The Board of Directors of the Electricity Control Board (ECB) in Namibia and ECB management on Monday announced the sad and untimely death of Foibe Louise Namene, the Chief Executive Officer of the ECB.
Namene became the Chief Executive Officer of the Electricity Control Board in 2014. She was instrumental in the development of several electricity supply industry related policies and regulatory tools such as the Energy Policy, Renewable Energy Policy, Independent Power Producers (IPP) Policy, Modified Single Buyer Market Model, National Electricity Support Tariff Mechanism, National Electrification and Funding Portfolio Mechanism amongst other. She also played a pivotal role in preparing the institution for its imminent transformation into an Energy Regulator.
Her experience and expertise were in electricity regulation, energy trading and marketing, electrification and renewable energy development, and law. Her solid foundation in energy trading and marketing was built over years of service with NamPower where she served in various senior management positions.
Namene was a trained lawyer and a PHD candidate with the University of Namibia. She served the Namibian electricity utility company, NamPower, in various senior management positions since 1996 until her deployment as Chief Executive Officer of the Electricity Control Board of Namibia (ECB) in June 2014. Namene was an Admitted Attorney with the Namibian High Court and served in the Ministry of Justice before joining NamPower.
She served on several industry related regional and international platforms such as the Regional Energy Regulators Association of Southern Africa (RERA), Africa Forum for Utility Regulators (AFUR) and the World Energy Council (WEC) amongst other.
Namene also sat on several boards, including Rössing Uranium, where she was the board Chairperson; Namsov Fishing Enterprises, where she was a board member, the Namibian Community Trust and also was Chairperson of the Namibian Member Committee of the World Energy Council.
She is survived by her husband, children and siblings.