African women to dominate at African Utility industry awards


By Godfrey Olukya 1-5-2017

The organizers of this year’s African Utility Week have said it will be Ladies first as African Utility Week Industry Awards Finalists are
announced Former President Mandela’s personal assistant Zelda la Grange guest speaker in Cape Town

”This year’s African Utility Week Industry Awards in Cape Town on 17th May will have a distinctly feminine feel with an all women cast
and a strong line-up of ladies amongst the finalists for the coveted awards for leading energy and water professionals.” the organizers
have said.

African Utility Week and Energy Revolution Africa are organized by Spintelligent, a multi-award-winning exhibition and conference
producer across the continent in the infrastructure, real estate, energy, mining, agriculture and education sectors.

The statement from Spintelligent said, ”Former South African President Nelson Mandela’s personal assistant, Zelda la Grange, is this year’s guest speaker at the awards. She currently serves as the Patron for the First for Women Foundation, is non-executive Director of the non-profit organisation Healing Hands and annually acts as a co-ordinator of Bikers for Mandela Day.”

It added on that women are also well represented amongst the award finalists and this year four ladies grace the shortlist for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Huawei, the well-known global information and telecommunication giant, is the lead sponsor for the African Utility Week Industry Awards.

Among the finalists for Lifetime Achievement Award are Azeb Asnake, Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Electric Power, Ethiopia, Barry MacColl, General Manager: Research, Testing & Development, Eskom, South Africa,- Dale Robertson, President, Enerscan Consultants Ltd, Canada, Des Muller, Chairman, NIASA Supply Chain Development Sub-Committee, South Africa.

Others are Dr. Elham Mahmood Ahmed Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure & Energy, African Union Commission, Ethiopia, Fred
Kabagambe-Kaliisa, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy & Mineral Development, Uganda,Rosette Grania Rubomboras, Programme Officer: Power Projects, Nile Basin Initiative NELSAP, Rwanda/Uganda and Helen Tarnoy, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Aldwych International Ltd, United Kingdom.


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