Meet our Advisory Board
Our advisory board was carefully selected to guide our activities and enable us to address the realitiesof operating in different markets, with different cultural and business norms. They lend their knowledge, experience and networks to the organisation, guiding our strategic endeavours.
Ms. Bertha Dlamini:
Founder: Gen X & AWEaP
Ms. Dlamini is an Advocate for accelerated participation of African Women and Youth in Africa’s Power and Energy sector.
She is leveraging her experience and vast network in Africa’s power and energy sector to mobilise global stakeholders to work together to remove barriers that prevent effective youth and women participation in Africa’s Power and Energy sector.
She has secured the endorsement of leading industry players and created two targeted initiatives that aim to break-down persistent structural multi-industry barriers that slow-down the participation of African youth and women in the continent’s power and energy sector.
She is the founding President of African Women in Energy and Power (AWEaP) an initiative she founded to accelerate the participation of African Women Entrepreneurs in the full value chain of Power and Energy in Africa, and contribute towards addressing the continent’s energy poverty.
She is also the Founding Chairman of Gen X Theatre Africa (Gen X), an initiative geared at accelerating Youth participation Africa’s Power and Energy sector.
Both these profound initiatives target 22 countries on the continent. They are endorsed by the most established power pool on the continent: the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) and its member utilities.
She was the Ambassador of Women in Africa Initiative for South Africa in 2017-2018. This initiative is geared at connecting women leaders from Africa and the world to support an inclusive and innovative Africa.
She was a strategic Advisor to the Association for Municipal Electricity Utilities – Women in Electricity, she played a critical role in advancing gender mainstreaming in the energy sector in South Africa.
- Advisory Board Member: Power Gen Africa
- Strategic Advisor: AMEU – Women in Electricity
- Advisory Board Member: Gen X Theatre Africa
- Advisory Board Member: African Women in Energy and Power (AWEaP)
She has received the following industry recognition:
- 2017: Nominated by Europe Business Assembly’s Prestigious International award in the management and business sphere: Manager of the Year, Southern African Region.
- 2016: Finalist: African Utility Week: Woman of the Year: Power and Water Sector
- 2014: Finalist: Business and Professional Services – CEO Magazine – Africa’s Most Influential
Woman in Business and Government Awards.
- 2013: Nominated for the CEO Magazine – Africa’s Most Influential Woman in Business and Government Awards.
- 2011: Nominated for the CEO Magazine – Most Influential Woman in Business and Government Awards.
- 2010: Nominated for the CEO Magazine – Most Influential Woman in Business and Government Awards.
- 2010: Named Semi-finalist for the CEO Magazine – Most Influential Woman in Business and Government Awards.
- 2010: Nominated for the Technology for Women in Business Award
Ms. Zingisa Motloba
Executive: Standards at SABS
Zingisa Motloba is a seasoned corporate legal and governance executive. Sound experience in private equity Mergers & Acquisitions and Infrastructure (including cross-border) transactions. Solid managerial experience in both private and public sector organizations with an outlook on regional sustainable development initiatives. Passionate about Africa! Infrastructure investment is the key to unlocking economic development, regional integration and trade. Zingisa holds a BA (UKZN) LLB (Unisa) MAP (WBS) MBA (GIBS) Women in Leadership (GIBS) SMP (Henley) and Certificate program in Managing Power Sector Reform and Regulation in Africa (GSB). Some of her leadership achievements include:
- 2015 finalist: African Legal Awards Corporate Advisor of the Year
- 2016 Executive of the Year in the Eskom Manager’s Awards: Office of the Chief Executive
- 2017 Legal 500 GC Powerlist Africa Teams (www.legal500.com)
- 2018 Non-Exec Director: Business & Arts South Africa
- 2019 Guest Lecturer: Gordon Institute of Business Science
Ms. Desnei Leaf-Camp
Head Acquisitions, Investments & Financial
Advisory at ENGIE Southern Africa
For over 16 years, Ms Leaf-Camp has been involved in “powering” the development of Africa through enhanced access to affordable capital and access to safe and reliable electricity. One of the forerunners in the IPP business in Africa, Desnei has worked for both IPPs and financial institutions raising over USD1.4 billion in financing for renewable energy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, plus an additional USD170 million for non-energy related projects.
Ms. Leaf-Camp, who is currently engaged with ENGIE in southern Africa, has also worked for the AES Corporation in the United States and Cennergi, a South African IPP. One of her most exciting projects was the initial development of the Bujugali Hydropower Project, Uganda’s first IPP and Africa’s largest privately developed and funded hydropower project.
