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 Weston – Director, Investment Advisory Services
Peter is an expert in power and renewables, with 20 years of experience as an investor, lender and strategic adviser, much of it in developing countries. He is a non-executive director of Triodos Renewables, a community-oriented investor in small-sized renewable projects, and a Board Member of Renewable World, an NGO which alleviates poverty in developing countries through micro renewable projects. Peter is also a visiting lecturer at ESCP Business School. He was previously global head of finance and investment for two power equipment suppliers: Siemens Wind Power and MAN. He led the European energy lending team at GE Capital and was an executive director at Westdeutsche Landesbank. Peter has a BA in Economics and Politics from the University of Warwick.
Shashank Verma – Head of Advisory Services
Shashank has a total of 15 years of experience, out of which 10 years of entrepreneurial & consulting experience working in the decentralised clean energy space in East Africa & India. He has advised clean energy access entrepreneurs on their business and fundraising strategies, and also given feedback on investor pitch materials, business plans & financial models. Prior to GVEP, Shashank worked with Pamoja Cleantech, a Uganda based mini-grid company. He has an MBA from Oxford University.
Larry Edevbie – Head of Finance
Larry joined GVEP in April 2016 as Head of Finance responsible for financial reporting to SMT, board and partner organisations. Before joining GVEP worked in the international development sector for a number of years, most recently at the Africa Governance Initiative (AGI), an international development organisation promoting good governance in Africa. He is a qualified accountant and member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Alessandra Moscadelli – Head of Communications
Alessandra is a communications professional with 15 years’ experience across the media, public relations, stakeholder, marketing and brand mix in the non-profit sector. She is responsible for producing multi-lingual communication strategies, advocacy, awareness and promotional campaigns, and for managing external relation activities. Prior to joining GVEP she worked for a range of human rights, development and grassroots organisations. She has travelled widely and directed independent participatory multimedia projects in Latin America, India and the UK. Alessandra holds a degree in English Literature and a postgraduate diploma in Development Studies. Native Italian, she is fluent in Spanish, English and has a good knowledge of French.
Leah Kaguara - Africa Regional Director
Leah Kaguara is a development and management practitioner with 20 years of experience and expertise in the humanitarian and development industry. Prior to her current position, Leah was the Africa Region Programme Director at GVEP. Leah has previously 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 development partners such as USAID, USDOL, ECHO, EU and the UN, as well as working with national and global level organizational management teams. Leah's focus is in organisational leadership for effective programme delivery that brings lasting change. She is keen on gender mainstreaming in development projects 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.
Nathalie Rami - Programmes Director
Based in Nairobi, Nathalie oversees all programmes across East and West Africa. Prior to this, she managed GVEP’s Business Development activities for four years. Before 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 a 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.
Collins Munene - Deputy Regional Director
Collins Munene has fifteen years’ experience working with NGOs, international organisations and the public sector in operations, financial management, accounting, auditing, strategic planning, management and analysis. Prior to joining GVEP, he was the Head of Finance, Governance & Operations for Kimetrica International, a social enterprise whose mission is to increase the effectiveness of spending in the social sector. Collins holds an MBA in Strategic Management and a BS in Finance from the San Jose State University in California, USA.
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.
Louis Seck - Country Manager, Senegal
Louis Seck has over 20 years’ professional experience in policy, science and renewable energies. Prior to working for GVEP, he was the West Africa Coordinator for the Climate Parliament. Former Director then Minister of Renewable Energies in Senegal, Louis set up the Senegalese policy on renewable energy and coordinated projects on power generation and rural electrification. He holds a Business Administration Certificate from the University of Boston in Kobe (Japan), a Diploma in Applied Studies in Renewable Energies from the Technical and Scientific University of Languedoc (Montpellier, France) and an Undergraduate Degree in Science from the University of Dakar (Senegal).