KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

KEYNOTE 1: Responsible Safety

Dr. Hendri Geldenhuys

Formerly, Eskom, South Africa

Date: Monday 23rd August, 2021

Session: 06:45–07:15 UTC

ABSTRACT:

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BIO:

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KEYNOTE 2: Increasing Use of Certificate Programs for Sustainable Workforce Development in Africa Through ICT

Photo - Urenna Onyewuchi

Urenna Onyewuchi, Ph.D

Owner and Director of the A Professional Africa platform

Date: Tuesday 24th August, 2021

Session: 0600-0630 UTC

ABSTRACT:
With sub-Saharan Africa’s relatively low GDP, a high unemployment rate and low standard of living, decently priced online or in-person certificate programs can replace the tenuous and expensive “university model” for tertiary education and better match learners to organizations, private or public, that immediately require the specific skills learned from the programs. This model is being adopted in the United States, though mostly for individuals who have Bachelor’s degrees. The “Bachelor restriction”, I believe, is a result of the certificate programs being marketed by colleges and universities as opposed to secondary schools. Either way, the programs have seen certificate-earners quickly getting hired by employers and their expected incomes increasing significantly. Dr. Onyewuchi looks to market these programs to SS3 students in Africa through public and private secondary schools. The value of high-quality international-grade online certificates is being researched by her A Professional Africa platform so as to optimize workforce development strategies for Africa.
This talk will cover strategies, resources and tools that will ensure ideal use of certificate programs to strengthen and apply the high productivity-potential of adults in sub-Saharan Africa. Read more

BIO:
Urenna Onyewuchi, Ph.D. is the owner and director of the A Professional Africa platform (aprofessionalafrica.com). She is heralding change in education, workforce development and workforce satisfaction of African committees and economically disadvantaged communities in the United States of America and the globe. She has Master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering with a specialization in asset management of systems (soft or hard) from top-tier university, Georgia Institute of Technology, and an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Virginia State’s George Mason University. She is a subject matter expert in education, power quality, energy management, smart metering, fire-root cause analysis, etc. from her tenure with Corning Incorporated. Dr. Onyewuchi branded and established the IEEE Power Africa Conference as a leading annual technical conference on the African continent with research and development (R&D) on products and services to increase electrification in Africa. She has led Women in Power sessions for the conference and can be reached at www.linkedin.com/in/urenna.

KEYNOTE 3: IEEE in Africa

Vincent KAABUNGA

Vincent Kaabunga, SMIEEE

Chair,
IEEE Africa Council.

Date: Wednesday 25th August, 2021

Session: 0600–0630 UTC

ABSTRACT:
The IEEE Africa Council brings together fourteen African Sections and Subsections across Africa to collaborate on joint activities, representing and giving a voice to IEEE members in Africa.  The Council was formed in Nov 2018 and its current membership includes Algeria, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia. The presentation will chart the Institute’s efforts to expand its presence in the region and the Council’s work in supporting IEEE members in Africa and responding to the unmet needs of the African engineering community as a whole.

BIO:
Vincent Kaabunga is a Knowledge Management and Organizational Development Specialist with cross-training in Engineering, Management and M&E. He studied Electrical Engineering at Makerere University and pursued post-graduate studies in Information Technology at the University of Pretoria and Strategic Business Management training at the Strathmore Business School.
Vincent is a Telecommunications Engineer and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He has worked extensively in a professional capacity across Eastern and Southern Africa, and in South East Asia. He has over 20 years of experience in sustainable development and organizational capacity development.
He is a member of the IEEE Communications Society, the IEEE Computer Society, the IEEE Standards Association and IEEE Women in Engineering. He has served as liaison to the IEEE Board of Directors, Chair of the IEEE Kenya Section, and in various regional capacities. He has actively led and supported efforts on the ground that have seen the formation of new IEEE Sections, Student Branches, local Technical Chapters and, most recently, the IEEE Africa Council.

