Irvine Nyamapfene
Irvine Nyamapfene Biography
BornIrvine Perkins Nyamapfene
Known forElectrifying UK's bus network
Spouse(s)Betty Makoni
ChildrenTinopiwanashe, Spencer and Mukudzeishe

Irvine Perkins Nyamapfene is a Zimbabwean born award-winning engineer based in the United Kingdom. Nyamapfene led the groundbreaking project that created the first electric buses in London, United Kingdom (UK).



Irvine Nyamapfene is married to Betty Makoni.[1]


Irvine Nyamapfene and his wife Betty have three sons, Tinopiwanashe, Spencer and Mukudzeishe.[1]


Nyamapfene is a holder of a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Zimbabwe. He later graduated with an MSC in Renewable Energy from the same university in 2008.[2]


He is a former Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) engineer. Between 2002 and 2008, Irvine Nyamapfene worked as the provincial manager of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), a subsidiary of ZESA. He left Zimbabwe during the economic and political turmoil of 2008 for the UK.

Since 2009, Nyamapfene has been the project manager at UK Power Networks.[2]

Awards & Honours

Irvine Nyamapfene won an award presented by the multi-billion pound London company, UK Power Networks. He won the Regional award for project manager of the year for work on electric bus infrastructure in London. This was his second winning project after another award from the CrossRail company where he won the project manager of the year award.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Betty Makoni, Inside Betty Makoni's new book – Nehanda Radio, Nehanda Radio, Published: April 12, 2014, Retrieved: June 22, 2021
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ex-ZESA Engineer Builds London’s First Electrified Bus,, Published: December 10, 2021, Retrieved: December 12, 2021