André de Ruyter

Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd.

Group Chief Executive

André de Ruyter is currently the Eskom Holdings Group Chief Executive (GCE), overseeing a 100% State-owned company of over 40 000 employees, responsible for providing over 95% South Africa’s electricity needs and approximately 45% of the electricity used across the Africa. Under André’s leadership, Eskom operates 30 power stations, including base-load coal and nuclear power stations, hydro, pumped storage and gas-fired peaking power stations as well as a self dispatching wind farm. Eskom has a total nominal capacity of over 44 000 MW, supported by a network consisting of almost 400 000 km of high, medium and low-voltage lines and underground cables serving over 6 000 000 direct customers. A seasoned executive, with a career spanning over 30 years, André has amassed a wealth of experience both locally and internationally in various portfolios in the energy space, including the management of coal, oil, chemical and gas businesses, the marketing of export coal to international utilities and managing operations of mega coal and gas conversion plants, including electricity generation. His experience and expertise traverses a range of disciplines, including but not limited to: strategic leadership, sales, manufacturing, production, finance, legal & regulation, people management and socio-economic development. André holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands, a Bachelor of Law (LLB) obtained from the University of South Africa (UNISA) as well as a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pretoria. He was a member of the Sasol group executive committee from 2009 to 2014, and spent some time in China as President of China Ventures, also leading business turnaround and transformation in Germany. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Nampak in 2014, a position he left when he accepted the Group Chief Executive role at Eskom, beginning in January 2020, two months before South Africa went into a national lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic. When often asked why he accepted the leading role at the beleaguered energy utility, André has consistently maintained that he believes the importance of Eskom in driving economic growth and development should never be underestimated, and is humbled to take up the challenge of restoring Eskom’s value-add, credibility and reputation. Deeply passionate about employee engagement, André has made a concerted effort to consistently connect with people across the business and share the vision of the Eskom “city on the hill” - re-invigorating, rejuvenating and redefining Eskom’s destiny to lead the energy transition into the future in a sustainable manner, as well as the importance of high performance culture amongst employees, to make this a reality.

Sessions With André de Ruyter

Thursday, 10 March

  • 07:30am - 08:35am (CST) / 10/mar/2022 01:30 pm - 10/mar/2022 02:35 pm

    Africa: Power to the people

    Panel Power & Renewables
    The challenges facing sub-Saharan African power are well known: access, reliability, delivered cost, and sources of funding. Overlaying these fundamentals are the pressures and opportunities associated with the global energy transition. The combination makes for complicated choices in investments and trade-offs for priorities between generation from fossil fuels, large-scale hydro and other renewables, transmission reinforcement and off-grid/captive solutions, fossil plant upgrades or retirements, and site re-purposing; national supply security and regional interconnected trade; and the market models needed to underpin them. How are key African stakeholders weighing these challenges? How could their decisions align or differ from what is happening in other more-developed regions?
  • 09:35am - 10:10am (CST) / 10/mar/2022 03:35 pm - 10/mar/2022 04:10 pm

    Global Pathways to Net Zero & Beyond

    Panel Power & Renewables

    Since the publication of IEA’s “A Roadmap to Net-Zero” last May, there have been numerous reports and scenarios on how to get to net-zero emissions globally by 2050 or later. In most of these scenarios, electricity will be the linchpin of the global energy system by 2040 (or earlier), with almost half of the global energy consumption in the form of electricity. To achieve this, the bulk of electricity will have to come from renewable and non-fossil sources. Simultaneously, the electricity systems will have to be modernized and become highly flexible while maintaining stability and reliability. Extreme weather events and cyber security will be just two of the many challenges for the electricity system. How are two of the world’s leading electricity companies building their roads to net-zero emissions and beyond? How realistic is the goal to make global electricity generation net-zero emissions by 2050? How is digitalization driving decarbonization in the electricity sector? What is needed to accelerate energy investments in developing countries and at a lower cost of capital? What is a “just transition” and why is it important?