We will include speakers for AATIC 2018 as they are confirmed.
Hon. Ivan Leslie Collendavelloo, GKSK, SC
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Government of Mauritius
Hon Ivan Collendavelloo, GCSK, Senior Counsel, holds the position of Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Public Utilities in the Government of Mauritius. He served as a Member of the National Assembly from 1983 to 1989, 1991 to 1995 and 2000 to 2005.
He founded his own political party in 2014 known as Muvman Liberater and was elected as Member of National Assembly in December 2014 and was appointed as Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Public Utilities with the portfolio for energy, water, wastewater and radiation protection. He was appointed Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Public Utilities in January 2017.
Hon Collendavelloo obtained a degree in law in 1975 at Aix en Provence, France and was called to the Bar in 1978. He has practiced as State Counselin the Attorney General’s Office and as a Barrister at Law before his appointment as Minister in the Cabinet.
Ambassador Thembisile C. Majola
Deputy Minister of Energy of the Republic of South Africa
Amb Thembisile C. Majola currently serves as the Deputy Minister of Energy of the Republic of South Africa since 26 May 2014. She was born in Soweto, Johannesburg. She received her basic education from Botswana, Zambia and Cuba, where she also received her Junior Degree in Civil Engineering in Camaguey. She also holds a Masters Degree in the same field.
Amb Majola worked as a Project & Site Engineer at Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College (SOMAFCO), Mazimbu, Tanzania from 1986-1987, whereafter she received Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Training, Caculama, Angola from 1987-1988. She was the Executive Secretary Women and Development Programme, World Council of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland from 1993-97 and then became the Chief Director International Relations and Trade, Office of the Deputy President from 1997-2001. She was 2006-2008 Ambassador Extraordinaire et Plenipotentiare to Senegal, Mauritania, Cape Verde, Gambia & Guinea Bissau.
In 2009 Amb Majola became the Deputy Coordinator – Core Business, National Intelligence Coordinating Committee; in 2010 she was a Consultant in the Office of the Premier, Gauteng. From 2010-2013 she was the Market Development Manager for Africa, Aurecon. From 2013 to early May 2014 she was the Director, Thenoma Consulting, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. She currently serves as the Deputy Minister of Energy of the Republic of South Africa since 26 May 2014.
Pavel Robert Oimeke
Director General, Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), Kenya
Pavel Robert Oimeke is an energy and energy efficiency specialist with close to two decades of experience. He is also an expert in policy and regulatory in the energy sector. Pavel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Process Engineering from Moi University, a Diploma in Energy Planning and Use from Life Academy, Sweden; and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering from Kenyatta University.
He is registered with the Institute of Engineers of Kenya (IEK), and Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK). Pavel is also a Member of the Association of Energy Professionals East Africa (AEPEA), the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), UK and the Institute of Directors (IoD), Kenya.
Dr. Gloria, Sibusisiwe Magombo, MSc Mech.Eng., MBA., PhD (Hon.) Pr. Eng., FZIE
CEO – Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA)
Dr. Gloria, Sibusisiwe Magombo has more than 28 years of experience in the Energy Sector spanning the fields of engineering, management, power sector reform and regulation.
Before joining ZERA, Dr. Magombo served as the Managing Director of an international consultancy firm, Norconsult Botswana. She also worked as Regional Energy Advisor with Southern Africa Global Competitiveness Hub. She is a former Executive Commissioner of Zimbabwe Electricity Regulatory Commission (ZERC) and she also worked as a Generation Expert for ZESA.
She currently serves as the Chairperson for the Regional Electricity Regulators Association (RERA). At Africa level, Dr. Magombo served as the Deputy Chairperson of the Energy Portfolio committee for African Forum for Utility Regulators (AFUR).
Dr. Magombo currently serves as a Councillor at the Engineering Council of Zimbabwe (ECZ) and was recently appointed as the Vice Chairperson of the Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) Board.
Director, Australian Renewables Group Pty Ltd
Chiron Aesir set up his first Solar Company in 2009, under the name Capricorn Rising Pty Ltd, trading as Solar Imports Australia, later changed to the trading name Evosol. He then spent a year traveling all over China visiting Renewable Energy Trade Shows; visiting factories and establishing secure contacts with 60 qualified Australian Certified suppliers for all types of Solar and LED lighting products.
In 2016, Capricorn Rising released the trading name Evosol to Australian Renewables Group Pty Ltd, a new company set up by Chiron to reflect his broader vision in the renewables industry.
Today Evosol has gained substantial traction and is becoming a recognised name in the solar industry. Chiron is the driving force and visionary behind Evosol and his goal is to see Evosol as a leading Solar Power Company diversified into all areas of Renewable Energy.
