Current and Past AFREPREN/FWD Researchers and Collaborators
Mr. Joseph Elizera Mbaiwa,
Research Fellow, University of Botswana.
Mr. Mbaiwa holds an MSc. Degree in environmental science from the University of Botswana and a Bachelor of Arts in environmental Science and History from the University of Botswana. He also holds a postgraduate diploma in education. He has authored various chapters in books and papers and participated in a number of national and international meetings and conferences that led to innovative national energy and environmental policies. He has also worked as a research assistant for both government and non-governmental research projects.
Ms. Nozipho Ditlhale,
Communications Officer, Botswana Technology Centre, Botswana.
Ms. Ditlhale holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Humanities from the University of Botswana. She is a member of the Organisations for the Promotion of Energy Technologies-Southern African Development Community (OPET-SADC) team, a network that aims to disseminate information and promote benefits of new innovative energy technologies. She is also a member of the project team on Wind Resource Mapping in Botswana. She is currently with the Botswana Technology Centre as a Communications Officer (Editorial).
Mr. Paul Evans Brown,
Mr. Brown holds an MA Degree in Economics from the University of Botswana and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He also holds a Diploma in Education. He has written research papers on industrialization and privatisation and has worked as a consultant and manager in the private sector as well as a Lecturer in Economics. He is currently an Economist with Adom Business Limited, Botswana
Dr. Semere Habtetsion,
Director, Energy Management and Development Division, Ministry of Energy and Mines, Eritrea.
Dr. Semere Habtetsion holds a PhD. and an MSc. from Sheffield University in the United Kingdom. In addition, he holds a MSc. and B.Sc. in Management and Energy Utilisation and Conservation from Technion – Israeli Institute of Technology.
He is currently the Director of the Energy Management and Development Division in the Department of Energy of Eritrea’s Ministry of Energy and Mines. He has held the following senior positions:
Dr. Semere Habtetsion, a leading Eritrean energy analyst, has authored numerous influential reports and publications on the energy sector in Eritrea.
Mr. Tesfai Gebrehiwot, Eritrea.
Mr. Tesfai Gebrehiwot holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Asmara. He works at the Energy Conservation Unit, Department of Energy, Ministry of Energy and Mines. He has been involved in collection and collation of energy consumption data from the main consumer sectors in Eritrea. He has also been involved in energy audits for all fuel types used in industries and in selected buildings in Eritrea. He has participated in the preparation of laws, regulations and standards with emphasis on energy conservation.
Mr. Mengistu Teferra,
Head, Department of Mines, Energy and Water Resources Development, Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation, Ethiopia.
Mr. Mengistu Teferra holds an
MSc. Degree in Energy Studies from the University of Sussex, UK, a BSc.
Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia and a Diploma in Electricity Distribution from the University
of Trondheim, Norway.
Previous posts he has held include:
Mr. Teferra, a leading Ethiopian energy analyst, has authored numerous influential reports and publications on the energy and transport sector of Ethiopia.
Prof. Woldemariam Wolde-Ghiorgis,
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Addis Ababa University.
Prof. Ghiorgis holds a PhD Degree from McGill University, Canada, an MSc. Degree from Leigh University, USA and a BSc. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been involved in energy research since 1981, and has published a wide range of publications on renewable energy use and applied electromagnetic fields. As a member of the Ethiopia Electricity Power Corporation (EEPCO) management board, Prof. Ghiorgis provides influential technical and policy advice on energy issues to the Ethiopian government.
Dr. Bereket Kebede,
St. Antony's College , Oxford University.
Dr. Kebede holds the degrees of DPhil. in Economics and MSc. in Agricultural Economics from Oxford University, a B.A. in Economics from Addis Ababa University and a Certificate in Environmental Economics from Gothenburg University, Sweden. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bath, UK and is currently a senior lecturer at University of East Anglia. He has held the posts of Lecturer and Assistant Lecturer at Addis Ababa University and was the Vice President and Administrative Secretary of the Ethiopian Economic Association. He has been a manager, coordinator and researcher in various research projects. He has published papers on energy ecosystems, agricultural households models, and institutional economics and on petroleum pricing, taxation and marketing in Africa.
