Team hustle

Vanessa Awong Eya'a

Co-founder & CFO

Vanessa co founded RiA with Tony Tiyou. She is the Chief Financial Officer. As a financial professional she has previously worked as a credit and financial analyst for reputable financial institutions like BNPP or UBS in three of the biggest cities in the industry Paris, London and New York. Vanessa has a Masters in Finance from EDHEC business school in France. Besides her financial background, Vanessa has developed an extensive knowledge of the technology industry gathered throughout previous entrepreneurial ventures she has been involved with since the last decade. Fintech specialist is probably best suited to describe her.

Aurelien Lele

Chief Marketing Officer

Aurelien has previously worked in Cameroon for half a decade as a sales representative for one of the biggest technology company in Africa and also as a key account executive for a prominent marketing consultancy firm. He also worked for various companies within the facility management industry in the UK as an operations supervisor. Aurelien Holds a double master degree respectively in “Sales and distribution” from the university of Montpellier1 (France) and in “Marketing management” from Heriot-Watt university (UK). He also holds an advanced diploma in Renewable Energy and Environmental Management Systems.

Jason Iyeke

Technical Advisor

Jason project-managed the first well to be drilled on Statoil͛s Mariner͛ field, worth over $30M USD CAPEX. Prior to working in the oil and gas industry, Jason served as the team leader of 12 business development executives (BDEs) at Target250. He was often the highest performing BDE globally during his time there. His education includes an undergraduate degree in mathematics and computing at Queen Mary University. He also has two masters degrees in Oil and Gas Engineering (2013) and Innovation (2018). Jason Iyeke is the co-founder of Comparisol, a mobile app solar awareness platform and a marketplace connecting solar shoppers with verified solar suppliers throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Team strategy on the field

Sarah Mulwa

RiA Representative Southern Africa

Sarah is an independent Energy and Environment Development Consultant. She provides expertise in environmental management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, conservation, water resources management, energy management and development consulting services. She has over 8 years in the energy and environment sector. She is currently serving as the Green Growth and Mitigation specialist for the Development of the Botswana National Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan for the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, Wildlife and Tourism, facilitated by UNDP Botswana.

Igwe Onuma

RiA Representative West Africa

Igwe is the Founder and the Managing Director of GreyWorks Ltd, a project management and clean energy consulting firm operating in Ghana and Nigeria. Igwe is a trusted partner of Renewables in Africa and will be regularly contributing to the RiA platform.

Joab Wako

RiA Representative East Africa

Joab industrial engineer who enjoys improving processes and making them as efficient as possible. Although he worked for two years only in the automotive industry, he is incredibly comfortable in the manufacturing environment and has developed skills he will ready to use in the clean energy space. Joab had a kidney transplant in 2016, receiving a second gift of life from a sibling, his heroic sister: Selina Wako, ! You can read more about his amazing journey on blog, 1000 Miles (

Team coaching

Owusu Akoto


Owusu Akoto designs, implements and improves performance of +$1 billion supply chains. His experience includes helping consumer goods companies – like Nestle, Unilever and Diageo – and industrial companies – such as Ericsson and IBM. In order to deliver these benefits, Owusu founded and grew a new division of an award-winning consultancy. In his free time, Owusu serves as Global Mentor to the African Entrepreneurship Award. Owusu attended the University of Pennsylvania, where we graduated with the Senior Honour Award. He was later awarded an MBA, with Merit, from Imperial College London.

Tchi Mbouani Ngaliae


Forward-thinking Digital Management Expert who focuses on creating innovative digital experiences for customers. She worked at Google, Amazon, Expedia. She'll always answer present to digitally transitioning an organisation to a more inclusive and fulfilling workplace. She holds a master in management of EDHEC Business School, France.

Nzube Ufodike


Entrepreneur, Senior Business Analyst and Corporate Finance Specialist who possesses strong facilitation skills to take initiatives forward. Prior, he led Strategic Partnerships and was a Digital Product Owner at Wealth Dynamix, London, an award winning technology vendor to the wealth management industry. Before that, he was part of a team at UBS SmartWealth that built and launched the UK's first FCA-regulated robo-advisor, focussed on the mass affluent wealth segment. He currently sits on the board of several start-ups. He is also a volunteer with The Africa Centre, a London-based charity, as a member of its finance committee. Nzube attended Queen Mary, University of London.