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Fhazhil Wamalwa

Managing Director, Disa Energy Management Ltd

Biography

Fhazhil is a passionate educator and a budding social entrepreneur in Information Technology and energy systems. He is currently the partnership director of M-soma Institute, a social venture preparing young people in East Africa for successful careers in Information Technology and entrepreneurship. M-Soma Institute offers pre-university training in computer programming and software development and general technical entrepreneurial training to high school graduates through boot camps as well as through its online and mobile platforms. Fhazhil is also the founder and managing director of Disa Energy Management, a start-up in renewable energy systems. Currently offering consultancy in design and installation of renewable energy systems (majorly solar and wind) and consumer education on energy efficiency with a focus on efficient technologies, efficient energy system operations and energy behaviour change. The objective of Disa Energy Management is to promote access to clean energy in rural Africa. Our strategy is to leverage on existing tech innovations already in the market such as M-Kopa Solar, Off Grid Electric and Shakti Energy to light up rural homesteads through consumer education. Fhazhil is also a passionate youth mentor with a focus on education and holistic development. He is an Equity Leaders Programme (EPL) alumnus and currently mentoring with Wings to Fly programme (an education and leadership programme run by the joint partnership of Equity Group and MasterCard Foundations) in Kenya, Mamelodi Initiative in the Mamelodi township of South Africa and Stars EBIT mentors at the University of Pretoria. Fhazhil is a MasterCard Foundation Scholar at the University of Pretoria; currently writing a thesis on optimal control of renewable energy systems.