Body of Trustees

Dr Vincent Micali, PhD: Chairman

Dr Vincent Micali, with 37 years of varied experience in the energy industry, has a PhD from the University of the Free State in Extreme Value Theory (Statistics). Dr Micali is one of South Africa’s most knowledgeable people regarding quantitative techniques as applied to energy generation asset utilisation, performance management (target setting) and benchmarking. He plays a leading role in the measurement, estimation and contractual settings in Industrial Companies’ performance. He is also involved with instruments that use complex trending techniques, forecasting and risk analyses; these are applied with foresight and discrete expertise in achieving a delicate balance between enhanced performance, international best practice and hedging of business risks. Dr Micali is particularly interested in the field of measuring and analysing the production of energy behaviour. Born in Asmara (Eritrea) in 1951, lived and attended the French Lyceum in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) till 1969 and immigrated then to South Africa. He is married and lives in Johannesburg.

Prof Freek Lombard, PhD:

A distinguished member of the Department of Statistics at the University of Johannesburg for 23 years, Prof Freek Lombard, retired at the end of 2010. In 1998 and 2006 he won the Sichel Medal award, an annual award to a member of the South-African Statistical Association (SASA) with the best publication in a particular year. He is also a fellow of SASA and a member of the American Statistical Association. For 10 years Prof Lombard was appointed 3 months per year as a visiting professor at Texas A&M University in the United States. During his career in the Department of Statistics he delivered numerous MSc and PhD students in a wide variety of statistical fields of which the majority of research fields were related to time series analysis and stochastic processes. He still supervises masters and doctoral students. He is an Extraordinary Professor in Stochastic Processes, Statistical Process Control and Angular Data Analysis at the NWU Centre for Business Mathematics and Informatics®, a leading tertiary risk training and research group for the financial services industry.

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