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UMEME Board of Directors  


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 a 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 

Selestino Babungi

Mr Babungi was appointed as an Executive Director of the Company in March 2015 and as the new Managing Director of the Company with effect from the 1st day of April, 2015.

Selestino has previously served as Umeme's Chief Financial Officer (CFO), where he has been responsible for driving the Company's business and financial strategy, leading to the overall growth in Umeme's financial performance over the years. Prior to his appointment as CFO, Selestino served in Operations as a Regional Manager and Credit Control Manager, gaining a deep understanding of the Electricity distribution business and sector as a whole. Selestino has also worked with Ernst & Young Uganda, providing audit and advisory services to clients in the private and public sector.

He is a graduate of Statistics, a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (UK)

(FCCA) and a Certified Public Accountant - Uganda (CPA).

Charles Chapman

Mr. Chapman joined Umeme in 2009 as Chief Operating Officer and was appointed as Managing Director in the same year. He remains on the board as a non-executive director.
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.

David Stuart 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.

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.

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.

Ivan Kyayonka

 Joined the Board in February 2015 as a non-Executive Director. Ivan is a well-respected businessman with a successful career with Shell in East Africa. Since 2012, Ivan has served ​as Chairman NSSF Uganda.

Piet Faling


Joined the board in February 2015 as a non-Executive Director. Piet was a member of

the Eskom's Management Board from 1993 to 1999 and played a key role in the restructuring of Eskom's generation business. For the past 16 years Piet has acted in advisory and management capacity to energy projects across Africa.

Florence Nsubuga


Was appointed a Director (Executive) of the company with effect from the 13th day of March, 2015. Florence is Umeme's Chief Operations Officer and a key member of the senior management team. She has a wealth of experience in the operations of the company. Florence holds a Master's degree in Economic Policy and Planning.

Sam Zimbe

Mr. Sam Zimbe  was appointed as an Executive Director of the company in November 2014. Mr.  Zimbe has served the Company for a significant period of time right from inception and served in the executive capacity as the General Manager Regulatory and Corporate Affairs and currently as the Deputy Managing Director. Sam is a qualified professional accountant with a Master's degree in Finance and Investment and has more than 20 years' experience in strategic senior management roles in Uganda, UK and the Caribbean, mostly in the electricity sector. Prior to joining Umeme, Sam managed the Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited (UEDCL) for two years following the unbundling of the electricity.