Meet the judges

Fiona Macleod
Macleod is the project leader and editor of the Mail & Guardian Greening the Future Awards and Investing in the Future Awards, flagships aimed at encouraging corporate social responsibility and investment. She also served terms on the judging panels of the SANParks Kudu awards and The Green Trust awards. 

She is currently the editor of Africa’s first journalistic investigation unit focusing on environmental issues, the Oxpeckers Centre for Investigative Environmental Journalism.

Prior to founding Oxpeckers, Macleod served as environmental editor at the M&G for 10 years and was awarded the prestigious Nick Steele award for her contributions to environmental conservation through her pioneering reportage.

Professor Roy Marcus
Marcus has been the chairman of the eta Awards since 2004 and a judge since 2003. He is an honorary professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Johannesburg.

He was appointed the Transvaal Industries professor of mechanical engineering in 1980 and shortly thereafter was appointed the head of the School of Mechanical Engineering.

During his stay at the University of the Witwatersrand as deputy dean and, subsequently, dean of the faculty of engineering, he established the materials handling research unit and was the founding director of the first science park in South Africa at Frankenwald.

He is the chair of the Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management, a private postgraduate school of business specialising in the management of technology, innovation and people.

He is also chair of the Council of the University of Johannesburg, of VO1SS and of the South African Power Utility Research Advisory Board.

He has recently been appointed as a non-executive director of Nemisa.

Manfred Braune
Braune has been a member of the panel since 2011. He has worked in the property industry (design and construction) for approximately 14 years, chiefly with the WSP Group as a consulting engineer and in more recent years as a sustainable buildings consultant.

He qualified as a registered professional engineer with ECSA in 2002. At WSP, he has been involved in various building design and construction projects in a technical and managerial role, including the first Green Star SA-rated project in South Africa.

In September 2010 he took on the position of technical executive at the Green Building Council of South Africa.

Professor Ogyan D Dintchev
Dintchev has been an eta Awards judge since 2010. He is a professor in power engineering at the department of electrical engineering at the Tshwane University of Technology.

His professional and research interests are linked with energy and its efficient usage based on renewable and sustainable solutions. 

Dintchev is certified as an energy manager and a measurement and verification professional by the Association of Energy Engineers in the US. He is also a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK) and a chartered engineer. 

Professor LJ Grobler
Grobler is professor in mechanical engineering at the School for Mechanical Engineering at the Northwest University. He is a director of Energy Cybernetics Pty Ltd.

He was the 2007/08 president of the Association of Energy Engineers based in Atlanta, US, and was the first non-American to become president.

He is also president of the Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency. He is certified as an energy manager and a measurement and verification professional by the Association of Energy Engineers in the US.

He is registered as a professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa and received his PhD at the University of Pretoria.

Dr Dieter Holm
Holm has been a judge in the eta Awards since their inception in 1985. He qualified as an architect at the University of Pretoria, where he obtained his master’s and doctoral degrees.

He became head of the department of architecture and directed the postgraduate studies and research of the faculty of the built environment.

He was a council member of the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa and secretary of the International Solar Energy Society. At present, he is a consultant in sustainable development in the built environment.

Joan du Toit
Du Toit has been a part of the judging panel for over 10 years. She was a senior researcher at the Institute for Futures Research (IFR) until March 2007, where her focus was mainly on energy.

She serves on the editorial committee for two annual, international energy conferences: Domestic Use of Energy and the Industrial and Commercial Use of Energy.

She has served as a member of the working group for the energy sector’s contribution to the national research and technology foresight project and was one of the editors of the final report of that sector.

  She has also participated in the mitigation options section of South Africa’s national reporting document under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and was responsible for compiling the final report for this section.

Professor Nelson Ijumba
Ijumba has been involved in the judging of the eta Awards since 2003. He is a professor in electrical engineering and the deputy vice-chancellor, responsible for research, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).

He is also the academic leader of the High Voltage Direct Current Centre (HVDC), which was established at UKZN in conjunction with Eskom to conduct research and specialist training in HVDC technology.

His international industrial and academic career includes work in Tanzania, the Netherlands, Kenya and South Africa.

Dr Snowy Joyce Khoza
Khoza joined the eta Awards judging panel in 2010, bringing with her more than 30 years’ senior management experience and a commitment to youth development.

Until recently she was the group executive: business technologies and facilities at the Development Bank of Southern Africa.

Khoza chairs the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority board and is a member of several associations, including the International Women’s Forum South Africa, the Business Women Association, the South African Social Services Council and the South African Association for Public Administration and Management.

Tony Koenderman
Koenderman is a leading commentator and analyst in the advertising and marketing industry, and has been writing about it for more than 20 years. He also manages and organises an annual conference, Tony Koenderman’s Advertising Brainstorm.

  A graduate of Rhodes University in economics and politics, he has worked as a business and industrial editor on Financial Gazette, The Star, Sunday Times (Business Times), Financial Mail, Business Day and Finweek.

He is now a specialist writer on advertising and marketing, and has edited and written annual supplements on the subject for more than 20 years, including the current Finweek annual and Tony Koenderman’s AdReview.

Professor Xiaohua Xia
Xia has been a judge in the eta Awards since 2009. He is a member of the electrical, electronic and computer engineering department at the University of Pretoria.

His current focus of research is on energy modelling and optimisation, following his MEng study on short-term load forecasting.

He is also the director of South African National Hub for the postgraduate programme in energy efficiency and demand-side management.

He was elected a fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering in 2005, an IEEE fellow in 2009, an NRF A-rated scientist in 2010 and is a guest professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, and Cheung Kong chair professor at Wuhan University, China.

He holds a PhD in automatic control theory and application from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China.

Dr Tsakani Mthombeni
Mthombeni has been part of the panel since 2011. He is general manager: energy at the Technology Innovation Agency.

He previously worked as a senior energy engineer within the Anglo Technical division of Anglo American, tasked with promoting energy efficiency practices within the Anglo group companies.

  He also worked at Eskom, in the demand-side management department as a technical manager and was a co-chair of the Southern African Power Pool Demand Side Management working group.

Mthombeni holds a BSc (Hons) Elec Eng from the University of Cape Town and MSc and PhD degrees from Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York, both in electrical engineering.

Lisa Reynolds
Reynolds was inspired to join the judging panel after winning the Woman in Energy — Industrial eta Award in 2007.

She has worked in the building industry for 13 years and has been involved in energy efficiency since 2003. She has a BSc (Chemistry) degree from the University of Witwatersrand and an MBA (Strategic marketing) from the University of Hull.

She also has a CEM certificate and is an accredited Green Star professional.

She is sustainability development executive of Saint-Gobain Construction Products and is part of the regulatory advisory group for the newly drafted national building regulation for energy efficiency in buildings.

Alistair Schorn
Schorn has served as a judge in the Young Designers category of the eta Awards since 2008.

He holds a master’s degree in international economics from the University of Pretoria.

He is a director at Sustainability Consulting, a sustainability advisory practice based in Gauteng.

From 2006 to 2011, he was the head of the emerging economies network at the Worldwide Fund for Nature.

Prior to this he spent 10 years at the South African department of trade and Industry, working in export and investment promotion.

From 2001 to 2004, he served as trade commissioner at the South African consulate general in Mumbai, India. 

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