Anthony Williams (Technical and Strategic Advisor)

solor panels on roofAnthony has a BSc (Chem Eng), and an MSc (Energy Studies), both from the University of Cape Town. He also holds a Certificate of Rural Energy Planning from the University of Twente in the Netherlands He has worked for the past thirty years as a researcher and consultant in the energy sector in various African countries, Ecuador, the Netherlands, and Hong Kong. His work has been in the areas of policy and strategy formulation in the biomass and renewable energy sectors, household energy planning, and remote area power supply.


He was responsible for setting up the Biomass Energy Unit for the Mozambican Government in the early 1990s, and also trained a team of Mozambicans in the principles of integrated energy planning. He then managed the development of an integrated household energy plan for the country. This latter work was conducted while he was at the University of Cape Town’s Energy and Development Research Centre, and part of the Energy Policy Research and Training team, which formulated the Energy Policy for the first democratic South African government. His responsibility was the formulation of policy options addressing the energy needs of poor urban and peri-urban households. He co-authored the household energy sections of South Africa’s first Energy Policy White Paper.
Thereafter he was retained by the World Bank Regional Programme for the Traditional Energy Sector, and completed various assignments in the household, bioenergy and renewable energy sectors for the Bank in Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia and Mozambique.
More recently he has been involved in the development of various renewable energy and sustainable cleantech production projects, with a current focus on Integrated Food and Energy Systems and their application in Southern Africa. He is also an advisor to the Mozambican Government on its Green Economy Roadmap development, under the auspices of the African Development Bank.