking Power Sector Reform project, the DFID funded Energy and Economic Growth project, and the Economic Development and Institutions project. Catrina was a member of the South African UNFCCC delegation, working on issues relating to capacity building, technology development and transfer, and scientific review in 2014 and 2015. Catrina has also worked on issues relating to energy security, decarbonisation and climate change policy, and state capture and governance in the power sector in South Africa, and is currently undertaking research on the political economy of a South African energy transition.
Peter Twesigye is a PhD Candidate in Managing Infrastructure Investment Reform Regulation In Africa (MIRA) 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.
Olakunle Alao is a researcher within the (MIRA) unit responsible for tracking investments in the African power sector. Olakunle is completing his master’s degree in electrical engineering at the university of Cape Town, and holds a B.Eng (first class honours) in electrical and electronics engineering from Covenant university in Nigeria. Olakunle also worked as an analyst (market competition and rates) with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) before embarking on his post-graduate studies.
Sivuyisiwe N.N Kuse is a researcher within the Managing Infrastructure Investment, Reform and Regulation in Africa (MIRA) at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. Her work supports research related to the political economy of power sector reform, governance, sustainable energy development and energy security. She graduated from the University of Cape Town with an Honours degree in International Relations, and prior to that, a Bachelor’s degree in Political Studies, Philosophy and International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Kyle Swartz is a researcher within MIRA responsible for tracking private sector investments in the African power sector. He completed his undergraduate studies in Geography at the University of the Western Cape and is currently completing his Master’s degree in Sustainable Development at Stellenbosch University. Prior to his post graduate studies, Kyle worked as a graduate intern at the City of Cape Town and was based within the Energy and Climate Change Unit where his work revolved around small scale embedded generation and solar water heaters.
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