Board of Directors
Led by a technology and a development passion, Jérôme has spent the last 10 years in emerging markets in the telecommunication sector. After receiving a dipôme d’ingénieur from the National Institute of Telecommunications (Télécom INT, France) and a master in telecom engineering from the Asian Institute of Technologies (AIT, Thailand) in 2005, Jérôme worked as a field engineer with Télécom Sans Frontières, an NGO specialized in emergency and disaster relief telecom response. He participated in the post-tsunami mission in Indonesia and in the post-earthquake one in Pakistan in 2005. In 2006, he joined Millicom International Cellular (Tigo), an emerging markets specialized telecom operator. Since then, he held different senior technical positions in Laos, Sri Lanka and Tanzania, where he was CTO. He joined their London regional office in May 2013 to lead the network planning and its related investments for Millicom’s seven African operations. Jérôme joined EGG-Energy’s board in July 2013.
Alla Jezmir (Co-Founder and Chair)
As Director Energy at CCM US, a Washington, DC-based asset manager, Alla evaluates investment opportunities and supports portfolio companies in the distributed generation, green construction, and energy efficiency sectors. She previously served as Project Manager in the Business Development group at AES Corporation. As Principal of the Green Portfolio at the Calvert Foundation, Alla led the organization’s Green Initiative. She brings significant international development and consulting experience with organizations such as TechnoServe, USAID, Masdar, and the Cleantech Group at Jefferies & Company. Alla holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a BS in international business and political science, from Washington University in St. Louis.
Pooya works as a manager at McKinsey & Co. He holds an MBA from London Business School and a BS in mechanical engineering. His work experience includes project management in the automotive industry, strategy consulting, and program management with an enterprise development NGO in Ghana. As a cofounder of award-winning Sulico, he developed a community based solar charging station model that was deployed in Tanzania within EGG-energy’s solar franchising initiative.
Laure has over 20 years of experience working in energy companies. She specializes in sustainable development issues. She is currently CEO of the SAS GDF SUEZ Rassembleurs d’Energies in charge of social investments choices. GDF SUEZ Rassembleurs d’Energies is a worldwide initiative that promotes access to sustainable energy for all. This investment fund was created in 2011 in order to support social entrepreneurs development promoting energy access for excluded people in emerging countries and other regions. Laure was previously senior CSR executive in the Strategy and Sustainable Division of GDF SUEZ. She has also held a number of positions in the field of corporate communication and human resources at EDF and then at Gaz de France. She graduated from the Institut d’Etudes de Politiques of Paris (Social and Economy).
Jamie Yang (Co-Founder and President, EGG USA)
Jamie was part of the team that founded EGG-energy and served as its first CEO. He has developed a broad foundation of knowledge and experience in engineering, energy, and business. After completing his PhD with research in Quantum Computation, Jamie directed his energy towards less esoteric subjects with more immediate impact: he did prototyping work with a microbial fuel cell startup, developed a business plan for geothermal heating systems, and started to put together ideas for an energy company that serves customers in the developing world. With EGG-energy, he is excited to show that companies can profit by answering the needs of low-income customers with simple, scalable business models. More at Echoing Green and YouTube.
Blandine Antoine (Co-Founder)
With a background in energy technology and risk management, Blandine has a passion for making sustainability become a basic business principle. After having designed safety systems for nuclear power plants, evaluated radioactive waste policies, founded a non-profit committed to education on energy issues, and studied energy management policies in developing countries with the French Development Agency, she co-founded EGG-energy and helped put it through its first investment round. On leave from the French Department for Infrastructure and the Environment (MEDDE), she currently works for McKinsey & Company. Blandine holds a PhD in Engineering Systems from MIT, an MSc in Nuclear Engineering from UC Berkeley, an MPA from Ecole des Ponts, and a Diplome d’Ingenieur from Ecole Polytechnique.
Rhonda Jordan (Co-Founder)
Originally from the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Rhonda studied electrical engineering and obtained her bachelors and masters degrees from Columbia University. Rhonda then decided to enter MIT’s Engineering Systems Division where she recently received her PhD with a focus on power system development in developing countries. She has worked for the United Nations Environment Programme on rural electrification in East Africa, developing business models for off-grid electrification, and is one of the founding members of EGG-energy, Inc. Rhonda is currently an Energy Specialist at the World Bank focusing on smart-grids and the integration of renewables in long-term capacity planning, and acting as a core member of the Sustainable Energy for All corporate team.
Jukka Valimaki (Co-Founder)
Jukka has several years of experience in project management and business development in consumer finance services. After finishing his MBA at MIT Sloan School of Management where he completed the finance track, Jukka joined Elsevier as a Management Associate in September. Jukka became passionate about international development when living in Southeast Asia and sees EGG-energy as a great example of finding market based solutions to challenges that have traditionally been left to governmental organizations. Jukka received his undergraduate degree in technology management and policy at the Helsinki School of Economics.