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2010 Steering Committee


ENERGY 2010 is privileged to have engaged the expertise of the following energy industry professionals to support and provide direction for the ENERGY 2010 programme and key focus areas:

Senior Executive, Resource Operating Group Unit, Accenture

James is a Senior Executive at Accenture in Accenture's Resource Operating Group Unit and aligned to the Talent and Organisational Performance Service Line. He leads the South Africa Energy Practice as well as having responsibility for the Energy practices across SPAI (Spain, Portugal, Africa and Israel). He leads the Resources Talent and Organisational (T&OP) Performance Practice globally.

James has extensive experience in the South African electricity, chemicals and energy industry and has a good understanding of the strategic issues pertaining to transformation and restructuring of the Electricity Supply Industry and the role of energy in the South African and global economy. James holds a B.Econ. from Rhodes University and joined Accenture in 1994.


Operations Manager, National Energy Efficiency Agency

Barry Bredenkamp, is currently the General Operations Manager at the National Energy Efficiency Agency, South Africa. Mr. Bredenkamp has worked in the distribution, customer service, marketing and Demand Side Management (DSM) areas of the national electricity utility in South Africa (Eskom), for 25 years and has been seconded from the utility, to establish and head-up the new National Energy Efficiency Agency in South Africa.

Barry has experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy in a developing country context, and was instrumental in implementing the highly successful GEF/ ELI program in South Africa. His past and current tasks include DSM program design and implementation, energy efficiency programs in both the private and public sector and assisting in developing energy policy in the fields of efficient lighting and appliance labeling. He is the past President of the South African Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA), Chairman of the Public Relations Committee of the Illumination Engineering Society of South Africa, (IESSA).


Deputy Director of Energy Efficiency: Department of Minerals and Energy

Tony Golding is currently Deputy Director of Energy Efficiency at the Department of Minerals and Energy. He has worked in the department since 1993, where he was originally addressing the energy use needs for low income communities and later Renewable Energy.


Chairman, South African national Energy Association (SANEA)

Brian Statham has ten years of experience as the executive leader of the South African National Energy Association (SANEA), an independent Registered Company and Non-Profit Organisation, representing corporate and individual members from the diverse energy sectors of South Africa. Brian was first elected Secretary-General of SANEA in 1999 and was elected to the office of Executive Chairman in March 2007.

In addition to his role in SANEA, Brian has been active in World Energy Council initiatives. From 2002 to 2004 he was the Convenor of the “Member Secretaries Advisory Group” and from 2004 to 2007 he chaired the WEC Study on “Energy Policy Scenarios to 2050. Brian is appointed to the WEC Studies Committee for the 2008 – 2010 workcycle. In September 2009 Brian was appointed Chair-elect of the Studies Committee and will take office in Sept 2010. Brian will then also be an Officer [Director] of the World Energy Council.


Business Development Manager, Mineral and Energy Educaiton and Training Institute (MEETI)

Stephen Ramotsei is business development manager at the Minerals and Energy Education and Training Institute (MEETI). Before his position Stephen was marketing insights manager at Nedcor Bank Ltd. His work experience is mainly in research & services marketing. Other businesses Stephen has worked for include Absolute CRD, ACNielsen, Plus 94 Research, and his research consulting business, SLR Consulting. Academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management and a Certificate in Project Management. Stephen has also completed several MEETI courses including the Certificate of competence in Petroleum Industry.


NEPAD Secretariat

Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Rahman is an energy expert with experience drawn from Canada, Egypt and the Gulf region. Dr. Abdel-Rahman has been an advisor to the Egyptian Electricity Regulatory Agency nearly since its inception in 2001, where he was heavily involved in the Agency activities. Furthermore, he has always been an active staff member in the Electrical Power and Machines Department, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, with numerous students and publications. His educational background does not stop at engineering but it extends to business administration and financial studies.


Energy Expert, NEPAD Secretariat

Currently holds the position of Energy Expert, NEPAD Secretariat, Midrand, SA since June this year. He held many senior positions in the past; among it the positions of director of the energy technology institute, industrial research and development centre in Zimbabwe for seven years.

He has been heavily involved in electrical engineering higher education across the African continent for over thirty years. He has been consulting to many international organizations and regional energy industries .His current position requires him to play a leading role in regional energy projects identification and to facilitate its implementation using NEPAD machineries.