Meet the team

PSEE Programme Head

Dr Peter Mukoma

Peter Mukoma heads the Private Sector Energy Efficiency (PSEE) programme at the NBI. He joined the NBI in 2011 as Programme Manager responsible for the Energy Efficiency Leadership Network which he helped launch in December 2011 at COP 17. Peter is a Chemical Engineer with a PHD from Wits University. Before joining the NBI, he worked for Forster Wheeler SA as a Senior Process Engineer on a number of process design projects.

Head: NBI Energy Programme

Valerie Geen

Valerie Geen heads up the NBI's Energy Programme. She has extensive experience in engaging with business on both local and international platforms on the topic of Climate & Energy, having initiated and led the NBI's Climate and Energy portfolio for over seven years. Within the PSEE she leads the function of stakeholder engagement, communications, marketing and strategic partnerships.

PSEE Programme Manager

Hemal Bhana

Before joining PSEE, Hemal worked as a Management Consultant at Accenture and as a Senior Mechanical Engineer and Sustainability/Strategy Manager at Sasol Synfuels, adding up to over 10 years of experience in the energy environment. He holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town and a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

PSEE Key Accounts Manager

Rosalind Dos Santos

Rosalind worked in Carbon Project Finance in Nedbank where she provided technical support to Nedbank's trading business unit as well as working on the mining energy funding portfolio, before joining our team. She has a master's degree in Metallurgical Engineering and an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering.

PSEE Key Accounts Manager

Lesego Gaegane

Leading up to her joining PSEE, Lesego worked in the resource efficiency and energy management field for five years, focusing on the implementation of Energy Management Systems and production efficiency within industries. Lesego has a Chemical Engineering degree and has worked in manufacturing where she was involved in an R&D project for exploring alternative electroplating methods. She has also worked in the mineral processing sector specialising in the crushing, milling and floating of platinum group metals

PSEE Key Accounts Manager

Mitesh Bhawan

Mitesh experience includes working as a Project Manager/Energy Auditor at Built Africa Energy Management Solutions and as a Commissioning Engineer for Eskom. He holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering through the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and is a Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) and Certified Energy Manager (CEM).

Key Account Manager

Esther Mkhwebane

Esther previously worked as a Business development specialist at Sasol Group Enterprise and Supplier development as well as being a Technologist for Sasol Technology. She also previously worked for AgroSciences as a process Technician. She holds a BTech in Chemical Engineering and is currently studying towards a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.

PSEE Programme Strategy Manager

Benjamin Curnier

Seconded from the UK's Carbon Trust, Benjamin has successfully taken on a number of roles in different parts of the organisation, giving him first-hand experience of a wide range of Carbon Trust activities. Now based in South Africa, he is supporting the programme leadership team.

PSEE Regional Account Manager, Eastern Cape

Kevin Tarr-Graham

Kevin has spent 12 years advising major corporates in SA, the UK, EU and US on energy risk and efficiencies, renewable energy and carbon management. He holds a NHDip (Btech) Management from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and has been trained through various organisations, including the World Bank and Al Gore's Climate Reality Leadership initiative on a variety of energy-related topics. He also has a Master Certificate in Renewable Energy Management and Finance.

PSEE Regional Account Manager, Western Cape

Oliver Stotko

Oliver has seven years of experience as an Environmental Consulting Engineer in the energy management field. He has a BSc in Chemical Engineering and MSc in Environmental Engineering and is the current Western Cape branch chair of the International Association for Impact Assessment. He is a registered Steam Systems Optimisation expert assessor under the UNIDO Industrial Energy Efficiency programme. He has carried out energy efficiency assessments for various sectors including automotive, agro-processing, chemicals, clothing, leather and textile, metals, pulp and paper and the commercial building sector.

PSEE Regional Account Manager, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Gason Moonsamy

Gason joins the team having worked for the world's largest resource company, BHP Billiton. He has more than 20 years of heavy industry experience. In the last 10 years he has held various portfolios associated with Energy & Climate Change. He has developed climate change strategies and mitigation plans for BHP Billiton's Aluminium group and has successfully implemented projects with more than 500GWH savings pa. He has led energy efficiency technology development with technology developers in Australia, France & USA amongst others. He has also held project management roles in mega Green & Brownfield Aluminium smelter projects.

Project Manager: NBI Energy Programme

Gershwin Pududu

Gershwin joins the team after having worked as a Projects Facilitation Officer for the Energy & Environment Partnership with Southern and East Africa (EEP S&EA) at DBSA. There he was responsible for facilitating and managing renewable energy and energy efficiency project funding in 14 participating countries from the SADC and EAC regions. He holds a PDM from Wits Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and is completing his Masters in Development Finance through the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

PSEE Financial Administrator

Golden Mokwalakwala

Before joining PSEE, Golden worked at Rakoma and Associate Registered Accountants and Auditors as an Accountant; he completed his articles at Price Waterhouse Coopers. Golden holds a BComm degree through the University of Limpopo.

PSEE Project Coordinator

Charmaine Plaatjie

Charmaine joins the team with seven years' experience mainly in the financial industry. She has worked at Nedbank as a Senior Project Coordinator for two and a half years; before that she worked at FirstRand as a Project Administrator and Events Coordinator for four years. Charmaine holds a Project Management and Administration qualification through the XPert Group and also completed a Risk Management learnership at the University of Johannesburg.

PSEE Programme Remote Advisor

Madimetja Godfrey Tloubatla

Madimetja Tloubatla holds a BSc in Water and Sanitation from the University of Limpopo. He has worked for Tiger brands, Saku Engineers and as an energy consultant at the CSIR/NCPC, and most recently for Royal Haskoning DHV as a process controller.

PSEE Programme Remote Advisor

Chantal Napier

Chantal Napier holds diplomas in Business Management and Human Resources. She has worked as an Energy Consultant at NUS Consulting Group SA and has managed relationships with large industrial companies. She has also worked for Quadrant PHS South Africa as an internal sales consultant, and as a Marketing and Business Development Consultant for the Durban University of Technology. She has done full-time missionary work for Couples for Christ in Manila, Philippines.

PSEE Switchboard

Makgotso Mahasha

Makgotso Mahasha has over two years' administrative experience, having worked at the University of Johannesburg. She has obtained a BA Psychology degree and is currently completing a BA (Hons) Anthropology degree. Makgotso fills in the switchboard and reception functions for the PSEE, ensuring that all caller and client queries are efficiently and adequately taken care of.

Communications and Marketing officer

Mammone Manyapye

Mammone has a BA in Media studies and Psychology and an Honours degree in Brand management. She also holds an Associate in Management certificate from The University of Cape Town Business School and has just completed a Diploma in Digital marketing from The Brand School. She completed an internship at Hunt Luscaris in marketing strategy and worked for AngloGold Ashanti in the marketing department for 6 years.

Project manager - Follow up support services

Nithin Isaac

Nithin joins the PSEE having worked as a Technical Director at LEDTEK as well as an Engineer & Project manager with Ellies Renewable energy. He holds a B Hons in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pretoria and is a Certified Energy manager. He is involved in the development committee at IESSA (Illumination engineering society of South Africa) and the LED working group. He has worked on numerous energy efficiency projects in and out of South Africa

Key Account Manager

Lehlogonolo Chiloane

Lehlogonolo spent the past 5 years working within the fields of energy management, resource optimisation, minerals processing and climate change. She has previously worked on Measurement and Verification of various energy efficiency projects across South Africa. She holds BSc and MSc Chemical Engineering degrees from the University of Cape Town. She has held various roles at the University of Cape Town and the national Department of Environmental Affairs