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The identity of African power and the elite: David Birungi



David Birungi

Stakeholder Relations Manager | Umeme LTD

This article first appeared in The African Power & Energy Elites, 2019. You can read the journal articles here or subscribe here to get a printed copy.

WHO WAS YOUR ROLE
MODELS DURING THE MAIN STAGES OF YOUR LIFE?

As a child, my mother, Jane Magura, who brought us to her
own, encouraged me to listen to the news broadcasts – BBC Radio – stay
informed about what was happening in Uganda and beyond. It inspired me to continue.
career in public affairs. My brothers also played an influential role in many
from the decisions that I made during my life.

WHAT DO YOU THINK
MAKES A SUCCESSFUL LEADER?

The leader must display the characteristics of the truthful and
predictable character.

WHAT ARE YOU
BIGGEST STRENGTHS?

I have the ability to withstand situations and build
people to be successful on their own. I can also analyze
situations and data to distinguish 360 degrees of understanding to form
workable solution.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST
BLIND ZONES?

I have always proceeded from the fact that people understand
The situation is just like me. Often this is not the case, and I get
the impatience I'm trying to work on.

WHAT IS ONE?
IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT DO PEOPLE FREQUENTLY PASS ABOUT YOU?

Some people may initially perceive my character as
uncompromising, but those who worked with me know that I am honest and sensitive
to personal and professional situations of people.

WHAT TIPS DO YOU HAVE
FOR SAVING MOTIVATED TEAM?

The fact that I found motivation gives a clear direction to achieve
Vision. Also, appreciate and mark milestones along the way.
to achieve the ultimate goal.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST
THE RISK THAT YOU WERE EVERYWHERE?

I was a high school economics teacher for a year and a half
the years I left in 2003 to pursue a career in the energy sector
starting from the lowest rank was a huge risk.

WHEN THINKS
NEW PARTNERSHIP, WHAT ARE THE FACTORS FOR YOU?

Integrity – I believe that distorted facts, not
straightforwardness often creates unnecessary distrust in business
deal. When I encounter such situations, it becomes difficult to move.
forward.

WHAT OF YOUR
Leadership skills were the most difficult to develop?

Bringing people to justice is always a problem, especially
when business performance indicators are constantly changing. Often these indicators
create inverse relationships. For example, efforts to improve public safety in
poor communities suffering from power theft and vandalism can worsen SAIDI
(Index of the average duration of the interruption by the system) and SAIFI (average by the system)
Interrupt rate indicator). Instead, they will save a life or
two.

Secondly, I was appointed to take over the stakeholders
The role of management, which is not simple. I am six months in this, and this
a challenge that I still want and can take on. This includes negotiation.
and make concessions whose benefits cannot be realized immediately.

WHAT IS THE MOST?
IMPORTANT LESSON OF LEADERSHIP YOU LEARNED?

The biggest lesson learned is that you have
leader to empower others and clarify the purpose of what you intended
to reach. As a leader, you must also place trust in your team in order to be
trust.

WHAT YOU CAN
PROUD OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL CAREER?

I have always been a supporter of social networking for business.
goals, even when people were skeptical. In my previous manager role
Digital Media, I pushed to see it integrated into a common business
communication model. This improved the visibility of our brand, and we cut the phone
expenses in proportion to 50% for seven months. We won praise for it.

Secondly, I was the district manager in two different
serving areas with over 38,000 customers at the time. While I was there,
I led a team that improved the profitability of business units.
reduction of energy losses from 48% to 32% in one and a half years.

HOW YOU REACH
BALANCE IN YOUR LIFE?

I do not believe that there is a balance between professional and
private. Life is like the ebb and flow of the ocean – work takes time
from family life and family life may intersect in work. Having an open
communication with my family about work is important, especially when she
goes into my personal time. My current role puts me in the public eye.
where my children often see me on tv and then feel part of what i have
does. I will inform them regularly in advance so that I have fewer explanations
at the end of the day.

WHAT BEST BOOK
YOU READ THIS YEAR
?

The Book of Daniel Kalinaki izza Kizza Besigye and Uganda
Unfinished Revolution ”is a good book. This clearly reflects the events that
to shape modern Uganda and its geopolitical future. I would recommend it.
anybody

Born of Crime, Trevor Noah, is another good book. it
captures the class struggle of apartheid in South Africa.

What is the trend in
GLOBAL ENERGY SPACE, YOU SEE THAT THE INNER IN GENERAL ENERGY,
AND WHAT IS THE TREND RELEASE?

As more direct investment in generation and
Spread, these investors will be actively involved in changing
work ethic and breaking down historical business models, putting utilities under
tremendous pressure. As the public becomes more and more independent of energy and more
modular, decentralized solutions are entering the market, I see no demand for
future public utility projects. In addition, African power
basins will not see the completion of huge energy projects, as each country wants to
his own energy independence due to the revival of nationalism.

Customer service needs for better reliability are collected
increase, putting pressure on public utilities. Therefore work
public utility workers must change in order to prepare for these
social requirements.

Finally, many regulators will play catch-up, because technologies and models for financing energy markets are developing faster than the African energy regulatory framework can cope with. There is a risk that decisions with serious consequences will be delayed or made wrong, as regulators will try to keep up.

This article first appeared in The African Power & Energy Elites, 2019. You can read the journal articles here or subscribe here to get a printed copy.


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