Sentle NellSenior Sustainability Analyst at Enel
Being one of the youngest black women in the renewable energy sector in South Africa, Ms. Nell currently works as a Senior Sustainability Analyst for an energy multi-national. She with interacts with various global Independent Power Producers (IPP’s), local communities, government institutions and international financiers. Her expertise relates to strategic management of internal and external stakeholders in the host communities where the multinational operates in, she has oversight on the IFC performance standards, Equator principals, ESG global practices and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
She sits on various industry boards and associations. Her scope of work, also extends to adherence of the Economic Development obligations, as set out by the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) under the ambit of the Dept. of Minerals & Energy of South Africa. With a background in development financing in Africa, she has also had interface in the mining, steel and metals industry. She holds an Honors degree in International Relations and Politics from the University of the Witwatersrand and in 2019 completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PDM) from Wits Business School, which included a course at Pearson College in London, UK.
In addition to her work in the energy space, she also manages her own consultancy, “Etsahale”, which focuses on supporting investors in sustainable economic development strategies, social entrepreneurship in Africa and providing strategy on economic policies. As a seasoned development practitioner, speaker and facilitator, she has a passion for rural socio-economic
capacitation and collaboration. She was selected as one of the McKinsey Next Generation Women Leaders for 2020 and most recently has been appointed as a fellow in the Apolitical Academy forming part of the South African cohort.