Doug's experience with the Peace Corps in West Africa brought
him to the mission of alleviating extreme poverty in the developing world.
As a Google engineer and manager, he led a team mapping developing countries.
At d.light, he directed the engineering department in creating the next generation
of solar lamps and initiated distribution in West Africa.
Doug earned bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering and
computer science from MIT, where he founded the MIT
Women's Technology Program, a residential summer school that has graduated 500+
students over 12 years. Doug completed an MBA at Stanford University
and is the author of five patents.
Hugh joined SVTP in 2012 to initiate product development in China. He
started his career in battery manufacturing operations and then moved
to the consumer electronics industry, where he worked on product design
and electrical engineering for solar and other energy products.
Hugh comes from Hunan Province of China, where he graduated from Hunan
First Normal University studying electronic science.
Terry oversees SVTP's manufacturing operations, working closely with
suppliers from sourcing through mass production. As operations engineer,
Terry has been with SVTP since 2013. Previously, he worked in the field
of quality systems auditing and quality control with both Chinese and
Terry comes from Jilin Province of Northeast China and holds a bachelor's
degree from Shenyang Agricultural University in mechanical design and manufacturing automation.
Sales Manager, West Africa
Jacob has run SVTP's West African operations, including sales, marketing,
distribution, and logistics, since 2013. He served in the Peace Corps
in Cameroon, working on local enterprise development and capacity building
with microfinance institutions. Jake has been committed to volunteerism
since high school and has volunteered in the U.S., Nicaragua, Peru, and Cameroon.
Jacob received his bachelor's degree in business management from Eckerd
College. He is currently on leave from a master's program in international
relations at the New School in New York.
Sales Manager, East Africa
Hellen is leading SVTP's expansion in East Africa after joining in 2013.
She was born in Ethiopia and grew up in Nairobi before moving to the U.S.
to finish her education. She has lived and worked in Ethiopia, South Africa,
and Ghana. Hellen identifies as a pan-African with a passion for the African
diaspora, and she has produced an original documentary on modern Ethiopia.
Hellen received her bachelor's degree in international studies and economics
at the University of Denver.
Product Design Engineer
Alison joined SVTP in 2014 to lead research and development for new products.
During college, she spent 9 months working on product design for Kenya with
BURN Design Lab, and went back to Africa as tech lead and project manager for
her senior project in Ghana.
Alison holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Olin College
of Engineering and has been accepted to Harvard Business School starting in 2016.