About Us

 

ENECHANGE Insight is a programme run by ENECHANGE. The programme was created by a team of entrepreneurs, analysts, researchers, and experts in the energy sector with a goal of facilitating international collaboration and business development – particularly in Japan. Their accomplishments include the creation of successful energy tech startups ENECHANGE and SMAP Energy, internationally renowned business accelerators, and the $100M Japan Energy Fund (JEF).

Formerly managed as Japan Energy Challenge, the programme rebranded in 2021.

Entrepreneurial Experience

The team behind ENECHANGE Insight has successfully founded and scaled companies in the international energy market.

ENECHANGE was founded in 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. It provides one of the most popular energy switching websites in Japan, having 3 million monthly unique visitors, and working with over 50 energy suppliers. It listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in December 2020.

SMAP Energy, based in London, UK provides a SaaS (software as a service) solution enabling utilities to analyse energy consumption data using advanced machine learning techniques. Both companies were founded by the same team in the Cambridge Energy Data Lab at the University of Cambridge (UK).

Building an International Community

Following on the requests from numerous Japanese energy companies served by ENECHANGE and SMAP Energy, in 2018 the team created Japan Energy Challenge to help identify and bring other promising international companies to Japan. Japan Energy Challenge was a hit – leading to numerous investments and pilot projects between Japanese corporates and global energy startups.

This programme evolved into ENECHANGE Insight Ventures in 2021, and further expanded its scope to include Renewables projects in a new industry segment.

Funding Innovation

In 2020, ENECHANGE and SMAP Energy partnered with Daiwa Investment Securities, Looop and Hokuriku Electric Power Company to form Japan Energy Fund—a renewable energy fund promoting investment in assets primarily in emerging economies in the Middle East and Africa as well as in emerging clean energy technologies. The Fund complements the activities of ENECHANGE Insight, which acts as a pipeline for investment.

Our leadership

Yohei Kiguchi

Co-founder & CEO

About Yohei

Yohei is a serial entrepreneur and PhD student at the University of Cambridge with a passion for energy data. Throughout his career, he has founded four companies and has raised over US$15M in funding. Yohei was the second shareholder in Enechange—currently the most popular Japanese energy switching company with over 3M monthly users—and a member of the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe class.

Paul Monroe

UK Office Lead

About Paul
As a previous member of Cambridge Energy Data Lab, Paul has been studying the growth of smart meter data and its applications since 2014. His experience spans roles in engineering, including working for the NASA Glenn Research Center, consulting, research and management. Paul manages the operations of SMAP Energy, including legal, PR, finance, and European business development. He holds a Master of Philosophy in Technology Policy from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and is a member of the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe class.

Adnan Mortada

MENA Office Lead

About Adnan
Adnan is a graduate from the University of Cambridge with a Master of Philosophy of Energy Engineering and PhD in Engineering. Adnan is a co-founder of SMAP ENERGY and oversees the Middle East team. He has a unique network in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) made of key energy sector players from these regions.
About Yuichiro

Yuichiro is a graduate from the Department of Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Tokyo. He has previously worked for a private equity investment fund, as well as Eurus Energy—the largest wind power developer in Japan—and Tokyo Gas.

Our people

Ahmad Diab

Business Development Manager

About Ahmad

Ahmad holds a Master of Science in Energy Studies and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Computer engineering from the American University of Beirut. He has experience working in engineering and the energy and development fields with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA).

Sayaka Kuno

Business Development Manager

About Sayaka

Sayaka holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southampton. She started her career as a programmer and has over 10 years of IT consulting experience including with Accenture and IBM.

Carlos Younes

Investment Manager

About Carlos

Carlos holds a Master of Philosophy in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge and is a Certified Expert by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management in Climate Change and Renewable Energy Finance. Prior to joining SMAP Energy, Carlos worked in engineering and supply chain management for the oil & gas services company Petrofac.

Jinan Bou Karroum

Business Analyst

About Jinan

Jinan holds a Master of Science in Energy Studies and Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Computer engineering from the American University of Beirut. Jinan worked in management consulting for a Lebanese electricity utility before joining SMAP Energy and Looop MENA.

Eppy Kurkjian

Investment Analyst

About Eppy

Eppy holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut. Prior to joining SMAP, Eppy has worked for the UN Global Compact (UNGC) Network Lebanon as a project officer.

Fabio Orlando

Business Analyst

About Fabio

Fabio holds a Master of Arts in International relations from the University of Bologna and has studied also in Denmark and Argentina. He has over five years of experience working for industry associations, think tanks and private companies from the energy sector in London and Brussels. Besides his native Italian and English, Fabio speaks French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Sacha Scott-Dooman

Business Development Associate

About Sacha
Sacha holds a Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Engineering from Queen Mary University of London and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Manchester. He has experience working for UK energy companies and renewable energy start-ups as a project support officer.

Kirsty Bouwers

Marketing Assistant

About Kirsty
Kirsty holds a Bachelors of Arts in Japanese & Study of Religions and a Masters of Arts in Religion in Global Politics from SOAS, University of London. Prior to joining SMAP Energy, she worked in media in Tokyo, Japan for three years, where she focused on content creation, translation, and research for a variety of industries. She speaks English, Dutch, and Japanese.