Our team in Kampala, Uganda is working hard to bring the Berkeley Darfur Stove to families in need.
Jessica De Clerck - Managing Director
Jessica has worked in the Ugandan stove, fuel and solar sector 8 years in designing, manufacturing, sales, testing and monitoring of these products. She pulls from her 15 years of management experience in logistics, sales, and social enterprises, and from her deep passion for environmental protection and human rights. She oversees all operations, strategy, sales, finance, HR, and development.
Laura Toledando - Uganda Program Manager
Laura has a strong background in industrial design with 10 years of experience in managerial roles. She holds a Master’s Degree in Environment and Development from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She oversees production, distribution, logistics, monitoring and evaluation, and directly manages the Ugandan team.
Aggrey Rugema - Sales Associate/Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Aggrey studied Business Administration at Ndejje University. He started with Potential Energy in 2015 and currently leads consumer relationship management overseeing product training, customer satisfaction, and efficiency metrics data collection. He also supports product sales and distribution across Uganda.
Pius Obonyo - Production Manager/Quality Control Officer
Pius joined Potential Energy in 2017 leading production, inventory management, quality control, and office management. Pius maintains very high product standards with his attention to detail and organizational skills.
Edmond Mungujackisa - Production/Sales Associate
Edmond studied Logistics and Procurements at Kyambogo University. At Potential Energy, Edmond utilizes his logistic skills in stove production, and his marketing skills to promote the BDS through PE’s direct sales channels where his consumer knowledge and product experience are an asset in driving sales. He has worked in the cookstove sector for over 4 years.
Lydia Mbabazi - Production/Sales Associate
Lydia joined Potential Energy production team in 2017. She also works with the sales team, and her extensive personal experience with the product is an asset in driving sales. Lydia says, “you must make sure that what you’re selling is a good product – that you truly believe in it – I use the stove at home and know that it saves charcoal, time, and money.”
Charles Akamanya - Production/Sales Associate
Charles started at Potential Energy in December 2016 after completing his degree in Information Technology at YMCA Comprehensive Institute, Kampala. His primary focus as a sales associate is to expand into new sales territories across Uganda and pilot marketing campaigns.
Claire Adondeza - Sales Associate
Dr. Ashok Gadgil - Founder, Former Board Member
Dr. Gadgil is a Faculty Senior Scientist, Director of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Andrew and Virginia Rudd Family Foundation Distinguished Chair of Safe Water and Sanitation in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. His substantial experience is in technical, economic, and policy research on energy efficiency and its implementation in developing countries. For example, his pioneering, compact fluorescent lamp leasing programs are being successfully implemented by utilities in several Eastern European nations. Credited with several patents and inventions, among them the “UV Waterworks,” a technology to inexpensively disinfect drinking water, for which he received the Discover Award in 1996 for the most significant environmental invention of the year, as well as the Popular Science award for “Best of What is New 1996”.
His work in more recent years is inexpensively removing arsenic from drinking water in Bangladesh. Dr. Gadgil has a doctorate in physics from UC Berkeley, has won over 20 awards for his work, and has over 85 articles published in refereed archival journals.
Mohammed Sadki - Chief Financial Officer
Mohammed is a finance executive with an extensive background in international controllership, global financial planning and reporting, financial modeling, treasury, and systems implementations. Mohammed is currently a Sr. Director of Finance at Tiburon Software Inc. His experience includes previous appointments as a Financial Manager, later progressing to VP of Finance at GNLD, and prior to Tiberion worked as a Director of Finance and Corporate Treasurer at Mirion Technologies. Mohammed holds a BS in Finance and Accounting from the University of Lyon in France, and an MBA in International Business from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He is a CPA, and member of both the American Institute of CPAs and California Society of CPAs.
In his spare time, Mohammed enjoys mountaineering in Africa and South America, horsemanship, sailing in the San Francisco Bay, and spending time with his wife Lidwine and their two sons Amaury and Erwann.
