Nilmi graduated from the University of Western Ontario (UWO) with a Bachelor of Science and a Masters degree in Environment and Sustainability.
She worked at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in Ottawa in the Environment Specialist Division and at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Washington DC, contributing to two books related to rural poverty in Africa.
Nilmi was awarded two CIDA scholarships to implement development projects abroad in East and West Africa. In Rwanda and Tanzania, she implemented a community health project focused on malnutrition. And in Senegal, she worked to reduce the impact of climate change and promote clean air cookstoves in the rural community of Wack Ngouna. Living and working in this community made her passionate about sustainable rural development and gender equality. Nilmi speaks English, French, Sinhalese and basic Wolof.
Daniel graduated from American University (AU) with a degree in International Relations. Within the discipline, he focused upon international economics and development.
Many of these interests dovetailed with his study of the global financial crisis of 2008.
He studied colloquial Arabic in Beirut and International Business in Rome.
Daniel worked at Americans for Peace Now, a non-profit based in Washington, DC committed to an Israeli withdrawal from settlements in the West Bank. At the law firm K&L Gates, he researched, wrote and covered congressional developments for clients mostly in the energy sector. This sparked a desire to work for greater adoption of renewable energy technologies, in particular solar. Dan speaks English and French.
On a self-guided study, Dan and Nilmi traveled to Sri Lanka and India and worked with government officials, NGOs and private sector partners on rural renewable energy interventions and took part in village solar installations.
Vincenzo has a Bachelor’s degree in Energy Engineering from University of Rome La Sapienza and a Master in Sustainable Energy Engineering and Entrepreneurship from KTH – Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) and UPC – Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain).
Vincenzo was the Manager of the Innovation Programme for SunnyMoney: analyzing, designing and field-testing new approaches to extend modern energy access and to improve last-mile distribution for the largest distributor of portable solar products in South Saharan Africa. In the last two years, he started and lead projects integrating mobile-money payments and mobile applications in solar Pay-As-You-Go systems.
Vincenzo has a combination of technical skills relating to solar product design and manufacture, and business development experience in Africa, having run trials in Mozambique, Tanzania, Malawi and Kenya.