• Qorax Energy

We Are Qorax Energy

We bring clean tech to scale in the world's toughest markets.

Qorax (pronounced “ko-rah”) builds new businesses and invests in existing high-growth businesses in inefficient energy markets. We also work closely with local higher education institutions to build capacity for market research and business development. Through this dual-pronged strategy, we collaboratively build robust solutions to the world’s most pressing energy needs.

 

The Opportunity in Numbers

45
Predicted percentage of future renewable energy shares worldwide under moderate growth scenarios
20
Percentage of the world population not connected to grid electricity
8
Time in months it takes to provide comprehensive technical training in solar photovoltaics
0
Cost of sunlight in US dollars based on averages from the beginning of time

Approach

We identify global best practices to solve local problems.

1. Investigate

1. Investigate

Every market is different, so every market demands a different approach.  Our first step is to understand the energy challenges specific to a location and identify organizations that would be productive partners.

2. Refine

2. Refine

Leveraging our team’s international experience and best practices from around the world, we drive innovative solutions to problems specific to local market conditions.

3. Perfect

3. Perfect

We remain invested in the partnership over a long time horizon to continually reinforce success and help our partners adapt to changing markets.

Our Values

Economic Democracy
The traditional division between the owners and workers has reinforced inequality over the past centuries. Qorax incubates innovative models for worker-owned and -managed enterprises in order to combat this trend. We are committed both to profitability and the maximization of employment opportunities.
Social Justice
At global and local levels, different groups are excluded from governance power structures. We view economic empowerment — and, in particular, the politically transformative potential of distributed energy generation — as a key driver to ensure the resilience of communities.
Environmental Protection
A tendency to ignore negative environmental externalities has put the world on an unsustainable path. Through international collaboration on research and enterprise development, Qorax promotes world-system level approaches to business that are environmentally-sound.

May there only be peaceful and cheerful Earth Days to come for our beautiful Spaceship Earth as it continues to spin and circle in frigid space with its warm and fragile cargo of animate life.

-- U Thant --

Our Leadership

Rallying organizational and technical experience to drive job growth and promote clean tech.

Executive Team

ABDISHAKUR MOHAMOUD

Co-founder & EnerSom CEO

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ABDISHAKUR MOHAMOUD

C. NICOLAS DESROSIERS

Co-founder

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C. NICOLAS DESROSIERS

NIGEL CARR

Co-founder

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NIGEL CARR

ERIC VERPLOEGEN

VP of Technology + Strategy

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ERIC VERPLOEGEN

Advisory Board

CAUAM CARDOSO

Advisor

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CAUAM CARDOSO

PETE PEDERSEN

Advisor

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PETE PEDERSEN

AYANDA BAM

Advisor

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AYANDA BAM

Case Study

Somalia has some of the highest electricity prices in the world. Its youth unemployment rate is above 50%. Poor infrastructure complicates traditional supply chains. We built EnerSom to tackle these challenges.

EnerSom

EnerSom’s Approach in Somalia

Training
EnerSom + Qorax Energy established a partnership with Abaarso Tech University (ATU) in Hargeisa to provide renewable energy and entrepreneurship training. The primary aim of the partnership is to train an entrepreneurial sales force for the specific demands of Somalia’s peri-urban and rural energy consumers. We also work closely with ATU to build capacity for business development and market research.
Distribution
Led by Qorax Energy co-founder, Abdishakur Mohamoud, EnerSom provides cost effective energy solutions in the most hard-to-reach areas. EnerSom leverages its specially-trained and mobile sales force to build a flexible distribution chain for household-level clean tech consumer products. Abdishakur works with community leaders to showcase products and establish a network to provide distributed after-sales support.
Research
EnerSom + ATU constantly undertake market research studies to maintain its competitive advantage over potential sector-entrants. To support these activities, Qorax Energy leverages its relationships with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy to source the latest technological and business approaches to the clean tech sector.

Our Partners

What people are saying

  • Qorax Energy is a creative and dynamic partner as we combat Somaliland’s high unemployment and high costs of electricity.

    Dr. Ahmed Hussein Esa, President of Abaarso Tech University
  • Qorax Energy’s approach presents great opportunity for the people of Somaliland.

    Adam Diriye Egal, Somaliland's Deputy Minister of Commerce
  • Qorax’s efforts coincide with the Ministry of Energy’s plans to guide the utilization of solar power and support the Somaliland government’s environmental goals.

    Suleiman Abdullahi, Somaliland's Director of Energy

Contact

Does your organization want to partner with us in a new country? Just want to say hi? Drop us an email and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

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