Offspring Energy Group
Lazarre Potier - General Manager
Lazarre is an international development expert with over 20 years of professional experience, over 10 of which has involved senior resident positions in sub-Saharan Africa. He offers broad understanding of economic and financial sector reform programming, including proven expertise in the design, implementation and evaluation of policy reform projects, particularly in the areas of energy, trade and access to finance. He recently served as the Energy and Private Sector Advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Ethiopia (USAID/Ethiopia). In this capacity, he participated in the design, programming and implementation of approximately $150 million in economic growth activities for USAID/Ethiopia. He also managed a $20 million loan guarantee program that seeks to improve access to finance for businesses in rural communities, for women entrepreneurs and for other under-served segments in Ethiopia. Prior to joining USAID, he held senior positions with Booz Allen Hamilton and PriceWaterHouse Coopers in Ethiopia and Ghana.
Over the past year, he has served as the Point of Contact for the US Presidential Initiative known as Power Africa. In this capacity he provides strategic, policy, and technical leadership to this US$7 billion initiative which seeks to promote expansion and reforms in the energy sector of six African countries, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia. As part of the US Power Africa team in Ethiopia he was also the chief negotiator of an Energy sector Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ethiopia's Ministry of Water and Energy (MoWE). This MOU will greatly shape future US engagement to support Ethiopia's energy reform program.
Gordon Bloomquist - Senior Advisor
Dr. Bloomquist is an internationally recognized geothermal expert who has done extensive consulting for the World Bank, USAID, the German Development Bank KfW, government agencies and utilities. He is currently providing consulting services to USAID and the African Union Commission on geothermal developments in East Africa. He has help set up geothermal risk mitigation programs for Eastern and Central Europe, Chile and for Eastern Africa. He has provided consulting services on legislative and regulatory issues for geothermal development, power generation, power purchasing, project planning and financing. He has served on the Boards of the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC), the International Geothermal Association (IGA) and the International District Heating Association (IDEA). He was chairman for the 2010 World Geothermal Congress and has chaired annual meeting for both the GRC and IDEA. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Nevada Geothermal Power and Chair of the Technical Committee.
Dr. Claudius Preville - Senior Advisor
Dr. Claudius Preville is an economist, negotiator, trade policy advisor and project manager with over twenty years of professional experience. In June 2012 Preville founded the firm Preville & Associates Consulting Group, a consultancy specializing in the delivery of services in the areas of economic development, negotiations and business management. Since establishing the firm, services have been rendered to a variety of Clients including: the African Union Commission (AUC); several CARICOM members through the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Organization of American States (OAS); the Commonwealth Secretariat; the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS); and the Government of Ethiopia through a European Union (EU) funded project. The scope of work already completed or currently ongoing include: development of a Consolidated Aid for Trade Matrix for the Pacific region; preparation of Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) implementation plans for several CARICOM States; assessment of the potential for trade in specific services between CARIFORUM States and the EU and development of a services sector policy and expansion plan for one CARICOM State, and revision of the Tourism Incentives Act for St Lucia, among others.
Taffesse Yirga Gebremedhin
Mr. Taffesse has practiced private law in Ethiopia since 2011. He provides legal consultancy and litigation service to a number of both foreign and Ethiopian clients, including many companies including but not limited to FDI advisory, contract, company, tax, mining, insurance as well as the CSA, labor and penal law.
Prior to going into private practice, he spent close to two decades (18 years) with the Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia cassation division, serving as both a prosecutor and eventually a leading judge. During this period, he presided over a range of civil and criminal cases, determining fundamental legal tenants and rendering verdicts which set a precedent for similar cases at both federal and state courts across the country.
Recent cases being handled by Mr. Taffesse include a mining dispute where the concession award to a foreign client are in dispute and Mr. Taffesse is tasked with representing this client before Ethiopia's Ministry of Mines.
Fikre Asmanaw - New Business Development
After almost 10 years working in the United States, Fikre recently returned to Africa and has been working with local organizations to support local development. Over the past year she's worked with the African Union Commission on a number of private sector and trade initiatives. Prior to returning to the Africa, she served as a researcher at the Center for International Trade Development in the US state of California. She researched and compiled reports that examined key indicators for US exporters and compiled the Best Markets Report Brief - a useful tool used by investors to target opportunities in emerging markets.
Micheal Legesse - Accounting and Audit Senior Consultant
Micheal Legesse is an experienced business advisor and professional accountant with 13 years experience in strategy, financial management and working capital finance as well as project based management consultancy.
Michael began his career with a well-known accounting firm in Ethiopia where he was trained as a professional accountant and assurance specialist in private sector and banking industry. After leaving the accounting firm, he held middle and senior management roles in various private companies where he successfully led teams in strategy formation and business performance with emphasis on working capital financing. He was responsible for identifying strategic business opportunities and modelling business growth and new market developments programs for a number of firms in Africa.
Micheal holds an MBA from the Harriot Watt University and is a Charted Certified Accountant & (UK).