Chief Executive Officer
Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) Africa
Emmanuel Sampa Katepa is the Chief Executive Officer of CEC Africa. He is a career engineer and manager with over twenty years’ experience in the power sector in southern and West Africa. Before being appointed to this role, Emmanuel was the Technical Director of the company with a mandate to provide services to CEC Africa group companies in the areas of technical due diligence, technology selection, project development and post-acquisition business plan integration, monitoring and evaluation. Emmanuel headed the technical team in the $250 million acquisition of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company and the $25 million equity acquisition in North South Power Company Limited, both in Nigeria. He was also technical lead in the development of a $200 million, 128MW heavy fuel oil fuelled power plant in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He has extensive West Africa power experience including previous assignments in the Gambia and Liberia
Prior to this role, Emmanuel headed CEC Renewables in Zambia, where he developed pilot and small scale renewable energy projects including solar, 1 million litre per annum capacity biodiesel plant and a 2MW biomass gasification based power plant. He spent the early part of his career in operations and maintenance roles including heading the mechanical maintenance unit of a 220kV and 66kV transmission network. He was for two years engaged in a Change Management role as part of the Reengineering Team at CEC following its privatisation. He established the Asset Strategy Department at Copperbelt Energy Corporation in 2001. In this role, he worked closely with the Asset Management team of National Grid, UK to establish the Asset Management function at CEC.
Emmanuel sits on the Boards of companies in Mauritius, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Zambia.
Professionally, he is a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and registered under COREN; he is a fellow of the Engineering Institution of Zambia and also a member of the Institute of Asset Management (IAM), UK. IAM has been instrumental in the formulation of ISO 55000, the 2013 standard for the management of physical infrastructure assets by the International Standards Organisation.
Emmanuel holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree with honours in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Birmingham in the UK and a Master of Engineering Degree in Maintenance Management from the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Copperbelt University in Zambia.