Managing Infrastructure Investment Reform and Regulation in Africa (MIRA)


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Anton Eberhard is a Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar at the University of Cape Town where he directs the Power Futures Lab 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, power investment challenges, and linkages to electricity access and sustainable development. A recent focus has been the design of renewable energy auctions. Prof Eberhard is a member of the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty. 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. He was appointed by the President of South Africa to chair a task team to resolve serious financial and technical challenges in the national utility, Eskom, and to make proposals on the restructuring of the power sector. Previously he 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.

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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 has been at the Graduate School of Business since 2007 and has gained vast experience in Programme coordination and Office management. She manages the MIRA short courses - Finance Contracts Risk Mitigation & Managing Power Sector Reform and Regulation Programmes in conjunction with Executive Education department and also manages local/international workshops. Rhiyana is also seconded to the Open Academic Office where she coordinates the PGDip Programme in Management Practice. In addition to the above roles, she assists the HOD, Research Contracts & Finance Manager; Researchers and PhD students with any administrative tasks. Rhiyana is capable of working independently and manages the office efficiently. Working at the Graduate School of Business (GSB) is the highlight of Rhiyana’s career, as she enjoys engaging with a diverse group of colleagues and students, this includes international stakeholders.  Her multi-tasking role has increased her knowledge and broadened her experience and skills. She has 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.


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.


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