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Powerhive is a technology venture founded in 2011 that partners with utilities and independent power producers to provide access to productive, affordable, and reliable microgrid electricity for millions of rural homes and businesses around the globe. Our proprietary technology platform and business model enables the financing, monetization, and management of distributed microgrid solutions. We are headquartered in Berkeley, CA.

Team

Christopher Hornor
President & CEO
Rik Wuts
Co-founder & VP, business development
Gregory Rosen
CIO & EVP, Business Development
Brody Giles
Corporate Controller

Christopher Hornor

President & CEO
We're proud to be at the leading edge of solving one of the most important global development challenges.
Chris is an entrepreneur and recognized pioneer of consumer renewable energy product and services. During the last 15 years he has delivered renewable energy to more than two million people. As founder and CEO of Better Energy Systems he launched Solio, a portable solar charger that defined a new category of small-scale consumer energy solutions. In 2008 Chris led the expansion of Better Energy Systems into East Africa where he and his team introduced Club Solio, leveraging mobile money to create the first pay-as-you go renewable energy service for remote, off-grid regions. Chris has held senior posts at technology startups in the US, UK, and Japan where he identified and developed new revenue streams through emerging internet applications. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Rik Wuts

Co-founder & VP, business development
It is important to me that I contribute something of value to the world. At Powerhive I am pursuing my passion for technology and innovation while being part of a team that is addressing a meaningful cause.
During the last decade, Rik has focused on combining cutting-edge technology and innovative business models to deliver market solutions. Before co-founding Powerhive, Rik was the marketing director at Intivation where he helped introduce solar powered devices in more than 30 countries. He has also consulted several large companies and SMEs on product innovation and business strategy. Rik earned a BS in applied physics and an MS in product design from Delft University of Technology. Originally from Amsterdam, he currently lives in Nairobi and is leading the international expansion of Powerhive.

Gregory Rosen

CIO & EVP, Business Development

It is now finally possible for investors to earn strong risk-weighted returns on renewable energy microgrid investments.

Greg is a 16-year solar finance veteran who has developed or financed more than $400 million worth of rooftop and utility-scale solar projects. Prior to Powerhive, he ran High Noon Advisors where he acquired solar projects for an equity investor and advised several organizations on renewable project fund structuring, market entry analysis, community energy deployment, and government and non-profit initiative design. Prior to that, Greg served as Chief Investment Officer at Mosaic where he originated loans for residential, commercial, and utility solar projects and raised a $100 million fund. Greg has served as Vice President of Solar Finance at Union Bank where he originated and closed tax equity and syndicated loan transactions, and has managed a solar tax equity fund for Citi. Greg has held various positions in solar finance and investment banking at PowerLight and SunPower Corporation where he financed many industry-leading solar projects. Greg holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Brody Giles

Corporate Controller
Similar to the cell phone which has provided affordable communications to most of the world by minimizing telecom infrastructure, Powerhive is revolutionizing electricity service by cutting out the grid and delivering power to low income customers. I am proud to contribute to a future in which energy access  is universal.
Brody has served as CFO for several companies, and has more than 15 years of bookkeeping and financial management experience. In 2000 he founded B&T Bookkeeping, a successful company serving nonprofit and for-profit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. His expertise includes bookkeeping, accounting, budgeting, financial analysis, data management, financial reporting, building custom accounting systems, developing efficient filing systems, and performing quantitative analysis. Brody earned his BS in economics from Pitzer college.
Steve Kraft
VP, engineering
Frank Wong
Software engineer
Emily Greenlee
Business Analyst
Allan Otieno
Business Analyst

Steve Kraft

VP, engineering
I feel privileged to be helping create the technology that will address a major obstacle to rural economic development around the world.
Steve has nearly 20 years of experience developing hardware and firmware for embedded systems. He has developed solutions for a wide range of hard and soft real-time applications including industrial automation, remote monitoring, and renewable energy. Steve has also served as a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a MS in Engineering.

Frank Wong

Software engineer
I love automation. The night after I've put some automation in place, I sleep best knowing that work is being performed while I rest.
Frank is a full stack web wizard with more than 15 years of development experience. He has worked as a software engineer and project manager in a range of business and consumer applications, and has worked in many startup environments. He specializes in dynamic application and interactive interface development, systems and database design, and data analysis. Frank earned a BS in chemical engineering and MS in environmental engineering from Tufts University. Frank is teaching himself how to play the piano, he loves to ski, and enjoys racing go-carts on the weekends.

