Mrs. Katherine Persson has spent her career of 15 year’s working on renewable energy project
development in Southern and East Africa, and Europe. She has worked as an environmental
expert and lender’s adviser, Project Manager, and in recent years as General Manager and
currently Managing Director of Windlab’s East African operations where she manages a team
of project professionals developing and implementing large renewable energy facilities in
Southern and East Africa.
Katherine has been intimately involved in the development of the South African wind energy
industry since REIPPPP Round 1 and has managed two successful REIPPPP projects, totally
230MW (wind). She has also been involved in Windlab’s participation in numerous
renewable energy reverse auctions in Australia and more recently in the first phase of the
She has a keen interest in corporate social responsibility, corporate governance and the role
of business in society. She is a proud African and a great believer in the broad-scale benefits
of renewable energy. She currently serves on the Board of SAWEA (the South African Wind
Energy Association) and SARETEC (the South African Renewable Energy Technology
Centre) and is a guest lecturer at various universities. Katherine has a BSc (hons) and MSc
from the University of Nottingham (UK) and an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch.