Thomas Munn (Acting Chief Operating Officer)

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Thomas is the visionary behind AATec and is responsible for assembling this highly qualified and motivated team and having been involved in pioneering brands and businesses for 35 years he contributes a wealth of experience.


Back in the 1980’s Tom, rebelling against the Apartheid regime, began his business career marketing products to the black consumer ranging from music and fashion to cosmetics and hair care products. His secret to success was securing agencies for largely unknown brands in South Africa at the time, and building them up to a point where they were attractive to and subsequently bought out by international companies like L’Oreal, Clairol and Colgate.

By the time he moved into the formal sector his business boasted; a chain of retail outlets employing 165 people, a factory, a training facility, a modeling agency and a publishing company, all operating under the brand ‘Future’.

 


cloudsOver the years his entrepreneurial skills have further been honed in the United States and Europe and his pioneering approach has driven him to develop models for sustainable bio-energy production.

 


The most significant being the Sustainable Integrated Decentralized Agro-Processing model or “SID” Methodology

The “SID” was developed specifically within the African context - part of this modeling was to develop a totally self sufficient and sustainable farm, which is where he likes to spend his leisure time. This experience led to a more focused strategy towards Bio-fuels, which ultimately resulted in contributions to the National Strategy on Biofuels for South Africa under the banner of African Alternative Energy (Est. 2005).
Over the past few years he has become increasingly aware of the urgency related to Renewable Energy production as well as the developmental technologies required to deliver on this agenda and consequently started African Alternative Technologies to focus on this opportunity. More recently he has focused his energy on stimulating debate around the need for an Independent Systems Operator and by participating in the REFIT Public Private Participation Process where he lobbied for a lower cap of 1MW on individual power plants, drove the agenda of the decentralized model and the debate around the need for an increased Renewable Energy component in the IRP2010. Now he is focusing energy on the localization of the technologies required to deliver on the targets and agenda of government to ensure sustainable local job creation and improved benefits to the national fiscus.
His primary skills are business and financial strategy and business development with a prioritised focus on environmental considerations, social empowerment/poverty alleviation, sustainable agriculture and renewable energy.