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.
TIM WILSON - BOARD CHAIR
Tim is a Director of Finance at Independence Health Group, a leading health insurer working to enhance the health and wellness of people and communities. Prior to relocating to Philadelphia, Tim held positions at the fully integrated energy company Dominion Resources. He is interested in the potential for disruptive technologies to change the way services are provided in all countries, but has a keen interest on the implications for developing nations. Tim is a graduate of the University of Richmond with degrees in Economics and History. Tim holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the CFA Society Philadelphia.
AARON PARKER - TREASURER
Aaron is an Associate at Element Partners, a leading private equity firm dedicated solely to companies providing innovative products, software, and services to the global energy, industrial and environmental markets. He is a key member of the team responsible for investing and managing approximately $900 million in committed capital. Previously, Aaron worked in the investment banking division at Janney Montgomery Scott, where he focused on the energy, industrial and water industries. Aaron has an A.B. in Economics from Harvard University. He joins the Power Up Gambia board inspired by the mission of using renewable energy to improve healthcare outcomes in The Gambia.
NINA FARRAN - SECRETARY
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.
MITEN MISTRY - COMMITTEE CHAIR - MONITORING & EVALUATING
Miten is currently an Associate Consultant at ZS Associates, a global sales & marketing consulting firm. At ZS, Miten has had the opportunity to work across a broad spectrum of sales and marketing issues within the Pharmaceutical industry. Through his experience at ZS, Miten has developed a strong appreciation for data and a passion for creating data-driven solutions to address difficult and unstructured problems. As chair of the Monitoring & Evaluation Committee, Miten’s goal is to build a unique and robust monitoring capability that sets Power Up Gambia apart and allows the impact of every dollar to be tracked. Excited by the progress made to date, Miten is looking forward to building data-driven solutions not only for his clients but for the Gambian hospitals and clinics that use solar energy today.
Prior to ZS, Miten was a dual degree student at the University of Pennsylvania where he studied Economics and Materials Science & Engineering.
DAN LEARY - COMMITTEE CHAIR - TECHNICAL
Dan Leary – Director, Community Solar at SolarCity in Philadelphia PA
DR. SHANNON MRQUEZ - BOARD MEMBER
Dr. Shannon Mrquez currently serves as the Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Drexel School of Public Health. She holds a PhD in environmental health sciences and engineering from The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. As a public health engineer, an accomplished scholar, and an experienced administrator, Dr. Mrquez has garnered local, national, and international recognition in global and environmental health.
KATHRYN HALL & KEBBA SAMATEH BADGIE - FOUNDERS & HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS
Kathryn Hall is the Founder of Power Up Gambia and is currently a resident 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.
Kebba Samateh Badgie is the Chief Executive Officer of 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.