Sinan Energy Leadership and Advisory Board

The Sinan Energy Leadership Team and Advisory Board comprises global experts from the energy, infrastructure, finance and crypto markets
Mohamed Madhi (BSc Eng, MBA, MSc Eng)

Mohamed has extensive leadership experience as CEO  in the Energy, Mining and Telecommunication industries. He has over 25 years experience in the Engineering and Infrastructure space, particularly in renewable energy. Previous leadership roles include leading WorleyParsons Advisian Energy business for Europe, Middle East and Africa, CEO of Areva Southern Africa, Strategy Head at Harmony Gold, Capital Program Manager at Eskom, Africa’s largest utility and Director at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research– the largest research institute in the southern hemisphere. Mohamed has also led President Mandela’s Task Team on Technology Risk mitigation and founded or led  various innovative tech start-ups including formerly Nasdaq listed CellPoint Systems, a company that was a global leader and pioneer in mobile location-based services.

Professor Baojin Zhao, PhD, MSc, BSc – Geology and Environment, Geothermal Energy

Baojin is the Chair and Professor of the Belt and Road Initiative in Environment and Geosciences at China University in Beijing. He has also been a visiting professor at Yale University and serves on the Boards of various infrastructure companies. He has been instrumental in building relationships between Asian equipment manufacturers and infrastructure developers across Africa and Asia. He has authored a large number ofpublications and co-authored several books on geology, energy and the environment. He has an unparalleled network of relationships across the developing world at the highest levels and is key to Sinan Energy’s long term growth plans and market penetration.

Mushir Khan BSc Eng, MSc Eng

Mushir has 25 years experience as a lead engineer in a variety of large-scale projects across the African continent. He headed the overall Engineering function for WorleyParsons Africa. He was responsible for all WorleyParsons renewable energy projects across Africa and the Middle East and led the construction of the largest solar project in Africa and the largest wind plant in Africa at Lake Turkana in Kenya – 300 MW. Similarly, Mushir was responsible for the delivery of both parabolic trough and tower type Concentrated Solar Plants in South Africa which were the first of their kind at utility scale. He is also recognised as a global expert in structural engineering on a variety of infrastructure projects including large wind farms.

Thomas van Viegen, (BSc Arch, PGD – Sustainable Development)

Thomas has 27 years experience in the environmental sustainability and management field. His has deep expertise embedding environmental and sustainability aspects into corporate, institutional and governmental structures across the developing world. He has been extensively involved in the design and management of decision support systems as well as policy and legislation relating to environmental impact management within the ambit of sensitive environments for over 24 countries across Africa, the Middle East and Small Island Development States. Thomas has advised many of the most notable International Institutions dealing with sustainability issues including the UN, IFC and the World bank. He is co-author of the Environmental Potential Atlas and a former director at Ernst and Young.

Zunaid Bulbulia BComm, Bcompt (Hon), CA (SA)

Zunaid Bubulia is a qualified Chartered Accountant and was one of the founding members of MTN, one of the largest mobile telecommunications operators in the Middle East and Africa operating in 22 countries. He held the position of Chief Executive Officer of MTN South Africa and Group Chief Operations Executive of MTN Group. During his 22 years with the MTN Group, Zunaid played a pivotal role in building the MTN Group into the giant that it is today. Zunaid also held the title of “CEO of the CEO’s”, with the CEO’s of 20 of the countries reporting to him. He is an Adjunct professor at the Wits Business School where he lectures MBA students. Zunaids experience in building a multinational digital utility is invaluable to Sinan Energy.

Chris Els, Projects Director,  BSc Eng, MSc Eng

Chris has managed multiple power and renewable energy projects across Africa and the Middle East including numerous utility scale wind plants. He was formerly Project Director at WorleyParsons Advisian and a senior engineer at the Nuclear Pebble Bed Modular Reactor. At WorleyParsons he was responsible for the Programme Management of all WorleyParsons Advisian energy projects in EMEA. He has extensive experience in wind, waste to energy, nuclear, solar and gas fired power plants and has been responsible for the design of waste to energy plants in Guinea, Morocco, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Chris is also a certified Program and Portfolio Management Professional