Francis Sakato is an Electrical Engineer and works as a Principal Technical Analyst – Electricity with the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Independent Consumer and Competition Commission. In this role he provides technical advice on all electricity matters including licencing, contract arrangements and codes/standards. With a strong career background in technology and energy, Francis believes the role of access to electricity will be a key driver in PNG's future economic development. Access to small scale and renewable power sources will be critical to this success, and Francis is keen to learn the ways government regulation and policy frameworks can be configured to progress such initiatives in the country. Francis holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the PNG University of Technology, Lae, a Diploma in Economic Policy Analysis from the Papua New Guinea National Research Institute, and a Certificate Level IV in Project Management Practice from the University of South Pacific. Francis has previously worked with Telikom PNG Limited and Ramu NiCo Management Limited.