MPS Class of 2024, Global Development
- Grand challenge: Renewable energy for rural development in Tanzania
- Where he calls home: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
- Connect: eom22 [at] cornell.edu
Elirehema Mejooli has over 20 years of experience in the information and communications technology (ICT) and power systems communication fields, particularly in optical communication networks. He is currently Manager ICT Communications and Infrastructure in TANESCO, and participates in power systems automation research projects in collaboration with academic institutions in Tanzania.
Prior to being an MPS student in Global Development at Cornell University, Elirehema worked on a multitude of projects that aim to ensure availability, reliability, and affordability of power & ICT infrastructure for rural communities in Tanzania. These experiences exposed him to challenges that rural communities face, such as limited access to water, poor road conditions, limited access to quality education, and health issues.
Most recently, Elirehema worked on telecommunication and control systems within Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO), where he participated in planning, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance. He supervised the implementation of the TANESCO Optical Communications network project (phase I), which was successfully completed in 2007. He has been significantly involved with national ICT matters, including the National ICT Backbone (NICTBB) optical fiber infrastructure, where he played a major role in conception, design, and implementation of the network.
Elirehema holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronics from the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania, a Master of Engineering in Electronic Systems from Dublin City University in Ireland, and Master’s in Leadership Development in Information & Communication Technology and the Knowledge Society from the University of Mauritius.