Charles Abooki Kateeba, Chief Mechanical Engineer and Acting Managing Director, Uganda Railways Corporation
Graduated from the Zaporozhye Machine Building Institute (now Zaporozhye State University of Technology), Ukraine in 1982 with a Masters degree in Manufacturing Engineering. Mr. Kateeba has received wide ranging railway engineering and management training and, as a Confederation of British Industries Scholar in 1987 received industrial experience at Davies and Metcalfe Plc, Stockport, UK.
He joined Uganda Railways Corporation as a Trainee Engineer in 1984 and was the first person to be posted in 1986 to the Nalukolongo Central Locomotive Workshop to spearhead the installation and commissioning of workshop machinery and plant. After rising through the ranks, he was promoted in 2006 to Chief Mechanical Engineer, a post he retains to today. From February 2013 he has been working as Acting Managing Director.
His current duties and responsibilities are centered on monitoring the performance of the 25 year Concession to Rift Valley Railways in terms of agreed business operation targets, capital investments, operations and maintenance standards health and safety and quality of service. He provides support to the Ministry of Works and Transport in railway regulation and development.
He is Secretary of the National Steering Committee and member of the regional Commission for the development of the standard gauge railway, a project which plans to connect the port of Mombasa to Kigali-Rwanda and Juba-South Sudan through Kampala, Uganda.
Mr. Kateeba has also worked as a lecturer and, between 1996 to1999, he was seconded by Government of Uganda to work at the African Regional Center for Engineering Design and Manufacturing (ARCEDEM) where he was responsible for design and production fabrication of machine prototypes for transfer to (African Union) member states and training of engineers in recipient countries. Some of the prototypes were exported to six Asian countries. Prototypes developed under him and exhibited at All Africa Trade Fair in Kaduna (1998) helped the Center win the “Best Innovative Exhibitor Award”.
He also participated in a COMESA/UNIDO initiative to train Engineers in the Iron and Steel industries.
Mr. Kateeba is a member of the Uganda Institute of Professional Engineers and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (USA).