Appointment of Russel Head as our new General Manager – USA, to kickstart expansion into the United States and continue SolarBuddy’s vital work to illuminate Futures of children living in energy poverty.

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Russel Head as our new General Manager – USA, as we expand into the United States to continue vital work to illuminate Futures of children living in energy poverty.

Russel brings more than 25 years’ experience in the Energy and healthcare sectors to the role, and 9 years CEO experience.

“Purpose" has been defined as losing yourself in something bigger than oneself. It's time for me to transform that passion into purpose and I'm proud to announce that I have joined a Global non-profit based in Australia, Solar Buddy. I'll be leading its expansion and launch into the U.S.” Russel said.

SolarBuddy is a small organisation making big impact. Solar Buddy's goal is to unite a global community to gift 6 millions solar lights to children living in energy poverty (that effects 789 million people) by 2030 and improve their educational, health, economic and environmental outcomes.

Russel shared, “I look forward to ensuring our continued growth as we expand our programs across to the United States and delivering on our promise to illuminate the futures of children living in energy poverty.”


“I am excited and honoured to be afforded this opportunity to join such an innovative and inspiriting organisation.”



Founder and Global CEO Simon Doble has congratulated and welcomed Russel to SolarBuddy. "Our goal is to unite a global community to gift 6 million solar lights to children living in energy poverty by 2030, to help them to study after dusk and improve their education outcomes” Simon said. “Russel’s appointment will help us to expand and continue to build upon the strength we have forged over the last 5-plus years.”

SolarBuddy aims to engage and inspire our community to learn how innovative design solutions can help create a more sustainable world for all people and our planet, tangibly demonstrating how a gift of light can transform lives.

“Russel has an impressive track record of building sustainable and inclusive communities, both as an effective strategist and a leader."


Joining Russel to launch and grow SolarBuddy in the USA is Joanna Cantwell from SolarBuddy's Australian organisation. Jo has been working with SolarBuddy for the past 3 years and will lead Operations and Stakeholder Engagement in the USA.

Russel officially started his role on 11th October 2021, and is taking meetings now for Corporation, Faith Based Organizations or Foundations looking to partner with SolarBuddy USA.

You can reach out to Russel to arrange a meeting here - https://solarbuddy.org/enquire...