Since 1994 Dorian has been developing and building businesses in natural resources (mining, energy and agriculture). The most significant of these initiatives have the potential to bring about transformation at a national level. Ultimate success will see the wealth created through them trickle down beneficially to every single South African stakeholder. In addition, Dorian serves as a founder and trustee of the Inhlakanipho Education and Development Trust (which puts under privileged learners through some of our countries best high schools) and Leaders in Transformation which equips university students and marketplace leaders with the skills required to be part of “The Solution”. Both of these trusts are beneficiaries and shareholders of Umbono Capital.
Technical Director & Founder
Willie Cronje graduated with his B.Ing in Electrical Engineering from the Rand Afrikaans University, in Johannesburg, South Afrtica, in 1985. He subsequently graduated with his M.Ing in 1987 and D.Ing in 1993 from the same institution. He was a staff member at the institution before joining the University of the Witwatersrand as holder of the Mondi chair on machines and drives in 2004 and headed the machines research group. He subsequently changed his research interest to renewable energy systems and has held the Alstom Chair in Clean Energy Systems Technology from 2013 to 2018. He has been interested in renewable energy systems and technologies for more than a decade. Identifying the need for energy in off-grid communities and the difficulties of unlocking new renewable energy technologies he has been doing R&D on these aspects that culminated in the patent for the Picogrid technology.
Muhammed Aswat graduated in 2016 with a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand. He completed his MSc with distinction in off-grid rural electrification in 2018 where he played a key role in refining the PeCo technology. He currently manages the technical division at PeCo Power and is working towards his PhD in this field.
Raees Dangor is an electrical engineer. He was introduced to the PeCo power project during his MSc degree at Wits University. His work currently focuses on the adoption and integration of the PeCo Power technology within rural communities.
Tristan is a recent graduate from the school of electrical and information engineering, University of the Witwatersrand. Tristan is currently working on his MSc within the electrical and information school. He is working as a design engineer for the team.