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”. Since October 2010 Brian has been appointed Chair of the WEC Studies Committee and is also an officer [director] of the World Energy Council, serving on its Programmes, Communications and Finance committees.
Jason Schäffler is an experienced project developer and technical and policy analyst specialised in
energy, electricity and renewable energy. He currently serves as the technical coordinator for REEEP’s Southern Africa Secretariat managing project bids, ensuring delivery of on-going projects and assisting experts in project evaluation and showcasing.
He has researched the environmental and economic benefits of distributed electricity generation in depth, and has been an advocate for renewable energy policy at both the provincial and national
levels in South Africa. He has a wide range of project experience in a variety of African countries including Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana and Kenya. A longstanding member of Council of the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa, he holds a Master’s degree in Energy and Development from the University of Cape Town and an honours degree in Physics from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Senior Energy Advisor, CEO’s Office– NEPAD AgencyProf. Elmissiry joined NEPAD in June 2009 as an energy expert attending to regional energy projects, including electrical, renewable, oil and gas projects. He is currently heading NEPAD’ Energy Programmes and to see to its full implementation. Prof. Elmissiry held many senior positions in the past; among it the position of director of the energy technology institute, industrial research and development centre in Zimbabwe for seven years and Founding Dean of Botswana International University of Science and Technology. He also held a professorial chair in electrical engineering and the position of head of electrical engineering department at the university of Zimbabwe in 2005. He published over hundred papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings and co-authored three books in electrical engineering.
Before joining WEC, Christoph has been Senior Director, Energy Industries & Policy, and Member of Executive Council, World Economic Forum, Geneva (2001-2009). Previously he was a research fellow at Centre for Energy Policy and Economics, EThZ, Zurich and a Lecturer for the Master of Science in Energy Systems, EPfL Lausanne.
Dave Wright is the Director of Corporate Planning for Engen Petroleum Ltd which is a refining and marketing oil business that holds the major market share in South Africa and is growing into Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to moving into his current position, he held two other General Manager/Director positions in Engen i.e. that of Supply Chain and that of Health, Safety, Environment and Quality. He was trained as a chemical engineer and for the first 15 years of his professional life was an academic and researcher in chemical engineering at the University of Natal in Durban (as it was known then). In 1989 he left the academic life to work for Karbochem, running their Process Development group from Sasolburg.In 1991 he joined Engen at the refinery in Durban where he was the Technical Manager for 5 years before moving into strategy development for Engen in Cape Town. In July 2008 he was awarded a SA National Energy Association Education Award and has also been involved in the SA chapter of the World Petroleum Council since 2000. He has held the positions of Treasurer (2002 to 2008) and is the current Chairperson. In 2010 he was appointed to the Board and the Executive Committee of the SA National Energy Association.
When it comes to eventing, there’s no more reputable name in the industry than Liz Hart. It is Hart who is responsible for not only conceptualising and launching the Africa Energy Indaba in 2009, but also for growing it into Africa’s premiere energy event. It’s the only energy event in Africa that is endorsed, adopted and supported by the World Energy Council (WEC), the largest industry representative association in the world, and is recognised as their official African event. The South African National Energy Association, the largest non-aligned energy advocacy association in Southern Africa, has adopted the event as their annual congress.
Hart has successfully collated events on behalf of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, South African Business Week, the South African Department of Trade and Industry, and has represented South Africa on numerous occasions: At a NEPAD Business Foundation dinner that hosted former President Thabo Mbeki; a formal banquet for former President Mr Nelson Mandela and Mr David Rockefeller; and a private dinner for HRH Princess Anne that was hosted by Mr Tokyo Sexwale. She is also the managing director and co-founder of Siyenza Management, a successful events, marketing, PR and communications agency.