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.
Joe joined Nesta in 2010 to lead their work on social venturing and investment, including making and managing a portfolio of investments in impact investment funds and products. Joe led Nesta's involvement in the development of Big Society Capital both running Nesta's own pilot fund the £1.5million Big Society Finance Fund, and advising the Big Lottery Fund's Big Society Investment Fund. Joe has been active in impact investment since 2005, previously working at CAF Venturesome, a leading UK impact fund, investing in growing social enterprises and charities. At Venturesome, Joe led on £4million of quasi-equity and debt transactions and established the Community Land Trust Fund. Joe began his career with the TeachFirst programme teaching in a secondary school in the London Borough of Hackney.
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.