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 -
GLOBAL CLEAN ENERGY INVESTMENT IN 2015 - A RECORD-BREAKING YEAR
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.
Prior to joining Sigora Zambia as Chief Executive Officer, Felix spent 15 years working in the Zambian Ministry of Finance. He joined the Ministry in July 1999 as a Budget Analyst and rose through the ranks to become Permanent Secretary from July 2012 to March 2015.
During his tenure, he led Article IV consultation discussions with the IMF, and acted on a number of Finance Committees including for the Zambezi River Authority Board, the ZESCO Limited Board, the Zambia Airport Corporation Board and the Zambia Forestry and Forest Industries Corporation Board.
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 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.
Frank is an experienced electrical engineer with a background of diverse multicultural and interdisciplinary leadership in renewable energy projects in North and South America. He specializes in the interconnection and design of utility-scale wind and solar energy projects as well as renewable energy integration in developing nations. He is also an Instructor for Village Earth, teaching web-based courses on Appropriate Technology and Human Centered Design at both Colorado State and Duke University, and an active leader within Engineers Without Borders USA since 2005.
Tyler grew up in Blacksburg, VA, and attended Virginia Tech where he received a degree in Civil Engineering in 2011. After moving to Haiti shortly after graduating to work with Bridges to Prosperity, he spent the following four years building cable-suspended footbridges across Haiti's countryside. Tyler managed B2P’s Haiti program for four years before recently joining Sigora. As the newest member of the Sigora family, Tyler is excited to be joining forces with the Haiti team to provide clean and reliable energy to Haitian families and businesses.
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.
Jean Pierre is our Haitian crew chief and has performed over 100 installs between the US and Haiti. He has four years of experience in the solar industry and trained for 9 months doing installations in Virginia. JP is a hard-working professional fluent in Creole and English, and has trained dozens of Haitian crews in use of US-standard solar tools, methods, and jobsite practices. Prior to working with Sigora, JP helped to build and maintain the EarthSpark grid in Les Anglais, Haiti. JP will be managing field operations for the HHH installation.