:::::Mbeya University of Science and Technology (MUST)
Tuesday 11th of December 2018
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Prof. Mark James Mwandosya is the current Chancellor of the Mbeya University of Science and Technology, United Republic of Tanzania. He was Member of Parliament for Rungwe East constituency, having been elected unopposed three times consecutively from 2000 to 2015. Previously he has also been Minister of Communication and Transport (2000-2005), Minister of State (Environment) Vice President's Office (2005-2008), Minister of Water and Irrigation (2008-2010), Minister of Water (2010-2012) and Minister of State, (Special Duties), Office of the President. He was Professor in Electrical Engineering holding an endowed Professorial Research Chair in Energy Technology and Management at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He has over 20 years of professional and lecturing experience in Tanzania, Norway and U.S.A. He has devoted much of his time in research and studies in energy and natural resource development and use. He has been a consultant in a number of projects both in Tanzania and in Africa. Prof. Mwandosya was a Team Leader of a group which drafted the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Energy Protocol. Prof. Mwandosya also drafted, for the Organisation of African Unity, and the African Economic Community the Protocol on Energy and Natural Resources.

In 1985, Professor Mwandosya was seconded to the Government as Commissioner of Energy and Petroleum and rising to Permanent Secretary for Water, Energy and Minerals (1990 - 1992) and Permanent Secretary for Industries and Trade (1992 - 1993). He has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC), Chairman of the Tanzanian and Italian Petroleum Refining Company Ltd. (TIPER), Chairman of the National Urban Water Authority, Chairman of Williamson Diamonds Ltd., Chairman of SIEMENS (Tanzania) Ltd., Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tanzania Industrial Research and Development Organisation (TIRDO), Chairman of Council of College of Business Education and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kibo Paper Industries Ltd. Prof. Mwandosya has also been Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Southern African Development through Electricity (SADELEC). He has been Vice-Chairman of the National Development Coporation (NDC). He has been a Director in numerous Boards such as the UNESCO National Commission, Tanzania Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (TPTC), Tanzania Electric Supply Company Ltd., (TANESCO), AGIP (T) Ltd., Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC), the Tanzania National Scientific Research Council and the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology, the Tanzania Zambia Pipelines Ltd (TAZAMA), and the Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA), Commissioner (Non-executive) of the Tanzania Communication Commission (TCC), and Member of Council of Sokoine University of Agriculture and Institute of Development Managment Mzumbe. Professor Mwandosya has also been involved in state sector reforms including privatization and in the crafting of Tanzanians long term development vision (Vision 2025). He is currently Member of the Advisory Board of the PanAfrican Energy Tanzania Ltd.

Prof. Mwandosya holds a BSc (Engineering) 1st class Honours from the University of Aston (1974) and a PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Birmingham (1977).

Prof. Mwandosya has written a number of books and numerous publications in the fields of engineering systems, energy, water, environment, and regulation of utilities. Since 1993 Prof. Mwandosya has participated actively in and was head of the Climate Change Studies Programme in Tanzania. He has attended meetings of Subsidiary Bodies and Conferences of Parties (CoP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change since 1995. In 1997 Prof. Mwandosya was the Chairman of the Group of 77 and spokesman for the Group of 77 and China at the meetings of the subsidiary bodies for the Climate Convention and during the negotiations for the Kyoto Protocol. In 2007 special stamp was issued by the Tanzania Postal Services to recognise his contribution to the protection of the environment. He was a founder member of the Steering Commitee of the United Nations Environmemt Program (UNEP) International Resource Panel until 2016. He is a Registered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Tanzania(IET), and Fellow of the Tanzania Academy of Sciences.