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Managing Infrastructure Investment Reform and Regulation in Africa (MIRA)

 
 

Core team based at UCT's Graduate School of Business

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.

Contact: 
Email: pflenquiry@gsb.uct.ac.za
Phone: +27 21 406 1361
https://www.powerfutureslab.co.za

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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.


Fazlin Harribi has been at the University of Cape Town since 2002 and most of her UCT career within the Energy Research Center where she gained vast experience in Programme and Office Administration. She coordinates all MIRA’s- Executive Education courses: Finance Contracts Risk Mitigation, Finance Modelling as well as the Managing Power Sector Reform and Regulation Programmes; she also arranges the MIRA’s local and international events. In addition to the above roles, she is assistant to the HOD and supports the Course Director and Researchers, Research Contracts & Finance Manager and PhD students with any administrative tasks. She completed the Associate in Management Programme (AIM) at UCT-GSB in 2009 and the RPL National Certificate in Management at SETA-UCT in 2016. She completed a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) at UCT in 2019.


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 at the Power Futures Lab (MIRA) responsible for tracking investments in the Sub-Saharan Africa power sector. Olakunle holds an M.Sc. (Eng.) in Electrical Engineering at the University of Cape Town and a B.Eng. (first class honors) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Covenant University in Nigeria. Olakunle has about five (5) years’ experience in the power sector. During this time, he has worked as an analyst (market competition and rates) with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC); worked on the Energy and Economic Growth (EEG) project funded by Oxford Policy Management; and consulted for the African Development Bank Group and Inspired Evolution Investment Management Pty (Ltd). He is currently a fellow of the Open Africa Power 2020 by Enel Foundation.

 

Sivuyisiwe N. N. Kuse (Siwe) is a researcher at the Power Futures Lab/MIRA based at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. In her capacity, she has worked on issued related to renewable energy auctions, energy security, governance, the just transition, the Eskom crisis, regulation and the political economy of power sector reform. She has also been part of the team driving Power Futures South Africa– a platform for inclusive, evidence-based discourse for a just and transformed South African energy sector. She is completing her master’s degree at the University of Cape Town, looking at reforms and energy regime transitions. Furthermore, she was recently selected for the inaugural IRENA Youth Forum: The New Generation of Decision Makers, she is fellow of the Open Africa Power 2020 by Enel Foundation, and she is a candidate for the EnerTracks 2020 programme by Agora Energiewende and RENAC.

  

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