Energy transition in South Africa

The role of the private sector

Energy transition in South Africa
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29/Aug/2019 from 18:00 a 22:00

Johannesburg, 138 West St, Sandown, Sandton, 2031

The power generation crisis in South Africa has been described at times as the largest single threat to the economy as a whole. Relevant public policy frameworks initiated by the government to accelerate the energy transition, such as the recent introduction of carbon pricing, has unleashed the potential for vibrant enterprises and green jobs. With these developments happening in the region, what role will the private sector play?

In this session, Prof. Jako Volschenk, Senior Lecturer in Strategy & Sustainability at the University of Stellenbosch Business School, will be leading a conversation on the role of the private sector in accelerating energy transition in South Africa. He will be joined by Hlompho Vuyo Ntoi, currently overseeing IDEAS Managed Fund at African Infrastructure Investment Managers ? one of the largest funds investing in renewable energy ? and Davis Cook, the CEO of RIIS, a consulting firm focused on innovation with extensive experience on large-scale transformation projects in the mining and oil & gas sectors.

This event will be of interest to anyone keen on getting insights on the interplay of private sector and governments in the region as sectors across Africa evolve and embark on major transformations as a consequence of the new policies related to energy transition. It will also be a great opportunity for all our alumni and friends in Johannesburg to reconnect and network.


6:00 p.m.   Arrival & Registration
6:30 p.m.   Introduction
7:00 p.m.   Panel Discussion
8:30 p.m.   Networking Cocktail
10:00 p.m. Event closes



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    Jako Volschenk, Moderator

    Jako Volschenk is a Senior lecturer in Strategy and Sustainability at The University of Stellenbosch Business School. Additionally, he has provided training courses on behalf of USAID in Africa in the past. He consults in the areas of strategy, energy and environmental sustainability and has published in the areas of energy and sustainability as well as microfinance. His PhD focused on environmental coopetition and how to look at the value that is created.

    Jako participated in IESE's faculty development program in 2008.

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    Vuyo Ntoi, Panelist

    Vuyo Ntoi is the Investment Director for Southern and Central Africa, and is responsible for originating, analysing and implementing AIIM?s infrastructure investments in the region. AIIM develops, advises and manages private equity infrastructure funds and Vuyo has been involved in the management and advice of the funds since joining AIIM in 2003. Vuyo has a breadth of knowledge across the infrastructure sectors and has been involved in transport (roads, airports, sea ports and rail) energy (power, renewables and pipelines) and telecommunications transactions both in an analyst and principal capacity, including a number of notable transactions in South Africa and West Africa.

    Vuyo holds a B.Com Honours degree from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from IESE Business School.

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    Davis Cook, Panelist

    Davis Cook is CEO of The Research Institue for Innovation and Susatinability and has over 10 years of European and African experience in strategy and management consulting, with a focus on strategy, innovation and risk. His sector experience covers mining, oil and gas, aerospace, energy, and bilateral relations. He has over 5 years' public sector experience in economic development and policy and over 5 years of startup experience, including both renewable energy and consulting startups. Davis is currently in the scaling phase of his second startup and is involved in developing operational efficiencies both for RIIS and for our clients, focusing on innovation management.

    Davis completed a Global Executive MBA through IESE Business School.