Dan Murphy is the Founder of Catalyst Off-Grid Advisors, with over 20 years experience working in 20+ sub-Saharan African countries. Prior to Catalyst, Dan co-founded and was CEO of Sage Systems, a Côte d'Ivoire-based off-grid solar company. While at the World Bank from 2002 to 2015, he managed Lighting Africa, the World Bank’s flagship program to support off-grid energy access, led teams dealing with some of Africa’s most complex power generation projects, managed the World Bank office and portfolio in Cameroon, and designed community development projects in west Africa. He holds a Master’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree from Bates College.
Ian Muir is a Principal at Catalyst, bringing over a decade of diverse professional experience to the firm. At PFC Energy (now IHS) he co-developed and managed the firm’s Carbon Strategy Service. Ian's off-grid experience covers several technologies, including mini-grids (having overseen the development of EarthSpark International's hybrid-solar mini-grid in Haiti), cookstoves (having advised on programming for the World Bank), and off-grid solar (working on finance and strategy for World Bank-supported activities in Rwanda, Botswana, Madagascar, and the Comoros). Ian holds a Master’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree from Trinity College, Dublin.
Christine Eibs Singer
Christine Eibs Singer is a champion of accelerated energy access, serving as Senior Advisor to Sustainable Energy for All. Christine is also a Technical Advisor to the Kenyan Ministry of Energy and Petroleum on the launch of the innovative Kenyan Off-Grid Solar Access Program. She was a member of the founding leadership team of Power for All, a global campaign to accelerate decentralized renewable energy and was a co-founder of E+Co, a pioneer in energy enterprise development and blended capital investment. Her Board seats include SELCO India, the Dalberg Trust and the Microgrid Investment Accelerator, and she is on the Deutsche Bank Essential Capital Consortium Investment Committee. Ms. Singer spent 10 years at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, concentrating on the development of public-private partnerships. Ms. Singer’s recognitions include the 2007 Woman of Inspiration Award from Fairleigh Dickinson University, the 2011 Keystone Leadership Award for the Environment and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from New Jersey City University. Ms. Singer is an Ambassador of the C3E Women in Energy Initiative and an Ashden Award International Judge.
Daphne is an energy access and sustainability professional with over 25 years of experience. As manager at the DOEN Foundation she was involved in financing dozens of the energy access start ups in East Africa and India. To deepen her connection to the industry, she worked as a business mentor side-by-side with Off-Grid companies throughout Africa, India and Nepal. As independent consultant she has worked with the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) on several access to finance projects, including the GIZ-funded program ons supporting Financial Performance Measurement in the Off-Grid sector. She has been active as interim Investment Manager for ElectirFI and senior advisor to the TCX Fund, working on business development for the Off-Grid sector in Sub Sahara Africa. Daphne is member of the Credit Committee of Lendahand and board member of the Sima Funds. She holds additional advisory and non-executive supervisory board memberships to several companies amongst others Gham Power (Nepal), Rural Spark (India), Sendea (Uganda), Freyr Energy (India), MWAfrika (Uganda). Earlier in her career, Daphne worked for DSM in their global sustainability team, working on strengthening sustainability as a business driver, and for Ecofys, an international consultancy company on sustainable energy policy, strategy and project support.
Kevin Kennedy is a renewable energy and asset financing expert with over 25 years of experience in financial analysis, leasing, and both vendor and end-user financing. Kevin previously held senior roles at GE Capital, Grenke Leasing and the Uganda-based off-grid energy firm SolarNow. As a consultant, Kevin has advised private-sector clients such as M-KOPA, Lendable.io, and Simpa Networks, and public-sector and development entities such as GIZ, USAID, GVEP, the IFC, and the World Bank. He holds Master’s Degrees from the University of Reading and Louisiana State University, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Trinity College, Dublin.
Simon Karunditu brings over 20 years of experience in renewable-energy, agriculture, trade, project, micro-, and asset finance, as well as lending and credit structuring, credit reference systems, and risk management to Catalyst. Simon began his career in corporate and investment banking before transitioning into trade, SME, and micro-finance. Simon co-founded the €54.5 million Energy Access Ventures (EAV) fund, and regularly advises on challenge grant facilities (including AECF, the Fund for Rural Prosperity, and EEP) and financing instruments focused on East African markets. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the London School of Economics.
