Course facilitators

Kenneth Ross

Co-Founder of Terra Firma Solutions

As well as being a founder of Terra Firma Solutions, Ken is a Professional Engineer and Certified Energy Manager (CEM) who has spent his career specialising in energy efficiency, water efficiency and renewable energy. Ken has worked with some of the largest commercial and industrial companies in Southern Africa to build and implement strategies aimed at reducing the usage of energy, water, waste and carbon emissions. Ken is also an expert in the area of carbon project development and has managed several carbon projects from their inception through to successful registration. In addition to his expertise in the field Ken is an acclaimed trainer and sought after lecturer who has designed and lectured a number of highly successful environmental efficiency courses. Ken has a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and a MEng in renewable and sustainable energy from Stellenbosch University. Ken is also accredited with the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).

Justin Dekker

Co-Founder of Terra Firma Solutions

Justin is a Co-Founder of Terra Firma Solutions. He is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) with the Association of Energy Engineering, USA. Justin has significant expertise in energy efficiency, water efficiency, renewable energy, carbon foot printing and carbon credit projects, having worked with numerous listed South African and Namibian companies in the retail, manufacturing, renewable energy, logistics and agriculture sectors. Justin is one of the head lecturers within Terra Firma Academy and has designed and given courses in the fields of energy and water efficiency over the past 5 years. Justin has an Honours degree in Mechatronics (BSc Engineering) and Masters Degree (MSc Eng) in Electrical Engineering both from the University of Cape Town.

Shaun Diamond

Energy Efficiency Expert

Shaun has over 5 years’ experience in the electrical energy efficiency industry, with a strong focus on Green IT, encompassing large corporate Data Centre energy management projects and the related end-user environments within South Africa. Shaun is also a Green Star SA Accredited Professional, awarded through the Green Building Council of South Africa and has an all-encompassing knowledge of energy efficient lighting, with experience in numerous commercial lighting projects.

Martina Gluckman

Group Education Co-ordinator

Martina is a training specialist who has expertise in the area of developing training material that is interactive and memorable. As well as being a primary lecturer she is also Group Education Co-ordinator due to her experience in bringing innovative courses to market. Martina is a co-founder of Terra Firma Solutions as well as being a sought after residential Eco-Consultant and has been featured in Opera Magazine amongst other publications. She is regarded as a thought leader in the field of residential eco-consulting and has designed and delivered numerous courses in this field. Martina has personally educated hundreds of students who today make up the green professional workforce that is changing the residential landscape for the better. Martina’s knowledge extends to the green office environment where she has designed and given courses including Office Eco-Consulting.  Her courses are sought after and her students have been vocal in their praise for her unique learning techniques. Martina is married with two children. Martina has a BA Fine Arts Degree from the University of Stellenbosch.

Dave Bonellie

Carbon, energy and sustainability professional

David is a carbon, energy and sustainability professional with a wealth of experience in carbon footprinting and emission reduction strategies for the large multinational ICT, steel, oil & gas, mining, and chemical industry clients. He has played a supporting role in corporate sustainability, as well as a lead role in energy and climate change strategies for clients in the mining, steel, and ICT sector to place a monetary value on environmental opportunities. Further experience includes work in reasonable assurance, legal compliance and climate adaptation strategy. David has completed carbon footprint assessments for large multinational clients and has build detailed emissions reduction strategies for these clients. He has also been integral in developing carbon footprinting tools aimed at the automation of emissions measurement for customers. David is lifelong learner who is passionate about his chosen profession.

Caitlin Keam

Carbon and sustainability analyst

Caitlin is a carbon and sustainability analyst who holds an honours degree in Environmental and Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town. Caitlin has experience in carbon footprinting, product carbon footprinting and water footprinting working on projects for large companies within South Africa. Caitlin has further experience in the field of sustainability specifically in analyzing gaps in organizations environmental, social and economic sustainability. Caitlin is a SETA accredited assessor in the field of carbon footprinting and climate change.

Joschka Thilo

Senior Engineer

Josch has significant amounts of experience in the Solar PV sector in both South Africa and Europe. Further, he has an excellent understanding of power electronics inverter systems having worked in the design of such systems in South Africa, Germany and the USA. Josch has personally designed and built a number of Solar PV plants in Southern Africa and is considered an expert in the field of Solar PV. Josch spent a number of years in Germany working for what is universally recognised as the leading inverter company in the world. During this employment he gained valuable experience around the building of large scale Solar PV power plants. Josch graduated as the top student of his class from the University of Cape Town with an Honours degree in Mechatronics (BSc Engineering) and has also completed a Master’s Degree (MSc) in Energy Science and Technology at the prestigious Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland (ETHZ).