Aurelia Van Eedden

Aurelia Van Eedden grew up in a coal-mining town in South Africa and witnessed the destruction of the Earth’s resources around her; smoky air pollution, muddy contaminated waters and devastating mine dumps and excavations. 

As an enthusiastic 10-year-old visionary, she set to find solutions to these environmental crimes, and bring awareness to others. Aurelia imagined and “designed” a utility-scale vacuum-cleaner and a drape for power-station chimneys to rid the air of the pollution. She shared her ideas of a better and sustainable future with whoever stopped long enough to listen. Her childhood experiences coupled with a natural and insatiable curiosity about how the world works laid the foundation for her future. 

Fast-forward 20 years; the ideas she dreamt about as a child have been piloted and tested (albeit by other like-minded geniuses). The curious 10-year-old is now a confident and driven woman with a fierce determination to positively impact the environment and work alongside others for an environmentally restorative, socially just and economically inclusive future.

What does mk advisors do?

This team is responsible for some of our industry’s most incredible firsts, including:

  • Long-term strategic resource & infrastructure planning
  • Off-grid and grid-connected microgrids and mini-grids 
  • Energy storage, fixed & mobile 
  • Mobile & expeditionary power
  • Supply chain & logistics in difficult-to-reach regions
  • Subject matter expertise (SME) in financeable technologies
  • SME in developing economies
  • Regulation & policy modernization
  • Resiliency costs & analysis
  • Stakeholder engagement – from community to executive 
  • Network of strategic partners 
  • Training to industry standards
  • Operational assets dependent on power: telecommunications, water filtration, medicine/vaccine refrigeration, waste
Energy

MK Advisors, LLC Awarded USAID Contract for Advancing Modern Power through Utility Partnerships “AmpUp”

Brighton, MI – October 5, 2021 – MK Advisors joins co-creation collaborative to enable and facilitate the future of modern power through utility partnerships. On July 20, USAID launched the $39M the Advancing Modern Power through Utility Partnerships (AMP-UP) program introduces an innovative performance improvement model centered around peer-to-peer relationships and strong practitioner and stakeholder networks to deploy expertise and establish pathways to implement best practices with measurable and sustainable impacts. This work will take a new approach to building collaborative structures for USAID-assisted utilities. […]

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MK Advisors Announces Michael Johnson as Newest Member of Strategic Energy Ecosystem

MK Advisors (MKA), a woman-owned consulting group focused on sustainable and resilient power solutions, is pleased to announce Michael Johnson, Senior Energy Management & Sustainability Consultant for Viriditas Energy, as the newest addition to MKA’s strategic partnership ecosystem.  […]

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Justin Reflects on the Importance of Company Values

Long before I worked for MK Advisors, I was part of an inspired little company full of the sorts of people that a corporate HR guide might suggestively describe as ‘unorthodox.’ A hypothetical quarterly performance review might have said of each of us, to a soul: “ is so creative, forward-thinking, and takes initiative, but we’re concerned that they might not be the right culture fit for our organization.” […]

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The Future of Resilience Will Come Through Inclusive Coalitions – Not Corporate Strategies

Long before I worked for MK Advisors, I was part of an inspired little company full of the sorts of people that a corporate HR guide might suggestively describe as ‘unorthodox.’ A hypothetical quarterly performance review might have said of each of us, to a soul: “ is so creative, forward-thinking, and takes initiative, but we’re concerned that they might not be the right culture fit for our organization.” […]

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A deep dive into MK Advisors

At MK Advisors, our “bench” is deep. We have experts from all over the world who are supreme artisans of their craft. This diversity of expertise gives us the ever-expanding toolkit that most communities need access to as they journey toward resiliency. This is true of energy and water infrastructure we promote by advancing modern power through partnerships, but it is also true of our other, non-traditional projects. Learn more … […]

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