Emily Greenlee

Business Analyst

I'm excited to witness and contribute to a clean development path in emerging markets that leapfrogs fossil fuels.

Before joining Powerhive, Emily worked at High Noon Advisors where her advisory services included market analysis, grant writing, and financial modeling. Emily is a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies where she concentrated in renewable energy. At Yale, Emily was a project manager for a US Department of Energy-funded study of solar adoption in Connecticut, consulted for a municipal utility, and won the DOE’s Better Buildings Case Competition. Previously, Emily spent three years as a litigation assistant at Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law firm. Emily earned her bachelor's degree from Columbia University where she studied sustainable development and has completed internships at the Peace Corps headquarters, the Sierra Club political department, and the Environmental Defense Fund.

Allan Otieno

Business Analyst
I take pride in being part of a team that is harnessing solar power to make a positive impact in rural areas.
Allan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Nairobi and a CPA finalist certificate from Strathmore University. Before joining Powerhive, he worked for Zimele Asset Management Company, Total Kenya, Unilever Kenya, and DHL where he gained considerable experience in business planning, reporting, analysis, and process improvement.
Brad Folta
Business Analyst
Daniel Boucher
Business Development

Brad Folta

Business Analyst

Poor people in off-grid rural areas have needs too — I am proud to work at a place that remembers this, delivering a reasonably priced, high-quality service that has a meaningful impact on livelihoods. 

Brad is an experienced analyst of early stage renewable energy applications in emerging markets. He is a recent graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in energy and economics. During his masters program, Brad worked with the venture capital arm of ABB Technology, conducting market analyses and due diligence on clean tech opportunities and an American solar start-up in Ghana advising on pricing strategies, technical design and partnerships. Prior to SAIS, Brad was with Peace Corps Kazakhstan and graduated with a BA in English from Wittenberg University.

Daniel Boucher

Business Development
Complex problems require radical solutions.
Before joining Powerhive, Daniel worked as a freelance copywriter and helped produce a documentary film. He is currently finishing a master’s degree in socio-ecological economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. As a bachelor student at Hampshire College, Daniel invented an energy efficient laundry dryer for commercial applications in emerging markets. Previously, he founded a small waste management business in Sacramento, California. Daniel recently completed a 3,000km bicycle tour across Europe and is a licensed pilot.

East Africa Team

Zachary Ayieko
Managing director
Mutua Kathendu
Planning & construction manager
Evans Magembe
Ground operations manager
Obadiah Onsongo
Accountant

Zachary Ayieko

Managing director
Powerhive provides me with an opportunity to pursue my passion to empower rural communities through the provision of clean energy on an economically sustainable basis.
For most of his career, Zachary has worked in the finance department of Kenya Power. After nine years as chief manager of the department, he served as managing director and CEO. Among his achievements as CEO of Kenya Power, Zachary launched a far-reaching rural electrification initiative. The success of this initiative resulted in his appointment as CEO of Kenya’s Rural Electrification Authority where he helped deliver electricity to trading centers, schools, healthcare facilities, and homes through grid and renewable microgrid sources. Zachary has served as chairman of Rural Electrification Club, Africa and spends time helping various development groups improve their management practices.

Mutua Kathendu

Planning & construction manager
For me life is about always trying my best and being grateful for what life offers.
Mutua has more than 12 years of experience in the telecommunications industry as an infrastructure consultant, operations director, and project manager. Previous employers include Safaricom, Siemens, TKM Maestro, and the Wananchi Group. In 1995 Mutua graduated from the University of Nairobi with a BA in building economics. He subsequently completed project management and business administration training courses with a focus on telecommunications.

Evans Magembe

Ground operations manager
Africa has been trailing the rest of the world in getting basic services like electricity to her people. I'm confident that Powerhive's approach will easily deliver this promise within years to all of Africa.
Originally from the Kisii region in Kenya, Evans has spent the last two years as a field engineer and operations manager for Powerhive’s East Africa subsidiary. He has worked with Texas Instruments, Citigroup, and Exxonmobil, earned his BS and MS in electrical engineering from the University of Texas, Dallas, and has lectured at the Kenya Polytechnic University College. Evans’ work in the energy access industry is driven by his desire to eradicate poverty while being a responsible steward of the environment.  

