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THE EXECUTIVE TEAM
Dr. Stuart Fredman
Stuart is recognized as one of the most experienced solar engineers in South Africa and is frequently requested to deliver papers on solar energy at local and international conferences. He is a qualified electronics engineer with a D.Eng and an MBA, as well as having studied further in specialized engineering fields including process control and instrumentation; DC systems and PV solar design; IT systems design; and wireless-bearer integration.
Stuart has operational and executive experience at JSE-listed companies (Powertech/Altron, Siltek, iQuad/PSG) and more than 20 years’ experience in all facets of solar PV, including design, procurement, project management, installation and handover. He has personally forged strategic supply and engineering relationships with leading PV companies, which led to securing some of the largest PV contracts in South Africa for Telkom, as well as other PV applications, including the rural electrification of 300 schools in the Eastern Cape.
Stuart holds a Doctorate in engineering technology for modeling photovoltaic power output as a function of a range of variables thereby increasing the accuracy of the models prediction of annual power output. Stuart is a Member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers MSAIEE, Member of the South African Institute of Measurement and Control MSAIEE, and is a member of the International Solar Energy Society MISES.
André Stürmer was born in South Africa and holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Freiburg, and an MBA from the IESE Business School in Barcelona.
André joined JPMorgan in London in 2000 and worked for 3 years in Debt Capital Markets, raising bonds and loans for corporate borrowers across the ratings spectrum. After his MBA he returned to South Africa in 2006 with JPMorgan, to drive the expansion of the Sub-Saharan Africa Debt Capital Markets and Derivatives team.
André joined TriVest in 2009 and has been Group MD since 2011, and is a director of TriVest’s subsidiaries. He was MD of Solsquare in 2011 and 2012, and is a non-executive director of Solsquare in South Africa and Namibia, and actively supports the management team to implement the growth strategy and leads the charge in discussions with investors and financiers.
Ms Khumo Morolo
Khumo holds information technology qualifications and undergraduate and post graduate degrees in engineering. She has over 25 years’ experience in the IT, engineering and projects environments. She started her working life as a computer programmer and analyst for a financial services company.
This was followed by various roles as an engineering consultant, engineering services manager and an engineering manager at a power station. Khumo was later appointed as power station manager for one of the flagship power stations in South Africa, widely believed to be the first woman power station manager on the African continent and possibly in the world. She served as a general manager responsible for a cluster of power stations generating 16% of South Africa’s electricity.
Khumo has served as a projects general manager responsible for the construction of new power stations, building and commissioning the first new power stations in South Africa since the 1980s, the open cycle gas turbines (OCGT) in Atlantis Cape Town and Mosselbay. More recently she has held an executive position in a development finance institution responsible for the funding of industrial infrastructure, agro-processing and development of new technologies infrastructure.
Khumo is currently a director of E2, which provides funding for young entrepreneurs; Babcock, an engineering services company; Allan Gray, an asset management company and a trustee of Thandulwazi which funds extra mathematics classes for high school students and teacher training.
Tumi is a chartered accountant and began her working career at KPMG where she served articles until 2006. She was responsible for various audits including Johnson Matthey, Nestle, Tiber Property Group and others within the FMCG and manufacturing sectors. Tumi then worked as Financial Manager at Nashua Finance and then later Nashua Kopano. Her roles included overseeing the financial departments, daily finance operations, year-end reporting, audits, overseeing budget preparations and presentations to the board and governance structures and processes.
During her time at Nashua Finance, Tumi liaised with relevant deal financiers and assisted in determining optimal finance structures for the business and its clients. Tumi then moved to Absa Bank in 2012, taking on various finance roles until she moved to Group Risk in 2014. Here she headed up Financial Reporting, including financial oversight of a strategic function that oversaw compliance with the varied legal frameworks in Africa, the UK and USA (due to the shareholding by Barclays). Tumi holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting Sciences from the University of Johannesburg (formerly Rand Afrikaans University).
She also holds a Certificate in the Theory of Accounting with UNISA and completed her SAICA Board exams.