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.
Kate oversees all finance and administration for Mlinda. She is a Chartered Accountant and qualified teacher with over 25 years of accountancy experience in both the private and voluntary sector.
Shelly is a development professional with 26 years of social development and management experience with local and global agencies. Experienced in conceptualizing and developing strategic plans, inclusive social policy, initiating sustainable livelihoods, ensuring inclusive market development, working with Government and village communities.
Gokul is a finance and administration specialist with 20 years of finance and compliance management experience. He has experience in working with various leading International and National Agencies at Finance & Administration head positions. He holds strong experience in finance management and statutory compliance related matters. He mingles his skills in managing grants funds which requires an analytical skill along with bonding between the technical and financial aspects of the programs.
Mlinda has a growing team of committed professionals based in Gumla, near the villages we work in. 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, Giles Davies, Sachitt Chandaria and Mahesh Chhibber.
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 Mr. Richard Azarnia, Ms. Liesl Eisenbeiss, Mr Atul Nagarajan. 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.