UMEME
UMEME Leadership Team  


photo Charles Chapman
Managing Director

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 Sam Zimbe
General Manager: Corporate and Regulatory Affairs

Sam is a qualified professional accountant with a Masters 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 sector.

photo Selestino Babungi
Chief Financial Officer

Sele stino is an accountant with over a decade of experience in financial management, accounting, external audit and credit management. Selestino is a graduate of Statistics, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) of Uganda and a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants of UK (FCCA). Selestino was appointed as CFO after serving as Regional Manager responsible for operations and Credit Manager at Umeme. Prior to joining Umeme, Selestino worked at Ernst and Young, Kampala Office in several capacities and on diverse assignments.

photo Florence Nsubuga
Chief Operations Officer

Florence took up her role as COO in January 2012 after several years of extensive operational experience as a Regional, Area and District Manager with Umeme. Florence holds a Masters degree in Economic Policy and Planning.

photo Phil Ball
Chief Safety Officer

Phil is responsible for Umeme's public safety programs across the country. Phil has over 25 years experience in construction engineering and electrical distribution safety and quality management.
Phil has a MSc in Occupational Safety and Health and is a Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

photo Simbiso Chimbima
Chief Technical Officer

Simbiso is an electrical engineer and an MBA holder. Simbiso brings to Umeme 20 years experience in the electricity supply industry across Southern Africa including overseeing the pre-payment metering installation project in Zimbabwe as General Manager of Zimbabwe Electricity Distribution Company.

photo Eamonn Furniss
Chief Information Officer

Eamonn Furniss is the Chief Information Officer at UMEME Ltd.
Eamonn holds an MBA, MA and Bsc in financial information systems from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He is an accomplished Business and ICT professional with significant international experience with leading consultancies (IBM, EDS, and Accenture) in Europe, (PARC, and Globeleq) in the Middle East and Africa. He has extensive experience in International IT Projects, IT Management, Tendering, Bid evaluation, Implementation, Project Management, and Business Continuity.

photo Aidan Byrne
Head of Customer Service

Aidan is responsible for Customer Relationship Management and business process optimization at Umeme. Prior to joining Umeme, Aidan spent 38 years with Electricity Supply Board Ireland in a variety of roles focused on Customer Billing and Payments, Customer Relationship Management and Business Process Optimization.
Aidan has a B.A Economics from University College, Dublin

photo Henry Rugamba
Head of Communications

A seasoned Public Relations practitioner, Henry spent 10 years with British American Tobacco Uganda in marketing and corporate affairs roles before going into private PR consultancy operating in Rwanda and Uganda where he consulted for MTN Uganda, MTN Rwanda, PwC, IFC, The World Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

photo David Alderton
Corporate Development Manager

David joined Umeme from Actis in 2010 to work on several priority strategic initiatives for Umeme. As an executive with Actis, David was involved in a number of corporate transactions and programs for portfolio companies across Africa. Prior to joining Actis, David worked with HSBC investment bank in London and has a Masters degree in Development Economics.

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George van der Merwe
General Manager (Capital and Contracts Division)

George has some 44 years of international experience in Transmission and Distribution electrical utilities. He spent most of his working career with Eskom (South Africa) where he held various senior management positions. He was also involved in the formative years of Umeme as CTO from 2004 to 2006.
George is registered as Professional Engineer with ECSA, is a Fellow member of SAIEE and he holds a B.Sc. (Hons) (University of Pretoria), the Advanced Executive Management Programme (Unisa), Project Management Diploma (Unisa) and Government Competency Certificates for both Electrical and Mechanical Engineer.

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Josepha Tibenderana Ndamira
Head of Internal Audit

Josepha Tibenderana Ndamira B Comm (Accounting), CIA, FCCA, CPA (U), MBA is an experienced internal audit practitioner with over 10 years experience in external and internal audit.
She holds an MBA from Edinburgh Business School (Heriot-Watt University-UK), she is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA); a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (UK); a Certified Public Accountant (Uganda) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree from Makerere University.
Prior to joining UMEME, she worked with Ernst & Young (Uganda), Barclays Bank, Uganda Telecom and Baylor College of Medicine.
Josepha is an active member of the Training committee of the Institute ofInternal Auditors (Uganda Chapter).