Kaela Kennedy SIAME
Director, Kafue Gorge Regional Training Centre
Kaela Kennedy Siame is the director of Kafue Gorge Regional Training Centre (KGRTC) based in Kafue Gorge, Zambia on the same locality as Zambia’s State owned ZESCO’s 990MW Kafue Gorge hydropower station.
KGRTC is a regional training centre involved in capacity building in hydropower technology and renewable energies.
He is member of the Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ) and a registered practising engineer. After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1989, Siame worked as an engineer for the Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines (ZCCM). He was involved with maintenance and installation of underground mining equipment.
He subsequently worked for a supplier of underground mining equipment (TAMROCK) in 1992 as service manager.
In the same year, he joined The Copperbelt University in Zambia, in the School of Engineering and was involved in lecturing mechanical engineering courses. Siame is a 2000 graduate of Surrey University where he completed his master of science degree.
Siame joined KGRTC as a lecturer in 2002 and subsequently appointed as training manager in 2004. He was appointed as director in June 2007 where he has been since then transforming it into one of the four Centre’s of Excellence accredited to the Association of Power Utilities in Africa (APUA) which is based in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.