Maarten SMITS

An entrepreneurial tech enthusiast with over seven years of experience in managing multinationally operating businesses he co-founded. Strong business developing skills; extensive experience in cooperating with technical innovation teams of over one hundred companies in a fundraising and/or business development role. Maarten obtained an LLM in Private Law from Amsterdam Law School after which he directly started his first business. Maarten is highly motivated to fix the dire power situation by deploying renewable energy in Southern Africa which is why he co-founded AAAS energy to fully commit all his time and effort to this goal.

Maarten MENNES

Maarten Mennes is a Dutch project developer and entrepreneur in the renewable energy industry. He has worked for the Dutch T.S.O TenneT on the 700MW HVDC Interconnector project connecting the Dutch HV grid with the Danish HV grid. He has led greenfield development of solar PV projects in the Netherlands and Spain totalling 90MW of installed capacity. He now strives to create impact in Africa by developing projects and arranging financing from the Netherlands, which is the reason he joined AAAS energy to fully commit to this goal. He holds a MasterĀ“s Degree in Physical Chemistry.


Yves Kummer is an ex-Rugby International and serial entrepreneur. With his hands on investor mentality he has a stake in a small group of companies. For AAAS energy he brings his experience in scaling companies, a backbone for organizing the business development and he brings his network to help grow the business.


Pepijn is AAAS its newest team member who has just completed his studies in business administration and has returned from an exchange semester in South Africa. Inspired by his experience and a deep passion for the continent, Pepijn has joined AAAS Energy to be a part of our mission of promoting sustainable energy solutions.


Clay Oduor is our project developer and trusted advisor based in Nairobi, Kenya. With his dedication and expertise, Clay plays a pivotal role in facilitating the development of our innovative solar PV projects. As a skilled intermediary, he navigates the landscape of renewable energy projects, ensuring successful collaboration and outcomes. Clay’s passion for sustainable solutions and his invaluable contributions make him a great asset of the AAAS energy team.


Accomplished and dynamic management professional with diverse experience in the field of Renewable Energy construction and design. Jason served in the British military in the 1st Battalion of the Paratrooper Regiment and the SFG (special forces group). After discharge as of right, Jason founded a plumbing, gas engineering / maintenance business in London. Jason trained rangers that protect wildlife in war-ridden Northern Mozambique. When finally back in his home country Zimbabwe, he was an Operations Manager for a large solar supply company working on landmark projects such as the American Embassy, right before cofounding AAAS energy.


Founder of Nutsgroep B.V. a utility company in the Netherlands with current revenues in excess of EUR 1 billion per annum. Investor in the real estate industry in the Netherlands as well as private equity. Marten is an investor in AAAS and he brings his vast knowledge of the power industry into the company, as well as work on finance solutions.


Owner/CEO van Hospital Equipment Services BV (HES Kampen), a trader in high value hospital equipment worldwide, including several African countries. Tijl brings a ton of knowledge about international business to AAAS, including specific knowledge on the countries AAAS is growing their presence.


Founder of N=5, advertisement company with > 40 people. Ole brings vast knowledge on marketing to AAAS and is also helping us in through our scale up phase.