GVEP employs around 80 staff, the vast majority of them are host-country nationals working in the field. Our staff combine energy and business expertise with knowledge of the local markets. GVEP’s senior management team comes from a variety of cultural and technical backgrounds.
Ben Good – CEO
Ben Good is an engineer with 20 years’ experience in the renewable energy and utility sectors. He has undertaken a range of senior operational, commercial, financial, and corporate finance roles with various businesses and projects across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Ben joined GVEP from D1 Oils plc, the UK-listed renewable energy business with interests in India and southern Africa, where he was CEO. He has a degree in Engineering, Economics and Management from Oxford University.
Simon Collings – Director of Learning and Innovation
Simon Collings has worked in the development sector for more than 20 years. He was at Oxfam for sixteen years then moved in 2003 to become CEO of Resource Alliance a non-profit working to strengthen the fundraising capacity of civil society organisations globally. Simon joined GVEP from Resource Alliance in March 2009. He has a particular interest in business based solutions and social investment models. Simon has travelled widely and has worked with non-profit, public and private sector organisations in a variety of international contexts.
Peter J. George – Head of Advisory Services
Prior to joining GVEP in 2010, Peter George was an associate at ArcLight Capital Partners, a $6.7 Billion energy-focused private equity firm based in Boston. He was involved in transactions with companies throughout the energy sector including upstream and midstream oil and gas, as well as conventional and renewable power generation. Prior to ArcLight, he was a senior investment banking analyst in the Global Energy & Power Group at Merrill Lynch. He was on the Dean’s List and received his Bachelors of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Henry Wereko – Head of Finance
Henry is a qualified accountant with significant experience managing finance teams in both the private and not-for profit sectors. Prior to joining GVEP he worked for a housing charity where he was responsible for all financial processes and implemented IT strategies in line with growth and expansion of the company. Henry is a fellow of the Association of Charted Certified Accountants (FCCA) and holds a Masters degree in Economics from Cambridge University; he has also worked as a teaching/research assistant at University of Ghana tutoring mathematical economics and economic theory, as well as work on a number of externally funded research projects. Henry is responsible for GVEP'S financial management, reporting and procurement.
Alessandra Moscadelli – Head of Communications
Alessandra Moscadelli is a communications professional with over 10 years experience in delivering effective strategies and campaigns. Prior to joining GVEP she worked for a range of human rights, development and grassroots organisations. She also directed independent participatory multimedia projects in Latin America, India and the UK. Alessandra is responsible for delivering and managing the GVEP communications programme. She is particularly interested in shaping online strategies to engage with audiences and in building awareness and engagement of energy stakeholders through digital media and online networks.
Nathalie Rami - Head of Business Development
Nathalie manages Business Develoment activities across all GVEP offices and is playing a major role in strengthening our presence in West Africa. Prior to joining GVEP she worked as a Project Development and Grant Manager for a NGO in Haiti on projects related to water and sanitation, health and energy and was also involved in supporting the fund raising capacity. She has worked as a finance consultant for an NGO in Ethiopia and before that spent three years as an Analyst for Morgan Stanley in the UK and then for a hedge fund in Paris. Nathalie holds an MSc in Finance from the University of Strathclyde. Native French, she is fluent in English and has a good knowledge of Spanish and Arabic.
Caesar Mwangi – Africa Regional Director
Caesar is a management professional with considerable executive experience spanning several disciplines: Finance, Risk Management, Human Resource Management and Consulting. Prior to joining GVEP Caesar worked as the Managing Director of Sasini Ltd, a Kenyan tea and coffee company with a workforce of over 4000. He has also worked as Associate Director for CGIAR, an international agricultural research organisation, with risk management and Internal Audit responsibilities in research Centres based in Kenya, Benin and Italy. Caesar also serves on several boards in the development and education sectors in Kenya and has also been a visiting faculty member at the Strathmore Business school in Nairobi. Caesar has interests on the subject of organisational effectiveness and has a Phd in Organisational Effectiveness and Change Management from the Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg.
