Speakers Profiles:

Göran Bryntse – Swedish Renewable Energies Association board member.

Göran is a technology expert and citizen activist in the field of energy and environment. He has also be involved as a specialist in a Government review of legislation re radiation safety. From 2003 – 2011 Göran was chair of the Swedish Anti-nuclear Movement.  Göran would bring insights from his long experience as an activist,  and also be an important link to European anti nuclear organizations.


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Prof Wikus van NiekerkDirector of the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy

Prof Wikus van Niekerk is a professor in the department of mechanical mechatronic engineering. He is the Director of the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies at Stellenbosch University which is currently focusing on a big range of different sustainable energy solutions like wind, solar and bio-energy.


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Gunter Pauli – Entrepreneur and author of The Blue Economy.

Gunter is an entrepreneur, lecturer and pioneer in a wide spectrum of areas from culture, business, politics, science, to sustainability and the environment. He was the Chairman and President of Ecover and pioneered the first ecological factory in 1992. He founded more than 10 companies including PPA Holding, the Foundation “Mozarteum Belgicum“, Worldwatch Europe and also initiated the “Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives” (ZERI) at the United Nations University in Tokyo and subsequently established The Global ZERI Network as a foundation, redesigning production and consumption into clusters of industries inspired by natural systems. He has published 19 books, one of them The Blue Economy which had the twin aims of stimulating entrepreneurship while setting up new standards towards sustainability.


 Anton Vdovichenko – Russia, Children of Chernobyl

A young student in the Soviet Union at the time of the Chernobyl disaster, Anton became involved in a students´ club established by his teachers father in 1987. This later became “Radimichi – for the children of Chernobyl,” working to help residents of evicted villages through organizing camps for Chernobyl children. Anton has been running camps since 2001, which have provided for 570 children from the Chernobyl Zone who have been affected by the nuclear disaster there.  By sharing his ongoing experiences of the results of a nuclear disaster, Anton will bring home to people here the possible consequences of accepting nuclear power.


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Paul Saoke – Kenya, Public Health specialist

Paul is a public health specialist and director of International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW-Kenya) and is currently vice president of the International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE) for Africa. He has written many papers on the dangers of nuclear weapons in Africa.  With his scientific background, Paul would be an important link in establishing an African network of anti nuclear advocates.


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Bishop Geoff Davies director of the Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute

Geoff Davies was the first Bishop of the new Anglican Diocese of Umzimvubu, covering East Griqualand and the northern half of the former Transkei, and has worked together with his wife as an environmental educator, promoted environmental learning in schools and community based sustainable agriculture projects.  He initiated the Southern AfricanFaith Communities’ Environment Institute, a multi-faith environmental NGO that is dedicated to raising awareness and promoting responsible action by Faith Communities in response to the growing environmental crisis facing humanity and all life on this planet.


Jan SmithMexico, Nuclear Photojournalist

Jan is a photographer specialized in documenting nuclear landscapes and interviewing survivors of nuclear accidents. His work is published and exhibited internationally, promoting awareness of the dangers of nuclear energy. He is experienced reporting the effects of radiation among survivors of Chernobyl and the atom bombs in Japan. Most recently he is among the first documentarians to extensively cover the Fukushima exclusion zone and the effects of radiation and evacuation on its former inhabitants. Jan will share his experiences in Fukushima and Chernobyl, casting light on the social and political implications of nuclear disasters.


Lance GreylingShadow minister of Energy

Lance Greyling is a Member of Parliament for the Independent Democratic Party, the Chief Whip of the parliamentary caucus, as well as the interim National Policy Convenor. He has an honors degree in African Studies from the University of Cape Town and is presently completing a Masters program on sustainable energy. He serves on the board of My Life, an organization aimed at empowering youth who are currently living on the streets, and on the board of the Bulungula Incubator, an NGO concerned with the development of rural community. Starting February 1, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Energy. Before he was elected to public office Mr. Greyling was the Regional Programme Manager for GLOBE Southern Africa, where he was in charge of capacitating Members of Parliament in the Southern African region on environmental and sustainable development issues.

Soumya Dutta – Activist

Soumya is the convener of the Bharat Jan Vigyan Jatha (Science for society) and works with the South Asian Dialogues on Ecological Democracy. He has been spearheading the protest against Gorakhpur nuclear plant in collaboration with others. He has written several booklets and contributed to many guidebooks, magazines and other publications on the climate change crisis, energy, nuclear energy, physics applications and bio-diversity. He will share the experiences of the large grassroots successful protests against nuclear power stations in India, and hopefully help inspire the same to happen here.

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