Brian Gurr brings 20 years of diverse international development experience with an emphasis on productive uses of electricity, microgrid pre-feasibility studies, project management, and business development. In recent years, he has provided consulting support to a variety of firms, including EarthSpark International—where he led a 100-town microgrid suitability assessment across Haiti—and SparkMeter—where he manages smart meter pilots on central grid utilities in Nigeria and Colombia. Previously, Brian focused on sustainable enterprise development in the agriculture and forestry sectors at the International Finance Corporation and Conservation International. Brian holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Spanish from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from George Washington University.
Dan Klinck is a renewable energy entrepreneur and project development professional based in Kigali, Rwanda. Through the half dozen companies he has founded, Dan has a diversified hydropower portfolio totaling some 25 projects, a number of which are fully developed. In the process, he has acquired five years worth of hydropower resource mapping experience. Dan is considered a leading expert on hydropower opportunities in East Africa and has spoken at a number of conferences on the subject. He holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Bishop’s University in Quebec.
Chris Purcell is a renewable and rural energy specialist with 25 years of electrification experience in developing countries across Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. He frequently acts as a technical expert for solar PV technology, power system hybridization, and solar water pumping, and is regularly engaged by utilities and multilaterals for projects spanning government capacity building, master plan development, and public facility electrification. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Cape Town.
Joshua Kabugo is a finance and business development professional with over nine years of experience in diverse corporate contexts. Most recently Josh was the Credit Manager at SunFunder where he was responsible for leading a team that oversaw the credit due diligence process, and the development and deployment of due diligence and portfolio management tools for all active credit facilities across 12 countries. Prior to SunFunder, Josh worked as the Director of Entrepreneur Development for Embark Energy, a portfolio company of E+Co, and worked in finance at the Bank of Africa and Standard Chartered Bank. Josh holds a BA and MBA from Makerere University in Uganda.
Lindsay Caldwell is a field operations and strategy development professional with eight years of experience in the social enterprise and non-profit space. Most recently Lindsay was the Director of East Africa Operations for Angaza Design, where she was responsible for leading the global team, training partners on how to adapt their solar operations for working in the PAYG space, and helping to guide Angaza’s product development. She worked with more than 25 PAYG companies across 30 countries and 3 continents. Prior to Angaza, Lindsay was a Program Manager with One Acre Fund, responsible for coordinating day-to-day activities of 700 field and HQ staff. Lindsay holds a BA and MA from Stanford University.
Chris Connolly tackled a degree in Chinese Studies before qualifying as a lawyer, and later beginning a career in the mobile financial services and payments sphere. He has lived or worked in the U.K., Ireland, Romania, Italy, China, the U.S., Kenya, and South Africa, where he has authored a wide range of reports and analyses for private clients. His work has included comparative studies of mobile money regulatory frameworks, a taxonomy of digital payments terminologies, and an analysis of bitcoin’s future as a currency. He has a BA from Cambridge University and a PhD from the London School of Economics.
Rahul Barua is a founder and director of Amanhã Ventures, a research and advisory firm committed to the growth of clean technology initiatives in emerging markets. He has 8 years of experience on energy access ecosystems and ventures, previously as a researcher (VU University Amsterdam), venture developer (CleanStar Ventures), and investment associate (FACTOR[e]). As a consultant, Rahul has delivered projects for the African Development Bank, the World Bank/infoDev, partner impact consultancies and think tanks, and operating businesses in Africa, South Asia, Central America, and the EU. He holds a BS in Materials Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an MSc in Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh Business School.
Thao P. Nguyen
Thao is a clean energy and natural resources professional with five years of experience in the public and private sectors. At the World Bank, Thao has developed analytical products and tools aimed at mobilizing private sector financing for solar and wind projects in emerging markets. She has also worked with governments and private sector firms to examine the role of minerals in low carbon technologies (e.g. batteries) needed for a clean energy future. Thao worked previously at MIGA, providing risk management and strategic communications support on financial transactions sized $50mn-$2bn in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Thao holds a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University. She is a native English and French speaker, and fluent in Vietnamese.
Andy has several years of experience as a research analyst working on a variety of projects related to international development, energy access, climate and energy policy, renewable energy, low income energy efficiency, urban sustainability, capacity building, gender mainstreaming, and local initiatives for climate adaptation. Andy holds a master’s degree from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California Santa Barbara and a B.S. in Natural Resources and Resource Economics from the University of Connecticut. He is passionate about working with communities to develop opportunities for sustainable energy and socioeconomic development.