The African Power & Energy Elites 2020 edition would not be possible without the key element of vetting each nomination, a process conducted freely by our Advisory Board members. The selection process this year was extremely tough—due to the phenomenal number and mix of nominations received—but fair, as the selection process used concise criteria and a clear rating format.
Without the expertise of our dynamic Advisory Board, featuring these outstanding projects and people in the publication would not have been possible. Each of the board members, through their non-biased commentary, have proved to be an invaluable resource to the foundation of the Elites publication.
These accomplished experts have demonstrated true mentorship throughout the nomination process, acting as pillars of support to ensure that the strongest nominations receive the validation of their achievements in the sector.
Meet the 2020 Advisory Board:
Dr. Rebekah Shirley: Named Africa Utility Week’s 2018 Outstanding Young Leader in Energy, Dr Rebekah Shirler is the Chief Research Officer at Power for All, where she works to improve access to high-quality data and insights for the energy sector. Her works explores models for the integrated energy sector. Her work explores models for integrated energy planning and opportunities for catalysing decentralised energy markets in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
Wondimu Tekle Sigo: Wondimu Tekle Sigo former State Minister of Ethiopia’s Water, Irrigation and Energy. In Wondimu’s 26 years of experience he has led different organizations that are mandated and activities including: design, construction of energy, water supply and irrigation projects as well as development programs through collaboration with concerned stakeholders including bilateral and multilateral development partners and development financial institutions.
Astria Fataki: ‘At micro level, I founded in 2016, Energy Generation, a pan-African organization that aims to encourage young Africans to meet the most pressing challenges of their generation (energy, agriculture, health, etc.) through entrepreneurship and technology. Our motive is to support and promote technological and entrepreneural innovations “made in Africa”.’
Justin Schmidt: Justin is an experienced leader in the Financial Services sector with strong analytical and business development skills. With 12 years of rich industry experience, he has successfully driven innovation and started new focus areas within the organisation. Justin heads New Sector Development in Retail and Business Banking at Absa where renewable energy is one of the focus sectors in this portfolio. He is responsible for the sectors strategy, customer value proposition and achieving the growth targets aligned to key growth sectors for the South African economy.
Lolu Adubifa: Lolu Adubifa is MD/CEO of Lavayo Energy based in Lagos. Lavayo Energy is a project development and energy advisory firm focused mostly on Power and Oil and Gas industries in West Africa. Prior to his apointment as MD. Lolu was the Country Executive for GE Energy Nigeria, where he oversaw the various energy subsidaries with annual revenue of $540MM (FY 2011). He has over 20 years working experience in the Energy industry in North America, and West Africa, and has held roles in management consulting with Arthur D. Little in Boston, and Accenture in Lagos; where he was an executive in the Energy practice.
Lungile Mashele: Lungile is the energy specialist at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. She provides specialist and technical information to enable deal success. she works across Africa and her projects are in gas, coal and hydro. She holds qualifications in economics, insolvency law, cost engineering and energy. She has worked in the consulting space as well as IPPs, utilities and financing houses.
Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl: Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl is the Editor of ESI Africa – Africa’s leading publication in the energy and power sector, delivering technical and general industry related information. she has been working in the power sector in Africa since 2011, first as content director for African Utility Week and now editor of ESI Africa.
Shadrach Laban: Mr Shadrach Ivan Laban has 37 years in the electricity distribution industry with special expertise in the installation and maintenance of electrical equipment. A multi-skilled individual with middle and senior management experience, keen to apply technical knowledge and skills already gained. Currently a Senior Manager experienced in directing projects and staff in fast paced, results-orientated environment, whose job purpose is to manage the provision of a 24 hour faults, emergency and breakdown service to eThekwini Electricity customers by planning, organizing, directing, controlling and evaluating all Operations activities in the most efficient and effective manner, thereby ensuring security, reliability and integrity of the electricity supply is maintained.
Paul Yillia: Paul T. Yillia is a research scholar with the Water (WAT) Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). Previously, he was lead policy specialist at Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), leading and undertaking several key actions to incorporate the Water-Energy Nexus within the overall SEforALL Global Action Agenda and supporting the overall operational process to guide countries align their energy policy/plans with the SDGs. Dr Yillia is a visiting scholar at Vienna University of Technology, where he previously held a full-time position as Research and Teaching Scholar, supporting applied research and exchange of knowledge and skills on water science and technology, especially with developing countries and countries in transition.
Wim Jonker Klunne: Wim has over 25 years of experience in renewable energy and energy efficiency project implementation in Southern and East Africa. He has worked on a wide range of energy implementation, research and capacity building projects on behalf of the AFDB,World bank, UNDP,GEF,EU, national governments, private sector, research institutions and bilaterals.
Alexander Kwame Osei: Mr. Alexander Kwame Osei, popularly called Alex Osei , is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Lexan Energy Consult Ghana. Alex Osei is the immediate past General Management Information Systems (MIS) Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) where he worked for 21 years. Before joining the ECG in 1994, he worked as the head of Research and Monitoring Department, Consumer Credit limited, a subsidiary finance company of the then Social Security Bank limited, Accra, for 9 years. Mr Osei holds a first degree in mathematics and EMBA.
“One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.” — John C. Maxwell