We are committed to improving the lives of people in Africa

Our Team

Professional and socially driven… We are a diverse team with experience in business, banking, marketing and working in the social enterprise sector.

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Lisa Ashford
Director
20+ years experience in energy and environmental markets and leader in the positive investing and social enterprise sectors.
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Energise Africa is a truly innovative business model. As a social enterprise, it's crucial that the benefits that we create are shared across the value chain, providing households with clean affordable energy and entrepreneurs with new business solutions. I’m immensely proud of the work we are doing and I’m excited about the potential to scale up.
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Sarah Flood
Director
+ 15 years experience of delivering policy and practice to help the social economy and civil society sector thrive.
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I really believe that social enterprises can fundamentally change the world for the better. Energise Africa is a great example of this, by harnessing the power of technology we have created a business model where everyone wins – African families, solar businesses and investors.
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Peter Heijen
Director
10+ years of experience in investment management (MN) and equity analysis (Theodoor Gilissen). MSc in Econometrics (Erasmus Rotterdam).
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After financing small and medium enterprises in emerging markets with the Dutch crowd, Lendahand’s ambition to enter the strong UK crowdfunding market became reality in 2017. We were fortunate to meet Ethex in our search for a new partner and learned about the initiative of DfID.
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Koen The
Director
13+ years of experience in fixed income (a.o. Barclays Capital and Goldman Sachs). MSc in Econometrics (VU Amsterdam) and MBA (UC Berkeley).
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I like to use the skills I obtained from my experience in the investment banking industry in London to help provide children in developing countries a better future. A sustainable investment strategy improves the future of others as well as your own.