Patrick Tonui

Head of Policy and Regional Strategy


Patrick is the Head of Policy and Regional Strategy for GOGLA, the voice of the off-grid solar industry. As governments respond to the SDG challenge to deliver Universal Access to Modern Energy Services by 2030, the inclusion of off-grid solutions as part of an integrated approach in national electrification strategies, is the key to developing effective universal energy access solutions. The private sector has responded and is making a significant contribution in providing affordable access to rural communities, driven by innovation in business models and technology.

As Head of Policy and Regional Strategy is leading GOGLA’s work to engage with governments, development partners and other stakeholders, growing and strengthening the market for clean, quality Off-Grid lighting and electrical systems by engendering an enabling environment across Off-Grid markets.

Patrick is an experienced economic and trade development professional with 15 years’ experience in the public and private sector leading economic and private sector development programs to realize broad, inclusive development anchored on a vibrant private sector. Prior to joining GOGLA, Patrick was embedded by the International Finance Corporation with the Kenya Private Sector Alliance to drive reform efforts to improve the business climate in Kenya and in the East African Community. He has previously served as the Technical Advisor to the Kenya Cabinet Secretary for East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism and as a Senior Advisor for Monitoring and Evaluation with USAID Power Africa. Patrick spent 7 years with the US State of Maryland’s Department of Business and Economic Development and with the World Trade Center in Atlanta.

He holds an MBA and a Master of Science in International Business from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from Egerton University in Kenya. Born and raised in Kenya, Patrick speaks English and Swahili.