Namibian Member Committee

The Namibian WEC Committee aims to provide electricity for its people, through optimum and unbiased ranking of energy resources in Namibia (including solar and nuclear resources), increasing generation capacity, and expansion of transmission and distribution networks. It faces the challenges of rising generating costs in Namibia and other countries, and aims to work with organisations such as the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) and the African Forum for Utility Regulators (AFUR) to spread the WEC’s influence and knowledge and help to guide energy progress in Namibia and Southern Africa.

Chair: Siseho Simasiku

Chair

Mr Simasiku is Chair of the Namibia World Energy Council Member Committee. He has more than thirty years of experience in the energy sector, of which sixteen years have been at senior policy and regulatory level. He started his career lecturing at the School of Engineering, University of Zambia, after which he worked at the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication. In 1993, he joined the Ministry of Mines and Energy as a Chief Energy Researcher, responsible for the promotion of the use of renewable energy. In 1995, he was promoted to Director of Energy before assuming the position of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry. Mr Simasiku served on the Board of NAMCOR as Chairman between 1997 and 2000 and between 2008 and 2011. In 2000, he became the first CEO of the Electricity Control Board and, in 2002, became the first Chairman of the Regional Electricity Regulators Association (RERA). He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the African Forum for Utility Regulator (AFUR).

Secretary: Miryam Thomas

Secretary

Miryam Thomas holds an MBA in Human Resources Management and Marketing Management from Bangalore University, India and a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Business Enterprise. She also holds a Diploma in Business and Personnel Management from London Metroploitan University, UK as well as a National Diploma in Computer Studies from Lambeth College, UK. Currently Ms Thomas is the Chief Control Officer at the Directorate of Energy-Ministry of Mines and Energy, responsible for all administrative and financial matters for the Directorate. She has been the Secretary General for the Namibian Member Committee since the re-establishment of the committee in 2010. She is also Secretary for the Electricity Steering Committee at the Ministry, a body that deals with energy affairs in Namibia and is attended by CEO’s and MD’s. Since 2008, she has been a part-time lecturer in the department of Business and Management at the Polytechnic of Namibia. During her tenure as Secretary General, she has organized a series of successful national meetings in Namibia.