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Catalyst’s Core Team

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Annette is a finance and operations professional with over 10 years of experience in the energy access and corporate sectors. This includes operational roles with Equatorial Power and SolarNow. Previously she held corporate finance roles at Unilever.

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Alexandre is an EDS professional with over 12 years experience in the energy sector in West and Central Africa. He previously served as Group Head of Credit Risk and Strategy at d.light in Côte d’Ivoire where he was responsible for a portfolio of $130+ million in consumer financing for 1+ million people.

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Abdikani is an experienced data analyst, having contributed to projects at Sendy and UNDP. He's currently pursuing a Master's in Data Science at UEL, focusing on Geospatial Analysis and Predictive Modeling in the context of energy and climate resilience.

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Itoro is an interdisciplinary engineer with 7 years of experience, including 3 years as an automotive engineer & EV analyst and 4 years as a renewable energy researcher & consultant. She has experience supporting the U.S. DOE and USTDA in renewable energy & e-mobility rollout in the U.S., Latin America & sub-Saharan Africa. Itoro is the founder of a boutique sustainability consulting firm, GreenOrg Strategies.

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Klaus is an experienced, hands-on manager in the energy access industry and has been working in emerging markets since 2011. He has extensive experience in building successful structures in several African countries in various senior roles, e.g. as executive board member at Mobisol.

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Kaluba previously worked for the Solar Industry Association of Zambia. She was a board member representing SolarAid and during which time she also worked alongside the Ministry of Energy represented by the Off Grid Task Force, the Africa Clean Energy program and the Southern Africa Energy Program. 

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Maria has 9+ years of experience working in energy access and development in East and West Africa and in the financial sector. Prior to joining Catalyst, she worked for Dalberg Advisors in Dakar and Energy 4 Impact in Nairobi as a project manager. Her expertise lies in mini-grids, productive use of energy, financial modeling, data and M&E.

Affiliated Consultants

DIMA REDA

Dima has 20 years of experience in natural resource management, climate change, gender, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). She is the President and Founder of Nataij Group. Prior to launching Nataij Group, she served as the Results Based Management Coordinator at the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

ESMERALDA SINDOU

Esmeralda is an energy engineer and economist with over 10 years of experience managing and developing energy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa including market analysis, financial modelling for the design of the reverse auction mechanism, evaluation of proposals and due diligence for two RBF programmes totalling €148m (Modern Cooking Fund for Africa and Beyond the Grid Fund).

EVAN COLTON

Evan is a business strategist with broad experience in emerging markets, clean energy, and the technology industry. He co-founded energy efficiency startup Incenergy and helped launch Asha, a Nairobi-based software startup company.

RONALD SCHUURHUIZEN

Ronald is a seasoned business operations development professional (15+ years) in the energy access space, including as co-founder of SolarNow and work with the Rural Energy Foundation and business advisory services to AECF grantees.

RONALD SCHUURHUIZEN

Ronald is a seasoned business operations development professional (15+ years) in the energy access space, including as co-founder of SolarNow and work with the Rural Energy Foundation and business advisory services to AECF grantees.

RONALD SCHUURHUIZEN

Ronald is a seasoned business operations development professional (15+ years) in the energy access space, including as co-founder of SolarNow and work with the Rural Energy Foundation and business advisory services to AECF grantees.

RONALD SCHUURHUIZEN

Ronald is a seasoned business operations development professional (15+ years) in the energy access space, including as co-founder of SolarNow and work with the Rural Energy Foundation and business advisory services to AECF grantees.

RONALD SCHUURHUIZEN

Ronald is a seasoned business operations development professional (15+ years) in the energy access space, including as co-founder of SolarNow and work with the Rural Energy Foundation and business advisory services to AECF grantees.

LOVA ANDRIAMASY

Lova brings 7+ years of experience working in various international environments. In Madagascar, he has designed a biogas system to provide cooking gas based on kitchen waste and implemented least-cost development plans for the energy sector in rural electrification. 

RONALD SCHUURHUIZEN

Ronald is a seasoned business operations development professional (15+ years) in the energy access space, including as co-founder of SolarNow and work with the Rural Energy Foundation and business advisory services to AECF grantees.

INKA SCHOMER

Inka is the director of Distill Inclusion. With a career spanning over 15 years, she specializes in helping infrastructure stakeholders think practically through their gender equality and social inclusion challenges and opportunities to ensure they are responsive to change and well-positioned for business opportunities. 

VASSILCA  JEREMIAS

Vassilca has more than 12 years experience in energy and environment related issues with a deep understanding of local contexts in Mozambique. She has conducted assignments for the Mozambican government and clients such as the World Bank, African Development Bank, GIZ, KfW, and Get.invest. She has extensive expertise in sustainable rural electrification and clean cooking solutions. She is currently in the final stages of her PhD research in Environmental and Climate Policy at the Technical University of Munich, Germany.

Emily Johnson

Emily Johnson is a seasoned consultant with over 10 years of experience in project management and business strategy. Her expertise lies in optimizing operational processes and implementing innovative solutions for clients across various industries. Emily is known for her meticulous attention to detail and ability to lead cross-functional teams to success

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez is a dynamic consultant specializing in marketing and brand development. With a keen understanding of market trends, Alex has successfully launched several campaigns that have significantly increased brand visibility and customer engagement. Clients appreciate Alex's creative approach and strategic thinking.

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