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Sivan Ya'ari

Founder and CEO

Sivan Ya’ari is the founder and CEO of Innovation: Africa, a nonprofit that brings Israeli solar, agricultural and water technologies to African villages. She was born in Israel, raised in France, educated in the United States with degrees in Finance from Pace University and a masters in International Energy Management and Policy from Columbia University. Sivan has been working in Africa for over 20 years and over the past decade, using Israeli technologies, has brought clean water and light to over 3 million people across 10 African countries.


innovation africa staff israel

iA Israel / USA

Michal Benari

Chief of Staff

In House Engineer

Software Engineer

Country Director of Tanzania & Zambia

Deputy Country Director of
South Africa and eSwatini

Tara Shtauber

Africa Programs Manager

Gabby Samad

Deputy Country Director Uganda and Malawi


Caroline Mendelsohn

Country Director South Africa & eSwatini

Country Director of
Uganda & Malawi

Omri Yeshua

Country Director of Cameroon & Senegal

Deputy Country Director
of Tanzania and Zambia

Tamar Shemesh

Deputy Country Director
of Tanzania and Zambia

Staff Accountant

Adela Shabot

Deputy Country Director of South Africa


Chief Technology Officer

Shalom Mor

Senior Civil Engineer


innovation africa staff usa

Director of Communications

Bruce Gimpel

Chief Financial Officer

iA Uganda

Robert Khakhosi

Project Manager, Uganda

Sarah Gimono

Community Development Field Officer, Uganda

Ibra Lemye

Agricultural Engineering Field Officer, Uganda

Richard Mangali

Agriculture Development Field Officer, Uganda

David Wangale

Lead Engineer, Uganda

Charles Losike

Field Officer, Uganda

Dennis Sserunkuma

Electrical Engineering Field Officer, Uganda

Benedicto Loduk

Agricultural Development Field Officer, Uganda

Ivan Nyende

Financial Officer, Uganda

Boniface Okwir

Water Engineering Field Officer, Uganda

Sprinter Mukebezi

Water Engineering
Field Officer, Uganda

Rogers Mugenyi,

Program Manager,


iA Tanzania

Lerian Moshi

Project Manager, Tanzania

Kelvin Madundo

Deputy Project Manage, Tanzania

Edmund Msakwa

Field Officer, Tanzania

Remigius Nyoni

Civil Engineer, Tanzania

iA Malawi

Faith Kwalimba

Community Development Field Officer, Malawi

Austin Rashid

Water Engineering Field Officer,  Malawi

Robert Nyasulu

Electrical Engineering Field Officer, Malawi

Chisomo Taulo Nankhoma

Civil Engineering Field Officer,  Malawi

Moses Gondwe

Field Electrical Engineer, Malawi

Gomezgani Mwafulirwa

Field Water Engineer, Malawi

Temwani Chisunkha

Hydrologist, Malawi

iA Cameroon

Serge Mbaïnassem

Field Officer - Cameroon

Yanawa Bidai

In-House Electrical Engineer- Cameroon

Foe Cherylle

Water Engineering Field Officer


William Mepoubong

Project Manager - Cameroon

Josiane Dongmo

Field Civil Engineer - Cameroon

Daniel Agbor

Field Civil Engineer - Cameroon

Pascal Manwe

Field Hydrogeologist  - Cameroon

iA South Africa

Abraham Ngobeni

Chief Operating Officer, South Africa

Rabelani Netshitongwe

Regional Supervisor- South Africa

Ninky Mkhabela

Field Officer - South Africa

Seun Mona

Regional Supervisor - South Africa

Thandeka Khosa

Field Officer - South Africa

Bonolo Shingange

Field Officer- South Africa

Maureen Patricia Machaba

Field Officer – South Africa

Princess Boitumelo Mokwana

Field Officer – South Africa

Mogau Seboladi Maboshego

Field Officer - South Africa

Thembisile Naomi Malinga

Admin Office - South Africa

Menzi Mawelela

Water Engineer  - Water Engineer

iA Zambia

Pauline Phiri

Project Manager - Zambia

George Bush Komakech

Field Officer - Zambia

Anthony Simukanzye

Civil & Water Engineer - Zambia

Timothy Banda

Field Officer - Zambia

John Kaluba

Field Hydrogeologist - Zambia

Daniel Namasumo

Field Water Engineer - Zambia

iA Pro-Bono Law Firms

Lowell Dashefsky


Janet Levy Pahima


Gary Felthun

South Africa

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