Our vision

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Our Vision

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

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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.

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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.

Jamie Evans, Chief Strategy Officer

Jamie Evans

Chief Strategy Officer

Jamie has 15 years of experience in strategy development and execution. Jamie began his career with Deloitte Consulting's Strategy and Operations practice where he advised clients in the renewable energy space on general finance and operations. He has since worked in utility-scale energy engineering, startup-stage tech, and off-grid solar. For four years prior to Nuru Jamie worked across Sub-Saharan Africa building d.light's Strategic Partnerships and Corporate Development functions. Jamie currently divides his time between Nairobi and Goma and has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Richmond ('05) and an MBA from INSEAD ('12).

Archip Lobo, Co-Founder and Director of Public Affairs

Archip Lobo

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer

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.

Baraka Kasali, Director of Strategic Development and Partnerships

Baraka Kasali

Director of Talent & Culture

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.

Eric Bidong, Senior Manager of Technical Operations

Eric Bidong

Senior Manager of Technical Operations

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, and more than 5 years experience in Renewable Energy and Solar microgrid. Eric is based in Goma, 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.

Kyle Hamilton, Senior Manager of Strategy and Partnerships

Kyle Hamilton

Senior Manager of Strategy and Partnerships

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. has more than 6 years of working on and scaling social research, private sector, and public policy projects in DR Congo. Kyle is based in Minneapolis, USA.

Ezechias Kasayi, Inventory and Compliance Manager

Ezechias Kasayi

Human Resources 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.

Alain Byamungu, Design Coordinator

Alain Byamungu

Design Coordinator

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.

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.

Aurore Kambanda, Site Administrator and Director of Customer Relations

Aurore Kambanda

Beni Site Administrator

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.

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