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.

Maggie Flanagan

VP Business Development
Maggie is leading the VIP team in Kenya, combining a wealth of business experience in startups with a passion for Africa.

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.

Gavin Miller

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

Raghu Nair

Manufacturing Engineer
Raghu joins our team from Pune, India to oversee manufacturing and supply chain management.

Isaiah Kipchirchir

Isaiah is our first Kenyan Technician. Isaiah will work with Maggie Flanagan to support the units in Kenya.

Israel Momanyi

Israel is a Kenyan Technician. Israel will work with Maggie Flanagan to support the units in Kenya.

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.

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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Awards and Partnerships

FACTOR[e] Ventures

VIP has received investment from FACTORE[e], a venture development firm that supports early stage entrepreneurs through a unique blend of risk capital and world class technical resources. VIP is working with FACTORE[e] to further optimize the VIP-10kW and develop initial commercial operations in sub-Saharan Africa.

USAID: Powering Agriculture Energy Grand Challenge

Village Industrial Power has field tested 5 beta prototype units thanks to a USAID Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge Award. The field testing data has been incorporated into the third generation units in Kenya.


A mechanical engineering firm specialized in early-stage R&D and product development, Czero is working with VIP to optimize and prepare the designs of our biomass-fueled generators for manufacturing and assembly. Czero’s analysis has helped us reduce product complexity and costs in support of commercialization.

Join Our Team

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

Questions? Contact Us
  • Manufacturing Manager
    Location: India

    This role will lead overall product development which includes manufacturing, product ownership and user experience. The position will serve as a key member of the team and report directly to the VIP President and CTO.

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  • Sales Engineer
    Location: India

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