Our Team

 

JUABAR TEAM

OLIVIA NAVA

CEO

Olivia Nava is driven by her empathy to understand what drives people’s behaviors. She employs design-thinking methodology to creatively and collaboratively develop solutions to old systemic problems, such as health disparities, economic insecurity and climate change. Her work has led her through designing HIV programs in Mozambique and promoting food systems through healthcare philanthropy at Tides. Olivia has her BA in Classics from UCLA and MBA in Design Strategy from California College of the Arts.

SACHI DECOU

Director of Connectivity

Sachi is a designer, researcher, artist, entrepreneur and ambidextrous thinker. She has spent the last ten years pursuing a career in design and community engagement, both in the U.S., Mexico, Europe and now East Africa. Inspired by a passion for connecting design, technology and business she finished an MBA in Design Strategy at CCA in San Francisco in 2012. She now spends much of her time in Tanzania working on the ground with our team to design Juabar offerings and grow the network to bring profitable opportunities to our franchisees and the entire company.

GODFREY MALLYA

Operations Coordinator

Godfrey Mallya works as an Accounting Consultant at ARTI Energy Limited and serves as the Operational Coordinator for Juabar. He facilitates community access to mobile solar charging products. He is passionate about working with communities which need alternative energy for much needed services as well as as a means to enhance environmental protection. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance (BA-AF) from Moshi University College of Cooperative and Business Studies (MUCCoBS).

 

RACHEL GANT

Designer

Rachel is an Industrial Designer with a background in Architecture. She translates design intent into appropriately beautiful yet functional solutions which bring clarity not only to the direct users, but add conversation to the larger contexts at play. Also a founding partner of Yield Design Co, Rachel explores the intersection of design and business, focusing on creating thoughtful products in tune with logical and efficient manufacturing processes.

 

ADVISORS

AISHA SYKES

Aisha Sykes has dedicated her career to improving the lives and well-being of underserved East Africans through non-profit, governmental, and commercial sectors. Her career has taken her from working in collaboration with the higher levels of government to implementing and evaluating development programs alongside local communities. From working with higher levels of government and private sector stakeholders to coordinate the integration of refugees in Tanzania, to managing the rollout of internal organizational systems across a team working across three countries, Aisha is able to manage people toward shared goals and vision. She brings to Juabar knowledge on Tanzania, a wealth of contacts, and grounding in the local context. Aisha currently works as Senior Advisor at Twaweza, a citizen-centered initiative focusing on large-scale change in East Africa, where she is responsible for the management of change and knowledge, donor coordination, and pulling together the organization’s new strategy. She has a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Cape Town, and an MSc in Public Policy and Management from the School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

JASPAL SANDHU

Jaspal’s primary focus is on human-centered design for technology and service innovation for social impact globally. He is a co-founder of and partner at the Gobee Group. Through Gobee, he and his teams engage in systematic innovation with international non-profit organizations, governments, foundations, and technology corporations. His countries of work experience include the United States, India, Guatemala, Uganda, Bangladesh, Kenya, Nigeria, Mexico, South Africa, Qatar, Japan, and Ghana. He has designed a globally unique graduate public health innovation course and teaches at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to Gobee, he worked with the Mongolian Ministry of Health to research the design of mobile health information systems as a Fulbright scholar in rural Mongolia. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He speaks Punjabi, Spanish, Mongolian, and English.

RAFFI MINASIAN

Raffi Minasian is an award winning designer and manufacturer with expertise in Product and Transportation Design. Raffi has been a key member of multiple start-ups developing brand and product strategies with operational and design focus in manufacturing and fulfillment. Raffi is a pioneer professor for the DMBA graduate program at California College of the Arts where he teaches Innovation. He has lectured at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, San Jose State University, University of Washington and other notable colleges.

SANDJAR KOZUBAEV

Sandjar Kozubaev is an economist and innovation consultant. He is currently a strategy practice lead at InReality, a design agency based in Atlanta, GA. He leads the company’s research, experience strategy and service design consulting engagements for clients across many industries. Prior to InReality, he has led numerous business consulting engagements with Fortune 500 clients working at Deloitte & Touche and KPMG, specializing in global profit management and IP valuation. Sandjar has a BA in economics from Tashkent Oriental Studies Institute (Uzbekistan), an MS in economics from University of St Andrews (UK), and an MBA in Design Strategy from California College of the Arts. He has taught design thinking & strategy in collaboration with United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Uzbekistan. Sandjar is also a research director at the Foresight Education & Research Network, a non-profit dedicated to the professional advancement of futurists and foresight professionals. He is is the author of LayeredThinker.com, a visual blog on critical thinking and strategic foresight.

ROBERT KABERA

Robert is an expert in creating high potential ventures in developing economies. His area of focus in frontier markets private equity is in catalyzing early stage, high-growth technology companies. Trained in General Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) and in Energy Resources Engineering from Stanford University, he is skilled in formulating and implementing strategies that enable the execution of new business ventures both locally and abroad. In addition to previously working at the International Paper Company, Chevron Corp., and Siemens Energy Inc., he has also been on the teaching staff of several exciting courses at the GSB that include: 1) Frontier Markets Private Equity, 2) Strategic Management of Non-Profit Organizations and Social Ventures, and 3) Creating High Potential Ventures in Developing Economies. He speaks Kinyarwanda, Setswana, Kiswahili and English among other languages

 

The original research for Juabar was undertaken in the California College of the Arts, MBA in Design Strategy – Social Ventures Class by Eric Persha, Anna Acquistapace and Olivia Nava.

ANNA ACQUISTAPACE

Anna is a business and design strategist. She bridges business and design objectives using insights-driven strategy to guide the development of meaningful products and experiences. Blending curiosity, creative thinking and analysis, she discovers and leverages opportunity in the service of positive change.

ERIC PERSHA

Eric is a researcher and strategist, and the co-founder and CEO of Mosey (www.themosey.com). Eric’s passion lies in understanding and exploring the cultural context of how people interact with products and services in their daily lives. He mixed this passion with four months of travel over two summers in East Africa, and became immersed in the challenges of distributing solar solutions to populations without power in Tanzania. Prior to Mosey and Juabar, Eric worked as the Director of Digital Research and Strategy for Beyond, helping clients like Google, Hilton and Lenovo create ways to connect with their customers in a deeper, more meaningful way.