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African Speakers

Honourable Minister
Elizabeth Dipuo Peters,

South African Department of Energy

Jerry Vilakazi
CEO, Business Unity South Africa

Jerry is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Business Unity South Africa(BUSA) a confederation of employer and business organizations active in macroeconomic and social policy and the formulation of business positions. BUSA is the principal business organization representing SA business at national and international levels.  Its primary function is to ensure that business plays a constructive role in the country’s economic growth, development and transformation.  Prior to this appointment he was Managing Director of the Black Management Forum, a membership organisation representing black managers in SA.  Jerry has held various positions in government starting in 1996 with a responsibility for transformation and affirmative action at the Department of Public service and Administration before being transferred to Home Affairs where he ended up as Chief Director for strategic planning and service.  He has also served as an Executive Director for Services at the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.  Before joining SAICA he served as a Public Service Commissioner – a constitutional body charged with monitoring the performance of the public service and advising parliament and provincial legislatures.


Barry Bredenkamp
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).


Scott Brodsky
Dewey & LeBoeuf Johannesburg Energy & Project Finance Partner

Scott Brodsky is a partner based in Johannesburg covering project finance with over two decades of experience advising sponsors, project companies, financiers, governments, and financial advisors on projects in Africa, the United Kingdom, Western, Central and Eastern Europe, the Indian sub-continent, and Asia. He has advised on a broad range of projects in the power, renewables, oil and gas, transport and other infrastructure sectors. Scott also advises on restructurings and insolvencies arising out of project financings, and on the acquisition and disposal of project assets.


Paul Runge
Managing Director, Africa Project Access

Paul Runge is Managing Director of Africa Project Access, a consultancy that specializes in provision of early alert of projects in southern Africa. He also monitors the major funding agencies operating in Africa, such as the World Bank and African Development Bank. Paul has direct experience in Africa, having visited 32 African countries from 1982-present.  He lived in Gabon for 2-years, and worked intermittently for 3-years in the Cape Verde islands. He leads numerous business group visits into Africa, and has lead business group visits to Washington, Tunis / Abidjan and Brussels.  He also hosts and facilitates business meetings for incoming delegations from the World Bank, African Development Bank, etc.  He was coordinator of the Emerging Market Focus research team for production of the World Bank Africa Business Contacts Directory.  He maintains interaction with African organisations such as Africa Investor, NEPAD, etc. He has frequent interaction with South African government and government-related organisations, notably the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Finance, as well as professional bodies and export councils.


Brian A Statham
Chairman, South African National Energy Association

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.


Dr Latsoucabé Fall
Regional Manager, Africa, World Energy Council

Dr. Latsoucabé FALL is senior expert in the energy sector with about 30 years of experience; his knowledge embraces all aspects of the energy sector, and his related experience extended in Africa and worldwide. He is currently World Energy Council (WEC) Regional Manager in Africa since January 2008, and previously, WEC Coordinator for Africa, from 1st February 2006 to 31st December 2007. In the framework of these positions, he is planning, managing and/or coordinating all WEC’s activities in Africa (WEC work Programme and WEC Africa Action Plan).

Before joining WEC, Dr. FALL served as Chairman of the National high level Task Force in charge of the definition, development and implementation of the electricity sector institutional reforms in Senegal. By way of that position he played a central role in supporting the Minister of Energy and Mines of Senegal and reported directly to him.

Before taking up his duties in the Ministry of Energy and Mines, Dr. FALL held several management and technical positions within SENELEC (Senegal Electricity Utility), where he is working since 1979, as Director of many Divisions: International & Institutional Affairs, Innovation - Research and Energy Technologies, Strategic and System Planning, Economic and Tariff Studies, Project Development and Equipment, Computer Sciences & Information Systems, Logistics-Management-Strategy.

In addition to these positions, Dr. FALL assumed the role of General Secretary of the World Energy Council (WEC) Senegal National Member Committee, from 1994 to October 2007.


