Dudley Baylis


Dudley is a renewable energy specialist. Having spent his early 20’s in the turbulent 80’s as a student studying engineering and quantity surveying, he also spent 5 years in the military for national service as a result of being accepted as a pupil pilot in the SAAF.

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At the age of 30 he began a career as a commodity and financial instruments trader interspersed with various large scale engineering project management assignments which led in 1999 to his forming a division within a South African turnkey project engineering house to develop emissions reduction transmission technologies which ultimately became a consultancy in renewable energy and energy efficiency systems as well as the newly emerging carbon markets.

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In 2006, Dudley became increasingly convinced that financing mechanisms were the key to unlocking renewable energy potential in the southern Africa region, and began interacting with local government, regulators and municipalities to facilitate the uptake of climate change mitigation methods, which naturally included a significant proportion of renewable energy systems.

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These activities led to an alliance with Bridge Capital in June 2009 to begin implementing renewable energy finance mechanisms, leading to the formation of Bridge Capital Refco in September 2009.

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Dudley has served in a variety of roles on a number of committees, including conservancies, local politics and NGO’s. He was Wits Rag chairman and National Rag chairman in the mid 80’s and was appointed as the representative for civil society for the Advisory Council on Responsible Gambling. He maintains membership on a variety of regional energy and climate change interest bodies.