Our Team

Executive Director
Kudakwashe (Kuda) Ndhlukula

Is the Executive Director of the SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE).

Before SACREEE, Mr Ndhlukula has worked as an energy infrastructure expert, operating in the SADC region and previously he worked for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi since November 2012. Before joining IRENA, he was the Director of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Institute (REEEI) in Namibia where he formulated and executed various projects including establishment of Green Building Council Namibia and managing the concentrated solar power and off-grid energization, amongst many other programmes. Mr Ndhlukula also comes from the power utility background having worked for the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority as an electricity trader. He is a Certified Energy Manager and Certified Energy Auditor. He possesses an MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering and an MBA, amongst other qualifications.

Energy Efficiency Expert
Mzwandile THWALA

Mzwandile THWALA holds a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering. Before joining SACREEE Mr Thwala worked for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy in Eswatini for almost 9 years. Whilst In the Ministry he was overseeing the implementation of the rural electrification program, including planning and monitoring of the programs. He also led the development of a number of small scale solar PV (Including water pumping) and LED lighting systems in public institutions.  Most recently he developed the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Policy of Eswatini which stemmed the development of the National Energy Efficiency Strategy and Action Plan with Assistance from the Southern Africa Energy Program. Mr. Thwala played a critical in the development of the Eswatini’s Energy Master Plan 2034 and was also involved in the procurement new power generation project, particularly Solar   He worked with the Standards body in Eswatini to introduce standards on energy efficiency and renewable energy. Before joining the Government he worked in metallurgical processing, waste management and food processing. He has received a number of trainings in renewable energy and energy management.

Lead Technical Expert
Readly Makaliki

Readlay Makaliki has extensive experience of over 25 years in an Electricity Industry involved in generation, transmission and distribution most of it at Senior Management Level including Senior Manager Demand Side Management (DSM), Divisional Manager Copperbelt, Technical Services Manager and Principal Protection Engineer.

In 2018 he joined the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy efficiency (SACREEE) an institution focusing on promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency through resource mobilisation, policy harmonisation, quality assurance, capacity building and knowledge management and communication. In the capacity of Renewable Energy Expert, he coordinated the development of the 2018 SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report and other SACREEE programmatic activities. Currently he is the Lead Technical Expert on the Sida funded and UNIDO implemented Energy Efficient Lighting and Appliances (EELA) Project.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree (BEng) in Electrical from the University of Zambia (UNZA) and a Master of Science (MSc) in Electrical Power Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. His interests include, power quality, renewable energy and energy efficiency. He is a member of the Engineering Institute of Zambia (EIZ), Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

 

Project Support
Asteria Markus

Asteria Markus is a certified Policy Officer in European and International Organizations with an intercultural experience. She obtained her Master in Global Energy Transition and Governance in June 2018 from the International Institute for European Education (called CIFE - Centre International de Formation Européenne). The programme took place in France and Germany followed by a technical study tour in Belgium. Currently she is supporting different projects at the SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. One of the main projects is the Energy Efficient Lighting and Appliances project which is being implemented in Southern African Development Community (SADC) and East African Community (EAC).

She previously worked for the European Union Delegation to Namibia as an Event Coordinator and Documents Management Officer.  Her previous experience in the both national and international organizations include project management, coordination, negotiation, research, information analysis, events planning and facilitation. She was also involved in the formulation of the Namibian National Rural Development Policy while working as an Secretary to the Director of Rural Development Directorate at the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development.

She believes the solution to energy poverty and climate change includes the deployment renewable energy and energy efficiency together with better knowledge and approaches by relevant stakeholders including the energy poor communities.

Project Coordinator
Kornelia Ndapewa Iipinge

Kornelia Ndapewa Iipinge is the Coordinator for the SADC Renewable Energy Entrepreneurship Support Facility at SACREEE.

She obtained her MSc in Integrated Water Resources Management from University of Zimbabwe in 2016 and a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science from University of Namibia in 2013. She has a Certificate in Renewable Energies from Copperbelt University and a Certificate in Water Sensitive Cities from IHE Delft Institute of Water Education.

Before SACREEE, she worked as the Windhoek Embedded Researcher for the Future Resilience for African Cities and Lands Project coordinated by Climate System Analysis Group at University of Cape Town. She has also previously worked at as the Namibian Environmental Professional Apprentice at the UNDP-Namibia Office and at Gobabeb Research Institute as a Research Assistance. Her previous experience include research in urban governance and climate change, project management and events management.

Her interests are in climate change adaptation, renewable energy, water management and youth empowerment. She’s an active member of the Namibian Youth on Renewable Energy (NaYoRe) and National Youth Coalition on Climate Change.

Energy Data Analyst Intern
Tuyakula Musheko

Tuyakula joined SACREEE as an Energy Data Analyst Intern tasked with supporting the Secretariat with its work on energy statistics and data management. She holds a BSc in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from the Namibia University of Science and Technology. She has seven years of experience in market research, four of which were in the financial sector. Her previous role involved delivering strategic solutions based on comprehensive stakeholder and brand research.

Administrative Intern
Selma Festus

Selma obtained her bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, from the Namibia University of Science and Technology in 2019 and currently pursuing her Honours Degree specializing in Labour Industrial Relations and Employee Performance with the same University. She also obtained a Certificate in Employability Skills from B360 (Education Partnership) in 2018.

Before joining SACREEE, she worked as a Human Resource (HR) Practitioner at the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture. She previously worked as an HR Administrator at Indongo Toyota. Her areas of expertise include recruitment, marketing, employee recognition, compensation and managing employee diversity and performance.

 

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Friday, April 16, 2021 to Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Key topics to be covered: Increasing the renewable share in Africa’s energy mix and access to...
Monday, October 25, 2021 to Friday, October 29, 2021
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Employment and Procurement

SOLTRAIN Solar Thermal Project Support Scheme for Postgraduate Students

Digital Energy Facility: 2021 Call for Projects

South Africa's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme: Bid Window 5

Expression of Interest: EELA Technical Assistance and Co-financing Facility

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