Lesley Marincola, CEO

    Lesley Marincola is the Founder and CEO of Angaza Design. A product designer (B.S.) and mechanical engineer (M.S.) from Stanford University, Lesley has also worked at Amazon (Lab126) with the Amazon Kindle design team, and at Bay Area design consultancy, D2M Inc. with clients including DirecTV, Genentech, Qualcomm, and Volkswagen. Lesley is a recipient of the Santa Clara University Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI) scholarship and was named a 2012 Tech Awards Laureate, in recognition of Angaza’s pay-as-you-go technology. She was recognized by Businessweek as one of “America’s Best Young Entrepreneurs”, is a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper, was named a Forbes “30 Under 30” Entrepreneur, and is a 2013 Echoing Green Fellow. Lesley’s vision is to solve the world’s most widespread problems – like energy access – with market-driven technology innovation developed from a human-centered design approach.

    Lesley Marincola
    Bryan Silverthorn

    Bryan Silverthorn, CTO

    Bryan drives technology development at Angaza with a breadth of experience to match the breadth of Angaza's engineering efforts. His work in industry has ranged from embedded firmware to enterprise software to robotics hardware. To that background he adds academic rigor, with both a B.S. in computer science from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin. His publications have appeared at the top global venues in their area, including the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) and the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence. His research, on optimization software that improves with experience, solved important problems using diverse methods. That same ability to build innovative solutions using unexpected techniques has been essential to the Angaza technology suite, and especially to the creation of Angaza's PAYG data transfer technology.

    Victoria Arch, Director of Strategy

    Victoria Arch is a clean energy and sustainability specialist, and leads strategy at Angaza Design. She learned the intricacies of environmental science and policy while pursuing a B.S. in Earth Systems at Stanford University. Following her undergraduate degree, she completed a Ph.D. at UCLA during which she authored 12 peer-reviewed publications, won a university award for Outstanding Graduate Research, and received competitive grants from National Geographic, National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation. During her extensive dissertation fieldwork in rural Southeast Asia, Victoria fully recognized the intimate relationship between energy poverty, environmental degradation and lack of economic development. As a result of this experience, she focused on applying her systems science background toward projects with immediate social and environmental impact. With Angaza Design, she has the opportunity to demonstrate that smart, scalable technology can greatly benefit both people and planet.

    Victoria Arch
    Ellie Higham

    Ellie Higham, Director of East African Operations

    Ellie Higham is a specialist within the pico-solar field, having previously managed operations for SunnyMoney, Africa’s largest solar light distributor, in Zambia and Argentina before joining the Angaza team. During her time with SunnyMoney Zambia, she grew sales from 70 to 3000 products per month and built a team of 15 highly motivated members focused on the objective to create and mature the pico-solar market in-country. She is an expert in developing and implementing innovative and effective distribution channels that best serve the local context. In addition to her in-country work for SunnyMoney, Ellie also sat on the regional senior management team responsible for organizational strategy, company expansion, and quality customer care. Additionally, with experience in marketing, campaigning, and the service industry in China and London, Ellie is skilled in communication and customer support. Having experienced first-hand the life-changing benefits of solar power in East Africa, Ellie is passionate about ensuring large-scale adoption of pico-solar in off-grid markets through a customer-centric approach. She holds a Masters in Geography from the University of Edinburgh.

    Krispin Leydon, Lead Designer/Developer

    Krispin draws on a background in engineering, animation and social-science research to help Angaza enable seamless, reliable pay-as-you-go experiences which extend people’s economic reach in emerging markets. Prior to Angaza, Krispin led Interaction Design at Walt Disney Animation Studios, UI development at Tesla Motors, and R&D at Solar Analytic Solutions. Krispin studied Engineering and Classical Animation at Dartmouth College, and earned his Masters in Computer Science at the University of Limerick, on Ireland’s West Coast, through research collaborations with MIT and the European Media Lab. During Krispin’s time at Tesla, the recession of 2008 drove home the extent to which environmental challenges depend on economic solutions, and he is proud to be directing effort towards a scalable economic solution, so global in scope. Krispin is particularly excited about the potential that Angaza’s pay-as-you-go platform holds for solar electric lighting in emerging markets, as a means to simultaneously impact health, education, quality of life, economic security and fossil fuel dependance - all within a for-profit framework informing the evolving relationship between capitalist enterprise and social good.

