INTRODUCING THE VIRUNGA POWER TEAM.
Brian Kelly is the Founder and Managing Director of Virunga Power. He is responsible for overseeing all project development and financing activiites.
Brian has 10 years of experience in developing-world power and infrastructure project financing and development. He has been developing and investing in power projects in East Africa since moving to the region and starting Virunga Power in 2011. During that time, he also acted as a Principal focused on structuring, financing, and transactions during the launch years of the responsAbility Renewable Energy Holding fund, an equity investor in small-scale renewable energy projects in Africa.
Prior to moving to East Africa, Brian spent five years working at leading global financial institutions in Asia covering the power sector. Most recently, he worked with Barclays Capital in their Hong Kong-based Asia Power & Utilities team advising on cross-border M&A transactions and conducting debt and equity financing for the leading power firms in China, India, and across the Asia-Pacific region. He previously worked in a similar capacity at Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers. Prior to that, Brian worked with the International Finance Corporation in Beijing while on a fellowship in China.
Brian graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.
Laurent Nahmias-Leonard is Vice-President, Project Execution at Virunga Power. He is responsible for the development, construction and operation of Virunga Power's portfolio of renewable energy projects across East Africa.
Prior to joining Virunga Power, Laurent worked in Canada as the commercial director for Enercon, one of the largest wind turbine manufacturers, installers and operators in the world. Laurent led the team responsible for national sales and contract negotiations for utility-scale wind farms. In addition to his strategic and managerial duties, Laurent led the negotiations for over 500MW of wind energy projects across Canada.
Laurent holds a B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University in Canada and graduated with Distinction with an MBA from the University of Oxford, England.
Harrison Masiga is a Senior Development Manager for Virunga Power. He is responsible for project management and development, community relations and engineering.
Harrison has 8 years of experience in development and engineering for renewable energy projects in East Africa. Harrison has served as a developer and consultant in the renewable energy space, having successfully guided several projects from inception to construction. He worked as a Renwable Energy Consultant for Practical Action, and prior to that as a Renewable Energy Specialist developing small-scale hydro mini-grids in Tanzania and Rwanda with GVEP International, a London-based independent non-profit organization focused on providing advisory services to SMEs in East Africa.
Additionally, Harrison has advised the World Bank, European and African government agencies and private companies in renewable and hydro development in East Africa. Harrison has notably published a paper commissioned by the Dutch government on the development of Kenya’s power infrastructure and private investment opportunities. Harrison got his training at SMEC International and began his career as a civil engineer working on the proposed 2.5 GW Bahr-El-Jebel Hydropower project on the Nile River In Sudan and South Sudan. He also has hands-on experience in construction supervision as an engineer on a number of civil infrastructure projects in the region, including roads and dams.
Harrison graduated with a BA in Civil Engineering from Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya. Harrison speaks fluent English and Swahili.
Samuel Mwangi is a Development Manager for Virunga Power. He is responsible for evaluating the technical viability of projects, overseeing construction and community outreach.
Sammy has a broad energy development background, previously working as an electrical engineer with SMEC International, an Australian based infrastructure consulting firm. While at SMEC, Sammy worked as a project supervisor on a 430km high voltage Transmission Line for KETRACO with multiple substations. Prior to that, Sammy worked as a Project Manager at Energycom Enterprises gaining experience in multiple renewable energy technologies.
Sammy graduated with a BSc in Energy Engineering from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. Sammy speaks fluent English, Swahili and Kikuyu.
Brian Mwanjila is a Projects Coordinator for Virunga Power. He is responsible for coordinating development and partnership activities, including legal, structural and stakeholder contracts & relationships.
