Sandra KwakCEO, Founder
Executive strategist and systems thinker, Sandra is applying disruptive innovation to create a regenerative future. Before launching 10Power, she scaled AutoGrid from prototype to a global brand, creating automated intelligence out of big data from the smart grid. Prior, as Co-Founder / President / COO of energy efficiency company Powerzoa, she brought building management hardware and software tools to market. Sandra has also served as CEO of a software company producing the world’s first mathematically lossless video codec. She worked at Pacific Gas & Electric implementing the ClimateSmart program and has consulted with clients including Mitsubishi, the Transamerica Holding Company, and The San Francisco Foundation. Sandra has an MBA in Sustainable Business from Presidio Graduate School and a BA in Political Science and Visual Art from Emory University.
Doug’s twenty years’ experience in financial markets includes being a banker, investment banker, financial strategist and institutional investor (sell-side at JPMorgan, buy-side at BlueCrest and Gramercy). Having worked extensively with companies new to capital markets, he helps managers and founders meet their financial needs through better understanding of investor requirements and objectives. He has worked across asset classes including credit and equity, high yield, structured credit, private equity, and distressed, in sectors including utilities, green chemicals, biofuels, consumer finance, consumer products, media & telecom, natural resources, and manufacturing. In addition to working with US-based companies, Doug has lived, worked, and invested, in Emerging Markets, making him familiar with diverse risk and regulatory environments. He is a graduate of Williams College and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Doug is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.
Daphnee VertusHaiti Operations Manager
Daphnee Vertus has an Electromechanical Engineering degree from Faculte Des Sciences, Universite d’Etat d’Haiti. She worked with NRECA International as an operations and distribution manager where she managed a department of linemen, site construction, and design engineers to distribute energy to customers at Caracol. Prior to NRECA, as Stock manager at TOTAL HAITI for 2 years, she oversaw logistics associated with fuel shipment and storage. She also worked as an independent consultant in Haiti industrial sector and helped micro and small industries and businesses to maximize efficiency and achieve sustainable growth. CoFounding member of Innitiative Haitienne pour l’environnement et le developpement (non-profit association), Daphnee is remotely managing team activities and social projects. As a concerned Haitian Citizen, her main goal is to have her skills and experience to benefit program/company that contribute to the development of Haiti economically and socially, which is why she is excited to be working with 10Power.
Author, Public Personality – Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce 20 under 30 Young Professionals Honoree – Angie Bell is a committed community leader. Former co-chair of the Fundraising and Public Relations committee at the Haitian American Professionals Coalition (HAPC) and former Marketing Director of the Haitian American Historical Society, Ms. Bell is also the founder of PouBèlAyiti, an artistic environmental movement aimed to keep the streets of Haiti clean, combat deforestation, promote a clean lifestyle, nurture the environment and educate for action towards climate change. Working with schools, Ms. Bell also founded the SEproject, a non-profit helping young children in Cap-Haitien attend school. She is the co-owner of Atizan International, a Marketing Firm that promotes Haitian and Caribbean culture. She is also a Co-host of the Television Show Ayiti Parle on Island TV. Ms. Bell continues to wow the world as a published book author and blogger.
Environmental Scientist and Principal Consultant at British Standard Institute (BSI) specializing in corporate sustainability and social responsibility projects, management systems implementation and evaluations, environmental, health and safety auditing, training, compliance and strategy for numerous industry sectors. Melita is also known as a business development leader and has operations experience. She serves or has served on several environmental organizations and artistic company boards.
Dave Williams combines climate change expertise, renewable energy development and passion for transformative markets. He has founded and operated solar businesses around the world. Mr. Williams was selected as one of TIME Magazine’s Innovators of the Year for work on refrigeration in emerging markets. Mr. Williams has leveraged technical expertise to attract financing and set the landscape for adoption of renewables. He has been a technical solar advisor for US Department of State, merit reviewer for the US Department of Energy’s SunShot program, technical reviewer for Sandia National Laboratory, solar advisor for USAID’s Private Finance Advisory Network for Asia, and contributor to National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Mr. Williams has been involved directly in developing energy projects in the Caribbean, Americas, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa. He currently serves an expert witness testimony in cases involving solar, advisor to top solar companies, and developer in international energy markets. He owns and operates several solar commercial projects. Mr. Williams supports work in emerging markets through various board & advisory roles.
Dr. Judith TimyanAdvisor
USAID Advisor – on behalf of the U.S. Government has allocated budgets of hundreds of millions of dollars working on women’s health projects in Haiti, Bolivia, Guatemala, Uganda, and the Ivory Coast. She lived in Haiti for six years.
L. Hunter LovinsAdvisor
Natural Capitalism Founder, Rocky Mountain Institute Co-Founder – is a Time Magazine Hero of the Planet and was one of four people from North America to serve as a delegate to the UN’s prep conference for Europe and North America for the World Summit on Sustainable Development. Hunter international sustainability projects, including biodiesel production in Afghanistan.
Fritz is a Haitian energy specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He had over a decade of experience in the energy and engineering sector. Prior to joining the IDB, Fritz was Lead Distribution Infrastructure Engineer at the United Illuminating Company.
Judy co-founded REC Solar in 1997 to protect the quality of life for future generations through the use of technology that positively impacts the environment. She exited in 2014 when REC was acquired by SunRun. She has served as a board member for California Solar Energy Industries Association, Mainstream Energy, and Solar Electric Power Association is currently a board member of Horizon Solar Power.
Rebekah is an impact investor and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) with over 20 years experience in a wide range of capital market activities. She enables organizations with environmentally and socially responsible strategies to access finance. An entrepreneur herself, Rebekah has co-founded 2 socially responsible ventures and a non-profit. She volunteer as an advisor with the Clean Tech Open and Pacific Community Ventures.
Peter is an MIT Physicist with 27 patents In addition to being founder and president of AVI LLC, Peter works intensely on the climate with Citizens’ Climate Lobby on global policies to address climate change; with Repower Capital, Inc. on renewable energy finance; and with RESULTS.org addressing poverty worldwide.
Designed and launched a $250M impact investment program at Autodesk. Led strategy for iTunes ecosystem at Apple, oversaw software projects in $3B education channel. Orchestrated platform development for $100M in investments at Offroad Capital.
Served as Climate Fund specialist for IADB, the largest multilateral lender in Latin America/Caribbean, and Senior Energy Consultant, Latin America for Navigant. Currently Jessica serves as Clean Tech Advisor for a financial advisory firm and heads an advisory group Rinova.
Impact Director at Ambata – works with family funds to invest in sustainable finance. Her main projects involve applying blended finance funding to renewable energy development projects, as well as conservation financing in Bhutan. Previously she was Hedge Fund Director at Golden Gate Financial.