Our Board


MUGO KIBATI (CHAIRMAN)

is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Pan Africa Insurance Holdings, an insurance and investments company based in Kenya.

Mugo is also the current Chairman of the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, the largest renewable energy transaction in Africa’s history. Previously, he was the Director General of the Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat. Prior to joining the Government, Mugo was Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of East African Cables.

Mugo has a Master’s in Technology Management from MIT and an MBA (Business Finance) from the George Washington University. Honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Mugo is also a Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


NICK HUGHES

is the founder’s representative to the board of M-KOPA LLC. Nick is a founder of M-KOPA and was previously Managing Director of Signal Point Partners, the advisory and venture firm that started M-KOPA. Until 2009, Nick was Head of Global Payments at Vodafone Group, where he started M-PESA in 2004. Prior to joining Vodafone in 2001 Nick headed BP’s climate change program. Nick has a PhD in Applied Science, an MBA from London Business School, and was the recipient of an Economist Innovation Award in 2010.


ARUN GORE

is the investors representative to the board of M-KOPA LLC. Arun is President and CEO of Gray Ghost Ventures, based in Atlanta, USA. Arun brings an extensive background in mobile telecommunications, finance and operations. His 30 years of experience in the USA and India, which includes serving as a member of the executive team at T-Mobile USA as the CFO of Cook Inlet T-Mobile, has been valuable in underwriting the investment opportunities and working with the entrepreneurs of Gray Ghost Ventures’ portfolio companies. Arun is a native of Chennai, India and holds a BSc in sciences, a BS in Accounting and an MBA in Finance.


JESSE MOORE

is the Chief Executive Officer and a Co-founder of M-KOPA Solar.  Jesse has more than 10 years experience building emerging market technology ventures. Prior to founding M-KOPA, Jesse was a Managing Director of Signal Point Partners and the director of the GSMA Development Fund. He holds an MBA from Oxford University (Skoll Scholar) and a BA from UNC Chapel Hill (Morehead Scholar).


OLIVER KARIUS

is the investors’ representative to the board of M-KOPA LLC. Oliver is a Partner at LGT Venture Philanthropy (LGT VP), co-managing LGT VP’s global work across five regions with a focus on Africa and India. With over 18 year of experience, Oliver brings an extensive background in finance, sustainability, and impact investing, and sits on LGT’s Sustainability Board and ACRE Africa’s Board. Before building-up LGT VP as partner at its inception in 2007, Oliver served in his previous roles as Managing Director of VantagePoint Global, Co-founder of DeRisk Advisory Services, Co-founder of the WEF aligned African Social Entrepreneurship Network (ASEN), Head of Research for Forma Futura, and Manager Research Services and Senior Sustainability Analyst at SAM (Sustainable Asset Management) / Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). Oliver is a native South African / German, and holds an MSc in Global Environmental Change and Policy, Imperial College, UK, and a Dipl. Biol. from Ludwig Maximilian University, Germany.


COLIN LE DUC

Colin is a founding partner of Generation Investment Management and the Co-CIO of Generation’s growth equity Climate Solutions Funds. Prior to co-founding Generation in 2004, Colin was a Director at Zurich-based Sustainable Asset Management. He has also worked for the Energy Practice at Arthur D. Little in London, and Total as a natural gas analyst based in Paris. Colin holds a BSc in International Management and Modern languages from University of Bath, UK. Colin is on various Generation portfolio company boards. He also serves on the Board of San Francisco-based not-for-profit Business for Social Responsibility.


CHAD LARSON

Chad is one of the three founders of M-KOPA, and serves as the company’s Finance Director and Chief Credit Officer. He has worked for M-KOPA since its piloting in 2010, and has lived in Nairobi with his wife and three boys since the company launch in 2011. Chad previously served as the CFO of the Africap Microfinance Investment Fund, based in Johannesburg. Prior to that, he spent 10 years in the investment banking division of Bank of America in Sydney and New York, working on fixed income, structured finance, and derivative transactions. Chad is a CFA charterholder and holds an MBA with distinction from Oxford University.


SUSAN GITHUKU

Susan Githuku is the Founder of Human Performance Dynamics Africa, an HR consulting firm based in Kenya. Before establishing HPDA, Susan worked at Coca-Cola as the Eurasia & Africa Group director for Coca-Cola Talent University. Prior to this, she was the Coca-Cola Africa Group HR director. She is also the Founder of Footprints Press, a publishing house.
She coaches leaders and consults widely for several organizations and until 2015 served on the Boards of East African Breweries and UAP Insurance. She was appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to Chair the Kenya Yearbook Editorial Board in 2015. She holds a M.Sc. in Development Economics from Strathclyde University, Scotland and a BA in Economics & Psychology from St. Lawrence University, USA.


ELIZABETH L. LITTLEFIELD

Elizabeth L. Littlefield was the President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance agency. She was nominated to the Under Secretary-level position[1] by President Barack Obama on November 19, 2009 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 24, 2010. She was sworn into office on October 1, 2010 by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Littlefield was appointed by President Obama to serve as a member of the White House Global Development Council and the President’s Export Council. She was presented in 2012 with the U.S. State Department’s Distinguished Service Award, the highest award in the Foreign Service, by then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.