Aiming to make a positive contribution through ICT infrastructure

A keen interest in infrastructure development and financing in Namibia and Africa at large.

11 June 2021 | People

Enzo Amuele

Beatus Amadhila was recently appointed Powercom’s new chief executive officer, with effect from the start of June.

“While I had to hit the ground running, it’s been just over a week but definitely exciting, still finding my way around and getting to know my team which is one of the keys to do priorities within my first 100 days plan,” he says.

Amadhila is catching up with the team to ensure that they are all on the same page and cementing the foundation of his vision for the company to ensure that they are all moving in the same direction.

“It is an exciting journey with an amazing support from my board of directors, TN the shareholder and the entire team as well as the group. Quite an amazing atmosphere to be in and I am confident the future is bright for the ICT sector,” he says.

He says the challenges have nothing to do with PowerCom per se but are more of a macro nature. These would be challenges he gathered even before he joined the institution and are challenges which will require a lot of key stakeholders to come on board to ensure that ICT infrastructure setup is not delayed any longer.

He adds that we cannot afford to waste any more time and have to pull together to realise an all-inclusive ICT survey Namibia. “The central government has made ICT infrastructure a priority under pillar four of the HPP and it is a priority to address the issue of digital divide between the rural and urban areas amongst others, so we are going to curb a plan to address this,” he says.

Amadhila is a chartered development finance analyst by profession and has a keen interest in infrastructure development and financing in Namibia and Africa at large with an emphasis on impact and responsible investment. When the vacancy arose at PowerCom, he knew it was a chance for him to make a positive contribution to the development of ICT infrastructure. “I thus applied for the position and the rest, as they say, is history,” he says.

He holds an accounting degree, a business administration postgraduate diploma, an MBA specialising in investment finance and also a Master of Commerce in development finance.

In terms of his current career, he is a chartered development finance analyst first, a corporate executive and a former finance executive with a keen interest in infrastructure development and infrastructure financing in developing countries.

“I have been inspired by John Perkins’s ‘Confessions of the Economic Hitman’, which was quite an eye-opener in terms of how developing countries have been enslaved to debts by the western corporations,” he says.

Short-term goals

Amadhila says strengthening the business processes and finding synergy at a strategic level with that of the shareholder, which is obviously aligned to the GRN vision in terms of ICT infrastructure, is one of the goals.

He adds that we need to plan comprehensively and strategically. “The next 12 months especially are critical in addressing some of the bottlenecks which might be hindering the ICT infrastructure setup. Ensuring a buy-in from key stakeholders is therefore critical at this juncture,” he says.

When asked by Careers what he has been proud of when it comes to Powercom, he mentioned the amazing people with amazing work ethics and positive mindset. Secondly, the mandate given to Powercom by the shareholder is of strategic and critical importance to all players within the ICT sector.

“The fact that we can make a difference, not just to urban areas but to rural areas in an effort to bridge the digital divide is quite a thing,” he says.

Amadhila spends his day engaging with internal and external stakeholders. He prefers listening more as it helps him with his strategic moves in addressing stakeholder concerns and problems, which is his primary priority.

When he is not at the office he always makes time to read a good book and once in a while, loves a braai or potjie with close family members and friends. Amadhila is mostly inspired by anyone that stands for good moral values via their actions for the common good of their society.

Facts about Beatus Amadhila

He is a very private person.

He has ophidiophobia – a fear of snakes.

He is married to an amazing woman.

He is not active on Facebook.

He is the third born of six siblings.

He is a good cook.

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