The role of the Advisory Board of The African Power Elites: Projects and People is an important element for identifying the projects and people who define the progress being made on the continent.

The advisory board will review each motivation received and put forward those who have raised the benchmark for the African power industry to aspire to.

ESI Africa thanks the following advisory board members who are giving freely of their time and expertise:

Advisory Board members

Ifey IkeonuIfey Ikeonu, Council Member, ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority

Ifey Ikeonu is a Member of the ERERA Regulatory Council. She holds a Masters degree in Law and is an energy lawyer with over 20 years of experience in the Nigerian and West African Electric Power Sector. Prior to joining ERERA in January 2011, she was the Head of the Strategy and Project Management Office at the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission.

Ikeonu played an active role in the power sector reform programme in Nigeria where she worked with various committees on the Legal and Regulatory aspects of the reform. She has written a number of articles on the power sector reform programme and Regulation in Nigeria and has also presented numerous papers on the same subjects. She is a certified Regulation Specialist.

Photo of David Mwangi Mar 2013

David M. Mwangi, Energy Consultant

David Munene Mwangi, is an Energy Consultant who took voluntary early retirement in August, 2010 from the Kenya Power, where he had worked for 32 years, rising through the ranks to Chief Manager, Planning, Research & Performance Monitoring, a position he held for 9 years.

Mwangi currently dedicates most of his time to Power Africa as the Technical Advisor, Energy in Kenya.

Knox MsebenziKnox Msebenzi, Executive Director, PIESA

Knox Msebenzi is a qualified Electrical Power Engineer, which he received from the University of Cambridge and Rensselaer Polytechnic as well as having an MBA (Wits),  Pr Eng.

Msebenzi is the Executive Director of the Power Institute of East and Southern Africa (PIESA) and Managing Director of the Nuclear Industry Associatioin of South Africa (NIASA).


Lebbi Changullah, Secretary General of EAPP

Lebbi Changullah is the Secretary General of the East African Power Pool (EAPP). After graduating from Lumumba Friendship University with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1984; he worked as a Planning Engineer for the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO).

In 2014, Changullah was appointed by the EAPP council of Ministers to be the Secretary General of EAPP.

Lawrence Musaba

Lawrence Musaba, Coordination Centre Manager, SAPP

Lawrence Musaba is the Coordination Centre Manager at the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP). Musaba, a Chartered Electrical Engineer by trade, graduated with BEng from the University of Zambia in 1989, MSc Power Engineering in 1991 and PhD (Electrical Engineering) in 1996, both from UMIST in England.

Musaba is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology of UK, a Member of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers of USA, a Member of both the Engineering Institution of Zambia and the Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers.



Paul RungePaul Runge, MD, Africa Project Access

Paul Runge is the managing director of specialised consulting firm Africa Project Access. As a former diplomat, he served in Gabon and supervised projects in the Cape Verde Islands.

Runge spent six years with the South African Foreign Trade Organisation and led many of the first South African business delegations into other African countries. Runge writes for several publications and has published “Potholes & Profits: Business (& other) Conversations and Experiences from Africa.”

Peter KinuthiaPeter N. Kinuthia, Senior Energy Officer, East African Community

Peter N. Kinuthia is a qualified Electrical Engineer with training in Economics and has an MBA. Kinuthia was with state-owned power utility Kenya Power for 14-years. For 12 of them, he worked as a planning engineer where he undertook power master plan development, supervise consultancy studies and different kinds of analysis for decision making.

He left in 2007 as Senior Planning Engineer to join the East African Community, a Regional Economic Bloc of five countries (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) as the Senior Energy Officer to formulate and coordinate implementation of regional energy sector projects and programmes.

Harry BlakeHarry Blake, Contracted Senior Manager, IEC Smart Grid

Harry Blake is an executive-level consultant working in the energy industry. He has played key roles on numerous IT/OT and Smart-Grid implementations across North America and internationally, advised Fortune-500 clients on energy and operations-related business decisions, and is a subject-matter expert on the topic of Advanced Metering and Grid Modernization.

Additionally, Blake served as the Chief Technology Officer for a third-party solar leasing company based in the United States (deploying over 15MW of distributed generation via tax equity swaps). In addition to his work with utilities; Blake has industry and consulting experience in upstream oil and gas, telecommunications, product development, automotive, consumer electronics, and supply-chains. He has an MBA and a degree in engineering.

Picture1Norman Ndaba, Director, Advisory Services, EY

Norman Ndaba is EY director and Africa Sector leader Power & Utilities and has been with EY since 1998. Ndaba serves as Global Client Services Partner to Eskom Holdings.

Norman has comprehensive operational and management consulting experience in the energy industry. He spent 15 years in various positions and locations in the downstream oil business of Royal Dutch Shell.

Norman is a B.Com (Economics), University of South Africa (UNISA) graduate and holds a post graduate Managerial Advancement (MAP) qualification from the Witwatersrand Business School (WBS).