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Our team

Sawa Energy and its partners have experience building solar systems, with over 90 deployments already operational. We have also completed 13MW of energy projects within East Africa

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Samuel Kaufman
 

Samuel is an investor and operator, with experience as the CIO for East African Power (EAP), a utility-scale renewable energy developer specializing in small-hydro and PV projects in emerging markets. At EAP, he led the corporate strategy and the fundraising, totaling over $30M in capital for projects in East Africa. Prior to joining EAP,  he was an advisor at Techstars, a global seed investor with $500M AUM, and a Finance Manager at Real Ventures, the most active early-stage tech VC in Canada, where he managed the financial operations of funds totaling $330M. He started his career in audit and business valuation.  Samuel holds a BA in business administration, a Masters in public accounting, and is a Canadian CPA.

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Jordan Zipkin
 

Jordan is an active entrepreneur and investor in the climate tech space. Most recently, he led the restructuring of East African Power, supporting a $10M capital raise for projects across the region. He has advised and invested in energy startups across North America, Europe, and Africa. He was an Associate at Real Ventures, the most active early-stage tech VC in Canada with $330M AUM, and a General Manager for ML Partners, a health-tech & fin-tech PE firm, where he led a successful 200 employee healthcare venture. He also has experience leading startups in publishing, ed-tech, and logistics. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration, with majors in Math, Economics, and Business.

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Guillaume Charpenel
 

Guillaume is an active entrepreneur, investor, and catalyst in the world of renewable energy and sustainability. He founded and led Solexium, one of the largest Solar Companies in Eastern Ontario, totaling 3MW across 70 clients. The firm diversified by developing its own assets and providing up to $1M in financing per project. He is an early investor in Canada’s largest kombucha brewery (fermented tea) and was instrumental in the launch of Hilo, the clean-tech spinoff of Canada’s largest utility. He was first exposed to the Rwandan solar market in 2020 while doing a market study for East African Power. He has advised a clean-tech fund, and firms in e-mobility, and renewable energy. Guillaume holds a B.eng in Mechanical engineering and an MBA.

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Eder Munyampenda
 

Eder is a seasoned engineer with experience in design and project supervision in large construction and engineering projects across Rwanda. He speaks fluent English, French, and Kinyarwanda and understands how to tap into his networks to generate key contacts. Eder utilizes these skills regularly at Sawa, as he manages new leads and supports project management. He grew up between Rwanda and Canada and completed his studies in New York City, Abu Dhabi, and London. Eder holds a BSc. in mechanical engineering, a Masters in renewable energy engineering, and is a member of the Africa Fellowship for Young Energy Leaders.