Brenda has worked as a senior practitioner in the Southern African Development, Education and Energy policy sectors for over 15 years. After implementing small-scale energy, water and food security projects in Southern Africa between 2011 and 2016, she conducted interdisciplinary applied research on energy policy at the Energy Research Centre, UCT. She has an MPhil in Energy & Development (Mechanical Engineering, UCT). Her dissertation focused on the Politics of Electricity planning in South Africa.