People

We’re a highly motivated, dynamic team

People

We’re a highly motivated, dynamic team

Our staff include professionals in project development, engineering, business development and asset management

Core Team

At G7, we are a dynamic team, small but highly motivated. In the past 9 years we have taken on 29 interns, of which 73% are currently involved in renewable industries. Youth development is essential for our future and at the same time young people bring unique skills and fresh perspectives to the work environment.

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.

Kilian Hagemann

Kilian Hagemann

Managing 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.

Nicolas Rolland

Nicolas Rolland

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.

Eddy Mokhudu

Eddy Mokhudu

Engineering Technician

Semakaleng Eddy Mokhudu is completing his final year of a degree in BEng (Electrical and Electronics Engineering) at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.  Eddy is passionate about renewable energy and believes that the youth of today can change the world of tomorrow through innovation solutions. Eddy joined G7 Renewable Energies as an intern in 2019 and subsequently joined the G7 team on a permanent basis as Engineering Technician.

Jacobus Treurnich

Jacobus Treurnich

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.

Karen de Bruyn

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.

Tichaona Mukunga

Tichaona Mukunga

Wind Analyst

Tich joined G7 Renewable Energies in July 2019 as Wind Energy Analyst. He holds a Master of Sciences in Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology from the University of Cape Town and is responsible for conducting wind assessments, energy yield forecasts, wind flow modelling, data analysis and management. Tich has a strong understanding of the renewable industry having worked on projects in France and the UK.

During his Master of Science degree, he developed several quantitative analytical models for the purpose of evaluating the performance of the dynamical down-scaling Rossby Centre regional atmospheric model. The purpose of these models was to simulate historical and projected synoptic wind climate over South Africa using 10 global climate models from the Coupled Model Inter-comparison Project Version 5 (CMIP5).

Tich was also a contributory author in the Wind Atlas for South Africa (WASA) phase one and two reports in 2015 and 2017.

Nelson Ntlou

Nelson Ntlou

Project Engineer

Nelson is a Project Engineer who deals with grid connection assessment, thus providing technical electrical support to the G7 Wind Project Development team. He also provides technical input to the wind analysis department. He started with G7 Renewable Energies as an intern.

Nelson obtained his BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and is pursuing MEng in Smart Grid Technology. With a passion for equitable energy access and experience in engineering training he gained while working at South Africa’s largest electricity utility, he is determined to be a positive change agent in the growing energy mix of the country.

Kai Howie

Kai Howie

Legal Counsel
Kai is an admitted attorney working in our development team who focuses on the various legal aspects of wind farm development including land rights acquisition, regulatory compliance and the drafting of commercial agreements.
 
Kai read for his LLB at the University of Stellenbosch and started his legal career in 2016, first as a candidate attorney and then later as an associate in the corporate commercial department of a reputable property law firm. He has specialised experience in, amongst other areas, commercial contracting, corporate governance, property rights and commercial dispute resolution
François Pigeau

François Pigeau

Engineering Manager

Francois is a project manager focused 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 Renewable Energies, 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 equipment, 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.

Jacobus Stadler

Jacobus Stadler

Site Manager
Kobus is the Site Manager that focuses on wind measurement equipment installation, commissioning and maintenance, as well as community relations. He started working overseas in 2001 and has gained a lot of experience working with small companies and larger firms where he engaged with various groups of people. He returned to South Africa in 2006 and did local contracting. He started working for G7 in 2015.

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.

Blanche Ortlepp

Blanche Ortlepp

Office Administrator
Blanche joined the team in February 2017 as Office Manager and Project Support to the team. Aside from those two key aspects of her role, Blanche also ensures that we have smooth communication with all our landowners and that procurement throughout the business is well-managed. She’s the first person most of our clients and suppliers communicate with when they contact G7 and is a vital member of the team.

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.

Veronique Fyfe

Veronique Fyfe

Environmental Project Manager
Veronique is a Project Manager specifically focused on all environmental related tasks associated with Wind Farm Development. Veronique has obtained her MSc in Environmental Conservation and Ecology from the University of the Witwatersrand.

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.

Careers

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.

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