We are a team of engineers, financiers and mining specialists. Together we have developed, executed, operated and financed power projects in excess of 3GW throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Our team bring together substantial knowledge of the technologies that are shaping the future of energy today. We have extensive experience in developing and financing complex mining and renewable projects in the most challenging environments.


Grant Berndsen

Grant Berndsen

Managing Director

Grant has a 15-year track record in the development and implementation of private energy projects in Africa. Grant has successfully led and managed various power generation businesses in Africa. Grant has a civil engineering degree as well as an MBA from University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business.

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Matthew Fredericks

Business Development Director

Matthew is an experienced Business Development Director specialising in energy for mines in Africa. Matthew has held senior positions at Barloworld Power (Caterpillar) and was previously Aggreko’s head of mining for Africa.

Tony Duarte

Tony Duarte

Technical Director

Tony brings a depth of utility-scale renewable energy, including hybrid and microgrid experience to the Ignite team. Tony has held senior and long-standing positions at ABB and Eskom, experience that makes him well versed in utility scale energy in Africa. Tony holds an electrical engineering diploma (Pretoria) and an MBL (Unisa).

Christian Bode

Christian Bode

Project Developer

Christian is the co-founder of Decentral Energy, a project development company specialising in medium to small scale hydro and solar projects. He holds MSC (Mech) Engineering and MA Sustainable development degrees.

Mark Sims

Mark Sims

Head of Utilities

A seasoned energy sector veteran, Mark worked for Eskom for more than 30 years in a number of roles spanning construction, design, network planning, customer services, key account management, energy trading and business development. He holds a BCom Management Accounting degree from UNISA and a BSc Energy Studies degree from the University of Johannesburg.

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Michael Parkinson

Business Development Manager

Michael is an experienced business development executive focusing on the renewable power projects for off-grid mining and industrial projects. He specialises in providing solutions to mining and industrial companies that require hybrid power solutions across Africa.

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