The Team

Team 2013

 

Malcolm Wigmore, CEO

Malcolm has more than a decade of operational experience in Tanzania and a deep understanding of sustainable energy distribution. He comes to EGG having previously led the Tanzanian operations of Sunny Money, Solar Aid’s social enterprise, which he helped to become the leading supplier of pico-solar in East Africa, impacting over two million people in Tanzania over the last two years. Previously, he was responsible for developing the early distribution of d.light design solar lights in Tanzania and the introduction and distribution growth of small LP Gas cooking stoves as a substitute for environmentally harmful charcoal. Wigmore also spent two years in rural southern Tanzania promoting the UK charity Trade Aid’s vocational training, micro-credit, education, and conservation programs and has led clean energy business teams in Romania and Pakistan.

Jamie Yang, President & Co-Founder

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.

Solomon Faraji, COO

Born in Tanzania and educated as a mechanical engineer at the University of Wales, Solomon has developed vast management and customer services skills through his professional activities in the UK and in Tanzania. Most recently, he was responsible for ensuring that his teams provide high quality telecommunication towers services and maintenance to telecom operators in Tanzania. His dynamic leadership, cultural insights and people skills are energizing our local teams to reach the goal he has in mind for EGG: become EGG Africa, an organization that provides reliable, clean, safe and affordable electric services to low income customers all over Africa.

Mark Scott, Financial Manager

Mark is a UK Chartered Accountant who has extensive experience of working in Sub-Saharan Africa. As a seasoned accountant with an entrepreneurial flair, he has helped new and established businesses set up or improve their reporting and planning functions as well as ensuring compliance with tax, reserve bank, and other business regulations. Mark’s experience includes the position of CEO of a large farming social enterprise in Malawi, which in addition to operating commercial farms, supported over 15,000 smallholder farmers.

Elizabeth Davidson, Fellow, M&E and Financing Manager

Elizabeth has a background in financial inclusion, having previously worked for the World Bank’s Financial Inclusion Practice and for the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion. She holds a BA in International Government from the College of William and Mary. She oversees our consumer financing program and monitoring and evaluation efforts.

Jennifer Harlow, Fellow, Technical Manager

Jennifer has a deep technical background, with extensive work in experimental physics.  She completed her AB at Harvard and her PhD in physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  At EGG-Energy, she is working on fully integrating our operations with our IT backend, pulling together information from our agent network, technicians, and sales team.

Wanzera Magambo, Accounting Officer

Wanzera is a graduate of the University of Dar es Salaam,where she completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounts. She is currently completing exams to become a Certified Public Accountant and is working to become a Certified Financial Analyst. She oversees our accounting, having previously managed inventory for EGG.

Godwin Moshi, Inventory & Logistics Manager

Godwin manages EGG’s inventory and installation logistics. He studied computer science at Kilimanjaro Intel Training Centre and earned a certificate and diploma in marketing from the College of Business Education. He previously oversaw EGG’s distribution.

Samson Msami, Regional Manager, Dar es Salaam

Samson joined EGG in 2011 after working in accounting for the tourism industry in Botswana and various parts of Tanzania. Samson currently manages EGG operations in Dar and surrounding villages.

Richard Mtui, Loan Manager

Richard graduated from Mzumbe University with a degree in Accounting and Finance. He keeps our loan program on track to make solar power more accessible to off-grid Tanzanians.

Boniventura Mwapule, Regional Manager, Tanga

Boni manages EGG operations in Tanga, where we serve the dairy farmers of Tanga Fresh along with others in the community. Ee graduated from Duke University with a B.Sc in Economics before returning to his native Tanzania. He is happy to be a part of a growing company in an expanding industry.

Herry Nasser, Office Manager

Born in Tanzania, Herry was educated in Zimbabwe and South Africa. After getting a diploma in sales and marketing and a diploma in Information Technology in Cape Town, South Africa, he worked for a Cape Town travel agency as a sales and marketing officer and for a Dar es Salaam health insurance company, first as a corporate relationship officer and then as an office manager. Herry keeps the EGG headquarters running smoothly.

Hosea Nkunda, Sales Manager, Tanga

Having served in several positions at EGG, Hosea now manages sales in Tanga.

Kiiya Tibo, Sales Manager, Dar es Salaam

Before joining EGG three years ago, Kiiya worked for Tigo and FINCA International and received a BA in the Economics of Development at Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial Academy. He makes sure we can reach more and more off-grid Tanzanians through strong sales and marketing.

Advisors

In Tanzania

Atiba Amalile

Atiba is a Program Manager at TechnoServe. He advises EGG-energy strategy and local partnerships.

Bertram Eyakuze

Bertram is co-founder and Partner at Serengeti Advisors. He was previously a private equity investment professional with CDC Capital Partners, a British company with significant investments across Africa and other developing countries. He advises EGG-energy on capital raising.

International

Julien Durand

Julien is a Manager at Attali & Associés. He advises us with respect to strategy, partnerships and fundraising in Europe.

Jigar Shah

Jigar is the founder of SunEdison and is currently with the Carbon War Room. He advises EGG-energy on business strategy and distribution partnerships.

John Simon

Ambassador Simon is the Founding Partner of Total Impact Advisors. He was previously a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development and held a variety of posts in the US federal government, including serving most recently as the United States Ambassador to the African Union and the Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). He advises EGG-energy on industrial partnerships and capital raising.

Laure Vilcosqui

Laure has over 10 years of international experience in multiple sourcing and procurement activities (Kazakhstan, oil & gas industries in Congo and Yemen, high-tech and electronics industry in Scotland and Ivory Coast, and a sustainable economic development project in Indonesia & Madagascar). She started her career as an agronomy engineer with a focus on social issues and economic development, publishing articles on rural informal credit systems. Laure actively assists EGG-energy with sourcing, Corporate Social Responsibility Solutions (CSRS), and developing partnerships with major French multinationals.

Jacob Winiecki

Jacob is Entrepreneur in Residence at Invested Development, the investment fund that financed EGG-energy’s 2009 pilot in Chanika. He advises EGG-energy on strategy, procurement and business partnerships that could help EGG-energy scale.

EGG-Energy was founded by current board members and observers Blandine Antoine, Alla Jezmir, Rhonda Jordan, Jukka Valimaki, and Jamie Yang along with Mark Yen, Ben Lambert, and Emmanuel Cassimatis. We are grateful for their tireless work, along with the efforts of our many alumni, to make sustainable energy in Africa a reality.