EXECUTIVE TEAM BIOGRAPHIES
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Dan’s experience is in the fields of public policy and international development related to the energy sector. At the law firm of K&L Gates, he researched, wrote and covered congressional developments for energy sector clients. Before Oolu, he researched off-grid solar models in South Asia and West Africa and lived in a village in rural Senegal. Mr. Rosa speaks English and French. He graduated from American University with a BA in International Relations and is a graduate of YCombinator, rated the best business accelerator in the world.
Co-Founder and Strategic Board Advisor
Nilmi has spent the last 8 years working in sub-Saharan Africa. Before building Oolu, she worked in the non-profit, development aid and multinational sectors. For NGOs, she implemented community-based health, energy, business, and poverty alleviation programs. And at CIDA and UNEP headquarters, she contributed to high level policy work in the environment sector and published two books related to climate change. She has lived and worked in rural and urban regions in over 9 countries in South Asia, East and West Africa and speaks English, French, Sinhalese, and basic Wolof. Nilmi has a BS and MES from Western University Canada and is a graduate of YCombinator. As Oolu’s former CEO and later Chief Business Development Officer, Nilmi built the company with the executive team for over 5 years from Dakar, Senegal. She now is an active strategic board advisor and is based in London, UK.
Chief Technical Officer
Vincenzo is an electrical engineer and the former Manager of the Innovation Programme for SunnyMoney, the largest distributor of portable solar products in sub-Saharan Africa. He has started and led projects integrating mobile-money payments and mobile applications in solar PayG systems. Vincenzo has a Bachelor’s degree in Energy Engineering from University of Rome La Sapienza and a Master in Sustainable Energy Engineering and Entrepreneurship from KTH (Sweden) and UPC (Spain). Vincenzo has a combination of technical skills relating to solar product design and manufacture, and business development experience in Africa, having run trials in Mozambique, Tanzania, Malawi and Kenya. He speaks English, French and Italian.
Managing Director: Francophone West Africa
Momar Ndiaye is Oolu’s Senegal Country Manager. He is the former CFO of Postefinance (Senegal logistics company and commercial and residential financier), former DAF at Wari (largest mobile payment company in region) and former joint DG at Pamecas (second largest MFI in Senegal, 700,000 clients including across rural regions). Momar has built two big companies in Senegal from the ground up (Postefinance and Wari) and turned around a third (Pamecas). His academic background is in accounting, corporate finance, professional expertise is managing portfolio risk in the banking sector, designing models to scale nationally and internationally, and motivating big teams. Momar speaks English, French and Wolof.
Managing Director: Nigeria
Doseke is a senior executive who has spent the last 18 years working with start-ups and medium to large scale organisations across the financial services, telecoms, power, public and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to joining Oolu, she was the founder and managing partner of an entrepreneurial consulting firm, where she worked with Boards, Executives and senior-level Managers to create high-performing and efficient organisations. Her skills are in developing business models, business and go-to-market strategies, change & transformation management, organizational design, operations management, strategic human resources and business development. She has worked in Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and the US. Doseke has a Joint Honors degree in Computer Science and Accounting from the University of Manchester, UK and holds an EMBA from INSEAD. She speaks fluent English and is learning French.