Our staff include professionals in project development, engineering, business development and asset management
At G7, we are a dynamic team, small but highly motivated. In the past 9 years we have taken on 26 young interns, of which nearly 70% are currently involved in renewable industries.
In order to further develop our business, we are seeking appropriately qualified people who can not only bring value to our business through their expertise, but also share and support our core business values.
Director - co-founder
Dr Kilian Hagemann has been in the wind industry since 2002 when he became a board member of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA). In 2004-2007 he worked for what is now DNV-GL on wind measurements, resource assessments, flow modelling and power curve related consulting in Germany, Spain and South Africa. In 2008 he completed his PhD at the University of Cape Town by publishing the “Mesoscale Wind Atlas of South Africa” as the first comprehensive wind map covering the entire country. Since 2009 he is the co-founder and managing director of G7 Renewable Energies, a wind farm developer specialising in highly efficient wind farm projects.
Director - co-founder
Nicolas Rolland is a founder and director of G7. He qualified as a mechanical engineer in 1996 from the Fachhochscule Konstanz in Germany and holds an MBA from EM-Lyon in France since 2003.
Nicolas has worked in a multinational Swiss engineering company where he evolved from engineering to key account management prior to becoming an entrepreneur.
Since co-founding G7, Nicolas became a board member at the South Wind Energy Association and helped the organization gain momentum from 2009 to 2011.
Land Rights Manager
Jacobus is a Project Manager focussed on the accrual of lease and land rights for Wind Farm Development. Jacobus has a B.Tech Degree in Town & Regional Planning from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
Jacobus acts as a registered town and regional planner with more than a decade of planning consulting experience, specialising in securing rights for renewable energy projects. Jacobus coordinates leases, land use change processes, and manages landowner relationships with the eye on successful long term project execution.
Environmental Project Manager
Veronique is a collaborative & results-oriented Environmental Project Manager with a proven track record leading projects in wind energy, solar energy & transmission infrastructure. Delivered over 50 renewable energy projects ranging from small, local developments to large scale infrastructure projects. Worked with large enterprises as well as municipal and regional governments to deliver comprehensive, detailed Environmental Impact Assessments with appropriate stakeholder participation.
Karen de Bruyn
Head of Development
Karen leads the dynamic G7 wind farm development team and oversees all development tasks including site selection, wind measurement campaigns, land rights acquisition, and permitting for over 1 GW of highly competitive wind energy projects in G7’s pipeline.
Since completing her undergraduate studies and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the University of Stellenbosch, Karen started her professional career in 2010 as an environmental consultant, and has since gained significant experience in environmental management and renewable energy development. Marrying these two, she passionately contributes to South Africa’s successful transition to a low carbon energy mix.
Francois is a project manager focussed on the engineering side of wind project development. First an intern at G7 during his last year of engineering school, Francois went back to France to obtain his engineering degree and decided to move back to South Africa to carry on with wind project developing.
During his first years at G7, Francois was responsible for most of the technical parts of wind project developing. He is now the manager and the responsible of the G7 wind monitoring campaign. He is in charge of the planning and implementation of the measurement campaign, the procurement of equipments, specialists and consultants. Seen as the wind specialist at G7, he is also in charge of the analysis and filtering of wind data, that he uses for wind simulations and layouts design.
Kobus is a local farmer in the Karoo which gives him in depth knowledge of the area, social structures, and the people. He takes a lot of pride in his work and is involved with various role players and community structures. He currently forms part of the ward committee, Community Policing Forum, Agricultural Association, and Business Chambers. He is an integral part of the G7 team. Kobus works on site with Pieter.
With over a decade of international experience in human resources, accounts support and office management, coupled with her recent qualification in Project Management means that she contributes in all areas of the work we do at G7.
The G7 internship program involves on-the-job training and hopefully time spent working with G7 will inspire young interns with the same passion that we have for renewable energy. Depending on specific interests and skills, G7 can offer the chance to gain unique exposure to a wide range of activities and some of the latest advances in the field of renewable energies.
We regularly take on interns, which we see as a great opportunity for future generations to develop their skills and gain significant work experience. Our internship program is aimed at undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate students, as well as people looking to change career paths.