What we do

Orgone Development LLC (OrgoneBD) develops infrastructure assets in the areas of power, gas, renewable energy (renewables) and water. We have proven to be successful at leveraging local contacts and a finger-feel for energy needs of the Sub-Saharan Africa power sector, its fuel mix and key challenges of its fastest growing economies to develop a pineline of projects that directly address local problems to solve regional issues in a sustainable fashion.OrgoneBD has 5 subsidiaries: 4 of which are operations management (OM) arms that run the day-to day activities associated with the infrastructure (infra) assets that OrgoneBD develops or acquires. These 4 subsidiaries are:

  • Orgone Power InfraOM
  • Orgone Gas InfraOM
  • Orgone Renewables InfraOM
  • Orgone Wtaer InfraOM
  • 1 of which is a Business Intelligence (management consulting) arm that uses objective data analytics and on-the-ground market intelligence to support OrgoneBD’s robust system planning, asset (infrastructure) management, and business continuity using a sound and transparent approach to decision making. The business intelligence group also delivers knowledge transfer services that will systematically build the capacity of local content to ensure prolonged infrastructure life, efficient operations and self sustenance to deliver shared value for all stakeholders.This subsidiary is: Orgone Business Intelligence Group (OrgoneBIG)

How We Operate

Infrastructure Planning:

We provide infrastructure planning support by taking into account our deep understanding of the supply and demand for the services provided by utilities to develop solutions that solve local issues while addressing regional problems.We utilize objective data analytics and on-the-ground market intelligence to support robust system planning, asset (infrastructure) management, and business continuity using a transparent approach to decision making.

Project Development:

We seek project development opportunities to develop much-needed infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa. We are committed to knowledge transfer to our local (country in which project is located) sub-contractors and service providers via cross training and shared responsibilities throughout the full life cycle of project planning, project development and project operations.

Investment Management:

We develop projects for an infrastructure fund (owned by LPs – Limited Partnerships and a GP – General Partnership) that are made up of investors. This infrastructure fund acts as a stand-alone, robust ownership and strategic investment management mechanism. The infrastructure fund has a portfolio of investments (assets) under management. The infrastructure fund comprises of contributions from investors to include public pension funds, corporate pension funds, insurance companies, family offices, high net-worth individuals, endowments, foundations, funds-of-funds, sovereign wealth funds and others. The GP is a private equity firm that provides fund or investment management for the infrastructure fund.

Operations Management:

We operate our portfolio of infrastructure investments (assets or projects) by general category of infrastructure type such as water, gas, power and renewables. Our operations management team is made up of a team of seasoned utility and industry leaders who run the day-to-day activities of the infrastructure assets. Our operations and management team is supported by the infrastructure fund to ensure strategic alignment of objectives to cultivate a streamlined operations and a sustained high-performance atmosphere.

Vision

To become the preferred solutions that takes into account the full energy eco-system to ensure that our infrastructure across the African continent. To deliver intergrated solutions that takes into account the full energy eco-system to ensure that our infrastructure developments are sustainable while they provide the maximum return on investment for our investors. To deliver solutions that support that support quality service delivery to our clients’ end-users.

Mission

Our mission is to transfer technical knowlegde and management skills on infratructure planning, design, engineering, construction, testing and maintenance to local sub-contractors to help improve the quality of the local workforce. Provide electricity, water and gas to underdeveloped areas. The safety of our employees and sub-contractors, the sustainability of the environment as well as thye quality of our work are our top prioties.

Values

  • Open Communication
  • Alignment
  • Intergrity
  • Teamwork
  • Continous Improvement
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Leadership Biographies – Dr. Kwaku Amexo, Internal Medicine Specialist

Dr. Kwaku Amexo has over 25 years of experience as a physician with a specialty in internal medicine. He has a proven track record of success in team building and strategy development both as a healthcare practitioner and as a businessman. He brings with him a global perspective, having earned his medical degree in the Ukraine, and completed his medical residency in his native country of Ghana, West Africa. He currently practices medicine in the United States of America. Born and raised in Ghana, Dr. Amexo has a strong understanding of the cultural context in which business is conducted in the country.

