EARTHSPARK HAS SPUN OFF TWO COMPANIES, BOTH WORKING ON SPECIFIC ASPECTS OF SOLVING ENERGY POVERTY
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Jean etienne charles
Jean Etienne Charles holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Long Island University/C.W. Post and an Associate degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Farmingdal. Jean participates in a variety of philanthropic and social initiatives aimed at improving the living conditions of Haitians in Haiti. He is currently the Director and Chairman of Comité de Relèvement des Anglais a New York (“CRAN”), a local Haitian Community based-organization in the U.S. Diaspora located in New York.
Richenda Van Leeuwen
Richenda Van serves as Executive Director for Energy Access, Energy and Climate at the UN Foundation. Mrs. Van Leeuwen currently serves on the board of SELCO India, a leading renewable energy company focusing on delivering energy solutions for low income households, and advises a number of renewable energy companies and non-profit organizations globally. She holds both Bachelor’s of Science and MBA degrees from the University of Durham, UK.
ARTHUR JACQUIAU-CHAMSKI, ADvisor
As a consultant running project management, Arthur supervised the 2015 expansion of the Les Anglais prepaid micro-grid from 54 to 450 customers. He now focuses on product development at EarthSpark's spinoff company, SparkMeter. With a background in general engineering and a degree in Applied Math from "Grande Ecole" Supélec in Paris, Arthur likes using advanced technology as a background for innovative projects and putting everyone's talent and commitment together to make them happen.
Ted Steck is a member of the faculty of the University of Chicago, where he is a professor emeritus in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the former chair of the Environmental Studies Program, which he founded in 1994. Dr. Steck received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Lawrence College (Appleton, WI) and his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA). He has served on a variety of national advisory boards, most recently Population Connection.
Scott Sklar runs a clean energy technology optimization and strategic policy firm, The Stella Group, LTD. Sklar co-founded the Congressional Solar Caucus in the mid-1970’s. In addition to his work with The Stella Group, Sklar serves on the Boards of Directors of three national non-profits: Business Council for Sustainable Energy, Renewable Energy Policy Project, and The Solar Foundation. He also serves as Steering Committee Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Coalition.
Tim Zak is an Associate Teaching Professor and Director of the Institute for Social Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University. Tim earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Computer Science and Industrial Management from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Science with concentrations in Manufacturing Systems and Reliability from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also has an M.B.A. with distinction from New York University in Finance, Marketing, and International Business.
Ellen Morris is the Director of the Energy and Environment Concentration at the School of International and Public Affairs. In addition to her faculty appointment, Ellen is the President and Founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions and a Founding Partner of a new social enterprise called Embark Energy. . Ellen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a doctoral degree in marine geophysics from the University of Rhode Island.
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Elizabeth Wallace is a leader in the field of financial sector development; small and medium enterprise finance; and clean energy finance, in particular for off-grid areas. With deep experience leading organizations, her recent and on-going projects include advisory for seed and venture capital funds (all sectors), design of two nationwide off-grid clean energy supplier and end-user finance facilities, and development of a pipeline of grid-connected and off-grid clean energy projects. Ms. Wallace actively works with development finance institutions (e.g. KfW), special programs (e.g. Sustainable Energy for All), and companies / funds.
Johanna Mendelson Forman
Johanna Mendelson Forman is a senior associate with Americas Program at CSIS. Most recently, she served as an adviser to the UN Mission in Haiti. She holds adjunct faculty appointments at American University and Georgetown University. Mendelson Forman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the advisory boards of Women in International Security and the Latin American Security Network, RESDAL. She holds a J.D. from Washington College of Law at American University, a Ph.D. in Latin American history from Washington University, St. Louis, and a master’s of international affairs, with a certificate of Latin America studies, from Columbia University in New York.
Dan founded EarthSpark in 2009 and has served on the board ever since. Dan left his role of Executive Director of EarthSpark to run Sparkmeter, Inc., the smart meter technology company that was spun out of EarthSpark in 2013. Dan remains engaged on EarthSpark fundraising, strategy, and partnerships. Dan received his Bachelors degree from the University of Chicago in Physics, Economics and Environmental Studies and received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in the Department of Engineering & Public Policy. At Carnegie Mellon, his research focused on solutions to increasing the utilization of renewable energy in the United States electricity sector and on best practices for energy access microgrids around the world.