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Energy Africa @network Event 2014

iWednesday, Aug 13th, 2014 comments by jamielee

Energy Africa @network Event 2014

Having hosted successful events on Innovation Africa and Engineering Africa in 2013, Energy Africa marks the third instalment of our Thought Leadership series on Africa 

Together with a panel of thought leaders, WomEng @Network aims to explore the topic of Energy Africa seeking to discover answers to some burning questions around our continents energy demand and supply 

Oil, Gas, Renewable Energy – name a fuel source Africa has got it! How are we engineering our energy needs on the continent? How should we diversify our energy mix? Will oil continue to dominate? How do we take advantage of technological advancements in renewable energy and should we even consider fracking?

As a South African Engineering community, delegates and facilitators are perfectly positioned to contribute to the growth, development and opportunity on the continent.

Intense debate and discussion will be followed by the opportunity to view our innovative exhibitions and network with other industry professionals.

The @network division provides a platform for all engineering professionals and anyone interested in engineering to network, collaborate and be inspired.

Panel Speakers

 Harko Mulder

Harko completed his B Eng and PhD in chemical engineering at the Northwest University. He worked at the CSIR in the field of energy technology, before joining Sasol Technology R&D in 1989.

He was involved in the development of several Sasol proprietary technologies like coal-to-liquids and gas-to-liquids, as well as the application of in-licensed technologies for unique applications like a syncrude refinery. He has experience in the fields of catalysis, reactor technology and separation technology. Harko is currently exploring opportunities in alternative energy for Sasol. At present, Harko is the Vice President for Process Development at Sasol Research and Technology.

Makgola Makololo

Makgola graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering from University of KwaZulu-Natal. She worked as an electrical system engineer and in a management role for South African power utility, Eskom and also worked as a senior reliability engineer for gas giant Sasol.

She obtained her MBA from GIBS, University of Pretoria. She is the current Chief Director for energy in the Department of Public Enterprises of the South African government with shareholder oversight on Eskom and PBMR. She also serves as a non-executive director on the board of Zenzele Technology center, an incubator of SEDA that assists small scale miners develop mining technologies and build sustainable businesses. She is also a co-founder of “STEM-IT-Forward” an NGO that works to stimulate interest and support young black girls to take up a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

She was recently elected as one of the top 80 emerging leaders in science and technology in Africa and the Middle East and participated in Techwomen, an exchange program for women in STEM fields. Makgola is passionate about people development and is committed to excellence and good service. She enjoys engaging in politics, current debates, motorsport and has recently taken up golf.

Dr. Elizabeth Rasekoala

Dr Elizabeth Rasekoala is a chemical engineer with 20 years work experience in the Oil and Gas, and Petro-Chmical Industry, in the United Kingdom, the Uited States, Malaysia. Dr Rasekoala is the Co-Founder and Chairperson of Green Shift Africa(GSA), an NPO working to advance the delivery of Africa’s Green Economy and sustainable development agenda, in Food, Energy, and Water security, through education, innovation and engaging the drive, potential and commitment of African women and youth. The Green Shift Africa website is at:

Green Shift Africa recently convened the first ever African Student Energy Summit (AfSES) from the 19-20 June 2014, at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, in Cape Town, under the auspices of the UNSE4ALL. The Summit’s goal was to educate students about the current issues in global energy management using a multidisciplinary approach. It also aimed to inspire students with the knowledge and courage to challenge the current energy system, and to unite like-minded youths motivated to lead Africa to a sustainable energy future.

Dr. Rasekoala also contributes to initiatives for the advancement of the leadership and economic development of women in Africa, particularly in the sectors of Infrastructure development, Energy and SMME’s development. She is also a founder member of SET4Women, the South African Government Reference Group on Gender, Science and Technology




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