Dr. Amexo completed medical school at Vinnitsa Medical Institute in Ukraine, Eastern Europe and then moved to Ghana to complete internships in general surgery and internal medicine at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi. He then moved on to complete an additional internship in internal medicine at the Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Amexo completed his residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Leadership Biographies – Paul Barry, Former Chief Financial officer of Pepco Holdings Inc. (PHI)

Mr. Barry brings with him over 27 years of management experience and has guided several multi-national executive teams overseeing global operations, strategic planning, and financial reporting. Mr. Barry possesses deep operational experience in the mining, power, and energy sectors. From 2011 to 2012, Mr. Barry served as CFO of Kinross Gold Corporation (NYSE: KGC, TSE: K), where he oversaw $16.5 billion of assets, raised $5 billion in new debt financing, and advised the Board regarding capital spending across four global regions. In 2010, Mr. Barry served as Senior Advisor to Austin Beutner, First Deputy Mayor & Chief Executive for Economic and Business Policy at the City of Los Angeles, on strategic and financial matters primarily concerning the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP), the largest municipal utility in the U.S.

Leadership Biographies – Rodney Dickens, Former President of Allegheny Power (now FirstEnergy)

Mr. Dickens has over 34 years of professional electric utility experience, serving in a number of management and operations functions (Project and Construction Management, Reliability Centered Maintenance, Storm Restoration, Distribution and Transmission Planning, Regulatory Strategy, Capital Investment Optimization, and Asset Management); and most recently served as President of Allegheny Energy (now FirstEnergy) from 2009 to 2012. At Allegheny Energy, he was responsible for all aspects of utility operations for this multi-state utility from strategy formulation, P&L responsibility to tactical execution.

Leadership Biographies – Charles H. Ricker, President: MADA Power LLC & Ricker Strategic Advisors LLC

Charlie Ricker, was the first employee of BrightSource Energy, one of the world’s largest and most successful developers of utility-scale solar power projects. He served as its Senior Vice President of Business Development from its founding in January, 2006, developed the company’s business plan, helped raise its equity capital, and led its sales efforts with major utilities and energy companies. His work at BrightSource resulted in a long list of major accomplishments, including: Leading the team that built a project pipeline of 2.4 GW of signed solar power purchase agreements, with a constructed value of over $10 Billion – the largest project backlog in the solar industry. He also led the team that developed the $2.2 Billion Ivanpah Solar Power Generation Project, construction of which has just been completed by Bechtel Power. Now in commercial operation, Ivanpah is the largest solar power generating facility in the world, producing enough electricity for 140,000 homes. He initiated and led BrightSource’s successful effort to secure a $1.6 Billion DOE Loan Guarantee for the BrightSource project.

Bob Henry, Chief Operating Officer, Pole Set Inc.

Mr. Bob Henry is an experienced energy industry executive with proven success building and leading high performing teams, satisfying customer needs, and developing a culture of continuous improvement. He has a comprehensive background in strategy and execution leadership. He is a self-motivated collaborative problem solver and innovative thinker who seeks new challenges to stretch abilities, expand knowledge and bring greater returns to his employer. Bob currently serves as the COO of PoleSet, Inc., a company that provides turnkey services for engineering and construction of electric power line and substation projects. PoleSet specializes in building high voltage facilities in rugged terrain. At PoleSet, Bob is responsible for day-to-day operations including P&L, customer management, engineering, construction, supply chain, fleet management, personnel and safety.

Bob earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

Ernest Ako-Adjei, Former Senior Country Advisor for Ghana, World Bank

Ernest Ako-Adjei built most of his career at the World Bank, where he played a central role in the various programs initiated between the government of Ghana and the World Bank. These programs span across the regimes of former President Jerry John Rawlings and former President John Ajekum Kuffour, both of Ghana. He retired from the World Bank in 2008 and has since been concentrating on reviving a 50 acre cocoa farm in his village. He has also been involved in some non-governmental-organization (NGO) work with NADMO, to distribute second hand clothing, donated by a Buddhist group in Japan. NADMO is the National Disaster Management Organization that is the government agency responsible for the management of disasters as well as other emergencies in Ghana

Leadership Biographies – George Agyen, Regional Vice President, The Hanover Insurance Group

Mr. George Agyen has over 22 years of leadership and management experience in the Property & Casualty Insurance Industry with a focus in risk management, Field operations, and developing Independent Agency distribution network.

