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Prof. John Ddumba Ssentamu

Electricity Regulatory Authority gets new board of directors

posted onSeptember 29, 2020

The cabinet on Monday approved members to join the Board of Directors of the Electricity Regulatory Authority.

ERA is mandated by the Electricity Act, 1999, to issue electricity generation, transmission, distribution, sale and import incenses, set License conditions and ensure compliance to license conditions by licensees. ERA is also mandated to establish a tariff structure, approve rates of charges among other functions.

The Authority’s board is comprised of a 5-member committee which will be chaired by Dr. Sarah Wasagali Kanaabi, who has been serving on the board as a member.

Dr. Sarah Kanaabi Wasagali is a qualified Economist with varied experience in administration, teaching, research, and policy formulation. She has trained in various fields including economic planning and policy, financial modeling for public-private projects, governance and enterprise risk management.

She has 22 years of university teaching experience gained at the Islamic University in Uganda and Kyambogo University. She has served on the Board of Directors of Private Sector Development Center Mbale and the Eastern Private Sector Development Center Ltd.

She also served on the Board of Governors of various secondary schools. Dr. Sarah Kanaabi has made several academic and professional presentations in the areas of economics, governance, gender, HIV/AIDS, career guidance, project planning, poverty, and development.

Other members of the board are Ambassador Joan Rwabyomere, Eng. Erias Kiyemba, Prof. John Ddumba Ssentamu and Eng. Joseph Oteng Otogo.

Eng. Kayemba left the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) as managing director in 2017. He had worked with the company in different capacities since its inception.

Ambassador Joan Rwabyomere is a qualified lawyer with LL.B (Hons) from Makerere University, Master’s Degree in International Trade and Investment and a Masters of Business Administration in Oil and Gas Management.

She has a wealth of experience in politics, management, diplomacy, business and leadership both in the private and public sectors, at national, regional and international levels. She has been Uganda’s High Commissioner to London (2006 – 2013), and to Nigeria (2000 – 2005).

She has successfully served on the boards of various organizations, including the Uganda Electricity Board, Civil Aviation Authority, National Enterprise Corporation, and Women in Diplomatic Service. Ambassador Joan served is a former Member of Parliament and a minister.

Eng. Otogo joined ERA in July 2014 with over 20 years of experience in Engineering. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Sustainable Electrical Power from Brunel University; a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering (University of North London); and a Higher National Certificate in Electronics (City of Westminster College).

For 13 years, Eng. Otogo worked as a Senior Technical Support Engineer at Alcatel-Lucent, between 2000 and 2013. He also worked as Network Engineer with Fibernet UK Ltd (1999-2000) and as Testing and Commissioning Engineer with Marconi Communications (1996 - 1998). Eng. Otogo is fervent about energy economics, power markets, and power generation and transmission security.

Prof. John Ddumba Ssentamu is a Ugandan economist, academic and banker. Currently, he is a Professor of Economics and former Vice-Chancellor at Makerere University. He also serves as chairman of the board of Centenary Bank.

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