André de Ruyter

André de Ruyter, an esteemed leader in the energy sector, gained unique perspective over the organisations he ran, which have informed and shaped his leadership style.

With over 30 years of global expertise and a decade in senior executive roles, including Group Chief Executive of Eskom, the largest electricity company in Africa, de Ruyter has been at the forefront of driving positive change.

During his tenure at Eskom, he spearheaded the reintroduction of good governance practices and advocated for the accelerated decarbonisation of the continent’s largest emitter through a Just Energy Transition. Notably, he played a pivotal role in facilitating an impressive $8.5 billion JET partnership transaction between South Africa and a collaboration of prominent nations including France, Germany, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Recognised for his remarkable accomplishments, de Ruyter authored a best-selling book titled “Truth to Power,” which The Guardian of London acclaimed as one of the top five books by whistleblowers worldwide.

Currently serving as a Senior Visiting Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson School of Global Affairs, School of Management, and School of the Environment, de Ruyter shares his expertise on the just energy transition and climate finance. Moreover, he has been invited to deliver guest lectures at prestigious institutions such as Princeton and Syracuse Universities.

André de Ruyter’s rich experiences and profound insights make him a valuable resource for senior executives and company directors, whether seeking to navigate the rapidly evolving energy landscape while embracing sustainable practices or looking for ways to tackle what, at times, may seem insurmountable challenges at the ‘coalface’.

Overall, André de Ruyter’s contributions to the energy sector and his commitment to promoting sustainable practices make him a highly respected and influential figure in the industry. His work exemplifies the importance of prioritising good governance and sustainability in driving positive change within the energy sector.

While clearly not popular with the ruling party, he completely understands that, but feels that if a corporate is open to a different perspective from that which is generally espoused in South Africa, he offers a different and insightful view that may have value in navigating some of the most challenging economic, energy and logistics challenges that the country has ever experienced.