BBOXX has grown from 3 co-founders to a worldwide staff of more than 600 people, creating jobs and opportunities in in the local workforce in all of our markets. We are proud to employ people in Kenya, Rwanda, the UK, China and around the world. All of our staff undergo an intensive training and educational program called BBOXX Academy to unite our employees in providing superior customer service. Below is a short list of the BBOXX leadership.

Founders

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    Christopher Baker-Brian

    Chief Technology Officer

    Christopher is a graduate of Imperial College London, where he obtained a first class honours (M.Eng) degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. He was part of a team of students that founded “e.quinox” in 2008 and co-founded BBOXX in 2010. Christopher is responsible for product development, supply chain and BBOXX’s manufacturing partnerships. In addition, Christopher has extensive technical experience in the petro-chemicals (Shell) and aerospace (Rolls-Royce) industries. He is a full member of the IEEE and IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology) and currently serves as a general member of the 2011-2014 IEEE Ad-Hoc Committee on Humanitarian Activities.
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    Mansoor Hamayun

    Chief Executive Officer

    CEO and co-founder of BBOXX, Mansoor is responsible for the fast growth and impressive market expansion the company has witnessed in just four years. Mansoor manages a diverse global team and specialises in rural electrification, renewable energy technology and business in Africa. His degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, from Imperial College, gave him and his fellow founders the ability to find a solution to the growing energy deficit in the developing world. A focused and committed entrepreneur, Mansoor is bringing reliable electricity to the masses and putting solar energy on the map. Prior to starting BBOXX Mansoor started a charity, e.quinox, with Laurent and Chris where he gained vital experience in dealing with NGOs and governments. The charity, where Mansoor served as its first chairman, is still running today and sees students creating and installing solar kiosks in remote villages in countries such as Rwanda and Tanzania, providing electricity to communities for the first time. Mansoor also spent a year-and-a-half at Rolls Royce, developing strategies and implementing business processes to improve efficiency.
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    Laurent Van Houcke

    Chief Operations Officer

    Laurent is a graduate from Imperial College London where he obtained a first class honours (M.Eng) degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. He was part of a team of students that founded “e.quinox” in 2008 and co-founded BBOXX in 2010.Laurent is responsible for macromanaging BBOXX's operations globally from shipping to the point of sales going through marketing and long term business development in our different markets. Laurent has professional experience in the Energy Distribution Sector with EDF Energy in London and the Energy Consultancy Sector with Norman Disney & young. Laurent travels across our different markets to support BBOXX's local partners from a technical, market and business development points of view.

Executive Team

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    Natasha Cooper

    Executive Assistant

    Natasha has worked for BBOXX since 2013, and has helped to build and manage the London office and supported the Executive team throughout this time, performing a multitude of tasks from event management to human resources, bookkeeping to legal administration. Before BBOXX, Natasha spent five years working hospitality, including in management positions, and consequently customer service is a core part of her work ethic. She studied for BSc in Economics at Cardiff University, graduating with a 2.1 in 2012.
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    Thomas Chevillotte

    VP of Strategy

    Thomas started his career at JP Morgan where he worked for seven years, initially in risk management and later in principal investment in structured credit. As a portfolio manager with over $600 million under management, he invested in the equity and mezzanine tranches of Collaterized Loan Obligations. Following a consulting experience in an African hydroelectricity project, Thomas joined Standard Bank Investment Bank in London in their Oil, Gas and Renewable energy department. He then worked for Swicorp, a leading private equity firm in Dubai. With a focus on energy, Thomas founded Emmetis to provide financial advice including structuring and fundraising services to corporates. Thomas obtained his MBA from London Business School and graduated from Los Andes University (Colombia) as well as the Institut Commercial de Nancy in France.
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    Kweku Yankson

    Group Head of HR

    Kweku has worked in international management over the past 10+ years, initially with the Oracle Corporation, where he led multiple professional services consulting teams based in the USA and Europe. He subsequently worked with Millicom International Cellular in London and across Africa. Before joining BBOXX in 2016, Kweku led the human capital strategy advisory practice at MSY Analytics Group based in Washington, D.C. Kweku is a trained scientist with a MSc with distinction in Molecular Biology from the University of North Carolina, a Post-graduate Certificate in Economics & Finance from the University of London (Birkbeck), and a BSc in General Biology from Jacobs University in Germany.
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    Simon Cox