Tyler Valiquette - Board Chair
Tyler is a humanitarian, social entrepreneur, engineer, and product design professional with experience in the non-profit, international development, and high tech sectors. A pioneer in the field of “design for social” impact, his experience developing tools for low-income consumers spans four continents and covers a wide array of technologies from rural renewable energy and sanitation, to food security, transportation, and improved cookstoves.
He is cofounder and former COO of Catapult Design, a nonprofit product design firm, and currently works as an independent design consultant for social enterprises, non-profits, and corporations globally. In addition to his social impact work, Tyler has also lead product development teams for Silicon Valley startups. His primary professional interest is the intersection of social justice, technology, and responsible business.
Michelle is a social sector executive with 10+ years experience leading innovative, high growth organizations dedicated to meaningful and lasting social change, and currently serves Senior Partnerships Lead at IDEO.org. Michelle became Potential Energy's Executive Director after 7 years at Kiva, a nonprofit connecting people via lending for poverty alleviation. Michelle spent 5 years building Kiva’s microfinance partner network across Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, and spent 2 years as Senior Director of Kiva's Strategic Initiatives group, which saw Kiva’s expansion into clean energy, water and sanitation, innovative agriculture, and higher education. Prior to Kiva, Michelle founded the Costa Rican nonprofit, NatureKids, which focused on English literacy and eco education in growing tourist hubs.
Michelle was a 2012 Rainer Arnhold Fellow, which is a program for social entrepreneurs with promising solutions to the big issues in health, poverty, and conservation in developing countries. She has also worked with other financial inclusion organizations, including ACCION International. Michelle graduated magna cum laude from Boston University in International Relations, minoring in Economics.
Tyson is a software engineer, organizational leader, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. By day he leads infrastructure teams at a video game company called Riot Games, and by night he is General Partner at a venture firm called Blacktop Capital. Prior to joining Riot, Tyson founded a startup, and spent 10 years in various software engineering and leadership roles at Microsoft and Amazon. Outside of work, also mentors startup founders through the Techstars HealthTech Accelerator. Tyson holds a BS in Computer Science from Biola University, a MS in Computer Science from the University of Washington, and is currently a student in the Berkeley-Haas MBA for Executives program.
Mitesh is passionate about taking technologies to market, using business and design strategies to introduce and scale innovative solutions to global issues around water, energy and health. As a Product Manager for Nexleaf Analytics, a tech nonprofit, Mitesh helps scale their product solution for vaccine potency improvement with a remote cold chain monitoring technology that provides real-time access to temperature data. He is challenged with commercialization, finding new business opportunities and partnerships, and has so far brought 15,000 sensors to market. Prior to Nexleaf Analytics, he spent 7 years building a social enterprise that developed a portable and most fuel-efficient diesel-run irrigation pump for farmers in South Asia including Bangladesh and India.
Raised in the Middle East, US and India, Mitesh has developed linguistic and cultural modalities for building strong relationships when working with international partners. He holds a Master's in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California, and an MBA in Global, Social & Sustainable Enterprise from Colorado State University.
Charlie is an internationally recognized expert in REDD+ and climate finance, providing policy support to multilateral, national and international organizations, and extensive experience in land use policy. Most recently, he served as Executive Director at Climate Focus North America, a climate and land use consultancy based in Washington, D.C. Before Climate Focus, his experience includes heading the policy program at the Global Canopy Programme in Oxford, UK, being Deputy Director at the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, DC, and work as an IT consultant in Europe and Australia.
After early years hiking through European foothills to later expeditions in the Atlas Mountains and Himalayas, Charlie is deeply passionate about the environment and its role in development and climate change. Charlie holds degrees from the University of Manchester (MSc in Physics and Astrophysics) and Imperial College (MSc in Environmental Policy and Economics), as well as foundation courses in Mathematics and C++ programming from Berkeley Haas.