Our Trustees

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, Chairman
Matthew is the Head of Government Services at Nexant Inc, a leading provider of financial, strategic planning, and advisory services to the global energy and chemicals sectors. He previously worked as a Director of International Development at Panel Claw, a leading solar component supplier, and a 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, in over 45 countries, resulting in more than a half billion dollars of finance for energy projects in developing countries. He is also a Trustee of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation.

Carole Brookins
The Honorable Carole L. Brookins served from 2001 and 2005 as the United States Executive Director to the World Bank in Washington, D.C.. She is currently a Managing Director of Public Capital Advisors LLC, and serves as a director on both corporate and non-profit boards. These have included Climate Exchange and the Chicago Climate Exchange and the NTR plc North American Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Rabobank’s North American Agribusiness Advisory Board and the Center for Financial Stability board.

Emily Unwin
Emily is a lawyer with ClientEarth, a public interest environmental law organization, where she works within the Brussels-based Climate & Forests team. She was previously at the London law firm, Bates Wells & Braithwaite, where she advised on environmental and commercial law. She holds a Masters in international environmental law and her work focuses on emerging national and international environmental law and policy – in particular that which has focuses on EU regulatory frameworks and the financing and development of renewable energy projects.

Matthew Whittell
Matthew is the former 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 a renewable and rural energy consultant and a Director of KMRI Lanka (pvt) Ltd. Until April 2010 he was at the World Bank where he was responsible for guiding renewable and rural energy projects. He also launched the joint World Bank/IFC 2008 Lighting Africa programme, was a contributor to the “Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program”, and has served on the boards of the Triodos Renewable Energy for Development Fund and Photovoltaics Global Approval Program. He is presently on the boards of Sri Lankan companies, ENSA Power, a wind and small hydro developer, and KMRI Asset Company, a biomass power project owner. He is also a trustee of Energy Forum a civil society agency in Sri Lanka supporting clean energy dialogue. Anil has authored a number of publications, holds a doctorate in Agricultural Engineering and was the recipient of the Professor Robert Hill award at the 2005 European Photovoltaics and Solar Energy Conference. 

Andrew Reicher
Andrew Reicher is Chairman of Africa Renewable Energy Fund, managed by Berkeley Energy, and also an investor and adviser in other climate-resilient electricity initiatives, especially in the world’s poorest countries. He has more than 30 years’ experience in private equity investment and investment banking, gained as the result of a number of senior positions at the Private Infrastructure Development Group, the Commonwealth Development Corporation, Credit Suisse First Boston, Botts & Company and Citicorp. He is the non-executive director and investment committee member of a number of private businesses and charities and holds a BA in Economics from Cambridge University and an MA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Thierno Bocar Tall
Thierno Bocar Tall is CEO of the African Biofuel and Renewable Energy Company. The former Head of External Audit Unit at the Centre for Public Enterprises, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, in 1985 he joined the ECOWAS Bank of Investment and Development where he held a number of senior positions. Thierno is a member of the Board of Directors of ECOBANK and the Vice-President for Africa of the Group of Experts on Global Energy Efficiency 21 of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

Carolyn Tobin
Carolyn is a management consultant focusing on acquiring and integrating businesses and other profit enhancement programs. She was the Director of Corporate Finance for Clear Channel International during their dramatic expansion 1999-2002 and previously worked for GE Capital on acquisitions and strategic projects and with a US boutique investment bank. She is a Chartered Accountant and has an MBA from Wharton Business School.

Linda Mabhena-Olagunju
Linda is the managing director of DLO Energy Resources Group, an energy company owned wholly by women, with a portfolio of wind and solar energy projects in South Africa. She was the winner of the Forbes Women Africa Best Emerging Entrepreneur 2015 award and her company was recognised as the most innovative black business at the Black Business Quarterly awards. She has been recognised by ESI as 1 of the 50 Most Influential People in the African Power Sector and in 2014 she featured in Oprah’s Power List among the 20 most powerful women in Africa. Linda is a WEF Global Shaper and a member of the committee charged with advising the Minister of Energy in South Africa. She is also an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

Andrew Yager
Andrew is Program Manager at Multiconsult ASA, a leading multidisciplinary, publicly traded, Norwegian engineering consultancy. He served as Officer-in-Charge of the Water, Energy and Strategies Branch at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs during 2009-2011. As Secretary to UN-Energy, Andrew was instrumental in development of the SE4ALL initiative. He also served as resident renewable energy advisor to the SADC Energy Sector in Luanda during 1989-1993. Andrew recently completed a six-year term on the Board of Directors of Engineers-without-Borders USA. He is currently an advisor to both the Norwegian and Swedish embassies supporting policy development and rural energy project implementation on Zanzibar and in Mainland Tanzania. Andrew obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1984.