Dr. Jan Reynhardt
Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Ottawa (Canada)
MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science.
Jan has over 18 years’ experience in amongst others the Oil, Gas, Biotech and Manufacturing industries. He started his professional career at Sasol where his potential was quickly realised. Within a short space of time, he was promoted to Production manager at Sasol’s Fischer Tropsch Catalyst plant and later became Process manager of one of the largest cement plants in South Africa. He managed the production of a sizable 1.8 million tons of Clinker per annum when his expertise was sourced by Afrisam.
Jan co-founded GrnCAT Holdings Pty Ltd that specialised in waste abatement and product recovery within the petrochemical industry. Waste streams emanating from Sasol’s Sasolburg Wax operations are treated to minimise waste output and maximise overall returns.
Within the green biotech space, Jan established and excelled the Business Development function for BiODX Chemical Biological Technologies Pty Ltd. He was instrumental in establishing the necessary business drivers to leverage and secure funding from sources such as TIA, DTI and the IDC. He further created worthy business relationships both in South Africa and abroad for the company in order to achieve long-term profitability.
Jan also co-founded GRNQ Environmental Solution (“GRNQ”) to develop sustainability solutions for Triple Bottom Line (“3BL”), profit-driven organisations. The company partnered with service providers and product development companies. They developed and commercialized practical solutions that improves organisations’ contribution to the well being of our environment. GRNQ explored opportunities in the coal industry, alternative, and sustainable energy industry to reduce companies’ carbon footprint. They jointly succeeded in providing solutions to organisations. Their solutions led to improved fuel efficiency and the development of alternative fuel sources for their clients.
Jan is passionate about the environment, alternative technologies and viable solutions. Through his consulting work he developed a substantial knowledge base of the South African energy and electricity market. Jan regularly consults and develops solutions with Naf-Tech Energy, Raventech and others.
Throughout his career Jan has built a substantial network in the coal mining, cement manufacturing, banking and private equity as well as the sustainability and renewable energy sectors. Jan collaborated with multiple tertiary institutions in South Africa especially with the University of the Northwest, University of Cape Town, University of the Freestate, internationally with the University of Ottawa in Canada and St Andrews University in the UK to offer comprehensive solutions to the private and public sectors respectively.
Jan has managed significant local and international research projects. Major industrial installations have been built or modified owing to his ability to translate a business opportunity into a reality.
Jan is frequently invited to give talks on industry and business matters.
Jan holds various international patents and has been published in various international scientific journals.