Meet The Team

Dr. Tobias Bischof-Niemz


Dr. Tobias Bischof-Niemz is Head of Division: New Energy Solutions at ENERTRAG, a German renewable-energy company with activities in wind, solar PV, storage, green hydrogen and grid infrastructure. His division is responsible for all green

Stephen Koopman

Director: Business Operations

He is responsible for business operations at ENERTRAG South Africa with over 23 years in the energy sector. In this leadership role, Stephen can continue his active involvement in changing the energy landscape for the benefit of the country.

Mercia Grimbeek

Director: Head of Project Development
As the Director of Project Development Mercia can draw on her experience honed from being part of the leadership team at a multi-national company, which spearheaded the introduction of renewable energy to the South African energy landscape.

Andrea Gibb

Senior Environmental Advisor

Andrea’s experience gained over the last decade makes her a key player on this team. She is passionate about finding proactive solutions to overcome challenges to promote the transition from coal to renewable

Loretta Di Zio

Head of Commercial

As the head of commercial and economic development activities at ENERTRAG South Africa, Loretta draws on her deep industry experience spanning over a decade. Her leadership role speaks to a career across the finance and economic

Jonathan Metcalfe

Business Case Development Manager

Jonathan is an experienced management consultant whose focus is on the energy, utilities, and resources space. He has a strong analytical background, with a depth of experience applying these skills in the financial modeling and data analytics space.

Joanne Calitz

Team Lead: Energy System Optimisation

Joanne started her career at a large electricity generation, transmission and distribution company where she gained extensive power sector modelling experience in generation capacity expansion planning and production cost modelling. At

Fabio Henriquez

Financial Analyst

In his role as Financial Analyst, Fabio is our specialist on international structuring and tax matters. He operates within the commercial and the investment team analysing potential investment and offtake opportunities while also engaging in financing

Gideon Raath

Team Lead: Project Development

With a decade of project development experience, Gideon is responsible for developing a renewable energy project portfolio of ~2.5GW, comprising technologies such as wind, solar, green hydrogen, and its derivates for ENERTRAG South Africa.

Kyle Swartz

Senior Project Developer

Kyle’s work experience and qualifications have helped create his unique perspective, making him an invaluable member of the Project Development team. In particular, his role within the Energy and Climate Change Unit at the City of Cape Town and

Mmakoena Mmola

Senior Project Developer

Mmakoena is responsible for overseeing the permitting of renewable energy projects in South Africa. Prior to joining ENERTRAG South Africa, she worked as an Environmental Assessment Practitioner whose responsibilities included

Carla Petersen

Junior Project Developer

Carla Petersen is an experienced Environmental Scientist with a demonstrated history of working in both the government and academic spheres. Together with other members of our Project Development team,

Zinzi Sithole

Junior Project Developer

Zinzi Sithole is a Project Development Intern at ENERTRAG South Africa. She is an experienced Geospatial Technician with expertise in Geographical and Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing. As a Project Development intern, some of her

Emmanuel Ayisi

Junior GIS Project Planner

A qualified Geomatician with expertise in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Land Surveying, Emmanuel has a deep interest in Data Urbanism and Business Intelligence. He is also particularly enthusiastic about

Thembinkosi Mduba

Junior GIS Project Planner

A young and vibrant GIS Junior Planner, who specializes in Geographic Information Systems, and AEP Computations, Thembinkosi is known within the ENERTRAG South Africa family for his enthusiasm and passion for the geoinformatics field, which has

Tjaša Bole-Rentel

Business Development Manager

Tjaša’s 15 years’ worth of experience as a researcher and advisor in the environmental field, with a specific focus on low-carbon liquid fuels, is a fine example of how our team is able to deliver inclusive and innovative renewable energy development to

Robert van Heerden

Senior Technical Project Manager

Robert van Heerden is a senior technical manager in the business operations section at ENERTRAG South Africa. He has both local and international experience in the energy sector as the General Manager of System Operations for Eskom and

Mulwela Mudau

Wind Service Technician - Darling Wind Power

He has more than 5 years experience in the renewable energy industry as a service technician in the commissioning, operations, and maintenance of various wind projects (totaling 320MW) across

Lehlogonolo Mohlala

Senior Legal Advisor/Associate

She is an admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa with a depth of experience and a keen interest in our sector, having chosen to base her most recent dissertation on a legal model for decentralizing renewable energy procurement and

Yaaseen Tarmahomed

Legal Advisor/Associate

Yaaseen is an admitted Attorney of the High Court. As a keen legal mind across a number of fields of law, he has a passion for learning and has set his sight firmly on gaining knowledge within the renewable energy industry. He completed his articles of clerkship and

Christian Dames

Sustainability Manager

Christian’s experience in the field of sustainability audit services, having performed multiple sustainability assurance engagements regarding non-financial KPI’s in the mining and manufacturing sectors, led to his career in the renewable energy

Jolene Schutte

Land Portfolio Manager

At ENERTRAG South Africa, Jolene is responsible for managing the Land Portfolio. She is a member of the South African Right of Way Association and has vast knowledge on matters such as Principles of Land Acquisition, Town Planning, Farming Principals,

Ludwig van Aarde

Senior Procurement Manager

As the Senior Procurement Manager, Ludwig is responsible for the procuring of goods and services that are required for the successful execution of ENERTRAG South Africa’s renewable energy project portfolio.

Feroza Mowlana

Project Administrator

Feroza has 8 years experience in the Renewable Energy industry as a Project Administrator. As an integral part of the ENERTRAG Team, she assists our developers to ensure that our projects are being met on time and withholds the quality & standards as

Jenna-Lee Brookes

Office Manager

With more than 6 years experience as an Office Manager, Jenna-Lee has gained knowledge in office administration, HR, marketing, and day-to-day functions of the office, including experience in account management and administrative support

Lebogang Mosetlho

IT Support

Lebogang has over 10 years of experience in IT, which enables him to support our growing team with is background in on-site IT support, senior support engineering and field support.He is constantly seeking new challenges having worked in several