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60 MOST INFLUENTIAL FIGURES IN
EAST & WEST AFRICAN POWER
Your de nitive guide to the movers and shakers in East and
West Africa’s electricity and power industry
» What is in uencing East &
West Africa strategy?
» Top predictions for Africa’s
power sector in 2014
» Who is directing investment
into East & West Africa?
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www.omicron.at 1 A note from the editor Dear Colleague Working on the inaugural ESI Africa 60 most influential people in East and West Africa power has been a truly educational experience. The people represented in these pages are responsible for increasing generation, transmission and distribution capacity across East and West Africa, through physical infrastructure, or supporting policies, legislation or regulation. Many of them influence policy in a quiet, unassuming way and may not even be known outside of their own country or region. Influence, however, is defined as the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behaviour of someone or something. All of the people in this publication meet those criteria.
The World Bank estimates that 2 – 3 percentage points are wiped out due to Africa’s lack of reliable power supply and the International Energy Agency says that $300 billion is needed to provide “access to all”, yet investment into Africa’s power sector is still lagging behind where it needs to be. According to another estimate by the World Bank, approximately 2% of GDP needs to be spent on power infrastructure investment in Southern Africa annually in order to “meet the demands of economic development, keep pace with population growth, and expand electrification beyond today’s regional average of just 24 per cent.” To say, therefore, that the people in these pages are influential is only part of the story. They have a responsibility, not just to their companies or organisation, or to the sector within which they work, but within the greater context of the continent and its development. And whatever their motivation, the investment, development, innovation, policy, passion and strategy that they bring to the power sector is vital for its development.
In the original questionnaire sent to our candidates, we asked for something more than the standard biographical information, wanting two additional pieces of information which I think provides some insight into who they are as individuals – a quotation which best sums up their life philosophy, and their top predication/s for the power sector in 2014. We hope you will find these insights revealing.
As with any information piece which features influential people, our views and selections are subjective and may differ from your “influential dream team” – we welcome your input and comment on our candidates and encourage nominations for the 2015 edition.
As with any undertaking of this size and scope, we are reliant on many people for their input and follow up – the personal assistants, communications managers and support staff – and we’d like to thank them for all their help in making this publication possible.
Additionally, I‘d personally like to thank Amy Ryan, for her unwavering energy and commitment to seeing this project through, and Dane Adriaanse and Kim Jansen, for never being too busy to follow up on biographies, quotes or photographs. Without you, this publication would not have been possible.
Education B. Eng (Elect. Eng) Career Daudu started work with the National Electric Power Authority as a pupil electrical engineer in November 1983 after a spell with the Kano State Rural Electricity Board. In 1986, he was posted to Shiroro Hydroelectric Power Station where work was still at the installation phase. He was appointed CEO in 2008 and was seconded to the Presidential Task Force for a year between 2010 and 2011.
Notable • Restoration of Shiroro plant availability to 100% and maintaining it at that level achievements consistently • He received the prestigious NEPA Employee Merit Award in November 1992 • Daudu was also a runner-up for the 1996 NSE Most Promising Electrical/ Electronics Engineer Award in the Power Engineering field • He was part of the team that produced the Roadmap for Power Sector Reform which was launched by the president in August 2010
Education • Master in Business Administration • BSc. (Mechanical Engineering), University of Lagos Career Adeyemi has had over three decades in the electricity industry, covering Operation & Maintenance of Steam Power plant (1320MW), and Gas turbine Power plant (414MW) Notable • Achieving station reliability of over 70% achievements • Maintaining planned maintenance Index of 1 • Accident free and environmentally friendly plant • Building highly functional power plant team Memberships • Fellow Nigerian Society of Engineers • Registered member of Council of Registered Engineers in Nigeria
Career Samuel worked in the private sector as Auditor and Accountant before joining the public sector as Executive Director, Corporate Planning for PHCN, and then Director at the Bureau of Public Enterprises. He is currently MD/CE at NELMCO.
NELMCO is under mandate to assume and administer the stranded liabilities of PHCN and assume and manage pension liabilities of employees of PHCN.