Mr. Nicholas Mariita,
Dr. Nicholas Mariita holds a PhD from the University of Texas, El Paso, USA and an MSc. Degree in Applied Geophysics from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom and a BSc. Degree in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He is currently with the geothermal development division of the Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited (KenGen). He also has Post Graduate Diplomas in Geothermal Reservoir Monitoring from Kyushu University in Japan and in Geothermal Geophysics from the United Nations University in Iceland. Previously, he worked as a Geophysicist in the Geothermal Department, Ministry of Energy, Kenya and has been involved in numerous hydro-geological, resistivity and gravity surveys in Kenya. Dr. Mariita has authored numerous reports and publications on the energy, geophysics and the geothermal sub-sector in Kenya.
Mrs. Lucy Khalema- Redeby, Lesotho.
Mrs. Khalema holds an MSc. Degree in Economics from Patrice Lumumba Peoples’ Friendship University, Moscow, Russia. She has undergone professional training in rural energy planning; environmental management tools; gender awareness in energy projects and programmes; power sector planning; and, tariffs. She was the Chief Economist at the Lesotho Electricity Corporation (LEC) and worked as a consultant with the Global Environment Fund (GEF) of the World Bank and the Government of Lesotho. She has authored and co-authored several publications and reports on energy.
Ms. Margaret Matinga,
Trainee Engineer, Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi, Malawi.
Ms. Matinga holds an MSc in Energy Studies, a BSc. and a diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Malawi. She has worked as a research assistant for the Malawi Industrial Research and Technology Development Centre, where she was involved with renewable energy performance, efficiency analysis and environmental impact assessment. She has also worked as a technology assistant for the Malawi Entrepreneurs Trust with duties of, among others, project proposal writing, budgeting for donor-funded projects, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of UNDP/Government of Malawi EDEP projects. She has also worked as a field-supervising officer for Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief and as a volunteer to World Vision Malawi and several hospitals.
Dr. Kassiap Deepchand, Mauritius.
Dr. Deepchand holds a PhD Degree from the University of Mauritius, and a Diploma in Agriculture and Sugar Technology. He is a Sugar Technologist by profession and was a Researcher, Lecturer and an Associate Professor at the University of Mauritius from 1977-1997. He is currently the Deputy Executive Director/Technical Manager at the Mauritius Sugar Authority, which is the apex organisation on sugar matters in Mauritius. Dr. Deepchand has contributed to a wide range of technical reports on issues related to the sugar industry and special publications in international journals such as the International Sugar Journal, the Energy for Sustainable Development Journal and the International Energy Policy Journal.
Ms. Grace Khamarunga Banda,
NovAfrica - Centre for Innovation and Development, South Africa.
Ms. Khamarunga Banda has a Masters Degree in Social Science with a major in international education and a certificate in professional teaching from University of Stockholm, Sweden. She also holds a certificate in professional teaching from University of Umea, Sweden and a BA Degree in Education and a Diploma in Education from the University of Zambia. She has undertaken research in resource management, environmental change and human adaptation in rural areas, participatory methods for community mobilization, agricultural change and women and development. She is currently pursuing Doctoral Studies in the Department of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, University of Witwatersrand.
Mr. Joseph Asamoah, South Africa.
Mr. Asamoah holds an MBA Degree from Heriot Watt University in Scotland and a BSc. Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. He is currently pursuing a PhD on the interface of energy and the environment. He has worked as a Tyre Development Engineer, a Process Engineer, a Project Manager in a mining company and a Senior Chemist in a cocoa factory. He has also worked as a Chief Energy Specialist with the Department of Minerals and Energy in South Africa and a Manager for the South African National Low Smoke Fuel Program. He has been involved in environmental management issues within and outside the South African Ministry of Minerals and Energy, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Activities Implemented Jointly (AIJ) and Global Environmental Facility (GEF). He has written several articles and chapters in books on human capacity and institutional development with respect to global climate change, energy and environment and has consulted for a number of international and local institutions.
Dr. Edward Marandu,
Head of Department, Marketing Department, Faculty of Business, University of Botswana.
