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Advisory Board: 2021 African Power & Energy Elites

The vetting of each nomination by our Advisory Board is key in producing the African Power & Energy Elites publication. We recognise the contribution of each of our board members and will introduce them over the next few weeks as we head towards 2021.

The selection process used concise criteria and a clear rating format to make selection as fair as possible working through the huge amount of nominations received.

Each of the board members have proved to be an invaluable resource to the foundation of the Elites publication and without the expertise of our dynamic Advisory Board and their non-biased commentary, featuring these outstanding projects and people in the publication would not have been possible.

These accomplished experts have demonstrated true mentorship throughout the nomination process, acting as pillars of support to ensure that the strongest nominations receive the validation of their achievements in the sector.

Meet the 2021 Advisory Board:

Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl: Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl is the Editor of ESI Africa – Africa’s leading publication in the energy and power sector, delivering technical and general industry related information. she has been working in the power sector in Africa since 2011, first as content director for African Utility Week and now editor of ESI Africa.

Alexander Kwame Osei: Mr. Alexander Kwame Osei, popularly called Alex Osei , is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Lexan Energy Consult Ghana. Alex Osei is the immediate past General Management Information Systems (MIS) Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) where he worked for 21 years. Before joining the ECG in 1994, he worked as the head of Research and Monitoring Department, Consumer Credit limited, a subsidiary finance company of the then Social Security Bank limited, Accra, for 9 years. Mr Osei holds a first degree in mathematics and EMBA.

Robert Mubiru: is an electrical engineer and business administrator with over 20 years’ experience in the power sector. He has initiated and administered a number of projects and programs to transform operations at the leading power distribution company in Uganda. He has vast experience in Loss Reduction, Power System Assets Management, Quality Assurance, Business Unit management, Change Management and Project Management.

He is currently the Projects Manager for the delivery of a total AMI solution targeting Large Power Users in UMEME Limited, the largest power distribution company in Uganda. Robert Mubiru has an MBA from the University of Bradford (UK) and a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Makerere University Kampala

Wim Jonker Klunne: Wim has over 25 years of experience in renewable energy and energy efficiency project implementation in Southern and East Africa. He has worked on a wide range of energy implementation, research and capacity building projects on behalf of the AFDB,World bank, UNDP,GEF,EU, national governments, private sector, research institutions and bilaterals.

Fatima Ademoh, an Investment Professional, previously worked as an Energy Project Developer for the USADF funded Waste-2-Watt Project in Nigeria.

She currently works as an Investment Professional in Vienna, Austria focused on Energy (Renewables & Conventional Systems), Infrastructure and Financial Institutions Financing in Emerging and Developing Markets.

She holds qualifications in Finance and Financial Risk Management and has several trainings in energy entrepreneurship and financing. 

Dr. Sanusi Ohiare: Dr. Sanusi oversees the mobilization and operationalization of Nigeria’s Rural Electrification Fund to provide, promote and support access to reliable electric power supply for rural dwellers in Nigeria, through Public-Private Partnerships investment in rural electrification. Dr. Ohiare and his colleagues at the REA Board are cur overseeing  the 550 million dollar World Bank and AfDB funded Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP) . He also directly championed the first ever REF grant call, managing the disbursements of $6.2 million for 12 Mini-Grids, impacting 5,500 households and deploying 19,130 Solar Home Systems. He is currently administering the 9.3 million Euros Mini-Grid Acceleration Scheme (MAS) and Interconnected-Mini-Grid Acceleration Scheme (I-MAS) funded by the EU, the German government and the Nigerian Government to provide energy access to over 32,000 Nigerians, as well as the second REF call.

Wondimu Tekle Sigo: Wondimu Tekle Sigo former State Minister of Ethiopia’s Water, Irrigation and Energy. In Wondimu’s 26 years of experience he has led different organizations that are mandated and activities including: design, construction of energy, water supply and irrigation projects as well as development programs through collaboration with concerned stakeholders including bilateral and multilateral development partners and development financial institutions.

Justin Schmidt: Justin is an experienced leader in the Financial Services sector with strong analytical and business development skills. With 12 years of rich industry experience, he has successfully driven innovation and started new focus areas within the organisation. Justin heads New Sector Development in Retail and Business Banking at Absa where renewable energy is one of the focus sectors in this portfolio. He is responsible for the sectors strategy, customer value proposition and achieving the growth targets aligned to key growth sectors for the South African economy.

Paul Yillia: Paul T. Yillia is a research scholar with the Water (WAT) Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). Previously, he was lead policy specialist at Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), leading and undertaking several key actions to incorporate the Water-Energy Nexus within the overall SEforALL Global Action Agenda and supporting the overall operational process to guide countries align their energy policy/plans with the SDGs. Dr Yillia is a visiting scholar at Vienna University of Technology, where he previously held a full-time position as Research and Teaching Scholar, supporting applied research and exchange of knowledge and skills on water science and technology, especially with developing countries and countries in transition.

Habiba Ali: Habiba has been in the renewable energy industry since 2005. As the Founder and the Managing Director of Sosai Renewable Energies, Habiba has led Sosai to achieving great strides where the company has deployed over 15,000 Solar Powered Soltuions, 55,000 improved Cook stoves and Sosai is currently empowering communities and businesses with solar technologies ranging from roof top solar panels, solar home systems, Standalone and Intercoonected Mini Grids for communities that power rural economies to use productive technologies like solar dryers and integrated energy centers.

Ifeoma Malo: Founder/CEO at Clean Technology Hub Inc

Ifeoma Malo is an organisational management expert with over 23 years’ experience – building and directing organisational policy and strategy in energy and large-scale utility markets, public health, bio-technology; leadership and change management and infrastructure finance.

Ifeoma is experienced in Energy Policy, Energy Markets, Biotechnology, Curriculum Development, Sustainability, Training, Dispute Resolution, Process Facilitation and Organisational Development.

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