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Kumbirai Makanza




A Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency professional guided by a passion for Africa, its sustainable development, its potential to leapfrog. Determined to leverage technology, big data and community driven solutions to make this passion a reality. Obsessed with innovation and unique business models which find a delicate balance between people, planet and profit. Privileged to have experience of both living and working in several African countries.


01/2019 – Present
Head of Business Development, Samansco Energy
South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Developing and managing relationships with potential clients, influencers and key stakeholders. Formulating business strategies and evaluating new opportunities. Managing proposals, submissions and bids. Participating in new business contract negotiations.
End to End project development, from feasibility through design and finally financing.
Notable contributions are and not limited to,
-Klick Foundation, Call for Proposals to supply ITMOs

Attended the following,

-Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) Workshop 2019, Lusaka, Zambia
-Steering Low-Carbon Growth and Sustainable Fuel use in Lusaka, Lusaka, Zambia
-#Shift: A Just transition to a Green Economy Workshop, 2019, Harare, Zimbabwe
-Intersolar, 2019, Munich, Germany
-Renewable Energy Academy (RENAC), Current Trends in Solar Investment and Financing, 2019, Webinar

References- CEO-Nyasha Bamhare-nbamhare@samansco.com; Executive Chairman Jangez Gangat-jgangat@samansco.com
04/2018 – 12/2018
Renewable Energy Analyst, Samansco-Solarquest Group
South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Research, planning, and implementing new programs and projects. Formulating business strategies and evaluating new opportunities in the companies new markets namely Zambia and Malawi.
End to End project development, from feasibility through design and finally financing
My notable contributions are and not limited to,

-Victoria Falls Street lighting proposal and tender (Zimbabwe)
-ZERA 50MW Tender (Zimbabwe)
-Korea for Global GHG Mitigation and Renewable Energy Projects (GCF and CDM) CFP (Zimbabwe)
-GET FiT utility-scale solar PV CFP (Zambia)
-Hivos Solar Kiosk concept note (Malawi)
-Solar Association of Zambia (SAZ) company representative
-Samansco website blog post titled “Is battery technology really improving?”
-Negomo Irrigation Scheme Rehabilitation Proposal (Zimbabwe)
-Musika 2018 challenge fund titled: “Stimulating the development of the market of smallholder irrigation technologies.” (Zambia)
-AECF REACT Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Zimbabwe Concept Note Challenge (Zimbabwe)

Attended the following,

-Zimbabwe Energy Council work plan workshop for 2018-2019, 2018, Harare, Zimbabwe
-Schneider Electric Access to Energy Workshop 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa
-Water Infrastructure Development Conference 2018, Harare, Zimbabwe
-Off-grid Investor Conference 2018, Lusaka, Zambia
-SASEC Conference 2018, Durban, South Africa
-African Energy training 2018 Lusaka, Zambia
-Tableau-Advance Financial Planning & Analysis 2018 (Webinar)
-PROINSO, Studer, Trojan -Training for Solar Professionals 2018, Harare, Zimbabwe

References- CEO-Nyasha Bamhare-nbamhare@samansco.com; Executive chairman Jangez Gangat-jgangat@samansco.com
Team member, The Future Network
South Africa

Content curation and branding for bi-monthly networking events for young professional within the impact sector.

References- Team Lead-Molly Wood-mollycatherinewood@gmail.com

11/2016 –03/2018
Research Associate, Goodwell Investments BV-
South Africa
Member of Goodwell’s research team which collectively creates sectoral white papers to inform the firm’s investment thesis. Responsible for overseeing the data collection and analysis of Goodwell’s database of 3000+ Sub Saharan African startups and scale ups measured across 32 indicators. Research leader on energy sector white paper. Assisting in evaluating the firm’s investment appraisals of energy start ups.
Attended the following,

-Seedstars 2016, 2017 Cape Town, South Africa
– XL Africa 2017, 2018 Cape Town, South Africa
– AfricaCom 2017 Cape Town, South Africa
– Changemakers 2017 Cape Town, South Africa
– Solar Show 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa
– Green Industrialization Workshop 2018, Cape Town, South Africa
References-Founder and managing partner-Wim van de Beek- wim@goodwell.nl
08/2016 – 10/2016
Intern, &Wider
South Africa
Photography, interviewing and final content editing for #Myworkandme social media campaign
References-Founder-Dr Lea Esterhuizen- lea@andwider.com

Volunteer, Swedish Organisation of individual relief [SOIR], Zimbabwe
School holiday volunteer assisting with the delivery of aid and youth social work


MBA Renewables (Distance Learning), Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin (formerly Technische Fachhochschule Berlin)

Data Analysis online short course (GetSmarter), University of Cape Town
Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries (Coursera), University of Cape Town
BCom Management Studies, University of Cape Town

SOBT Business Management and Administration, Varsity College

Cambridge GCE (2011), Cambridge IGSCE (2009), Peterhouse Boys

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