Our team on the ground in Kampala, Uganda is hard at work piloting sustainable models to bring improved cookstoves to families that need them.
Jessica De Clerck
Managing DirectorJessica De Clerck has 4+ years in the Ugandan renewable energy sector, specializing in designing, manufacturing and marketing solar lights, charcoal briquettes, and energy efficient cookstoves. Her background is in program management, sales and logistics. Previous experience includes managing a solar light distribution company; importation, warehousing and distribution of all medical and logistical supplies for Medecins San Frontieres-Doctors Without Borders’ largest project worldwide (Nigeria); and launching and building two of the largest cookstove manufacturing units in Uganda for Green Bio Energy and International Lifeline Fund respectively.
Most recently, Jessica designed the first Tier 4 efficiency cookstove to cost less than 5 USD on the market worldwide for Living Goods. Jessica currently leads Potential Energy’s efforts from the ground in Kampala.
Phiona Kusingura, Administrator
Phiona Kusingura has been with PE since June 2015. She is responsible for a wide range of activities which keep our daily work in order including cash handling, in-office marketing, tracking client sales, scheduling fuel deliveries, gathering stove user feedback, and identifying areas where PE can drive growth.
Phiona holds a degree in social work and social administration and has previously worked with HIV positive patients and farmers in social work roles.
Claire Adondeza, Marketing Lead
Claire Adondeza mixes her sense of integrity and persuasion beautifully while explaining why everyone should have an improved stove, solar lights and switch to alternative fuel! She enjoys the camaraderie and team spirit at PE, and actively engages with schools, marketplaces, savings groups, and offices to acquire new clients.
Although new to the stove and solar sectors, she has experience marketing fuel briquettes and is truly passionate about her work.
Aggrey Rugyema, Driver
Aggrey Rugyema started with Potential Energy in November 2015 delivering fuel to clients throughout Kampala. His last name, Rugyema, means “one who can overcome any situation that comes his way”, and that he does! When clients are not home or answering their phones, when it rains, when there is too much traffic, Aggrey finds a way to get the job done.
He loves interacting with clients, and has also started to help with marketing. In his free time, Aggrey is studying to be an accountant.
Omnia Amr Abbas, Sudan Field Representative
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 concerning environmental issues and sustainability, including launching Eco Options Egypt, the first Egyptian environmental issues online magazine, 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.