Mr Greg Nott
Managing Partner, Dewey & LeBoeuf Johannesburg

Mr. Nott is the Managing Partner of the Johannesburg office of Dewey & LeBoeuf. Prior to him joining the firm in 2000, he was a partner at a Johannesburg law firm where he began his legal career in 1986. Mr. Nott is ranked in Chambers Global 2008. He has led and managed legal teams in complex legal matters.

Mr. Nott has advised empowerment consortia in obtaining casino licences on behalf of an international hotel group. He has advised an empowerment company in an empowerment transaction regarding the management and development of the Ellis Park Sport Stadium, South Africa's largest sport stadium.

Mr. Nott has been a legal advisor to international companies. He has also been an advisor to various national and provincial South African administrations, including the Gauteng Tourism Agency, Northern Province government, the national government Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs, and the Gauteng Department of Economic Affairs and Education. This work has focused on compliance issues, regulatory adherence, and state-owned enterprise


Mr. Stephen Ramotsei
Business Development Manager, Mineral and Energy Education 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.

Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Rahman
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.

Yves Guenon
Engineer and PhD in Physics Director of Business Development, AREVA

Dr. Yves Guenon has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry. In the last decade, he has worked as a Business Development Director on a number of large-scale energy infrastructure development projects in Europe and Africa. He is currently the Director of Business Development in AREVA, the leading global nuclear energy company, with manufacturing facilities in 41 countries, and integrated capabilities in the full nuclear energy value chain. In his current role, Dr. Yves Guenon is responsible for the development of energy projects in South Africa,. Prior to this, Dr. Guenon was the Business Development Director and AREVA Vice President for Lithuania in charge of Baltic Countries and Poland. Dr Yves Guenon holds a PhD in physics from Sherbrooke University Canada and is an engineering graduate of the prestigious Institute National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA), Toulouse, France.

Paul Eardley-Taylor

Head of Energy, Utilities & Infrastructure Coverage, Standard Bank, South Africa & Africa

Paul joined Standard Bank in January 2009 and is Head of Energy, Utilities & Infrastructure Coverage for South Africa & Africa. In 2009, Standard Bank have executed financings in Africa for borrowers as diverse as: ACSA; Botswana Power Company; Maurel & Prom; Murray & Roberts; Transnet and Tullow. Previously, Paul worked for HSBC for over 10 years and has significant European, Middle East and African advisory and arranging experience covering Project Development/Finance, Privatisation and Acquisition Finance.

Paul has worked on around 40 closed / ongoing domestic infrastructure transactions and his previous experience includes acting as team leader for the following IPP / IWPPs / nuclear / greenfield / refinery developments: – Eskom Base Load IPP Programme, South Africa (2008). Lead Adviser to Eskom / Republic of South Africa in connection with the development and tender of South Africa’s 2100 – 4500 MW base load IPP programme – Coega Oil Refinery, South Africa (2008). Financial Adviser to PetroSA in connection with the development and financing of PetroSA’s 400,000 bpd oil refinery at Coega, South Africa – Swakopmund Desalination Plant, Namibia (2008). Financial Adviser to AREVA in connection with the development and financing of a desalination plant to support Uramin’s uranium mines – SADC utility, (2008). Financial Adviser to a SADC Utility in connection with the evaluation of its strategic options for a power plant – Eskom, South Africa (2007-2008). Financial Adviser to Eskom in respect of the due diligence of Projects Lima, Bravo, Medupi, Duvha Station Upgrade, the Medium Term Power Purchase Programme and the Mozal Power Sales Agreement – Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) Company, South Africa (2006). Financial Adviser to PBMR in respect of elements of South Africa’s nuclear programme – Water & Electrcity Company LLC, Saudi Arabia, (2003-2006), . Financial Adviser to the Government of Saudi Arabia in connection with the world record development & financing of the Shuaibah & Shuqaiq IWPPs – Normanglade IV LLP (2004), Global. Mandated Lead Arranger of the USD 915m Acquisition Financing of 14 power plants in 9 countries in Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America – Umm Al Nar IWPP (2003), Abu Dhabi. Mandated Lead Arranger of the USD1.5 billion financing of the acquisition and development of the Umm Al Nar IWPP.
Michael Cupit
Partner, Ernst & Young - BA (Hons), MSc (Hons)