NELMCO will additionally take over the settlement of stranded PHCN’s Power Purchase Agreement obligations and other legacy debts Notable Participation in the Privation of the Nigeria Electricity Sector Industry achievement Memberships • Institute of Chartered Certified Accountants of United Kingdom • Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria
Birth date January 1967 Education • MSc. Energy Management Career Energy Efficiency Professional Notable • Kofi led the initative to deploy compact Fluorescent Lamps in Ghana in 2007 achievements which yielded peak load savings of 124MW • He has been instrumental in the Referigerator Energy Efficient and Market Transformation Project which seeks to introduce new and efficient refrigerators into Ghanaian homes • He championed the Appliance Standards and Labelling regime in Ghana which puts Ghana first on the map of Africa Membership Sustainable Energy Network of Ghana (SENG)
Education • B Eng Civil (First Class) • Mba (Business Administration) • Msc (Environmental Management) Career Longe worked with AES for 12 years and left as Director Operations, Maintenance and Commercial in June 2012. Presently he is the Head Of Power Procurement And Power Contracts
Notable Longe has been key to the following projects:
achievements • He led the local team to effectively operate and maintain AES power plant (Nigeria’s first IPP) with a very minimal cost • He was part of the negotiating team for PPA, PCOA and tariff structure for the first NBET green field PPA Membership Nigeria society of engineers
Career Sam is currently Chairman & CEO of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). He is also an Economic Development Lawyer, Technocrat, Civil/Human Rights Advocate, Academic, Public Administrator, Author and Mentor. He has been Special Adviser to the President of The Senate of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria and Special Adviser to the Honourable Minister For Foreign Affairs Notable • Sam assisted the transition of the Nigerian electricity supply industry via the achievements hand over of government assets to private investors. In the process, he has regulated one of the biggest privatisation transactions in the world • Under his leadership, the electricity regulator, NERC has been adjudged by reputable international observers as the most transparent agency in Nigeria in terms of contract awards and procurement • Sam has published a book on privatisation, titled; “Privatization And The Public Good”
Memberships Member, industrial leader advisory board of the Global Energy Initiative (GEI), which is a joint initiative of the World Energy Council (WEC)
Birth date November 1955 Education • Masters in Public Administration, J.F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA • B.Sc Mechanical Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana Career Jabesh started his career as an operations engineer at Volta River Authority and as the Director of Engineering and Director of Management Information Systems.
Jabesh spent six years of his utility career as an Executive Officer at VRA. Jabesh has been closely involved in regional energy projects, such as the West African Gas Pipeline Project (WAGP) as a Sponsor Representative and also the West African Power Pool (WAPP). He has, since June 2009, been assigned to manage the implementation of the 400 MW Bui Hydroelectric Project.
Notable • Northern Electrification and System Reinforcement Project (Office Engineer) achievements • WAPP Regulatory Issues; History, Progress, Status and Challenges • Power Supply Security Plan for ECOWAS/WAPP Member States • Grid Code and Standards of Performance for transmission network in Ghana • West African Pipeline Company JV arrangements • Takoradi Int. Co. JV Arrangements Memberships • Fellow, Ghana Institution of Engineers • Member, Board of Governors, West African Gas Pipeline Authority
Education • BSc. Electrical Engineering • MSc, Electrical/Electronic Engineering • MBA, Management, MSc. Organizational Leadership. Doctorate (HC) Leadership Career Oladele started out as a Pupil Electrical Engineer, moving up to positions such as Senior Engineer, Principal Manager and Assistant General Manager before becoming Managing Director/CEO.
Notable • Oladele is a Board Member of the Presidential Task Force on Power achievements • He is a Member of the Nigerian Electricity Market Transition Steering Group • He has lead Eko DISCO to be the leading Distribution Co in Nigeria
Memberships • Fellow, Nigerian Society of Engineers • Fellow Nigerian Institute of Management • Fellow, Strategic Finance & Administrative Institute • Member, New York Academy of Sciences • Distinguished Member of the Democratic Governance in Africa
Education • MPA (Public Policy), Harvard University • MBA (Finance), University of Ghana • Post Graduate Cert in Advanced Power Systems, Pennsylvania State University • Bsc. Electrical Engineering, KNUST Career Williams’ career has included positions as Director Projects and System Monitoring and Director Technical Services at Volta River Authority. He serves as a Member of the West African Power Pool Board and is on the GridCo board.
Notable • Commissioning Engineer for major electrical expansion projects in Ghana achievements • Active player in implementation of Demand Side Management in Ghana Memberships • Institute of Electrical Electronics Engineers (IEEE) • Ghana Institute of Engineers (GhIE) • Member of Ghana Energy Foundation Board
Education • B.Sc Sociology, Bayero University Kano • M.Sc Sociology, University of Lagos Career Ibrahim taught Sociology in the University of Maiduguri before becoming a Senior Manager, Recruitment at PHCN. He moved to the BPE as Assistant Director, and was appointed Acting Director, Electric Power, in 2011.
Notable One of the most notable achievements was the opportunity given to Ibrahim and
achievements his team to drive the process for the privatisation of:
• 11 distribution companies • 6 generation companies and • the engagement of a management contractor for TCN
Birth date October 1949 Education • B.Sc Eng • P. Dip Advanced Power Systems and Project Management • MBA (Utility Management) Career Andrew has over 30 years’ experience as a Power Distribution Engineer. He has led the efforts to electrify Ghana over the past five years. He was previously Director of Operations, Electricity Corporation of Ghana, before he joined the Ministry and took on the role of co-ordinator of the GEDAP programme Notable • Andrew has been instrumental in increasing Ghana’s electrification rate achievements to 73% in 2013 • He is the past President of Ghana Industry Engineers • Review editor of IEA 2011 Outlook Memberships • Ghana Institution of Engineers • Institute of Directors – Ghana
Education • BSc (Management) honours, Trinity College, Dublin.
Career Mr. Chapman joined Umeme in 2009 as Chief Operating Officer and was appointed as Managing Director in the same year. He has been on the Board since May 2009. Prior to joining Umeme, he worked for Ireland’s Electricity Supply Board, as the head of Customer Supply. Charles has extensive international experience in previous roles as managing director of Toyota Hellas, regional director of Inchcape plc, Middle East and previously working for Boots Company plc and GlaxoSmithKline plc.