Brian has enjoyed an extensive career with multiple multinational corporations in a legal capacity in Kenya most recently in private sector development and strategy/policy development. Concurrent with his work at Virunga Power, Brian is a Business Environment Reform Specialist with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group where he was extensively involved in the design of various regulatory reforms that have led to Kenya being ranked top ten reformers according to the World Bank Group’s Doing Business report. Among these reforms is that he was also charged with a key role in structuring and implementing of the e-construction permit systems in Kiambu and Nairobi Counties. Prior to that, Brian worked with the IFC on the East African Community Investment Climate Program where he played an instrumental role in coming up with the first scorecard that measured East African Community Partner States compliance in implementing the Common Market Protocol. In addition, Brian gained significant experience in the private sector working in the legal & compliance departments at Ecobank & Safaricom and in commercial litigation in the law firm of Raffman, Dhanji, Elms & Virdee Advocates.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in from the University of Nairobi and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Law. He is admitted to the bar in Kenya and is a member of the Law Society of Kenya.
Barrett Gold is an Associate of Investments for Virunga Power. He is responsible for coordinating with investors, assembling marketing materials, financial modeling and business and strategy analysis.
Prior to joining Virunga Power, Barrett worked as an Investment Banker with the TMT group at J.P. Morgan in the San Francisco office. Barrett worked on teams that advised on over $20 billion in debt and equity capital raising transactions from the public and private markets for notable large cap clients including Apple, Inc., Uber Technologies and Oracle Corp. Notably, Barrett played a key role for the renewable energy franchise, advising various YieldCo's in raising over $1 billion in debt and equity capital.
Barrett graduated with a BBA in Banking and Finance from the University of Georgia.
Kelvin Mungai Ndungi is the Finance Manager Virunga Power. He is responsible for leading finance, accounting, tax, and similar functions of the company and developing and implementing policies to that effect.
Prior to joining Virunga Power, Kelvin worked at Deloitte East Africa as an Audit Senior. He led group audit engagements for various companies in the banking, insurance, manufacturing and utility sectors.
Kelvin holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from The University of Nairobi, C.P.A (K) , C.S.I.A (East Africa) and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Finance from The University of Nairobi.
Walter Angano is a Junior Engineer for Virunga Power. He supports various aspects in project development, builds relationships with communities and relevant government bodies, and assists in preparing project approvals and documentation.
Prior to joining Virunga Power, Walter was a Convectional Cargo Trainee with the Kenya Ports Authority (Mombasa, Kenya) where he specialized in the operation and maintenance of mobile harbor cranes.In addition, he was a mechanical and automotive engineering trainee with the Kenya Petroleum Refineries Limited in Mombasa and the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure in Nyeri, Kenya, respectively, where he specialized in the maintenance and inspection of turbo machinery, internal combustion engines, Health, Safety and Environment training.
Walter graduated with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) in Nyeri, Kenya.
Edmund Njagi is a Junior Engineer for Virunga Power. He supports in all manner of technical planning and project development required, and builds relationships with communities, relevant government bodies, and assists in preparing project approvals and documentation.
Prior to joining Virunga Power, Edmund was a Trainee Civil Engineer with the Kenya Electricity Transmission Co. and was involved in the implementation and construction of the Nairobi metropolitan ring sub-stations. The project would increase the transfer capacity to meet the city of Nairobi's rising demand and enhance power security by providing alternative electricity paths. Edmund has also worked as a Trainee Civil Engineer at Kenya Electricity Generating Company where he was involved in the implementation of the Olkaria 280 MW project, the largest geothermal project in Africa world and largest power plant ever undertaken in our country`s history. The project commenced Ken Gen`s shift of its base load mode from hydro to geothermal, setting the country on a firm foundation of stable, renewable, clean and affordable power.
Edmund graduated with a BSc in Civil Engineering from The University of Nairobi.
Juliah Karimi Mbaya is the Administrative Assistant for Virunga Power. She is responsible for office administration and key human resource functions.
Juliah has more than 7 years of administration and human resource experience gained in real estate, manufacturing and advertising combined with experience in media. Previously, Juliah worked in the media publication industry at the Daily Nation where she had a column on careers for recent graduates and fresh hires. Recently, she worked for the International Livestock Research Institute as the HR Administrative Assistant for Learning and Development where she supported the development of institutional skills for over 700 local and international staff. Prior to that, she was with the Bioinnovate Program as the Administrative Assistant supporting 9 Projects across Africa.
Juliah has a Diploma in Human Resource Management from Nairobi Aviation College and is currently pursuing a BA in Mass Media and Communication from Mount Kenya University, Nairobi.