About Our Team

Power to the People

Prof. Idris Rai

Acting Chief Executive Officer


Professor Idris Rai is an Associate Professor at The State University of Zanzibar (SUZA)  where he also served as a Vice Chancellor from 2011 – 2019. He holds a PhD in Networking and Computer Science from Telecom ParisTech in Paris, France. He obtained his MSc. and BSc. degrees, both in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, awarded respectively by Bilkent University and Bogazici University, in Turkey.

 Prof. Rai worked as a Research Associate at Lancaster University for three years until 2007. Prior to this appointment, he was a Professor at the School of Computing and Informatics Technologies of Makerere University, Uganda. He has received various awards and recognition as a result of his contribution in research and academics. He is the winner of competitive 2009 IBM Faculty award, 2010 Google research grant and the 2009 and 2010 Internet Society fellowship.

Tiwonge Banda

Finance and Administration Manager

Tiwonge Banda holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) focused in Business Models from ESAMI/MSM and a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of Malawi. He is an experienced Manager with over a decade of a proven track record of working at regional level, with National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in Eastern and Southern Africa and fostering collaborations with partners globally. 

Beatrice Ng’ambi


Beatrice Ng’ambi joined UbuntuNet Alliance in 2005 as a Project Accountant and has over the years risen to become the Accountant. Beatrice is a Chartered Accountant with the ACCA and also holds a Bsc In Bussiness Management. She is the defacto Accountant for  the Alliance and for all projects the Alliance implements including the AfricaConnect and the Hozrizon 2020 projects among others.

Joe Kimaili

Technical Manager 

Joe Kimaili is a Network Engineer with over 10 years experience as UbuntuNet Alliance Chief Technology Officer. Joe manages and oversees the Alliance’s Network Operating Center in Kampala, Uganda. He has been very critical in rolling out the UbuntuNet Network and has been to every Point of Presence (PoP) of the UbuntuNet network to lay the infrastructure and manage configurations of the network.

Wilson Wasswa

Network Engineer

Wilson Wasswa graduated from Makerere University with Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications Engineering  in 2013. He has worked as IP Access and NGN Solutions Engineer with MTN Uganda and ZTE Uganda before joining UbuntuNet Alliance.

Eliakim Okundi

Project Manager

Eliakim Okundi has over 15 years of experience with cutting-edge leadership in IT Management and Strategy, Project Management, Strategic Change and Business Process Reengineering in both private and public sectors. He has, prior to joining UbuntuNet Alliance in 2021, worked as Project Delivery Manager (Airline IT Systems Implementation) at Kenyan Airways Plc since 2014. He has also served as an ICT Manager in the Ministry of Agriculture (Kenya). He holds a BSc in Computer Science & Engineering from Maseno University, an MBA (Strategic Management) and an MSc in Computer Science (Distributed Systems) both from the University of Nairobi.

Harold Bowa

Business Development Intern

Harold Bowa graduated from the University of Malawi with a Bacleor of Social Science majoring in Economics in 2021. He works closely with the Service Portfolio Department in identifying business ventures and opportunities for UbuntuNet Alliance and its NREN Members.  

Hastings Ndebvu

Communications Officer

Hastings Ndebvu holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Malawi and certification from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). He has worked as a mainstream journalist and media trainer before joining UbuntuNet Alliance as Communications Officer in 2015.

Mable Swart Nkhwazi

Executive Assistant

Mable Swart Nkhwazi has over 10 years of working experience in Executive Management, office administration and Human Resource Management.  She has worked as an Executive Assistant at Sempha Malawi and SimbaNet Malawi Limited and Access Malawi before joining UbuntuNet Alliance. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and currently pursing a Master in Business Adminstration at Unicaf University.  

Alex Mwotil

Service Portfolio Manager

Alex previously worked with RENU,
the NREN of Uganda, as a Senior Systems Engineer for 5 years. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Computer Science at Makerere University in Uganda.

Nasser Ssessaazi

DevOps Intern

Nasser Ssessaazi joins the UbuntuNet Alliance Technical team as a DevOps Intern based in Kampala, Uganda. He  graduated from Makerere University with a Bachelor of Science in Software Development in 2019. 

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