Daniel Gross 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. Daniel is also a private equity and infrastructure investor focused on 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.
Haydn Palliser’s 15+ years in industry started as an engineer in New Zealand’s largest professional services firm providing advice in relation to construction contracts and design services in the infrastructure and renewable energy space. After moving to Australia to complete his Masters in Applied Finance at Macquarie he has focused his time within the project finance industry as a financial advisor, consultant, and financial modeler. Haydn teaches financial modeling to a wide range of professional in organizations from bulge bracket investment banks to small developers and students. He has provided lectures and seminars for students from Wharton, MIT, Harvard, Chicago Booth, Columbia, and University of Michigan among others. Haydn is now a Principal at Pivotal180, a firm focused on training and advisory in the renewable energy, infrastructure, and project finance sectors. He was previously the Managing Director for Corality and the co-head of infrastructure and energy for Mazars in the Americas.
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 served 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. He is also a member of the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty.
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.
Alastair Campbell is the Managing Director of Vantage GreenX’s three sustainable energy debt funds called Notes 1, 2, and 3, with a total of R8.7bn of assets under management. Over the last two decades Alastair has worked on projects in various sectors and countries on the African continent in both an advisory and arranging capacity. He is a CA (SA) and graduated with a B.Comm at the University of Cape Town. After graduating, he completed his articles at Deloitte & Touche in Johannesburg and then moved to London where he worked for NatWest Markets before joining Standard Bank London. After a number of years working on projects in Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America, in 2003 he transferred back to Johannesburg where he headed up the Power Finance team within the Corporate & Investment Bank. While at Standard Bank, he successfully oversaw the funding of more than R15bn of debt to 15 wind and solar projects in bid windows 1 and 2 of the REIPP procurement program.
Shingi Masanzu is a senior counsel (on leave of absence) in the World Bank’s legal department, where she advises on guarantee, structured finance, and sovereign lending operations, with experience in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. She is currently on an academic leave of absence during which she is pursuing her PhD at the London School of Economics, where her research examines infrastructure deal-making by governments in African countries. Prior to joining the World Bank, she was an associate at a leading New York law firm, advising on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. Shingi is a graduate of the University of Cape Town, where she obtained an LLB and a PGDip (Public Law), and New York University School of Law, where she obtained an LLM in international legal studies as a Hauser Global Scholar. She is admitted to the New York Bar.
Bernard Magoro is the Head of the South Africa Independent Power Producers Office (IPP Office) responsible for the procurement of energy from independent power producers on behalf of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy.
Prior to joining the IPP Office he was the General Manager at Eskom responsible for the System Operator and Eskom Telecommunications, where his key role was the management of South African’s electricity grid (grid operation).
Bernard is a registered professional electrical engineer with more than 20 years of experience in various technical and leadership roles within the electricity supply industry. He holds a BSc. degree from UNIVEN, BSc. Electrical Engineering from UCT, BComm from UNISA, MBA from Wits Business School and LLB from UNISA.
Stephan is a senior ESG (Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance) professional with fifteen years’ diverse and international experience in environmental and social risk management in the power, oil & gas, and infrastructure sectors. Stephan has successfully managed and delivered complex multi-million-dollar environmental and social impact assessment projects in South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, Lesotho, Malawi, Tanzania, Namibia, and Zambia. He has also been involved in site selection, environmental and social screening studies, resettlement studies, and red flag due diligence reviews for solar PV, wind, hydropower and gas projects throughout Africa. Stephan is a Technical Director at Zutari (previously Aurecon), a multi-disciplinary engineering and advisory firm, where he is responsible for the environmental service line.
Emmanuel Namanya is a senior consultant and registered professional electrical engineer with 3E. He has more than 7 years’ experience in power and renewable energy and has been involved in multi-disciplinary projects at several stages, fulfilling and executing project roles from feasibility, design (concept and detailed) to procurement and construction. Emmanuel holds a BSc (first class honours) and MSc degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Cape Town.
Lisa joined Actis in 2016 and in 2020 was appointed Head of Africa for the Energy Infrastructure team, taking responsibility for originating and managing energy investments across the continent. Lisa has 12 years of experience in power sector investing and 22 years of experience in emerging markets, most recently as Director of Africa Investments at American Capital Energy & Infrastructure. At American Capital she sourced and led the Taiba wind project in Senegal and she also sourced and led the Azura gas platform in Nigeria. Prior to her role at American Capital, Lisa was a Business Development Consultant at Globeleq (2012) and a Vice President at the AES Africa Power Company (AES Corporation’s Africa vehicle, 2009-2011), where she worked on the Dibamba and Kribi projects in Cameroon. Previously, Lisa lived and worked in Afghanistan for five years, both for the United Nations Development Programme (2003-2005) and then as an Advisor in a chief-of-staff role to the Afghan Finance Minister (2005-2007). Lisa holds an MBA with honours from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, an MA in Literature with distinction from the University of Sussex, and a BA cum laude in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Harvard University.
Glen Robbins is an independent researcher and consultant on matters related to regional and urban economic development, industry policy and public finance. He also serves, on a part-time basis, as the Research Head at the Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS) in Durban, South Africa. His career has involved senior management roles in metropolitan government in South Africa, specialist advisory roles for a range of South African public sector entities, expert advisor roles with international multi-lateral organisations, work with private sector bodies as well as an extended association with academia. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Urban Futures Centre, Durban University of Technology, and a Research Associate at PRISM, School of Economics, University of Cape Town. He serves on the boards of a number of organisations and has recently completed a term on the advisory council of Statistics South Africa. He holds an honours degree from the University of Natal and an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Sussex.
Cathy Oxby is chief commercial officer at Africa GreenCo and has more than 14 years professional experience in the infrastructure and renewable energy sectors, both as an adviser and an equity investor. She trained at Allen & Overy LLP where she worked on a diverse range of project finance transactions spanning energy and infrastructure before moving into a commercial role at HSBC Infrastructure Fund (which became InfraRed Capital Partners). After 6 years of structuring and negotiating equity investments in a wide variety of public-private partnerships and renewable energy projects, she established her own consultancy to help developers, investors and project companies deliver well- structured and efficiently run investments by assisting them through all stages of project development, implementation and operation and also acted as a consultant to the World Bank.
Benjamin Attia is a Research Analyst in the Power & Renewables practice at Wood Mackenzie covering downstream solar PV markets in Africa and the Middle East, and has lead the firm’s emerging coverage of off-grid energy access. He joined Wood Mackenzie via its acquisition of Greentech Media in 2016 and is based in Boston. He previously worked in solar asset management and commercial operations price modeling at SunEdison and on clean energy transition-focused regulatory research for utilities and policymakers at the National Regulatory Research Institute.