Dr. Albert Ndayitwayeko is a highly experienced and knowledgeable professional with more than 20 years of experience in Environmental Assessment, Climate Change, Environmental Policy, Program/Project Monitoring and Evaluation, Natural Resources Conservation and Management, Human Health Risk Assessment, Environmental Education, Communication and Interpretation, and Disaster Risk Reduction.
For the last 23 years, Dr. Ndayitwayeko has provided highly valued environmental consulting services to: The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Health Canada, Care Canada, the Ontario English and French Boards of Education, the University of Windsor, Ontario, Saint Claire College, Windsor, Ontario, the University of Ottawa, Canada, the Academy for Educational Development, Washington, D.C., the Jane Goodall Institute, Silver Spring, Maryland, the United States International Development Agency, USA.
Dr. Ndayitwayeko has gained unparalleled environmental consulting expertise internationally through his rewarding and highly appreciated assignments in Mali, West Africa, Uganda and Tanzania, East Africa, Madagascar, Haiti, Timor Leste, Thailand and the Pan African Organization African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Dr. Ndayitwayeko possesses a Master’s Degree in Science Education from the University of Florida, and a PhD degree in Environmental Sciences from the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
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Mr. Philippe Niyongabo is a Burundian national. He holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Lawrence, Kansas, USA and a post-graduate degree in Energy Planning and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. He also has a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from ISIM, Mons, Belgium.
From December 2015, he is working as Senior Energy Expert for the Department of Infrastructure and Energy of the African Union Commission (AUC). From February 2005 until October 2015, he was the Head of Energy Division in the Department of Infrastructure and Energy of the AUC. During that period, he developed the following major regional energy programs: (i) The Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA-energy sector), (ii) The Regional Geothermal Program and the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF) for the Eastern African Countries and mobilization of over a Hundred Thirty Five million USD (US$ 135 M); and (iii) The Harmonized Continental Regulatory Framework for the Electricity Market in Africa, among others.
Before joining the AUC in 2005, he held high level positions in his country, Burundi, including: Managing Director and Board Member of the National Utility Company for Water and Electricity (REGIDESO), Chairman of the Board of Directors of SINELAC (International Electricity Company for Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda), Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister of Burundi in charge of economic affairs and infrastructure and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Sugar Company (SOSUMO).
Areas of expertise:
– Energy policy and planning at national, regional and continental levels for the short, medium and long terms;
– Development of energy master plans and action plans for the short, medium and long terms at national, regional and continental levels;
– Financial resources mobilization as well as elaboration and negotiation of financing agreements with multilateral institutions and at bilateral level and public-private partnerships;
– Institutional reforms and performance evaluation of utility companies in electricity and water sectors; and
– Regional integration and promotion of regional infrastructure programs and projects.
Mr. Donatien BIHUTE is a highly regarded free-lance consultant and Senior International Expert for more than 30 years; especially in (i) economic development and regional integration, (ii) corporate governance, (iii) project planning, programming and budgeting ,(iv) financial engineering, (v) public private partnerships, and much more.
Some of his achievements include, but are not limited to:
Working as a free-lance consultant for many international organizations, including the World Bank, the USAID, the African Development Bank, the European Union, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the African Union’s African Peer Review Mechanism, APRM (2000 to date);
Serving as Burundi National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (1988-1999)
Working as the Vice-President, (Operations) of the African Development Bank; in charge of the development of general and sectoral development policies; planning, programming, budgeting, supervising Bank’s Group operations; supervising technical assistance to borrowing member countries, and loan administration.
Serving as a Burundian Cabinet Minister of planning and international economic cooperation; initiated the First Five Year National Development Plan and related macro-economic policies; and coordinated external aid negotiations (1978- 1982).
Serving at the World Bank as Executive Director, sharing the collective Board responsibilities of: (i) supervising the general management of the World Bank Group; (ii) approving loan proposals and Bank Group’s operational policies (iii); representing 18 African and Caribbean countries on the Board of Directors; and
Mr. Donatien Bihute holds a Master of Arts (M A) degree in Economics and Social Sciences. University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
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Ottawa Ontario, CANADA
Eng. Alfred D. BYIGERO has more than 20 years of extensive and progressive experience both at national and international levels with proven skills in high level energy sector regulation, policy formulation and implementation as well as climate change.
His education background includes a postgraduate degree (MBA) in Energy and Environmental Management from the University of Twente, the Netherlands and BSc in Electrical Engineering from Garyounis University, Libya. He is also APMG Certified PPP Professional (CP3P).
Prior to joining the regulatory environment in the early 2000, Alfred had worked for the Ministry of Energy in Rwanda where he had looked after several energy projects relating to hydro power, methane gas -to – electricity and as a visiting lecturer at the National University of Rwanda. He had also received training and worked in petrochemical industry, Mossgas Pty (now PetroSA) in Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Alfred was one the pioneers in the creation and growing of the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) back in 2002 for which he served in different capacities as Director of Electricity regulation, Director of Gas regulation, Director of Energy regulation, Director of Planning and eventually as Deputy Director General in charge of Energy, Water and Sanitation Regulation. He left RURA in 2017 with a wealth of 15 years of experience and regulatory expertise for Mauritius where he started from scratch and headed the Utility Regulatory Authority (URA) as its first Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The URA legal mandate is to regulate electricity, water and waste water infrastructure in Mauritius. He later left URA early 2019 to advise African nascent regulatory institutions as an independent energy regulatory expert.
