After retiring as Vice-President of Engineering at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, Ben Markham and his wife moved to Ghana, Africa for eighteen months to volunteer.  In rural villages, Ben observed the darkness of homes and school classrooms.  He also saw the scarcity of play equipment in schoolyards.  Touched by their happy smiles, Ben thought, “What if a portion of the playful energy from these children could be harnessed?  What if that energy could become light for their classrooms and homes?”  

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The EPI Team


Ben Markham - President, Ben is a retired ExonnMobil Executive who chose an encore career in a very different portion of the energy sector.




Crys Kevan Lee - Executive Director, Crys is passionate about using her skills in management, marketing, and design to help EPI fulfill its mission.




Shannon Jordan - Development Coordinator, Shannon is a compassionate person who loves using her skills to help support the mission and vision of EPI. She works to see children nurtured through education and play, and believes that a child’s connection with family is foundational. 



Isaac Darko-Mensah - Country Director (Ghana), Isaac is EPI's hands-on management for growth in Ghana. His speciality is electrical engineering and has helped develop our amazing technology.



George Thompson  - Projects Director (Ghana), George heads EPI's construction projects including boreholes, BioFil toilets, and school construction. George also helps with merry-go-round maintenance as well as science kit training and distribution.