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#DISRUPTERSDEN – Changing the world with small-scale green energy investments

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#DISRUPTERSDEN – Changing the world with small-scale green energy investments

Impact investing is making strides all over the globe as people realize more frequently that in this modern age, they can have an environmental and socio-economic impact in progressively convenient ways. A remarkably innovative new fin-tech app has hit the market and AltGen got the pleasure of meeting with Koya Matsuno one of the Co-Founders. This app is set to bridge the gap between last-mile users, financing, and cleantech products and all possible at your fingertips. 

Nowala is introducing a modern and efficient solution to a problem that presents itself in many communities in the form of scalable investment technology. This technology consists of Solar Panel kits, utilizing a renewable and green energy source, that have the capacity to effectively light up a space and charge various devices.

Using an asset lending platform available on most devices, you can start by signing up and purchasing the Solar Kit and how many of them you want, and the platform will match these products with an individual/household in need in various parts of Sierra Leone, and soon across Sub-Saharan Africa. Essentially, you will be able to purchase and rent out these practical devices while easily tracking your impact and ROI. These assets are monitored and maintained by local partners possessing notable operational abilities in the relevant areas.

So, what makes this type of investment unique compared to other impact investment opportunities? That’s where the platform really comes in. You will be able to visualize the impact your product is making to a rural community household in Sierre Leone while managing your investment and financial returns at the touch of a button. As your product is used, you will earn back your investment with 5% annual interest, and once the recipient has paid the full rent, the product becomes theirs. You can withdraw your return at any time from the platform and easily purchase additional assets to be allocated, turning your meaningful investment journey into a cycle if desired.

The ambitious Koya who has a background in economics and international development found himself shifting towards finances after his studies. He and his co-founder, Kekura Musa, conceptualized this venture of small-scale investment opportunities after they spent time on the ground in Sierra Leone and Ghana. His advice to entrepreneurs out there is to develop a solution that caters to a unique problem and be certain of where the solution you’re developing is most effective and where it viably fits, and to closely collaborate with local partners and communities in the intended market, gain an understanding of that country/region and learn about the local cultures and practices.

Business ventures like these are exceptionally valuable as they not only break down the barriers for individuals and companies to use their resources to empower communities, but also offer a convenient opportunity for investors to enter the very lucrative renewable energy market without opting for the more generic crowdfunding route. Not only does this market display significant growth rates and innovative technologies, but also plays a key role in addressing the critical climate change situation the entire world finds itself in. AltGen gets the privilege of seeing firsthand the impact that the renewable energy sector and impact investing has on our economy and planet and will continue to support any such growth on various scales.

Interested in being part of this solution? You should start by visiting where you can read more about the company and its projects, along with finding the link to download the app and get your valuable investment journey underway!

Sean Gibson

Managing Director

“AltGen is all about effecting change, through people. With integrity, and passion”. 

Managing Director and Founder of the AltGen’ Group. Sean has played a pivotal role in steering and leading the vision and mission of AltGen, making AltGen the only highly specialist renewable energy recruitment firm operating within the renewable energy and sustainability space in Africa. Sean oversees the success of the entire group of AltGen companies.

Sean holds a Master of Philosophy in Sustainable Development from Stellenbosch University as well as an Honours degree from Rhodes University

Robert Veith

Sales Director

“Without quality and intelligent effort, there is no success and no reward.”

Joining AltGen in 2014, Robert started as a Recruitment Consultant and has since become our Recruitment Director overseeing the Recruitment and Executive Search division. Robert has extensive experience in securing talent for rare skills in the energy engineering market, including skills to the likes of Power System Engineers, SCADA Engineers, Project Developers and Electrical Engineering skills specific to design.

Through Robert’s leadership, each recruitment team is enabled to focus on their specific area of expertise, ensuring all client hiring needs are met. Through Robert’s years of dedication to sourcing and securing top talent in the industry, he has a wealth of insight into the skills market and provides our clients with a competitive advantage in a scarce skills environment enabling them to effectively execute on some of the most challenging renewable energy projects across Africa. Robert is also responsible for growth of the engineering recruitment team.

