Richard created Mlinda’s vision and approves strategy. His ambition for a scalable and replicable business able to influence production and consumption defines Mlinda’s approach to rural electrification. His strengths in business advisory and finance guide Mlinda’s strategy. Richard is also active in asset management and sustainable investments.
Liesl created Mlinda’s vision and approves strategy. She is the driving force behind Mlinda’s ambition to promote environmental stewardship. Passionate about preserving the environment, Liesl’s commitment to change behaviours and promote sustainability defines Mlinda’s direction and actions. Liesl is also active in sustainable financial investments.
Wayne coordinates strategy, operations, and budgetary matters. He has a background in strategic planning and performance management in a wide range of sectors including legal, insurance & health care, mining, oil & gas, and non-profits. He ensures that Mlinda serves the needs of all the community and delivers sustainable social and economic development.
Mlinda has a growing team of committed professionals based in Gumla, near the villages we work in. This field team will grow to 40 people by 2020. Engineers live in the villages for a limited length of time.
They install the grids, provide repair and maintenance functions, as well as connect new households to the grid. Most are qualified engineers others have diverse backgrounds. They come from different areas in Eastern India and show incredible dedication to the project and the people through their hard work. Some have also chosen to live in Gumla with their young families. They engage deeply with local communities to grow farm- based productive loads in villages. This leads to increase in local incomes and growth in village GDP. A lot of local trust and goodwill is generated in this process
Mlinda Foundation CIO was registered in England and Wales in August 2015. Its trustees are Sally Chandler, Richard Azarnia, Liesl Eisenbeiss and Giles Davies.
Mlinda Sustainable Environment Private Limited (MPL) was registered in Kolkata India in July 2014. MPL is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mlinda Foundation CIO. Its directors are Rebecca Symington (Chairperson), Vijay Bhaskar (Managing Director) and Sudeshna Mukherjee (Director Operations). MPL is responsible for implementation, infrastructure, operations and maintenance. It works in close collaboration with the independent charitable trust Mlinda Charitable Trust which is responsible for community mobilisation, capacity building, and economic development, environmental and social impact.
Mlinda Foundation CIO and MPL work with the independent Mlinda Charitable Trust, which carries out activities related to research and development, community engagement and support to community businesses in relation to the rural electrification activities. Vijay Baskar and Sudeshna Mukherjee are the Country Director and Deputy Country Director of Mlinda Charitable Trust.