The Empowa Team


United by a common mission, with the boldness to go where none went before and the willingness to quickly accept mistakes and to learn from them, the Empowa team is here to take the challenge knowing it will not be easy. But we are certain that the impact will be felt across the world

On the Ground Team

Richard Bahumwire

Richard Bahumwire

Chief Executive Officer/ Executing Director - Casa Real

Richard has over 10 years experience in affordable housing and worked in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Guinea, Senegal, Togo, Mozambique, Rwanda and Uganda

Marie-Odile Zanders

Marie-Odile Zanders

Head of Property Partnerships and Development - Empowa

Marie-Odile leads on Empowa’s relationships with delivery partners on the ground in Africa. She strongly believes that the Empowa platform is the answer to deal with many of Africa’s structural problems, based on her extensive experience in affordable housing.

César Quetxoaio

César Quetxoaio

Chief Construction Officer - Casa Real

Ofélia Venâncio

Ofélia Venâncio

Chief Human Resource Officer - Casa Real

Yassimin Mussa

Yassimin Mussa

Chief Sales Officer - Casa Real

Sharon Bernandinho

Sharon Bernandinho

Chief Finance Officer - Casa Real

Wolf Bierens

Wolf Bierens

Founder - Easy Housing

Platform Team

Glen Jordan

Glen Jordan

Co-Founder - Empowa

Glen Jordan has extensive experience with creating innovative, integrated learning networks (e-learning) and new media platforms. Coming from Africa, Glen realised that property is a long-term solution to prosperity. He turned this vision into his mission and laid the foundation for Empowa.

Phil Lewis

Phil Lewis

Co-Founder | CTO - Empowa

Phil has over 20 years experience in designing, implementing and leading large scale software, IT, and web based solutions. Phil wants to contribute to positive impact by applying new technologies to empower individuals and communities in reaching their full potential.

Greg Schneider

Greg Schneider

Strategic Partnerships and Marketing - Empowa

Greg combines his knowledge and skills in setting up and guiding marketing strategies and exposure with curiosity and passion for crypto and making an impact in the world. He grows awareness of the Empowa project through securing strategic partnerships and marketing.

Hung Tran

Hung Tran

Brand & Creative Director - Empowa

Working for more than 25 years in the Media and Technology industry, always going for the story behind the communication and visual.

Andrew Forson

Andrew Forson

Head of Quantitative Analytics and Risk

Andrew is leading the team’s quantitative modelling, valuation, and risk management activities. Experienced in blockchain application development, financial engineering, trust and estate management, and executive training.

Blane Edwards

Blane Edwards

Sustainability Architect - Empowa

Blane is an Architect and crypto content creator with a passion for environmental conservation. For Empowa, Blane combines his love of design and blockchain, to create innovative environmental solutions that are impactful, scalable and ultimately sustainable.

Hai Vo

Hai Vo

Chief Happiness Officer - Empowa

Hai has been supporting Empowa since 2019 in finding the right community and source of inspiration for the project. Hai is highly skilled in listening, understanding and guiding individuals in the direction that brings them most happiness in (work)life.

Senny Kalidien

Senny Kalidien

Front-end Developer - Empowa

Senny Kalidien is a very eligible front-end developer who is involved with the website and with more of the heavier technological applications like the NFT Canvas, ISPO calculator and Tokensale Dashboard.

Bruno Valverde

Bruno Valverde

Community Support Officer - Empowa

Bruno contributes to a robust and equitable governance structure for the Platform, shaped through collaboration with all the Platform participants.

Alke Gijrath

Alke Gijrath

Storytelling and communication advisor - Empowa

Alke seeks to combine her passion for writing, reading and listening to the power of the spoken and written word. Her mission is to give a voice to those so often referred to, but never really heard.

John Kranert

John Kranert

Producer & Documentary maker - Empowa

John wants to use his experience, skills, knowledge and network to enable organizations, individuals, and families to have their voices heard by sharing their images and stories in a powerful way.

Olivier Wouters

Olivier Wouters

Concept Development & Design Research - Empowa

Olivier sets and manages the creative direction of the Empowa Platform and NFTs

Advisors Team

Larry English

Larry English

Urbuntu

Rupert Dehaene-Gold

Rupert Dehaene-Gold

URBUNTU

Lee Bratcher

Lee Bratcher

Texas Blockchain Council

John Dean Markunsas

John Dean Markunsas

Power of Chain Consultancy

Marijn Wiersma

Marijn Wiersma

Incredible Impact

Tim Rann

Tim Rann

Mercy Corps Ventures