UMEME
UMEME Board of Directors  


photo Patrick Bitature

Mr. Bitature has been the chairman of the Board since September 2007. Mr. Bitature is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Simba Group of Companies, a conglomerate spanning telecoms, properties, power generation (Electro-Maxx), agro-business, mining, tourism and media interests. Mr. Bitature is the chairman of the Uganda Investment Authority, member of the Presidential Investors Round Table and is Honorary Consul, Australian Consulate in Uganda.

Mr. Bitature is a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, UK

photo Charles Chapman

Mr. Chapman joined Umeme in 2009 as Chief Operating Officer and was appointed as Managing Director in the same year.
Mr. Chapman has been on the Board since May 2009. Prior to joining Umeme, Mr. Chapman worked for Ireland's leading utility, Electricity Supply Board, as the head of Customer Supply. Mr. Chapman 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.

Mr. Chapman is a BSc (Management) honours graduate of Trinity College, Dublin.

photo Stuart David Michael Grylls

Mr. Grylls joined Actis LLP in 2007 and is currently Actis LLP's investment partner for Umeme. Mr. Grylls has been on the Board since 2007. Before joining Actis LLP, Mr. Grylls worked at Globeleq Ltd (an Actis Infrastructure 2 LP investee company) for five years, where he was responsible for business development, mainly in Africa. Previously, Mr. Grylls was the managing director of Midlands Power International, and prior thereto, he worked at Covanta, Mission Energy and BP.

Mr. Grylls is a chartered engineer and holds a Master of Business Administration from Kingston University and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Bath University.

photo Ian Francis

Mr. Francis joined the Board in December 2009. Mr. Francis was previously a senior audit partner at Ernst and Young LLP in London. He is a non-executive director and audit committee chairman of Optimal Payments Plc as well as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Mr. Francis holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University in New Zealand.

photo Younes Maamar

Mr. Maamar has been on the Board since July 2009. Mr. Maamar's experience in power utilities operations, financing and equity investments in relation to energy and infrastructure assets began in 1996 with the World Bank Group and the IFC, before joining the AES Corporation in 2001 as project director. In 2006 Mr. Maamar was appointed as chief executive officer of the Office National de l'Electricite (the Moroccan Integrated Power Utility). Mr. Maamar holds board directorship positions in various energy companies, such as eONE, Morocco-based energy developer focusing on power projects in emerging markets and Silicon CPV, photovoltaic manufacturing.

Mr. Maamar is an Electrical Engineer and holder a Post Master Degree in Economics.

photo Adrian Mucalov

Mr. Mucalov joined Actis in 2009 and has worked actively to support Actis' investment in Umeme since that time. Adrian's prior experience includes four years as a management consultant with Monitor Group and Monitor Corporate Finance, one year as Director of International Expansion for Endeavor Global, and a variety of engagements working in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Mr. Mucalov is a C.F.A. charterholder and holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, a Master of Public Administration (International Development) from Harvard Kennedy School, and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen's University in Canada.

photo Hon. Gerald Majera Ssendaula

Hon. Gerald Majera Ssendaula joined the Board of Directors of Umeme Limited as a non-executive director with effect from 14th November 2013.

Hon. Ssendaula is the Chairman of Private Sector Foundation Uganda and Uganda Revenue Authority and is the Special Presidential Advisor on Finance. He is also a retired Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister, who held the portfolios of Energy and Finance.