Board of Directors


Patrick Bitature

Chairman of the Board

Member of the institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, UK and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries, FCIS.

Patrick is the Board Chairman of Umeme Limited and the Chairperson of the Nominations Committee. He is also a member of the Strategic Review Committee.

Patrick’s leadership of the Board spans from his experience as the founder, Chairman and CEO of Simba Group of Companies,
a conglomerate spanning telecoms, real estate, power generation, agro-business, mining, hospitality tourism and media interests. He is keen on development of the energy sector in Uganda.

He also relates well with people from all walks of life giving customers access to top management and the board of directors which promotes good customer service management.

In terms of corporate governance, Patrick has also played a big role in the structural framework of the Company, in particular internal structures aimed at delivering the strategy and objectives of the Company underpinned by the environmental, social and governance considerations driven by the ethos of the founding shareholders.

He is also a member of the Presidential Investors’ Round Table (PIRT) and is the Honorary Consul, Australian Consulate in Uganda.

Patrick has been on the Board since November 2007.

Selestino Babungi

Executive Director

Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (UK) (FCCA); Certified Public Accountant – Uganda (CPA) and Graduate of Statistics from Makerere University.

Selestino is the Managing Director
and member of the Board since March 2015. He is also a member of the Environmental Safety and Governance Committee, Customer Service and Loss Reduction Committee and Strategic Review Committee. As the Managing Director, Selestino is responsible for the day to day management of the Company, which includes execution of the corporate strategy to deliver results for the different stakeholders.

Prior to his appointment as Managing Director, he served as Umeme’s
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) since January 2011, having held operational management roles in the Company, from 2006. During the period as the CFO, Umeme was listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange and cross listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange and the Company mobilized USD 190 million of syndicated financing facilities from the lender group to finance the period’s capital investment plans.

Prior to Umeme, worked at Ernst & Young Uganda for six years, in different roles in providing audit and advisory services to clients from the private and public sectors.

Hon. Gerald Majera Ssendaula

Non-executive Director

Holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree from the Nairobi University, Kenya.

Hon Ssendaula is a member of the Board of Directors and the Chairperson of the Customer Service and Loss Reduction Committee. He is also a member of the Audit Committee and Nominations Committee.

Hon Ssendaula is experienced
in establishing private and public relationships and this is exhibited in his leadership as Chairman of Private Sector Foundation Uganda and Chairman Board of Directors Uganda Revenue Authority.

He is also a Special Advisor to the President of Uganda on finance.

Hon Ssendaula is a retired Member
of Parliament and Cabinet Minister, who held the portfolios of Energy and Finance and was previously a banker on the Barclays Bank Uganda Limited Management team.

Hon Ssendaula has been on the Umeme Board since November 2013.

Florence Namatta Mawejje

Non-executive Director

Master of Science Degree in Human Resource Development (Manchester University UK) and Executive MBA- Strategic Management, (ESAMI/ Maastricht, The Netherlands).

Florence is a member of the Board of Directors since April 2016. She is also a member of the Environment, Safety and Governance Committee.

Her wealth of experience stems from advising on Corporate Governance Managerial Administrative and People Management.

Florence is currently the General Manager, Human Resources at Centenary Rural Development Bank. She previously served as the General Manager, Human Resources at MTN Uganda (1998-2009 HR Manager, Care International Uganda, Human Resource Management Director, East and Southern Africa (ESA) business Cluster at Unilever Kenya.

She is a board member of several institutions including the National Social Security Fund and Uganda Clays Ltd and has previously served as the President of the Human Resource Managers Association of Uganda.

Pieter Adriaan Faling

Non-executive Director

Graduate of the advanced executive programme University of South Africa; Graduate of the Programme for executive development, Institute of Management Development, Lausanne; Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of Pretoria

Pieter is a member of the Board of Directors and the Chairperson of Environmental, Safety and Governance Committee. He is also a member of the Customer Service and Loss Reduction Committee.

Pieter has worked extensively in
the electricity sector since 1972. As Executive Director of Transmission, he was a member of Eskom’s Management Board from 1993 to 1999 and also played a key role in the restructuring of Eskom’s generation business.

For the past 16 years, Pieter has also acted in advisory and management capacity to multiple energy projects in South Africa, Kosovo, Nigeria and Mozambique.

Pieter is keen on delivery of reliable and safe electricity; customer service management, implementation of the business strategy and loss reduction innovations; assessing and monitoring compliance with legislation and the regulatory requirements together with assessing standards for minimizing risks.

Florence Nsubuga

Executive Director

Masters in arts in Economic Policy and Planning and Bachelors of Commerce.

