Lou van Reemst
YEP period 2020 - 2021, batch 19
Being part of YEP#19 means I am in the first batch in the clean energy field. This year (2020) I am working for AfricanClean Energy (ACE) in Uganda. ACE makes a solar/thermal hybrid energy system providing off-grid households with clean cooking and electricity for light and charging a phone or radio.
I am working as a Field Office Manager. This means setting up a new office in Western Uganda in Fort Portal. In Fort Portal I am the regional manager and in control of project management, hiring and training of employees and stimulate sales and business development.
- Experience of working in EA: Kenya and Tanzania
- Good communication skills
- Practical and analytical
- Motivate and enthusiast others
- Design thinking and using visual skills to convey messages
- Bachelor Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
- Master Integrated Product Design at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Experience before YEP
During my studies I have done an internship in Nairobi, Kenya on the business development of a start-up that makes affordable greenhouses for small-holder farmers.
Between my bachelors and masters, I’ve lived and worked in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. In Yogyakarta I was head of design for a start-up called ETEAQ that made accessories for mobile devices made from recycled materials. During this year I was responsible for the complete product development, production set-up but also visual branding and communication between the different stakeholders involved.
For my master thesis I researched different possibilities of using waste glass for building materials for the island Zanzibar, Tanzania. The end-result was a recipe for the ‘bottle | brick’: a glass waste concrete mixture suitable for the island, used to make affordable and durable bricks. A fit for the local context. After my graduation I went to Tanzania to be the general manager of foundation bottle-up and scale-up the ‘bottle | brick’ project.
After a year in Zanzibar I worked for the start-up Ecosystem Kickstarter, researching and developing a foldable and biodegradable structure that is used as erosion prevention in Sub-Sahara Africa. Through the usage of embedded seeds in the structure these structures are meant for places where sustainable land management lacks and top soil needs to be protected.