Our Board

Mohammed Saliem Fakir



Current Position: Head of the Policy & Futures Unit at the World Wide Fund for Nature, South Africa.

Previous Positions: Senior lecturer at the Department of Public Administration and Planning and associate Director for the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy at the University of Stellenbosch. Director of the World Conservation Union South Africa (IUCN-SA). Manager for the Natural Resources and Management Unit at the Land and Agriculture Policy Center.

Services and boards: Inspired Evolution One – a private equity fund for clean technology.

Qualifications: B.Sc. Honours (Molecular Biology) (WITS), M.Sc. (Environmental Science) (Wye College London), Senior Executive Management course at Harvard University.

Naim Rassool


Current Position: Director, South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre

Previous Positions: Naim has 8 years of experience practising as an engineer within the mining and manufacturing industry. He has also spent another 8 years in the commercial public and private sector environment within venture capital and leading a medium size engineering company before joining SARETEC.

Services and boards: Board member of Hitek Lubricants (Pty) Ltd. and Olive Expert Services (Pty) Ltd.

Qualifications: BSc (Engineering) & MSc (Engineering) (University of Witwatersrand) and an MBA from University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS)


Heather Joan Sonn


Current Position: Managing Director of Gamiro Investment Holdings

Previous Positions: Investment Banking Analyst at Merrill Lynch, in New York. Deputy CEO of Wipcapital. Senior Executive of Barclays.

Services and boards: Steinhoff International. Reinsurance Group of America. Esor Limited. Foodbank.

Qualifications: Liberal Arts Degree (Smith College), Master of Science in International Affairs- Business (Georgetown University).


Mike Mulcahy


Current Position: Chief Executive Officer - GreenCape

Previous Positions: SEZ project executive - GreenCape

Services and boards: SAREBI chairman; International Cleantech Network vice-chair finance

Qualifications: BBusSci (UCT); Masters in development finance (UCT GSB)