His passion is to work with like-minded people to co-develop his model of Water and Light 4 Life, bringing it into as many parts of the world as possible to help bring clean water and electricity to the world’s poor and underprivileged.
Chiron is passionate, motivated and a visionary with heart and soul.
Vincent Algar, BSC (Hons) Geology, MAusIMM
Managing Director, Australian Vanadium Ltd
Vincent Algar is a geologist by profession with more than 24 years’ experience in the mining industry, spanning underground and open cut mining operations, greenfields exploration, project development and mining services in Western Australia and Southern Africa.
He has significant experience in the management of publicly listed companies, which includes the entire compliance, marketing and management process and encompasses the development of internal geological and administrative systems, exploration planning and execution, plus project acquisition and deal completion.
Mr Algar helped float and was Managing Director of Shaw River Manganese Limited from December 2006 – March 2012 and was responsible for successful capital raisings, which raised more than $40 million for the Company’s exploration and acquisition programs. He was instrumental in the $20 million acquisition of a 75.5% stake in the Otjo Manganese Project in Namibia, in 2011, which is currently being brought into production.
Mr Algar has worked on a wide range of commodities most recently in base metals, and uranium in Southern Africa as a consultant and analyst. Vincent is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Energy Farmers Australia
Originally a farmer from Mullewa, Western Australia, Euan holds a degree in Agribusiness, a diploma in Farm Management and has been involved in agriculture for more than 20 years.
Euan leased the farm at the age of 30 and worked for Medecins Sans Frontieres in various logistic, construction and coordination roles supporting medical teams responding to emergencies in Africa and Asia and is now part of the Australian emergency pool.
In 2010 Euan co-founded Energy Farmers Australia. Energy Farmers is developing mobile pyrolysis technology to produce bioenergy and biochar. Energy Farmers has partnered with farmers, NRM organisations and Universities to conduct research on biochar base products in agricultural and horticultural food production systems.
Euan has experience in business development, stakeholder engagement, public relations, marketing, carbon accounting and international logistics. He is on the steering committee for Geraldton Community Energy and on the board of the Biochar Network of WA, a group set up to promote the benefits of biochar to the community.
Throughout the journey Euan has developed strong relationships in the Australian and international bioenergy, biochar and carbon industries.
International Manager, Solahart Industries Pty Ltd
Vaughan immigrated to Australia from Zimbabwe in 1982 with a background in banking and finance and worked for a financial institution for eight years. In 1990 he began working in the renewable energy sector as a Business Development Manager for Solar Edwards Pty Ltd for 15 years. He then joined Solahart Industries Pty Ltd to develop their respective International markets, setting up distributors for both companies in more than 60 countries, many of those in unconventional Australian export markets. The Solar Thermal business started to grow along with Australia’s reputation in the field in “best practice” manufacturing.
The renewable energy industry was in its infancy, energy was expensive or in short supply especially in the African and Caribbean regions. The Asian and European markets grew rapidly till the Asian financial crisis in 1997 and the flood of the Chinese made products after 2000. Solahart Industries Pty Ltd faced several challenges in a dynamic industry, new markets needed to be sourced, manufacturing costs had to be reduced and the fluctuation of the Australian dollar played havoc.
Africa has had its challenges but after managing distributors in 25 countries over 28 years and working with Government Ministries, mining companies, engineers, architects and developers Vaughan has gained a great deal of experience both from a cultural and business practice aspect.
Professor Tyrone Fernando
Director Power & Clean Energy Research Group (PACE), University of Western Australia
Tyrone Fernando obtained his bachelor of engineering with honours and the degree of doctor of philosophy from the University of Melbourne in 1990 and 1996 respectively. In 1996 he joined the University of Western Australia, Department of Electrical Electronic and Computer Engineering where he is currently a Professor. He was the Deputy Head of School in 2009 and 2010.
His research interests are in Power system dynamics, renewable energy, functional/state estimation, and control theory.
He has served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine and also as guest editor for the journal of Optimal Control Applications and Methods. He is currently an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II and also IEEE Access. He is the current Chair-Elect of the Power and Energy technical committee of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.
He has authored many journal and conference articles and also two books in the areas of functional observers and closed loop control of blood glucose in diabetics. Professor Fernando is a senior member of IEEE.
Glen William Holland
Managing Director, SunWise Energy
Glen is committed, driven to quality and a loyal person of high integrity, having accomplished some significant achievements during his career and personal life. Glen has a strong family business, SunWise Energy, operating throughout the south west of Western Australia as well as numerous investment properties and other interests that keeps him busy.
Glen is passionate about renewable energy, having founded SunWise Energy in 2008 and grown over the last ten years to deliver approximately 2% of Western Australia’s solar grid connected energy in that time. Additionally SunWise has trained seven electrical trades people and currently has three apprentice electricians.
