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Nilesh Moodley

Sustainability and Renewable Energy Specialist

Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born in Pretoria South Africa

Mr. Moodley is a sustainability professional with specialised interest in using sustainability strategy as a value-add to industry and broader society across local and regional scales. Drives sustainability by leading the implementation of value-adding strategic projects across renewable energy, and capacity building platforms using innovation. He has competencies in Sustainability Strategy, Training, Mining (Africa, Americas), Insurance and Financial Services, Environment, Climate Change (Adaptation and Mitigation) and GHG modelling and accounting, Health and Safety, Carbon Footprinting, Carbon Management Strategy Formulation and Sustainability Reporting including Reporting Systems.

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Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Panel I: What can the world learn from the sustain...

in Launch of the GRI Focal Point South Africa at the JSE

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Current Position(s)

Stakeholder Council Member | Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
Amsterdam, Netherlands | 2014 - present

Social Development and Community Services

Elected to serve on the GRI's Stakeholder Council representing the Business consituency for the Africa region.

Group Sustainability Manager | Liberty Group South Africa
2013 - present

Group sustainability management, strategy and reporting.

Founder and Director | Sustainability Synapse
2012 - present

A professional business fraternity working to develop an entrepreneurial mindset in our members and to promote innovative, sustainable development projects in South Africa.

Previous Position(s)

Sustainability Reporting Systems Officer | AngloGold Ashanti
2010 - 2013

- Delivery of multiple GRI A+ rated sustainability reports that won the consistent best performer award from the JSE SRI Awards.
- Facilitation of sustainability training across national and international boundaries and operational sites within Africa (Tanzania, South Africa) and South America (Colombia)
- Sustainability reporting strategy development
- Management of the system integration across sustainability disciplines i.e. risk management, investor relations, safety, health, environment, finance, human resources and supply chain
- Enhancing, managing and maintaining a sustainability reporting system for AGA Group into a centralized repository for reporting
- Internal stakeholder engagement from management to executive level to optimise reporting processes across multinational boundaries across the global network
- Liaison with assurance providers, both internal/external audit, for sustainability assurance.
- Reporting sustainability data across multiple platforms i.e. hard copy and HTML
- Accountable for compliance with reporting standards (GRI A+, ICMM Sustainable Development framework, UNGC) and recommend interactions with other sustainability frameworks and / or bodies
- Communication with external sustainability business partners (JSE SRI, GRI, and other material stakeholder groups)
- Benchmarking and gap analysis of peers to inform and manage the sustainability reporting process
- Update and continuous management of the sustainability reporting position of the company and maintaining good relationships with appropriate stakeholder groups (shareholders, employees, potential and current investors, publishers, etc.)
- GRI XBRL liaison and implementation management

Climate Change & Sustainability Services Consultant | Ernst & Young
2009 - 2010

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Advisory and Audit experience for large JSE-listed companies within the following sectors:

- Financial services
- Pharmaceuticals
- Telecommunications
- Mining
- Parastatals

Sustainable Development experience, including:
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Gap analysis, Research and benchmarking using best-practice requirements and alignment with Global Reporting Initiative (G3) Guidelines and the UN Global Compact.
- Development of Sustainability Frameworks
- Climate Change strategy and implementation experience, including:
- Carbon Footprint internal reporting for Ernst & Young nationally; and Climate Change and Carbon Emission Reduction Advisory

Freelance consultant | Research Triangle Institute
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2009 - 2009

Consulting and Project Management

- Extensive national travel liaising with healthcare, legislative and law enforcement stakeholders across regional network on behalf of the National Prosecuting Authority, in roll-out for Thuthuzela care centres as a sustainable, community project to address service delivery to victims of abuse.
- Facilitation of interaction amongst relevant governmental institutions and civil societies concerned in an advisory capacity to recommend areas where the Thuthuzela health care centres would be optimally received.
- Compilation of reports for synthesis, analysis and recommendations for management implementation

Tutor | University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2008 - 2008

Academia, Education and Training

Teaching and coaching

Business Improvement and Project Management | Chris-Hani Baragwanath Wits Palliative Care
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2006 - 2006

Medical, Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals

Project Management and System optimisation

Educational history


Midrand High, Midrand, South Africa (2001)


University of Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2015 - present

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) - Renewable and Sustainable Energy (Current)

Masters in Sustainable Development with specialisation in Renewable and Sustainable Energy including
Renewable Energy Policy, Finance, Solar, Wind and Biogas

University of Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2013 - 2014

PGD Sustainable Development - Renewable Energy

Honours degree in Sustainable Development

School of Mining Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand

Johannesburg, South Africa | 2012 - 2012

Sustainable Development in Mining and Industry - Engineering, Sustainable Development

University of Witswatersrand

Johannesburg, South Africa | 2003 - 2007

Bachelor of Science Degree - Environmental Science

Ecology, Environment and Conservation studies

Energy University (SE)

Alternative Power Generation Technologies

International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group)

Managing Environmental and Social Performance

University of the Witwatersrand

Bachelor of Science (BSc) Honours - Environmental Science and Climate Change

Global Reporting Initiative

Certified Sustainability Reporter

Energy University (SE)

Financial Valuation of Projects I

Energy University (SE)

Financial Analysis of Energy Efficiency Projects II

Energy University (SE)

Financing and Performance Contracting for Energy Efficiency Projects

Energy University (SE)

Going Green with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)



Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

Stakeholder Council Member, January 2014 - present

Elected to serve on the Global Reporting Initiative Stakeholder Council representing the business constituency for Africa in the Netherlands


Reana Rossouw (EXPERT / THOUGHT LEADER: Sustainability & Integrated Reporting | Social Investment & Development)

"Nilesh presented at the SAICA/GRI Masterclass and shared his experience and learning with regard to corporate reporting with particpants. His insights and contribution to the success of the event was extremely valuable. He was able to provide detailed knowledge and important lessons that will assist other companies to prepare better sustainability and integrated reports" - 2012

Johan Viljoen (Senior Vice President (SVP) Sustainability at AngloGold Ashanti)

"Nilesh is a committed young manager who is relentless in completing his work at the agreed milestones and at the confirmed quality. His ability to coordinate and arrange complex work is of a much higher standard than managers at his level. He has always been helpful and willing to go that extra mile. His want to learn and understand all the aspects of the business will stand him in good stead when he moves up the management ranks" - 2013

Letshani Ndlovu (Network Relations Coordinator at Global Reporting Initiative (GRI))

"Nilesh is an extremely knowledgeable sustainability reporting professional, with a thorough grasp of the implementation of various Standards. Nilesh is outgoing and driven, and would be an asset to any organization." - 2014

Chesney Bradshaw (Head of Sustainability at ABB South Africa (Pty) Ltd)

"In my dealings with Nilesh I found that he is a conscientious and meticulous professional who is excited about the sustainability field and is eager to learn new systems and approaches." - 2013

Alasdair Stewart (Country Leader at Ernst &Young)

"Nilesh was a strong member of the team at EY, and helped to build our business. Happy to see him continue to progress at AngloGold Ashanti." - 2013

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