Devaksha Maharaj is founding member of Ikigai Engineering. Ikigai Engineering is multifaceted focusing on: Management Consulting; Renewable Energy Technologies; Electrical
Maintenance Services; Training & Development; Science, Technology, Engineering; Arts and
Mathematics (STEAM) Education for children.
She graduated with a BSc. (Hons) in Electrical Engineering from the University of KwaZulu
Natal (former University of Natal) in 2008.
Her career started off Camden Power Station in Ermelo thereafter she moved to Samancor
Chrome to work at Middelburg Ferrochrome. She left as the Electrical Specialist when she
left to join IST OTOKON as Business Development Engineer. After obtaining her registration
as Professional Engineer, she then moved into the consulting environments where she held
short-term contracts with Energy Cybernetics, Brolaz Energy and Energy Ensight.
She founded Ikigai Engineering in 2018 after resigning from Rittal SA
She joined the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) as a Certified Energy Manager (CEM)
in 2012 and in 2017 and 2018 as a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional and
Certified Energy Auditor respectively.
In 2020 she was accredited as an Ecodistricts Professional and with the Green Building
Council of South Africa as Green Star Rated Accredited Professional.
Devaksha serves on the ECSA panel as an Accreditor Assessor for the tertiary engineering
programmes. She is also a panellist for SANEDI for the 12L Tax Incentive programme.
Devaksha has extensive experience in the energy sector and written several articles for online
publications, presented at the South African Energy Efficiency Conference in 2018 and Power
and Electricity Africa in April 2019, Ghana Green Building Summit, Woman In Energy for
Department of Minerals, Energy & Resources;
She was also chosen to represent South Africa at the BRICS Youth Energy Agency’s Summit
in October 2020 and the SDG’s Forum in December 2020
Been passionate about educating young children she founded and runs a programme called
IKI KIDS which focuses on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics)
education to the local schools currently focusing on 2-5 year olds. This programme has since
branched out into a separate entity and has included Robotics and Coding for 4 to 14 years