Jean Pierre Kedi
General Manager, Electricity Sector Regulatory Agency (ARSEL), Cameroon
Jean Pierre Kedi is the General Manager of the Electricity Sector Regulatory Agency (ARSEL) in Cameroon. Before his appointment as General Manager of ARSEL in June, 2010, he has held several top ranking positions in the central administrative system of the government in Cameroon, such as Secretary General at the Ministry of Industries, Mines and Technological Development (2007 – 2010), Senior Adviser at the Presidency of the Republic (2005-2007), Inspector General at the Ministry of Planning, Programming and Territorial Development (2002-2005), Director of Regional Development (1998-2002), Director of Road Infrastructures (1993-1996), amongst others.
His contributions in the development of the electricity sector in Cameroon cannot be underestimated, as he gave a strong impulse to the current law on electricity, elaborated as he took office at ARSEL, as well as in the creation of the Transmission System Operator (SONATREL). He is the brain box behind the conception of the International Electricity Forum (FINELEC), with two editions holding in 2011 (Yaounde) and 2012 (Douala). In the same vein, he played a forefront role in the organization of the International Invest’€lec Salon of 2015 in Cameroon, which henceforth shall be organized jointly by ARSEL and the Rural Electrification Agency in Cameroon (AER). These two major events created a platform where stakeholders in the electricity sector meet to discuss development initiatives and seek solutions for decentralized electrification.
Mr. Kedi piloted the project for the elaboration of an energy efficiency plan in Cameroon with the sponsorship of EUEI PDF. Amongst other challenges, he is a strong defender of the rights of electricity consumers, quality service in the electricity sector, the use of smart metering systems as well as the dedicated audit of utility operators and other Independent Power Producers (IPPs) in Cameroon. He championed the putting in place of the Consultative Committee of Consumers Associations as well as the capacity building of its members. He is a strong proponent for a Central African network of electricity interconnection and regulatory authorities. Jean Pierre Kedi is an electro-mechanic engineer from the National Polytechnic in Cameroon, and also holds a Master’s degree in Geography-Planning-Environment from the University of Dschang in Cameroon.