Head of Sustainable Energies, National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (NAMCOR)
Frans Kalenga boasts an extensive background in the petroleum industry, having collaborated with major companies such as Total, Shell, Puma, Engen, and Sasol. As Head of Sustainable Energies at the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (NAMCOR) and Technical Advisor on Green Hydrogen to the Minister of Mines and Energy of Namibia, Honourable Tom Alweendo, Kalenga's expertise and influence actively shape the future of sustainable energy both in Namibia and on the global stage. In his capacity as Technical Advisor on Green Hydrogen, Kalenga is responsible for drafting policies, developing strategies and roadmaps, enforcing regulations, and reviewing proposals from investors and the private sector. He, thus, possesses a deep understanding of the Namibian legislative framework and his expertise in clean energy technology development, energy productivity and efficiency, energy security, and market reform make him an invaluable resource. Kalenga is also a sought-after speaker and thought leader, having shared his insights on energy transition (green hydrogen), energy systems, energy economics, and energy projects in over 10 countries. He has spoken at prestigious events such as the Climate Change Conference (COP 27) in Egypt, Africa Energy Indaba in South Africa, Namibia International Energy Conference in Namibia and the recently concluded National Upstream Local Content Policy Workshop, which served to express the Government of the Republic of Namibia's strategic vision, path and commitment to establishing a clear route for the full involvement of all Namibians in the petroleum sector. Kalenga holds a Master of Science in Petroleum Reservoir Engineering from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland), a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Don State Technical University (Russia), and is currently pursuing an MBA at the Namibia University of Science and Technology. His extensive education and training enable him to adeptly navigate the complexities and nuances of the energy sector.