Maurice Parets is CEO of Pawame, a provider of consumer-financed solar home systems (SHSs) and other life-changing products to off-grid communities in sub-Saharan Africa. As of mid-2018, Pawame has sold 5,000 systems across Kenya, including Kakuma refugee camp, and aims to scale rapidly to address the challenge of electrifying and serving the 650 million people (70% of the population) in sub-Saharan Africa that don’t have access to grid power.
Prior to Pawame, Maurice was an early employee and spent five years in various roles setting up Nawah Energy, the first nuclear operating company in the Arab world and the licensed operator for 5.4-GW Barakah Nuclear Power Plant nearing completion in Abu Dhabi. He was central to setting up the Operational Readiness Program, and successfully led efforts to negotiate a crucial 14-year, $1b operational support agreement. Prior to Nawah, he co-founded Nuviya, a provider of energy efficiency and demand-side management (DSM) solutions for electrical utilities in the Gulf region.
Earlier in his career Maurice spent three years at Procter & Gamble in the US, where he honed his skills in brand-building and consumer product marketing; and he spent seven years as a nuclear submarine officer in the US Navy, which included multiple Western Pacific deployments out of Hawaii and a stint as an operations planner based in Italy.
Maurice holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University (2004), and M.A. in International Relations from the University of Maryland (1996), and a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy (1995), where he graduated with distinction. He is married and has four children. He speaks several languages and enjoys reading, traveling, and water sports. He is attempting to become a decent guitarist.