John is excited to be joining GOGLA to focus on Quality Assurance and Consumer Protection. John has seen first-hand the impact poor quality products have on the market and is looking forward to spearheading this work.
John has extensive front line experience within the off grid sector. His off grid career began 16 years ago when he became acutely aware of the pressing need to address the lighting and energy needs of off grid communities after living as a volunteer in rural Tanzania.
Since this time he has led solar operations across Africa, starting in Kenya and Tanzania where he lead a range of pico-solar projects between 2003-06. Following this, John joined the then start up charity SolarAid and played an instrumental role building and establishing the organisation across east and southern Africa as its Head of Programmes between 2007 – 2011. In 2011, John became the Managing Director (and later Global Development Director and acting CEO 2015) at SunnyMoney, responsible for leading and rapidly scaling sales and operations across Africa as well as the development of new business models.
John shared much of the experience he has gained working at the forefront of the sector in his well received book ‘Pico-Solar Electric Systems: The Earthscan Expert Guide to the Technology and Emerging Market’
John is married with two young, adorable/ infuriating, children.