Michael is a Director focusing on transactions in emerging and developing markets. Michael has over 15 years of experience, spanning the globe. Michael has worked for International Donor Organisations, Governments, NGOs and the private sector, in Private Equity, Utilities and Infrastructure sectors. His key focus areas include: Advice to inward investors; Project development processes; Transaction advice and M&A

Client Experience: World Bank–Numerous assignments undertaking utility sector reform and privatisation projects in the Far East, India and Afica; World Bank–Numerous assignments developing and implementing infrastructure market reforms; Utility / Infrastructure providers (eg AES)–Numerous assignments advising on the purchase and development of infrastructure projects in countries in the CIS, CEE and Africa; Private Oil and Gas / Utility companies (eg Shell, RWE, EdF, Tepco, BP), numerous assignments advising on inward investment / market entry strategies; Private Equity–Several transactions for private equity companies in new technology and infrastructure sectors.

Thulani S. Gcabashe
Executive Chairman, BuiltAfrica Holdings

Thulani Gcabashe began his career as a town and regional planner in 1982. After practicing as a director with a firm of architects and town planners; he joined Eskom in 1993. In 1999 he was promoted to the Eskom Management Board and the Electricity Council as Deputy Chief Executive and Chairman Eskom Enterprises becoming the Chief Executive in 2000. He served as the Chief Executive until 30 April 2007. Thereafter he led the South Africa Power Project, an initiative sponsored by Eskom and the Government of South Africa aimed at developing a globally competitive power-manufacturing cluster. In 2008 he founded the BuiltAfrica Group where he currently serves as the Executive Chairman.

Thulani is a registered Town and Regional Planner and holds a Masters in Urban & Regional Planning from Ball State University (USA) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Botswana. He is Chairman of Imperial Holdings and a director of the Standard Bank Group. He is also a director of the South African National Energy Association, and the National Research Foundation.


Dr Rob Adam
Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa

Robert Adam is the CEO of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA where he is responsible for restructuring the SA nuclear sector and managing the NECSA national framework. Graduating with a B.Sc Honours degree in Chemistry from the University of Cape Town in 1978, Adam commenced his career at Surrey University, England where he undertook research in carbon fibre technology for the Royal Aircraft Establishment.  In 1980 he returned to South Africa to pursue physical science and mathematics for higher education. This however was short-lived when Adam was detained as political prisoner from 1981 to 1990 during Apartheid. During this period, he continued his studies and eventually emerged with an interest in nuclear power.  In 1995, Adam became the Chief Director of Science and Technology for the SA Government, and later Director-General for Arts, Culture, Science and Technology. In 2002, he was transferred to the newly established Department of Science and Technology, and later elected to his present role at NECSA by Cabinet.


Dr John Luscombe Purchase
CEO, Agricultural Business Chamber (ABC)

Being the CEO of the Agricultural Business Chamber, Dr John Purchase looks after the interests of members on a national, continental and international level. Due to its nature, this often entails negotiations with government and international business people.  With a B.Sc in Agriculture from the University of Pretoria in 1984, Dr Purchase then went on to pursue his Masters (1987) and Ph.D (1997) at the University of the Orange Free State. His career portfolio spans from his post as the divisional manager of Crop Sciences to senior deputy director of the ARC-Grain Crops Institute in Potchefstroom and, more recently, the manager of strategic development at Grain SA.  In addition to receiving several awards for his work and leadership, Dr Purchase was also made a fellow at the SA Society for Crop Production in 2002. His spare time is spent with family or by enjoying a game of squash, golf or hiking


Mr. Sebastian von Wolff
Managing Director of Orbeo South Africa

Sebastian is presently the MD of Orbeo, a joint-venture between French chemical company, Rhodia and French investment bank, Société Générale that combines industrial, environmental and financial expertise dedicated to greenhouse gas emission reductions. He holds a Diploma in Architectural Engineering and an MBA. Sebastian is a trained engineer and an expert in renewable energy and energy efficiency technology, with a track record in project finance.

