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 the establishment of the Green Building Council of 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.

Lead Technical Expert
Readlay Makaliki

Readlay Makaliki is the Lead Technical Expert on the Sida-funded and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) implemented Energy Efficient Lighting and Appliances (EELA) Project.

Mr. 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 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. 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) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

 

Renewable Energy Expert
Eugenia Masvikeni

Eugenia Masvikeni is the Renewable Energy Expert for SACREEE under the SAPP Program for Accelerating Regional Energy/Transformational Projects (SAPP-AREP). 

Ms. Masvikeni has more than 20 years’ experience in the energy sector. Prior to joining SACREEE, she worked as an Independent Energy and Climate Finance Specialist and assumed consulting assignments in sub-Sahara Africa, the Middle East and South East Asia for the World Bank, the African Development Bank as well as United Nations Agencies. She previously worked for the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) as a Principal Economist and she was involved in the institutional establishment of the Green Fund (Climate Finance Unit).  Ms. Masvikeni also worked for Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB Power) as an Energy Economist, as well as for the Zimbabwe Power Company as an Investment Officer. She worked with Independent Power Producers (IPPs) on bid preparation and submission under the South Africa Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) Window 2. Her skills include energy sector planning, project preparation, due diligence, feasibility studies, and climate finance. She holds an MSc in Renewable Energy Development from Heriot Watt University (UK), a Masters’ Development Finance from Stellenbosch (South Africa), and a BSc Honours Economics from the University of Zimbabwe.

Energy Efficiency Expert
Mzwandile Thwala

Mzwandile Thwala is the Energy Efficiency Expert on the Regional Project on Cooling Products in Southern Africa.

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 Eswatini's National Energy Efficiency Strategy and Action Plan with assistance from the Southern Africa Energy Program. Mr. Thwala played a critical in the development of Eswatini’s Energy Master Plan 2034 and was also involved in the procurement of new power generation projects, 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. Mr. Thwala holds a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering. He has received a number of training in renewable energy and energy management.

Project Support
Asteria Markus

Asteria Markus is the Project Support on the Energy Efficient Lighting and Appliances (EELA) project which is being implemented in SADC and East African Community (EAC) and supporting different projects at SACREEE.

Before joining SACREEE, Ms. Markus previously worked for the European Union Delegation to Namibia as an Event Coordinator and Documents Management Officer. Her previous experience in 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 a 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 of renewable energy and energy efficiency together with better knowledge and approaches by relevant stakeholders including the energy poor communities. Ms. Markus is a certified Policy Officer in European and International Organizations with 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.

Project Coordinator
Kornelia Iipinge

Kornelia Iipinge is the Project Coordinator for the SADC Renewable Energy Entrepreneurship Support Facility at SACREEE supported by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). 

Before SACREEE, she worked as the Windhoek Embedded Researcher for the Future Resilience for African Cities and Lands (FRACTAL) project coordinated by the Climate System Analysis Group at the University of Cape Town. She has also previously worked as the Namibian Environmental Professional Apprentice at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-Namibia and at Gobabeb Namib Research Institute as a Research Assistance. Her previous experience includes research in urban governance and climate change, project management, and events management. She obtained her MSc in Integrated Water Resources Management from the University of Zimbabwe and a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science from the University of Namibia. She has a Certificate in Renewable Energies from Copperbelt University and a Certificate in Water Sensitive Cities from IHE Delft Institute of Water Education. 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 the Water- Youth Namibia

Project Coordinator
Philimon Kamanga

Philimon Kamanga is the Coordinator for the Improvement of Livelihoods in SADC Member States through the Adoption of Distributed Renewable Energy for Productive Use project at SACREEE.

Mr. Kamanga has more than seven years' experience in the renewable energy sector specifically projects targeting off-grid rural communities. Before joining SACREEE, he worked as the District Coordinator for the Energising Development (EnDev) in Malawi, a global multi-donor programme for energy access implemented by the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ). He also previously worked with United Purpose (UP) and Renew "N" Able Malawi (RENAMA) as a Coordinator of various renewable energy projects in rural communities of Malawi. He has experience in the development of sustainable decentralised renewable energy systems, energy efficiency, climate change adaptation, youth and women empowerment and energy auditing. He obtained his MSc in Management Studies (focusing in Development Administration) from the Malawi Institute of Management in 2021 and his research centred on ‘Sustainability Assessment of Solar Photo-Voltaic (PV) systems for decentralised off-grid energy access in Malawi’. He also holds a BSc in Renewable Energy Technologies from Mzuzu University (2014).  

 

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 Festus joined SACREEE as the Administrative Intern to assist the Secretariat with the adminstration. Before joining SACREEE, Ms. Festus 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. She 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. 

 

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