Dr.Towela Nyirenda Jere works in the Regional Integration, Infrastructure and TradeProgramme at the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency as a Principal Programme Officer focusing on policy, legal and regulatory aspects of infrastructure and services.
She is an electrical engineer with 20 years’ experience working in the private sector, academia and currently in international development.
Towela brings knowledge and experience in dealing with policy, legal and regulatory issues to advance implementation of projects in the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA). Among other things, she has participated in projects in job creation estimation for infrastructure projects, a proposed center of excellence for infrastructure regulation and establishment of multi-stakeholder processes for the ICT sector.
She holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering (Networking and Telecommunications) from the University of Kansas, a Master of Arts in Contemporary Diplomacy (Internet Governance), an ACCA Diploma in Financial Management and is a qualified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (USA). Towela is a member of the Malawi Institution of Engineers, the Internet Society (ISOC), the Project Management Institute and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She also serves on the IEEE Ad-Hoc committee on Africa Activities.