Ambrose Njepu is an Electrical Engineer with a difference. He has working experiences in the industrial and energy sector and he is currently doing a master in Energy Systems, Electrical Engineering department of the University of Pretoria. He has done extensive researches and studies on renewable energy sources such as the wind, solar and geothermal. Currently, he is designing an optimal energy water nexus strategy in South Africa in the face of threats from climate change, population and economic growth, and energy-water shedding. In conclusion, Ambrose is passionate about clean energy, energy efficiency, mentorship and gender equality.
Busisiwe Viola Sereme
Busisiwe Viola Sereme is an individual who strongly believes in progression and advancement in everything she does. She holds a Bsc in Geology, has 2 years’ Geologist experience from Anglo Gold Ashanti and currently studying further in Energy Studies. She is passionate about making a positive contribution within the energy sector, particularly in areas where homes still don’t have access to electricity. She loves encouraging every young person she interacts through challenging them to live appositive life with an “anything is possible’ attitude.
I am a 23-year-old female. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Geography and currently studying BSc (Hons) in Energy Studies. I love discoveries and I enjoy learning new things. I work for a research institute known as Sam Tambani Research Institute (SATRI) whose main focus is on the labour movement in the mining, construction and energy sectors.
Emily Muller obtained a BSc Honours degree in Mathematics from Southampton University in 2014. She pursued further studies at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Cape Town, obtaining an MSc in Mathematics in June 2017. She will continue her research Masters at AIMS. Ms Muller is an applied mathematician with a keen interest in human behaviours and renewable energy. Her research focus is the application of predictive models for human behaviour. She is currently contracted by the CSIR working on a project that models potential wind power output in South Africa, based on wind profile data.
Ifeanyi Kalu is a researcher currently doing a PhD study on failure analysis of boiler tubes in industrial boilers used to produce steam for power generation at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He holds a masters’’ degree in Material Science and Engineering from the African University of Science and Technology, Nigeria and a Bachelors in Polymer Engineering from the fedral Univeristy of Technology, Owerri Nigeria. He is a career-driven and goal-oriented person, excited at solving challenging problems in a technology oriented and innovative environment. His focus interest is in the energy sector, hence his research in power generation.
Kelebogile Meje is currently a B-tech student in Electrical Engineering (heavy current) which will be completed by the end of the year. Worked as a field work supervisor at Giscoe in 2015 and was elected as an intern at Transnet in 2015 as well. Certification earned was Diploma in Electrical Engineering at the Central university of technology. Kelebogile Meje is interested in doing her masters next year under the title of “optimization of a Hydrokinetic, PV panel and Diesel generator system for distributing power in rural areas of South Africa” and resides in Thaba nchu, Free state.
Nonhlelo Mathunjwa is a 4th Year Electrical Engineering student at the University of Cape Town and will be graduating in December 2017. Last semester I did my thesis research project on renewable energy focusing on Solar PV systems although I would have like to cover Wind Energy – the project time frame was short. I am a young vibrant innovator with a huge interest in renewable energy and empowering a sustainable Africa with green energy technologies. Upon completing my studies, I would like to join the energy communities to improving the access to clean, cheap and sustainable power to our African communities as well as do research on renewable energy.
Shamiso Mukuchira is an ambitious, self-motivated woman with a strong technical background. I possess self-discipline, excellent communication skills and I can work with minimum supervision. I would describe myself as an ant, I can work in a team, hardworking and I can work under pressure too. In my free time at the university, I give supplementary instructions to high failing risk modules for first and second year students. I also read novels and volunteer at church.
Ayesha Kader is born and raised in the city of Durban, South Africa. She has pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Durban University of Technology and is currently is her final semester. Being a mentor at GirlEng and a fellow WomEng 2017, she is extremely passionate about gender equality in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics), and has been mentoring high school, female students and promoting STEM during info sessions organised by the GirlEng programme. She is particularly passionate about Sustainable Development and Global Advancement, and believes that any miniscule contribution that she can make towards a more efficient and advanced world is extremely self-rewarding.
Casper Labushagne comes from a town in the Eastern Cape, called Cradock. I was born and raised there and matriculated from Cradock High School in 2012. I won the award for the top matriculant in the district. My father is a civil engineer at the Department of Water and Sanitation and my mother is a high school Biology and Maths teacher. I also have two younger brothers. I started my BEng (Electrical & Electronic) degree in 2013 at the University of Stellenbosch and graduated in 2016. In my final year, I specialised in Energy. I started my postgraduate studies this year, also at the University of Stellenbosch.
Darren Dudley is an honest and motivated individual who never shies away from a challenge. I enjoy problem solving and interacting with people. Raised in a family of teachers of modest means, I was taught to be inquisitive and a quick learner, I am ever-ready to learn new things. Furthermore, I am a critical thinker and possess an active imagination which makes me highly suited for the engineering profession. I am currently completing an MSc in wind generator design at UCT.
Gregory Ireland is a sustainable energy research engineer working in the development and application of opensource computational techno-economic energy system models. His current primary focus areas are off-grid hybrid renewable mini-grid modelling within Sub-Saharan Africa, and long term national electricity infrastructure expansion planning in the Republic of South Africa. His interests are varied, and strongly advocates for the necessity of interdisciplinary understanding of complex systems and how they interact within their wider contexts in an everchanging world. He is dedicated to working toward finding solutions to the interconnected challenges of global sustainable development, focusing on the pivotal role of energy.
Ishmael Iwara is a Rural Development Engineer, propelling radical sustainable development through economic modelling and active community engagement. He obtained B.Sc. (Hons) Economics at the University of Calabar, B.Sc. (Hons) African Studies at the University of Venda, pursuing Masters (M.Sc.) Rural Development at the University of Venda. Ishmael is single and much interested in adventure and exploration. He is a member of International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP); Water Institute of South Africa (WISA); Amplifying Community Voice of South Africa (ACVoSA); and the National Industrial Safety Council of Nigeria (NISCN).
Niranjana Jagadeesan is a MSc Electrical Engineering candidate at the University of Cape Town. Presently working in research pertaining to the implementation of blockchain technology in South African microgrids with a focus on distributed generation using renewable energy resources, decentralised networks and prosumers.
My areas of interest are renewable energy, micro-grids, power systems and distributed generation. I’d like to work in an environment that combines engineering technical expertise and innovation to bring about positive change and solutions to real world problem
Olakunle Alao is a highly motivated Renewable Energy enthusiast with over four years of proven experience in championing the sustainable development cause. I possess other professional experience in energy regulation and consulting, information technology, market and data analysis. I think outside the box, challenge the status quo, grasp new concepts and apply them in a unique way in anticipating problems, opportunities, and needs of organization and constituents.
Shané van Graan
Shané van Graan’s background is in computer and electronic engineering. I have a masters’ degree in electronic engineering. This year I am working towards a masters’ degree in mathematics at AIMS. I am a highly logical, academically strong student with a passion for numbers and organizing. I am a good team worker and influence team members in a positive manner. I am a balanced person and get along well with all types of people. I can be described as hard working and responsible.