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SAEEC Interim-President:
Zadok Olinga

Zadok is one of the leading experts in Measurement and Verification (M&V) and Energy Efficiency working in South Africa and holds the Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) and Certified Energy Manager (CEM) international certifications. He’s an expert in Measurement and Verification (M&V) and Energy Efficiency assisting South African corporate companies obtain cost improvements in their operations.

He has carried out M&V inspections and written energy efficiency technical reports on more than 80 projects on the Eskom EEDSM program, the Section 12I tax incentive, and the Section 12L tax incentive. Thus far he has worked on approvals of more than 2.5 billion Rand in the Section 12L and Section 12I tax allowances for a diverse range of clients. With his focus on consulting and advisory on energy efficiency, demand reduction, GHG emissions mitigation, carbon tax, and tax incentives and grants related to resource efficiency, namely energy, water, and carbon. The execution of his activities relies on his diverse engineering knowledge and experience of energy efficiency projects, regular client engagement, a knowledge of the South African regulatory and tax environment, in addition to his background in ISO17020, SANS 50010, ISO50001 standards and the IPMVP guideline for M&V.

To date Zadok has worked in a variety of industries such as commercial aviation, logistics, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, mining, beverages, plastics, glass and paper manufacturing, smelting and beneficiation, utilities, renewable energy and in the public sector.

As part of his passion for energy efficiency, he has given multiple presentations at the SAEEC annual conferences and at other conferences and workshops in South Africa.

SAEEC Interim Vice-President
Devaksha Maharaj

Devaksha`s one of the facets of her consultancy is Training and Development. She is passionate about educating our professionals and communities about sustainable living and their impact on climate change. As one of the facets which has now become a separate entity, she has developed a programme that teaches early learners STEAM skills as well as Coding & Robotics. IKI KIDS is now a programme that is  offered to  local schools as part of extracurricular activities. Her consultancy  also trains and sells Coding and Robotic Kits to  educators who wish to introduce this in their classrooms.

She is currently consulting for IEPA and they have recently completed a project in Kenya for the Youth in Energy Empowerment Programme where her role was that of Project Manager as well as the development of training material for specific modules. She is also registered as an accredited trainer for EWSETA and mentor for WomEng and an Ambassador to the #1MillionGirlsInStem programme. They run workshops and mentor sessions for school children and graduates empowering and providing support.
 
She is  current recipient of the SAEEC Energy Educator of the Year Award for 2020.
She has a passion for capacity building and skills development that she can offer to the world  as an electrical or energy engineer. Her network and business can offer  opportunities and prospective client business  that can assist the Board. Greater exposure for training and skills development is needed  in most sectors. With the recent IPP BID WINDOW  training introduced,  the SAEEC can become more involved on the training of the skills that is needed to run these projects.

SAEEC Immediate Past President:
Keith Cassie

Keith Cassie heads up the Engineering and Energy Management department within Standard Bank’s Group Real Estates Services division and actively works on the bank’s energy management strategy. He has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and is passionate about leadership and the sustainable development of Africa’s energy sector. He’s a professionally registered engineer (Pr.Eng), a certified international energy manager (CEMI) and is currently completing his MBA and focusing his research on the effectiveness of an energy management system in commercial properties.

Keith’s previous working experience entails being an Engineering Specialist for BHP Billiton’s Aluminium smelters, a Senior Engineer for Eskom’s Gas and Renewable department and a Senior Design Engineer for Tenova Mining and Minerals.


He also currently seeks to develop the future leaders in the energy industry and serves as the Chairman of the South African National Energy Association’s (SANEA) Young Energy Leadership Forum. He was awarded with a Mark of Excellence for his service at Standard Bank and managed projects which achieved international recognition as Sub- Sahara Africa’s Energy Project of the Year 2015 by the Association of Energy Engineers.

Further acclamation includes Eskom eta, Mail and Guardian’s Greening the Future and Africa’s Energy Project of the Year at the 8th annual Africa Energy Awards.