Obadiah Onsongo

Accountant
I came to work for Powerhive because I see an opportunity to serve urgent human needs and help people pursue happier lives.
Obadiah is a CPA finalist with nearly a decade of experience as an accountant. He is particularly knowledgeable about Kenyan tax law, auditing, payroll, and financial management.
Simon Wandanda
GIS Coordinator & Project Assistant
Lydiah Bagaka
Office operations assistant

Simon Wandanda

GIS Coordinator & Project Assistant
Solar energy is both clean and reliable; it’s the only way we can power our economy and conserve our planet earth.
Simon holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the Technical University of Kenya. He specialized in electrical power systems, and in keeping with his passion for technology, served as chairperson of the Engineering Technology Student Association. Simon is an experienced field technician with a background in microgrid construction and GIS network design.  

Lydiah Bagaka

Office operations assistant

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

Lydiah earned a bachelor of commerce degree in 2010 from Egerton University in Nakuru, Kenya. She specializes in insurance and risk management and has taken several management training courses. Outside of work, Lydiah is an avid swimmer.

Board Members

Christopher Hornor
President & CEO
John Lefebvre
Board member
Danny Kennedy
Board member
Dr. Marc van Gerven
Board member

Christopher Hornor

President & CEO
We're proud to be at the leading edge of solving one of the most important global development challenges.
Chris is an entrepreneur and recognized pioneer of consumer renewable energy product and services. During the last 15 years he has delivered renewable energy to more than two million people. As founder and CEO of Better Energy Systems he launched Solio, a portable solar charger that defined a new category of small-scale consumer energy solutions. In 2008 Chris led the expansion of Better Energy Systems into East Africa where he and his team introduced Club Solio, leveraging mobile money to create the first pay-as-you go renewable energy service for remote, off-grid regions. Chris has held senior posts at technology startups in the US, UK, and Japan where he identified and developed new revenue streams through emerging internet applications. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

John Lefebvre

Board member
Currently, Mr. John Lefebvre serves as CEO of Cynergy Global LLC, a consulting and development company focused on renewable energy globally.  He has developed over 1,200 MW of Solar PV projects. Previously, he served as President of Suntech Power Holdings - Americas, and was charged with extending Suntech's market leadership position throughout North and South America.  Prior to Suntech, he served as VP of Sales and Business Development at SolarCity for 5 years and was responsible for growing all sales and building strategic partnerships. Mr. Lefebvre began his career in the aerospace division of GE before transitioning to the semiconductor equipment industry. At Lam Research and Mattson Technology, he held senior management positions working across Asia, Europe, and the US for 15 years. Mr. Lefebvre has a BSEE from Clarkson University, a MSEE from Syracuse University and an MBA from the UBC in Canada and ESADE in Barcelona, Spain.

Danny Kennedy

Board member
Danny Kennedy is co-founder of Sungevity, Inc. and leads the company's global business development activities. He helped create the Sungevity.org program, an integral component of the company's Solar Social strategy that has raised over $1.5 million for Sungevity's non-profit partners. Kennedy is an internationally recognized opinion leader on climate and energy issues. Prior to Sungevity, he managed Greenpeace Australia Pacific and their California Clean Energy Campaign. In 2012 Kennedy published Rooftop Revolution, How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy–and Planet–From Dirty Energy and in 2013 gave a TEDx talk at the Sydney Opera House about being an activist entrepreneur. Kennedy co-founded the SfunCube, the world's only incubator for solar entrepreneurs, in which Powerhive began. He is on the boards of startups Sunergise and Mosaic as well as non-profits VoteSolar and the Solar Foundation.

Dr. Marc van Gerven

Board member
Marc is the Vice President of Global Marketing at First Solar, where his responsibilities include the incubation of new business models and market segments such as Hybrid Generation and Energy Access solutions. Before joining First Solar, he was the CEO of Q-Cells North America where he built a turn-key solar power plant business in the distributed generation market. Prior to Q-Cells he was part of the founding team of Solaria, a solar technology start-up. Earlier in his career, Mr. Van Gerven was responsible for an Oil & Gas business segment at GE and spent four years with Unocal Geothermal, where he developed large scale geothermal power production projects. Marc has also served on the board of the Solar Energy Industries Association.
Tim Woodword
Board Member
Leonardo DiCaprio
Strategic advisor
Lord Gregory Barker
Strategic advisor

