Solarise Africa, a pan-African Energy-as-a-service company, has bolstered its team with seven key appointments to support its accelerated growth strategy. The company has made these appointments in the recent months as they look to strengthen its team.
The appointments includes: Chris Bailey and Lydia Mugeni as Business Development Managers, Kene Emchebe who will head Solar Engineering, Noluvuyo Mswewu as an Electric Engineer, Tharunraj Jayaraj as a Project Manager, Fidel Phiri as an Asset Manager, and Carolyn Kinuthia who joins the team as Products & Markets Analyst.
According to Jan Albert Valk, the CEO and Co-founder at Solarise Africa, the firm is building a team with passionate people in order to provide affordable and reliable renewable energy for businesses in Africa.
“Our new team members bring a wealth of experience that will enable us to offer our services at an even greater scale as we continue to accelerate our growth strategy,” he said.
“We now have an extremely talented team of 24 employees from 12 nationalities fluent in 30 languages working from six locations. These seven hires join a team with extensive renewable energy experience on the continent that prides itself on finding innovative approaches, new ideas and concepts to deal with change and boast the flexibility to respond to the unexpected,” he added.
Appointments to accelerate business development
Chris Bailey (B.Com. Marketing) is appointed as Business Development Manager in the South Africa’s Western Cape region and brings six years of C&I and renewable energy experience to the team.
Lydia Mugeni (B.Tech. Business Administration) boasts seven years solar energy experience and joins the team as Business Development Manager in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Enhancing project delivery with key engineering hires
Kene Emechebe (B. Eng. & Post Graduate Degree Electrical and Electronics Engineering) will head up Solar Engineering across all regions and adds his seven years of C&I solar experience to the team. Noluvuyo Mswewu (B.Tech. Electrical Engineering (Power)) is appointed as Electrical Engineer and brings six years of mining and renewable energy experience
Strengthening operational efficiency
Tharunraj Jayaraj (MBA) is appointed as Project Manager to oversee projects and improve efficiencies of processes and systems for scale
Fidel Phiri (B.Tech. Mechanical Engineering) has 16 years’ experience, eight of which he specialised in PV solar and joins the team as Asset Manager.
Advancing products and markets
Carolyn Kinuthia (CFA Level III candidate) joins the team as Products & Markets Analyst with her ten years of experience in East Africa.
“We are also proud of the fact that 80% of our recent hires have been female. Solarise Africa is committed to gender diversity and look forward to creating more employment opportunities for women in the renewable energy sector,” Valk concluded.