SAEEC Past President:
Lisa Reynolds

Lisa Reynolds has a BSc (Chemistry) from University of Witwatersrand) and has an MBA from the University of Hull. She achieved her CEM in 2005. Lisa is currently the CEO of the Green Building Council South Africa, and has worked in the insulation and interior building industry for 12 years. In 2003, she became involved in fire and energy standards and in rewriting of the building code (SANS 10400 and SANS 204). In March 2009, the Technical Committee began Edition 2 of the SANS 204 series and Lisa is once again the Chairperson of the Working Groups responsible for the drafting of these standards.

Lisa was a member of the Technical Working Group for the Green Building Council of SA which drafted the Green Star rating tool for Offices (published October 2008) and the Green Star rating tool for Retail (published 2009). She served on the SAEE Board and other bodies including those at the SABS. She is actively involved in the writing of the energy efficiency standards for buildings and industry and is a member of the Regulatory Advisory Group. Served as research steering committee member for DME research projects; served on a committee recommending interventions for condensation preventions in low cost housing in the Southern Cape area; working with Eskom’s Demand Side Management department on projects; Energy Efficiency (and insulation) training for specifiers, project engineers, developers, end users and other stakeholders; Board member of SAAE’s (South African Association of ESCO’s).

SAEEC Board Member – Marketing and Public Relations:
Deerosh Maharaj

He has been with the bank sector for the past 9 years. He currently heads up the sub sectors within Power and Sustainable Solutions. He has extensive experience in deal making for clients across all sectors and across all segments from small enterprise to large corporates.
Sustainability has become an area that he is passionate about due to the momentum that the sector is developing and the far-reaching benefits 

Deerosh sees the Marketing Portfolio as a development responsibility, which requires that a self regulating and propagating network be built to ensure that the footprint and awareness of the SAEEC is entrenched and grows exponentially over time.

SAEEC Board Member- Training Portfolio:

Louis Lagrange

Louis have a passion for education and spent seven years at the University of KwaZulu-Natal as senior lecturer in the School of Bio-resources Engineering and Environmental Hydrology. He has taught subjects on energy conversion through tractors, combine harvesters and implements and developed new courses in food process engineering.
Currently he is  at the University of the Free State (for seven years) where he leads a team that has successfully established a new degree in Engineering Sciences. The team has expanded and now does research in energy engineering. They have developed the new Green Building Index for SA, and they are presently busy  developing a new Green Manufacturing Index, and  are also researching new energy related materials.
He is leading the establishment of a new full engineering degree specializing in energy engineering, food process engineering and environmental bio-systems engineering. His passion for education is also prevalent through his facilitation of strategic planning for groups, and through training; of the Certified Energy Manager (39 courses), Certified Energy Auditor (9 courses), Business Efficiency Professional (2 courses), Building Energy Auditor Training (3 courses) and Fundamentals of Energy Management Training (sole author) (32 courses) over the past 11 years for the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) and the Institute of Energy Professionals Africa (IEPA) and for the USA based Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).
 
He has  been a board member on several Institutions for a cumulative twenty plus  years , As National President he leads the team who turned the SA Institute of Agricultural Engineers around and placed the institute on a good financial trajectory. Louis will bring in many decades of knowledge on, how to manage institutions, how to work as team members on a board, as well as good skills in training in the energy field.

SAEEC Financial Director:
Vash Singh

Qualifications: BSc.Eng (Chem), MSc. Engineering Business Management, Green Star Accredited Professional Prior Energy Experience: Eskom (1996-2003) in Generation Engineering, Distribution – New Business Development and EDITT Industry Restructuring, Alliance Energy (2015-2016) – NCPC Energy Efficiency Contracts Recent Energy Experience: Alliance Energy (2021 – present) – Founder and Managing Director of 2nd SANAS accredited Inspection Body for the Issue of EPCs. Serves on LTM Energy Group Executive team. As a seasoned entrepreneur, I understand the trials and opportunities of starting and operating businesses, and hence would be able to identify and implement requirements for SAEEC member organisations. Strong on structure and management systems, I can contribute to improving the overall operations and delivery of SAEEC. Most importantly, I am passionate about energy efficiency and value the opportunity in playing a critical role to drive its positive impact.

