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Kannan Lakmeeharan
Mckinsey & Company, South Africa

Kannan Lakmeeharan is a Partner in McKinsey’s global Electric Power and Natural Gas Practice. Kannan works with governments, utilities and development agencies on electricity sector reform, operations and capital productivity. He has over 18 years of experience in the electricity utility industry and 2 in mining. He has extensive experience in Africa in transmission, system operation, electricity market development and operation, integrated resource planning, electrification, utility management and operations, electricity sector strategy development and implementation.

Most relevant recent engagements:

  • Accountable for developing the long terms plans for electricity generation and transmission in South Africa (while in Eskom)
  • Accountable for the real time security of the power system in South Africa (as National Control Manager in Eskom) (~37GW)
  • Responsible for implementation of strategic initiatives on operational improvements and leadership development in Eskom Several research and consulting projects in power systems analysis and planning in South Africa, Vietnam and the Southern African power pool
  • Led an engagement on developing a roadmap to implement critical regional transmission interconnections in Africa
  • Led an engagement on developing financing solutions for a country’s power sector
  • Provide overall leadership and coordination for the Power Africa delivery unit mechanism – led the teams in several countries that developed power sector diagnostics and delivery unit designs, identified financing gap and developed solutions, performance improvement of a state utility and the development of Power Africa Roadmap that defined how Power Africa will achieve an additional 30,000MW capacity and 60 million connections

Before joining McKinsey, Kannan worked in various executive roles at Eskom, the state owned electricity utility of South Africa, responsible for system operations & planning, supply chain, engineering and primary energy procurement. Kannan holds Masters and Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg)


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