About Us

Founded in 2017, we are the first and only Centre of our kind in Africa.​

The WBS African Energy Leadership Centre
We aim to sculpt leaders in the energy sector, who think and act strategically and have the skills needed to navigate through the challenges of an evolving African energy landscape.
Through our courses, you will gain the knowledge and expertise to be a more effective leader in this field. You will learn how to address energy shortages and the skills deficit currently faced by the industry. These are issues that are stunting economic growth in Africa. This is your opportunity to play a vital role in helping Africa reach it's full potential!

The lack of energy access in Africa is not due to a lack of natural resources, but one that I attribute to a dearth in leadership. Africa; with her young and growing population, vast untapped energy and other natural resources, has the potential to become a leading global economic force.

This potential can be realised only if we develop the next generation of leaders in the energy sector; develop the scarce skills needed to grow economies, leaders who can deal with growing uncertainty in an inter-connected, fast-changing technological world, a world in an accelerating transition to producing cleaner energy, and a world engulfed by a global health pandemic and political uncertainty.

It is against this background that Wits Business School (WBS) took the initiative to establish an African Energy Leadership Centre (AELC). For anyone wanting to carve out a career for themselves in this crucially important sector, we encourage you to find out more about our programmes. This continent urgently needs a new generation of visionary, solutions-oriented leaders in the energy field. 

We hope to play an important role in developing such leaders and look forward to welcoming you to WBS.

Professor Lwazi Ngubevana
Director of the African Energy Leadership Centre

More about our team:
Prof Lwazi

Professor Lwazi Ngubevana

Director of the African Energy Leadership Centre

Professor Ngubevana is the Director of the African Energy Leadership Centre at Wits Business School. He is a seasoned chemical engineer, energy executive and academic with extensive global experience in renewable energy, advisory, and water desalination industries. He is registered as a Professional Engineer (Pr.Eng.), with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), UK. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. 

Lwazi has extensive Process Design, Business Development, Project Development, Project Finance and Project Management experience. He also has solid experience in policy and legislation, having worked with various government entities on Renewable Energy, Water and Environmental Policy development and implementation.

Prof Rod Crompton

Adjunct Professor: African Energy Leadership Centre

Professor Rod Crompton is an Adjunct Professor at the African Energy Leadership Centre at Wits Business School. Previously he ran Crompton Consulting specialising in industrial policy, energy and economic regulation.

He has been a Research Fellow at the Centre for Competition Regulation and Economic Development and a Research Associate at Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies advising the South African Department of Trade and Industry. He serves on the Ministerial Task Team Appointed to Establish an Interim Rail Economic Regulatory Capacity.

He was previously a full-time board member at the National Energy Regulator (NERSA) and a Deputy Director General at the Department of Minerals and Energy. He has also worked at the Department of Trade and Industry and was managing director of the Minerals and Energy Policy Centre. He has served on the boards of several companies. His obtained his PhD at the University of Natal.

Prof Diane Hildebrandt

Distinguished Professor in Future Energy: African Energy Leadership Centre and the School of Chemistry

Professor Hildebrandt has joined the AELC in an unprecedented role as a Joint Distinguished Professor, with the School of Chemistry. Her role has redefined the boundaries for cross-disciplinary and cross-faculty collaboration, translating research to real world impactful technologies that are environmentally and economically sustainable. She specialises in sustainable chemistry research and economic strategy relating to energy needs and technologies.

Among her numerous accolades, such as President’s Awards for Research, Professor Hildebrandt is a B1-rated scientist by the National Research Foundation (NRF) and has a long and distinguished career in energy research that has culminated in much recognition by the industry. She is a Chemical Engineering PhD graduate at Wits, a former SARChI Professor of Sustainable Process Engineering at the University, and was previously the Director of the Institute for the Development of Energy for African Sustainability at UNISA. She also holds many other academic leadership positions such as Distinguished Professor and Director of the International Joint Research Laboratory of New Energy at the Hebei University of Science and Technology (HEBUST) in Shijiazhuang, Distinguished Professor and Director of the New Energy Laboratory at the Zhijiang College of Zhejiang University of Technology, in Hangzhou, China. 

She is a Member of Council of the University of Johannesburg as well as working in numerous industrial research groups. She has authored and co-authored just under 200 scientific papers, including an invited paper in Science Magazine, the peer-reviewed academic journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and one of the world’s top academic journals, and further, has supervised over 100 postgraduate students.

