Our Board of Directors is comprised of individuals who come together to establish Power Up Gambia's vision, mission and values.
The Board’s primary function is to guide and set the pace for its current operations and future development. While staying vigilant to develop, evaluate and maintain organization policies and goals.
NINA FARRAN - BOARD CHAIR
Nina Farran currently serves as the Impact Investment Specialist and Research Analyst for The Pew Trusts and the Manager Research Group at The Glenmede Trust Company, an investment and wealth management firm with assets under management of $26 billion. Nina’s passion is making a difference; in addition to serving on Power Up Gambia’s board, she sits on two additional boards targeting separate initiatives, co-heads her company’s partnership with City Year and has a long-lasting relationship with a humanitarian fashion brand that targets poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nina joins Power Up Gambia inspired by its proven ability to influence meaningful change while empowering locals — a quality she believes to be integral to the success and sustainability of any foreign-aid initiative.
DEANNE BERTINO - BOARD MEMBER
Dee is the chief legal counsel for FHG, Inc. specializing in first amendment and zoning issues. Prior to moving to the Philadelphia area, she was a public defender for the Cook County Public Defender’s Office in Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of John Marshall Law School, Dee developed her interest in Africa when she traveled to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and saw first hand the relationship between the lack of reliable energy sources and economic development. Since then she has traveled extensively to under developed regions and volunteers with Love to Langa who has partnered with the Southern Africa Sustainable Development Initiative to effectively address the needs of orphaned and vulnerable children.
DAN LEARY - BOARD MEMBER
Dan Leary is a Managing Partner with OurGeneration LLC, a solar and energy storage development company based in Philadelphia. Prior to starting OurGeneration LLC Brad worked with the Global Business Development and Market Entry department for Tesla and was the Community Solar Director at SolarCity
RON CELENTANO - BOARD MEMBER
Ron Celentano is a solar energy industry consultant with Celentano Energy Services (CES) He started designing/installing solar thermal systems over 30 years ago, and started designing/installing solar PV systems in 1996. As a solar PV industry consultant, Mr. Celentano provides general education about the technology and the economics of solar; system design or review/assistance with design; technical assistance drafting RFPs; oversees the installation process, and conducts testing/inspection of solar PV projects. He has trained hundreds of solar PV installers, and assisted SEI and FSEC in several of their solar PV training seminars, and is involved with solar PV curriculum development and training with the DOE/PSU Northern Mid-Atlantic Solar Instructor Training Center, and with PA DEP/PSU Code Official Solar PV Training Project.
DR. KATHRYN HALL - BOARD MEMBER
Kathryn Hall is the Founder of Power Up Gambia and is currently an anesthesiologist at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvanias undergraduate program in 2008 with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and nutrition. Kathryn was born and raised in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and now lives in Philadelphia with her husband Michael and children Logan and Maddie.
BRADLEY DAKAKE - BOARD MEMBER
Brad Dakake is a Project Development Manager at SunPower where he originates commercial opportunities, working directly with mostly F500 clients to understand their needs and quarterbacking deals from conception through contracting. Prior to joining SunPower, Brad worked for Viridity Energy on the demand side of the electricity industry, helping large energy consumers reduce their peak demand and developing battery storage projects for PJM’s frequency regulation market. Before Viridity, Brad worked on the supply side, providing C&I clients with electricity contracts as a member of Exelon Energy’s Key Accounts Team. Brad also worked in the non-profit arena for 8 years prior to joining the energy sector, serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan and Moldova, supporting anti-tobacco legislation as a part of the American Cancer Society, and advocating for stronger consumer protection laws with the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MASSPIRG) . Brad holds a BA in Bioethics from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the UPENN’s Wharton School of Business, where he double-majored in finance and operations.
CAROL CUNNINGHAM - BOARD MEMBER
Carol is the President of Cunningham Consulting Inc providing consulting, training and coaching service to multinational and global companies across five continents, focusing on diversity and multicultural issues. Carol was a founding board member of Power Up Gambia, and co-founder of Womens Initiative of The Gambia to provide business training and empowerment workshops to womens groups in The Gambia
KEBBA SAMATEH BADGIE - CO-FOUNDER & HONORARY BOARD MEMBER
Kebba Samateh Badgie is the former Chief Executive Officer ofBwiam General Hospital (previously known as Sulayman Junkung General Hospital), a 200 bed referral health facility in the Gambia. His interests lie in the establishment and use of electronic medical records intertwined with geomedicine to enhance efficient health care delivery. He holds a MSc degree in Health Care Quality Improvement and Leadership and diplomas in Social Youth Work, Management Development and Human Development, and is currently pursuing an MScdegree in Public Administration and Development.