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Debra Stein, Interim Executive Director (Expand)
Omnia Amr Abbas, Sudan Field Representative/Atlas Corps Fellow (Expand)
Omnia Amr Abbas has extensive research experience in the spheres of climate policy, environmental politics, and private governance. She has been involved in numerous projects dealing with environmental issues and sustainability, including launching Eco Options Egypt, the first environmental issues online magazine in Egypt, and acting as an Energy and Environment Program Consultant for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in Italy (Cairo Office). Omnia serves as Potential Energy’s on-the-ground representative in moving to a financially sustainable market-based strategy for the Berkeley-Darfur Stove in Darfur and other areas of Sudan. Omnia has an MSc in Environmental and Resource Management from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a BSc in Biology from the American University in Cairo.
Ruth Katz, Development Officer (Expand)
Ruth Katz joins Potential Energy with 20 years of experience in marketing, communications and fundraising. As an Associate Creative Director for a Marketing and Communications Agency she helped start-ups hone their message and tell their story to their various audiences, and as a fundraiser she has helped non-profits pursue innovative strategies to raise funds. Ruth lives in San Francisco with her husband and two sons. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco and a BA in Psychology from Haverford College.
Hilawe Lakew, Ethiopia Field Representative (Expand)
Hilawe Lakew has many years of experience in energy engineering related to industrial, household, and rural energy programs with particular emphasis on energy efficiency and harnessing and utilization of alternative energy resources such as biomass, solar and micro hydro. Hilawe has been part of several clean cooking stove design and dissemination projects in Ethiopia since 1990 including the design and development of an improved charcoal stove in the mid 1990s and development of the improved injera baking stove as a design expert at the Ethiopian Ministry of Mines and Energy. Hilawe and his business partner, Getnet Tesfaye represent Potential Energy in Ethiopia and are working with our partners to launch PE’s newest cookstove project in peri-urban areas of Ethiopia. Hilawe obtained an MSc. in Renewable Energy and The Environment from The University of Reading, UK and a BS in Physics from Addis Ababa University.
Jan Maes, Director of Strategy & Alliances (Expand)
Tom Meshishnek, Accountant (Expand)
Getnet Tesfaye, Ethiopia Field Representative (Expand)
Getnet Tesfaye has worked for the Ethiopian Rural Energy Development and Promotion Center for 19 years as an energy planner, energy information officer and as member of several sector strategy and policy development teams. His recent clean cooking related experience includes project development and coordination for the Nordic Climate Fund-supported project for clean cooking promotion in Ethiopia and the development and implementation of the EU Energy Facility-funded Integrated Rural Household Energy project being implemented by Addis Ababa University. Getnet and his business partner, Hilawe serve as Potential Energy’s field presence in Ethiopia and are helping to launch PE’s newest clean cookstove program. Getnet holds an MS in Energy Systems and the Environment from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK and BS in Electrical Engineering from the Addis Ababa University.
Cristina Ceballos, Research Consultant (Expand)
Amanda Kwan, Web & Graphic Design Consultant (Expand)
Dr. Ashok Gadgil, Founder & President (Expand)
Mohammed Sadki, Chief Financial Officer (Expand)
Dr. Lakshmi Karan (Expand)
Eric Lemelson (Expand)
Alison Mauzé (Expand)
Alison Hall Mauzé is active in educational, arts, international, and local community organizations. She currently serves on the Executive Committee and is Chair of the College Relations Committee of the Davidson College Board of Trustees. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for San Francisco Ballet where she serves on the Audit Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for California CASA where she serves on the Development Committee. Prior board affiliations include President of the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary and Associate Trustee of San Francisco Ballet, President of the Parents Association and Trustee of Saint Mark’s School, Member of the Session of Westminster Presbyterian Church, and Vice President of the Alumni Board for Davidson College. She is a strong advocate for child and women’s welfare, educational equity, and international aid. She began her career at J.P. Morgan where, during her nine year career, she was a Vice President specializing in corporate finance and human resources. Alison holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Davidson College.
David Selinger (Expand)
Emeritus Board Members
Dr. Philip Auerswald
Dr. Alice Agogino
F. Henry “Hank” Habicht
Dr. Philip Auerswald, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy, George Mason University (Expand)
Kayje Booker, Program Director/Interim CEO, Forward Montana (Expand)
Allison Goodson, Associate Portfolio Manager & Securities Analyst, Wentworth, Hauser and Violich (Expand)
Garron Hansen, Structured Trade Team Leader, East Africa Trade Hub (Expand)
Liliana Luper, Nonprofit Communications Specialist (Expand)
Andrée Sosler, Former Executive Director, Potential Energy (Expand)
Ned Tozun, President & Co-Founder, d.light design (Expand)
Emeritus Advisory Council Members