OUR TEAM

FOUNDERS

SHAZIA KHAN (coFounder & Executive Director)

Shazia is an environmental lawyer and an expert in off-grid clean energy solutions. She began her career as a consultant with the World Bank, working with the Global Environment Facility and Africa Energy. She co-founded EcoEnergy with Jeremy Higgs as a way to distribute last-mile energy services in Pakistan to the 70 million living off-grid.

Shazia was a delegate to the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama, which showcased 600 inspiring entrepreneurs and investors from around the world and using entrepreneurship to address some of the most intractable global challenges. Shazia was also a two-time finalist for the prestigious C3E Awards in both 2015 and 2016. Led by Stanford, MIT and a 24 government Clean Energy Ministerial, the award recognizes the leadership and achievement of mid-level career women who have worked for the advancement of clean energy. Shazia was a panelist at the United Nations Sustainable Energy For All Conference, speaking on the topic of “Opportunities for Investment in Decentralized Clean Energy Solutions” in 2015. Shazia was designated a National Geographic Society Explorer in 2015, when the organization won National Geographic’s Great Energy Challenge in 2014 for developing a promising, global energy solution as a response to climate change, energy resource constraints and environmental limitations. Shazia was selected as one of 19 social entrepreneurs worldwide to participate in a business accelerator program supported by the Skoll Foundation called the Global Social Benefit Incubator.

Shazia graduated with a J.D. from Vermont Law School, the nation’s premier environmental law program with a concentration in Energy. She received a B.A. from Smith College. She is a member of the UN Foundation’s Energy Practitioner’s Network. Shazia is based in Washington, D.C. allowing her to confer regularly with colleagues from the World Bank, USAID and the United Nations Foundation as well as other international solar energy initiatives, which helps keep EcoEnergy stay current on global best practices.

JEREMY HIGGS (coFounder & Director of Operations)

A native of Australia, Jeremy has lived in Pakistan for 8 years. He is considered an expert
on off-grid clean energy solutions and was most recently featured in a TED talk entitled “The Coming Solar Revolution.” Jeremy has contributed op-ed pieces on the topic of energy to national publications. He has been featured in the Huffington Post, Tech in Asia, Dawn and the Express Tribune for his ground-breaking work in Pakistan. In 2015, Jeremy was one of 20 semi-finalists in the Challenge Cup for Global Innovation in Energy hosted by tech incubator 1776 and Philips Electric. Jeremy was also selected to participate in the Telenor Velocity Accelerator and Invest2Innovate’s Business Accelerator, a programs for entrepreneurs with ground-breaking ideas designed that enable them to grow their social business and position them for seed investment. Leading the team on the ground in Pakistan, he is responsible for the sales and distribution of over 12,000 solar products and data collection from over 44,000 households across rural Pakistan.

Before cofounding EcoEnergy, Jeremy spent six years building experience in the non-profit sector in Pakistan. He ran the Network of Organizations Working for People with Disabilities, Pakistan for 4 years, establishing social ventures within the organization, and represented the group in a multi-million-dollar education project by the Aga Khan Foundation. Jeremy has a background in IT and software development which has allowed him to seamlessly integrate technology into EcoEnergy’s operations. Jeremy is now based in Pakistan manages EcoEnergy’s main operations in the country.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

SAAD AMANULLAH KHAN is the CEO and Founder of Alamut Consulting

Saad is the former CEO of Gillette Pakistan and is currently the CEO and founder of Alamut Consulting, an impact investment firm. He serves as president of the Public Interest Law Authority of Pakistan as well as the founding member and chairman of the board for Pakistan Innovation Foundation (PIF). Prior to Gillette, he worked in Procter & Gamble (P&G) for over 20 years and was a member of OICCI’s Executive Committee as well as the former president of American Business Council. Saad is a very active social worker, sitting on the board of over 9 NGO’s. Furthermore, he is the founding member of Pakistan Innovation Foundation and National Entrepreneurship Working Group. Saad has also written a book (“It’s Business, It’s Personal” is under publication) and many research papers. He is also an active writer in newspapers article focused on economic growth, democracy, entrepreneurship, social development and leadership. He brings a lot of experience and business expertise to EcoEnergy as a board member.

SHUAIB SIDDIQUI is Director of Portfolio at Acumen

At Acumen, Shuaib is the Director of Portfolio and oversees the global investing process, management of our global investment committee, new investment origination, and portfolio management. Prior to Acumen, Shuaib worked for two years in the Quantitative Alpha Generation Group at Citadel Investment Group, a hedge fund based in Chicago, where he focused on developing trading strategies utilizing fundamental company data. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Vice President at Merrill Lynch working on The Global Analytic and Thematic Research team. He holds a BA in Economics from New York University and adds a plethora of financial knowledge to EcoEnergy as a board member.

KAMAEL SUGRIM is Global Managing Director for Impact Hub Network

Kamael is currently Managing Director at Impact Hub focused on creating a global membership experience. Prior to Impact Hub, Kamael led the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies’ (SEED) international expansion and strategic partnership development in Africa.

Before joining SEED, Kamael founded mPowering, a social enterprise that leveraged mobile technology and rewards based business models to help the ultra-poor in India and Nepal. Prior to mPowering, Kamael was a member of the marketing team for Salesforce.com and SAP, where she designed, developed, and executed comprehensive marketing and partnership strategies for their platform technologies and served as a business advisor to SAAS startups. She began her career as a Wall Street analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston and Neuberger Berman.

OPERATIONS TEAM

COMMUNITY MOBILIZERS & FIELD ENGINEER