    Krispin Leydon
    Fiona Mati

    Fiona Mati, Project Manager

    Fiona manages Angaza's East African sales and scaling activities out of Nairobi, Kenya. Her work experience is a dynamic blend of the non-profit and private sectors. Prior to joining Angaza she worked on R&D and marketing strategy for the “Eco-candle”, which was the first mosquito-repellent candle in East and Central Africa, and was developed to mitigate the high prevalence of malaria among poor communities. Her participation in the development of this product spanned product design, efficacy testing, product licensing and marketing in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. Fiona also founded a web and mobile portal to provide business skills information to youth entrepreneurs which received the Society for New Communications Research Excellence Award and was selected as the Kenyan partner for the Global Cleantech Open Ideas competition. She holds a graduate diploma in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management from the Cambridge Association of Managers and studied Law at the University of Warwick. Fiona is passionate about the opportunity that Angaza's Pay-As-You-Go solution provides to help people break the cycle of poverty and achieve their full potential.

    Josh Milburn, Hardware Engineer

    Josh develops the electrical hardware that enables energy systems to work seamlessly with the Angaza Pay-as-You-Go platform. His background in energy hardware stretches from his B.S. in Electrical Engineering, from Case Western Reserve University, where he designed an award-winning system for predictive residential solar-energy management. It extends through his work at Brown and Caldwell, where he shaped complex industrial infrastructure, including facilities for waste-to-energy conversion. His fieldwork includes picohydro-generation feasibility research in Rwanda, under the UC Davis Blum Center's PASS Grant, as well as electrical design for solar-powered irrigation systems in both the United States and Cameroon. At Angaza Design, his pursuit of energy solutions in the market at the bottom of the pyramid finds a creative outlet.

    Josh Milburn
    Alex Chiang

    Alex Chiang, Senior Software Engineer

    Alex brings over a decade of industry experience to the Angaza software team. He most recently comes from Canonical, sponsor of the Ubuntu OS, where he combined his passion for open source with a commercial focus. He shipped numerous Ubuntu products including a Vodafone-branded netbook specifically for the South African and East African markets. Alex was also a Linux kernel developer for multiple years while working for HP, shipping millions of dollars worth of enterprise servers. He has spent his career making principled technology accessible to all human beings and is excited to continue doing so with Angaza Design. Alex received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

    Eric Thorne, Hardware Engineer

    Eric combines engineering knowledge and operations experience to guarantee the quality of Angaza’s products and internal tools. After receiving an Electrical Engineering degree with departmental distinction from Duke University for his research on off-grid solar, which included working for two months in Uganda, Eric traveled the US as an energy and utilities consultant with IBM. He brings firsthand experience with industry best practices to ensure that Angaza’s products are completely tested and tracked in the field. As his work with gas pipelines taught him, information management and quality control of systems like Angaza’s are just as important as the physical systems themselves.

    Eric Thorne
    Anil Ganti

    Anil Ganti, Software Engineer

    Anil develops data analysis and visualization tools for the Angaza Energy Hub to help distributors track and understand how people are using Pay-As-You-Go products. From his time working in California's electric utility industry, Anil brings experience in researching and developing electricity usage models for use on a range of scales. At the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District, Anil applied machine-learning algorithms to smart meter data to gain new understandings of how demographics related to residential electricity use. He received his B.A. in Physics from Colorado College, where he also developed a passion for energy and sustainability. Anil is also currently completing a M.S. in Electrical Engineering where he continuously strives to understand the role technology can play at the base of the pyramid.

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