Dr. Marandu is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at the University of Botswana. He holds a B.A. from the University of Dar-Es-Salaam, an M.B.A. from Arizona State University, and PhD from University College Dublin, Ireland. Formerly, he taught marketing at the University of Dar-es-Salaam and has held a visiting position at University College Dublin. He has been consultant to several businesses in Ireland, Tanzania, and Botswana as well as to the International Trade Centre. His research interest is in business performance, economic reforms, customer satisfaction and international business analysis. He has authored several publications in these areas as well as on marketing in general.
Senior Energy Systems Analyst, Research Research and Development, Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO).
Mr. Katyega holds an MSc. in Energy Engineering from George Washington University, USA, a BSc. in Applied Hydrology from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and a Diploma in hydropower development from the Norwegian Institute of Technology. He has also attended various courses on energy management, environment and renewables. He has worked as the demand-side management project manager, planning hydrologist and hydrologist/energy engineer at the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (TANESCO). He is currently the Senior Energy Analyst for R&D at TANESCO. He has authored various publications on renewables and the power sector and his most recent publication was on innovative rural electrification strategies for Tanzania.
Mr. James Ngeleja, Tanzania.
Mr. Ngeleja holds an MSc. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Central de las Villas Santa Clara, Cuba; a Certificate in Saw Milling Technology and Production Management from the International Training and Technology Centre on Forestry and Wood Technology, Kotka, Finland. He has undergone training on producer gas; biomass/wood-based energy based energy production; and, energy and environment management.
Mr. Peter Opio, Uganda.
Mr. Opio holds an MSc. Degree in Development Economics, Plan Implementation and Development Finance from Naui and a Certificate in Energy Planning and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. He has also undertaken a course on Economic Development and Planning. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in New and Renewable Sources of Energy from Segesta Research and Training Centre, Urbino, Italy and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Economic Statistics from Makerere University, Uganda. He has held the post of Statistician, Ministry of Energy; Operations Manager, Agip Uganda Limited; Marketing and Credit Manager, Solar Energy Uganda Limited; and, Senior Statistician, Uganda Bureau of Statistics.
Ms. Joan Kyokutamba,
Ms. Joan Kyokutamba, is a Social Scientist and holds an MA in Development Studies from the Uganda Martyrs University and a BA Degree in Education and a Diploma in Human Resource Management. She works for Uganda Consumer Protection Agency (UCPA). She is also a Board Member of the "East African Energy Technology Development Network - Uganda Chapter" where she has been involved in various energy policy campaigns. She previous worked with the wound up Uganda Electricity Board as an Acting Senior Personnel Officer amongst other positions. She has authored and co-authored several publications on Uganda’s power Sector.
Ms. Kyokutamba has been involved with AFREPREN/FWD as a Research Assistant under the "Institutional Sector Reform" programme as well as a principal researcher with "Energy Resources for the Urban Poor" theme group.
Away from the energy sector, Ms. Kyokutamba is actively involved in Rural Communications Development under the auspices of "The Rural Communications Development Fund" in Uganda.
Mr. Simon Peter Engurait,
Member, Power Sector Reform Team, Utility Reform Unit, Ministry of Finance, Planning & Economic Development, Uganda.
Mr. Simon Peter Engurait holds an MBA Degree from Maastricht School of Management, The Netherlands and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Makerere University, Uganda. He has worked with the Enterprise Development Project, and Public Enterprise Reform and Divestiture Unit of the Ministry of Finance, Uganda. He is currently a member of the power sector reform team in the Utility Reform Unit, Ministry of Finance. He has participated extensively in power sector divestiture and reforms in Uganda.
Mr. James Isingoma Baanabe, Uganda.
Mr. James Baanabe holds an MSc in Energy Studies and is the Senior Energy Officer in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda. He has worked with the Sugar Corporation of Uganda Limited in the capacity of Deputy Manager. He has attended a training course in use of MESAP software (for calculating baselines) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany; Energy Auditing at the Tata Energy Research Institute, India; small hydro power in China and a Group Training Programme in the field of Sugar technology held at the Research Sugar Institute, Ankara, Turkey.
