Accelerating sustainable growth through productive poweragro-processing clean water

ABOUT

EQUATORIAL POWER

Equatorial Power brings together a consolidated Team with a strong track record in renewable energy and access to energy projects.
The Team has pioneered off-grid electrification and productive use in the region, and continues in this path, with substantial business model innovation focused around filling the agro-processing value gap across rural Africa.

 

Our solution is a holistic business model where the delivery of productive energy is coupled with water purification and agro-processing services.

 

Our key innovations are our stimulation of demand through productive use of energy at our owned and operated industrial parks as well as local business incubation including asset financing.
We build sustainable strategic corporate partnerships; validating a “productive mini-grid” asset class to accelerate rural service delivery in scale.

OUR

VISION

Our vision is Universal access to productive electricity and clean water.
Equatorial Power believes that universal access to productive electricity in Africa can be achieved over the next 10 years. Delivering the energy-water-agroprocessing nexus is the key to a commercially viable, scalable and consumer-facing business model that can accelerate delivery of productive energy in rural areas.

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TEAM

Riccardo Ridolfi

CEO

A seasoned energy developer and energy access entrepreneur, with 5 years of specific experience as a developer and investor in mini grids in East Africa. Riccardo is a lawyer by training, qualified in 3 jurisdictions, with a background in structured finance and investment protection. Riccardo is also a Board Member of Umeme Ltd.

Francis Nugent

HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Francis is a licensed attorney and seasoned negotiator, having worked in law, public policy, and politics for nearly a decade. His political experience includes senior positions on statewide campaigns and two U.S. Presidential contests. Francis has lived and worked extensively in Africa as an off-grid energy developer and consultant. 

Dario Fallara

COO

Dario has extensive experience in the off-grid sector working over a wide range of geographies and market sectors, managing operations in multiple countries. With a background in international relations, economic security and intelligence, Dario has expansive industry experience in geopolitics. Most recently working for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Africa, Pacific and Caribbean countries division.

Nataliey Bitature

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

An established social-impact entrepreneur, Nataliey was named EF’s Top 5 African Innovators(2016) and Forbes 30 under 30 African entrepreneurs (2018). Nataliey founded Musana Carts, a solution for street vendors with a cleaner and more efficient solution to their cooking, storage and financing needs. She heads EP’s community outreach, social impact and business incubation programs.

Abishek Bharadwaj

CTO

Abishek is an Engineer with an M.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He worked for Energy4Impact as Program Manager. He has provided transaction advisory support to over 125 mini grid developers across solar, hydro and biomass based technologies, worked with 8 mini grid developers across Kenya and Tanzania. Abishek implemented projects in 75 villages in Asia.

Bianca Mahmood

CFO

Bianca is a graduated of a AB. Government from Harvard University. Bianca worked for Goldman Sachs and she performed financial modeling to forecast and evaluate impact of multiple operational and strategic alternatives, including leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions and debt and equity offerings.

Rose Atkinson

HEAD OF INNOVATION

Rose brings together a combined experience of Oil & Gas EPC and delivering customer-centric operations to more than 30,000 Solar Home System clients. Rose uses data analysis and design thinking to establish systems and structures across customers, operations, and people.

Daudi Bitangaro

INSTITUTIONAL & CORPORATE AFFAIRS

‘LL.B holder from the University of Canterbury in the UK and an ‘LL.M in International Trade and Investment Law from the University of Maastricht School of Law. Key previous experience includes working as a Tax Advisory and Energy Legal assistant at Birungyi, Barata & Associates. Daudi is in charge of regulatory and institutional affairs at the Company.

Ronald Bukulu

Field Operations Engineer

Ronald is a graduate of the Makerere University College of Engineering, Art and Design. He has previous experience working for NEK Consults Ltd., and KPMG (where he was on a team that carried out an Audit of UMEME. He has an in depth understanding of power systems and renewable energy.

Hilary Yiu

Market analyst

A doctoral student in the Energy & Resources Group at U.C. Berkeley, Hilary focuses on sustainable energy access and productive end uses. With training in energy economics and engineering, she has worked in the U.S., Uganda and the DRC. Hilary holds an M.S. from U.C. Berkeley and a B.A. from Cornell University.

Jackson Baraza

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Jackson is the newest member of the EP team and his role on the project involves sensitizing the local population about the nature of the project and other intricacies like project timelines.

Ivan Kayongo

Accountant

Ivan is a graduate of a Bachelor’s of Commerce from Makerere University and is an ACCA accredited Accountant. Among other places, Ivan has worked as an Auditor at RSM Eastern Africa and at BVL Certified Public Accountants. Ivan assists the technical and operational teams with matters relating to project proposal drafting and Accounting.

Alice Fallara

Communications

Alice is a marketing and web anayst expert with an MBA in marketing from LUISS Business School. She has a Master in Web Communication and she worked at Groupama Asset Management for the communication strategy.

Joshua Obara

Environment Specialist

Joshua is a graduate from Makerere University, School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences. Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Conservation Forestry and Product Technology, with experience in Conservation Biology, Natural Resources Laws and Policies of Uganda, Environment and Social impact Assessment, having worked with Roofings Forestry Forever and Eco-bank Uganda.

Tom Wellard

Data Analyst

Tom is a graduate from Makerere University (MUK). He holds a BSc. Quantitaive Economics. Tom has a business consultancy and research background, working with SMEs, Start-Ups and an NGO to offer solutions around Research, Data Analysis, Monitoring and Evaluation.

Federico Aleotti

System Sizing Engineer

Federico is a recent graduate of Polytechnic of Turin with an MSc degree in Energy and Nuclear Engineering. He has recently participated in the enegneering program at the  Micro Grid Academy in Nairobi.

Andrea Micangeli

Senior Technical Advisor
(Site Sizing and Training)

Main Technical Advisor, Andrea heads operations at CIRPS (La Sapienza). Designing and building mini grids for 25+years, Andrea was instrumental to the creation of the Mini Grid Academy in Nairobi, with Res4Africa and KPLC.

Mary Suzan Abbo

Senior Technical Advisor
(Data Gathering)

Mary is the Managing Director of the Center for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC) at the College of Engineering at Makerere University. Mary’s skillset includes but is not limited to: project management, development of proposals for small hydropower developments and preparation of technical drawings and bills of quantities for infrastructure development.

CONTACT US

+256 789 327 266

6TH Floor, Plot 1, Kololo Hill Drive,
Kampala, Uganda