About Us: Our Team

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Team

Michelle Kreger

Executive Director

Debra Stein

Associate Director

Omnia Abbas

Sudan Field Representative

Ruth Katz

Development Officer

Hilawe Lakew

Ethiopia Field Representative

Jan Maes

Consultant

Tom Meshishnek

Accountant

Getnet Tesfaye

Ethiopia Field Representative

Board

Dr. Ashok Gadgil

Founder & President

Mohammed Sadki

Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Lakshmi Karan


Eric Lemelson


Alison Mauzé

David Selinger

Emeritus Board Members

Dr. Philip Auerswald

Dr. Alice Agogino

F. Henry "Hank" Habicht

Advisory Council

Dr. Philip Auerswald, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy, George Mason University

Philip Auerswald is an associate professor at the School of Public Policy, George Mason University and an associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University. His work focuses on entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation. He is the co-founder and co-editor of Innovations: Technology | Governance | Globalization, a quarterly journal from MIT Press about entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges. He has authored, co-authored, and edited numerous books, reports, and research papers, including Seeds of Disaster, Roots of Response: How Private Action Can Reduce Public Vulnerability (Cambridge University Press, 2006), Clinton’s Foreign Policy: A Diplomatic History Through Documents (Kluwer Law International: 2003), and Taking Technical Risk: How Innovators, Executives, and Investors Manage High-Tech Risks (MIT Press: 2001). Prior to joining the faculty at George Mason University, Professor Auerswald was a lecturer and Assistant Director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has been a consultant to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington and a B.A. (political science) from Yale University.

Kayje Booker, Program Director/Interim CEO, Forward Montana

Kayje Booker is the Program Director and Interim CEO for Forward Montana, a nonprofit that works to train, mobilize, and elect the next generation of young leaders in the state of Montana. She received her PhD in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from UC Berkeley. Her doctoral research aimed to understand and improve the innovation process for energy-efficient technologies for the poor. As a graduate student, her work with the Darfur Stoves Project involved both testing stove emissions and assessing carbon market opportunities for Berkeley-Darfur Stoves. She also contributed to early stage cookstove projects in Ethiopia and Haiti.

Allison Goodson, Associate Portfolio Manager & Securities Analyst, Wentworth, Hauser and Violich

Allison Goodson is an Associate Portfolio Manager and Securities Analyst at Wentworth, Hauser and Violich in San Francisco. She is a member of the investment team of WHV’s International Fund and focuses on investments in the energy and materials space. Allison previously worked at Dodge & Cox in San Francisco, where she was a Research Associate. Allison is a mentor for the Year Up program and serves on the Alumnae Board of the Hamlin School in San Francisco. Allison earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an AB in Political Science from Brown University.

Garron Hansen, Structured Trade Team Leader, East Africa Trade Hub

Garron works in Nairobi, Kenya where he is the Structured Trade Team Leader for the East Africa Trade Hub. Previously, he served as the Country Director in Rwanda for the Wood Family Trust. He has had a long career as a strategy consultant in both developed and developing countries, serving as a project leader in Dalberg’s San Francisco office, a manager with the OTF Group, primarily in Africa and at McKinsey and Company throughout Europe and the Middle East. He has significant experience in telecoms, financial services, agribusiness and private sector development. He holds an MBA with a major in international development from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.

Liliana Luper, Nonprofit Communications Specialist

Liliana is an independent nonprofit communications specialist based in Geneva, Switzerland and has worked in communications and operations for several international humanitarian NGOs. Most recently, she worked for International Medical Corps in Washington, D.C. Previously, she spent several years with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Norwegian Refugee Council. She also traveled to India with Save the Children to support the organization’s 2004 tsunami response. Liliana earned a Master’s in Forced Migration from the University of Oxford and a BA in Government and Middle East Studies from Smith College.

Andrée Sosler, Former Executive Director, Potential Energy

Andrée joined Potential Energy in 2009 as its first full-time employee and served as PE’s Executive Director for over four years. During that time she grew the fledgling Darfur Stoves Project into an independent nonprofit organization with funding from donors such as USAID and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. Andrée has over a decade of experience in poverty alleviation and economic development and has worked in more than a dozen countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. At the Trickle Up Program, she oversaw grassroots microfinance projects in Haiti, Benin, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Uganda. Andrée was also an Associate at the OTF Group, a strategy consulting firm that advises organizations, countries and regions on competitiveness. Based in Kigali, Andrée contributed to OTF’s work advising the Government of Rwanda on private sector development and led the firm’s projects in Republic of Congo and Angola. Andrée earned an MBA from The Wharton School, and an AB in Development Studies from Brown University.

Ned Tozun, President & Co-Founder, d.light design

Ned Tozun is the President and Co-Founder of d.light design. Since its founding in 2007, Ned has played a key role in developing the company’s mission and strategic plan, and in establishing four international offices and worldwide distribution to bring safe, clean and bright light and power to millions of base of the pyramid customers. Ned was named by Forbes in November 2011 as one of the world’s top 30 social entrepreneurs. Prior to starting d.light, Ned founded multiple start-ups in the San Francisco Bay Area and developed several products that attained global distribution. He has an MBA and bachelor degrees in Computer Science and Earth Systems from Stanford University.