Silvia Prickel Joins Kumbaya Board of Directors

A senior IT executive for United Airlines for more than 12-years, Ms. Prickel brings IT expertise and track record of digital disruption to help Kumbaya drive a technology revolution to connect the next billion

Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. – July 19, 2018 – Kumbaya (, the company bringing sustainable power, connectivity and content to off-grid communities globally, today announced the addition of Silvia Prickel to its Board of Directors. An IT Service Management certified professional, and Six Sigma Black Belt, Ms. Prickel is a veteran Information Technology executive with a proven track record of leading, managing and delivering highly successful business solutions to achieve revenue and efficiency targets. With more than two decades of expertise driving digital disruption and engineering technology to institute revolutionary change, Ms. Prickel joins the Kumbaya board of directors as the company readies its global introduction and roll-out of zeroXess, Kumbaya’s solution to connect the next billion.

Maintaining core expertise in business strategy and optimization, organizational change management, and IT service management, Ms. Prickel currently serves as Managing Director of Application Development for United Airlines, where she has spent the past 12-years in the IT department. Ms. Prickel recently assumed responsibility for United Airlines’ Connected Aircraft Program focused on delivering on-board connectivity and entertainment to enhance the customer experience and enable mobility for the crew.

“As a woman in the information technology industry I am gratified to be able to lend my expertise and experience to Kumbaya to help drive forward the company’s mission to connect the unconnected, and specifically to connect women in off-grid communities with the resources for literacy, improved healthcare, and gender equality,” said Silvia Prickel. “The technology challenge of providing connectivity to remote, off-grid communities is similar in many ways to the challenges my team and I have successfully tackled at United Airlines, providing connectivity inflight. I’ve spent the past 12-years at United Airlines leading the enterprise quality and release management team that digitized and automated inflight service, forever changing the way people experience commercial airlines. It’s time to bring that same kind of positive disruption to off-grid communities, connecting the next billion.”

Known for her thought leadership, Ms. Prickel is a sought-after keynote speaker at technology conferences around the world, and has co-authored three books for IT Professionals. An active member of the Project Management Institute Council, and the Evolving Executives Network, Ms. Prickel currently serves on the Board of Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP), the Board of Directors of WebServes, is the president of uIMPACT, and is the first women Metropolitan (ClubCorp) Board Chair. Ms. Prickel earned her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Business Administration from Clarke University. 

“Ms. Prickel has the core IT expertise and vision to ensure zeroXess is taking advantage of the latest technology advances to deliver on the promise of connecting the unconnected,” said Kumbaya CEO, Mike Freni. “Her proven track record for digital disruption and technology revolution is just the experience Kumbaya needs to capitalize on the off-grid connectivity opportunity.”

Kumbaya’s zeroXess platform is a modular solar-powered system to bring energy, connectivity and content to off-grid populations, refugee camps, and areas cut off from the world by natural disasters. The zeroXess solution includes solar power collection hardware, a single board computer, a platform for managing electricity, connectivity and information, and the Kumbaya Content Library. 

“Industry analysts predict off-grid solar devices like Kumbaya’s zeroXess will bring power to nearly 800 million people in the next two years, electrifying the market as technology performance and cost improvements drive adoption globally,” said Ms. Prickel. “With market sizing numbers like these, and disruptive innovations like Kumbaya is bringing to market, there is truly hope that we can and will connect the next billion, connecting the unconnected to break the cycle of extreme poverty around the world. Kumbaya is on the cusp of something that’s going to completely change the world, and I’m honored to play a part in this technology-driven revolution.”

About Kumbaya

Kumbaya is “Connecting the Unconnected,” bringing sustainable power, connectivity and content to off-grid communities globally. Energy powers connectivity. Connectivity powers knowledge. And knowledge powers social and economic progress. Kumbaya’s mission is to create sustainable solutions that enable the under-served, unconnected people of our world to transform their lives. With this in mind, Kumbaya built zeroXess, a solar-powered home energy and communications platform that is affordable, reliable and sustainable, to ensure there is always electricity, light, connectivity, and access to the information of the world. Founded in 2016, Kumbaya is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Learn more at

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