Dr Clinton Carter-Brown provides specialist technical support and project, program and organizational management services in the areas of energy systems, energy modelling, utility asset management, power system simulation, electrical grid planning and design, power generation procurement and grid integration.
Clinton has held snr leadership roles in the energy domain in the public and private sectors. He spent 18 years in Eskom, after which he joined the engineering consulting firm Aurecon (with secondment to the Department of Energy IPP Office) and currently the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). In 2018 Clinton was appointed as the Head of the CSIR Energy Centre where he has steered the CSIR energy research agenda, managing a team of over 50 scientists and engineers. The CSIR Energy Centre plays a central role in shaping and implementing the organisation’s energy research agenda, and provides a knowledge base for the South African energy transition – the move towards a more sustainable and cleaner energy system in which energy is used more efficiently and sustainably.
Clinton is a registered member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) and is a registered professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). He holds a PhD and an MSc degree, both in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town (UCT), and a BSc degree (cum laude) in Electrical Engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in South Africa. He received the faculty awards for the top final year electrical engineering student (1995), and best final year electrical engineering design project (1995). He was placed second in the 1995 Goldfields National Engineering Awards and is a recipient of an Eskom Chairman’s award (2003) for technical excellence and innovation. He also received the SAIEE/ABB young achievers award for “outstanding contribution to Distribution, Planning and Research in Eskom and Southern Africa” (2003) and was awarded “2012 Specialist of the Year” in the Eskom Technology Division. He is the outgoing South African representative on CIGRE Study Committee C6, Distribution Systems and Embedded Generation, having co-authored international technical reports on smart grid systems and renewable generation integration. In 2018 Clinton was elected to the Council of the SAIEE.