MEET OUR TEAM

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East African Power is led by 5 experienced executives, supported by a dynamic 12-person strong management team and over 20 technical experts with 300+ years of relevant energy experience. Our staff brings comprehensive value-chain expertise in-house to reduce dependency on contractors and improve revenue streams.

 

Executive Leadership 

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DAN KLINCK
Chief Executive Officer

Dan is a passionate visionary and remarkable entrepreneur. As the Founder and CEO, Dan provides the direction for EAP and gives vitality to the company’s mission. For the past 15 years, Dan has worked as an entrepreneur and business executive holding leadership positions in a broad range of industries including energy, finance, manufacturing, biotech and construction in Asian, North American and African marketplaces. He founded Empowering Villages, a non-profit organization focused on energy access, environmental sustainability and economic development.

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AGNES CHIWESHE
Chief Financial Officer

Agnes is a holder of a Masters of Business Administration from Oxford Brookes University and an industrious senior financial executive with an FCCA status. She is a qualified CPA with 18 years of experience in commercial and project finance in the private and public sector in Africa. At EAP, she is responsible for driving the business financial strategies that promote growth and profitability. Agnes previously served as the Finance Director of the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) where she remarkably completed the pre-financial close development, structuring, and post-financial close implementation for a $1.5 billion thermal expansion project. Agnes worked for thirteen years at British American Tobacco in various finance positions including five years heading the finance function for BAT Malawi.

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IDA MARUTI
Chief Legal Officer

Ida is a perceptive legal professional with 9 years of experience providing pragmatic legal solutions to local and international companies. She currently leads EAP’s legal and compliance team . Ida possesses compelling communication skills and impressive project management prowess. She has comprehensive experience working with international government funds and public stakeholders. Her background includes work within a variety of company functions including human resource administration, construction, finance and procurement.

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KELLIE MURUNGI
Chief Investment Officer

Kellie is a strategic leader with over ten years of experience in corporate finance and business operations. She currently leads the EAP Investments team, whose mandate is to structure and raise funds for EAP’s projects. Kellie served as the Head of Corporate Finance Advisory & Training for Lattice Group for five years. At Lattice, she was a transaction lead for several mid-sized businesses, and led several programs that advised small and medium-sized businesses on funding readiness and fundraising. Between 2019 and 2020, Kellie was the technical assistance lead for USAID’s Kenya Investment Mechanism program which mobilized millions in funding for agriculture businesses.

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BRAD SANDERS
Managing Director &
Chief Engineer

Brad is an enthusiastic team-leader with a breadth of technical knowledge. He has 10 years of experience as an Engineer and Designer, Project Manager and Entrepreneur. Brad currently leads EAP in developing grid-connected and off-grid renewable energy projects throughout Rwanda and East Africa. In years past, Brad served as Senior Project Manager and Development Engineer for the U.S. Air Force leading projects for hi-tech, space launch support systems. He also co-founded a successful agriculture technology start-up.

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JAMES SHUFELT
Executive Vice President &
Chief Operating Officer

James is a process-oriented, international consultant with 15 years of marketing, management, operations, governance, leadership and performance improvement experience. James currently manages EAP’s operations across the region and drives the company’s KPI metrics. He collaborates with various cross-functional teams to develop, plan and execute enterprise-wide business development strategies and opportunities for EAP. James built his career in a variety of roles and industries that include SMEs, manufacturers, governments, associations, non-profits, international corporations and financial and education institutions.

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NICOLAS SYNNOTT
Chief of Staff

Nicolas is a sharp investment professional with experience in backing early-stage startups in Canada and Sub-Saharan Africa. He seeks out investment opportunities and develops strategically-aligned relationships for EAP to bring projects to financial close. Nicolas served as an Investment Associate at EWB Ventures where he led a Series A investment in the Fast Company Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Africa. He is the Co-Founder and board member at Front Row Ventures, a Canadian pre-seed fund.

Senior Management Team

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DAVID BUCYIBARUTA
Director of Administration

David is a highly organized and proactive professional with 8 years of experience in accounting and finance administration. He currently develops and optimizes strong administrative systems to enable the work of EAP’s company and its employees. David establishes policies to ensure EAP’s procurement and logistics procedures comply with ethical standards and laws. David has a background in local and international logistics, risk-analysis, and audit. Before starting at EAP, David served as the Head Internal Auditor for the Rwanda National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide and the Accounting Manager for Africa Mission Alliance.

