Zimbabwean Member Committee

Zimbabwe Energy Council

Website: http://www.zimenergycouncil.co.zw

The Zimbabwe Energy Council (ZEC) is a vehicle for strategic planning, networking and action by senior executives in the private and public sectors, who have a broad interest in all energy issues. The organisation also seeks to forge a better understanding of energy issues in order to optimally shape the energy sector for the benefit of all Zimbabweans. ZEC strives to play a pivotal role in energy related issues affecting Zimbabwe by bringing senior influential executives together, with the aim to identify and implement effective sustainable solutions, provide factual and relevant data and knowledge, strengthen the energy network in Zimbabwe and enhance awareness of energy issues in Zimbabwe and globally.

Chair: Liberty Mhlanga

Dr. Mhlanga is the Chair and inaugural President of the Zimbabwe Energy Council, a member committee of the World Energy Council. He worked in Geneva Switzerland for the United Nations (UN) in preparation for the 1972 Stockholm Conference for Environment, which led to the establishment of the UN Environment Headquarters in Africa in Kenya. After holding many other successful posts and facilitating workshops on the environment all over the world, Dr. Mhlanga returned to Zimbabwe in 1981 after independence where he was instrumental in establishing the Agricultural Rural Development Authority (ARDA), and went on to become its inaugural General Manager. He has since been on many boards in many organizations including serving as chairman for the Zimbabwe Development Bank (ZBD) and the Zimbabwe Water Authority (ZINWA).

Secretary: Panganayi Sithole

Panganayi Sithole is the Secretary General of the Zimbabwe Energy Council and its inaugural Chief Executive Officer. He has been an instrumental force in the establishment and development of the Council. He previously worked for an International Financial Institution in Corporate Banking and Risk Management, and has been extensively involved in the financing of mega projects ranging from dam constructions, water and sanitation and the development of power projects in the region. Prior to this, he co-ordinated a UNEP Chemical programme funded by USEP that was responsible for co-ordinating the management of hazardous substances in Africa. In addition, he has been extensively involved in the World Health Organisation negotiations that ushered in the very first Health Treaty, Framework Convection For Tobacco Control (FCTC).