About

VIDA is a product from TFE Energy. TFE is dedicated to achieving universal energy access and to improving investments into remote infrastructure and markets. Our team consists of data technology engineers on one side and village economy experts on the other. This breadth allows us to continuously test and validate new data technologies in the field and work towards specific solutions – such as Village Data Analytics. TFE has offices in Germany and South Africa.

TEAM

Adrian Lotter

Ecosystems and finance

Adrian is based in South Africa. He applies his finance and engineering know-how to projects that include climate change and ecosystem solutions.

Andre Troost

Energy access engineering

Andre is a South Africa based energy access expert. He works on least-cost electrification projects across Africa.

Bruno Sanchez Andrade-Nuño

Adviser

Bruno is the founder of Impact Science. He has worked at the Innovations Labs and the president’s office at the World Bank and was Chief Scientist at Mapbox. Bruno is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and holds a PhD in Astrophysics.

Heidi Schiller

Adviser

Heidi is an expert in rural development. Over the last 12 years, she developed and implemented solar projects for productive use in Western Africa. She advises on business models for SMEs and operations of mini-grids.

Hlengiwe Radebe

Energy for productive uses and energy and development

Hlengiwe works on modeling productive use opportunities around energy solutions for low-income households in Sub Saharan Africa. She has a particular interest in linking energy access to climate resilience and gender-balancing.

Nabin Gaihre

New business and socio-economic modeling

Nabin is an expert in energy modelling and software development. He has recently built a mini-grid in Arunachal Pradesh, India.

Nicolas Mora-Guarda

Project delivery and customer insights

Nicolas works on project delivery quality and standards. He also works on converting data analytics into valuable customer insights.

Philippe Raisin

Earth observation and machine learning

Philippe is an expert in earth observation and data analytics using AI technology. He leads TFE Energy’s current engagement with the European Space Agency (ESA).

Sam Duby

Energy access engineering and data analytics

Sam has more than 15 years of on-ground experience of developing mini-grids and digital technologies for the sector. He co-founded the mini-grid smart metering company StemaCo. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering

Shefali Kothari

Diversity, inclusion and data bias

Shefali is a climate startup strategist for enterprises that drive an inclusive clean economy. She leads VIDA’s bias mitigation strategy.

Shiv Contractor

Data analytics

Shiv is an expert in data analytics. He primarily works on customer datasets and satellite imagery.

Tobias Engelmeier

Founder

Tobias has more than 15 years of experience in entrepreneurship, renewable energy, energy access and development work. He founded two renewable energy companies in India and holds a PhD in Political Science.

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