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Press release: for immediate publication 8 Sep 2016
Spotlight on regional achievements as East African Power Industry Awards finalists are announced

Awards were established to celebrate sectorís successes
Kenya Power, Eskom Uganda, the Nile Basin Initiative, Songas and Ethiopian Electric Power are just some of the regionís leading lights in the power industry that are finalists in this yearís East African Power Industry Awards that will take place during the East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) on 21 September at the Hilton Hotel in Nairobi. Well known media personality and CNBC Africa television news anchor Bonney Tunya will be the MC during the awards gala dinner.

With just over two weeks left until the winners are revealed, the finalists of the second, annual East African Power Industry Awards have been announced following an extensive review of the esteemed panel of judges who have scored the individuals, companies and projects based on the excellent work they have been doing in the power sector during 2015/2016. 
These prestigious industry awards will welcome 200 of East Africaís most distinguished power industry professionals, many of them long standing attendees of the East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC). The awards were established to celebrate the outstanding achievements of companies, projects and individuals that are going above and beyond and are working tirelessly to improve and develop the energy sectors in East Africa.
The 2016 finalists in the East African Power Industry Awards are::::: 
Special Recognition Award 
- Ben K Chumo, Managing Director and CEO, Kenya Power and Lighting Company Limited, Kenya
- Fred Kabagambe-Kaliisa, Permanent Secretary, Uganda Ministry of Energy & Mineral Development, Uganda 
- Grania Rosette Rubomboras, Programme Officer: Power Projects, Nile Basin Initiative NELSAP/ Regional Interconnection Project, Rwanda, Citizen: Uganda
- Irene Margaret Nafuna-Muloni, Minister, Ministry of Energy & Mineral Development, Uganda
- Kevin K. Kariuki, Head of Infrastructure, Industrial Promotion Services, Kenya
- Ralph Nyakabwa-Atwoki, Technical Director, Sustnersol Uganda Limited, Uganda

Excellence in Power Generation
- Contour Global, Rwanda
- Eskom Uganda Limited, Uganda
- Ethiopian Electric Power, Ethiopia
- Geothermal Development Company, Kenya
- KenGen, Kenya
- Songas Limited, Tanzania

Excellence in Power Transmission or Distribution 
- Azuri Technologies, Kenya
- Ethiopian Electric Power, Ethiopia
- Kenya Power and Lighting Company Limited, Kenya
- KETRACO, Kenya
- TANESCO, Tanzania
- Umeme, Uganda

Outstanding Clean Power Project (under 5MW)
- M-KOPA Solar, East Africa 
- Mobisol, East Africa 
- Solar Africa, Kenya
- Solar Century, Kenya

Outstanding Woman in Power Ė Regional Award, East Africa 
- Azeb Asnake, CEO, Ethiopian Electric Power, Ethiopia 
- Catherine Adeya-Weya, Senior Representative East Africa, Fieldstone Africa, Kenya 
- Faith Wandera-Odongo, Deputy Director: Renewable Energy, Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Kenya 
- Grania Rosette Rubomboras, Programme Officer: Power Projects, Nile Basin Initiative NELSAP/ Regional Interconnection Project, Rwanda, Citizen: Uganda 
- Irene Margaret Nafuna-Muloni, Minister, Ministry of Energy & Mineral Development, Uganda
- Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources, Kenya
- Therese Sekamana, Founder and Managing Director, LED Solutions & Green Energy Rwanda Ltd, Rwanda 
- Thozama Gangi, CEO, Eskom Uganda, Uganda

Future Leader Award
- Andrew Lamosi, Managing Director, Chevron Africa Ltd, Kenya 
- Charity Wanjikyu, COO, Strauss Energy, Kenya 
- Erica Mackey, Co-Founder & COO, Offgrid, Tanzania 
- Faith Chege, Chief Financial Officer, Barefoot Power Africa Ltd, Kenya 
- Hasnaine Mohamed Yavarhoussen, Chief Executive Officer, Groupe Filatex, Madagascar 
- Sanga Moses, CEO, Eco-Fuel Africa Limited, Uganda 
- Tina Nduta, Founder/Managing Director, Eimara Africa Resources (Parent Company), East Africa Extractives Networks, Kenya 

Industry support for awards
The East African Power Industry Awards have become a popular gathering for the whoís who in the regionís energy sector. Co-Operative Bank and Rosatom are awards sponsors while the results are verified by Mazars.
Regional power gathering
The 18th edition of EAPIC is expected to gather more than 2000 visitors from more than 30 countries, including from the regionís leading power utilities, large industries, project developers and investors as well as dozens of technology and service providers who will showcase their products at the KICC in Nairobi from 21-22 September. Lucy Electric, a global secondary distribution leader in the electricity sector, is this yearís platinum sponsor, while Stanbic Bank is the gold sponsor.

The event is organised by Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK. Other flagship events in Spintelligentís power portfolio on the continent are African Utility Week, the West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC), iPAD Rwanda Power & Mining Investment Forum and iPAD Cameroon Energy & Infrastructure Forum.

EAPIC dates and location: 
Pre-conference Masterclass: 20 September 2016
Conference and exhibition: 21-22 September 2016, Opening session: 09h00
East African Power Industry Awards: 21 September 2016, 19h00
Site visits: 23 September 2016
Event location: KICC, Nairobi, Kenya

Website: http://www.eapicforum.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EAPIC_Expo
LinkedIN: East African Power Forum - EAPIC

Senior communications manager: Annemarie Roodbol
Telephone: +27 21 700 3558
Mobile: +27 82 562 7844

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