Leah Kaguara - Programme Director
Leah is a development and management practitioner with 20 years of experience and expertise in the humanitarian and development industry. Prior to joining GVEP, Leah worked with World Vision International in various capacities in programme management within Africa. Most recently she worked as the Kenya County Director for Veterinaries Sans Frontiers Belgium in which she provided strategic and programme leadership Leah has also been involved in donor engagement with donors such as USAID, USDOL, ECHO, EU and the UN, as well as working with national and global level organizational management. Leah's focus is in effective programme delivery and is keen on gender mainstreaming in development and has contributed to numerous gender sensitive programmes. She holds an MBA degree in Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi and a postgraduate diploma in gender and development besides other professional qualifications.
James Maillu – Country Manager, Kenya
James has 15 years of practical work experience in Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) development particularly with international development organisations in East and West Africa. He has specialised experience in business development services, designing, reviewing and implementing micro finance programmes as well as organisation capacity assessment and organisation development. Before joining GVEP, James was working with TechnoServe as a Senior Business Advisor. James has a BA in Economics from University of Nairobi and an MSc in Entrepreneurship from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). He is in the process of completing a PhD in Entrepreneurship studies at JKUAT.
Julius Magala – Country Manager, Uganda
Julius Magala has many years of experience in market development for renewable energy in East Africa, spanning several sectors; solar PV technology, sales force management, creating distribution networks, credit management, skills development and partnership building. Prior to joining GVEP he worked with a SolarNow, a solar hire-purchase company in Uganda as a regional manager and as a business consultant for Rural Energy Foundation. Julius holds a bachelor of business administration degree from Makerere university business school, certificates in energy and sustainable energy technology from Gotland University and introduction to strategic sustainable development from Blekinge institute of technology. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Renewable Energy Development from Heriot-watt University.
Herbert Njiru Nyaga - Country Manager, Rwanda
Herbert Njiru is a Micro Finance Professional with over 10 years’ micro finance experience in Kenya, South Sudan and Rwanda. Prior to his appointment as Country Manager, he spearheaded the process of linking entrepreneurs to financial institutions for access to capital at GVEP. Herbert has worked with Rwanda Microfinance Ltd in Kigali and has experience in business development services, product development, and management of micro finance programmes, mentoring and capacity building. He holds a BSc. in Natural Resources Management from Egerton University, and an MSc. in Entrepreneurship from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). As well as a certificate in Financing Renewable energy enterprises from UNEP-FI, Geneva, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Entrepreneurship at JKUAT.
Adam Mbwambo - Country Manager, Tanzania
Adam William Mbwambo is a professional in Rural Energy, Solar Energy Businesses and Access to Credits; Microfinance Management and Project Management. He is a trainer and workshops/seminars facilitator and speaker. Adam has previously worked with local and international organizations in water, solar energy, education, health, microfinance and other energy sector projects in Tanzania. Prior to joining GVEP, he was the CEO and Country Project Manager, St. Mary’s Foundation in Tanzania. He holds a Bachelor of Theology (minor in Development Studies) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management from Bugema University.
Leighton Waterman – Country Manager, Caribbean
Leighton has been working in the energy sector for 18 years in various capacities and is currently GVEP’s Caribbean Project Manager. Before joining GVEP, he worked as a Project Manager for the Sustainable Energy Framework for Barbados (SEFB) on behalf of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Previously, he was the Senior Project Officer at the CARICOM Secretariat, where he worked on the Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme (a UNDP funded project to reduce the barriers to renewable energy development across twelve CARICOM Member States and Cuba). Leighton is a graduate of the U.W.I. St. Augustine Campus in Chemical Engineering. He also attained a Post-graduate Diploma in Resource Management & Environmental Studies from U.W.I. Cave Hill. In 1996, he obtained a Master of Arts degree in Urban Affairs & Public Policy with a concentration in Energy & Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware which he attended on a Fulbright Scholarship. In addition to this, he has a Master of Business Administration from Manchester Business School in the U.K.