Power Africa through solar energy and female entrepreneurs

Power Africa through solar energy and female entrepreneurs

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About The Team

Jerry Shaye, CEO

Educated at Dartmouth College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Mr. Shaye entered the Peace Corps, serving as a volunteer in Venezuela for two years. Mr. Shaye continued working in Venezuela for 21 additional years, as an entrepreneur, an executive of a trading company and general manager for the country’s largest farmers’ cooperative. Shaye worked as Director of International Trade Development for the New York State Department of Economic Development. Mr. Shaye’s career with ESD, he led trade missions to China, Japan, Russia, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, Peru and many European countries. Shaye teaches International Business and International Marketing in the MBA programs at Clarkson University Graduate Center, The Sage Colleges and The State University of New York at Albany as well as in Argentina, Russia, China, Venezuela and Mexico. In 2015, he consulted with the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and The Caribbean. The Tech Valley Global Business Network honored Mr. Shaye with a lifetime achievement award in 2012.

Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Chairman serves as Chief Executive Officer of the London-based Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation. Dr. Spio-Garbrah's career reflects nearly thirty years of experience, at senior levels within the spheres of International Organisations, including as Ghana's Minister of Communication from July 1997 to December 1998 and Minister of Education from December 1998 to January 2001 and as an Ambassador of Ghana to the USA and Mexico from June 1994 to June 1997. Previously, Dr. Spio-Garbrah served as a Senior Executive/Official of African Development Bank, World Bank Group, Southwestern Bell (USA) and Hill and Knowlton (USA). Dr. Spio-Garbrah served as Acting Chairman of National Communications Authority of Ghana from July 1997 to December 1998, First Chairman of its VAT Service Board from 1997 to 1998 and was a Member of the Governing Board of UNESCO in Paris. Dr. Spio-Garbrah served as a Director of Telkom SA Ltd. from September 20, 2007 to May 1, 2010. He served as Director of Vodacom Group (Pty) Ltd., from December 10, 2007 to May 18, 2009. He serves as Member of International Advisory Council at Recipco Holdings Ltd. He is Chairman of African Business Media and the African Cancer Organization. He is also member of the International Advisory Board of the African Press Organization (APO). He holds a BA (Hons), English from the University of Ghana, a Graduate Certificate in International Banking from the New York University, a Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Communications and an MA in International Affairs from Ohio University and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Laws (LLD) by Middlebury University, USA for achievements in the fields of diplomacy, government, education and business.

Antonio Dixon, President has been involved with researching, developing and selling solar energy solutions and products in Africa for some five years, and has been resident in five African countries. in the process, he has worked with Mobile Network Operators, NGO’s, Government, and village chiefs in rural Africa. His research confirmed that rural Africans people lack internet and electrical power, which are both essential infrastructure for mobile money transactions. He noted that as more and more young people use their mobile phones to take pictures, videos, and with this, the need for energy will increase as well as internet to share. An expert in the management of surgical lasers, he is a serial entrepreneur in the fields of dental laboratories, medical, entertainment, and telecommunications. His experience in technology includes the marketing of Cisco products; the setting up MPLS networks; the design and deployment of solar & kinetic energy systems; and the installation and use of surgical lasers for gynecological, aesthetic, dermatological, and dental operations. Dixon has over 15 years sales, branding, and marketing experience working with the world’s leading medical device companies in the United States and Europe, including Biolase and Dentsply Sirona. Mr. Dixon founded SunPowerd, a renewable energy company focused on lighting Africa. Mr. Dixon serves as a industry advisor for Private Equity firms, Hedge funds, and strategic advisor for Presidential candidates, and startups.

Jean Lam. I am an Electrical Engineering having graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I have experience with Coding, Embedded System Control, Computer Networking, and IoT devices. Previously I worked with Advanced Technologies Group assisting the senior network consultant with daily operations. And my most recent project was developing and IoT solution for behind-the-meter solar power estimation for NYISO using an Artificial Neural Network to predict weather changes and power consumption. Currently I'm the Electrical Engineer and Product Developer for SolarFi.

Amera Stacy is a New York native with an MBA from the University at Buffalo. She has worked in sales and marketing for two of the worlds largest broadcast media companies. Amera has 5+ years experience working in the digital media industry for Fox TV, CBS TV and ESPN radio stations.

She currently sits on the board for the Alliance for Women in Media, is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and serves as a mentor for young professionals.

Amera values feeling reward and fulfillment in a career. She requires feeling empowered in a sales role and wants to help others overcome difficult barriers and labels in the professional selling world.

In her spare time, Amera enjoys traveling abroad and plans to own homes in Italy and London in the future.

Mimi Mugo, Development Director, International development professional with 12 years of experience in programmatic and admin, innovative economic development and environmental programs spanning urban and rural Botswana and Sierra Leone. Having worked in multinational and bilateral organizations based in Southern and Western Africa.

Nicole Owens, Marketing has a professional background with over 13 years of experience in grassroots marketing, customer service, sales, and event planning, across the entertainment and IT industries. She’s been a dynamic member of creative teams, leading community groups in the pursuit of philanthropic endeavors. Nicole is charged in conceptualizing and executing marketing campaigns and events, which effectively drive reciprocal partnership opportunities and customer loyalty. As an avid traveler, she was inspired by the vision of SolarFi, and immediately joined the team. Her goal is to contribute to the efforts of the company by creating synergy within communities, at home and abroad, to support and improve the dynamic of connectivity around the globe.

Lai Yahaya is an energy, infrastructure and development adviser to senior policy makers in Sub-Saharan Africa. He was most recently Senior Special Assistant to the President in Nigeria, with responsibility for Policy and Strategy.

He was previously Team Leader of the Senior Advisors Group of the US government Power Africa initiative, working with a group of former Heads of State and industry leaders, to provide advice to serving government leaders on how best to navigate and drive power sector reform in sub-Saharan Africa.

Lai was also formerly Team Leader of the Facility for Oil Sector Transparency and Reform (FOSTER), a donor-funded initiative designed to support the restructuring of the oil and gas sector and to increase transparency and accountability in oil sector governance in Nigeria. Lai worked with the Nigerian privatization agency, the Bureau of Public Enterprises; as Special Assistant and advisor to former Nigerian Ministers of Power, National Planning and Finance; as Senior Policy Advisor with the DfID-funded Nigerian Infrastructure Advisory Facility (NIAF) and for several years on the power sector reform program, initially on the development of sector policy, legislation and the landmark Roadmap for Power Sector Reform.

He was previously a project finance attorney with the leading global firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and General Counsel of the London Stock Exchange-listed African gas player, Gasol.  He received his BA (Hons) and MA from Balliol College, Oxford University, is a Fellow of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu/Oxford Business School Leadership Program and was designated a New Leader for Tomorrow by the Council of Europe-affiliated Fondation du Forum Universale.

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