Florence is an executive director and member of the Board. She is also a member of the Customer Service
and Loss Reduction Committee and Environmental, Safety and Governance Committee.

Florence has served as Umeme’s Chief Operations Officer and a key member of the senior management team since 2012.

She has several years of extensive operational experience as a Regional, Area and District Manager with Umeme and Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited.

Florence is committed to energy
loss reduction countrywide and she supervises 4 Regional Managers and 25 District Managers.

Part of her responsibilities is to oversee the delivery of Umeme’s strategic business objectives through a decentralized structure.

Florence has been on the Umeme Board since March 2015.

Riccardo Ridolfi

Non Executive Director

Master of Laws (University College London), Bachelor of Laws (Australian National University), Bachelor of Economics (Australian National University).

Riccardo is a qualified lawyer, admitted to practice in England and Wales, Italy and Australia.

He was elected a Non Executive Director on the 17th day of May, 2018.

His experience derives mainly from advising corporates, sovereigns and multinational organizations in matters relating to finance, energy and foreign investment. He also matured significant experience negotiating concessions and tariffs for off-grid investments in the region.

Riccardo is the founder of Equatorial Power, an access to energy company active in East Africa. He was previously a partner and Director for Absolute Energy Africa Ltd, a renewable energy and mini grid developer. Before that, Riccardo was an associate in the Banking and Finance department of Pavia e Ansaldo (an Italian international law firm), advising on structured and project finance, investment funds and foreign investment protection.

He has served as a pro bono Investment Advisor to the Government of Uganda, through its Embassy in Rome and has consulted for the Africa Caribbean Pacific Secretariat in Brussels on investment related matters. Over the last few years, Riccardo has championed accelerated access to productive energy in sub-Saharan Africa, both as an investor and an advocate.

Andrew Buglass

Non-executive Director

MA in Modern Languages, University of Oxford; Diploma of the Chartered Institute of Bankers; and Approved Person, Financial Conduct Authority.

Andrew was elected a Non Executive Director on the 17th day of May, 2018.

He chairs the Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Strategic Review and Audit Committees.

He has 30 years of experience of banking and finance, and has focused exclusively on the energy sector since 1992.

Andrew founded and runs Buglass Energy Advisory, a UK based consultancy supporting energy sector investors and developers with strategic and commercial advice.

Prior to that, he led the energy finance team at Royal Bank of Scotland in London. Earlier roles included heading the Utility Finance practice at ING Bank in Amsterdam, and leadership roles within international energy developers PowerGen plc and Unocal Corporation.

He has been a regular expert contributor to UK Government
and industry groups on policy and investment issues, Co-Chair of the Low Carbon Finance Group, and Chair of the Utility 2050 project led by Imperial College London. He also serves as a non-executive director for two UK companies in the solar and offshore wind sectors.

Anthony Marsh

Non-executive Director

Bsc (Hons) Banking and Finance, Loughborough University of Technology, UK.

Anthony was elected a Non Executive Director on the 17th day of May, 2018.

He is a member of the following committees: Audit, Strategic Review, Environment, Social and Governance and Customer Service and Loss Reduction.

Anthony has 35 years’ experience investing both debt and equity in infrastructure, particularly the electricity sector. These included; setting up

the UK’s Green Investment Bank at
the request of the UK government
and being Chair of the Investment Committee, and CEO of a fund manager providing debt and guarantees into African and SE Asian infrastructure on behalf of the UK, Swiss, Swedish
and Dutch governments. Currently, in addition to his role at Umeme, Anthony is a member of investment committees for the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, GuarantCo, Aviva Infrastructure and an infrastructure fund in the Baltic States, and chair of a Charity, Energy.

4 Impact, providing support to make productive use of energy in Africa.

Stephen Emasu

Non-executive Director

Chartered Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant (FCCA; CIPFA, ACMA, CGMA and CPA)

He was elected a Non Executive Director on the 17th day of May, 2018.

Stephen holds a post graduate degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and another from the University of Stirling. He

also holds a number of professional accountancy and finance qualifications. Stephen was one of the founder members of the Ugandan CPA, and was a Board member of the Public Accountants Examination Board of the ICPAU for about 9 years.

He is currently Chair of the ACCA Global Forum of the Public Sector, a position he has held since 2014.

Stephen has many years of audit experience having worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers for several years as a Senior Audit Manager. For
the past 16 years, Stephen has worked with or provided technical advice to various ministries responsible for finance in about 10 African countries, including the Ugandan and Rwandan Ministries of Finance under either the World Bank or the Fiscal Affairs Department of the IMF.

Stephen has been on the IMF roster of PFM Experts since 2012, and has participated in more than 15 IMF missions in different African countries.