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Azeb Asnake (Eng), CEO of Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), and the enterprise she leads were recognized at the East African Power Industry Award held in Nairobi on September 22.
Since joining the construction industry in 1986, she has worked her way up from junior engineer to department head at the Addis Ababa Water and Sewerage Authority. In 2006 she was hired as project manager of Gibe III hydroelectric power which is the largest dam in Ethiopia with a generation capacity of 1870MW.
Four years ago she became CEO of EEP, one of the largest continental electric generation and transmission enterprises.
At the East African Power Industry Awards she was recognized ‘Outstanding Woman in Power in East Africa’.
Azeb is the first woman to become a hydroelectric power project manager. She is well known for her management skills and has also served as a focal person of UN Habitat Water for Africa Cities Program, according to the statement that Capital obtained.
She has also received the African Project Leader Excellence Award during the 2nd annual Women in Construction Congress held in Johannesburg on May 28, 2014.
Her enterprise, the Ethiopian Electric Power also won the award for ‘Excellence in Power Generation.’ EEP is one of the government enterprises that has grown the most.
Ethiopia is looking to produce and export renewable energy, and EEP is instrumental in this ambitious plan. EEP operates and maintains more than 12 hydropower and three wind power plants located in different parts of the country with an installed capacity of more than 4,290MW.
It is also undertaking the construction of several projects including the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (6000MW). EEP has a portfolio management unit with a track record in managing and administrating more than seven mega generation and transmission projects at a time in the last 10 years.