Our vision

Nuru logo Nuru logo
Nuru logo Nuru logo

Our Vision

To provide 5 million delighted clients with world-class connectivity by
September 24, 2024

parallaxed image

About Us

Nuru (Swahili for "light") is a company dedicated to enhancing connectivity in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Nuru deployed Congo's first solar-based mini-grid in 2017 and is currently constructing a 1.3MW solar hybrid site in Goma, the largest off-grid mini-grid in sub-Saharan Africa.

Nuru was first established under the name Kivu Green Energy in August 2015. We changed our name in September 2019 to reflect our expansion beyond the Kivu regions into other parts of DRC.

parallaxed image

The Nuru Team

Jonathan E. Shaw, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Jonathan E. Shaw

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Jonathan is the co-founder and CEO of Nuru. Jon completed his PhD in African History at the University of Michigan in 2017, and is a business and social impact entrepreneur several times over. He is the founder of Café Kivu, a business aimed at creating a culture of coffee roasting and consumption in eastern DRC. Prior to that, from 2013 to 2015, he founded and directed the Integrated Research Institute (IRI) at the Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo in Beni, DRC. Thanks to his catalytic leadership, IRI is now a leading research institute on land governance and agribusiness research (e.g., coffee and cocoa) in DRC. Jon and his family have been actively engaged in DRC since 2013. Jon is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Juliana Philippa Kerrest, Chief of Operations and Financial Management

Juliana Philippa Kerrest

Chief of Operations and Financial Management

Juliana joined Nuru in February 2019. She has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, with a focus on sustainability, and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she focused on the crossroads of business and social impact. She was a recipient of the 2017 MIT Sloan Social Impact Fellowship and the 2016 MIT Sloan Sustainable Business MBA Internship Award. Her background is in entrepreneurship and technology, with experience in both the public and private sectors. Juliana has worked at a variety of organizations, from a nonprofit focused on female entrepreneurship, to her own tech startup, to Amazon.com. She has extensive international experience and has previously worked in eastern Congo. Juliana is based in Goma, DRC.

Baraka Kasali, Director of Strategic Development and Partnerships

Baraka Kasali

Director of Strategic Development and Partnerships

Baraka joined Nuru in July 2018 as Chief Operating Officer, based in Goma. Now heading up the U.S. Nuru office, he is Director of Strategic Development and Partnerships. He has extensive executive leadership experience in the development sector, possesses a wealth of operational expertise, and has in-depth knowledge and familiarity with working in the DRC and within its complex political environment. Baraka has nine years of experience directing and managing social entrepreneurship programs, including six with the award-winning Eastern Congo Initiative in Goma, where he served as Country Manager, guiding organizational strategy, implementation, and coordination efforts throughout eastern Congo. Baraka is based in Illinois, USA.

Archip Lobo, Co-Founder and Director of Public Affairs

Archip Lobo

Co-Founder and Director of Public Affairs

Archip is one of Nuru’s co-founders and joined the company full-time in July 2019. He is a social entrepreneur with more than four years of project management experience working on Université’s Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo’s (UCBC) Integrated Research Institute’s (IRI) internationally-recognized land governance project. Archip is based in Kinshasa, DRC.

Heritier Bagonza, Site Development Coordinator

Heritier Bagonza

Site Development Coordinator

Heritier joined Nuru in April 2015, one of the company’s first hires. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Business Administration from Université’s Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo’s (UCBC). Heritier has extensive experience in project management, quality assurance, and business administration. Heritier is based in Goma, DRC.

Eric Bidong, Data and Software Coordinator

Eric Bidong

Data and Software Coordinator

Eric joined Nuru in June 2015, one of the company’s first hires. He holds a Bachelor’s of Engineering in Computer Science from Université’s Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo’s (UCBC), interested in how intelligent software can help with human decision-making. Eric has more than five years of experience in information technology consulting with a variety of companies and organizations in Congo. Eric is based in Goma, DRC.

Kyle Hamilton, Strategic Development and Partnerships Officer

Kyle Hamilton

Strategic Development and Partnerships Officer

Kyle joined Nuru in September 2017. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in History and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin and a Master in Theology and Ethics from Duke University. Kyle has over four years of experience working on and scaling social research, private sector, and public policy projects in eastern DRC. Kyle is based in Minneapolis, USA.

