By Najibu Mulema

Patrick Masambu: The first sub-Saharan African Director General of the international telecommunications satellite organization (ITSO)

Yes, Masambu attained the top most position at ITSO on Thursday night. But who is he?

Patrick Francis Masambu was born on 27th August 1951 in Uganda. He studied at the University of Nairobi where he graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering, specializing in Telecommunications in 1974. He also has an MBA from Eastern & Southern African Africa Management Institute (ESAMI)    which he attained in 2001 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Telecom systems from University of Essex, U.K in 1984.

Prior, Masambu worked as the chief executive of Uganda Telecom for two years and from there he worked as the CEO of Uganda communications commission (UCC) for 10 years.

Before attaining his current position at ITSO, the 65 year old has been the Deputy Director general as well as director of technical affairs for over six years at the same company.

Mr.  Masambu’s other responsibilities in the recent past have included: Chairman of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization for two years; Vice Chairman of ITU-T Study Group for Mobility for eight years and chairman of the Association of Regulators for ICT in the Eastern and Southern Africa sub region. He was also influential in establishing the Uganda Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (UPTC) in 1977.

Masambu was on Thursday elected as the new Director General of an America based International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO) making him the first sub Saharan African to be elected to the position.

This guy did us proud as Uganda. Congratulations.