Leila currently provides consultancy services to renewable energy investment and development companies.
For 5 years till 2014, Leila was the Director for Development and Operations at Mainstream SA, a renewable energy development company based in Cape Town. Mainstream SA, a joint venture company of Genesis Eco Energy, a South African renewable energy company, and Mainstream Renewable Power located in Ireland was formed in March 2009. Mainstream SA won 6 renewable energy tenders in the first 2 windows of the SA government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme, making it the most successful company in the programme in 2011-2013.
Leila has worked in the energy sector since 1998. Prior to joining Genesis Eco-Energy and Mainstream SA she was an independent sustainable energy policy specialist and preceding that the Managing Director of Sustainable Energy Africa, a leading energy NGO in South Africa. Leila has a long association with NGOs, volunteer and activist groups in the environment and energy sector and has a passion for building capacity in people and organisations in the fields of sustainable development. Previous to her work in energy Leila worked for research organizations, local governments and consultancies in the land, environment and development field. Leila studied environmental science, development studies and energy studies and was a Director of both Genesis Eco Energy and of Mainstream SA. Leila sat on the board of The South African Wind Energy Association, Sustainable Energy Africa, the Environmental Monitoring Group and the Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Partnership and The Cape Town Partnership.