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Patrick Francis MASAMBU

Candidate to the Post of Director of the BDT (Telecommunication Development Bureau)
Patrick Francis MASAMBU, Uganda

    Patrick Francis MASAMBU


Name Patrick Francis MASAMBU
Nationality Ugandan
Date of birth 27th August 1951
Current position title Executive Director,
Uganda Communications Commission
Contact details Address: P O Box 1584 Kampala, Uganda
Telephone: +256-31/41-339000


A leader and manager with ability to work either on individual basis or as part of a team; one that values consultation and transparency; respectful of others; self motivated; enjoys challenges; and time conscious.

A Telecommunications professional that has established a track record of competence and strengths in: Network engineering, planning and management; policy formulation and development; regulation; and ICT development.



October 2001 Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Eastern & Southern African Africa Management Institute (ESAMI)
1984 Postgraduate Diploma PGD (Telecom Systems)
University of Essex, United Kingdom
1974 BSc (Engineering)(Hons)
University of Nairobi, Kenya



November 2005 International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Hammamet, Tunisia
Effective Regulation
October 2005 Institute of Corporate Governance, Uganda
Corporate Governance
June 2003 University of Florida, USA
Utility Regulation & Strategy 
August 1999 ESAMI, Arusha
Regulation and Privatisation
December 1998 Adam Smith Institute, UK
Utility Regulation
August 1997 Cable & Wireless, Coventry, UK
Change Management and Telecom Restructuring
August 1995 Longitek, Canada
Telecommunication Information Systems
November 1994 ITU, Geneva, Switzerland
Radiocommunication Spectrum Management
May 1991 British Telecom, UK
CCITT No 7 Signalling
October/November 1990 NEC/Japan
Network Planning
October- December 1987 Cyprus Telecoms Authority
Engineering Planning
November/December 1979 Space Applications Centre, India
Satellite Communications Planning


  • Member of Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers


Additional Responsibilities: Current and Immediate Past

Chairman, AFRALTI Governing Council: February 2006-February 2007

One year responsibility as Chairman of the Governing Council for the African Advanced Level Telecommunications Institute (AFRALTI) Nairobi, Kenya that is owned by and provides key human resource development to 9 countries in East and Southern Africa.

Chairman, East African Regulators, Postal and Telecom Organisation (EARPTO): March 2005-March 2007

Two year responsibility as Chair of the Congress of major agencies and companies responsible for regulation, postal, and telecommunication services in East Africa.

Vice Chairman, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation: September 2004 To date

A part-time responsibility as part of a team that serves as a Board to oversee the functions of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, headquartered in London, UK on behalf of the Commonwealth countries.

Vice Chairman, Study Group 19, of the ITU-T: October 2004-2008

A part-time responsibility, serving as a member of the Management Team that spearheads the work of ITU-T's Study Group 19: the lead group on mobile telecommunication networks.

Member, International Advisory Committee, PURC, University of Florida, USA: June 2004- To date

A Member of an international team of regulatory experts that provides advice to the University of Florida's Public Utility Research Centre on issues to do with the programmes ran by the Centre.

Uganda's Representative to the ITU Council: October 2002-November 2006

Representation of Uganda on the ITU Council, a body that functions like a Board of Directors and has the primary responsibility of overseeing the functioning of the ITU Secretariat based in Geneva, on behalf of the membership of the Union.

Vice Chair and Chair, Association for ICT Regulators in East & Southern Africa (ARICEA): January 2003-January 2005

Had the primary responsibility of leading and working with a team that spearheaded the establishment and subsequent operationalisation of the Association, including the formulation and development of a variety of model ICT regulatory guidelines for the member states.


Executive Director, Uganda Communications Commission: January 2000-To date

Overall responsibility as Chief Executive for the regulation of the Communications sector in Uganda covering both postal and telecommunications.

Managing Director, Uganda Telecom Ltd: February1998-December 1999

Overall responsibility as Chief Executive for the management and operation of Uganda Telecom Limited.

Deputy Managing Director/Telecoms: November 1994-February 1998

Overall responsibility for the Telecommunications sector in Uganda Posts and Telecommunications Corporation covering Planning, Construction, Operations and Maintenance.

General Manager/Engineering Planning & Construction: March 1988-October 1994

  • Overall responsibility for long and short term planning of telecommunications services for both domestic and international access in Uganda Posts & Telecommunications Corporation (UPTC).

  • Overall responsibility for implementing the plans and projects developed as per (1) above, up to commissioning and ready for commercial traffic.

  • Responsibility for major ongoing projects.

  • Co-ordination of the Commonwealth Telecoms Council Programme for Development in Uganda.




Period(s) Location
International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation (ITSO) - Assembly of Parties January 2006  Washington, USA
World Summit on Information Society November 2005 Tunis, Tunisia 
(WSIS) Phases 1 November 2003 Geneva, Switzerland  
Annual Global Symposia of Regulators 2001/2002/2003/2004/2005 Hong Kong/Geneva/ Tunisia
Annual Commonwealth Telecoms Council Meetings 2002/2003/2005 Cyprus/Uganda/ Cameroon
African Regional Preparatory Meeting for WTDC 06 July 2005 Abuja, Nigeria
Annual ITU Council Sessions 2003/2004/2005 Geneva, Switzerland  
ITU-T Study Group 19 (SSG-IMT 2000) 2001/2002/2003/ 2004/2005 Geneva, Rio de Janeiro, Moscow
World Telecom Standardisation Assembly October 2004 Florianopolis, Brazil
ITU Telecom Africa May 2004 Cairo, Egypt
ITU Plenipotentiary Conference September/ October 2002 Marrakesh, Morocco
World Telecom Development Conference March 2002 Istanbul, Turkey
Africa Telecom November 2001 Johannesburg, South Africa



  1. P. Masambu "Telecom liberalization in Africa -Progress, Problems, Prospects: The Regulatory Challenge.", Commonwealth Business Conference, 26-28 July 2000, Mauritius.
  2. P. Masambu "Effecting a regulatory transition to a competitive market -An adaptive approach." ITU Telecom Africa 2001: Policy and Development Summit, 13 November 2001, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  3. P. Masambu "Rural Communications Development: A new Policy, Strategy, and Implementation Approach." World Bank Workshop, 24 April 2002, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
  4. P. Masambu "Development of rural communications in Uganda." Global Symposium for Regulators, 8-9 December 2003, Geneva, Switzerland.
  5. P. Masambu "Market Reform: Experience in Telecom Reform -Some key lessons and Uganda's experience" University of Florida, Gainesville, 13 January 2004, USA.
  6. P. Masambu "Addressing ICT Development through new institutions in Africa." ITU Telecom 2004, 4-8 May 2004, Cairo, Egypt
  7. P. Masambu "Experience and Lessons for Progressive Reforms - Uganda." World Dialogue on Regulation for Network Economies (WDR) Expert Forum Africa, 23 May 2004, Cairo, Egypt
  8. P. Masambu "ICT Infrastructure for Rural Areas - Uganda's Experience." Workshop for Permanent Secretaries on the Implementation Strategy of the National ICT Policy. 11-13 March 2005, Bagamoyo, Tanzania.
  9. P. Masambu "Regulatory challenges in transitioning to IMT-2000: Possible Approaches." ITU Seminar on Fixed Mobile Convergence and Transition to IMT-2000, 9 -12 May 2005, Nairobi, Kenya.




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