Overview

Overview

The SOLshare Story

SOLshare is a cleantech company, founded in 2014~2015, consisting of a team of tech pioneers fully based out of Dhaka. 

Our globally recognized SOLbazaar has developed into an energy marketplace to fight access deficits to sustainable energy services. Via our SOLbazaar platform, equip vulnerable communities with awesome energy services, creating synergies between energy and transport to provide access to clean affordable energy, micro-mobility services, financially inclusive PAYG technology and IoT devices, and C&I solar rooftop installations

Management


Dr. Sebastian Groh
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Chairman of the Board

Dr. Groh is a 2013 Stanford Ignite Fellow from Stanford Graduate School of Business and holds a Ph.D. from Aalborg University and the Postgraduate School Microenergy Systems at the TU Berlin where he wrote his doctoral thesis on the role of energy in development processes, energy poverty & technical innovations, with a special focus on Bangladesh.

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Aziza Sultana Mukti Director of Operations

Aziza Sultana Mukti has a background in Science and Business Administration and over 15 years of experience in the blend of retail and development sector in Bangladesh. Aziza was previously on the management team of BRAC’s Aarong enterprise, holding department head roles in Merchandising, Social Compliance, Producer Development, and Process Development over her tenure. 

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Hannes Kirchhoff
Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Co- Founder

Hannes Kirchhoff grew up in Germany and the U.S. and has lived in South Africa, Tanzania, and Bangladesh.   He is an energy and process engineer by background, holds a master’s degree in renewable energy systems engineering, and pursues a Ph.D. on DC microgrids.  As the CTO of SOLshare he is responsible for the provision of prepaid and energy-exchange platforms for energy access technologies. 

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Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed Director of Engineering & Innovation

Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed completed his Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), the University of Dhaka in 2003 and Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical & Electronics from Chittagong University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh in 1994. So far in his career, he has worked with several renowned organizations like Rahimafrooz, Bangladesh Power Development Board, Linde Bangladesh Ltd., etc.

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Daniel Ciganovic
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Co-Founder

Daniel Ciganovic holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Trier with a specialization in Monetary Economics and Social Psychology. He has more than ten years of experience in business development and international development projects and has worked in Germany, Serbia, and Bangladesh. As Co-Founder and CFO of SOLshare, Daniel is leading the business as well as SOLshare’s development activities and is overseeing our financials.

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Isa Abrar Ahmed Director of Product & Business Development

Isa Abrar has more than 10 years of experience in technology through his previous roles. Prior to SOLshare he has led sBusiness.xyz (Sheba Platform Ltd), a B2B SAAS company, several large-scale ICT projects with Bikroy.com, Samsung Electronics as a Product Manager for IT Products and local esteemed conglomerate aamra Companies.

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Eshrat Waris Director of Products & Business *On Sabbatical

Eshrat Waris is a product development and business strategy specialist based in Bangladesh’s technology sector. She is the Business Designer at SOLshare – a P2P energy trading platform serving off-grid rural communities. Previously, she led the Technology for Development team of the Skills Development Programme at BRAC, where she deployed solutions for customers in the informal economy.

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The SOLshare Story

SOLshare is a cleantech company, founded in 2014~2015, consisting of a team of tech pioneers fully based out of Dhaka. 

Our globally recognized SOLbazaar has developed into an energy marketplace to fight access deficits to sustainable energy services. Via our SOLbazaar platform, equip vulnerable communities with awesome energy services, creating synergies between energy and transport to provide access to clean affordable energy, micro-mobility services, financially inclusive PAYG technology and IoT devices, and C&I solar rooftop installations

Management


Dr. Sebastian Groh
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Chairman of the Board

Dr. Groh is a 2013 Stanford Ignite Fellow from Stanford Graduate School of Business and holds a Ph.D. from Aalborg University and the Postgraduate School Microenergy Systems at the TU Berlin where he wrote his doctoral thesis on the role of energy in development processes, energy poverty & technical innovations, with a special focus on Bangladesh.

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Aziza Sultana Mukti has a background in Science and Business Administration and over 15 years of experience in the blend of retail and development sector in Bangladesh. Aziza was previously on the management team of BRAC’s Aarong enterprise, holding department head roles in Merchandising, Social Compliance, Producer Development, and Process Development over her tenure. 

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Aziza Sultana Mukti Director of Operations

Hannes Kirchhoff
Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Co- Founder

Hannes Kirchhoff grew up in Germany and the U.S. and has lived in South Africa, Tanzania, and Bangladesh.   He is an energy and process engineer by background, holds a master’s degree in renewable energy systems engineering, and pursues a Ph.D. on DC microgrids.  As the CTO of SOLshare he is responsible for the provision of prepaid and energy-exchange platforms for energy access technologies. 

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Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed completed his Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), the University of Dhaka in 2003 and Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical & Electronics from Chittagong University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh in 1994. So far in his career, he has worked with several renowned organizations like Rahimafrooz, Bangladesh Power Development Board, Linde Bangladesh Ltd., etc.

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Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed Director of Engineering & Innovation

Daniel Ciganovic
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Co-Founder

Daniel Ciganovic holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Trier with a specialization in Monetary Economics and Social Psychology. He has more than ten years of experience in business development and international development projects and has worked in Germany, Serbia, and Bangladesh. As Co-Founder and CFO of SOLshare, Daniel is leading the business as well as SOLshare’s development activities and is overseeing our financials.

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Isa Abrar has more than 10 years of experience in technology through his previous roles. Prior to SOLshare he has led sBusiness.xyz (Sheba Platform Ltd), a B2B SAAS company, several large-scale ICT projects with Bikroy.com, Samsung Electronics as a Product Manager for IT Products and local esteemed conglomerate aamra Companies.

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Isa Abrar Ahmed Principal - Product & Business Development

Eshrat Waris Director of Products & Business *On Sabbatical

Eshrat Waris is a product development and business strategy specialist based in Bangladesh’s technology sector. She is the Business Designer at SOLshare – a P2P energy trading platform serving off-grid rural communities. Previously, she led the Technology for Development team of the Skills Development Programme at BRAC, where she deployed solutions for customers in the informal economy.

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HISTORY

While having worked as a consultant for many years around the globe with the goal of bringing together microfinance and decentralized energy supply, as well as dwelled in scientific research throughout his Ph.D. on the role of energy in development processes, Dr. Sebastian Groh was exposed to a variety of innovative energy solutions, and their shortcomings. He was most amazed by the solar home system program in Bangladesh with 85,000 systems installed in the single month of November 2014 when he first came there.

Along with a couple of colleagues, they found that among the millions of systems in the field there is a vast amount of excess energy (up to 30%) and at the same time everybody needs more power but is constrained by their system respective system design. It became clear then that access to electricity is critical for a remote village, but it is the flexibility and profitability of energy usage that provides the key ingredient for innovation and change leading to sustainable development in a wider sense.

Access to electricity is also crucial but more so than that is the flexibility and profitability behind energy usage that leads to real change towards sustainable development. Presently, with 1.75 million electric vehicles on the road, the country is hosting yet another booming market.​​ However, the current charging infrastructure makes for shorter battery time with higher interest rates, barring EV drivers from reaching their full potential income.

And thus, SOLshare was born out of a call to serve the lowest echelon of society, providing safe and affordable models for providing electricity through our revolutionary approach to mobilizing energy and transport, managing power flows efficiently between devices via P2P technology.