Eng. David Mwangi
Co-Chair

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.

Ms. Lade Araba
Co-Chair

Lade a Development Finance and Project Management specialist with over 14 years of professional experience. She currently serves as an independent consultant to private investors and public sector agencies developing Renewable Energy investment portfolios in Africa. She also served as the Technical Adviser to the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Honorable Minister of Finance of Nigeria. Lade was the Technical Advisor to the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and a Senior Investment Officer at the African Development Bank. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Thunderbird, School of Global Management and a dual Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) and International Business from the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Robert Bailis
Member

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.

Ms. Tameezan wa Gathui
Member

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.

Mr. Michael Kimeu
Member

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.

Mr. Jordan Kyongo
Member

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.

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