WIND FARMS AND BIODIVERSITY
PERSPECTIVES OF SUSTAINABILITY
WIBIS SOUTH AFRICA 2019
28TH OF MAY
Welcome to WIBIS South Africa 2019
A conference from experts to experts
The Wanderers Club
21 North Street, Illovo - Johannesburg 2196
South Africa Office Manager @Bioinsight | South Africa
Craig is a manager and ecologist at Bioinsight. His focus is largely directed at bird & bat monitoring campaigns on wind farms within the borders of South Africa. These studies are conducted with the ultimate goal of contributing to the prevention/mitigation of potential impacts that may arise as a result of this human-environmental conflict.
Craig has provided contributions to many environmental impact assessments over the years, and has also been involved in successful bird and bat operational phase monitoring and management for a wind farm in South Africa. At WIBIS, he hopes to share knowledge among his peers in the industry, and hopes that positive contributions can be made to contribute towards a sustainable future for wind energy and wildlife.
Research Associate Research Group Environmental Planning and Evaluation @Berlin Institute of Technology | Germany
With training in environmental planning and environmental management, Juliane’s interests are governance systems and strategic planning of renewable energies.
Her recent work in the research group focuses on the emerging issue of unsustainable wind power development. Juliane collaborated in the exhaustive research line: "horizon review", an interdisciplinary feasibility study involving academia, government agencies, wind energy, consulting, associations and civil society.
Manager and Specialist in Applied Marine Ecology @PANGALIA Environmental | United Kingdom
Andrew is an internationally recognized expert in applied marine ecology, with more than 28 years of experience, specializing in the interactions between aquatic animals (freshwater, coastal and marine) and the development of renewable energies.
Since the early 2000s, he has led projects in the United Kingdom, the European Union and the United States to analyse the interaction between mobile species and energy emissions (specifically EMF, electromagnetic fields and underwater noise). The approach adopted is experimental and field-based studies, supported by a contemporary knowledge base, embedded in the ecosystem approach and in the context of environmental risk.
Environmental Specialist @International Financial Corporation (IFC) | Spain
Álvaro has more than 10 years of experience in Environmental Impact Assessment, ensuring that the client's projects are in full compliance with the regulations and legal requirements. He also has extensive experience with European directives and international regulations.
Álvaro’s main areas of action are collision risk assessment in wind farms, implementation of mitigation and compensation projects, negotiation with relevant government agencies and other interested parties, and development and revision of post-construction monitoring methods.
Business Development Manager – Wind & Environmental Practice @Robin Radar | The Netherlands
Sibylle Giraud is an experienced multi-lingual business developer, with an extended network and knowledge in the energy sector, more specifically in EMEA. She is heading the wind and environmental practice with Robin Radar. She has specialized in bird mitigations challenges in the Wind industry across the world. Her mission is to bring new innovative solutions to the environmental companies, as well as to the owner /operators to protected migratory birds and endangered species and mitigate the risk of bird mortality in any large-scale windfarm development.
Board Chair @Businesspros Global | Global Lead and Member @UN Women GICC | CEO @Richard Branson Entrepreneurship Hub | South Africa
Antoinia is an active Global contributing agent of change, advocating business as a force for good. She is an integral part of Global dialogues, discussing elements of climate change, tech, entrepreneurship, digital transformation, women in business, SDGS, youth development and leadership. Antoinia is also business trainer and coach.
From influencing the Virgin, Branson Hub into a more scalable model, to leading a first ever global UN Women GICC program in South Africa; Antoinia finds her purpose in building people up. Innovation and technology are areas of her focus, along with pertinent business practices, value sharing, social good and leadership. Her work has supported organizations like UNWTO, UN Hábitat, The British Council, and Silicon Valleys GES.
Ecology Specialist (Avifauna) @Arcus | South Africa
Andrew Pearson is an Avifauna Specialist with over eight years of specialist experience. Andrew has gained a strong level of project experience across a multitude of sectors, including various powerline infrastructure, housing developments, power generation, wind energy and solar energy projects.
Andrew provides specialist input into the design of projects and environmental management plans, assesses environmental due diligence and compliance with international environmental policies (World Bank, IFC, Equator Principles) and peer reviews avifaunal specialist reports. Andrew has worked on over 40 proposed wind farm projects in South Africa and Southern Africa, including three operational WEFs in the Western Cape.
He is an elected member of the Birds and Renewable Energy Specialist Group (BARESG), responsible for the compilation and updating of various bird monitoring guideline documents. Andrew has a strong background in conservation having worked in the field across the country. Furthermore, he has also been the Environmental Control Officer of construction site projects and developed ISO14001 management systems, He is also professional registered Ecologist with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP).
Director of Environmental, Social and Governance for Okavango @ Actis Energy’s Fund 4 Renewable Energy Africa platform | Kenya
In this capacity, she is responsible for development and implementation of the company’s environmental and social management system and responsible investment strategy.
She has 18 years of experience as a social and environmental specialist and as an advisor to the financial and renewable energy industry. Prior to joining Okavango, Libby worked as an independent consultant and with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), conducting Environmental, Social and Governance due diligences as part of their transactions, as well as ongoing supervision and advisory work with their clients. This included assessments and advice on their Environmental and Social Management Systems, and assisting in their development and implementation. For the first 12 years of her career, Libby worked at Environmental Resources Management (ERM) as a social specialist and principal consultant, working across industries in over 16 countries in South, West, East and Central Africa.
Head of Regional Representative Office (Gauteng) @ Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal |
Donnée Kruger heads the Regional Representative Office for Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal in Gauteng. Donnée is Chairperson of the Nordic South-African Business Association and a Board Member of the European Union Chamber of Commerce. Donnée Kruger holds a Masters Degree and is currently studying towards her pHd. Donnée has two professional qualifications and fourteen years experience in International Business Development and Trade and Investment.