Energy association makes changes at the top

April 1st, 2019, Published in Articles: Energize


Kiren Maharaj

The South African National Energy Association (SANEA) has announced the appointment of a new chair and a new secretary-general. Kiren Maharaj will take over the reigns from Brian Statham after his tenure as the secretary-general of SANEA from 2000 to 2006 and as executive chairman from March 2007 – 2019. Wendy Poulton has been appointed secretary-general of SANEA.

Kiren Maharaj is a dynamic leader with more than 20 years’ experience at strategic, operational and management levels. Operating as an executive in Africa’s foremost utility, she has been involved in many game changing initiatives across multiple technical and economic functions of the energy value chain. She was appointed Managing Director of Gibb Power and EDF in February 2019. She has been a director of SANEA since 2017.



Wendy Poulton

Wendy Poulton is currently the general manager for organisational strategy at Eskom. Her main area of technical expertise is in the energy field where she has worked for more than 25 years. She has held various roles in Eskom in R&D, environment, sustainable development, climate change, safety and strategy and risk.

She holds an MSc from the University of Pretoria, has completed the MAP at Wits Business School, and the Global Executive Development Programme at GIBS. In addition, Poulton holds a diploma in strategy and innovation from Oxford University’s Said business school.






Brian Statham

Brian Statham has some 40 years of experience in energy and has been involved in construction (coal, hydro and nuclear), operations, research, production planning, investment planning, project development (coal, hydro, LNG, natural gas, nuclear) and strategic planning, predominantly in the area of power generation.

He served two terms as an officer (trustee) of the World Energy Council, the chair of its Studies Committee and a member of its Communications, Finance, Programme and Remuneration Committees from 2010 to 2016. In 2016, he was elected as an honorary officer of the World Energy Council. He has served on a number of governmental task forces and committees dealing with energy matters, including a two-year term as a member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Energy from February 2015. In recognition of his many years of involvement with the association, Statham was awarded honorary life membership in 2019.



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