About Africa Power

Africa Power is a commercial energy solutions provider that provides services and solutions to meet the full range of electrification needs in rural (off-grid) communities in Africa. We install, own and operate clean, high-quality, low carbon generation systems to supply electricity to telecoms towers (and other businesses operating in remote locations) and deploy proven distributed technologies to provide affordable and scalable power to local communities, and the applicances to make best use of the power.

Joint Venture Companies

Africa Power has partnered with Sincro SiteWatch to form a Joint Venture Company called Sincronicity Africa Power (SAfP), to roll-out it’s A-B-C-D off-grid rural power services business in Tanzania. The JV will sub=-contract the design, specification and procurement of the power systems to Africa power and sub-contract the installation and maintenance to Sincro Site Watch, retaining ownership of the assets and running its own village agents and sales and marketing teams.

 

Management Team

 

Dr Alastair Livesey – Managing Director

Alastair has over 26 years of business and technical experience in alternative and conventional energy. Before founding Africa Power, he was COO, and then CEO of an early-stage company which developed and installed ammonia powered fuel cell systems to power cell phone sites in South Africa and Namibia. Before that he was a serial intrapreneur, helping a US high tech company commercialise its alternative energy technologies including: thin-film solar; high capacity batteries; fuel cells and hydrogen storage. He worked at Royal Dutch Shell, where he helped set up Shell Hydrogen and led research into alternative energy.

Jeff Hebden, CTO

Jeff  has over 20 years experience in Mobile communications working with Motorola, Nokia and various African and European operators. Jeff  led the alternative energy projects for mobile Base Station sites at Motorola for over 8 years (now part of Nokia-Siemens networks) and was the Technical Lead for the first truly off grid cell phone site installation (Namibia) in 2006. He has designed, quoted and installed over 100 solar powered cell phone sites in developing countries in Africa and Asia often acting as project manager.

Jonathan Treacher, Executive Chairman

Jonathan has over 20 years’ experience in Corporate Finance with a particular emphasis on Clean and renewable energy. He brings strong management and financial skills and has spent over ten years leading projects and companies in East Africa. He currently owns and manages a number of companies in Uganda.

George Brennan, Finance Director

George Brenan is Managing Director of Ardour Capital International based in London and Berlin. He is a senior investment banker with over 15 years of experience of M&A and Capital Markets across a wide range of sectors. He has advised on over £50Bn of successful transactions across most sector categories including Financial Services, Retail, Consumer Goods, Food & Beverage, Telecoms, Media, Technology & Banking. He has set up, owns and manages a number of companies in Africa including a solar-ready computer business in Uganda.

David Hampton – Non Executive Director

David is a highly experienced consultant, company director and entrepreneur with over 30 years’ international experience as a strategy consultant and particular experience and expertise in energy, water and the agricultural supply chain. The past 10 years have been focused on helping leading global companies formulate their strategic and commercial responses to major environmental sustainability issues. Currently, his work has a special focus in Africa, working on power for agriculture projects. David has previously been a consultant to a range of leading companies in the telecoms industry, including advising major mobile operators and the cell phone industry trade association GSMA on Community Power from Cell Phone Base stations.

Advisory Board

Peter Nizette

Peter is an experienced General Manager, Project Manager and Senior Development Professional with more than 40 years’ business and public sector experience envisioning, identifying funding for, planning and managing complex integrated projects and challenging assignments globally, including Africa, Asia and Latin America. His strong ethical and professional integrity embraces: wildlife/nature conservation, livelihood change/poverty reduction for local communities and commercial/sustainable development.

Gerald Zirimwabagabo

Gerald Zirimwabagabo is a Rwandan businessman, with wide experience working at the highest levels in business and well as working in Government (as a Government minister and Ambassador) and International (Development) banking at the African Development Bank.

Brian Kerr

Brian Kerr is an experienced development consultant with over 30 years’ experience working on the design, implementation, and management of developing country, donor funded projects. He has acted as Project Director for a range of work in Africa and Asia including Tanzania, Zambia, Rwanda, Nigeria and Ghana.

Nick Cucinelli

Nicholas Cucinelli is a cleantech entrepreneur and advisor with international experience in the commercialization of photovoltaics, advanced batteries, fuel cells, and nano-materials. He is an advisor to over 15 early-stage social and environmental ventures (including Africa Power); serves as a commercial reviewer for the U.S. NSF’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and is the Mentor-in-Residence for cleantech start-ups at the University of Michigan’s Office of Technology Transfer.

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