About Fenix

Founded in 2009, Fenix International is a venture-funded next-generation energy company with offices in East Africa and Silicon Valley. Our core expertise is in renewable energy, mobile finance, and last-mile sales, marketing, distribution and customer service.

Our Mission

Fenix’s mission is to empower our customers with life-changing energy technology and inclusive financial services. We fulfill this mission by designing, delivering & financing quality products and relentlessly pursuing an exceptional customer experience. We think BIG, act and iterate with a strong, passionate team that loves what they do.

Management

Lyndsay Handler

Lyndsay Handler

President, Chairman, & CEO

Lyndsay has 13 years of leadership and operations experience on the ground in East Africa and Silicon Valley in the fields of renewable energy, microfinance and education. Before establishing the Fenix East Africa team, Lyndsay created an energy distribution and financing company in Western Kenya and developed a deep understanding of rural East African consumers. Lyndsay is the recipient of the MTN Women in Business Award for Excellence in Financial Services and the MTN Outstanding Woman in Innovation Award. Lyndsay studied International Relations at Stanford University, where she received a Haas Public Service Fellowship for her work in Tanzania.

Mike Lin

Mike Lin

Founder & Board Member

A serial entrepreneur, Mike previously founded Vestal Design, an award-winning design firm, and B.MINIMA, an eco-solutions company. He has also lectured environmental engineering and design at Stanford as well as social entrepreneurship at Yale. Mike consulted for Apple on climate change and environmental toxins and worked with Al Gore on the “Inconvenient Truth” presentation. Mike is a LEED accredited professional, a recipient of the EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Award, Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award and BusinessWeek IDEA Award. Mike earned both his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Brian Warshawsky

Brian Warshawsky

Founder & COO

Brian is a seasoned entrepreneur, engineer and operations manager with experience in fast-growth, high-volume consumer electronics manufacturing. Brian was an early member of the Apple iPod operations team, and was the operations lead for the development and introduction of the iPod mini. Brian went on to manage the introduction of a number of iPod products and manufacturing processes, and was responsible for evaluating and bringing up new production facilities in Taiwan, China, and Europe. Brian has also worked at startups in Boston and San Francisco, including co-founding Potenco. Brian earned a BS from Brown University and MS in Materials Engineering from MIT.

Jit Bhattacharya

Jit Bhattacharya

CTO

Jit brings to Fenix over 10 years of leadership experience in cleantech and product development from Silicon Valley. He is most well-known for his time as CEO of Mission Motors, a company which developed state-of-the-art electric vehicle technology and the Mission R electric motorcycle, one of the highest performing electric vehicles ever made. Following Mission, Jit worked as a senior manager in the Special Projects Group at Apple, working on the company’s future product lines. Prior to his roles in Silicon Valley, Jit consulted on off-grid electrification projects in rural South Africa. Jit earned an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford and an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas, where he also served as the co-president of the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative.

Meet the Team

We’re a team of deeply creative, passionate, and persistent entrepreneurs who are committed to using business as a vehicle for doing good.

Irene Abagi

Irene Abagi

Country Expansion Manager
Chris Bagnall

Chris Bagnall

East Africa Sales & Marketing Director
Andrew Boice

Andrew Boice

Engineering Director
Caitlin Burton

Caitlin Burton

Business Development Director
Sarah Chemutai

Sarah Chemutai

Talent Director
Whitney Deason

Whitney Deason

Finance Director
Charles Erongot

Charles Erongot

Customer Service Manager, Uganda
Allegra Fisher

Allegra Fisher

Director of Strategic Projects
Jonathan Green

Jonathan Green

Director of Strategy
Luke Hodgkinson

Luke Hodgkinson

Product Development Director
Sunkyo Im

Sunkyo Im

Customer Experience Director

Calvin Kaumi

Calvin Kaumi

National Sales Manager, Uganda
Stephen Oluba

Stephen Oluba

Finance & Logistics Manager, Uganda
 Bryan Tumwesigye

Bryan Tumwesigye

Technical Manager, Uganda
Daniel Willette

Daniel Willette

Operations Director

Our Investors

 

Our Grantmakers

 

Advisory Board

Peter Boyd

Peter Boyd

Time4Good, UK Dept of Energy and Climate Change,
(past: Virgin Mobile, Carbon War Room)
Ron Boring

Ron Boring

(past: Vodafone, Apple, Peace Corps)
Adam Browning

Adam Browning

Executive Director, Vote Solar
(past: EPA)
Jake Goldberg

Jake Goldberg

Finance Director, One Acre Fund
Henry Gonzalez

Henry Gonzalez

Head of Research, responsAbility
(past: Morgan Stanley)
Erik Hersman

Erik Hersman

Co-Founder - BRCK, iHub, Ushahidi
Michelle Kreger

Michelle Kreger

Executive Director, Potential Energy
(past: Kiva.org)
Jocelyn Wyatt

Jocelyn Wyatt

Executive Director, Ideo.org