The ROCKBlue Team

The ROCKBlue team consists of its board members, senior staff and in-country representatives. Currently all team members volunteer their time – a testament to their passion for making a difference. ROCKBlue also maintains a roster of about 60 specialists, covering 21 areas of utility management, having the collective experience of working with about 300 utilities in the developing world.

Board Members

ROCKBlue has a strong and mixed Board of seven professionals with a diverse background and skill set. The Board has 29 percent female participation and 43 percent Africa representation.

Senior Staff

ROCKBlue, as a small and dynamic organization, currently only requires three Senior Staff, Mr. Chris Serjak, Ed Aldrich and Mrs. Janien Macy.

In-country Representatives

ROCKBlue currently has three country Resident Representatives: Mr. Ben Rafoneke (Lesotho), Mrs. Tshepo Setlhogile (Botswana) and Mr. Charles Berkoh (Ghana).

Board Members

ROCKBlue has a strong and mixed Board of seven professionals with a diverse background and skill set. The Board has 29 percent female participation and 43 percent Africa representation.

The organizational function of the Board, as documented in its bylaws, is responsibility for planning, policy, and reviewing work of ROCKBlue Directors and key team members.  The Board of Directors is also responsible for other business and financial matters including approval of the annual budget.

The Board represents a five-year history. Three Board Members, Messrs. Macy, Menon and Noth have been serving since the early inception and formulation of ROCKBlue in 2013/14 and its unique approach towards development. They continue to serve today and represent skills in NGO management, utility management and international development. Next, in 2015 Mr. Breslin joined the Board, bringing his expertise gained as CEO of Water for People and his non-nonsense, innovative approach towards development. Next, in 2016, one of the preeminent utility specialists in Africa, Mr. Mwanza joined as a Board member adding not only his expertise in utility management but also his knowledge and connections with key donors and stakeholders. In early 2018 Mrs. Nabakiibi joined, bringing greater gender balance to the team as well as her knowledge of the lessons learned from working with the National Water & Sewerage Corp. (NWSC) – one of the most significant utility “success stories” in Africa. Finally, in mid-2018, Mrs. Mohapi became the final Board member bringing her strong financial and accounting as well as CEO-level expertise to the team.

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Senior Staff

ROCKBlue, as a small and dynamic organization, currently only requires three Senior Staff, Mr. Chris Serjak, Ed Aldrich and Mrs. Janien Macy.

The organizational function of existing senior management is to address three of four critical areas: 1) operations – led by General Manager, Chris, 2) marketing and communications – led by the Director of Communications – Janien, and 3) finance and accounting – led by the Director of Finance, Ed. The forth area, fund raising, is the responsibility of Board member and President, Peter Macy – with assistance from an external consultant.

Janien joined ROCKBlue in 2015 assisting with social media and communications. Mr. Aldrich joined in 2016 to help organize the financial systems and accounting for ROCKBlue. Mr. Serjak joined in 2017 as ROCKBlue continued with its first partnership in Lesotho in the organization’s need to proceduralise operations.

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In-country Representatives

ROCKBlue currently has three country Resident Representatives: Mr. Ben Rafoneke (Lesotho), Mrs. Tshepo Setlhogile (Botswana) and Mr. Charles Berkoh (Ghana).

ROCKBlue determined, after testing the waters with its first partnership in Lesotho, that communication, trust and continuity could be greatly enhanced by having a local volunteer serve as a representative of the organization. This would be someone known to the partner utility and who had already established a trusting relationship.

Mr. Rafoneke joined in 2017 bringing his years of experience working with Water and Sewerage Co. (WASCo) and the respect that he maintains in the water sector of Lesotho. In mid-2018 Mrs. Setlhogile joined bringing not only her strong understanding of the water sector in Botswana but also her partnership with Mr. Jaap Arntzen and the CAR (Centre for Applied Research) organization. Mr. Berkoh joined in late-2018 due to his years of experience work with the Ghana Water Company Ltd. (GWCL) and his strong connections in and knowledge of the urban water sector of Ghana.

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