Founder – President and CEO
Kwabena Osei-Sarpong is the founder and CEO of RIFE International, a globally focused and award-winning energy-efficiency, sustainability, and renewable energy firm headquartered in Maryland, with international offices in Ghana and South Africa. As a clean-energy and sustainability thought-leader, Mr. Osei-Sarpong remains dedicated to improving the global condition through leadership, innovation, philanthropy, and green technology.
Recognized as an expert in climate-change solutions, Mr. Osei-Sarpong has established a reputation for excellence in energy innovation, and as a result, his company has completed work for an impressive list of high-profile clientele in the United States and Africa. In addition to his work through RIFE International, Mr. Osei-Sarpong has consulted with the White House Council on Environmental Quality (Executive Office of the President of the United States) and was recently appointed to the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (REEEAC) by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Gina M. Raimondo. As a frequent global speaker on climate change and international development, Mr. Osei-Sarpong remains a dedicated advisor to organizations around the world, with an impressive list of appointments, including the United States Department of Commerce Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (REEEAC), Maryland/D.C. District Export Council, Maryland Clean Energy Council, Georgetown University Real Estate, Radford University Government and Business Leaders, Enactus, and Africa Utility Week/Power-Gen International.
As a result of his personal and entrepreneurial success, Mr. Osei-Sarpong has also been the recipient of numerous recognitions and honors, including Energy Innovator of the Year, MD Adapts Honoree, Energy Efficiency Contractor of the Year, Radford University Outstanding Alumnus, Washington Business Journal 40 under 40, Johnson Controls Inc. Global Leadership Award, Top 100 MBE, and Power 30 under 30.
Mr. Osei-Sarpong holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University, with a focus on sustainable development, and an executive education certificate from Harvard Business School. A firm believer in leadership excellence, Mr. Osei-Sarpong serves as a Master Coach through the Skinner Leadership Institute in Washington, DC., and a mentor to many entrepreneurs, often engaging directly with business students from around the world. In addition, through his philanthropic focus, Mr. Osei-Sarpong remains dedicated to giving back to his community through numerous organizations in the United States and Africa.