About the Company
Think Renewables Group (TRG) implements commercial energy storage projects to help finance its social business initiatives, which include manufacturing communications systems designed for areas with limited internet access as well as a project called ThinkBiz Africa.
ThinkBiz Africa is social business initiative that is developing a network of solar-powered small business (SBiz) Centres to facilitate both education and entrepreneurship in underserved communities, especially for girls. For more information, please see a 2.5-minute pitch video at http://thinkrenewables.com/tbv and ThinkBiz Africa homepage at http://thinkrenewables.com/tba .
Combining its technologies with other complementary systems is part of its overall plan to integrate renewable energy technologies, free educational information, communication technologies and low-cost user devices to enhance education and accelerate job creation in developing countries on a substantial scale.
TRG is headquartered in Canada and has operations in the United States through its subsidiary, Think Renewables, Inc. (TRI). TRG is member of the Ryerson University’s Clean Energy Zone, which is an incubator/accelerator for innovative clean-tech companies.
Both TRG and TRI are owned by Paul Stevers. As profits are generated by these companies, they will be donated to CharityHelp International to support its humanitarian activities, including the work of CharityHelp’s partner organization in Afghanistan, the Afghan Child Education and Care Organization (AFCECO).
About the Founder and President of Think Renewables Group, Inc.
Paul Stevers is a Canadian engineer, inventor, and the founder of several for-profit and non-profit businesses. After graduating from the University of Waterloo engineering program in Ontario, Canada, Paul launched his entrepreneurial career by co-founding an environmental business in 1984 called Impax Incorporated. In 1992, he joined a US-based company called Bio-Oxidation Inc. to lead the development of a new medical waste processing technology, which became the next generation of a system he had created with Impax Incorporated.
As part of the management team of Bio-Oxidation, he helped raise over US$10,000,000 from investors, build this company and then sell it to a large public corporation. After this company was sold, he co-founded a consulting company called Oxidation Technologies, Inc., which focused on enhancing medical waste processing technologies.
After the tragic events that unfolded on September 11, 2001, Paul decided to change direction and explore how to best help counter violent extremism in unstable areas of the world in addition to operating his consulting business. He began to spend an increasing amount of time on this issue and, over the next several years, he invested over a million dollars to develop and demonstrate ways to combine available technologies and renewable resources to help stabilize conflict zones around the world. Initially, the focus area was Afghanistan, and it now includes parts of Africa.
Paul founded CharityHelp International (CHI) in 2004 to facilitate long-term financial support for children in developing countries by enabling sponsors to build relationships with these children via supervised communications over the Internet and pay for their sponsorship online.
In 2010, he founded Think Renewables, Inc. in the US to develop a series of computer-related products that are designed to operate in challenging environments such as Afghanistan and parts of Africa. These products are now being used in several areas including education, commerce, and telemedicine.
In 2014, Paul founded Think Renewables Group to help coordinate the operations of his various companies, further develop the group’s technologies and services and raise money to scale-up its operations.
About the President of Think Renewables, Inc.
Roger Eshleman completed his undergraduate degree in Natural Science. Following graduation, he worked for five years in Africa where he led the implementation of a series of Appropriate Technology projects. After returning to the US, he founded a company and led the development of a line of innovative wood waste processing systems that were then patented and manufactured. In 1992, this business expanded into the medical waste processing area. He then he sold his share in this expanded business in 1998.
For the past 15 years, he has provided engineering and management services through a consulting firm to a wide variety of organizations from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. In addition to professional pursuits, he has also traveled widely in third world countries as past board chairman of a non-profit development organization.
Director of Education, Economics and Security Strategy:
Dr. Leif Rosenberger retired from the US Government after 35 years of service in March of 2016. He was Chief Economist at the US Central Command (CENTCOM) and the US Pacific Command (PACOM) for almost 20 years. Prior to this time, he worked for a decade at the US Army War College, where he was promoted to Full Professor of Economics and held the General Douglas MacArthur Academic Chair of Research at the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI).
While on sabbatical from SSI, he was a Visiting Scholar on the Economics Faculty at Harvard University. In addition, he taught at Providence College, Dickinson College and the University of Hawaii Executive MBA Program, where he received the highest student evaluations. While working for the US government, he was twice chosen as U.S. Federal Employee of the Year and twice chosen as PACOM professional officer of the year. As part of his job at CENTCOM, he was designated Chief of the New Silk Road Task Force, which is a 1 star equivalent position. Currently, he is on the Board of Advisors at the Global Economic Institute for Africa.
Director of Finance:
Michelle Moore has over fifteen years of operational, accounting, and administrative experience. She holds a degree in accounting from Strayer University and has served as an operations manager and staff accountant for several companies in non-profit, sales, and security industries. Michelle has a passion for community and believes that each person can make a difference. She personally strives to fulfill her capacity as a change-maker through her work with Think Renewables Group and its non-profit partner, CharityHelp International.
Strategic Advisor for Africa:
Dr. Jubril Adeojo, Head of SME and Intervention Funds, Heritage Bank
Jubril Adeojo journeyed through his PhD vocation on the path to understand the co-construction of the Nigerian banking system and its practices from a Nigerian and an African perspective grounded in our indigenous identity, spirituality, consciousness and culture. His Doctorate Action Research Program on Integral Development Finance is from the Da Vinci Institute, Johannesburg, South Africa in affiliation with the Trans4m Center for Integral Development, Geneva, Switzerland. The core of his PhD research-to-innovation was to co-create a new thinking to the banking system and its prevalent exogenous practices, where gender discrimination, income segregation, and community separation do not exist. Consequently, with the enlarged Centre for Integral Social and Economic Research (CISER) community, they co-created the new thinking to banking and finance, termed the Integral Banking (IB) for the common good. IB simply engages in financial co-creation (rather than the common financial intermediation) where we integrate the resources of the formal urban ecosystem with the resources of the informal rural ecosystem in order to co-create sustainable livelihoods for the common good of the society.
Jubril holds a BA. in Business Administration (Accounting as major) within first class honors from the University of Hertfordshire; and a MSc. in Strategic Finance with merits honors from Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom. He is also a fellow at the Trans4m Center for Integral Development, Switzerland, and an alumnus of Fate Foundation, the foremost youth and enterprise development NGO in Nigeria.
He has worked in the Nigerian banking industry for over 9 years now, working with then Oceanic Int’l Bank (now Ecobank), Sterling Bank, and now with Heritage Bank as the Head of SME and Intervention Funds.
He is also a columnist for SMEClub, an online community and resource center for owners and managers of small businesses in Africa, as well as with Business Day, the most reputable business and economic news journal in Nigeria. As a columnist, He has published over 15 articles relating to integral banking, development finance, common good indicators, youth and SME development, and financial inclusion in Nigeria.