Senior Manager : Renewable Energy Programme (SANEDI)
Thembakazi Mali holds a Ph. D in Chemistry and a Graduate Diploma in Engineering in Environmental Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her career spans over a decade in the chemical and petrochemical fields. Presently, she is the Senior Manager: Renewable Energy Programme, at the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), which is a state-funded energy research organisation that focuses on public interest energy R&D that seeks to assist government in meeting the national goals of economic development and the improvement of quality of life of all citizens. Dr Mali serves as the South African representative and executive committee member to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Implementing Agreements on Ocean Energy Systems, Bioenergy and Solar Cooling and Heating. She is the director of the Southern African Regional Secretariat for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) which is hosted by SANEDI.
Dr. Karen Surridge-Talbot
Centre Manager: Renewable Energy Centre of Research and Development (RECORD/SANEDI)
Dr Surridge-Talbot was born in New Zealand and educated in South Africa. She was awarded her PhD in 2007 and during 2007-2009 she was a postdoctoral Fellow of the Claude Leon Foundation. Throughout this time, she established the soil microbiology lab at the University of Pretoria. During her academic career (2002-2011) she has published over 10 papers in internationally accredited peer reviewed journals, has more than 20 conference proceeding publications, graduated numerous masters and doctoral students and spent time overseas gaining experience in molecular microbiology techniques. Also during this time she established a consulting company specializing in environmental analyses, environmental impact assessments (EIA’s), laboratory setup and establishment and consulting to, among others, large energy, environmental consulting and metal industry in South Africa.
From November 2011 to present, Dr Surridge-Talbot was engaged as Centre Manager for the Renewable Energy Centre of Research and Development (RECORD) at the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). This centre is mandated, through the government act (National Energy Act 2008, no. 34) that established SANEDI, to coordinate renewable energy research and development in South Africa. During 2012 Dr Surridge-Talbot visited many solar installation and research facilities in Spain and Germany to observe and learn from global expertise and experience in this sector. Finally, Dr Surridge-Talbot is also currently serving on the council of the South African Coal Ash Association (SACAA) as well as on the executive committee of the South African Solar Energy Association (SASEA).
Project Officer, RECORD
Khothatso Mpheqeke was born and educated in South Africa. She has an engineering background with a college National Diploma in electrical engineering. Khothatso has been involved in the Energy sector for just over year. She held a TIA internship at SANEDI under the Renewable Energy Portfolio, and worked in both the RECORD and REEEP programs. This included work in climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects such as access to energy and the benefits thereof on a social and environmental scale. She was also involved in various research and data management projects for renewable energy technologies in the sector, including bioenergy. She has since been retained by RECORD as a Project Officer and through this continues her work in the RE sector.
Senior Energy Advisor, SAGE
Marlett Balmer has been working in the South African and regional energy sectors for more than 20 years. She holds a Masters Degree in Development Studies and a B.Com Energy Studies degree from the Univeristy if Johannesburg. Marlett worked as an independent consultant in the energy sectors before joining GIZ in 2007 in the Programme for Biomass Energy Conservation (ProBEC). She is currently working in the South African German Energy Programme (SAGEN) with a focus on building technical capacity in the renewable energy sector in South Africa.