Since 2012, he has been the Regional Vice President for the Midwest Region at the Hanover Insurance Group, where he is responsible for providing strategic direction, product distribution, and territorial management of the commercial lines insurance operations for his assigned territory. The Hanover Group is ranked amongst the top 25 property and causality insurers in the United States. Prior to joining Hanover, he spent 9 years with CNA Insurance Company, where he held various leadership positions, including Senior Vice President and Zone Officer for their Mid-Atlantic Region.

Leadership Biographies – Emmanuel Offiong, Director Information Technology at Quidsi (an Amazon company)

Emmanuel Offiong is responsible for the strategic technology vision for Orgone Development LLC. He is a senior technology executive with extensive experience in building successful teams and partnerships and creating synergies across diverse global organizations. His technology experience coupled with his unique business acumen has given him the ability to solve business problems on a global scale.

He has led major technology projects in Fortune 500 companies in Asia, North America and West Africa with an emphasis on creating value, effective communication and managing organizational change. More recently he has worked as a technology consultant to a major power generation company in Ghana on future power generation using optimization models to determine the feasibility of leveraging liquefied natural gas as a long-term strategy of alternative fuel sources.

Leadership Biographies – Kwabena Okrah (Koby), Power Engineer & Management Consultant

Kwabena Okrah is an electrical engineer with power infrastructure planning, engineering, construction and maintenance experience with fortune 500 companies. He has the ability to raise capital, select primary contractors, direct permitting and financing efforts, oversee project execution, and manage project operations. He has several years of hands-on work experience within the utility space in Ghana and North America with a focus on operations management. He leverages core capabilities such as benchmarking and long term planning to deliver quantifiable results that are sustainable. He utilizes innovative approaches of problem solving, thought and project leadership to consistently achieve the bottom line. He leverages relationships to solve problems and develop business opportunities. Kwabena is an advocate for social enterprise through impact investing.

Joe Belechak, Former COO of Duquesne Light

Mr. Joe Belechak is a versatile, global, strategic executive with over 30 years of energy and manufacturing industry experience and achievement in the electric utility, nuclear, gas, communications, energy services, construction and synthetic fuels businesses. He is an authentic, passionate and driven leader who has consistently created value for stakeholders and clients. He has the intuitive ability to see possibilities and inspire people to help build a top-decile performing utility and helped the leading global nuclear energy company achieve significant growth in revenue and earnings. Joe is currently the COO at DCK Worldwide (a global provider of innovative building solutions, specializing in complex projects – including remote locations) where he leads the company’s global operations and strategy development.

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Orgone Foundation

To continuously create shared value, we use a high local content strategy
to promote the transfer of knowledge and the creation of wealth via job
provision and the stimulation of local economies. This is done through the patronage of local goods and services. To promote sustainable development,
we work directly with regional, national, town or city governments, policy makers, development partners and
infrastructure owners to implement ancillary solution such as:

    • Training Institutions or Programs to Improve the Skill-set of Local Content for Project Contruction, Infrastructure Planning, Infrastructure Operations & Maintenance (O&M), Infrastructure Management and Infrastructure Strategy
      Development
      • Building relationships with foundations, Original Equipment Manufrastructurers
        (OEMs) and other Stakeholders to Develop Revenue Generating CSR
        Opportunities
      • Health Care Provision Programs
      • Environmental Protection Programs
      • Women Empowerment Programs
      • Mentoring (Science & Math) Programs
      • Provision of ICT to the Poor
      • Corporate Governance

You may learn more through the Orgone Foundation website: www.orgonefoundation.org