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JOHN LEE PATTINSON
Director of  Hydropower

John Lee is a Chartered Engineer with decades of experience in Project Management on large Civil Engineering Projects in Africa, Canada, Middle and Far East and Southeast Asia. As Director of Projects, John is responsible for ensuring EAP Projects are constructed to Budget, Schedule and Quality. He has 35 years of successful on-site involvement with Hydro-Electric Power Schemes which includes thirteen dams. Throughout his career, John has always been closely involved with Quality, Environmental and Safety Management in construction and is a qualified Lead Auditor.

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GODFREY MANIA
Director of Sustainability

Godfrey is a discerning professional with 9 years of experience in environmental and social management. He currently leads EAP’s environmental and social management systems and ensures regulatory compliance. Godfrey maintains a strong focus on sustainable development and climate resilience for EAP’s projects. He provided environmental expertise for RE projects in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Cameroon and Sierra Leone. Godfrey was the environmental and social expert on the Lihanda Hydropower Project in Kenya, and he is a Lead Expert qualified by the National Environment Management Authority.

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PAUL SNIJDERS
Director of Solar

Paul is a highly-capable technical expert with 20 years of experience serving in international financial institutions. He currently oversees solar business development and systems technology at EAP.  Paul has a comprehensive background in business development for startups, pay-as-you-go arrangements and rural electrification in East Africa. He has focused his expertise on managing IT and developing solar energy. Paul served four years as a Senior Expert for PUM Netherlands, a non-profit organization enabling the growth of small enterprises in developing countries.

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IDDO MUSANA
Director of
Operations & Maintenance

Iddo is a pragmatic Electrical Engineer with 40 years of experience in O&M and a strong background in hydropower plant management. He directs the O&M of all EAP hydropower projects to ensure optimized performance and energy production. Iddo spent the past six years working for the Energy Utility Corporation as a Plant Manager and Senior Engineer of Rehabilitation and Maintenance Planning. He worked as a Plant Manager for 16 years and Electrical O&M Supervisor for 12 years at Electrogaz, a major water and electricity supplier in Rwanda. Iddo has received world-class training across the globe on the installation, maintenance and operation of hydropower turbines.

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SAMARAKOON BANDA

Technical Director

Samarakoon is a data-driven decision-maker with 30 years of experience as an Engineer and Project Manager. Samarakoon currently leads the hydropower development unit at EAP with a visionary eye for corporate social responsibility integration. Previously, he owned and operated a private consultancy firm that provided engineering expertise in structural design services; small hydro power designs; infrastructure layout development and technical site supervision. Samarakoon won the “Aqua Foundation Excellence Award” for the contribution to sustainable development for the small-hydro sector in India.

Engineering Leadership

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ABE DALY
Director of Structures

Abe is a Professional Civil Engineer with over 35 years of experience in the development and construction of hydroelectric projects across the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. He serves as a Senior Project Manager and oversees the design, construction and implementation of all structures at EAP. Abe previously worked with multinational firms as Project Manager and Technical Director of multi-billion dollar projects and successfully completed seven hydro projects between 100 MW and 1000 MW. Abe has a comprehensive background across project management, risk mitigation, structural analysis and design.

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PETER CROSTHWAITE
Deputy Director of Hydropower

Peter is an analytical Chartered Engineer with over a decade of experience in civil engineering in the UK and East Africa. He leads the Hydropower Engineering Services at EAP, coordinating projects and people across the design; construction; project management; operations and maintenance; and health, safety and welfare teams. Peter has a background in civil engineering design, project management, and innovative technology integration for hydropower projects. He was a Civil Engineer for Mott Macdonald, global engineering, management, and development consultancy. He volunteers his expertise at Bridges to Prosperity and has contributed to development NGOs in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda.

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JUSTIN HERINIAINA RADILOFE
Deputy Director of Solar

Justin is a creative electrical engineer with experience in developing and designing solar PV, biomass and hybrid projects for the European and East African markets. He currently leads project development of EAP’s solar and hybrid energy portfolio. Justin has comprehensive experience in solar project development including techno-optimization, economic evaluation, engineering and legal feasibility, and installation and commissioning from kW to MW scale projects. He has a keen interest in business & project development in the utility-scale, C&I and mini-grid space.