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.
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.
Caesar Mwangi – Head of Africa
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.