Prof. Izael Pereira Da Silva has a PhD in Power Systems Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). He is also a Certified Energy Manager (CEM). At present, he is a Professor at Strathmore University and the Deputy Vice Chancellor – Research and Innovation.
He started the Strathmore Energy Research Centre (SERC), which he led as the director from 2012 – 2017. Before working at Strathmore University, he was an Associate Professor at Makerere University, in the College of Engineering Design Arts and Technology (CEDAT), where he worked for 13 years.
In November 2016, Prof. Da Silva was appointed to serve as Chairman in the Independent Power Producer, Power Purchase Agreement (IPP/PPA) taskforce, constituted by The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Kenya, to help reduce the electricity tariff. He is also a member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) – (Atlanta, USA), Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (UIPE), Africa Europe Energy Partnership (AEEP), African Renewable Energy Technology Platform (AFRETEP), Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).