SAEEC Board Member – Membership:
Joanne Catherine Dean

Jo Dean have been on he boards of SAPVIA SAREC SAESA and SAIEE and currently still serve on SAEASA , SAREC and SAIEE ESC , in roles of policy and regulation , spokesperson and mentorship programs . Through these I sit on NERA SAGC BUSA Energy and Environmental and NEDLAC as well s the technical committee for Presidential Climate Change . All these affiliations are because i have a passion for driving out the Green Economy and achieving Decarbonisation and resilience . The Green Economy will help maintaining resources for present use as well as for future generation while also ensuring that more employment and investment options are created to promote economic growth of the country.A green economy will be future ready. How do we get there ? By ambassadorship and encouraging the mindset change that a green economy is going to require a range of different skills that goes well beyond what many consider to be ‘green skills’. As well as industry specialists and technical skills that will continue to evolve with new technologies, successful transition will require more people with broader skills that match the demands across the wider economy.We need to de-myth thoughts that a green economy is a luxury only wealthy countries can afford as it would restrain development and perpetuate poverty in developing countries. There is growing evidence across the world of how the transition to a green economy can create and enhance jobs and economic development all the while delivering to Decarbonisation . We need to bring this understanding through events to the greater community of SA . Then we need to celebrate success and projects that go before also through events platforms.. Events bring awareness and knowledge , and increases and grows networks and support stakeholders participation .

SAEEC Board Member –
Events Portfolio:

Prof. Lwazi Ngubevana

Prof Lwazi Ngubevana have over 17 years experience in the energy sector, spent primarily in renewable energy, both in South Africa and globally. I’m currently responsible for developing the next generation of leaders in the African energy space, as the Director of the African Energy Leadership Centre. I have held roles in engineering, project management and up to executive roles both locally and internationally. My experience is mostly in innovation, business development, strategy development and execution, project management and engineering process design. My diverse experience encompasses energy policy and legislation, environmental management strategy as well as working for the world’s largest water desalination company, Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation, where I provided technical, strategy and policy advisory support for SWCC Water Desalination Plants and other Saudi entities such as the King Abdullah Centre for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-CARE). Through my involvement in various fields and initiatives of the energy and water industry, I have shown that I have the capability to operate strategically at non-executive director level. I have applied my knowledge to a great effect, providing valuable strategic advice, technical innovation and services both to the energy community and water industries. In addition to providing strategic direction, I will leverage my wide network within the energy sector to ensure growth of the organisation.

Committee Secretary –
Membership and 
Sales Manager: Helen Couvaras

Helen Couvaras holds a BA Honours Degree in Classical Culture and Byzantine Studies from the Univetsity of Johannesburg. Helen’s last position was at Crown Publications where she worked as an Advertising Manager on Electricity + Control for almost 22 years. She has enjoyed a long association with the SAEEC since it’s inception in 2002 and worked on four Energy Efficiency Made Simple handbooks, published by Crown Publications. In 2011 she received an award from the SAEEC for ‘Continuous Media Support’.

Secretary General:
Thieda Ferreira

Thieda is sincere, reserved, and quiet yet persistent and determined to succeed in whichever endeavors she pursues.  In 2012 she joined EnTF demonstrating to be an agile troubleshooter.

Her current duties at SAEEC includes the running of AGM and Board meetings, the training committee, advisory committee, South African Females in Energy Efficiency (SAFEE) Interest Group, Measurement and Verification Community of South Africa (MVCSA) Interest Group, finance committee as well as bookkeeping and relevant financial reports, company filing management, company documentation control and compliance requirements, international chapter compliance reporting to partners, international and local accreditations.

Committee Secretary –
Marketing & Events:
Motlatjo Ramaloko

Motlatjo is a highly dedicated individual who is approachable and out-spoken. He presents himself as an individual who has determination and focus towards anything he sets his mind to. He is self-driven and passionate about the sales and marketing industry. Having worked in the insurance sector which is a volatile industry that is highly influenced by market trends and volatility of economic conditions, he portrays himself as someone who can adapt to any working environment. He works diligently, is goal oriented and works well with people. Motlatjo seeks to grow and gain more experience in the events and marketing field in a challenging and educating environment at the SAEEC.

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