About us

Our journey started back in 2015. Our hypothesis was that, through pay-as-you-go technology, we could unlock access to clean cooking for the billion households that still use dirty fuels such as charcoal and kerosene. What started as a quest to improve product market fit led to a much broader challenge: how do we leverage technology to help the industry unlock new markets, and better serve existing ones?

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Our team

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Fausto Marcigot

CTO

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Nick Quintong

CEO

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Niall Randles

VP Finance and Operations

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Alex Anderson

VP Software Engineering

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Mark O’Keefe

Product Manager

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Mike Hann

Head of Hardware Development

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Mercy Karanja

HR Manager

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Sylvestor Oloo

Operations Lead

Our Board

Fausto Marcigot, CTO

Nick Quintong, CEO

Mary M’Mukindia, Director

Paras Patel, Director

Niraj Varia, Director

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Fausto Marcigot

CTO

Fausto has experience in the gas and power generation industry. He started his career at SPIE, building gas fired power stations in the UK, and nuclear power plants in France. He has set up operations for top infrastructure startups Loowatt in Madagascar and Sanergy’s R&D department in Kenya. He previously founded Gapguard Systems, which was acquired by Oxford Plastics.

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Nick Quintong

CEO

Nick has a background in capital equipment sales and business development. Nick graduated from GE’s Commercial Leadership Program and led a team that secured over $55M in service and asset management business within GE’s healthcare division. He is also a former Kiva Fellow where he researched and tested new growth channels for microfinance products in Kenya.

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Niall Randles

VP Finance and Operations

Niall has over 13 years of experience in industrial automation engineering, project management, operations and finance. While at Honeywell, Niall led the design and execution of large scale engineering projects in Australia, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia. After completing his MBA, Niall transitioned to clean energy finance as VP of Finance and Operations at NY Green Bank, a USD $1B clean energy investment fund in New York State.

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Alex Anderson

VP Software Engineering

Alex has over 13 years experience as a full-stack software engineer. He led software development at FrontlineSMS with users in 135 different countries. Alex also was a senior developer at Medic Mobile which delivered critical tools for health workers across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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Mark O’Keefe

Product Manager

Mark is a social scientist and data geek. He sits at the nexus of user research, data science and product development. While at EAWG, Mark published research on technology development and sanitation markets within East Africa, and formerly led operations research at Sanergy.

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Mike Hann

Head of Hardware Development

Mike has brought products from concept to manufacturing to mass market adoption for over a decade. He’s widely considered a leader in sanitation product design as a result of his work leading the design team for Sanergy. He has scaled manufacturing facilities in South East Asia, East Africa and Eastern Europe. And, his products are used by over 80,000 people on a daily basis.

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Mercy Karanja

HR Manager

Mercy is a seasoned HR Professional with a cumulative of 13 years as a HR Generalist. She has worked across various sectors including the Service Industry, FMCG, Manufacturing, Advisory and Non Governmental Organizations. She holds a BA in Psychology with a concentration in Management, Higher Diploma in HR and currently pursuing a Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology.

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Sylvestor Oloo

Operations Lead

Sylvester is a hardworking, friendly and committed Operations Lead with a passion for people. He draws his passion for people and teams from his professional experience in Customer Care, Support and Operations. He collaborates across functions to develop strategies to support, improve and drive operations. Sylvesters key role is to create replicable operational processes and systems which are critical in creating paths for growth of network, profitability, and the overall success of the business.

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Fausto Marcigot

CTO

Fausto has experience in the gas and power generation industry. He started his career at SPIE, building gas fired power stations in the UK, and nuclear power plants in France. He has set up operations for top infrastructure startups Loowatt in Madagascar and Sanergy’s R&D department in Kenya. He previously founded Gapguard Systems, which was acquired by Oxford Plastics.

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Nick Quintong

CEO

Nick has a background in capital equipment sales and business development. Nick graduated from GE’s Commercial Leadership Program and led a team that secured over $55M in service and asset management business within GE’s healthcare division. He is also a former Kiva Fellow where he researched and tested new growth channels for microfinance products in Kenya.

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Mary M’Mukindia

Director

Mary has a wealth of experience and insights gained from her leadership in the oil and gas industry. She previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Oil Corporation of Kenya (NOCK) and has worked in various leadership capacities at the United Nations, the Petroleum Institute of East Africa, and ExxonMobil. In addition, she currently serves on multiple boards including GTBank and APA Insurance. Mary is considered one of Kenya’s foremost experts in oil and gas and is also a well respected leadership coach.

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Paras Patel

Director

After having studied and worked abroad, Paras decided to come back home (Kenya) and leverage his international experience to help foster the economic and social development of Africa. Paras started his career at PWC in London where he worked as an Associate in the transaction advisory department, specializing in mid-cap tier companies. Thereafter, he joined HSBC PLC in London initially carrying out cross-asset Emerging Market macro research for the bank’s Global Markets arm and more recently worked as a Macro and Investment strategist within their Asset Management business. Paras holds a BEng (hons) degree in Electronic and Communication Engineering from the Universiry of Warwick, UK and a MSc in Finance from the Warwick Business School, UK.

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Niraj Varia

Director

A native Kenyan, Niraj leverages his international professional experience as an actuary, management consultant and entrepreneur to support entrepreneurs and their businesses that generate large-scale social impact as a result of their commercial success. Niraj joined Novastar at its inception in March 2014. He earned an honours degree in Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.

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