our team

 

re:char Kenya sales team: on the ground every day, our Kenya sales team is paid on commission for climate kilns sold directly to smallholder farmers. They’re essential to our success; through their hard work, we’ve deployed over 1,200 kilns (and counting!) in Western Kenya.

jason aramburu: Jason, re:char’s CEO, graduated from Princeton University with a degree, cum laude, in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a certificate in Environmental Studies. He has extensive research experience in both the lab and field, having spent significant time studying and working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in the Republic of Panama and at Princeton University’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative. Before founding re:char, Jason was a founding member of Innozone, an online expertise network. Named a 2009 Social Innovation fellow by Pop!Tech and a 2010 Echoing Green fellow, Jason believes climate change and rural poverty are the two greatest global challenges and is excited to take part in solving them.

 

luke iseman: Luke is chief technology officer for re:char. He graduated, cum laude, from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, concentrating in Entrepreneurship and Operations. Luke is passionate about open source hardware, and his projects have been covered by Make MagazineBoingboingWired, and The Austin Chronicle. Before joining the re:char team, Luke worked at a variety of software technology companies, built and managed a fleet of 25 pedicabs, invented an automated gardening computer, and wrote a book about traveling around the world. Luke is excited about using the power of the physical computing revolution to build a more sustainable world.

 

eric solomonson: Eric is Kenya Director at re:char. He graduated from Northwestern University with degrees in Economics and International Studies and a focus on economic development in Sub-Saharan African. Eric’s experience includes working with ORUDE, a local NGO in eastern Uganda, to engage rural communities and establish a savings and credit cooperative for 200 area farmers. Additionally he managed projects both in real estate and environment sustainability at Sears Holdings Corporation. These included property acquisitions and a solar development initiative. Eric is proud to create channels for the sale and distribution of products that are at the intersection of organic agriculture, poverty alleviation and climate change mitigation.

robert barasa: Robert is the Sales Director for re:char Kenya. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics and Mathematics) degree from the University of Nairobi and a Diploma in Management(KNEC) from Dima College. Robert has vast experience including teaching at both the primary and high school level. Robert previously worked with Faulu Kenya DTM, one of the leading micro-finance institutions in Kenya as a Finance Development Officer. He also briefly worked at Tambuga Safaris and Skylift Tours both Tours and as a Sales Executive. Recently he worked with FASI International and FFS, both Agricultural Consultancy firms based in Nairobi, as a Research Assistant. He co-founded Western Empowerment Youth Group which is an investment group based in Nairobi where he served a Director of Strategy and Operations. He is also a blogger at youthbrandafrica.wordpress.com where he writes on finance and investment. He is driven by the impetus to excel in personal growth and branding and to change the society.

kosgei k. moses: Moses is the Lead Engineer for re:char Kenya. He graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Nairobi; he also has a diploma in Information Processing. He has worked with British American Tobacco (BAT) Kenya and Rokocho Transporters as a maintenance engineer. His prior work involved the testing and analysis of alternative building materials for cheaper housing in rural Kenya using sisal fibers and rice husk ash to make prefabricated housing units. He is a creative and dynamic thinker and his vision is to create a product that will influence people’s lives positively as well as save the environment.

 

paul manda: Paul joins re:char as both a field manager and engineer. Paul was born and raised in Bungoma, our Kenyan base of operations. A maize and sugarcane farmer growing up, Paul then attended Moi University to study engineering. Before joining re:char, Paul worked as a lead extension officer for ACON – re:char’s partner organization in Bungoma that specializes in farmer outreach and organic farming methods. Paul also worked at Mumias Sugar Plant as a supervisor in the agricultural engineering department of the company.

 

 

max heilveil: Max is a chemist and an engineer. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin where he received his B.S. in chemistry. Upon graduating, Max worked to develop his machining skills, as making things from scratch has always been his passion. He worked as an engineer and scientist at Glemco, Inc. on a wide array of semiconductor related products and processes, then went on to start a business with two partners supplying parts and engineering services to the semiconductor industry. Max’s entrepreneurial prowess and inventive machining are central to re:char’s success, and he is very excited to be working as a part of the team to bring positive change to the world.

 Alumni

tim callahan: Tim worked as re:char’s chief operations officer. Tim graduated from Princeton University with a degree in sociology. Now based in Nairobi, Kenya, Tim brings experience in international development. Beginning in 2008, Tim worked for the International Rescue Committee in western Tanzania. Later, Tim worked with Esperanza International, a prominent micofinance institution in the Dominican Republic. He attended the Unreasonable Institute in the summer of 2010 on behalf of re:char.

 

 

scott little: Scott graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Engineering-Physics. His first career involved the design and application of industrial x-ray fluorescence analyzers. He held the positions of General Manager of ASOMA Instruments and Manager of Analytical Product Development at TN Technologies. He went on to play a key role in the engineering developments that led to the creation of Active Power, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACPW), making flywheel energy storage systems.

 

 

tom odoyo: A graduate from the University of Nairobi with bsc. In Mechanical Engineering. He has a passionate interest in developing culturally sustainable designs to solve real world problems. Over the years he has been focusing on digital fabrication brought about by fablabs around the world. Tom is skilled in all kind of technical solutions.  He built a wind turbine and worked with sanergy to develop an ecosan toilet. He is generally a tinkerer and appreciates tech and design.

 

 

 

henrik sundgren: Henrik graduated from The Royal Institue of Technology and Stockholm University in Sweden with degrees in Real Estate and Finance. As part of his studies he attended a semester at the Univ. of Paris, France. Upon graduation he workes as an analyst for a global IT company being part of the north & eastern European finance team. His most recent years were spent as sales & marketing manager Americas for global demolition robots manufacturer. He also has experience working as a micro business development volunteer in rural Kenya.

 

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Abigail Cohen: Abby was instrumental in bringing re:char to Western Kenya. She holds a degree, cum laude, from Barnard College at Columbia University. As an undergrad, Abby studied climate systems and sustainable development at Columbia’s Earth Institute and School of International and Public Affairs. Her areas of specialization include impact analysis and social entrepreneurship accountability. She now is VP of Social Development for Uncharted Play, Inc.