Robert holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management from UNISA as well as a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering from CPUT.

Lindy Taylor

Business Development & Innovation Director

“The success of an organisation is defined by its people.”

As the Innovation & Business Development Manager, Lindy is responsible for the marketing and business development activities of AltGen. Through her big picture vision, Lindy has enabled AltGen to remain responsive in the cleantech space. She is responsible for engagements with new clients.
Lindy initially joined AltGen in 2015 and has grown into being an integral member of the senior management team. She ensures a collaborative approach with clients catering to their custom needs. Her focus is on attaining new clients, as well as handling contractual relationships with new and existing stakeholders.
Lindy holds a Bachelor’ Degree in Social Sciences from Rhodes University.

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Chris Roetz

Workforce Management Services: General Manager

“My goal is to deliver exceptional operational performance within AltGen – Northern Cape building on people, energy and sustainability”

Chris Roetz oversees AltGen’s Workforce Management division in the Northern Cape. He is responsible for the successful execution of HR advisory and management services for clients’ utility-scale projects in the region. Currently, Roetz mobilises an outsourced staff complement of over 200 employees. He also steers AltGen’s Solar Works programme in conjunction with his Pofadder based team.

Chris has 20 years of professional experience in an HR and outsourced staffing capacity within the energy environment and holds a National Diploma in Human Resource Management from UNISA.

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Muslim Janoowala

Consulting Services: Senior Consultant & Business Development Lead

“My focus is to be able to do impactful work, being in the front lines of the development sector finding solutions to safe and reliable drinking water, power and sanitation”

Muslim Janoowala drives AltGen’s consulting services arm. Muslim has 10+ years of experience in the renewable energy, water and general engineering space in Eastern Africa and has played an instrumental role in the success of AltGen consulting engagement on the AFD Green Mini-grid Programme in Kenya. His expertise caters to M&E activities, project management, impact analysis and assessments of funded water and renewable energy programmes that “enlighten” and uplift communities in rural Africa.

Muslim holds an MSc in Construction Management from Cass Business School and a Bachelor of Engineering in Architectural Environment Engineering from the University of Nottingham.

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Wiehahn de Jager

Senior Consultant & Team Lead

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”

Wiehahn de Jager has specialist recruitment expertise in the finance sector and has worked on various mandates for large international and national clients on both a retained and contingency basis. Wiehahn has gained an in-depth understanding of the professional skills operating within the capital markets, fin-tech, and green finance space, with a keen focus on talented professionals within the African context. He has a strong track record successfully working on a range of skill levels, from Directors to Analysts, with a special focus on professionals from mid-level up to Corporate Executives.

Wiehahn holds a Bachelor in Law from the University of Stellenbosch.

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Robert Slater

Senior Consultant & Team Lead

“I love to serve people and be the steppingstone between them and their dream job.”

Robert Slater is an expert in the talent acquisition of carbon management, environmental and social governance-related professionals across Africa. Robert has successfully closed mandates for clients who are focused on sourcing skills with experience in climate change, clean cooking, sustainability, and agricultural environments.

Slater cares deeply for people and the planet, he has a Life Coach Training certification from New Insights and volunteers at ON A MISSION, an NPO which enables businesses and individuals to invest in carbon offset projects. He holds an Honours Degree in Environmental Management from UNISA.

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Natascha Marais


“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. I look for people who want to change the world and introduce them to like-minded companies.”

Natascha Marais is highly skilled when it comes to sourcing those “unicorns” for our clients in the OEM, AI and technology, economic development, and legal spaces.

Natascha has proven experience in identifying and onboarding professionals to the likes of business developers, sales, and account managers as well as technical sales or software developer skills.

Marais holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Law from Pearson Institute.


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