Sebastian’s previous employment was with the German Energy Agency, a governmental initiative, where he led the department for international efficiency and renewable energy projects. He was also an adviser to the German Ministry of Construction and consultant to various multinationals on their international energy and sustainability strategy.


Sipha Ndawonde
Energy Analyst

Sipha focuses on analysing emerging trends and technologies in the sub-Saharan African energy and power sector. His special area of focus is renewable energy and he has recently conducted comprehensive analyses into the market for renewable energy technologies and equipment on the continent. Prior to joining Frost & Sullivan, Sipha was the Southern African correspondent for Petroleum Africa and Alternative Energy Africa.


Dave Collins
Promethium Carbon

With a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Cambridge University, Dave now consults on climate change response strategies to many JSE Top 100 Companies and to the Southern African coal industry. He has recently appeared on TV and radio talk shows and held discussions on global warming and the energy crisis. He is currently positioned at Promethium Carbon, a consultancy that specialises in managing the effects of climate change on business through managing risks and identifying opportunities.


Siegfried Brits
MD of impactChoice South Africa and impactChoice Energy

Holding a Masters in Business Leadership and an Honors degree in Accountancy, Siegfried began his career in environmental sustainability when he established Green Planet. This company was responsible for sourcing, negotiating and securing breakthrough technology in renewable fuels from Europe. In 2008, it extended its reach down the sustainability continuum in services that encompass carbon footprint assessment, retrofit energy efficiency products and services, as well as the development of carbon offset technology. ImpactChoice Limited was the solution in terms of this technology and Green Planet subsequently joined forces through a merger with impactChoice Limited resulting in impactChoice SA and impactChoice Energy. Siegfried has held senior positions such as MD of a listed entity on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and other non-listed technology companies. He was also the financial director of various enterprises that range from entrepreneurial initiatives to corporate listed entities.


Davin Chown
Operations Director, Genesis Eco-Energy and Development Director of Mainstream Renewable Power South Africa

After completing a B.Comm at the University of Pretoria, and the DPLR at UNISA School for Business Leadership, Davin then went on to complete a Masters in Management at Wits Business School and a Masters in Sustainable Ecological Management, University of Pretoria. Davin has advised and coached leadership teams through complex transformation and sustainable development strategy challenges. He led a team that developed the Sustainable Energy Strategy for the Western Cape government, has provided strategic advice and coaching to local authorities on LED and sustainable issues, and facilitated strategic decision-making with leadership teams from a range of large organisations on the issues of finance and sustainability. He was also the founding member of Incite Sustainability, which advises clients in the government and private sector on energy and sustainability strategy and programmes. Davin has also worked with The World Bank and the International Council on Mining and Metals, Mhlatuze Water, De Beers, Forest Oil International, African Bank Investments Limited, Old Mutual and ABSA.


Adam Simcock
CEO, Carbon Check (Pty) Ltd

After early beginnings in the military, Adam then went on to pursue a career in property development in the UK.  He later teamed up with the Rotch Group – the second largest private property company in the UK – to develop an economical home loan securitisation scheme for low income households in South Africa.  Adam saw to its incorporation into the Arms off-set programme and later developed a programme that would assist in the supply chain of the Rotch Group property portfolio in the UK, with JSE listed DNA supply chains and BAe systems. With an understanding of off-set and countertrade, Adam was asked to assist in the development of D1 Oils. In 2004, he was instrumental in the listing of D1 Oils in October 2004, and incorporated an off-set credit programme with Rolls Royce and D1. 

Adam was also the driving force behind much of D1 Oils Jatropha planting programmes in Africa, as well as the joint venture with the then named Stancom tobacco company in Zambia. Adam moved on to create C3 (Climate Change Corporation) where he was instrumental in the purchase of coconut oil mills in Mozambique to supply the company’s associate bio-diesel refineries in the UK.  Working with Ernst & Young, he developed a carbon credit programme through a fuel switch project at these mills.  In 2007, C3 Mozambique Lda won the award for the best industrial company in the country. Adam has since sold his interests and is focused on developing a successful Africa DOE.


