Meet Our Team:  Roman Kasino

Hello from Hyphen

Roman Kasino is Hyphen’s Renewable Energy Analyst. Hailing from Iipanda, Ogongo, in the Omusati Region, Roman has a Master of Philosophy degree and a Post-Graduate Diploma in sustainable development, both from the University of Stellenbosch.

Before joining Hyphen, Roman was a primary school teacher for seven years and held various education, environmental, and development roles.

We sat down with Roman to hear about his move into renewable energy – what excites him about the industry and his advice for others considering taking the leap.

Can you tell us about your role at Hyphen and what you do day to day?

My current role spans a variety of responsibilities, broadly supporting Hyphen’s work to refine how we engage with stakeholders, as well as our corporate social and governance plans. As a Renewable Energy Analyst, my job also revolves around conducting research on green hydrogen, including data analysis, creating databases and documenting technical reports and papers. I have also been conducting market intelligence related to green ammonia and derivatives, analyzing policy and emerging support mechanisms, and engaging potential offtaker partners.

What was your first ever job?

My first job was as a primary school teacher. I continued teaching Maths and Science for seven years and then held various education, environmental and developmental roles.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

My favourite aspect is the active role I play in advancing the global decarbonisation agenda, not to mention the supportive team and environment full of opportunities to grow (personally and professionally).

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in renewable energy?

Simply go for it!

Renewable energy is the future. The world is decarbonizing and there’s no better time to join the industry. Take advantage of the many available opportunities out there to learn, and in turn, contribute positively to the energy transition.

Can you share an interesting fact about yourself?

I am a system thinker and I embrace complexity as part of my job. I am passionate about equity,  environmental well-being and just energy transitions.

When you’re not at work, what do you like to do?

I read, a lot! Anything I can get my hands on. Staying healthy and active is also important to me. On Saturdays and Sundays, I am most likely glued to TV watching news or football with friends.

What are you most excited about for the future of the renewable industry in Namibia?

Renewable energy presents a huge opportunity for Namibia to not only be a regional leader, but a global leader in accelerating decarbonisation. I’m particularly excited for our youth and future generations, with endless social and economic opportunities ahead of them.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given during your career?

Change is a good thing – never be afraid of it or let it stop you. Your resilience and strength comes from embracing, learning and adapting to change.