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.

    Contact Lesley: lesleys@angazadesign.com.

    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.

    Contact Bryan: bcs@angazadesign.com.

    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.

    Contact Victoria: victoriaa@angazadesign.com.

    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.

    Contact Ellie: ellieh@angazadesign.com.

    Krispin Leydon, Lead Designer/Developer

    Krispin draws on a background in engineering, social-science research and the arts to help Angaza enable seamless, reliable pay-as-you-go experiences that extend people’s economic reach in emerging markets. Prior to Angaza, Krispin led Interaction Design at Walt Disney Animation Studios, developed the graphical user interface for the world’s first production sports car at Tesla Motors, and prototyped utility-scale solar-monitoring hardware for Solar Analytic Solutions. Along the way, he conducted ethnographic research for Synaptics, and taught English as a foreign language in Venezuela. 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. He has authored peer-reviewed publications in the fields of “smart” sensor networks and haptics; his animation has shown at festivals world-wide. During Krispin’s foundational work at Tesla Motors, the recession of 2008 and concomitant decline in green-tech investment drove home for him the extent to which environmental challenges depend upon economic solutions, and he is proud to now be directing efforts towards such 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.

    Contact Krispin: krispin@angazadesign.com.

    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.

    Contact Fiona: fionam@angazadesign.com.

    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.

    Contact Josh: joshm@angazadesign.com.

    Josh Milburn
    Vivian Achieng

    Vivian Achieng, Partnership Manager

    Vivian works closely with distributors of Angaza-enabled-PAYG products and supports their on-the-ground PAYG operations. Vivian previously worked with SunnyMoney, the largest pico-solar distributor in Africa, in their innovation department. At SunnyMoney, she focused on research into innovative models, technologies and approaches to further grow the market for pico-solar and increase access to energy for BOP consumers. She also worked with microfinance organizations to increase mobile money services, and researched an e-Waste program to properly dispose and recycle solar products. Vivian is an experienced project manager, having spent three years in this role in the civil structure engineering industry in Nairobi. Her passion for mobile money technology and project management drew her to Angaza. With the mobile technology know-how, she is enthusiastic about how mobile money plays a role in access to energy. She holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration (Human resource management) with a Minor in Entrepreneurship from Kenya Methodist University. She is passionate about Africa, its people and the environment.

    Contact Vivian: viviana@angazadesign.com.

    Eric Thorne, Quality 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.

    Contact Eric: erict@angazadesign.com.

    Eric Thorne
    Peter Ndichu

    Peter Ndichu, Financial Analyst

    Peter Ndichu graduated from New York University (NYU) Abu Dhabi with a B.A in Economics and Finance and a concentration in Chinese Studies. Peter’s passion for business and economic development led him to work at the intersection of private markets and the not-for-profit sectors. He has previously worked as an analyst both at NYU’s Centre for Technology and Economic Development (CTED) and the consulting division of Deloitte Middle East. Most recently he worked with the GSMA team in Nairobi where he facilitated research on the financial, technical and commercial challenges facing ICT entrepreneurs within the Kenyan ecosystem. Peter is excited to solve market challenges that face bottom of the pyramid consumers in developing markets using a data driven approach.

    Contact Peter: petern@angazadesign.com.

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