The initiators

Willem Dólleman

Born in the Netherlands in 1952, Willem Dólleman grew up on a farm in the Dutch province of Flevoland. After graduating from Agricultural College, in 1978, he moved to northern Tanzania to work as a farm manager for Dutch seed company Royal Sluis. In 1983, Dólleman started working in Nanyuki (Kenya) for another Dutch seed house, Pop Vriend. In 1989, Dólleman and his wife started their own business, drying flowers and fruit for decorative purposes for export to Europe. This was followed in 1994 by another business, Vitacress Kenya, growing and packing of vegetables for export to the European retailers. During this period Dólleman was instrumental in setting up a practical training school for the Kenyan horticulture industry in Thika. These days, Dólleman is the chairman of the Winds of Change Foundation.

John Thiong’o Mwangi 

John Mwangi was born in Kenya in 1953. He completed his formal primary education in Kirinyaga county before moving to Nairobi for secondary and higher education. After leaving school, Mwangi worked for Brollo Kenya (a subsidiary of Zambezi Investments) and the Industrial & Commercial Development Corporation (a parastatal of the Kenyan government) as marketing manager. He later went on to set up his own business in import/export trading and real estate. This activity continued until joining Chris Staubo and Carlo van Wageningen in Anset Africa, a project management and development company, as a partner.

Kasper Paardekooper 

Kasper Paardekooper was born in Groningen (the Netherlands) in 1966. He obtained a law degree from the University of Nijmegen, and in 1991, he began his professional career as a registrar in the District Court and the Court of Appeal in Arnhem. Subsequently (in 1999), he joined the law firm CMS Derks Star Busmann. As a lawyer, he advised numerous players in the wind energy sector (such as project developers, public institutions, utilities), on both onshore and offshore wind projects. In 2005, he founded KP Advies, and became active as an independent legal advisor in the Dutch Wind Energy Sector. In addition, Paardekooper is director of Wisse Wind, a company owning and operating a wind farm in the Dutch province of Zeeland. He has held board positions in PAWEX (Association for Dutch wind turbine owners) and NWEA (Dutch Wind Energy Association) for many years. Paardekooper is director of KP&P Africa, since its incorporation in 2006.

Christopher Staubo

Chris Staubo was born in Oslo in 1964. He moved to Madrid with his parents in the early 1970s, where he attended secondary school. Staubo completed his further education at Fettes College in Edinburgh (UK) before obtaining a Master’s degree in Economics and International Relations from Aberdeen University. Since then he held a range of senior management positions in Kenya, amongst others with the D.T. Dobie Group, the  franchise holder for large automotive brands (Mercedes Benz, Nissan and Hino) in Kenya. He also worked for Dresdner Bank and Prudential Bache Securities in London. During more recent times, Staubo worked as a financial and/or logistic consultant for various projects in the Kenyan infrastructure sector. Staubo is currently the regional representative for Anset Africa, a project management and development company. 

Carlo van Wageningen 

Carlo van Wageningen was born in Rome in 1957. He lived in north and west Africa with his parents from 1958 to 1969, before returning to Rome to finish his higher education. From 1976 to 1988, Van Wageningen worked in various capacities for the United Nations Food & Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Food Program. In this role, he was respectively stationed in Italy, Niger, Benin and Zimbabwe. In 1988, he moved to the private sector and was posted in Nairobi as Director Africa for the FATA European Group. In 1993, he set up his own business in the Kenyan manufacturing industry and he continues to invest in Kenya to this day. His current investments primarily focus on Anset International, a chemical indent company, and Anset Africa, a project management and development company.

Harry Wassenaar 

Harry Wassenaar was born in the Dutch Noordoostelijke Polder in 1952. He was raised on the family farm and went on to study at Agricultural College. Wassenaar took over the family farm in 1984. In 1993, he built his first wind turbine and one year later he founded the Association for Wind Turbine Owners IJsselmeerpolders (WWIJ). In 1999, he sold the farm and started working full time in the wind energy industry as an independent entrepreneur. Wassenaar is director of Wisse Wind, a company owning and operating a wind farm in the Dutch province of Zeeland, and is co-owner of several wind energy projects. Furthermore, he is chairman of the Supervisory Board of Growind, a company owning and operating a 63 MW wind farm in Eemshaven (the Netherlands).

Henk Hutting

Henk Hutting was born in Leeuwarden (the Netherlands) in 1952, and he holds a Masters Degree in Physics from the University of Twente. Hutting started his career in wind energy in 1982, when he joined KEMA. His primary focus was on wind farm research and design, later on expanding to consultancy and implementation. In 2003, he became the CEO of WinWind, a Dutch wind project development company, and Breeze Renewable Energy (UK). In 2006, he got involved (also as CEO) in Growind, a 60 MW wind farm in the Netherlands, and in 2007, he joined NuCapital, to lead the green field development of energy projects in the Caribbean and South and Middle America. Hutting has actively been involved in the development and operations of numerous wind farms in the Netherlands and on Curaçao, Aruba, Jamaica and Kenya.

Nick Taylor

Nick Taylor was born in Kisumu (Kenya) in 1969. After having attended the Hampshire College of Agriculture in Winchester (UK), he returned to Kenya to work on a large cattle ranch and an establishment, farming both agriculture and livestock. Between 1991 and 1995, he took on a logistics position in a tour firm, providing African safaris under canvas in Kenya and Uganda. Thereafter, he changed his career by venturing into shipping and logistics with various international firms. In 2006, Taylor was approached by LTWP to conduct logistical route surveys, and in 2009, he joined LTWP as Chief Operations Officer (COO). Taylor has vast knowledge of the Kenyan tribal cultures and traditions, and worked very closely with the Samburu, Turkana and Rendille around Lake Turkana. In 2013, the Samburu community of L’donyo Mara honoured him with the use of a parcel of their ancestral land and so Koros Camp was born.

Edmond Schieke

Ed Schieke was born in the Hague (the Netherlands) in 1945. He holds a master degree in electrical power engineering from the Delft University of Technology. After finishing his study, he has been working for several years in mainly Arabic countries for an international engineering company in the oil industry. In 1979, he became the managing director of an electricity distribution company, named GEB Naaldwijk, where he introduced CHP (Combined Heat and Power) installations based on gas engines in horticulture. From 1987 to 1996, he was CEO at a gas and electricity distribution company, Nutsbedrijf Westland. Hereafter, Schieke worked in Belgium as an independent consultant on several scientific EU projects (e.g. on the development of energy saving elevators and the development of a clean cycle for industrial laundries on liquid CO2 base). Later on, he was actively involved in the development of several wind farms in Poland.