EACO Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is composed of the Chairperson of the Congress, Chairperson each of the Assemblies and the Executive Secretary. The Chairperson of the Congress is the Chairperson of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is responsible for the direction of the affairs of the Organization in between meetings of the Congress.

Executive Committee Members

Dr. Ernest Nsabimana, Chairman

Dr. Ernest Nsabimana is the chairman of East African Communications Organisation(EACO) and the Director General, Rwanda Utilities and Regulatory Authority - RURA

Dr. Ally Y. Simba, Member

Dr. Ally Y. Simba is the Executive Secretary of the East African Communications Organisations (EACO). He was appointed to the position on 1st August 2017 for a period of four years. Prior to his appointment he had served as a Director of Knowledge Management with the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH). He has more than 16 years of experience in communication industry where he has worked as an Engineer with a mobile phone operator, as a researcher, as regulator, and as policy maker with the central government of the United Republic of Tanzania. He received his B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Electronics Science and Communications from the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, in 1998, and the M.E and Ph.D. degrees in Electronics and Information Engineering from Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, in 2003 and 2006, respectively.

Dr. Simba was an Expert Researcher with the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Tokyo, Japan from 2006 to 2011, where he was involved in research on the effect of exposure from mobile phones and base stations to the human health. From 2011 to 2013, he was a Manager for Planning and Research with the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. From 2013 to 2015, he served as a Director of ICT at the Ministry of Communication Science and Technology (MCST) of the United Republic of Tanzania and later appointed to the position of Director General of TCRA in July 2015, a position he served until December, 2016. Dr. Simba has published widely in peer-reviewed international journals and presented his research work in more than 30 international conferences. He participated actively in the work of the Study Group 5 of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) since 2009.

During his tenure at the MCST, Dr. Simba was a group leader of the local expert group which formulated Tanzania’s Cyber laws, namely Cyber Crime Act and E-Transactions Act in 2015 and served as Project Director for the World Bank funded Regional Communication Infrastructure Programme (RCIP) as well as National ICT Broadband Backbone (NICTBB) Project.

Dr. Simba is a Chartered Engineer, registered with the U.K. Engineering Council and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, U.K., where he served an International Professional Registration Advisor for Engineering Professional Registration from April 2011 to March 2014. He is also a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Simba appears in 11th Edition of the Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 2011–2012. He was the recipient of the Japanese Government Scholarship (Monbusho Scholarship) from 2000 to 2006.

Mrs. Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo, Member

Mrs. Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo is AG. Executive Director of Uganda communication Commission (UCC)

Ms. Mercy Wanjau, Ag.Director-General, Member

Wanjau will serve in an acting capacity as the CA pursues a permanent replacement. After serving audit firm KPMG in South Africa as a junior legal consultant, Mercy Wanjau held a series of legal consultancy jobs for PwC, among other local firms. This is, however, not her first time working with the CA: she served as a senior and principal legal officer for the Authority in the early 2000s. She was also a regulatory specialist for the United Nations International Telecommunications Limited and as a non-executive Director for ICT Authority from 2009 to 2013. In 2019, she was appointed the Legal Director of the CA.

Dr. Jabiri Bakari Kuwe, Member

Dr. Jabiri Bakari Kuwe is the Director General of Tanzania Communication and Regulatory Authority (TCRA)

Mr. Samuel Muhizi , Member

Mr. Samuel Muhizi is the Director General of ARCT Burundi

Eng. Napoleon Adok Gai, Member

Eng. Napoleon Adok Gai is the Director General of National Communication Authorty, South Sudan (NCA)

Mr. Celestin Kayitare, Member

Mr. Celestin Kayitare is the Director General of National Post Office of Rwanda and Chairman of EACO Postal Assembly

Mr. Asiimwe Arthur , Member

Mr. Asiimwe Arthur is the Director General of Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) and Chairman of EACO Broadcasting Assembly

Mr. Amit Chawla , Member

Mr. Amit Chawla is the Managing Director of Airtel Rwanda and Chairman of EACO Telecom Assembly