Between her employment with AES and ENGIE, Desnei was a Development Banker, leveraging her sector and regional experience to deepen access to limited recourse financing for infrastructure projects. She kicked off this phase of her career in 2003 with the Development Bank of Southern Africa before joining the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in 2006.
Desnei holds a MBA in International Trade & Finance and a Masters of Arts Degree in International Development from the American University in Washington, DC.
Ms. Lebogang Chaka
Strategic Advisor and Global Speaker at Afro Visionary Legacy
Madam Chaka founded a company called Afro Visionary Legacy, a strategic advisory and public speaking firm with a focus on Africa and its diaspora. She has experience from top – tier consulting firms having worked within the advisory divisions of the likes of Accenture, Deloitteand KPMG. Her career has seen her on platforms in Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Liberia, Tanzania, Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Namibia, Uganda, Togo, United Kingdom, Dubai & United States of America.
She holds a Master of International Business awarded with distinctionand a Bachelor of Business and Commercefrom Monash University, Australia. In addition,she studied African Studies to understand the needs of the Continent. Shewas appointed to lead the African expansion of Football for Peace, a UK based charity. Madam Chaka serves on the advisory board of the African Women in Energy and Power.
As a strategic advisor she has advised companies across industries such as Sasol, Xstrata Coal, Volkswagen, Standard Bank, Mondelez, Kellogg’s, Zanele Mbeki Development Trust, Aspen Institute and Department of Defence. She formedpart of the advisory team to Former President Mbeki to Nigeria.Practically, she has travelled to 19 African countriesto understand the needs of the continent on the ground.
As a Pan African speaker, she has addressed children inunderprivileged schools in South Africa, Ghana, DRC and Zimbabwe. She has also spoken at various prisons. She has shared stages withH.E Vice President, Jewel Taylor of Liberia and H.E Former Vice President of Zimbabwe Joice Mujuru, Former President H.E. Mbeki of South Africa, Former President H.E. Mkapa of Tanzania, Former President H.E. Marzouki of Tunisia, and Former President H.E Mohamud of Somalia
Ms. Irene Kiwia
Founder and CEO Frontline Management
Irene Kiwia is an accomplished entrepreneur whose career spans over 18 years in Business
Management, Media, Public Relations Communications, Gender and Youth Empowerment. She
is the Founder and CEO of Frontline Management, a management firm with 3 dynamic divisions;
Frontline Porter Novelli, a PR and communication division that is a global partner of Porter Novelli the US-based PR leader owned by the communication conglomerate OMNICOM, and has a presence in over 85 countries.
Frontline Solutions – A technology division that builds solutions to complex social challenges including KWEA a soon to be launched platform established with the aim to provide high quality products to consumers at affordable prices using e-channels and direct selling as an alternative trading channel, through elevation of local manufacturing capacity, using best in class quality systems, technology and supply chain management.
Tanzania Women of Achievement (TWA) – a not for profit entity to empower women and girls through social and economic transformation with flagship programs including Tanzania Women of Achievement Awards, Capacity Building Workshops and Twaa Mentorship App an innovative platform that allows women to mentor girls and share knowledge and information anytime, anywhere!
Recognition of her role as a woman leader empowering other women and the girl child include, being mentored by a Fortune 500 company woman leader under the 2010 Fortune/US State Department Women Mentoring Program, receiving the Coin of Excellence from the US Ambassador to Tanzania in 2011, becoming a 2014 Global Health and Diplomacy Fellow, participating in the 2014 UN General Assembly Health and Young Girl’s Empowerment Forums and being honored 2015 Woman of The Year Africa by Africa Reconnect, a South African based leadership organization that honors outstanding African leaders who empower women.
A Rotarian at heart, Irene serves as Director on the Boards of Rotary Club (Bahari, Dar es Salaam), Swala Energy Trust, WGI –Wilson Global Initiative and Women In Africa (WIA) – Club Tanzania Chapter.
She has a Bachelor Degree in International Relations and Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (Marketing) both from the University of Dar es Salaam.
Irene is mother to 3 sons; Axel (1 year), Ethan (6 years) and Zion (12 years).
Mr. John Kamara
Tech Entrepreneur & Founder Jamborow
Blockchain & AI Evangelist/Speaker
John is a tech entrepreneur , business growth and market acquisition executive, who has successfully delivered multi million dollar global initiatives and projects on& offline for over 15 years, in the UK, Europe and EMEA. He has a solid understanding of the importance of securing profit and client satisfaction on budgets– with strong strength on ROI.
Over the past 3 years he has been heavily involved in the tech and start-up space in Africa. This has included a number of Blockchain projects.
