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 African operations where she manages a team of project professionals developing and implementing large renewable energy facilities in Southern and East Africa. Windlab is a global renewable energy developer and IPP which owns and exclusively utilises a set of world-leading atmospheric and wind modelling software, WindScapeTM. Windlab has completed almost 1.1GW of renewable energy projects globally and has 7.7GW under development or in construction, including the world’s first utility-scale wind-PV-storage hybrid energy facility, Kennedy Energy Park. Windlab Africa has a portfolio of over 1.5GW wind and hybrid wind-PV-storage projects in eight countries including one of Tanzania’s first utility-scale wind developments and the innovative Windlab/Meru County Meru Hybrid Renewable Energy Facility. 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 Tanzanian tender. 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.