Mikhail is an entrepreneur and African energy leader committed to resolving the continent’s electricity shortage. He co-founded Bushveld Energy to provide large scale energy storage solutions across the African continent. Working with numerous partners, the company is also localising the VRFB value chain in South Africa. Previously, Mikhail spent 6.5 years with McKinsey & Company in Moscow and Johannesburg, advising national governments, utilities and manufacturers on growth strategy and policy and leading operational turnarounds in the energy sector. He co-authored McKinsey & Company’s report “Brighter Africa: the growth potential of the sub-Saharan electricity sector.” Prior to joining McKinsey, Mikhail worked as a banker in the US financial sector providing funding to mid-cap corporate clients. His other published work covers the topics of international trade and national competitiveness.
Mikhail also serves as the chairman of the South African Energy Storage Association (SAESA) and currently chairs the Energy Storage Committee for Vanitec, the global organisation of vanadium producers. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, a diploma from the London School of Economics and two undergraduate degrees in History and Economics from the University of Massachusetts.