He is a regular speaker at various summits in Africa (Blockchain, AI, Gaming and Trade), and also an advisory team member of a few ICO’s in Europe and Africa.
He is also heavily involved in digital e-commerce, and intra Africa trade projects on the block chain and has experience in the business objective side of Block-Chain and is currently working on setting up the Block-Chain Centre for Excellence in a number of African countries in Partnership with various hubs in Africa.
John is currently a founding member of Jamborow an AI driven financial platform solving the problems of financial inclusion in West and East Africa.
He is also co-founder of Afrimart the Intra-Africa trade platform focus on using AI to drive match making trade across the continent.
John is a City AI Ambassador for Nairobi and Lagos tasked with the goal of developing the AI community in those cities. As well as the African Ambassador for the cryptochain university.
Mr. Ernest Mkhonta
Southern African Power Pool
General Manager Research and Development at Eswatini Electricity Company.
Experienced General Manager Operations with a demonstrated history of working in the utilities industry. Strong operations professional skilled in Negotiation, Business Planning, Analytical Skills, Microsoft Word, and Smart Grid.
Ms. Laureen Adam
Founder and CEO, Trios Health Centre/ Amara’s Health Spa
Chairwoman- AWEaP (African Women In Energy and Power)
Ambassador – Women in Africa Initiative
Laureen Adam is a leader in the Energy and wellness entrepreneurship space, with business interests that span the full value chain from product development, to consumer interface to industry-wide equipment supply. Her flagship brands, Amara’s Health Spa and Trios Health Centre offer a unique combination of a health spa and a health food eatery on the same family-friendly premises. The health spa has dominated the sector for a number of years now, bridging the gap between modern medicine and natural health practices through its unique products and services. This has made alternative healing options available to all and especially those with chronic conditions.
A bold and dynamic business leader, Laureen’s commitment to excellence is evidenced by the numerous awards and accolades bestowed on her and her businesses by local and international bodies. In 2018, Laureen was appointed the Zimbabwean ambassador to the Women in Africa Initiative, an organisation that focuses on empowering young women through creation of business and mentoring around African countries. In 2017 Laureen was appointed as a New Leader For Tomorrow by the prestigious Crans Montana Forum (Switzerland), a non-governmental organisation whose purpose is to contribute to the construction of a more humane and impartial world. She continues to debate and hold discussions on numerous platforms with World Leaders and key decision makers on various topics affecting our world today.
Laureen is currently furthering her studies with a Masters in Diplomacy and International Affairs while running a new project on Renewable Energy. She serves on the board of trustees for Zimbabwe BMXClub, Board of Directors for Enda Zimbabwe and Board of Trustees for Harare International School.
Ms. Elekanyani Ndlovu
BSc (Electrical Engineering), University of Cape Town, South Africa
Elekanyani believes that access to energy and the development of functional infrastructure is at the core of Africa’s economic emancipation.
Her experience in the energy sector includes power and petro-chemical, working on large scale infrastructure projects, refurbishment projects and green field renewable energy projects. It also includes project engineering, project management, project finance and business development with a power generation background.
Her knowledge of the infrastructure landscape is enriched by her practical experience of working throughout the phases of a project life cycle, from inception through to commissioning. Her leadership experience is enhanced by her various leadership roles, including the director looking after the energy market across the African continent for a global engineering and infrastructure advisory consulting company. Her other roles include head of engineering and project management and electrical engineering centre of excellence manager. She has worked with multicultural, multinational and multidiscipline teams involved in project finance structures and in project engineering.
Elekanyani graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town. She is professionally registered (Pr. Eng.) with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). She is also a Member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (MSAIEE).
In 2015, SAIEE awarded her the Keith Plowden Young Achiever of the year to recognise her leadership, achievement, creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and enthusiasm.
As an experienced director, she is registered with the Institute of Directors Southern Africa (IoDSA). She has held and continues to hold non-executive director roles in technical infrastructure and financial entities. Her board roles include chairperson of Investment Committee, chairperson of Social and Ethics Committee, member of Audit and Risk Committee and member of Human Resources & Remunerations Committee.
She believes in enlightened self-interest which states that a person who acts to further the interest of others, ultimately serve their own self-interest, this is the principle on which she co-founded Phato Investment Cooperative, an economic instrument for amalgamating the collective economic interests of its members.
To contribute to the engineering fraternity, she serves as an ECSA Electrical Reviewer and Moderator and from time to time, she works with the University of Johannesburg and has co-supervised research final year students. She is part of the Women Advancing Africa Movement of the Graca Machel Trust.
She has a high interest in transformational speaking, facilitation, teaching and coaching. She is an obsessive reader and a lover of food and travel and she is married with 2 children.