Mr. Oscar Kalumiana,
Deputy Director, Department of Energy, Ministry of Energy and Water Development, Lusaka, Zambia
Mr. Oscar Kalumiana holds an MBA and a BSc. Degree in Natural Resources from the University of Zambia. He has held the post of Energy and Environment consultant; coordinated a project on provision of electricity through energy service companies; and, consulted for various biomass energy projects. He has published manuals and papers on biomass energy and the environment; charcoal production in earth kilns; the demand and supply of firewood and charcoal; and, charcoal storage. Mr. Kalumiana is currently the Acting Director in the Department of Energy of Zambia’s Ministry of Energy and Water Development.
Mr. Abel Mbewe,
Energy Advisor, ANNOBIL Group, USA.
Mr. Mbewe, currently undertaking an MBA, holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from the University of Zambia. He is currently on leave of absence from Zambia and is in the US where he is working as an Energy/ Environment consultant for the Annobil Group. Mr. Mbewe has attended several short courses on energy and environmental issues. Previous appointments include Executive Secretary at the National Energy Council, Zambia.
Mrs. Langiwe Hope Lungu Chandi,
Senior Energy Economist, Department of Energy, Zambia.
Mrs. Langiwe Chandi holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Development Studies and a minor in Economics, and a post-graduate certificate in analysis and planning of development projects. In addition, she has attended several courses on energy, gender issues and management. She is a Senior Energy Planner at the Department of Energy (Zambia), where she is involved in economic evaluation of all energy projects and programmes. In addition, she is responsible for analysis of energy sector issues and options. Mrs. Chandi has also served in a senior position at the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) of Zambia.
Mrs. Dorcas Kayo,
Chief Business Planner, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority, Zimbabwe.
Mrs. Kayo holds an MBA and a BSc in Economics from the University of Zimbabwe. She has undergone training in Leadership for Development from LEAD international. She is the Chief Business Planner at the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA), where she previously held the position of Strategic and Business Planner. She has also attended many courses on management, project planning, policy, strategic marketing and advanced power sector management. She has worked as an administrative assistant, senior administrative officer and assistant secretary in the Department of Energy. She has contributed to several major publications among them the Rural Electrification Masterplan for Zimbabwe.
Mr. Maxwell Mapako,
Director, Biomass Users Network, Zimbabwe.
Mr. Mapako currently pursuing Doctoral Studies holds a MSc. (University of Cape Town) and BSc. Degree in Environmental Studies and Biochemistry from University of Wales (UK), and a Diploma in renewable energy sources from Urbino, Italy. He has attended various courses in renewable energy technologies and project management. He has worked as a senior research officer in the new and renewable energy section of the Government’s Department of Energy and is currently the Director of the African Regional office of the Biomass Users Network. He has authored numerous publications on biomass energy technologies that have been instrumental in shaping Zimbabwean renewable energy policies and programs.
Mr. Ikhupuleng Dube
Principal Research Engineer, Corporate Planning Department, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) – Zimbabwe.
Mr. Dube holds an MSc (Eng) in Electrical Engineering from the Hochschule Zwikwau, Germany. His work experience includes design and implementing utility-based solar project, and studies on demand-side management opportunities on the potential for energy efficiency in Zimbabwe. He has attended workshops and published papers on development of renewables in developing countries, and played the role of advising Zimbabwean government on appropriate energy policies. He has also been involved in projects in the field of renewable energy and energy conservation; carried out a feasibility study on electrification of several centres in Zimbabwe; developed electricity sector standards; production of the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) annual energy and demand forecasts, and carried out surveys on energy to ascertain role of power equipment, administration, maintenance and operation of the power system.
Mr. Bothwell Batidzirai, Zimbabwe.
Mr. Batidzirai holds a BSc. Degree in Electrical Engineering and is currently pursuing a MSc. Degree in Energy Policy at the Utrecht University, The Netherlands. He was a Senior Engineer at the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA). He worked as a Senior Research Fellow and Research Engineer at Southern Centre for Energy and Environment, Zimbabwe, where he undertook projects on renewable energy; energy efficiency in small-scale enterprises; options for greenhouse gas mitigation under power pooling in southern Africa; regional climate change mitigation analysis in the Southern Africa Development Cooperation; power sector interventions; and, coal briquettes as an alternative fuel to fuelwood and kerosene.
