Daniel Schwab, Founder and CEO of Brightmerge. (LinkedIn)

Previously Schwab founded Kayema Energy Solutions (PTY) Ltd., a leading integrator of renewable energy solutions in Africa. Daniel was its CEO and in 2015 sold the company to NRG Renew (NYSE:NRG) after becoming one of Africa’s leading renewable energy project developers and system integrators, counting amongst its clients’ some of Africa’s leading corporations, including Standard Bank, Legacy Group, Vodacom, Nestle, SAPPI and Sasol. Kayema received the Energy Company of the Year Award from the South African Association for Energy Efficiency.

Daniel also established BrightSource Energy Inc. in Southern Africa generating over $1bn in the sales pipeline. In 2011, BrightSource was nominated for the Energy Project Award from the South African National Energy Association.

Keith Lehman, Co-founder and Executive Vice President Product Management (LinkedIn)

Keith is an entrepreneur with a proven track record for delivering creative products in IoT, Energy Management, Financial Services, Education, Multimedia, and Information Retrieval. Keith has developed solutions for clients such as Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO, Japan), Sustainable Minds, WebGen Systems Inc., Keith has BS, Physics and BS, Engineering Science and Mathematics from Tufts University having graduated Cum Laude.

Elkana Pressler, Co-founder and Executive Vice President Business Development (LinkedIn)

Pressler is a dynamic entrepreneurial business and market development professional, with years of success. Elkana brings to Brightmerge his vast experience in technology business development activities, including investment and alliance strategy, materials and presentation, product and technology mapping, markets development and more.

Elkana is a pesionate science communicator, dynamic, self-driven problem-solver and value-creator with over 20 years of experience and achievements. He is being tenacious in building new business and financial plans, securing and forging strong relationships with external business partners.

Rafael Cohen, Head of System Engineering

Rafael has more than 25 years of professional experience and success in the electrical engineering and Information Technology fields. He specializes in off-grid solar photovoltaic battery systems, smart grid solutions, power control systems, LED lighting, digital and analog circuits and microcontrollers, and automatic metering reading (AMR) systems.

Most recently Rafael has used his expertise to enable technology development companies to identify high quality, efficient manufacturers in Asia for electronic components and products for low cost, mass production.Rafael’s knowledge set in both power storage and AMR systems are an excellent fit for Brightmerge’s clients.


  • Dr Shalom Flank, MIT, Harvard Microgrid System Engineer and thought leader
  • Jed Bailey, previous managing director emerging markets at IHS CERA
  • Eitan Katz, Previous Special advisor to Israel Air Force accelerator; Head of Global Incubator – Hewlett Packard Software
  • Rami Refaeli, Previous VP Research and Development at MainnetComms.
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