GVEP is governed by a distinguished Board of Trustees representing many years of experience and expertise in fields related to the environment and economic development.
Matthew Mendis (chairperson)
Matthew is actively pursuing the development and finance of renewable energy projects in South and South-East Asia. He currently serves as Director, International Development at Panel Claw, Inc., a leading solar power component supplier in North America, and as the Senior Technical Advisor to the Energy and Security Group, a strategic consulting company based in the US. Matthew has been actively involved in clean energy project development and finance for the past 25 years and in over 45 countries around the globe. His work has led to more than a half billion dollars in loan and grant assistance for energy projects in developing countries. His efforts now focus on leveraging private capital for financing renewable energy projects. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, and also serves on the Boards of two private sector organizations.
The Honorable Carole L. Brookins served from 2001 to 2005 as the United States Executive Director to the World Bank in Washington, D.C. An international consultant, she is currently a Managing Director of Public Capital Advisors LLC (PCA) (www.publiccapitaladvisors.com), and serves as a director on both corporate and non-profit boards. These have included Climate Exchange plc and the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) and the NTR plc North American Advisory Board. She currently is a member of the Rabobank’s North American Agribusiness Advisory Board and the Center for Financial Stability board.
Dr Valery Sorokin
Valery is a professor in the Russian Oil and Gas University and a consultant of the Expert Administration of the Russian President. Previously he spent 10 years in Washington with Russia’s diplomatic service and also worked in Brussels as the Deputy Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat. In 2005/6 he acted as head of the Group on Global Energy Security of the Expert Council on Preparation and Support of the Russian G8 Presidency and since then he consults the Russian participation in G8 and G20 Frameworks on Energy and related issues.
Emily is a lawyer with ClientEarth, a public interest environmental law organisation. She works within the Climate & Forests programme, based in Brussels. She was previously a lawyer with Bates Wells & Braithwaite, a London law firm that works with commercial and third sector organisations, where she advised on environmental and commercial law. She has a Masters in international environmental law and her work focuses on emerging national and international environmental law and policy, which has included a particular focus on the financing and development of renewable energy projects and EU regulatory frameworks.
Marcelo Tokman (PHD in Economics from UC Berkeley) was recently Managing Director and Vice President for South America of VESTAS. He also was the company's VP for Government Relations in Latin America and the Caribbean. He was President of the National Energy Commission and Chile's first Minister of Energy between 2007 and 2010. Previously he was Chief of Advisors of the Ministry of Finance and Head of Research of the Budget Office. He has also been and still is Board member for major Chilean companies.
Matthew is Chief Financial Officer of Aggregated Micro Power, a renewable energy company. Previously he has worked with the Climate Exchange plc and Schroders. He spent five years in Singapore working for Citigroup, leading financial transactions both in Singapore and for several leading Indian corporates. In 2005, he returned to university to study for a Masters in environmental technology; he also has a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance. He is Vice President on the Board of the Carbon Markets and Investors Association.
Dr Anil Cabraal
Anil is an independent consultant in renewable and rural energy and a Director of KMR Infrastructure Inc. of USA, and KMRI Lanka (pvt) Ltd. of Sri Lanka. Until April 2010 he was responsible for guiding renewable energy strategy development and implementation, and renewable and rural energy project development at the World Bank in Washington DC, USA. He designed and launched the joint World Bank/IFC Lighting Africa programme in 2008 and was a contributor to the design of the “Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program,” a grant making facility of the multi-donor Strategic Climate Funds. His publications cover renewable energy in developing countries, and best practice guidance reports on off-grid electrification project design and implementation. His work on photovoltaics for development earned him the Professor Robert Hill award at the 2005 European Photovoltaics and Solar Energy Conference. He has a doctorate in Agricultural Engineering. He represented the World Bank on the boards of the Triodos Renewable Energy for Development Fund and Photovoltaics Global Approval Program.
Andrew Reicher is an investor and adviser in climate-resilient electricity, especially in the world's poorest countries. He has 20+ years of private equity investment preceded by 10+ years of investment banking experience, and currently serves in a number of non-executive director and investment committee roles in both private business and charities. He has significant experience of emerging markets and infrastructure (particularly power generation) and the creation of public/private partnerships. Between 2009 and 2011 he headed the secretariat of the Private Infrastructure Development Group, a donor-funded multilateral organisation working to increase levels of private sector investment in infrastructure in Africa and Asia. Before that, from 2000-08, Andrew worked with the Commonwealth Development Corporation (including the private equity firm Actis which was created in CDC’s privatization process), as its Chief Investment Officer (chairing all the investment committees), head of its first Infrastructure Fund, and then CEO of Globeleq, CDC’s wholly owned electricity generation company operating in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Prior to CDC he worked with Credit Suisse First Boston, Botts & Company and Citicorp. Andrew has a BA in Economics from Cambridge University, and an MA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Thierno Bocar Tall
Thierno Bocar Tall holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and Economics from the Cheick Anta Diop University in Dakar. After completing his degree, he was appointed Head of External Audit Unit at the Centre for Public Enterprises, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs. Following this he was recruited by the ECOWAS Bank of Investment and Development (EBID) in 1985, and has since occupied the following positions: Head of Division, Operational Policies and Procedures, Director of the NEPAD and Resources Mobilization Unit, Director of Studies and Strategic Planning, Director of the African Biofuel and Renewable Energies Fund (ABREF) Project and has been the Chairman & CEO of the African Biofuel and Renewable Energy Company (ABREC) since January 2011. In addition to this, Mr Thierno Bocar Tall has been a member of the Board of Directors of ECOBANK since 1988 and the Vice-President for Africa of the Group of Experts on Global Energy Efficiency 21 (GEE21) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) since 2010.