Valerie Green
Director of the National Business Initiative’s Climate and Energy Unit

Over the past three years Valerie has led the NBI’s ground breaking initiatives such as the Voluntary Energy Efficiency Accord and the Carbon Disclosure Project. Through these initiatives she has mobilized leading South African companies to improve their level of awareness and escalate action in addressing Climate Change and Energy Efficiency in particular. She has also fostered business and government relationships by facilitating roundtable discussions between CEOs of leading companies and the Minister of the former Department of Environment and Tourism to give input to the Long Term Mitigation Scenarios on Climate Change. Both mitigation and adaptation of Climate Change are key focus areas for the NBI. 

Through her team’s work, she won the Mail and Guardian’s Greening the Future Awards in 2007 & 2009 under the Energy and Carbon Management Category.  Valerie was also runner-up in the 2009 ETA Awards – Women in Industry category.


Brigette Baillie
Partner & Head: Project Development & Finance Practice Group at Weber Wentzel

As an expert in general and commercial law, Brigette’s area of expertise extends to limited recourse finance, including energy, resources and infrastructure finance..  Some of the most noteworthy project transactions that she has been involved in is as acting as South African legal counsel for the Lenders in respect of the project financing of CIC's Mmamabula coalfield development and coal fired independent power plant project. In 2009, Brigette was named a ‘Leading’ lawyer in the field of Banking and Finance, and recognised as an Energy Lawyer by PLC Which Lawyer?


Philip Morkel

has 28 years of experience in mining, operations and project management. He qualified in 1981 with a BSc Chemical Engineering from Cape Town University and an MBL from UNISA. His early working experience as a metallurgist was in gold mining and copper/zinc mining in South Africa. This was followed by five years with Sappi in pulp and paper mill operations. He has spent the past twenty years in project management and project development, initially with US multinational in Africa. The work has included project management of oil refinery projects in South Africa, oil and gas work in several other African countries. He ran the oil, gas and power business unit within Fluor responsible for Sub-Saharan Africa business. He spent 18 months leading the development of the feasibility of a phosphate rock mine in Guinea-Bissau, for a Canadian mining house. The last eight years have been taken up by development of the Lake Kivu gas project and the enabling technology, interspersed with periods on conventional and nuclear power projects in South Africa. In 2005 he presented a paper on the water-borne gas extraction technology to the World Congress of Chemical Engineering in Glasgow. Philip is developing this project now while also assisting PGBI with bio-fuels business development.


Belynda Petrie
CEO, OneWorld Sustainable Investments

OneWorld Sustainable Investments CEO Belynda Petrie has led several medium- to large-scale projects, including the current five-year Southern African Regional Climate Change Programme funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID). This vast programme (see www.rccp.org.za) aims to help equip the region’s leaders, decision makers, scientists, economists and other experts to respond and adapt to the impacts of climate change and to work towards securing political and financial equity in the subregion. Petrie also leads the British Foreign Country Office project on human security and climate change in the region, for which the documentary, Too Many Degrees: Human Security and Climate Change was produced. After premiering in Copenhagen at the global climate change negotiations in December, 2009, the documentary was screened at the UN Security Council following an address to the Council by Petrie. Earlier projects include the development of the internationally acclaimed Western Cape Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan, the Ibhubesi Gas Field development project, the restructuring of the Datatec International Group and the George (Southern Cape, SA) Mobility Strategy. See www.oneworldgroup.co.za.


