Social Venture Africa envisions a world where women and youth are empowered to take their destiny in their own hands and where clean energy is affordable and accessible everyday to everyone.
Eradicate poverty and break gender stereotypes by creating sustainable and innovative market-based opportunities that harness local resources and a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. On this mission, SVAfrica supports entrepreneurship and youth education. Our renewable energy competence center trains marginalized youth as electricians and solar power specialists. Moreover, the center is active in developing solar powers solutions for the local communities, offering opportunities for employment and business creation.
Cristiana Benedetti Fasil is President and co-founder of SVAfrica. Driven by curiosity, passion and a desire to do something meaningful, Cristiana has been involved in different activities in Africa with the aim to empower women and spur entrepreneurship. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the European University Institute and works as a researcher on growth and entrepreneurship for the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. Within SVAfrica she shares responsibilities on strategy, planning, managing and PR activities.
Christoph Bertsch is Chairman of the Board and co-founder of SVAfrica. Christoph’s believes in empowerment through education and his interest is in technology lead Christoph to focus his attention on the technical developments and implementation of the renewable energy competence center, beside sharing planning and managing responsibilities. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the European University Institute and works as a researcher on banking and finance at the Swedish Central Bank.
Senyo Kofi Agbleze is Manager of the Lady Volta Vocational Centre (LVVC), jointly run by Village Exchange Ghana (VEG) and Social Venture Africa (SVA). He holds a degree in Ports and Shipping Administration. Working in a very challenging environment in rural Ghana in 2013 gave him a first-hand experience of the plight of the disadvantaged. Poised to address this challenge, he is engaged in social work to contribute to their empowerment. With Senyo’s believe that this vulnerable group could be empowered through education and entrpreneurship, he joined the LVVC in 2015 and plays a key role in the development of the renewable energy competence center.