The Fenix team is comprised of highly trained energy innovators with experience in off-grid energy, high quality engineering, volume manufacturing as well as sales, marketing and distribution in emerging markets. After studying at top academic institutions including Stanford, Yale, MIT, and Brown University, the team gained extensive private sector experience and developed deep expertise in product design, engineering, manufacturing, and marketing while working for corporations including Apple Computer and Hewlett-Packard.
Mike Lin is the founder and CEO of Fenix International. A serial entrepreneur, Mike previously founded Vestal Design, an award-winning design firm, and B.MINIMA, an eco-solutions company. He has also lectured environmental engineering and design at Stanford as well as social entrepreneurship at Yale. Mike has served on the board of advisors to several eco-startups, consulted for Apple on climate change and environmental toxins, advised a sustainable design project with the d.school and Wal-Mart and worked with Al Gore on the “Inconvenient Truth” presentation as part of The Climate Project. Mike is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional, a recipient of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Award, Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award and BusinessWeek IDEA Award. Mike earned both his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Brian is a seasoned entrepreneur, engineer and operations manager with experience in fast-growth, high-volume consumer electronics manufacturing. Brian was an early member of the Apple iPod operations team, and was the operations lead for the development and introduction of the iPod mini. Brian went on to manage the introduction of a number of iPod products and manufacturing processes, and was responsible for evaluating and bringing up new production facilities in Taiwan, China, and Europe. Brian has also worked at startups in Boston and San Francisco, including co-founding Potenco. Brian earned a BS from Brown University and MS in Materials Engineering from MIT.
Global Business Development Manager
Peter is an entrepreneur and filmmaker with a passion for renewable energy in emerging markets. A fluent Swahili speaker, he has spent several years in East Africa where he launched a mobile cinema startup, managed an American NGO, and directed the TV Production Programme at St. Augustine University of Tanzania. In business school, Peter worked with Fleishman-Hillard to market its sustainability practice and with Impact Carbon to scale carbon finance for clean cookstoves in developing countries. Peter has also directed two award-winning films, “Into the Light” and “On the Line,” and co-founded a boutique digital marketing firm. While completing his BA in Film Production at Loyola Marymount University, Peter authored the proposal for a 725kW solar installation that won the 2003 EPA Green Power Leadership Award. He earned his MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School.
Lyndsay Holley Handler, Business Development & Sales Manager, Kampala
Lyndsay is passionate about rural business development, social entrepreneurship and renewable energy in East Africa and has been working on the ground in these fields since 2003, when she first traveled to East Africa while studying International Relations at Stanford University. During this time, Lyndsay has served as the Senior Director of Programs and Innovation for Village Enterprise, founded a rural solar company to pilot innovative marketing, distribution, and financing strategies for BOP markets and created the I AM an Entrepreneur program for young women in Kenya. Lyndsay was also a co-founding board member of Bahati Education and a Fellow with the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford. Most recently, while at Village Enterprise, Lyndsay worked with entrepreneurs in the most remote areas of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania to start over 5,000 microenterprises in a wide range of agriculture, retail and service industries. In addition to working on high impact social ventures, Lyndsay enjoys coaching and playing Ultimate Frisbee with the Ugandan Ultimate Team and building her solar-powered house and farm on the Nile River in Uganda with her husband Nick and daughter Julia.
Paul Jehlen, Senior Mechanical Engineer
Paul leads the design and testing of Fenix’s mechanical and generator systems. He has nearly a decade of experience building human powered devices, and his prior work includes land-based solar concentrators, pico-scale wind turbines, competitive human powered vehicles and human powered generators. Paul earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on mechanical systems from the University of Central Florida.
Andrew Boice, Senior Electrical Engineer
Andrew is a senior electrical engineer at Fenix working on enhancements to the existing ReadySet platform as well as spearheading forward looking R&D. He is an Electrical and Computer Engineer by training and has extensive experience in the design of high-speed microprocessor, DSP and programmable logic based systems. Previously a 5+ year member of the electronic product design firm Indesign LLC, Andrew has been the lead electrical designer on product design teams for companies ranging from Fortune 100 down to burgeoning startups. Products he has designed include Zigbee wireless temperature monitoring nodes, power electronics control circuitry for a family of cardiovascular exercise equipment, and even Linux driven graphical touch screen controllers. His technical expertise also extends to firmware and embedded software development and he has developed software for a wide array of embedded applications. Andrew holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and a MS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.