It all started in 2006, when the founder Mike Rosenberg, volunteered in Ghana to set up a computer classroom for street children and was faced with the challenge of failing, expensive to run second hand desktops. The costs of power and support crippled the project and he thought there must be a better way.
A year later Aleutia released its first product, a fanless energy efficient computer, and everything since then has followed the same design principle of ‘no moving parts’ reliability and exceptionally low power consumption.
Aleutia’s mission is to transform education and healthcare in Africa and beyond. To show that with intelligent design, and inspired thinking, the immeasurable human impact a little bit of technology can have.
“I’ve always been inspired by the remote chain of Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska, where life thrives in extreme and extraordinary conditions. For me the name Aleutia embodies the challenges we design our computers for, the precariousness of life.”
Mike Rosenberg, Aleutia Founder
Mike Rosenberg, Founder and CEO
Mike Rosenberg started his technology career in 2004 at Kelway, a leading UK IT reseller and was fascinated by the falling price of technology and opportunities for social impact in Africa. Given an opportunity to go to Ghana in September 2016 by Kelway founder Phil Doye to set up an ICT classroom, he founded Aleutia just weeks later with a mission to re-invent the desktop and enable solar-powered computing in rural Africa.
Mike travels to Sub Saharan Africa every 4 weeks to test his assumptions and is passionate about transforming primary healthcare, primary and secondary education and energy access.
He has a degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Chicago.
Stephen Clay, Chief Technical Officer
Stephen runs our R&D operations as well as production.
He was CTO in the patient media & healthcare industry for over 10 years at Aleutia customer Hospedia managing tens of thousands of terminals across more than 100 NHS sites. He was a key member of the executive team that led the Patientline buyout and transformed that company into Hospedia, backed by Marlin Equity.
Prior to his career in patent care, he travelled worldwide providing engineering and consulting services on streaming media, systems & network design and technology trouble-shooting for Lucent technologies, International Network Services and Racal Datacom.
Steve loves Linux and Raspberry Pi.
Tim Emmett, Director Education
Tim leads our business development efforts in education projects, in mature and emerging markets.
Tim Emmett is an international education specialist focusing on investment and development in emerging economies. He works across all markets in education designing solutions and identifying new investment opportunities in both public and private sectors.
Tim started his career as a teacher in international schools, then as a manager at the University of Warwick. He joined the education practice at KPMG and then headed business development at CfBT Education Trust.
Tim led business development for GEMS Education Solutions. He has worked on education contracts funded by DFID, the EU, World Bank and the ADB
Tim has a MBA from Henley Management College.
Felix Tao, Industrial Design Engineer
Felix Tao leads Aleutia's design work, using CAD software to develop the design language of our copper and aluminium computer cases and our EnergyBox. He has given talks in 2015 at Nairobi Design Week and Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.
He is driven by the impact that brilliant design can have in making technology more accessible and more empowering. Growing up across South East Asia and witnessing vast economic divides has inspired his career passion for making beautiful products that are more universal and affordable to help bridge the digital divide. His current projects with organisations, such as UNICEF and Plan International, seek to enrich population’s quality of life through enabling products where function meets fashion, he has the perfect platform to engage the less fortunate. He aims to be a globetrotting designer providing solutions for the most important people, our children.
He has a degree in Mechanical and Materials Engineering from the University of Birmingham with a research focus on composite materials.
James Lee, Non Exec Director
(on Aleutia visit to Kenya)
James Lee co-founded Lightsource - by far Europe's largest owner and operator of Solar PV plants with over 1 Gigawatt of installed capacity and funded by Octopus.
He works closely with Aleutia providing guidance on strategy and key decisions as well as technical insight on off grid solar projects. James backpacked throughout Sub Saharan Africa in the 90s and particularly loved Malawi.
Carl Rosenberg, Advisor
Carl helps Aleutia's software development work, such as our eClinic cloud database and our Linux-based Digital Library.Carl co-founded Green Hills Software in 1982 when he was 24, following a career working first at NASA Ames and then with David E. Shaw. Green Hills Software has since achieved over $1b in sales and leads the compiler and embedded RTOS market. He subsequently worked on The Human Genome Project at the Whitehead Institute. Carl is also Mike's dad.
Sadika Miah, Engineer
Sadika runs support and is also involved in design and production.
She has a degree in Computer Science from the University of Kent.
Aleutia is always on the lookout for passionate, innovative talent who excel at what they do and are looking to join a team of like minded people. Aleutia prides itself on being an equal opportunity employer, which means freedom from discrimination on the grounds of sex, working patterns, ethnic or national origin, colour, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, or age.