Graham Von Maltitz has a master's degree in systems ecology from the University of the Witwatersrand. Since graduating he was initially based with the South African Forestry Research Institute, which was later merged into the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research where he is currently employed as a senior scientist. He has a specific research interest in coupled human-environmental systems with specific interest in natural resource management aspects of areas under forms of communal land management. Currently his research focus is on sustanability aspects of biofuel
projects and he is the South African coordinator of two large EU funded projects relating to biofuels.
Maxwell Mapako is a senior energy specialist, Sustainable Energy Futures group, in the Natural Resources and Environment unit at the CSIR in Pretoria, South Africa and is pursuing his PhD in energy and development at the Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town. He has previously worked for the Department of Energy in Zimbabwe, and for the Biomass Users Network, an NGO focussed on energy and rural development, also in Zimbabwe. He holds an MSc degree in Energy Studies from the University of Cape Town, a BSc (Hons) degree in Biochemistry and Environmental Studies from the University of Wales, Cardiff, UK, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Renewable Energy Engineering from Sogesta, Urbino in Italy.