SMIN Power Group CEO Steps Down to Serve in Public Office in the DRC.

Dr. Mubenga Appointed Director General of Electricity Regulatory Agency of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Dr. Mubenga Appointed Director General of Electricity Regulatory Agency of the DRC.

SMIN Power Group LLC founder, Dr. Ngalula Sandrine Mubenga Ph.D., PE, has stepped down from the role as company CEO in order to serve as the new Director General of the Electricity Regulatory Agency (ARE) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  This appointment was made by DRC President Felix Tshisekedi and announced On July 17, 2020 on Radio Télévision Nationale Congolaise (RTNC) by Deputy Head of State Spokeswoman Tina Salama.  Before being appointed Director General of the Electricity Regulatory Authority, Dr. Mubenga was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Electricity Company (SNEL).

SMIN Power Group was founded by Dr. Mubenga in 2011 to help bring electricity to the DRC.  The company maintains offices in the USA and the DRC.  With this change of leadership the company can continue operations specializing in the design and installation of renewable and solar power energy systems while avoiding an appearance of a conflict of interest that might otherwise be raised.

Dr. Mubenga is excited about the opportunity to serve the AREDRC in her new role.   She has a dream about bringing electrification to the DRC.  Her vision in this regard stems from having been born in Kinshasa, the capital city of the DRC.  It was as a young woman growing up in Kinshasa where she experienced first hand the problems caused by a lack of electricity.  She almost died from a medical emergency caused by a burst appendix when the local hospital had no electricity for several days.  At that time she vowed to bring electricity to the Congo.  Following her recovery, she proceeded to earn Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of Toledo in the USA where she now teaches as a professor of electrical engineering technology while also working tirelessly on her mission to bring improved access to electricity to the Congo.

In recent years she has also founded the STEM DRC Initiative, a non-profit organization that provides STEM Scholarships to worthy Congolese Students.  Over 60 young men and women are now attending university as a result.  Some of this work was done in collaboration with DRC First Lady Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi.  Both of these professional Congolese women have a passion for helping young ladies train for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.  The STEM DRC Initiative believes that social and economic transformation of the entire nation will surely follow an increase in higher education in STEM fields.  Learn more about the scholarship programs and how you can help support STEM education in the DRC by visiting www.StemDRC.com (DRC) and www.StemDRC.org (USA).

 

 

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