MEET OUR TEAM
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Management Team
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.