Basier graduated with a B.Comm (Accounting) at the University of the Western Cape, and served articles with Shrand & Ekermans Inc. He subsequently worked as Audit Manager and Financial Advisor at Shrand & Ekermans, and then Audit Manager and Economic Development Consultant at HS Accounting. Registered with the South African Institute of Professional Accountants, he began his own practice, AB Dramat & Associates, specialising in accounting, taxation, environmental accounting, economic development, and community-based projects.
His work with the Green Connection involves multiple facets, from being responsible for organisational and project financial management, providing business expertise, and training communities with financial management skills. He has experience in the latter in projects working with emerging farmers in land reform. He is also Chief Financial Officer at the Cornerstone Institute, Financial Director at Earthlife Africa JHB, and Finance Committee Member of the Western Province Rugby Union. Furthermore, he is presently undertaking a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the Management College of South Africa.
Christy is a graduate of the Master’s in Science Conservation Biology Degree from the University of Cape Town. She has over eighteen years’ experience in biodiversity conservation, ecology and community involvement in natural resource protection and sustainable use. She has sectoral knowledge in freshwater ecology and research, terrestrial ecology, climate change adaptation, environmental and co-operative governance, marine conservation, sustainable use, biodiversity stewardship, and other concepts and issues in community conservation.
Glyn is the senior partner at Chennells Albertyn Attorneys, Notaries and Conveyancers. As a commercial and litigation attorney, he specializes in inter alia environmental law. His clients have included the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) and a number of environmental action groups. Glyn Williams recently successfully represented a group of small-scale farmers from the Philippi Horticultural area take on the City, developers and government to protect the area from urban development and buffer the city from climate change impacts. Glyn is based in Cape Town and Stellenbosch.
Yachika has an MSc in Energy Studies from the University of Cape Town. She is currently employed at Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) as Project Manager of the SEED Programme. During her 6 years of employment at SEA, Yachika has worked across a spectrum of projects focused on rooting sustainable energy approaches and practices in urban development planning and management processes across South Africa. Whilst studying for her Master’s Degree at the Energy Research Centre (University of Cape Town), Yachika was employed as a research assistant participating in energy research as it relates to poverty reduction and climate change. One of the projects in which she was principally involved, entailed an in-depth analysis of energy transitions in fuel use that occur among low-income households in South Africa. This culminated in a research paper which she co-presented with her supervisor at the Energy Transitions Workshop held jointly by Stanford University (CA, USA) and the University of Cape Town in 2004. Prior to her Master’s Degree, she worked in the field of Information Systems in software development, creating, designing and developing information systems for corporates in South Africa. Soon after completing her Honours Degree in Environmental and Geographical Science, she worked in the United Kingdom for two years as a research assistant at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WILDCRU), Oxford University. She also worked at the Haematology Unit at Guys Hospital in London, primarily involved in analysing statistical data related to research in the respective fields.
Penny has a strong background and years of experience working with NGOs. She has advanced skills in computer literacy, research, community leadership and organisational development, office administration, events organising and print media. Other interesting work history includes working with youth as a community organiser for environmental awareness, HIV and AIDS and socio-economic issues, as well as hosting a youth radio show.
Liz McDaid will be one of the speakers, invited by the South African Wind Energy Association, to participate at the Windaba 2011 Conference and Exhibition. This is the first inaugural event on wind energy in South Africa.
“The Role of the NGO sector in our Renewable Energy Future” is the topic of Liz McDaid’s presentation on 29 September 2011. Presentation times are from 11:00 to 13:30.
Venue: CTICC (Cape Town International Convention Centre)
Date: 27-29 September 2011
For more information on the Conference and Exhibition please visit, www.windaba.co.za
Liz McDaid, who coordinates the SAFCEI Energy and Climate Change Programme will be representing SAFCEI at the Western Cape Climate Change Summit on 20 September 2011.
The Provincial Government of the Western Cape in partnership with the National Department of Environmental Affairs will be hosting this Summit in preparation for the upcoming COP17. The outcome of this conference will be the “voice of the Western Cape”, which will feed into the Department of Environmental Affairs’ programme for the COP17.