Rajan Rathnavalu

Raj is co-founder and president of Newo Global Energy, a non-profit social enterprise exploring ways to share abundance (wêyôtan) through harmonious relationships (wahkohtowin) and build an economy based on more than scarcity and competition. Newo’s services include solar-PV design and installation, energy audits and educational workshops, as well as pilot initiatives ranging from Indigenous food-security projects to pay-it-forward financing models.

Raj received the gift of the name “Newo” from Elder Roy Louis of Samson Cree First Nation; “newo” signifies “four” in Plains Cree, and is sacred to that culture, encompassing the four elements (earth, air, wind and fire), seasons (winter, spring, summer and fall), directions: (north, south, east, and west) and aspects of being human (mind, body, spirit and emotion).

Raj oversees Newo’s development, education programs and charitable projects. He is also the co-founder of the Sunrise Farm Cooperative and the Spirit of the Land Foundation.