Our Team

The Odyssey team uniquely brings together sector-specific experience with software engineering expertise.

Cathy Zoi

Executive Chairman/Co-Founder

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Cathy served in the Obama Administration as Assistant Secretary and Acting Under Secretary of Energy where she oversaw more than $30 billion in energy investments. She was the founding CEO of Frontier Power (a subsidiary of SunEdison), the Alliance for Climate Protection (established by U.S. Vice President Al Gore), and the Sustainable Energy Development Authority. Cathy has also been an investor at Silver Lake and Bayard Capital and serves on several boards. She was Chief of Staff for Environmental Policy in the Clinton White House and she pioneered the Energy Star program at the US EPA. Cathy has a B.S. in Geology (Hons) from Duke University and a M.S. in Engineering from Dartmouth.

Emily McAteer


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Emily was Chief Revenue Officer of Frontier Power, a SunEdison subsidiary developing solar microgrids in India and Africa. Emily also worked in advanced energy management at EnerNOC and Yahoo, developed climate investment solutions at RiskMetrics Group, and received a Fulbright Fellowship to address off-grid solar lighting solutions in rural India. Emily holds a BA from Brown University, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Ben Shinyambala

VP of Engineering

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Before coming to the United States, Benjamin grew up in various parts of Tanzania, and has first-hand accounts of the challenges of living in areas with limited access to electricity. Ben has over 10 years of experience designing, implementing and leading development of scalable enterprise software applications using cloud based and non-cloud based architecture across numerous industries. Ben holds an M.S in Applied Computer Science from Northwest Missouri State University.

Eitan Hochster

VP of Business Development

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Eitan was Director of Business Development at at Lumos Global, one of the largest providers of solar home systems in Western Africa. At Lumos, Eitan was responsible for financing of solar assets and business partnerships. Eitan also has experience in clean energy finance at the Connecticut Green Bank, emerging markets mobile payments, and cleantech venture capital. Eitan has an MBA and Masters of Environmental Management from Yale University.

Hunter Dudley

Senior Product Manager

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Hunter has seen and experienced the growing potential of mini-grids and distributed generation throughout his career. He was a project engineer at Sunlabob Renewable Energy in Myanmar, developing on- and off-grid renewable projects, including the first commercial rooftop solar system in the country. Hunter also helped launch Enphase Energy’s AC Battery energy storage product. Hunter holds a BS and MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University.

Tamara Sinensky

Senior Program Manager

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Tammy has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Systems Modeling as well as an Environmental Studies Graduate Certificate in Energy Analysis and Policy from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She has 10 years of experience in software program management across multiple sectors, including 2 years in the US utility industry.

Ben Ridge

Senior Software Engineer

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Ben arrived at Odyssey Energy Solutions after nearly 20 years experience developing web applications across a spectrum of industries including agile project management, print publishing, healthcare, and auto fleet management. An avid traveler and enthusiastic volunteer, he chose Odyssey so he could spend his time contributing to global access to electricity.

Rob Morgan

Software Engineer

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Rob has a background in graphic and web design as well as developing and testing web applications for startup SaaS companies. Rob is certified as a frontend developer by Turing School of Software & Design in Denver, CO and holds a B.B.A. in Finance from Oklahoma Baptist University.

Yoshiyuki Takahashi

Software Engineer

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Yoshiyuki was a front-end developer with the government contractor, Telesis Corporation. Yoshiyuki has more than 15 years of professional IT experience in Japan as a developer, development support technician, and testing engineer for Microsoft. Yoshiyuki has a B.S. in Electrical and Electronics System Engineering from Teikyo University.

Chris Karera

Data Scientist

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Chris has experience in project development, data analytics, and energy systems modeling. His main passion is developing renewable energy solutions especially for the growing need for energy in Africa. He holds a master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University Africa with a focus on Energy Systems and Applied Machine Learning.

Jessica Ognibene

Customer Success Manager

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Jessica worked at the US National Energy Renewable Energy Laboratory on alternative fuels and transportation trends. Jessica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from University of Colorado, with a focus on biology and ecology.

Ola Oresanya

Business Development Manager

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Ola has experience in the energy access sector as a project manager and business development manager developing renewable energy mini-grid projects in Nigeria. Ola holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology with a focus on Power and Energy Systems.