Abel Didier TELLA
Director General, Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA)
Abel Didier Tella is a Beninese national and a graduate in electrotechnical engineering (1983). He holds a master’s degree in electrotechnical engineering and a postgraduate diploma in renewable energies (1985).
Abel Didier Tella is the current director general of the Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA), formerly known as UPDEA, which he led as secretary general from April 2008 to December 2012 before the change of denomination.
APUA has 56 active members in 45 African countries and 25 affiliate members in Africa, Europe and America.
Before taking up this position, he worked at SBEE, Benin national Power Utility, for 25 years from 1983 to 2008, where he served as engineer, head of studies and projects in electricity from January 1986 to January 1990, then regional director of SBEE in several regions of his country including Cotonou, the economic capital from January 1990 to January 2002 and commercial and marketing director from January 2002 to January 2008.
At international level, Abel Didier Tella was a member of the Scientific Council of the Regional Centre for Solar Energy (CRES), in Bamako, Mali, from 1986 to 1989, and in this capacity he participated in the elaboration of the terms of reference for the project to create a photovoltaic systems production structure for the member countries of CEAO.
In his current position, he has built over years a strong partnership between APUA and main African and International institutions in charge of energy and donors.
Adel Didier Tella speaks fluent French, English, Spanish and Russian and some Portuguese.