Dr Nandi Malumbazo

Senior Lecturer: African Energy Leadership Centre and the School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Dr Malumbazo’s remarkable academic achievements have established her as a valuable and respected mind in the mining and energy academic spheres. After she graduated her PhD in 2011, she was immediately employed by CSIR as a Researcher at the Material Science and Manufacturing under Energy and Processes Unit. With in-depth scientific research background, Dr Malumbazo has also spent nine (9) years as a Chief Scientist at the Council for Geoscience where she has established a Coal Laboratory for both commercial and research purposes. During her tenure at the Council for Geoscience, she led various MTEF projects as a Project Manager for a Small Scale Mining Programme on the Economic evaluation of abandoned Coal Mines as well as the Shale Gas Karoo Drilling project.

Dr Nandi Malumbazo is a Coal Scientists with more than a decade of experience in the coal research to energy sector. She is currently holding a position as a Senior Lecturer and Researcher on Clean Coal Technology at the School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, University of Witwatersrand. Her research interests are centered on different energy topics and has a keen interest on the “Use of Coal resources beyond Power Generation”, “Just Energy Transition”, “Storage of Carbon Dioxide in Sandstones”, “Shale gas resource exploration in the Karoo” and “Coal-bed Methane potential in South Africa”. She is also a board member at Energy and Water SETA. In addition, Dr Malumbazo holds various technical advisory membership positions such as the SABS/TC Carbon Capture and Storage Standard Formulation Committee and the Council for Geoscience Carbon Capture and Storage Pilot Scale Injection Project.

She also plays an active role in influencing the energy policy sector through ongoing engagements and involvement in several government and industry platforms. Her ambition is to be an anchor and evidence-based advisor for the public sector as well as the energy industry to make well informed decisions about energy resources of the country.


Dr Bruce Young

Senior Lecturer: African Energy Leadership Centre

Experienced chemical engineering and business development professional with a good understanding of the South African and global energy and petrochemical landscape.

30 years’ prior work experience at Sasol before joining the African Energy Leadership Centre (AELC) at the Wits Business School in April 2022. Prior to Sasol he was a chemical engineering academic at the University of the Witwatersrand for 5 years during which time he published over twenty publications in international peer refereed journals.  

While at Sasol, he participated in the commercialisation of several novel processes in the energy and chemicals area as well as the $1.3 billion pioneering Oryx gas to liquids (GTL) plant in Qatar. He has experience in energy and chemicals technology, corporate strategy, business development and mergers and acquisitions. He has played a significant role in the nurturing and development of several pioneering value-adding businesses for Sasol.

His experience in the development and commercialisation of several major projects involving pioneering process technology has given him specific insight into the technology and business risks associated with pioneering projects in the energy and chemicals area.

His research interest is to explore the technical, economic, and business risks associated with the novel and competing pioneering technology options for the renewable energy transition with a view to understanding which technologies will prevail and which will fall by the wayside.

He has a BSc, MSc, and PhD in chemical engineering all from the University of the Witwatersrand. 


Dr Lehlohonolo M Tabane

Organisational Behaviour & Development: African Energy Leadership Centre

Dr Lehlohonolo Tabane is a registered Industrial/Organisational Psychologist and holds a PhD in Industrial & Organisational Psychology from the University of Pretoria. She is the Programme Director for the Postgraduate Diploma in the field of Energy Leadership, where she lectures the ‘Leadership Fundamentals’ and ‘Ethics and Corporate Governance’ modules. Dr Tabane has also served as a Programme Director in the WBS Executive Education division for leading corporate clients in the Automotive and Insurance sector. She has trained delegates across management levels within the following sectors: Automotive, Insurance, Mining, FMCG, Telecommunications, Agricultural and Banking. Her training interventions have targeted management consulting firms and a state-owned company specialising in freight logistics. Her approach as a consultant and subject-matter expert is to empower employees (leaders, managers, subordinates) by enabling them to understand what happens to and around them in the organisational context. Her unique work experience includes issues of employability, career development, leadership and learning. Dr Tabane has designed and delivers the Career Management (Leadership Quest) course on the MBA programme. Her research interests include Management & Leadership Development; Organisational Behaviour and Organisational Development; Women in the Workplace; and Vocational Psychology. Dr Tabane’s scope of practice includes Psycho-legal assessment for employability, where she collaborates with medical experts and lawyers, towards the assessment and compensation of clients who have been injured in motor-vehicle accidents or have suffered medical negligence.

Siphokazi Mtila

Administrative Assistant
African Energy Leadership Centre

Thabang Tsotetsi

Programme Manager:
African Energy Leadership Centre

Qawe Damane

Admissions Officer:
African Energy Leadership Centre