PhD, MSc (Eng) (Wits), BSc (Chem)(Natal).
Steve brings to Botala expertise gained during a long career of leadership in the energy, sustainability, and management fields, with operational and strategic responsibilities covering the full suite of sustainability disciplines of environment, social development, economics, technology, safety, security and integrated reporting.
His numerous executive positions with Eskom from 1986 to 2015 give Steve a unique understanding of southern Africa’s power generation and distribution infrastructure and services and its complex engineering, financial, political, and social challenges.
Steve is a specialist advisor on climate change policy and strategies, including fuel switching and carbon financing. He was a Climate Change negotiator for the South African government in United Nations processes; Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and successfully managed the relationship with the World Bank to secure a USD $4,6bn loan for renewable and coal-based power generation plants for South Africa.
From 2002 to 2014 Steve chaired the South African National Advisory Council for Innovation.