FR Advisory Council

Advisory Council

The Global Distributors Collective Advisory Council helps us to ensure that the GDC remains grassroots driven and accountable to our members.
It has a key role advising on the overall strategy and direction of the GDC, as well as providing feedback and guidance on specific workstreams.

The Advisory Council is made up of two core groups of constituents:

1) Member representatives: last mile distribution companies.

2) Sector representatives: funders and investors, industry associations and others who bring skills and expertise in particular areas.

Jackie Stenson

Jackie Stenson works on the development and dissemination of socially impactful solutions to underserved markets. She is co-founder and CEO of Essmart, a social enterprise that distributes 150+ life-improving technologies to rural India by connecting them with local retail shops. An engineer by training, she has designed socially impactful technologies in India and eleven African countries, and has supported the development of new impactful solutions in academic settings (at Harvard, MIT, and INSEAD) and at global innovation events.

Katherine Lucy

Katherine Lucey is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Solar Sister. Katherine is a Schwab Foundation Entrepreneur of the Year, an Ashoka Fellow, and a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur. She has received recognition and awards for her work with Solar Sister including Clinton Global Initiative, Social Venture Network, C3E, and ICRW Champion of Change Award. She holds an M.B.A. from Georgia State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia. Prior to becoming a social entrepreneur, Katherine spent over 20 years as an investment banker on Wall Street providing structured finance solutions to the energy sector.

Malango Washikala

Malango Washikala is the Co-founder & CEO of Altech Group, who has led the company from a small pilot in an Eastern Congo village to the country leader in the distribution of clean energy products. He holds an MA in Development Studies from UDSM, Tanzania and a Business & Entrepreneurship Certificate from Dartmouth College, USA. He is a 2014 D-Prize Winner, 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow, and 2015 John McCain Institute’s Next Generation Leaders Program Finalist.

Philip Wilson

Philip Wilson is the founder and CEO of Ecofiltro, a social enterprise dedicated to providing clean water to the rural poor of Mexico and Central America. He graduated with an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton and received his BA from the University of Notre Dame. To date, Ecofiltro has served over 300,000 families in rural areas and the goal is to reach 1 million families by the year 2020.

Christine Eibs Singer

Christine Eibs Singer is a Senior Advisor to Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll). Christine is also a Technical Advisor to the Kenyan Ministry of Energy for the innovative Kenyan Off-Grid Solar Access Program (KOSAP) and a Senior Associate with Catalyst Off-Grid Advisors. She was on the founding team of Power for All, a global campaign to accelerate decentralized renewable energy and a co-founder of E+Co. Christine is a Director of SELCO India, on the Board of REEEP and a member of the Deutsche Bank Essential Capital Consortium Investment Committee. Ms. Singer spent 10 years at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, concentrating on the development of public-private partnerships.

Maurice Kent

Maurice Kent is the Director of the Scaling Off-Grid Energy Grand Challenge at USAID’s Global Development Lab. Maurice has spent more than a decade building and running new initiatives at USAID across the energy, open innovation, higher education, global health and human rights sectors. He brings a wealth of experience with donor funding processes, partnerships and innovative design to GDC and its members.

Peter George

Peter George is the Clean Cooking Alliance’s Senior Director responsible for private sector development and investment initiatives. Prior to joining the Alliance, he held numerous positions within investment banking, private equity and impact investing. He has experience investing in and advising oil and gas companies and renewable energy project developers in the United States, as well as start-ups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) engaged in distributed and off-grid energy solutions in emerging markets across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Peter van As

For over 20 years Peter has managed FMCG businesses (Unilever, Smollan and DIAGEO) Mainly involved in setting up routes to market in Africa. He has lived and worked in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Angola and South Africa, but has operated in 23 different markets in Africa. Eight years ago he supported the set up of COPIA in East Africa, an e-commerce business that has been setting up ‘last mile’ distribution to the base of the market, where there are no addresses, poor internet services and limited access to (smart) phones.

Dr. Saul S Morris

Dr Morris is the Director of Programme Service Team for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). He was previously Head of the Nutrition and Public Health Intervention Research Unit at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (University of London), and also worked as a Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington DC. He spent a total of 13 years working for three different funding organisations: the United Kingdom Department of International Development, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).