EnerGaia is led by a highly experienced management team whose collective experiences and knowledge allow the company to continually innovate, delivering the best solutions and products possible. The EnerGaia team is made effective through the hard work and passion of every employee. From our microbiology team, to our installation and processing staff, every EnerGaia employee is integral to the company’s success and shares a common vision of sustainably producing and delivering the world’s finest algae products.
Founder & CEO
Saumil is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA USA. He holds both a Bachelors and Masters in Aerospace Engineering. After completing his schooling, he worked for 3 years as an aircraft engine design engineer for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engines before moving to General Electric. Over a period of more than 14 years at GE, Saumil held various positions including roles as a field engineer, Six Sigma Black Belt, commercial director (technical sales), lead contract negotiator, North America commercial operations leader, market development director focusing on renewables in Thailand, and Asia Pacific product line GM for thermal services. His corporate experience includes design engineer, industrial engineering, drafting commercial contracts, sales, marketing, business development, and leading teams ranging from 3 – 65 persons.
Smallholder Program Manager
Cody has an Economics degree from Lafayette College. She worked for JP Morgan for four years as a project manager and controls officer. In 2017, she decided to leave that behind, looking to combine her pension for travel with her passion for creating opportunities for others. Since then she spent time volunteering for a product loan company in Maungu, Kenya and an anti-corruption company in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She spent the last six months at Kiva working on the Strategic Initiatives team helping to grow the direct to social enterprise program. This program helps small companies that fall into the ‘missing middle’ gain access to zero interest loans and promotes growth allowing these companies to continue their impactful missions.
Ezra Noon-Song is a graduate of the University of Florida, in Gainesville, FL USA. He holds a Bachelors in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Cell Science. His published research specializes in characterizing the biochemical and biophysical properties of cells, and he has created multiple cellular based assays. He is proficient in creating custom cell lines and optimizing them for product development. After completing his education he worked in the US as a postdoctoral researcher developing immunological assays for screening candidate antiviral vaccines. Prior to joining EnerGaia he also worked for 3 years as an instructor of cell biology and chemistry, teaching hundreds of students as well as other scientists. Besides his knowledge of analytical chemistry and molecular biology techniques, he brings a passion for working collectively to develop and test creative solutions to improve the world.
IT & Software Director
Dev Appanah brings 14 years of combined experience in impact investing, entrepreneurship and software development. He has a Bachelor of Economics from Thammasat University and an MBA from the University of Liverpool. He was Investment Manager in Southeast Asia for LGT Impact Ventures, where he was responsible for sourcing companies and performing due diligence. He started his first company in 2010 where he secured angel and venture capital funding which got acquired in 2012. Recently he’s managed product development for high profile clients such as Telenor and LINE. He’s also published a book on social entrepreneurship – Startup & Change the World.
Jenna has a Master’s degree in private law and business law from Université Catholique de Madagascar. At EnerGaia, she works on preparing documents for the company’s operations around the world as well as supporting the development of business contracts with customers and suppliers.
Systems R&D Manager
Muhammet studied Industrial Biotechnology at the University of Biberach, Germany. There he focused his projects on novel methods of micro-algae utilization, such as heavy metal purification from ground water and pigment production. He further advanced on micro- algae specialization during his next year in Amsterdam, where he was occupied in the EU funded Cofert Project. He succeeded to develop methods of extracting and applying micro-algae metabolites as a sustainable fertilizer alternative for crops. Currently, he is the Operations Supervisor at EnerGaia Co. Ltd., overseeing the installation and production process of Spirulina growth systems at the headquarters in Bangkok and abroad and developing more efficient bioraector designs.
Shounak holds a Master’s degree in aquaculture from Bangladesh Agricultural University. He has worked in industry for over a decade with experience in in fishery inputs, fishery management, aqua services, and management of fishery and aqua portfolios. Since joining EnerGaia in November 2017, he has been critical in planning, installing, and operationalizing the farm projects in Bangladesh. In addition to his in-country duties, he also provides valuable research and insight into improving EnerGaia’s aquaculture practices and efficiencies.
Piyaphong is a very experienced Production manager in the food industry. He’s been the production manager at Mission Health Foods for the past 10 years. At EnerGaia Thailand he will oversee production across all farms in the country.
Bonnie B. Hobbs, AIA helps EnerGaia to develop best practices for farming spirulina on rooftops and in rural communities. She brings her skills as a problem solver and designer, as well as experience in installations and scale-ups of systems in a variety of contexts. She helps with the expansion of spirulina farms to other Indian Ocean countries for EnerGaia’s project with the Blue Economy Challenge. Before moving to Bangkok, Bonnie, a licensed architect and interior designer, was practicing in Hingham, Massachusetts where she focused on the preservation of antique homes and sustainable building methods. She was also an adjunct instructor and thesis adviser of interior architecture at the Boston Architectural College. Bonnie holds a Masters Degree in Design Studies with a concentration in Housing and Urbanization from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California at Berkeley.