RACHEL MCMANUS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Rachel joined the EarthSpark International team in 2012 as Country Director and has since moved to Washington D.C. to serve as Executive Director. Rachel brings to the team vast experience in project management in Haiti and fluent Haitian Creole skills. Having fallen in love with Haiti on a chance vacation in 2007, Rachel has since then been fascinated with its culture and people and been dedicated to being a part of sustainable change and development there ever since. She oversaw the expansion of the Enèji Pwòp brand nationally and now works on streamlining business practices and operational oversight. She has a background in gender, conflict and international development and earned her BA (Hons) in International Studies and MSc in International Conflict from Kingston University.
ARTHUR JACQUIAU-CHAMSKI, ADvisor
As a consultant running project management, Arthur supervised the expansion of the Les Anglais prepaid micro-grid. He continues to support EarthSpark's grid operations strategy and oversight as a volunteer, however he now focuses on product development at EarthSpark spinoff company, SparkMeter. Prior to all of this, Arthur spent 7 years in the GDF SUEZ Research Department, supervising projects aimed at improving the efficiency of natural gas network operations through math models and decision-aiding software development. 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 it happen.
ALLISON ARCHAMBAULT, PRESIDENT
Serving as EarthSpark's President, Allison oversees all aspects of the organization's day-to-day operations and management. Allison is also founding principal of Fresh Generation, LLC through which she has consulted to clean energy companies, governments, and advocacy groups. Previously she served as Business Liaison Director for 3TIER, leveraging resource forecasting and mapping to expand renewable energy siting and integration insights around the world. Allison also led the renewable energy partners program for GridPoint, an early company in the smart grid space. She holds a B.A. in international relations and economics from Tufts University and a masters in international public policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
Brian Gurr, Productive Uses of Electricity Manager
Brian joined EarthSpark International in 2013 and focuses on business development, project management and productive uses of electricity. In Les Anglais, where EarthSpark built its first micro-grid, he focuses on building value-added processing for small scale producers in the agricultural value chain. He also manages a study of 100 towns in Haiti to assess suitability for micro-grids development.
Brian has 15 years of applied experience in the development of sustainable enterprises of all sizes, from micro-enterprises to large multi-nationals, in the agribusiness, forestry, and non-timber forest products sectors. Prior to EarthSpark, he managed sustainable agriculture projects at Conservation International, and sustainable forestry projects at the International Finance Corporation. Brian holds a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Spanish from the University of Virginia and a M.B.A. from George Washington University
DAPHNE JOSEPH-GABRIEL, TRANSLATOR
A French national, Daphné Joseph-Gabriel was born and raised in The Hague, The Netherlands. Passionate about sustainability issues, energy and corporate social responsibility, Daphné helps EarthSpark in editorial translation work. She recently served as Legislative Fellow at the House of Representatives in Washington DC, before working on economic issues at the Edmond de Rothschild Bank in Paris.
Daphné has worked for various international organizations from the European Space Agency, to a European Sustainable Urban Development program (URBACT), to the European External Action Service, and the US Embassy in Paris. She also volunteered as a social worker in an orphanage and primary school in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where she gained valuable on-sight experience of a developing Sub-Saharan African country.
She is a 2014 Master of Science in Management Graduate from EMLYON Business School, France, with a specialization in Economics, Corporate Strategy, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Her thesis focuses on conflict minerals (e.g. Coltan) in the digital age, fragile states, and the roles of multinational corporations. Daphne also obtained in 2015 an MA in International Relations, where her research focused on President Obama's climate change policies.