HUMAN CAPITAL IS THE MOST VALUABLE ASSET.
Kumbaya unites experts in their field to power remote communities.
Executive Board
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CEO

🇳🇱 Mike Freni

Mike Freni, CEO, excels in critical thinking and ideas that ultimately lead to new industry innovations. He considers new ways of approaching old problems that meet real-world goals based on accurate, unbiased data. Mike is able to quickly zero-in on two areas relevant to business success: assessing the challenge and finding the solution, which lead to successful decision-making. He upholds the company’s core principals: a commitment to both “investor profitability and social responsibility.”

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Senior Technology Advisor

🇮🇳 Shailesh Upreti

Shailesh is an expert in energy storage technology and former member of the US Department of Energy’s Frontier Research Center at Binghamton University in New York. He holds multiple technology patents and is published in 70 international journals. He has worked with the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency and the US Army’s Research Development and Engineering Command.

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Senior Advisor

🇷🇴 Ana-Maria Pruteanu

Ana-Maria has extensive international experience in telecommunications infrastructure, having worked with more than 400 providers in 94 countries worldwide. In her role as SV President of Kumbaya, she is responsible for spearheading and managing the company’s growth and worldwide operations, which include four offices on three continents.

Team
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Office Manager

🇵🇪 Wendy Ito

``I am proud to have coworkers that use their knowledge and time to strive to make something meaningful.``

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Business Strategy Director

🇺🇸 Tamara Cook

“I love going to work every day for a company whose purpose and ethos I personally share. I get to tell people what I do with a sense of pride.”

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Accounting Manager

🇺🇸 Laurie Goldberg

``I am honored to be part of a team of talented individuals - who all have a vision of helping others by developing a great product.``

Engineering
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VP of Engineering

🇷🇺 Andrei Istomin

“Our team of talented and dedicated software engineers is on a mission to build a data platform that will connect thousands of off-grid communities and promote awareness and literacy.``

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Industrial Designer

🇦🇷 Christian Jensen

``Kumbaya offers me the unique opportunity to apply design to a social cause and to share the experience with a group of very talented individuals.``

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Project Engineer

🇮🇳 Anubhav Jagtap

``I am proud to be a part of a team that is developing a great product, that will help a lot of people.``

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RF/MW Engineer

🇮🇳 Poonam Sara

``There is no greater source of inspiration and motivation than to walk into work every morning and be greeted by smiles of friendly and supportive team members, for which I am grateful.``

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Mechanical Engineer

🇪🇹 Kidus Tsegay

``Working at Kumbaya allows me to find the real potential in myself and do more with a diverse and talented team who innovate products that make a difference in people's lives.``

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Software Engineer

🇱🇰 Diyoda Mannapperuma

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Software Engineer

🇨🇳 John Liao

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UI/UX Designer

🇨🇳 Li-Mei Situ

``I feel valued and my voice is always heard when I have something to say. My work is evident and I can see the impact I have in the company.``

Advisory Board
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Advisor

Keerthika M. Subramanian

Keerthika is a graduate of Yale Law School and a Summa cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Emory, which she attended on a four-year merit scholarship and graduated from in three years. Keerthika is a corporate attorney with Wall Street (Sullivan & Cromwell) and has Silicon Valley experience (Jones Day). She is a very resilient, efficient and results-oriented attorney, with high integrity and emotional intelligence. Additionally, she has outstanding deal execution, drafting, negotiation and business development/client relationship skills.

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Technical Advisor

Dr. Ann Marie Sastry

Ann Marie is President of Sakti3, a Dyson company. Sakti3 began as a startup, that Ann Marie co-founded in 2008 and was acquired by Dyson in 2015. Ann Marie has co-authored over 80 awarded and filed patents and more than 100 scientific publications. She has delivered over 100 invited lectures globally. Prior to leading Sakti3, Ann Marie was the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Mechanical, Biomedical and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan.

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Strategic Advisor

Alexander S Lowry

From Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Alexander is fascinated by managing in a complex world and driving the concept of understanding to build an empowered workforce that manages risk while reducing bureaucracy and costs. He is a savvy financial services leader with an indelible reputation for delivering inventive business strategies and client-focused solutions that improve margins. Focused on solving complex business issues in a pragmatic and uncomplicated way.

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Technology Advisor

Nick Moeders

Nick Moelders has more than 20 years of engineering, technology, new product development, and program management experience. He holds a doctorate degree in engineering and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. He held leadership position in market leading organizations such as Inventus Power, Halliburton Energy Services, Cummins, Honeywell, and Sensata Technologies.

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Strategic Advisor

Harry Sasongko

Harry Sasongko is currently an independent, non-executive board member of Zurich Life Indonesia and a member of the Board of Advisors for Kumbaya. He is the chairman and founder of PT. BVitek, Indonesia, a private IT business solutions company that focuses on IT infrastructure solutions.

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Technical Advisor

Dr. Zi-ang (John) Zhang

John is an Assistant Professor at Binghamton University in New York and has a PhD from North Carolina State University.

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Strategic Advisor

Emad Farid

Emad has played a fundamental role in the phenomenal growth of Orascom Telecom (OT). It went from a mid-sized, regional mobile telecom operator with a market capitalization of USD 200MM in 2001, to a worldwide global operator that ultimately merged with Vimpelcom to create the world’s 6th largest telecommunications carrier in 2011.

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Strategic Advisor

Dr. Sandeep (Sandy) Muju

Sandy has an extensive and varied executive leadership background in academic administration, business, engineering technology and Big4 strategy consulting, shaping and driving Vision, Strategy and Execution leading to over $1B+ in business financial results generation.

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Technology Advisor

Silvia Prickel

Silvia Prickel is an Information Technology Executive with a proven track record in leading, managing, and delivering transformational solutions. Silvia is an IT Service Management certified Master, a Six Sigma Black Belt and co-authored three books for IT Professionals. She currently serves on several Boards operating for the betterment of society. Silvia graduated with honors from Clarke University.