Manga Mugwe, 35

Managing Director

Olsuswa Energy
My Story

During his free time, Manga enjoys running marathons for fun. However, the 35-year-old is engaged in a marathon that he says has no room for failure.

As the managing director of Olsuswa Energy, a geothermal development company in Kenya, he is at the forefront of revolutionising the uptake of green energy in the country.

The finish line, he says, is to position Kenya as a leader in carbon mineral storage to help in the fight against climate change by reducing carbon monoxide emissions.

The father-of-one believes that Kenya, specifically the northern part, is blessed with renewable energy sources which if fully tapped can make the region the green energy hub.

"I want to see Olsuswa become one of the most innovative companies in using renewable energy to create different value products."

The Harvard Business School alumnus explains that at least 600 million Africans are in the dark and there is no way the continent can industrialise without access to electricity.

Bridging the yawning gap through the exploitation of the vast renewable energy potential in northern Kenya is what drives the green business leader to keep going, saying the country’s development agenda can only be driven by renewable energy.

His passion for green fuels saw him start Olsuswa Energy in partnership with Frontier Energy, a Danish Fund as a co-investor, in 2012 to focus on geothermal development.

“At Olsuswa, we are looking at using geothermal energy not only to produce electricity but also for carbon mineral storage to help in the fight against climate change,” he says.

In the 10 years of the company’s existence, they have already been ranked among the top 50 innovative companies on the London Stock Exchange and conducted a successful geoscientific study in geothermal areas.

His vision is for Olsuswa Energy to be one of the greatest homegrown renewable energy firms as he reiterates that renewable energy is the new oil.

“I want to see Olsuswa become one of the most innovative companies in using renewable energy to create different value products,” he says.

Collins Omulo