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 – Chief Operations Officer
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.
Nimrod Nyakanyanga – Head of Finance
Nimrod Nyakanyanga is a qualified accountant with over 20 years’ experience in both the private and the not-for profit sectors, with six of these years spent in International Development in different capacities. He has worked with people from different backgrounds in the developing world, setting up monitoring and reporting systems for new offices and major grants. Nimrod is a member of the Association Chartered Certified Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators and he 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.
James Wakaba – Head of Africa
James Wakaba is an engineer by profession with 20 years industry and management experience. He spent 10 years working with organisations such as Unilever and Magadi Soda. James areas of interest are energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate change, and project finance. He has worked on energy projects ranging from community biomass substitution to power generation throughout Africa. Prior to joining GVEP, he was working on developing standards for energy efficiency in household appliances in Uganda.
James Maillu – Country Manager, Uganda
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.
Helmut Nyoni Country Manager, Tanzania
Prior to joining GVEP, Helmut was working with TaTEDO, Centre for Sustainable Modern Energy Initiatives as Business Development Officer, Team Leader in Northern Zone. He has experience in developing training program and materials and he has implemented training to energy entrepreneurs. He has supported entrepreneurs in preparation of business plans, facilitated net working sessions and business linkages to Financial Institutions and market access. A graduate in Business Administration, specializing in marketing management, he spent his first ten years in a leading media house in East Africa, Nation Media Group as Business Representative in Arusha Tanzania where he successfully built from the scratch the circulation and advertising market for the EastAfrican newspaper. Helmut Nyoni joined GVEP in July 2010 as a SME Expert for Lake Zone Tanzania based in Mwanza.
David Disch – Country Manager, Rwanda
David is the Country Manager for Rwanda and oversees a number of GVEP's projects, such as supporting small phone-charging enterprises, local hydro developers and distributors of solar products. More generally, he advises GVEP on projects related to off-grid lighting distribution and carbon finance across the East Africa region. Prior to joining GVEP he acquired work experience with the German Ministry for Environment and completed assignments for NGOs in Ghana and Gambia. Coming from a broad background in energy and environmental issues, David holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London, with a focus on international climate policy and carbon markets.
Amadou Diallo – Country Manager, Senegal
Amadou Diallo Holds an MSc in Finance from Coventry University, and a Degree in Project Management from the West African Institute of Postgraduate Management Studies. He started his career working at ESTEL Centre a non-profit organization in Senegal and later on pursuing his professional path, he undertook different roles in marketing, IT, training, and finance. He attented various trainings in solar energy projects with LILI (Low Impact Living Initiative) in the U.K. and with S.E.D.C (Sustainable Energy Development Center) in Tanzania, and developped a growing interest in renewable energy. Prior to joining GVEP he worked as a Business and Financial Consultant specialised in the energy sector, and project modelling. Amadou speaks French, English, Pulaar, Wolof, and has a good command of Arabic and Kiswahili.
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.