Tim Woodword

Board Member
As Managing Director of Prelude Ventures, Tim builds on over 25 years of venture capital investing experience working with talented entrepreneurs who want to change the world. Previously, Tim was a Managing Director for 15 years with Nth Power where he led investments in companies involved in renewable energy, demand response, advanced materials and outsourced utility customer management. He was the lead investment partner for that firm’s successful investments in Evergreen Solar (ESLR), Comverge (COMV) and Proton Energy Systems (DESC). Prior to entering the venture capital business, Tim was involved in the launch of First Source, a company providing industrial solvent recycling services. He received his MBA with honors from The Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA and his BS in Resource Economics from UC Berkeley in 1982. Tim currently serves on the board of directors for Allotrope, EnergySavvy, Heliotrope, MineSense and Powerhive, and he has oversight for Prelude Ventures' investments in Aquion and QuantumScape

Leonardo DiCaprio

Strategic advisor

Leonardo DiCaprio, award-winning actor, producer and activist, is well known for his dedication to protecting our environment on a global scale. In 1998, DiCaprio launched the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) to provide direct support for conservation and preservation projects on nearly every continent and in every ocean. Using his public platform, he has spearheaded global awareness campaigns and advocated on behalf of our natural world before global leaders at all levels. DiCaprio has also made strategic investments and produced numerous creative projects and documentaries to increase public engagement in the cause to end climate change.

Born in Hollywood, California, DiCaprio started acting at the age of 14.  His breakthrough feature film role came in 1993 with Michael Caton-Jones’ “This Boy’s Life.” That same year, he earned his first Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations for his leading role in Lasse Hallström’s “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.” Now a five-time Academy Award® nominee and Golden Globe winner, DiCaprio has produced and starred in many award-winning films – including Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street”, Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained," Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” and Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” to name a few. He most recently starred in “The Revenant” (2015) directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. His portrayal of legendary explorer Hugh Glass won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama); Screen Actors Guild Award® for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role; Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Actor; and an Academy Award® for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

With his production company, Appian Way, DiCaprio wrote, produced and narrated the acclaimed environmentally themed documentary “The 11th Hour.”  Appian Way also partnered with Netflix to release “Virunga,” the Oscar® nominated documentary that examines gorilla preservation in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park.  Two additional environmentally themed Netflix documentaries titled “Catching the Sun” and “How to Change the World” are currently in post-production and slated for release in 2016.

In September 2014, DiCaprio was designated as a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a specific focus on climate change. That same month, DiCaprio was honored with the Clinton Global Citizen Award, participated in history’s largest climate march in New York City and powerfully addressed the UN Summit. In January 2016, DiCaprio was awarded a Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum in Davos for his work to bring global attention to the urgent need to address climate change. Leonardo also serves on the boards of World Wildlife Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Geographic’s Pristine Seas, the funders’ collaborative Oceans 5, and International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Lord Gregory Barker

Strategic advisor
Rt Hon Lord Barker of Battle PC served as UK Minister of State for Energy & Climate Change from 2010 to 2014. He presided over the largest ever expansion of UK clean energy, seeing the percentage of renewable electricity on the grid rise from 6% to 18%. After training as a stockmarket analyst Lord Barker's City career spanned mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, investor relations, the energy sector and private equity. Following the election of 2010 he was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2012. His achievements at the DECC included the creation of the Green Investment Bank, a radical new approach to energy efficiency and a massive expansion of decentralised energy, including the deployment of 5GW of Solar PV, and panels on over 750k homes. He over saw the launch of the world first, Renewable Heat Incentive. He helped deliver the comprehensive reform of the UK electricity sector, which has created the world’s largest offshore wind programme. He pioneered UK “green” trade missions abroad and in addition to his role at DECC, served as Minister for Business Engagement with India from 2012 – 2014. Lord Barker took a lead international role mobilising private climate finance for developing countries. After Lord Barker stood down from Government in July 2014, he was appointed the Prime Minister’s envoy on Climate Change. He relinquished this formal role ahead of leaving the House of Commons in March 2015 to re-join the private sector. He now serves on the board of, and advises several major companies both at home and abroad. Lord Barker was appointed chair of the London Sustainable Development Commission by Mayor Boris Johnson in January 2015 and also joined the London Infrastructure Delivery Board. He is a trustee of the Climate Group, a member of the European board of the Environmental Defence Fund and a trustee of the board of De La Warr Pavilion.

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