Being one of the youngest black women in the renewable energy sector in South Africa, Ms. Nell currently works as a Senior Sustainability Analyst for an energy multi-national, Enel Green Power, South Africa. She with interacts with various global Independent Power Producers (IPP’s), local communities, government institutions and international financier’s.
Her expertise relates to strategic management of internal and external stakeholders in the host communities where the Enel Green Power, South Africa operates in, she has oversight on the IFC performance standards, Equator principals, ESG global practices and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Her scope of work also extends to adherence of the Economic Development obligations, as set out by the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) under the ambit of the Dept. of Energy of South Africa.
With a background in development financing in Africa, she has also had interface in the mining, steel and metals industry. She holds an Honors degree in International Relations and Politics from the University of the Witwatersrand and in 2019 completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Management, from Wits Business School, which included a course at Pearson College in London, UK.
In addition to her work in the energy space, she also and manages her own consultancy, Etsahale, which focuses on supporting investors in Sustainable economic development strategies. As a seasoned development practitioner, with a passion for rural socio-economic capacitation and collaboration, She was selected as one of the McKinsey Next Generation Women Leaders for 2020, forming part of the South African cohort.