Mr. Tichawona Chikuvira, Zimbabwe.
Mr. Chikuvira holds an MSc. Degree in Engineering and a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Electrical Engineering. He has over nine years experience in various teaching and engineering positions. He has worked with the Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre (SIRDC), Zimbabwe, rising to Senior Research Scientist in the Energy Research Institute of SIRDC. He has undergone training in ISO Quality Management and Power Systems Development. He has diverse experience in energy management; end-use efficiency; and, demand-side management and has published several articles on energy management, demand-side management and energy audit reports. He has been a consultant as an energy expert and is currently working at the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA).
Mr. Krispen Mashange, Zimbabwe.
Mr. Krispen Mashange holds an MSc. in Rural and Urban Planning, a BSc. in Economics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management from the University of Zimbabwe. Mr. Mashange has also had training in environmental assessment in development projects.
He has been involved in:
He is currently the Deputy Director in the Department of Energy, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Zimbabwe where he is responsible for energy planning.
Eng. Charles Mbohwa, Zimbabwe.
Dr. Mbohwa holds PhD in Engineering on Environmental Impact Assessment from Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Technology, Japan. He holds an MSc. Degree in Management and Manufacturing Systems from the University of Nottingham and a BSc. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Zimbabwe. He is currently working as a Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Zimbabwe. He has undertaken consultancies for the United Nations Development Program, Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre, Southern Africa Development Cooperation, Cleaner Production Centre, the World Bank and the Government of Zimbabwe. He has also worked as a Mechanical Engineer in the National Railways of Zimbabwe. He has been a Visiting Fellow at various Universities and attended numerous courses on energy and research.
Ms. Elizabeth Muguti, Zimbabwe.
Ms. Muguti holds a Masters Degree in Business Leadership and a BSc. Degree in Chemistry and Biology from Njala University College of Sierra Leone, and is currently pursuing a MSc. Degree in Energy Policy at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She also holds a Diploma in Energy Engineering from Segesta Technical College, Italy and a Diploma in Business Studies from Harare Polytechnic College. She has undertaken training in:
3-D Managerial Effectiveness
She has attended numerous courses on energy and environment issues and development. She is an Assistant Director in Zimbabwe’s Department of Energy, where she is responsible for energy management programs and reduction of environmental impacts of energy exploitation and use in Zimbabwe. She previously worked as Energy Research Officer and Senior Principal Energy Development Officer. Ms. Muguti has acted as resource person in many training workshops and written numerous publications and papers on energy, women, environment and development.
Ms. Elizabeth Bore, Zimbabwe.
Mrs. Elizabeth Bore holds an MBA and an MSc in Manufacturing Systems and Operations Management from the University of Zimbabwe. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Electrical Engineering. She is a Research Engineer at the Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre (SIRDC), Harare. She has attended courses on Energy management and Renewable Energy-Solar Training Platform for Trainers. She is a member of Environmental Forum of Zimbabwe (EFZ) and Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers (ZIE).
Mr. Gilbert Ngoni Chapotera, Zimbabwe.
Mr. Chapotera is the Chief Economist, Rural Development Fund, Ministry of Rural Resources and Water Development. He holds a MSc. in Transport Economics from the Higher Institute of Economics, Sofia, Bulgaria. He has also attended further courses on Rural Development Studies (Galilee College, Israel), Asian Development Studies (Institute of East Asian Studies, Singapore), Population Policy Programme Management (Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom) and Statistics for Development Policy (Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, England)
Ms. Thammary Rudo Madzonga, Zimbabwe.
Mrs. Madzonga holds an Masters in Public Administration (MPA) and a BSc. from the University of Zimbabwe. She also holds a Diploma in Business Studies from the Institute of administration & commerce, South Africa. She has worked for the ministry of Energy, Ministry of Education and Ministry of justice of the republic of Zimbabwe. She has also worked as a research assistant for AFREPREN/FWD. She is currently the Senior Manager (Administration) for Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority Holdings Pvt. Ltd.
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