    General Counsel

    Simon Cox is General Counsel of BBOXX, a dynamic young company that designs, manufactures, distributes and finances innovative solar systems to improve access to energy across Africa and the developing world. After studying law at Cambridge University and Guildford College of Law, Simon entered the legal profession and achieved a Partnership in three Law Firms ( two “City” firms - Sinclair Roche & Temperley, Norton Rose LLP and latterly at the US firm McGuireWoods LLP). Simon focussed on corporate law and worked on landmark deals such as BMW’s sale of Rover Cars and its acquisition of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. He worked in privatisations in various Emerging Markets in the 90’s ( Russia and Romania amongst others) and then headed up Norton Rose’s expansion team in Germany between 2001 and 2005. Thereafter he focussed on Turkey; working on privatisations, IPO’s and the sale of a lorry ferry company to KKR. He first worked with the founders of BBOXX over five years ago and has seen the company grow as their main external counsel. After 30 years in private practice Simon joined BBOXX full-time earlier this year as the first in-house lawyer of BBOXX LTD.
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    Sudeep Desaraju

    Vice President Debt Finance

    Sudeep studied at the University of Sydney – B.Com (Finance); LLB, specialising in Investment Banking. Sudeep is responsible for raising capital and overseeing the implementation of accounting systems at BBOXX. Sudeep is a fan of deadlift$, cupcake$ and cuddle$ (!)
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    Anshul Patel

    Vice President, Business Development

    Anshul is a graduate of Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College London. He has held roles in technical and commercial units at Rolls Royce, and has been involved in the BBOXX Business since 2011 having launched the business independently in Kenya. Anshul has a strong background in operational management, and is currently responsible to develop BBOXX’s licensing business, develop new market opportunities and build strategic partnerships.
  • bbox William Van Goethem

    William Van Goethem

    Chief Supply Chain Officer

Finance

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    Martin Ashelford

    Accounting Systems Manager

  • bbox Erin Goddard

    Erin Goddard

    Head of Finance Markets

  • bbox Greta Talbot-Jones

    Greta Talbot-Jones

    Senior Investment Analyst

Engineering

  • bbox Rogerio Almeida

    Rogerio Almeida

    Software Manager

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    Nathan Puzniak-Holford

    Lead Data Scientist

    Nathan has a Master’s degrees in both Physics and Renewable Energy. He has been at BBOXX since 2014 and has a passion for using data to improve the lives of BBOXX customers. In his current role he seeks to make data available those who need it to support data-driven decision making. He loves travelling, learning Polish and pandas.

Operations

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    Max Gopfert

    Expansion Manager

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    Ulrich Reinecker

    Group Director of Commercial & Innovation

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    Justus Mucyo

    Head of Retail Operations-Africa

    Justus has been involved in the Energy sector in Rwanda since 2009 both in the public and private sector mainly in methane gas to power and solar projects. He started the operation of BBOXX’s Rwandan subsidiary in 2014 as Managing Director and oversaw the growth of the company to over 25,000 customers and 200 full-time staff. He is currently over-seeing BBOXX’s Retail Operations in East Africa and will be supporting the company’s growth across the continent.

Supply Chain

  • bbox Martin Caujolle

    Martin Caujolle

    Supply Chain System Manager

  • bbox Tina Chen

    Tina Chen

    Sourcing Manager

  • bbox Victor Wong

    Victor Wong

    Senior Business Advisor

Country Managers

  • bbox Lare Santiegou

    Lare Santiegou

    Managing Director, Togo

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    Joane Kayibanda

    Managing Director, BBOXX Kenya

    Joane Kayibanda is a Rwandan woman, who works with BBOXX as Managing Director for the BBOXX Kenya operations to help grow the business in this part of the region. Joane believes that great service and leadership is key to business strength and is dedicated to growth and development within organizations. She has worked in different Rwandan Industries from start-up like Telecoms, IT Companies, with 5 years' experience in Customer Service, Managing teams and Administrative support. Joane is a Post Graduate in Management & IT, has a BA from Griggs University with a focus in Accounting. Joane has an eye for start-ups
  • bbox Monica Keza Katumwine

    Monica Keza Katumwine

    Managing Director, BBOXX Rwanda

    Monica Keza Katumwine and I am the Managing Director of Bboxx Rwanda where am responsible for leading the country team to deliver on the business’ short term profitability and long term growth goals. This involves implementing the companies strategies and business plans at the country level, while providing regular detailed feedback to all other departments across the business on how to improve management processes and systems. I hold a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Makerere University (Uganda) and have over 15 years’ experience managing retail operations in the banking sector in Uganda, UK and Rwanda. My biggest achievement was managing the biggest retail Bank in Rwanda with 190 locations. I am passionate about exceptional and consistent service delivery. On a good day, I am the heart of the party!

HR

  • bbox Janet Kaviiko

    Janet Kaviiko

    Head of HR East Africa

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    Daniel Borch

    Academy Manager