Mtumbuka lands CEO job at UbuntuNet Alliance

Celebrated Malawian engineer and scholar, Dr. Matthews Mtumbuka, has been appointed new chief executive officer (CEO) of the Eastern and Southern African Research and Education Network, UbuntuNet Alliance.

Mtumbuka: Gets new role

Mtumbuka, who has had a long time stint with multinational companies in the fields of oil and telecommunications, among others, becomes the first Malawian to head the venture.

His appointment is effective May 1, according to an announcement by UbuntuNet Alliance chairperson, Professor Stephen Simukanga.

He takes over from Dr. Tusu Tusubira – the founding CEO- who was invited back to caretake the Alliance until the successor to the previous CEO, Dr Pascal Hoba, was identified.

Said Simukanga: “I congratulate Mtumbuka for this appointment and I look forward to working with him.”

An accomplished academic and engineer, Mtumbuka brings to UbuntuNet Alliance over ten years of senior management experience in telecommunications, academia, oil and banking technology industries.

Before accepting his new role at the UbuntuNet Alliance, Mtumbuka has been working for Airtel Africa in a regional role covering IT Operations and Governance and as a Special Assistant to the Chief Information Officer for Airtel Africa, a role in which he has been managing IT systems, infrastructure, billing, Airtel Money and other projects across 14 countries.

Prior to that, he worked as IT Operations and Governance Lead for Airtel Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda. He also worked as IT Director for Airtel Rwanda and Airtel Malawi; Head of Technical Services at the Malawi Switch Center (MALSWITCH) Ltd; and IT Service Delivery Coordinator at Shell Exploration and Production – Europe based in Aberdeen, UK. He has taught as an adjunct Lecturer in Management of Technology at the Business School, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Professionally, Mtumbuka has served as the president of the Malawi Institution of Engineers (MIE) for two years and as Chairperson for the ConnectIT Network, an association of IT Professionals in Shell in Europe. He was Executive Director of the Malawian Initiative for National Development and President of the Oxford University Africa Society.

He currently sits on boards of several companies and organisations in Malawi including NBS Bank, Nico Technologies and Responsible Safari. Previously, he served as Vice Chairperson for the Council for Mzuzu University among other university governance roles.

A registered engineer with the Malawi Board of Engineers and Rhodes Scholar, Mtumbuka received a PhD in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford in England in 2005 after graduating from the University of Malawi with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (with Distinction).

His PhD Thesis, titled: “MIMO Techniques for Future High-Speed Wireless Communications Systems’ – investigated techniques that would improve the rate of data transmission on the mobile phone for 4G/LTE technology and produced more than ten publications in refereed journals.

In accepting the post, Mtumbuka, who is also a newspaper columnist at The Nation,  stated: “I am excited about this great opportunity to contribute towards the development of technology for education and research institutions in our region.

“We will leverage the great work of my two predecessors to increase our product offering, grow service utilization and expand geographical reach in order to safeguard sustainability of the Alliance.”

Mtumbuka becomes the first Malawian to be appointed CEO of UbuntuNet Alliance which is headquartered in Lilongwe, Malawi.

UbuntuNet Alliance is the regional Research and Education Networking organisation for Eastern and Southern Africa. It plans, builds and operates UbuntuNet, the regional high-speed internet network dedicated to research and education in Eastern and Southern Africa.

The Alliance also promotes and supports the integration of advanced ICT services and tools in research, teaching and learning, taking advantage of the opportunities that come with the Internet.

It  was established in the latter half of 2005 by five established and emerging National Research and Education Networks (NRENs), namely MAREN (Malawi), MoRENet, (Mozambique), KENET (Kenya), RwEdNet (Rwanda) and TENET (South Africa).

The membership region of the Alliance spans across Eastern and Southern Africa, covering 26 countries.

Currently, 16 countries have joined the Alliance and are at different stages of development. The Alliance is incorporated as a Trust in Malawi and has its secretariat in Lilongwe, Malawi.

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Joni
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Joni

Congrats Mathews…………enjoy your God gift and your sweat……….umalimbikira pa Poly paja timakuwona………enawa nsanjetu basi, sakukudziwa!

Zonke Zizwe
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Zonke Zizwe

Watembu?
Go mwana wakwithu go!

hambakahle kamdidi
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hambakahle kamdidi

Matthews Mtumbuka!!! I think its time you grew up. Why do you still write your own articles and pay a reporter to feature you in their papers? You are the author of this article about yourself, as usual seeking fame for any personal achievement you get. That is why Nyasa Times has presented this article as written by a “Nyasa Times Reporter” without providing the name because it is you who has written it and they do not want to attach a name of one of their reporters to avoid consequences in case the contents are not true!!!

The advocator
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Shame!!! U r jealous, kkkkk. He is a fighter, and people recognise him!! Olo alembe yekha, fumbi ndiwe mwini kkkk

Patrick Mbendele
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Patrick Mbendele

So you didn’t read the widely publicized press release from Ubuntu signed by their press offer some Hastings? Apa nde mwangosonyeza combination of umbuli ndi nsanje per our national anthem. Engage we are proud to see a fellow Malawian grab big international job. Enanu busy with nsanje. If you work hard you can also achieve like him and others but you know to work hard at jealousy and hate. Mukhaala choncho

Thyolo Thava boy
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My friend stop being jealousy , this is guy is gifted.

YOHANE
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YOHANE

Jealous never pay, he is very big man my friend he has been my Boss what ever he did shows Success bravo Boss you made it big.

Graham
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Graham

Sanje siumuna amkolo. Malawi is still behind because of pipo like you. Congrats Matthews way to go brother.

Ebo
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Ebo

All the best doc…. don t mind the negative comments…. it’s normal in life

phillips wanga
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phillips wanga

We still smear our faces with tears of 2014 election memories,your name on the record of rigging.Bzyaa sapita kawiri mphwanga uyerekezenso ku UbuntuNET kwakoko.

namatetule
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The face looks like that of a witchdoctor. Makobiri onsewo osasamba bwanji? Matama tho ndi ntchalichi momwe.

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

Don’t be a hater. You will be hurting and never enjoy life. Have time to learn something from such people it will definitely help you in life.

gwenenthe mwale
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gwenenthe mwale

bola musakhale mukufuna kukabela mavoti ku UBUNTUNET-ALLIANCE
have you not planted a rigging machine there
can we search??????

Charlie Hebdo
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Charlie Hebdo

Congratulations are in order. Don’t mind the haters.

Tuvitwana
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Tuvitwana

Mwana wa kwithu kkkkkkkk. Zeru not Chimlirenji.

Zobanduka
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Congratulations Mathews…. A very impressive biography you got Sir! Inu mwayeneradi kukutchulani kuti bwana…You’ve done it Sir and you really deserve the best as you are the best indeed! Zabwino zomse bwana…

Iantana
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Iantana

Afana congrants and we wish you well!