THE TEAM

Meet the people working to energize the last-mile.
Afnan "Affy" Hannan
CEO & Co-Founder

Affy has a simple vision: to get power to everyone in the world, as fast as possible, and unlock their potential.

Damian "Damo" Veling
Software Lead & Co-Founder

He has a degree in accounting and knows a thing or two about building a vision using cutting edge technology.

Carla Teixeira
CFO

Passionate about renewable energy and impact, Carla makes sure that numbers add up and the next project is on the way to provide clean and reliable power to the people.

Melissa Liu
Chief of Staff

Melissa has been passionate about poverty alleviation since she first visited her dad’s childhood village in rural China as a child herself. She transitioned from a career in electrical engineering in Australia to managing EnergyLab Cambodia for 3 years, and is now Chief of Staff at Okra Solar. Melissa has had the opportunity to combine together her passion for innovation with the desire to create a positive impact, doing this by bringing #powertothepeople.

Callum "Cal" Yap
COO

Callum's mission is to have a grand adventure with amazing people. When he's not climbing, he's belaying others as they hustle to get energy access out to the world.

Carla Teixeira
CFO

Passionate about renewable energy and impact, Carla makes sure that numbers add up and the next project is on the way to provide clean and reliable power to the people.

Kisa Giebink
Sales Lead

Kisa knows sustainability, and she knows how to create successful projects that change the way people think about last-mile energy access.

Sophany Keo
Administration

Ensuring that Okra keeps bringing the light but also that the lights stay on in Okra's office around the world - handling administrative matters to keep the wheels in motion.

Kisa Giebink
Sales Lead

Kisa knows sustainability, and she knows how to create successful projects that change the way people think about last-mile energy access.

Indranil Roy
Business Development

Comfortable in various environments, this bright chameleon always manages to make the absolute best out of each situation armed with resilience and serene energy.

Markus Van Der Merwe
Business Development

Avid listener and multi-talented character, Markus knows what he is doing and does not shy away from any opportunity. A unique gift: his brain comfortably hustles in 3 different places at a time.

Nithya Menon
Product Development Lead

Don't let her smiles fool you, Nithya means serious business making sure our various products are aligned to our sustainability & high impact goals.

Oscar Aitchison
Product Manager | Mesh-grid

Hailing from the big smoke of Siemens, Oscar is now an off-grid 50V DC pioneer.

Matthew "Matty J" Johnston
Firmware | ML Engineer

Hailing from MIT, Matt puts the "art" in state-of-the-art when he develops the machine learning algorithms that will help people get energized in the future.

Fergus McCracken
Hardware Lead

Sometimes he wears the leader hat and sometimes the friendly colleague hat. He's damn good at being both. Ferg comes from a background in hardware design for self-driving cars.

Damian "Damo" Veling
Software Lead & Co-Founder

He has a degree in accounting and knows a thing or two about building a vision using cutting edge technology.

Sam "Buccaz" Bucca
QA/QC Lead

Testing. Adjusting. And strumming da bass. His name is Sam Bucca, and he's our main man in China developing quality control machines.

Matthew "Yasso" Yasul
Software Engineer

Outside of the impeccable hairstyle he has an impeccable talent of simplifying complex software challenges. He also proudly holds the credit for the dark mode on Harvest.

Landry Leblanc
Firmware Engineer

Working close with the hardware team in China, building out ATE, EOL & running firmware scripts all while dreaming up the next big hit chocolate fondant recipe.

Aditya Chandrasekaran
Hardware Engineer

Many people have test anxiety, not this man. He works on hardware design and takes the lead on test plans for our electronics.

Amr Ayoub
Firmware Engineer

Patient with a team who cannot pronounce his name, Amr fearlessly tackles the hardest of firmware bugs. He is the man behind the Edamame screen – if we can dream it, he can build it.

Chee Hua How
Senior Hardware Engineer

Electronics design isn't a job to Chee. It's THE job. He's a gifted engineer that brings more than technical excellence to the lab - he also brings class.

Desmond Ip
QA/QC Engineer

Testing devices forged by hardware and firmware. Desmond communicates in many languages; computer and human, to ensure ‘Unity, precision and perfection’ within our team of pods.-he is also working to be a writer-

Georg Lippitsch
Firmware Engineer

From the road to the classroom and from one time-zone to the other. Georg is ready to jump on his (PCB) board and chase nasty bugs while working on new exciting features.

Otteh Edubio
Service Delivery Lead

He knows exactly what is going on in the field and will certainly put every little drop of sweat into the task of empowering end-users through power access.

Sovannara Pha
Community Engagement (Kh)

He used to be a monk but now he's found his calling in bringing energy out to the community and ensuring everything Okra does has a positive impact.

James "Kenny" De Luis
Community Engagement (Ph)

He is humbly watching out for typhoons and crossing oceans to make sure none of the two affect the electricity access of the community we serve.

Nikolay "Nik" Yakubovskiy
Supply Chain - Team Lead

Supply chain and manufacturing lead by day and random joke generator by night. Nik is obsessed to make Okra Solar the Toyota of Mesh Grids.

Callum "Cal" Yap
COO

Callum's mission is to have a grand adventure with amazing people. When he's not climbing, he's belaying others as they hustle to get energy access out to the world.

Tim Ha
Content Producer | Marketing Specialist

After a stint in the world of Electrical Engineering, Tim tapped into his creative side and worked as a freelance photographer and filmmaker in Cambodia for three years, with a focus on short documentaries for NGO’s. Now he’s able to combine his technical engineering skills with his love for telling stories and creating content at Okra.

Marika Vallier
HR Lead

A company is as good as the people inside of it. Marika takes pride in ensuring the people in Okra are supported to be the best and happiest they can be.

Callum "Cal" Yap
COO

Callum's mission is to have a grand adventure with amazing people. When he's not climbing, he's belaying others as they hustle to get energy access out to the world.

Marika Vallier
HR Lead

A company is as good as the people inside of it. Marika takes pride in ensuring the people in Okra are supported to be the best and happiest they can be.

Callum "Cal" Yap
COO

Callum's mission is to have a grand adventure with amazing people. When he's not climbing, he's belaying others as they hustle to get energy access out to the world.