Anton Eberhard is Emeritus Professor and Senior Scholar at the University of Cape Town, where he leads 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 sector investment challenges and linkages to sustainable development. He has worked in the energy sector across sub-Saharan Africa and other developing regions for more than 35 years. Prof. Eberhard is currently serving as chair of the Presidential Task Team on Eskom, and previously chaired the Deputy-President’s Advisory Panel on the South African electricity crisis, served on the 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.
Anthony Molle is a Lead Infrastructure Finance Specialist with the World Bank. He has more than 15 years’ experience in structure finance and guarantees, with an emphasis on infrastructure project finance and sovereign debt transactions. Anthony joined the World Bank in 2009 after over a decade in private legal practice focusing on leveraged finance, asset finance and project finance.
Bernard Magoro is the General Manager of System Operator within Eskom Transmission Division, responsible for the real-time Grid security and supply / demand balance. He has been with System Operator for the past 17+ years in various technical roles, eight of which as a Corporate Specialist. Bernard has played a leading role in the development of the South African Grid Code. In the last few years he has been instrumental in facilitating grid code compliance for the REIPP programme. He is a registered Professional Engineer
Daniel Gross is a private equity and infrastructure investor focused upon renewable energy and clean technology.
He has served as a Managing Director at both Pegasus Capital Advisors and Oaktree Capital Management. Mr. Gross was one of the founding Partners of Hudson Clean Energy, a private equity firm with over $1 billion in assets under management. On Hudson's behalf, he served on the board of directors of Silicor Materials, Recurrent Energy and Solopower. Prior to Hudson, Mr. Gross was in the U.S. alternative energy investment group at Goldman Sachs, where he headed efforts to invest in photovoltaic (PV) solar, including investments in First Solar and SunEdison, for which he served on the board of directors. Prior to Goldman, Mr. Gross worked in GE Capital's Energy Financial Services unit where he founded the renewable energy investment business and closed over $1 billion of principal investments in energy-sector loans, leases, mezzanine, common/preferred equity and tax-driven partnerships.
Mr. Gross is a Fulbright Scholar and holds a Masters in Environmental Management, M.B.A. and B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) from Yale University. He is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and also holds an appointment as a Lecturer at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where he teaches a course on Renewable Energy Project Finance.
Ms Nyker is the Chief Executive Officer of BioTherm Energy, the leading African renewable energy independent power producer. Under her leadership, the business has grown from 4MW in PPA’s to over 450MW’s of secured PPA’s. BioTherm has expanded its development activities to build a pan African business by winning projects in Zambia, Burkina Faso, Cote D’Iviore and Ghana, and has also won large scale projects with some of the leading global mining companies. Prior to BioTherm, Ms Nyker led the direct investment arm of the PCG Clean Energy Fund based in California. She has also worked for Booz Allen where she was instrumental in structuring and investing a clean energy investment fund on behalf of a Middle Eastern National Oil Company. She also worked Lehman Brothers in London, as well as Brait Private Equity in South Africa. Ms. Nyker holds an MBA from London Business School, where she was a Merrill Lynch Scholar and is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She has been listed in the Power Elites 2017.
Jay Govender is a director at law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr and the national head for the Projects and Infrastructure practice. She has experience in both the public and private sector, PPPs, infrastructure development, power projects, rail projects and procurement. Her clients include state-owned entities, municipalities, government departments, financing institutions, contractors, sponsors and developers. Jay has experience in multiple African jurisdictions and has led several cross-border energy and rail projects. She has co-authored three handbooks on power purchase agreements, power project financing and power project procurement as part of a United States government initiative in developing and facilitating power projects.
Lisa Pinsley is the Director of Energy with Actis, with a focus on originating and managing energy investments – primarily in Africa. She has 10 years of experience in power sector investing and 20 years of experience in emerging markets, most recently as Director of Africa Investments at American Capital Energy & Infrastructure. Lisa was also a business development consultant at Globeleq and vice president at the AES Africa Power Company.
Ms. Stewart leads UL's Due Diligence services in Sub-Saharan Africa and has over 12 years of working experience in the renewable energy and environmental sectors. She has worked on a number of projects in South Africa, the UK, Mozambique, Zambia, Kenya, and Sierra Leone. Prior to joining UL, Ms. Stewart was Senior Consultant and then Acting Head of Advisory-Africa for Wind Prospect and was lenders' engineer for project financing of the first wind energy projects to be developed and financed in South Africa.
Ms. Stewart specializes in project management, technical due diligence, project contract and financial model reviews, environmental permitting, and Equator Principles reviews. She also performs construction monitoring reviews, drawdown reviews, and operations monitoring and acts as the independent engineer on behalf of Eskom's Single Buyer's Office. She is familiar with IFC Performance Standards and OPIC Policies.
Ms. Stewart holds a BSc in Conservation Ecology and an MSc in Ecological Assessment from Stellenbosch University, and she has an Advanced Diploma in Business Project Management from the University of Cape Town. Ms. Stewart is fluent in English and Afrikaans.
Sherrill Byrne is an Executive in the Energy and Infrastructure Finance team at Standard Bank. Sherrill has been involved in project finance in the energy and infrastructure space for over 10 years and has closed more than 15 Power IPP projects across the African continent including South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and Kenya during this time. These projects have been over a range of technologies including solar PV, wind, gas and HFO. In addition, Sherrill currently has responsibility for the Energy and Infrastructure Project Finance franchise within Standard Bank for South Africa.
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