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André Troost
Masters Graduate | 2017

Raised on a stud farm in Paarl in the Cape Winelands, André has a love for horses and works part time as a show horse trainer. He has a passion for the road less traveled, immersing himself in other cultures and languages. He completed his BCom Honours degree in Strategy and Innovation at Stellenbosch University after which he hitchhiked and hopped on buses, trains, motorcycles and boats for four months from Cochabamba in Bolivia to Sao Paulo in Brazil via the north of Peru and six months from Kampala in Uganda back home to Cape Town through Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia and Namibia. He then completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development with a focus on renewable energy and is now studying towards his MPhil in Sustainable Development. 

Research Topic
Towards electricity leapfrogging in sub-Saharan Africa: Exploring cross-sector collaboration between strategic investors and mini-grid energy service companies.
The research makes a contribution to the effort of exploring the barriers and solutions to unlocking private sector investment in rural electrification. The main focus is to determine whether strategic investments can assist in scaling up the mini-grid sector in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Fields of Interest
Technology leapfrogging; energy access; renewable energy investment; decentralised renewable energy; sustainable development.