Vincent Noel Vika di Panzu
General Manager of Katanga Energy
Vika serve presently as Managing Director of KATen, a subsidiary of AEE Power created in the framework of the 2014 New Electricity Act that fully liberalize the DRC power sector. He is Electrical Engineer from University Lovanium, of Kinshasa, in 1974. He is bringing to the new company extensive background and experience gained along his professional carreer, more than 35 years, in SNEL, the state owned Power Utility, where, at various capacities, from bottom to the top of the company, he was active in power generation, transmission, distribution and commercialization and also in export of power to Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. He is former Deputy CEO of SNEL, from 1994 to 1997, and signed on behalf of SNEL, as Founder Member of SAPP (Southern Africa Power Power Pool) in dec 1995.
After being Advisor in International power business and SADC (Southern Africa Development Community) Energy Contact Point for DRC, 1998-2004, he was again CEO of SNEL, from 2004 to 2007. He also signed, on behalf of SNEL, as Founder Member of CAPP (Central Africa Power Pool) in 2005. As CEO of SNEL, he started successfully PPP initiatives as alternative sources of funding for the rehabilitation of infrastructures, namely at INGA 2 (1 group of 174 MW) and NSEKE (4 groups totalling 240 MW) HPP and NR KASAPA 220 kV/300 MA substation at Lubumbashi.
After SNEL, he occupied various Executive positions in the public sector as Director of Cabinet of Ministry of Energy, Chairman of INGA 3 Steering Committee, Member of the board of SNEL representing the Ministry of Energy and Coordinator at government level of electrification projects funded by WB, ADB and EIB. As Director of Cabinet he was leader in the drafting of the New Electricity Act in DRC.
Since 2016 he was appointed at non-executive positions as Chairman of Board of Directors of Ecobank DRC and Board Member of PPC Barnet Cement DRC.
He is also a Senior Independent Consultant in the power sector of DRC and SADC countries.