Steve Katsaros, CEO, Chairman of the Board
From his earliest days, Stephen Katsaros’ life has been filled with innovation. A mechanical engineer with a penchant for competitive ski racing, Steve began his colorful career with the invention of several commercial products for the ski industry. His first brush with “impact inventing” came in 2002 with RevoPower, a motorized wheel for bicycles. In early 2010, he came up with another bright idea – a simple, portable solar light bulb with the potential to revolutionize life for the 1.4 billion people in the world who live without access to electricity. Five months after his first sketch, Steve launched Nokero, a for-profit company with a mission to provide affordable solar technology solutions for poor, off-grid communities around the world. Stephen has a BS in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) from Purdue University, is a patent agent registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office, and was a non-degree seeking student at the Bard Center of Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado from 1998-1999. He received the B.F. Goodrich Collegiate Inventors Award in 1995 and was recently awarded the 2012 Outstanding Mechanical Engineer Award from Purdue University.
Stephanie Cox, COO
Ms. Cox has more than 14 years experience in designing and executing market-based livelihood and agricultural strategies in developing economies. Prior to joining Nokero, she served as Vice President for Africa at iDE, where she oversaw the business development, supply chain, and sales operations in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe throughout a time of expansion. Ms Cox lived in Nepal for three years while serving as Deputy Director of iDE’s South Asia programs – successfully operating during a civil war. Her time in Asia and Africa has given her a deep understanding of the needs and aspirations of consumers at the base of the pyramid, specifically women. During her tenure at iDE, she helped grow the organization from $10 million to $20 million.
Ms. Cox began her career as a journalist and was the recipient of the International Association of Business Communicators’ Award while Editor-in-Chief at the Council of State Governments, a public policy think tank. She was responsible for turning a failing publication around and increasing its circulation. Ms. Cox also has lived and worked in Hungary and the Czech Republic. She holds a M.A. in International Development from the University of Denver as well as a B.A. in Literature from George Mason University.
Evan Husney, General Counsel
Evan Husney is the Company’s General Counsel and is also responsible for business development, large orders and the Nokero Dealer Network. Evan has worked in the legal field, both in large firms and as in-house counsel to growing businesses for 14 years. Evan’s legal practice has focused on general corporate matters, including contract preparation, negotiation and review, mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, joint ventures and other general corporate matters. Mr. Husney earned his J.D./M.B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor of Science degree from Emory University. In his spare time, Evan enjoys playing competitive soccer, fly fishing, and the occasional back nine.