ABOUT

SIGORA MISSION

Power & Empower

There are 1.3 billion people without power. The International Energy Agency estimates that 40% are potential customers for micro-utilities. That is a huge market opportunity with tremendous poverty reduction potential.

We want to capitalize on that.

Sigora International is a triple-bottom-line company at the forefront of new energy business models that incorporate cutting edge technology, smart metering, prepaid electricity, and renewable generation.

Our mission is to power and empower the world with clean, reliable, and fairly priced energy using a commercially viable microutility model that can be brought to scale faster, cheaper, and more effectively than existing electrification solutions.

Our aim is to provide underserved populations with a first-rate electric utility service that is tailored to their needs, can accommodate a dynamic energy landscape, and provides a return on investment.

Key group of emerging nations builds 18% more renewable capacity than wealthier countries and four in five have now set national clean energy targets.

- Climatescope, Dec 2016 -

UNPRECEDENTED OPPORTUNITY

There is a gap in the energy ecosystem, and a confluence of factors – international support for aggressive de-carbonization initiatives alongside record-breaking investment in new energy technologies in frontier markets - make this an unprecedented moment of opportunity to leapfrog outdated energy systems and launch smart, clean, affordable and scalable solutions that meet the needs of emerging energy markets while providing triple-bottom line returns.

Business-as-usual approaches have focused on meeting the needs of high-density urban populations who are easiest and most profitable to serve. These types of grid extensions are slow to deploy, expensive, provide minimal long-term employment, and remain mostly dependent on fossil fuels.

At the other end of the spectrum, business models for small-scale distributed solar and micro-grid solutions have experienced rapid growth in recent years. But these models, while suitable for low-density rural populations, are limited in terms of their scalability and ability to adapt to growing demand as customers increase their energy intake – to support refrigeration for example.

GLOBAL CLEAN ENERGY INVESTMENT IN 2015 - A RECORD-BREAKING YEAR

0 global investment in renewable energy
0 venture capital and private equity investments
0 wind power capacity commissioned
0 solar PV capacity commissioned

WHO WE ARE

 Sigora International is a technology venture founded in 2015 that applies smart-grid technology in energy emerging markets to create a long-term, sustainable solution to the problem of energy access.

What started with a dream of electrifying a clinic on the island nation of Haiti has grown into a template for a scalable private-sector solution to help power the roughly 1.3 billion people in the world still living without access to modern electricity.

Our proprietary technology platform, smart meter, and business model enables the commercially viable deployment of clean energy microgrids in frontier markets.

How can Sigora support your project? Whether you're a microgrid operator or a central grid utility, we want to talk with you. Send us a message and we'll be in touch soon.

SIGORA EXECUTIVE TEAM

Andy Bogdan Bindea

Andy Bogdan Bindea

Founder & CEO
Louis Cirillo

Louis Cirillo

CTO
Sam Hartwell

Sam Hartwell

CFO
Drew Lebowitz

Drew Lebowitz

VP of Operations

MEET THE TEAM

Learn more about the team behind Sigora
Andy Bogdan Bindea, CEO

A consummate entrepreneur, Andy has dedicated his career to environmental and social causes. He spent 5 years as a Greenpeace Campaign Coordinator in Central and Eastern Europe where he ran clean water, ethical mining, and renewable energy campaigns. He left the Non-profit sector to pioneer an environmentally conscious start-up plastic recycling company in Romania. In 2011 he founded Sigora Solar in Virginia, Andy led the company to become #8 fastest growing energy company in the United States, an Inc.500 company recognized as the “cleanest” in its field. He founded and financed Sigora Haiti and developed the country’s first private utility company providing clean, reliable and fairly-priced electricity. Recognizing the replicability and scalability of the Haiti micro-utility business, he created Sigora International, an energy technology development and micro-utility company set to take electrification to the 1.2BN people without energy access.

Louis Cirillo, CTO

Louis Cirillo is an entrepreneur specializing in technical architecture, manufacturing, and business strategy. Louis started his career as a software engineer where he worked on projects in high-performance computing and design optimization with clients such as NASA, JPL, and Boeing. In 2012 before his senior year Louis founded VirtualU Inc. which produced high-tech 3D scanning technology for the human body.

Sam Hartwell, CFO

A long-time member of the social impact community, Sam has more than 25 years of financial and operations experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors – where he has managed turnarounds, reengineered business units, and built integrated corporate functions for two international nonprofits. He was selected as a San Francisco Bay Area CFO of the Year finalist for his work in Africa, where he lived with his family and was responsible for KickStart International’s finance, IT and impact monitoring. Most recently, Sam launched a financial services company called SoProCFO, providing CFO, Controller, and accounting services to high-growth, high-impact social enterprises. Sam holds an MBA from Yale University in Finance and Operations and an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.

Drew Lebowitz, VP Operations

Drew Lebowitz is an engineer with over 10 years of experience working in Latin America and the Caribbean. Fluent in English, Creole, and Spanish, he is an expert at bridging the gap between professional engineering and local customs. Drew holds a degree Civil Engineering from Cornell University,and lived in Panama for several years before coming to Haiti. He originally came to Port-au-Prince as Project Engineer on a construction project for the U.S. State Department, a $100m project. From there, he began a solar EPC which was acquired by Sigora in 2015, when he came on as the Head of Operations for Sigora. Drew prides himself on deep cultural understanding, in addition to engineering - and this has proven one of the key ingredients to bringing a high-tech solution to a challenging environment like Haiti.

Natasha Skreslet, Communications Director

Natasha Skreslet  is a strategic communications specialist with a background in human rights and international development, and a penchant for adventure. She has spent the last five years in as many countries working in advocacy and public affairs for government agencies, United Nations organizations, and NGOs, helping them to raise their global profiles and strengthen their positioning among key stakeholders. Prior to joining Sigora, Natasha managed communications for a joint-UN programme to support the Government of Jordan to effectively address the impacts of the Syrian refugee crisis. Natasha holds a BA in International Development from McGill, and an MA in Human Rights from University College London.

Partners

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