Office bearers of the current EPA Council
President: Mr Günter Leicher I. Eng.
Since 1994, Günter Leicher, who holds a B.Tech (Engineering) degree of the University of South Africa, has been involved in civil design and construction work site supervision, labour-based road works, the documentation of proposals and the drafting of plans as well as detailed surveying on projects throughout Namibia. Although he specialises in transportation and water projects, Günter has also worked on factories, industrial parks, shopping centres, warehouses, hotels, sports facilities and township development. In December 2008 he joined the international Knight Piésold Group as the regional manager of Namibia. Based in Windhoek, he is also responsible for a satellite office in Ondangwa.
Vice-President: Mr Frederick Muketi Pr. Eng.
Frederick Muketi is a qualified Mechanical Engineer with 30 years' experience in the heavy industry (cement) in Kenya, UK, Germany, USA and Namibia, specializing in maintenance procedures, computerized maintenance management, business process reengineering, plant reliability, root cause failure analyses, and capital projects management. In 1980, he graduated with an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nairobi, and at the same university obtained an MBA Degree in Operations Management in 2009. After nine years in private engineering consultancy practice, he joined the Ministry of Works and Transport, where he currently holds the position of Chief Engineer: Mechanical Services, charged with the capital projects management portfolio.
Immediate Past President: Mrs Sophia Tekie Pr. Eng.
Sophia has served on the EPA Council from 2000, starting as Civil Discipline Representative. She has subsequently served as Honorary Treasurer, as President from 2003 to 2006, and in 2011 has again been elected as President. She has also been a member of the Engineering Council of Namibia since 2000, as the only female executive member. Sophia is originally from Ethiopia, where she graduated at the Addis Ababa University with a BSc Honours degree in Civil Engineering, but is now a Namibian citizen. She joined the then Department of Transport, under the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication, as an Assistant Engineer in 1990, participated in the Road Sector Reform from 1995 to 2000, and joined the Roads Authority of Namibia in 2000, where she is now the Road Management System Manager (RMS), reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer. She has been the initiator and part of the team that developed a state-of-the-art RMS for Namibia, in which she was instrumental to move the “Vision” to a “Reality”. Her experience and practical knowledge gained during the Road Sector Reform of the principles and intentions of reform, and concurrent knowledge and hands-on experience gained in engineering, corporate governance and strategic management, have put her in a unique position to advise and share her experience to assist other organizations to move forward. She has thus presented papers at various national, regional and international forums on RMS and Road Sector Reforms. Her hobbies include music, reading and watching movies.
Honorary Treasurer: Mr Volker Fischer-Buder Pr. Eng.
Volker Fischer-Buder is a qualified mechanical engineer who graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BSc Eng (Mech) degree in 1984. He has more than 25 years' work experience as a professional engineer in the design, supervision, administration and project management of mechanical and electrical infrastructure and building projects throughout Namibia. He has his own consulting engineering practise located in the capital city, Windhoek.
Honorary Secretary: Dipl-Ing Ako Al-Jaf Pr. Eng.
Ako has over 23 years of professional experience in infrastructure planning, construction and maintenance in the roads, water and sewerage sector, in Germany, Algeria and Namibia, which he has chosen as his new home. He has been engaged in the Road Sector Reform Program in Namibia, and has taken a leading role in the successful implementation of the Roads Contractor Company. He is the project coordinator for the road sector capacity building programme of InWEnt in Namibia, and the Manager of the Roads Technical Training Unit of the Roads Authority since its establishment in 2007.
Electrical Engineering Discipline: Mr Fritz C Jacobs Pr. Eng.
Mr Fritz Jacobs is a Registered Professional Engineer, Chartered Secretary/Business Administrator and fellow/member of various professional bodies and societies. He holds an MSc Eng (Elec) and BSc Eng (Elec) from the University of Cape Town and an FCIS in Business Administration, Accounting and Financial Management from ICSA. He is the Chief Executive of Jacobs Engineering Consulting cc, and Director of various other businesses. Mr Jacobs served on various boards and committees, amongst others, Management, Audit, HR, Retirement Funds and Finance, which covered various sectors, namely: Academic, Consulting, Transportation, Telecommunications, Power, Mining and Properties.
Co-opted Council Member: Mr Rianus Gonteb
Rianus Gonteb is a qualified civil engineer and has 12 years diverse experience in road project planning, design, contract documentation, contract administration and project management. He has further gained significant expertise in the field of road asset management that includes road transport policy formulation, road infrastructure asset management planning, road economics and financing. His academic qualifications include a BSc. Eng. (Civil) degree from the University of Witwatersrand (2001), M.Eng. (Project Management) degree from the University of Pretoria (2008), and M.Sc. (Road Management and Engineering) degree from the University of Birmingham (2012). He has been a registered Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of Namibia since 2005. His career started with the Roads Authority in 2002, followed by a stint as Contracts Engineer with the Roads Contractor Company from 2006 to 2007, whereafter he returned to the Roads Authority as Regional Engineer in charge of road maintenance management for more than 25% of the Namibian National Road Network. Additionally, he has served as part-time lecturer at the Polytechnic of Namibia to further his social and skills transfer responsibilities towards the Namibian nation, presenting Introduction to Management Practices in the Civil Engineering Industry and Contract Law and Tendering semester courses to civil engineering students in 2010 and 2011.
EPA Administrator & NAL Registrar: Ms Tanja Bednarek