Preface: The name of the German Language Magazine, “Christ in der Gegenwart” translates to English as “Christ in the Present” or “Being Christian in the present time.” This publication focus is on the role of faith that leads inspiring leaders of the world to do work that matters.
“SANDRINE NGALULA MUBENGA: Leaders of The World”
The article title “SANDRINE NGALULA MUBENGA, Köpfe aus der einen Welt” translates as “SANDRINE NGALULA MUBENGA: Leaders of The World.”
Dr. Sandrine Ngalula Mubenga, nearly died as a young woman due to lack of electricity at a hospital in the city of Kikwit in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
“The experience in the hospital motivated me to become an electrical engineer,” says Ngalula Mubenga
today. ‘I feared for my life, I could have died at any time. Since then, I have wanted to become an
engineer so that places like Kikwit can finally have reliable access to electricity (Mubenga, 2021).”
Dr Mubenga is Working on Many Projects:
Dr. Mubenga’s work extends beyond academic interests in solar energy and battery storage technology to include Public Service, Entrepreneurship, and Philanthropic Leadership.
In July of 2020, Dr. Mubenga was appointed by DRC President Felix Tshisekedi to the influential post of Director General of the Electricity Regulatory Agency. In this role, Dr. Mubenga is now responsible for the development of the Power Grid in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which is her home country. The rate of electrification in the DRC is reported as only 10%. Dr. Mubenga’s task is to stimulate progress in improving the rate of electrification.
As an entrepreneur, Dr. Mubenga is founder and former CEO of SMIN Power Group. Her company was founded in 2011 to provide electricity to remote locations around the world, especially in the DRC. The company is based in Toledo, Ohio in the USA. An office in Kinshasa was opened in 2013. The company wants to supply remote villages and enterprises with electricity where there is no reliable Grid service from the state utility. In August of 2020, SMIN Power Group announced that Sandrine Mubenga was stepping down from the position of Chief Executive Officer in order to avoid any conflicts while serving in public office.
Finally, Dr. Mubenga is doing philanthropic work in humanitarian sectors in the DRC. One project is to lead an international team that has invented respirators for COVID-19 Patients in the DRC. The respirators can be manufactured from locally available parts. This breakthrough invention solves a critical medical equipment shortage in the DRC and will save many lives.
According to Mieves, all of her work can be summed up, in one simple driving purpose. “She fights for the electricity supply in her home country of the Congo (Mieves, 2021).”
Articles in the cited publication tend to highlight the important role of faith in public service, politics, or vocational roles. The magazine says it supports “social reform forces who advocate an examination of conscience, truthfulness, frankness and renewal of faith. Meditation, liturgy and social politics play an important role.”
Mieves, J, 2021, “SANDRINE NGALULA MUBENGA: Köpfe aus der einen Welt, published by Christ in der Gegenwart” on January 3, 2021 and retrieved online January 18, 2021 from https://www.herder.de/cig/cig-ausgaben/archiv/2021/1-2021/koepfe-aus-der-einen-welt/
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