Alain Byamungu, Technical Director

Alain Byamungu

Technical Director

Alain joined Nuru in March 2019. He earned a Masters of Technology with Honors from Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa, and specialized in Electrical Engineering. His published paper “The Formulation and Validation of PV Inverter Efficiency under South-African Climate Conditions” focuses on standardization in the solar energy sector and how the built-in assumptions need to be adjusted for countries in Africa. Alain has experience across the African continent working on solar projects. Alain is based in Goma, DRC.

Frank Bergh, Principal Grid Engineer

Frank Bergh

Principal Grid Engineer

Frank joined Nuru in October 2018 through a technical assistance grant from Energy Access Ventures (EAV). He is an experienced electrical engineer with over a decade of diverse multicultural and interdisciplinary leadership in renewable energy projects. He specializes in the interconnection and design of utility-scale and mini-grid wind, solar, and energy storage projects, as well as renewable energy integration, in the Americas, the Caribbean, and several African countries. In 2015 he was named one of Midwest Energy News’s “Top 40 Under 40” energy professionals. Frank is based in Chicago, USA.

Rachel Sangara, Sales and Marketing Manager

Rachel Sangara

Sales and Marketing Manager

Rachel joined Nuru in February 2019. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree In International Business Administrative (IBA) at the United States International University Africa (USIU-A) in Nairobi, Kenya. Rachel’s prior experience includes working in sales at a luxury boutique and as a secretary at a nonprofit organization; she runs Icchi Luxury, her own wig company, and is involved in several other startups. Rachel is based in Goma, DRC.

Yvonne Tumaini, Office and Procurement Manager

Yvonne Tumaini

Office and Procurement Manager

Yvonne joined Nuru in May 2019. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Management from Sagesse d’Afrique in Burundi. She has previously worked in financial and project management for several organizations, including the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Yvonne is based in Goma, DRC.

Ezechias Kasayi, Inventory and Compliance Manager

Ezechias Kasayi

Inventory and Compliance Manager

Ezechias joined Nuru in May 2019. Most recently, he served as Inventory and Packaging Manager for a brewing company, Maison Maman Eliza, in Butembo. He worked for three years as an accountant with the oil company, KVG and for over two years as the internal auditor for the microfinance institution, SOADC. Ezechias is based in Goma, DRC.

Ergy Kabonga, Deputy Sales and Marketing Associate

Ergy Kabonga

Deputy Sales and Marketing Associate

Ergy joined Nuru in March 2019. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications from Hope Africa University in Burundi. Ergy previously worked as an investigator for the nonprofit Bénenfance, and has a great deal of communication experience. Ergy is based in Goma, DRC.

Jean-Rostand Kasali, Technical Design Assistant

Jean-Rostand Kasali

Technical Design Assistant

Jean-Rostand joined Nuru in March 2019. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Kampala International University. Jean-Rostand has an in-depth knowledge of solar photovoltaic systems, energy consumption analysis, and medium-voltage (MV) line design through his work with Eskom Uganda Ltd. A member of the Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers, (UIPE), he has also earned a Certificate in Advanced Project Management with M.S. Project. Jean-Rostand is based in Goma, DRC.

Aurore Kambanda, Site Administrator and Director of Customer Relations

Aurore Kambanda

Site Administrator and Director of Customer Relations

Aurore joined Nuru in August 2015, one of the company’s first hires. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and has excelled in client engagement and management. Most recently, she took on a managing role for Nuru’s 55kW site in Beni. Aurore is based in Beni, DRC.

parallaxed image

Investors

Energy Access Ventures EDFI

Our Partners

A4ID AMDA Elan RDC FPI Green Mini Grid IFC Energy Peace Partners Renewable Energy Booster Award
parallaxed image

Stay Connected

Nuru, SARL

C. Goma , Q. Himbi , Av. Presidentielle , Num. 92

+243828137769 Vodacom

+243852105931 Orange

+243975192669 Airtel

info@nuru.cd