PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan has appointed Prof Mark Mwandosya a new board chairperson for the Energy and Water Utility Regulatory Authority (EWURA).
Prof Mwandosya is taking over from Prof Jamidu Hazzam Yahaya whose tenure of office has ended.
A statement signed by the Director of Presidential Communications Zuhura Yunus said the appointment is effective from August 15, this year.
Prof Mwandosya was Member of Parliament for Rungwe East constituency (now Busokelo) in Mbeya region, having been elected unopposed three times consecutively from 2000 to 2015.
He has also been Minister for Communication and Transport (2000-2005), Minister of State in the Vice President’s Office in charge of Union Affairs and Environment (2005-2008), Minister for Water and Irrigation (2008-2010), Minister for Water (2010-2012) and Minister of State, (Special Duties), Office of the President.
Moreover, he has also been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Stanbic Bank Tanzania from June 2017 to December 2021.
He was the Chancellor of the Mbeya University of Science and Technology (MUST) (2014-2018) and Chairman of the Governing Board of the Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial Academy (2017-2018).
He was professor in Electrical Engineering holding an endowed Professorial Research Chair in Energy Technology and Management at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM).
He has over 20 years of professional and lecturing experience in Tanzania, Norway and the United States.
He has devoted much of his time in research and studies in energy and natural resource development and use. He has been a consultant in a number of projects both in Tanzania and Africa.
Prof Mwandosya was a team leader of a group which drafted the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Energy Protocol.
Prof Mwandosya also drafted, for the Organisation of African Unity, and the African Economic Community, the protocol on energy and natural resources.