The Team

Felicity Lodge

CEO and Co-Founder
Felicity’s 20 plus years of complex project management and building experience give her a clear focus on planning and strategy.

Carl Bielenberg

CTO and Co-Founder
Carl brings 40 years of experience inventing and disseminating agriculture and energy technologies for Africa including a ram press for sunflower and sesame seed oil and a treadle water pump.

Faridah Odiambo

Pilot Project Manager
Joins the VIP as the technical manager, an mechanical engineer by training, Faridah is uniquely suited to provide our customers with the optimal solution.

Crystal Johnson

Operations Associate
Crystal joined our team at the end of 2016 bringing a wealth of business experience, both international and domestic, to VIP.

Sachi Shrivastava

Business Operations Manager, India
A seasoned business operations manager with experience in the manufacturing sector, as well as both domestic and foreign business expertise.

Sagar Chavan

Customer Discovery Specialist
brings a wealth of knowledge to VIP about the agricultural and energy sectors in India.

Gavin Miller

Technician
Gavin has been with VIP since the early prototyping days. He works with Carl to build VIP units and oversees training and field installations.

Allan Migaili

Sales Engineer
Allan will be researching promising markets and qualifying sales opportunities for VIP. Allan will work with the entire team to ensure positive customer experiences.

Mitch St.Onge

Hands on Engineer
Mitch joined our team at the end of 2016 bringing both hands on engineering and computer skills to the mix.

Stanley Ndung'u

Logistics and Technical Support
Stanley brings a deep knowledge of logistics to the VIP along with an invaluable technical support role.

Abraham Mutune

Technician
Abraham has worked as a technical lead both inside Kenya and in neighbouring countries.

Ajinkya Parkhi

Engineer
Ajinkya joins the VIP India team to work on manufacturing and market assessment.

Edwin Kinuthia

Technician
Edwin joined VIP in our first intern program and was chosen to stay on in a technical role with the team.

Santosh Parise

Technical Lead
Santosh brings years of experience in machine assembly and supply chain to VIP's manufacturing and assembly efforts in India.

Advisory Board

Farhat Ali

Advisory Board Member
Farhat Ali is a former president & chief executive officer of Fujitsu ...

Shasidar Bhat

Advisory Board Member
 Shashi is the former co-founder and current advisor to Dyantech Furnaces P ...

Sergio Mazza

Advisory Board Member
Sergio Mazza is a former Chairman and CEO of American Surgical Centers, founder ...

Our History

In 1976, after graduating from MIT, Carl Bielenberg hitchhiked through Europe over to Morocco, across the Saharan Desert and around Africa. After 5 months of travelling Carl lost his backpack in Cameroon. He fell in love with the people and the country and decided to stay. For the first two years Carl worked as an inventor for an agricultural technology organization. In 1978 after saving enough money to branch out on his own, Carl founded The Better World Workshop (BWW) in Baffousam, Cameroon. BWW was an atelier that designed and produced what the customers needed from cocoa depodders to bread pans.

Over the next 40 years Carl was involved in developing energy and agricultural technologies for Africa and the United States. From the Bielenberg Ram Press to the introduction of the Treadle Pump, invented by Gunnar Barnes in Bangladesh and adopted by Carl for the Africa market, the one constant was that people lacked the energy source needed to displace human muscle power. Village Industrial Power’s 10kW unit is the product of these many years of learning in the field. It addresses the need for energy and agricultural processing by using the resources available to farmers.

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Our Investors and Partners

FACTOR[e] Ventures

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Opec Fund for International Development

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Join Our Team

VIP is looking for bright, adventurous, highly motivated people to join our team across a number of countries.

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