Rahila Thomas   

Rahila is a Director of EMRC with over 16 years' experience in the power sector. She is a Power Sector Strategist with a deep understanding of electricity industry dynamics. She has expertise in policy development, power sector reform, regulation, power market design and power project developments.

In Nigeria Rahila has supported both Gencos and Discos through the privatisation process that resulted in handover in November 2013. Following Handover, she has continued to support private investors in the newly privatised power sector in Nigeria including distribution, hydro and thermal generation. Her numerous assignments include assessment of the market for solar power and other decentralised renewables in Nigeria for private investors. Her other work for developers includes due diligence for prospecting investors, preparation of Information Memorandum for Quantum Power, the developers of the Yellowstone IPP. She is advising the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributers (the Disco Roundtable) on regulatory, commercial and power market matters as well as the Discos' Investors Group.

She previously worked as Technical Adviser on the Regulatory and Transaction Team of the Nigeria Presidential Task Force on Power and held several advisory positions to Ministers of the Power Sector from 2008 to 2012. Prior to that she was a core member of the Electric Power Team of the Nigeria Bureau of Public Enterprises in driving the Nigeria power sector reform programme. She was involved in the unbundling process of PHCN and the development of the new market and earlier privatisation processes. She was also appointed Technical Assistant on Energy to the Minister/Deputy Chairman of the National Planning Commission in Abuja. She has an unrivalled knowledge of all aspects of the Nigerian power sector.

Rahila holds a degree in Business Administration and a Masters degree in Energy Studies with specialisation in Energy Finance from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), Scotland, UK.

Rahila is based in Abuja, Nigeria.