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Researchers in the Special Studies of Strategic Significance

The late Mr. Peter Ngobese, Lead Researcher, South Africa.  

The late Mr. Ngobese was the Assistant Director General in charge of Farmer Support and Development at the National Department of Agriculture. He had an MSc. Degree in Agricultural Economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a BSc. Degree in Agriculture from the University of Zimbabwe. He had attended courses on environmental management in development, monitoring and evaluation of public sector projects and on agricultural project planning and analysis. He also had extensive experience in project appraisal and evaluation of rural development projects in environmental impact assessment. He had written extensively on local level food security and natural resource management in the Southern Africa Development Community region.


 Mr. Peter Opio, Lead Researcher, 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.


The Late Mr. Stephen Phiri, Lead Researcher, Zambia. 

The late Mr. Phiri worked as the Chief Economist in the Office for Promoting Private Power Investment, Zambia. He had also worked as an Executive Officer at the Ministry of Energy and Water Development, Zambia and as an Energy planner at the Department of Energy. He was trained in Economics and Public Administration at the University of Zambia. He had undergone short-term training courses on Power Sector Reforms, Restructuring, Renewable Energy, and Rural Energy Planning.


Mrs. Lucy Khalema- Redeby, Lead Researcher, 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.

Assistant Researcher  

Ms. Thakane ‘Mankhets’e Makume, Lesotho Electricity Corporation, Lesotho.


Mr. Bothwell Batidzirai, Lead Researcher, 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. Paul Evans Brown, Lead Researcher, Botswana.

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.


Mr. Tichawona Chikuvira, Lead Researcher, 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).


Dr. Kassiap Deepchand, Lead Researcher, 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.

Mr. Nicholas Mariita, Lead Researcher, Kenya.

  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.

Mr. Joseph Asamoah, Lead Researcher, 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.

Mr. Krispen Mashange, Lead Researcher, 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:

  • Preparation of the Zimbabwe National Energy Policy·

  • Coordinated the Rural Electrification Masterplan study·

  • Elaboration of the Zimbabwe Rural Electrification Policy

He is currently the Deputy Director in the Department of Energy, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Zimbabwe where he is responsible for energy planning. Mr. Mashange was a principal researcher in AFREPREN/FWD’s Special Studies of Strategic Significance Theme Group.


Eng. Charles Mbohwa, Lead Researcher, 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, Lead Researcher, 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

  • Rural Energy and Environment,
  • Energy Conservation in Industry
  • Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change Impacts

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.


Mr. James Ngeleja, Lead Researcher, 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. James Isingoma Baanabe, Lead Researcher, 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.


Ms. Elizabeth Bore, Lead Researcher, 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, Lead Researcher, 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)


Mr. Tesfai Gebrehiwot, Lead Researcher, 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. Charles Moonga Haanyika, Lead Researcher, Zambia.

Mr. Moonga holds an MBA in Environment and Energy Management from the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. He also holds a BSc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Zambia. He is a Consultant with Rainbow Energy Ltd. He has worked as a Guest Researcher at UNEP RISO Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development in Denmark. He has also worked as a manager for the Energy Regulatory Board in Zambia and for the Mining industry of Zambia.  He has carried out research on power sector reforms and rural electrification and undertaken consultancy work in electricity sector regulation, rural electrification, renewable energy projects and energy management. He has also played a key role in institutional and operational development of the electricity regulator in Zambia.


Ms. Thammary Rudo Madzonga, Lead Researcher, 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.


Mr. Alois Posekufa Mhlanga, Lead Researcher, Zimbabwe.

Mr. Mhlanga holds both an MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering and a BSc. in Physics both from University of Zimbabwe. He is currently a Renewable Energy Research Associate with FINESSE Program (Financing Energy Services for Small-Scale Energy Users) at the African Development Bank in Tunisia. He was formerly with the Southern Centre for Energy and Environment as a Research Fellow.

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