Getty Kasole grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Getty has been living in the USA for over 10 years and received her degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Driven by her passion for the African continent and anything technical, she founded the startup SolAfrica Corp, a project financing and monitoring platform for rural and urban electrification in Africa. She is combining this work with her position as a senior technical advisor for Power Africa Off-grid Project DRC.
This interview was originally published in African Power & Energy Elites 2021.
WHAT INDUSTRIES OUTSIDE OF THE POWER AND ENERGY SECTOR ARE YOU LOOKING AT FOR INSPIRATION?
I’ve been working on entering the culinary space as an investor. Elevating African food to the world stage is a challenge I’m looking forward to. Working in the restaurant industry has exposed me to many people and situations I could have never experienced otherwise. Working in the energy sector, I’ve learned to write guidance documents on just about anything and that has proven to be beneficial in the culinary industry.
HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH UNCERTAINTY AS A LEADER IN A TIME WHERE LEADERSHIP IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER?
It’s rare for me to feel certain as a leader. But it’s not necessary to be certain to make leadership decisions. I make decisions based on the team, the structure that we have, and the ability to follow through with the decision. And acknowledging uncertainty does not taint one’s leadership.