Stephen Nyende Byakika was born on 9 November 1980. He posseses a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering, a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering (Water Resources Engineering and Management) and PhD in Civil Engineering (Water Resources Engineering and Management). Stephen also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management and a Graduate Diploma of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) 2008.
Stephen initially worked as a trainee engineer in the Department of Water Resources Management in Uganda and in November 2004, joined the National Water and Sewerage Corporation of Uganda as a Zone Engineer before he was transferred to the Department of Planning and Capital Development, responsible for the planning and implementation of all capital development projects of the Corporation. As a zone engineer Stephen was responsible for the operation and maintenance of the water supply network in the zone. While in the Department of Planning and Capital Development, Stephen was Senior Engineer and Procurement Officer in charge of the initiation, study and designs, procurement and supervision of water supply and sewerage projects of the Corporation. Stephen later joined Lafarge East Africa (Hima, Bamburi and Mbeya Cement) where he was in charge of the supply of cement and all associated technical support to the World Bank funded Bujagali Hydro Power Project.
Stephen is currently a Lecturer at the Tshwane University of Technology in South Africa and currently serves as the Vice Ambassador and Representative for Africa at he International Water Week 20111-2013.