David is an independent Energy Consultant dedicating some of his work-time to the USAID/Power Africa Transactions and Reforms Program (PATRP) as Senior Technical Advisor, Energy, Kenya. He has over 38 years of experience in the power sector. At Kenya Power, David rose through the ranks from a Graduate Apprentice to the position of Chief Manager, Planning, Research and Performance Monitoring, which he held for 9 years from 2001 to 2010. He has extensive experience with international and regional electric power affairs and has been/is a member of various regional and international power initiatives. David hold a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Nairobi and is a Registered Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya.
Ladé Araba is the Africa Region Representative at Convergence Finance and is Co-Founder of the Visiola Foundation. She previously served as Technical Adviser to Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Head of the Strategic Monitoring Unit, and Adviser at the Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility (NIAF). She was Technical Adviser to the Executive Secretary of UNECA and was a Senior Investment Officer at the African Development Bank. She also held roles at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the QED Group LLC. She holds a MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BBA in Management Information Systems (MIS) and International Business from the University of Oklahoma. A native English speaker, she is fluent in French and Italian and has basic knowledge of Spanish.
Rob is a Senior Scientist at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), focused on the relationships between energy, social welfare, and environmental change in developing countries. He first became interested in these themes while working as a teacher in the U.S. Peace Corps in north-western Kenya. Rob’s current research focuses mainly on biomass energy, ranging from traditional energy carriers like wood and charcoal to advanced liquid biofuels. Before SEI, he was an Associate Professor at Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Rob has a B.S. in physics from Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley.
Tameezan is an energy practitioner with over 25 years’ experience working in renewable energy in both the private and development sectors in Kenya. She is the founder and current Chair of Women in Sustainable Energy and Entrepreneurship (WISEE) which aims to assist women to acquire the skills and knowledge to use and promote Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs) in the Eastern African Region. She was the energy portfolio coordinator in Practical Action Consulting, the development consultancy arm of the Practical Action Regional Office in Eastern Africa. Her areas of specialization include solar photovoltaics and bioenergy. Tameezan’s engagement in the energy sector cuts across several countries including Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, India, Peru, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Michael is the Head of Risk at the Qatar National Bank and the current Chair of the Association of Certified Compliance Professionals in Africa (ACCPA) Chapter in Kenya. He has over 14 years of experience within the Risk and Compliance sector in Africa. Michael was the Assistant General Manager for Risk Management & Compliance as well as the Head of Risk and Compliance at Chase Bank Kenya Limited. Prior to his role at Chase Bank, Michael served as the Internal Auditor and Treasury Risk Manager respectively at the Co-operative Bank of Kenya. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics & Business Studies from Kenyatta University and a Global Executive MBA from the United States International University.
Jordan is a research scientist currently working as the Research Manager at LVCT Health in Nairobi. He has a passion for implementation science especially on HIV prevention. His research experience includes evaluation of water and sanitation projects in rural Kenya; unravelling HIV transmission networks using molecular and epidemiological tools in a Senegalese cohort; investigating the link between Intimate Partner Violence and HIV infection in co-habiting Kenyan women and characterization HIV risk factors in women from Kenya, Rwanda and South Africa. Jordan holds a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Brussels, a Master of Public Health from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Antwerp and the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp.