Jasandra Nyker

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Jasandra Nyker
Nationality Tanzanian
Alma mater

Jasandra Nyker is a Tanzanian entrepreneur and former CEO of BioTherm Energy, a South African developer of renewable energy sources and power plant operator.[1] She is a managing director of the International Power Fund at Denham Capital,[2] and a board member in the Emira Property Fund.[3]


Nyker has a bachelor's degree in business science from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from the London Business School, where she was a Merrill Lynch scholar.[4]


After working from Brait SE, and being senior vice president at PCG Asset Management LLC,[3][5] she became CEO of Biotherm Energy in 2011. She has participated in renewable energy forums such as the World Economic Forum on Africa, held in Kigali, Rwanda in 2016,[6] and the 2017 Africa CEO Forum in Geneva.[7]

In 2019 she became a managing director at Denham Capital, after the sale of Biotherm to Actis Capital.[8][9] She also serves as an independent nonexecutive Director of the Emira Property Fund.[10]

She has supported business school students and young entrepreneurs by chairing the judges' panel for the 2012 Anzisha Prize,[11][12] and participating in the Odgers Berndtson CEOx1Day programme in 2017.[13]


Nyker has advocated for the importance of renewable energy in Africa as a way to combat poverty,[14] given the abundance of solar and wind natural resources in the continent.[15] In order for power projects to succeed she has emphasized the need for certainty and consistency in government energy policy,[16][17] and advocated for partnerships between government and the private sector,[18] warning about state capture and failings of utility companies, such as South Africa's Eskom.[19] She has said that the independent power producers help improve power grids run by state utility companies, and that more African countries would benefit from this type of collaboration.[20]

Awards and recognition

Nyker was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2012.[21]

She was included in the "Fifty Changemakers Advancing Gender Equality in South Africa" list, on the occasion of the first 50/50 Day in 2017.[22]

In 2019 she received the Outstanding Contribution Award in Power at the African Power, Energy and Water Awards.[23] [24]


  1. "BioTherm Energy Pty Ltd". https://www.bloomberg.com/profile/company/0568435D:SJ. 
  2. "Jasandra Nyker" (in en-US). https://www.denhamcapital.com/team-member/jasandra-nyker. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Jasandra Nyker". https://www.bloomberg.com/profile/person/16869686. 
  4. Jasandra Nyker. World Economic Forum. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  5. Saathoff, Sandra (28 April 2008). "ReliOn Secures "C" Round Financing". http://www.pcgfunds.com/AM_News/ReliOnSeriesCFunding_042808.pdf. 
  6. Mulupi, Dinfin (2016-06-03). "Seeing power generation as a business opportunity: African CEOs weigh in" (in en-US). https://www.howwemadeitinafrica.com/seeing-power-generation-business-opportunity-african-ceos-weigh/54629/. 
  7. "Can off-grid electricity power Africa?" (in en-US). 2017-05-28. https://www.howwemadeitinafrica.com/can-off-grid-electricity-power-africa/58723/. 
  8. "Denham Capital Announces Sale of African Renewable Power Company BioTherm Energy" (in en-US). 2019-08-01. https://www.denhamcapital.com/news-article/denham-capital-announces-sale-of-african-renewable-power-company-biotherm-energy. 
  9. "Actis acquires South African renewables company BioTherm Energy" (in en-US). 2 August 2019. https://www.nsenergybusiness.com/news/actis-biotherm-energy/. 
  10. "Officer Profile". https://in.reuters.com/finance/stocks/officer-profile/EMIJ.J/3005092. 
  11. "Andrew Mupuya named as 2012 Anzisha Grand Prize Winner" (in en-US). 2012-08-30. https://www.africanleadershipacademy.org/blog/andrew-mupuya-named-as-2012-anzisha-grand-prize-winner/. 
  12. Nsehe, Mfonobong (5 September 2012). "Three Young Prize-Winning African Entrepreneurs To Watch" (in en). https://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2012/09/05/three-young-prize-winning-african-entrepreneurs-to-watch/. 
  13. "CEO for a Day South Africa - Participating CEOs" (in en-za). 2020. https://www.odgersberndtson.com/en-za/ceox1day/participating-ceos. 
  14. Nyker, Jasandra (15 May 2014). "Why Renewables are the Way Forward for Africa | GE News" (in en). https://www.ge.com/news/reports/why-renewables-are-the-way-forward-for-africa. 
  15. "Building renewable power in South Africa" (in en-GB). BBC News. 19 July 2019. https://www.bbc.com/news/av/business-49052003. 
  16. Burkhardt, Paul (2018-02-01). "How to Wreck the World's Fastest-Growing Renewables Program" (in en-US). https://about.bnef.com/blog/wreck-worlds-fastest-growing-renewables-program/. 
  17. "Africa Energy Forum, London: Progress Takes Time But Quick Action is Needed" (in en-US). 2016-07-11. https://www.renewableenergyworld.com/2016/07/11/africa-energy-forum-london-progress-takes-time-but-quick-action-is-needed/. 
  18. Creamer, Terence (6 November 2019). "Infrastructure Fund project pipeline stands as R700bn, DBSA reports" (in en). https://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/infrastructure-fund-project-pipeline-stands-as-r700bn-dbsa-reports-2019-11-06/rep_id:4136. 
  19. Nyker, Jasandra (2019-02-06). "Op-Ed: All the eggs are in Eskom's basket: It is time to diversify the energy sector" (in en). https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2019-02-06-all-the-eggs-are-in-eskoms-basket-it-is-time-to-diversify-the-energy-sector/. 
  20. McGroarty, Patrick (2015-09-14). "South Africa Pushes to Expand Renewable Energy" (in en-US). Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. https://www.wsj.com/articles/south-africa-pushes-to-expand-renewable-energy-1442197718. 
  21. Norbrook, Nicholas (2012-05-07). "Young Global Leaders: Cream of the crop at the World Economic Forum" (in en-US). https://www.theafricareport.com/7210/young-global-leaders-cream-of-the-crop-at-the-world-economic-forum/. 
  22. Mathews, Charlie. "Fifty Changemakers Advancing Gender Equality in SA" (in en-US). https://www.treeshake.com/twig/50changemakers. 
  23. Gordon, Philip (2019-05-22). "Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda and South Africa amongst winning projects and pioneers at African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards" (in en-ZA). https://www.smart-energy.com/event-news/ethiopia-ghana-malawi-rwanda-and-south-africa-amongst-winning-projects-and-pioneers-at-african-power-energy-water-industry-awards/. 
  24. Theron, Ashley (2019-11-25). "Outstanding Contribution Award 2019: Power" (in en-US). https://www.african-energy-elites.com/industry-awards/outstanding-contribution-award-2019-power/. 

External links

  • World Economic Forum Presidential Briefing: Africa's Promise: Wind and Solar energy [1]
  • World Economic Forum South Africa 2017 - Electrifying All of Africa [2]
  • Power People: Jasandra Nyker (interview in Soundcloud) [3]
  • Interview by Engerati [4]