William Cass

- IT and Project Management history
- Procurement Category Manager for three years
- Energy Manager for FirstRand for two years
- Presented at various Conferences in South Africa and International Energy Agency in Paris
- Won Eskom’s ETA Energy Efficiency Award for Commercial Buildings in 2009
- Won NBI’s ETA NBI Commercial Energy Reduction category in 2009
International Speakers

Arthur Hanna
Accenture – Overseas Accenture’s Global Energy Board in London; Industry Managing Director of Accenture's Energy Practice

Prior to taking on this position Arthur headed up the Energy Downstream Business and led a wide portfolio of work for a variety of super major and NOC clients.  During his career at Accenture he has focused primarily on business strategy development and implementation. His client experiences span post merger integration, new operating model architectures and implementation, business trends, consumer research, brand management, new product development, market entry strategies and global deployment of new operating models and systems.  Arthur has had a broad international experience having led engagements in Argentina, Australia, China, India, Germany, Italy, Kuwait and the USA.  Whilst working in the industry he and his family have been posted to Dubai, Oman, France and the USA.  Arthur joined Accenture in 1990 and became a senior executive in 2000.  Prior to that Arthur had 10 years international management experience with BP Oil International.  He now lives in London and enjoys watching rugby and cricket with his family. Arthur has a BSc (Hons) in Economics and Economic Policy from Loughborough University, England.


Peter Mills
Senior Legal Counsel, Vestas Pacific

Peter is a Senior Legal Counsel at Vestas, the world’s leading wind turbine producer.  Based in Melbourne, Australia, Peter works in the Vestas Pacific office, which is responsible for wind farm projects in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Japan, Korea, Philippines and Vietnam. 

Peter has a broad range of experience as a construction and projects lawyer, advising on a variety of international construction and energy projects, in relation to procurement strategy, project documentation and disputes. Before joining Vestas, he worked in private practice in London (for Eversheds), as a partner at Routledge Modise attorneys (now Eversheds) in Johannesburg and as a Senior Associate at Minter Ellison Lawyers in Melbourne, Australia. Peter is admitted to practice in Australia (Victoria), South Africa and England & Wales.


Dr Ian Humphery-Smith
Founder, African Renewable Energies Limited and Consultant at Deomed Limited

Recognised as a pioneer in the field of proteomics, Ian has expertise in the provision of Biotech, IT, Pharma R&D, analytical instrumentation of business, healthcare and overtime exposure to a diverse range of business. He has been a CEO of Biosystems Informatics Limited, a UK/Russian IT R&D enterprise funded by the UK Government. Internationally, Ian’s consulting duties have encompassed the private & public sectors, listed & non-listed companies, family ventures and multinational enterprises - all with a focus on business strategy development.  In 1996, he established Galucus Industries in Australia, which was eventually facilitated by the Fujisawa Investment Fund. Fujisawa has now become part of Astellas, Japan’s largest pharmaceutical company. Ian has also founded the Human Proteome Organisation to take up the gauntlet of the next phase of the Human Genome Project internationally. For many years, he has been a keen proponent of the need to transform medicine into a more mathematically-driven discipline and, in 2001, Ian was honoured for this by TIME Magazine as a member of their Top Digital 25. In 2008, he decided to found African Renewable Energies Limited with a view to improving all aspects of human endeavour in Africa through the provision of reliable and renewable energy.


Robert Schock
Director of Studies, World Energy Council, London

Robert is presently engaged in the study of energy policies worldwide and the practices they foster at the World Energy Council. He has had an active role in energy as the Coordinating Lead Author (Energy Sources) for the 2007 4th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for which he authored and coordinated a chapter on mitigation measures for energy sources. At his previous role at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Robert was able to initiate and lead programmes in energy R&D, high-level nuclear waste disposition, environmental restoration and waste management, fusion energy, hydrogen fuels, energy policy analysis and climate change focused energy research.

Franz Hafner
Director Product Sales, Austrian Energy and Environment - Air Pollution Control

A graduate of mechanical engineering from HTBLVA (BULME) Graz, Franz has followed a career in environmental matters. He has worked for Andritz AG, Graz; the Austrian Energy and Environment, Graz. In 2002 he began his career at AE&E Graz as the head of proposal and sales in the Business Unit Environment. Franz currently leads the Air Pollution Control sales division at this company, which has the focus of providing ‘clean energy for future generations’.