During Glen’s career with Iluka Resources, he was responsible for apprentice training and has trained more than 40 apprentices, several of whom have achieved either Western Australian or Local College Apprentice of the Year Awards. Iluka is well renowned for the quality of its electrical tradespeople.
Over a period of four years Glen sub-contracted to Power Supply & Training Services delivering electrical training to the mining sector, including the following courses:
- High Voltage Training
- Electrical Worker Competency Training
- Welding Safety Training
- Electrical Supervisor Competency Training
- Mine Manager Electrical Regulations Appreciation Training
Glen has the knowledge, qualifications and experience to deliver training and meet the required coarse outcomes and welcomes the opportunity pass on his passion and knowledge and skills to the next generation of electrical technicians.
Export Council of Australia
Honor joined the Export Council of Australia (ECA) in 2017 to initially manage the Western Australian Industry & Export Awards program. In 2018 she took on the role of the Export Council’s WA State Manager to extend the council’s support to Western Australia’s international trade & business community through their advocacy, events and skills development programs. Honor came to the ECA with a career path that started with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Biology from Curtin University. Over the years her career then took a turn toward public relations, protocol and events management, where she has worked locally and in the USA.
Global Head of Hybrid Energy, juwi Renewable Energies
Dave Manning, juwi’s Global Head of Hybrid, has 25 years’ international experience in power solutions for mines and remote energy consumers. He was also previously involved in the Australian DeGrussa Sandfire hybrid project as General Manager for the Thermal Power Station Owner, from initial contract negotiation through to project completion.
Based in Perth, Dave is responsible for overseeing the installation and operation of hybrid installations worldwide, with Africa and Australia being the prime focus regions.
Prof. Chem Nayar
Director, Regen Power
Professor Chem Nayar received the BSc in Electrical Engineering from Calicut Regional Engineering College in 1969, Master of Technology in Electronic Circuits from IIT Kanpur (1976) and PhD degree in electrical engineering specialising in wind electrical power generation from the University of Western Australia in 1985. In 1996, he became the first Personal Chair and Professor in Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineering at Curtin University where he currently holds the position of Emeritus Professor.
He held academic and industry appointments in India, Singapore, Australia, China, UAE and Thailand and is currently the Founder and Director of Regen Power Pty Ltd in Australia, Technical Director of Go Solar Group Pty Ltd and Director of Radiant Solar Pvt Ltd in Hyderabad, India.He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tasmania.
Professor Nayar was the winner of two prestigious Sustainable Energy Industry Excellence and Innovation Awards (the Ambassador Award and the Product and Technology Award for the Variable speed diesel/bio-diesel generator). In 2012, he was also conferred the “Life time Achievement Award” by the Australian Committee for Power Engineering. He regularly conducts Australian Clean Energy Council approved Photovoltaic Design and Installation Training for electricians and engineers.
Professor Nayar is a chartered professional engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers (UK) and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (USA) and Fellow of the Australian Solar Council.
Dr Farhad Shahnia
Senior Lecturer, Murdoch University
Dr Farhad Shahnia received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane in 2012. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering, Murdoch University, Perth. Before that, he was a Lecturer at Curtin University, Perth (2012-15) and a research scholar at QUT (2008-11). Dr Shahnia’s research falls under operation and control of renewable energies and microgrids. He has edited 6 books, and has authored one research monograph, 10 book chapters and 100+ peer-reviewed scholarly articles in international conferences and journals in the above research areas. He has also been a chief investigator in one Australian research council’s linkage project, one Australian renewable energy agency’s advancing renewable program project and one AusIndustry smart cities and suburbs project. Three of Dr Shahnia’s conference papers have won the Best Paper Awards in IEEE conferences in 2011, 2014, and 2016. He has also received the IET Premium Award for his paper in the IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution journal in 2015. One of his articles was listed under the top-25 most cited articles in the Electric Power System Research journal in 2015 while one of his 2015 journal articles has been listed under the top-5 most read articles of the Australian Journal of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He was the recipient of the Australia-China Young Scientist Exchange Award in 2016.
William (Bill) Witham
CEO, AAMEG Australian Minerals and Energy Group Limited
Mr Witham has broad experience over a 30-year career working in the technical, commercial, marketing and financial fields of the international exploration and mining industry. Mr Witham spent two years in the 1990s based in Africa as General Manager for World Geoscience Corporation. This gave him a broad perspective over many African countries where their geophysical surveys were conducted. Since then Mr Witham has worked for a number of international and Australian companies in Africa and Australia including DMC Mining (Congo), Waratah Resources (Congo) and Whinnen Resources Ltd (Cameroon and Namibia). Mr Witham holds a Bachelor in Science with Honours in Geology from the University of Western Australia and is the CEO of the Australia-Africa Minerals and Energy Group (AAMEG).