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 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.
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.
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.
Semakaleng Eddy Mokhudu recently completed his 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 in 2019 as an intern and subsequently joined the G7 team on a permanent basis as Project Engineer.
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
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.
Pieter is one of G7’s Site Technicians. He focuses on wind measurement equipment installation and mast maintenance. For this specific task rigorous working at heights training is needed alongside a great and maintained fitness level. The Karoo, where many of our projects are being developed, is home to Pieter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Land Rights Manager
Ruan is a Land Rights Manager at G7, specifically applying his skills to project site acquisition, obtaining community buy-in and driving these projects to permit ready status. Ruan has a N. Dip in Town and Regional Planning from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, giving him hands on experience on the intricacies of land development and project planning.
He is passionate about Renewable Energy (RE), how it can make a difference within communities and positively contribute to the addressing of global climate. With his career background rooted in telecommunication site acquisition and planning, his experience ranges from turnkey consulting services within the private sector to managing projects from start to finish. Ruan has extensive knowledge on lease negotiations and building landowner relationships for long-term infrastructure projects, which remains a key focus in driving wind energy projects to success.
Land Rights Manager
Jan is a Land Rights Manager at G7. He is involved with project site acquisition, ensuring community buy-in and working with the rest of the G7 team to bring projects to permit ready status. Jan completed his Honors Degree in Town and Regional Planning at the University of The North West (Potchefstroom). He is interested in new and emerging trends in terms of how the development of renewable energy is going to shape the future landscape of South Africa.
Jan’s experience ranges from hands-on interaction with landowners during lease negotiations to compiling, submitting and receiving the necessary approvals. Jan has substantial experience with lease negotiations and building long lasting relationships with landowners that ensure all parties involved are invested for the long term duration of the project.
Ketso Molapo completed his studies in 2017 and obtained his BSc. Eng. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town.
He is passionate about renewable energy. As the Wind Analyst, he performs quality assurance tasks and conducts analysis of wind data collected on G7’s sites. He carries out wind flow simulations for G7, and also provides automation solutions through continuous development of our in-house software tools.
Ketso joined G7 Renewable Energies in 2019 as an intern and subsequently joined the G7 team on a permanent basis as a Wind Analyst.
Communications and Office Support
Kobie is responsible for part time office support and communications at G7.
She is a specialist in strategic communications with over 20 years of experience in various fields. Kobie has a BA degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of South Africa, a Certificate in Corporate Governance from the Unisa Centre for Business Law , and a Certificate in Project Management from the Unisa School of Business Leadership. She is passionate about protecting biodiversity and renewable energy development.
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.