During his tenure at RURA and URA, Alfred had been at the fore front in the foundation of several regional regulatory associations for which he served as Executive Committee Board’s member for several years. Those are the Network of Energy Regulators of the Indian Ocean Commission, the Regional Association of Energy Regulators of Southern and Eastern Africa (RAERESA), the Energy Regulators Association of East Africa (EREA) and the Eastern and Southern Africa Water and Sanitation Regulators Association (ESAWAS). He is also the initiator and co-designer of Masters programme in “Regulatory Economics and Competition Policy”, a joint project between the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) and the College of Business and Economics (CBE) of the University of Rwanda. That postgraduate programme that started last year with a first batch of 25 students in Rwanda intends to train well qualified regulatory professionals from across the African continent and beyond.
Besides, Eng. Byigero is a regular panelist in the training of regulators organized twice a year by the Public Utility Research Center (PURC), University of Florida in USA.
Alfred has co-authored a few scientific articles amongst which “The prospects of the Nairobi Framework for the Clean Development Mechanism in Sub-Saharan Africa”, a paper published in Climate Policy, the UK scientific journal.
In addition to his native language Kinyarwanda, Alfred is fluent in English, French, Arabic and Swahili languages
Phone: +227 91523126, +250-78 830 3910
Ms. Wivine Ntamubano is an International Environmental Expert with 28 years’ experience in environmental education and more than 20 years in conservation, environmental policy programming, natural resources management, pollution control and abatement, sustainable environmental impact assessment (EIA), climate change, and disaster risk reduction (DRR.
She is a champion in helping program and project’s recipients including women and other disadvantaged groups in gaining a variety of experiences in, and acquiring basic understanding of, the environment and its associated challenges.
Wivine gained her superior knowledge and exceptional reputation in environment and natural resources management through her training and training of trainers, teaching, and finally from her career at the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat where she acted as the Head of Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Department from 2008 to 2015 and Disaster Risk Reduction Ad visor from 2016 to 2018.
Ms. Ntamubano holds Master Degree in Genetics (Crop Improvement) from the University Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Louvain La Neuve, Belgium, and a Bachelor Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Burundi.
Tel: +255-765456111; +257-79633859
Mr. Placide Kalisa is the Global Environmental and Energy Consulting Services, Inc. ‘s Funds Development and Events Coordinator responsible for fundraising, donor stewardship and event planning activities. His portfolio encompasses, but is not limited to: developing and delivering on the overall fundraising strategy, building capacity, growing revenue, and anticipating organizational needs and priorities.
Mr. Kalisa has outstanding customer service record, high enthusiasm, and strong attention to details. For more than 10 years as the president of the Rwandan community of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, he has shown his superior ability in community organizing, relationships building with internal staff, donors, prospects, volunteers, and suppliers; setting and achieving realistic time-limited fundraising targets.
Building on his proven experience in this area, Mr. Kalisa is expected to create our company’s sustainable and diverse funds development portfolio, with funding streams including government institutions, individuals, major gifts corporations, community partners, events, and other sources; lead the planning and management of all funds development activities; implement partnerships, renewal and recognition activities; coordinate and promote web-based fundraising; prepare publicity material and press kits for potential donors; lead communication with key partners and funders with the aim of cultivating growing and sustaining long-term funding and collaboration; maintain the Global Environmental and Energy Consulting Service, Inc.’s website and ensure that content is updated and always current; work with all forms of media, and produce supporting materials such as posters, newsletters and digital platforms; continuously raise awareness through our social media channels; coordinate and follow up on mailing campaigns, as well as partners requests; manage and update the database to record solicitors, gifts, pledges and prospects; and prepare budgets and provide periodic progress reports.
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Dr. BUTUNAGU Herménégilde has a PhD in Animal Science from the University of Kharkov, Soviet Union, a post graduate certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment, and a post graduate certificate in Tropical Animal Diseases. He is a member of several professional associations such as the Veterinary Association of Burundi (AVB) and he is a board member of the Burundi Veterinary Order. He is a multilingual professional (French, English, Russian, Kirundi and Swahili).
Since 1990, Dr BUTUNAGU has headed numerous livestock projects in Burundi funded by various donors including the European Union, the World Bank, FAO and World Vision. He is currently a Senior Consultant for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); a UN specialized agency that invests in rural people, empowering them to increase their food security, improve the nutrition of their families and increase their incomes.
Throughout his career, Dr BUTUNAGU has played a leading role in rural communities’ capacity building in the areas of animal husbandry, environmental stewardship, sustainable livelihood, food security and environmental impact assessment. He is also well-versed in project monitoring and evaluation, environmental risk assessment and environmental remediation.
Dr BUTUNAGU has also organized a number of training of trainers in livestock farming, community outreach and trans boundary animal diseases control.