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.
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.
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.
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.