Dr. Zivayi Chiguvare is Director of the Namibia Energy Institute (NEI) (formerly: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Institute - REEEI) of the Polytechnic of Namibia. As such, he is responsible for promoting and supervising research and training on Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy Formulation, and Regulatory Frameworks, as well as liaising with industry and government on matters relating to energy and energy efficiency. He also is the Namibia National and Southern Africa Regional Representative for the African Network for Solar Energy (ANSOLE). Previously, he has held teaching posts at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and the University of Zimbabwe where he coordinated the Master’s Programme in Renewable Energy in the Faculty of Engineering. He also served as the Projects Manager on the Zimbabwe National Bio-diesel Project. Dr. Zivayi Chiguvare holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Oldenburg in Germany.
Mr. Cheddi Kiravu is Chairman of the Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC), formerly the Centre of Study in Renewable and Sustainable Energy (CSRSE), and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering and Technology of the University of Botswana. His research interests are in Electrical Engineering and Complex Networks. As Chairman of CERC, he manages and coordinates the advancement of interdisciplinary research in, the education about, and advocacy of sustainable and renewable energy studies in Botswana.
Dr. Lapologang Magole is a Senior Research Scholar at the University of Botswana’s Okavango Research Institute in Maun, Botswana. She received her PhD in Development Studies (Environmental Policy Analysis) at the University of East Anglia, UK in 2003. As a researcher she has worked on issues of environmental management policy and natural resources governance for over ten years. Through her research and application (development work) she has interacted with resource users at grass roots level, donors, policy makers and implementers and has come to appreciate multiple interests and aims with regard to natural resource management and use. Her publications are in the areas of; institutions for management of the commons, rangeland management dynamics, issues affecting development and resource access of the San and other minority communities and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). Her geographical scope of work has widened to the whole Southern African Development Community (SADC) through networking and collaborative work. As an environmental policy development practitioner Dr. Magole has vast experience and training in stakeholder meeting facilitation (mediation, negotiation, conflict resolution and empowerment), project management and strategic planning. She is also an experienced trainer in participatory planning and learning methods for natural resources management, environmental impact assessment (EIA) and strategic environmental analysis (SEA).
Mr. Manel Rebordosa is an active member of Enginyeria Sense Fronteres, anthropologist from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and holds a Masters degree in Free Software from the Open University of Catalonia. He has worked for various NGOs (Enginyeria Sense Fronteres, Arquitectes Sense Fronteres and Acción Contra el Hambre among others) mainly in the design and implementation of management systems, community infrastructure and urban services in cooperation projects. Thanks to his experience in technology-based projects in several African countries (Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mozambique, Guinea Conakry) he has a broad view of all the kinds of troubles that a practical projects must confront, and especially projects with a high technological component in the African context. He has extensive experience as a trainer of local teams in terms of participation and community mobilisation and has published several manuals and training documents on participatory processes and empowerment. He is mainly interested in issues related to practical cooperation on the ground.
Prof. Mario Giampietro is ICREA Research Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He is an expert in energy analysis and works on integrated assessment of sustainability issues. Using new concepts developed in complex systems theory, he has developed an innovative approach called Multi-Scale Integrated Analysis of Societal and Ecosystem Metabolism (MuSIASEM). MuSIASEM integrates biophysical and socioeconomic variables across multiple scales, thus establishing a link between the metabolism of socio-economic systems and the potential constraints of the embedding natural environment. MuSIASEM allows the use of integrated sets of indicators in relation to multiple criteria of performance. Recent research has focused on the nexus between land use, food, energy and water in relation to sustainable development goals. He is the coordinator of the EDULINK II Project "Participatory Integrated Assessment of Energy Systems to Promote Energy Access and Efficiency" (PARTICIPIA).
Prof. Carl Walter Matthias Kaiser (Dr. phil.; philosophy, University of Frankfurt, after studies at the universities of LMU Munich, Frankfurt a.M., Oslo, and Stanford) is Professor at and Director of the Centre for the Study of Science and the Humanities (SVT) at the University of Bergen. His areas of competence include social studies of science and technology, history of science, ethics, logic, history of philosophy. Kaiser's research activities are typically set in a multi- and inter-disciplinary environment. He is thoroughly familiar with matters of science and technology policy, and scientific integrity. He has a special interest in the Precautionary Principle and in participatory methods, among others the use of the ethical matrix. He has published two books and (co-) authored numerous articles in the fields of philosophy of science, ethics of science, and technology assessment.