KEYNOTE 4: Harmonization of Standards towards the Operation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AFCFTA) – AFSEC’s perspective

Bernard Modey, AFSEC President

Ing. Bernard Kofi Tawia Modey

President of the African Electrotechnical Standardization Commission (AFSEC)

Date: Wednesday 25th August, 2021

Session: 0630-0700 UTC

ABSTRACT:
The launch of the AFCFTA in Accra in January 2021 signifies a giant step towards the promotion of trade that will not only generate employment opportunities for our citizenry but also indirectly improve their standard of living.
Lack of harmonized standards were identified very early among the Technical barriers to trade (TBT) and various entities linked to harmonization of standards, regulations and conformity assessment have been working to reduce these barriers. AFSEC has been working with other partner institutions like ARSO, AFRAC and AFRIMET to address these barriers.
AFSEC is concerned not only with goods but also with systems. We see harmonization of the specifications of our electrical systems through the various power pools (WAPP, EAPP, SAPP, NAPP) as central to unleashing the vast energy resources and potentials that will help drive the industrialization and development of the African continent.
It is in light of the above that AFSEC is delighted at every collaborative opportunity between it and similar institutions like IEEE that has gained a lot of popularity on the continent in recent times to work together to improve the socio-economic situation of our people

BIO:
Ing. Bernard Kofi Tawia Modey
was elected as the President of the African Electrotechnical Standardization Commission in July 2019 in Cairo, Egypt.
He worked for the Volta River Authority in Ghana for 15 years in both technical and managerial positions. He later joined the Ghana Grid Company as a Senior Manager and later became the first Director of the Southern Network Services Department. He also served briefly as the Director of Human Resources and Services before his appointment as Director System Operations.
He was a member of the Engineering and Operating Committee (EOC) and later the Strategic Planning and Environment Committee (SPEC) of the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP). He was the Chairman for Joint Committees (EOC/SPEC/FINANCE/HRG) meeting of the West African Power Pool (WAPP) in Grand Bassam in 2014. Read More

KEYNOTE 5: Integrated Resource Planning for National Electric Power Infrastructure - a Vehicle for Sustainable Development and much more

Professor Joseph Mutale

Professor Joseph Mutale

Professor of Sustainable Energy and Electric Power Systems (Emeritus),
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering,
The University of Manchester.

Date: Thursday 26th August, 2021

Session: 0630-0700 UTC

ABSTRACT:
In recent years integrated resource plans have increasing been embraced as a vehicle for holistic development of national power infrastructure. This keynote address will touch on the main dimensions of integrated resource planning from technical issues (demand forecasting, generation, transmission, and distribution planning) to cross cutting issues such as social inclusion, job creation, climate and environmental impacts including regulatory, financing and procurement aspects. Some key challenges in the context of developing countries are discussed such as how to best ensure the plans are implemented and achieve indented outcomes.

BIO:
Professor (Emeritus) Joseph Mutale was born in Zambia and educated in Zambia, Norway and the UK. He obtained a BEng degree in Electrical Machines and Power Systems from the University of Zambia in 1981, a postgraduate diploma in Electric Power Distribution Systems from the Norwegian Institute of Technology between 1983 and 1984. His MSc in Electric Power Transmission and Distribution and PhD in Power System Economics were obtained from UMIST, which is now part of the University of Manchester, in 1987 and 2000 respectively. Prior to his retirement on 30 September 2020, he was a Professor of Sustainable Energy and Electrical Energy Power Systems at the University of Manchester, UK. Prior to joining the University of Manchester in 2002, he spent over 15 years in the electric utility industry in Zambia. His industrial experience includes a wide range of technical posts at Copperbelt Power Company, now Copperbelt Energy Corporation and ZESCO, the Zambian National Utility. The posts at the national utility included Transmission Manager and Director of Engineering Development. He was worked extensively in renewable energy and co-founded the Zambia Renewable Energy Association and is the Director the Education Partnerships in Africa project in Zambia. He is also subject matter expert supporting creation of World Bank funded African Centres of Excellence in Renewable Energy. He has also supported curriculum development for the Pan African University Centre of excellence in Water and Renewable Energy including Climate change (PAUWES) in Algeria and redevelopment of the MSc programme in Renewable Energy at the University of Zimbabwe. Prof Mutale is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology, UK) and EIZ (The Engineering Institution of Zambia) and Senior Member of IEEE (USA).