Our Team

Yosef Abramowitz, yosef@energiyaglobal.comPresident, and Co-founder

Yosef I. Abramowitz, an American-Israeli human rights activist, educator and entrepreneur is recognized as one of the pioneers of the solar energy industry in both Israel and East Africa. Named by CNN as one of the six top global “Green Pioneers,” by PV Tech as “one of the most inspiring solar CEOs” worldwide, and as Person of the Year by the Israel National Business and Energy Conference, Abramowitz is co-founder of the Arava Power Company, Israel’s leading solar developer. Nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize, Abramowitz heads Energiya Global Capital, an impact investment platform that provides healthy returns to investors while advancing the environmental and humanitarian goals of providing affordable green power to underserved populations as a fundamental human right.

Howie Rodenstein – Chairman of Advisory Board and Acting CFO

Howie Rodenstein served for the past 15 years as CFO of Adheris Inc. a pharmaceutical information services company that he grew from a start-up to its sale for $100 million to inVentiv Health. He earned an MBA with Distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Brandeis University. Howie founded and still chairs an annual charity bike ride that has attracted over a thousand riders and raised over $2.5 million for environmental NGO’s over the past nine years.

Weldon Turner, weldon@energiyaglobal.comCOO

Weldon Turner was previously a senior product manager at RCS Solar, a leading supplier of solar power plants in Europe, Africa and Israel. From 1994 to 1999, Weldon was the Director of International Equity Sales/Trading at Credit Suisse in New York, and from 1985 to 1992 he was a V.P. of Equity Sales/Trading at Salomon Brother in New York. Mr. Turner has been on the Board of Advisors of Thorium Power Company and Portofino Equity Advisors.

Chaim Motzen, Managing Director - chaim@energiyaglobal.com

Chaim is developing the largest solar PV field in East Africa, an 8.5 MW plant in Rwanda. He is a former consultant at McKinsey & Company. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School. Chaim is on the Board of Directors of Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, a world leader in facilitating bone marrow transplants for children and adults suffering from life-threatening diseases.

David M. Herskovits, CEO, Energiya USA - david@energiyausa.com

David, an entrepreneur and environmental activist, was Vice-President of International Business Development for Energiya Global in Israel prior to establishing Energiya USA. Previously he founded Alpha Green Recycling, LLC, a recycling firm in the U.S., and  was Vice President of City Lights Development, an innovative real estate development company with a focus on green construction. He created the U.S. arm of GEANCO, a non-profit organization that raises money to build hospitals and recreation centers in Sub-Saharan Africa. David holds a B.A. in Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises from The Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University.

Michael Fichtenberg, michael@energiyaglobal.comVP Finance

Michael Fichenberg handles finance for both corporate and project finance needs. Michael started his professional career as an entrepreneur in the construction materials business in NYC, where he founded and operated his company in custom materials servicing high-rise buildings in Manhattan. Deciding to move into the clean technology sector, Michael worked at an insurance company at their renewable energy desk, where he dealt with private wealth management, clean technology start-ups, and acquisition/sale of operating solar fields. Joining the Arava Power Company in 2011, Michael worked under the CFO and assisted in raising the debt and equity for 100 mw of solar PV, and the construction and commissioning of Israel’s first medium sized PV field. Michael holds degrees in Finance and Information Technology.

Julian Sinclair, julian@energiyaglobal.comVP Research

Julian Sinclair previously worked on the founding team of Alma Eco-cities Ltd. and has consulted to leading solar energy companies including BrightSource Energy and Arava Power Company, as well as to NGO’s including the UNDP and Friends of the Earth Middle East. Julian began his career as an economist advising the UK government. He holds a Masters in Public Administration specializing in Environmental and Development Economics from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and a BA (First Class Honors) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University.

Sara Halevi, sara.halevi@energiyaglobal.com - Director of Communications

As Director of Communications, Sara brings a wide range of abilities and talent to benefit Energiya Global. An early adapter to the Internet and the world of technology with a background in journalism, theater and psychology, Sara has gained experience over the last 25 years as a recognized leader in strategic communication, excelling in web visibility strategy, writing, branding and multimedia design. She is a published author who facilitates workshops and presentations on communication techniques both in Israel and abroad. Sara holds a BA cum laude from Brandeis University and an MA from John F. Kennedy University.

Chagai Stern, chagai@energiyaglobal.comVP Special Projects

Chagai is an international businessman with years of experience in both commercial and non-profit sectors. He served as a general consultant for CDI (Centrum Development and Investment), one of the largest commercial real estate companies in Poland and as an international consultant for EMF (Empik, Media and Fashion), the largest non-food retail company in central and eastern Europe. Chagai holds a BA in Economy and Logistics a Masters in Law and teaches at Bar Ilan University’s “Entrepreneurship and Law” for the Executive L.L.M. program.

Shoshi Harari, shoshi@energiyaglobal.comBook Keeper & Payroll Manager

Shoshi has over 20 years of experience working in businesses and nonprofit organizations as solo book keeper. She holds a BA in Business Management from Touro College in Jerusalem.

Eli Rapp, eli@energiyaglobal.comOffice Manager

Eli has worked in sales and customer service for a Jerusalem restaurant chain. He volunteers in a number of projects, including “Kids of the Night”, an outreach program for troubled youth in Jerusalem. Eli served in the Golani Brigade of the IDF and is completing his B.A. in Business Management & Technology Marketing at the Jerusalem College of Technology.

Jennifer Posen, jennifer@energiyaglobal.comAssistant to President

Jennifer brings over fifteen years of executive and corporate management experience as well as a BBA in Finance experience to her role as assistant to Yosef Abramowitz. With her calm, no-nonsense approach, if it needs to get done, on-time and well, Jennifer is the go-to person.