Renewable World is managed by a small secretariat based in Brighton and has regional offices in Kathmandu and Nairobi. The charity employs a team to work on governance, financial management, grant compliance, donor reporting, strategic development, project implementation and research, fundraising and marketing and communications.

UK Team

Nick Virr

Global Programme Manager

Nick has over 23 years proven experience of organisation building and business development. With his concomitant understanding of business models and cash flow analyses he is excellently placed to build the capacity of partners in the region as well as develop the wider programme. Nick successfully built a company in Australia and led the international business development of a European IT solutions company. He has 15 years hands-on experience of working with poverty alleviation projects in Papua New Guinea, Nepal and Ethiopia, and a First Class Degree in International Development and East Asian Studies.

Matt Stubberfield

Chief Operating Officer

Matt is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA), business owner and senior manager with over 20 years’ experience. After qualifying with KPMG he has worked in senior finance & assurance roles for some of the UK’s largest companies including British Land and Hogg Robinson (HRG). More recently he set up an outdoor leisure and hire business. In 2014 he completed a MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility at Ashridge College. He has a keen interest in the environment, has studied Permaculture and is a qualified PADI diving instructor. Matt loves to go for a decent hike on the South Downs, a bike ride or kayaking along the Sussex coast, or for a road trip out in one of his campervans.

Marie Hounslow

Fundraising Manager

Marie comes to Renewable World having previously worked in a variety of fundraising, campaign and communications roles for WWF and other charities. She has a professional interest in tackling poverty through the environment. She also helped raise £5 million for a capital appeal for a centre for disabled children in Birmingham. Career highlights include project managing WWF-UK’s 50th Anniversary celebrations and working for LOGOC on the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. At home, Marie is interested in sustainable food, (mostly) organic gardening, yoga and running.

Helen Russell

Programme Reporting and Grants Manager

Helen joined Renewable World in October 2013. She comes from a background in the INGO sector with a focus on development work in Asia. Prior to joining Renewable World she spent 18 months working in Nepal as a project manager for TechnoServe implementing a USAID funded project with the Tibetan Refugee community; focusing on livelihood development and youth empowerment. Helen has a Master’s degree from the University of East Anglia in Development and Education. She is a keen baker, enjoys exploring markets and looks forward each year to growing as much veg on her tiny patio in the summer as possible.

Emily Jesshope

UK Events and Fundraising Officer

Emily joined Renewable World in November 2015. After graduating from the University of Bristol with a degree in French and Spanish, she spent five years travelling, working and volunteering in South America. During this time she became involved in a number of grassroots projects, working in the fields of community development, conservation and animal rights. Upon her return to the UK she has pursued a career in fundraising and has worked for a number of INGOs, including Free Tibet, Quest4Change and Friends of Inti Wara Yassi. In her spare time she enjoys salsa dancing, cycling and hillwalking.

Paddy Vipond

Fundraising Officer

Paddy Vipond joined Renewable World in September of 2014. After graduating from the University of Brighton with a degree in War, Conflict and Modernity, he spent some time volunteering in Turkey and Syria before coming back to the UK. When not in his role as a Fundraising Officer, Paddy can be seen participating in campaigns and demonstrations on local and national issues, or writing articles for a number of publications. In May of 2015 Paddy published his first book. Outside of work he holds interests in Effective Altruism, democracy, Syria, tattoos, and football.

Paula Corbett


Paula joined Renewable World in March 2014 to support the Finance team part-time, initially as a volunteer after qualifying as an Accounting Technician (level 4) at City College, Brighton. Paula has a degree in English and also works as an IT systems consultant for a local company.

Rose McDermott

Financial Controller (UK)

Rose moved to Brighton from East London early in 2014 with her husband Chris who is an Anglican priest, after he was appointed Lead Chaplain at the University of Sussex. Rose worked for a local charity for 18 months before joining Renewable World in November 2015 and comes from a finance background with experience gained in the private, public and charity sectors. A love of nature and wildlife eventually led her to complete an OU degree in environmental studies in her spare time, knowledge of which she is hoping to draw on in her role with RW. Together Rose and her husband have 4 children between them (all grown up) and they enjoy spending time with their family and friends who seem to love visiting them more than ever since they moved to Brighton! They  also both love walking (on the Downs and along the beach) and have practiced yoga for many years.

Emma Pike

Fundraising Officer

Emma first joined Renewable World as a Fundraising and Communications intern during summer 2014 and following the completion of her BA History degree from the University of York in July 2015, she re-joined the team as a Trusts and Foundations fundraiser. Her interests in sustainable development were developed during a research trip to South Africa with the University of the Western Cape, where she worked with community members and NGOs to record some of the many issues faced by those living in extreme poverty. Outside of Renewable World Emma enjoys exploring the outdoors; having most recently completed walking the 630 mile South West Coast Path and also loves pursuing art and textile work.

East Africa Team

Geoffrey Mburu

Regional Programme Manager, East Africa

Geoffrey joined Renewable World East Africa in June 2014 having worked at the Institute of Environment and Water Management, Nottawassaga Institute and Christian Aid in Kenya. He has over 6 years of experience in organizational development, strategic planning, international non-profit business development, fundraising, project management, monitoring and evaluation of climate change and livelihoods projects related to solar energy, water and sanitation and hygiene and agriculture.

He is Secretary to the Climate Change Network of Kenya, Assistant Secretary of the Kenya Water Partnership, member of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, the Kenya Climate Change Working Group and Danish Development Research Network. He has completed a BA degree in Economics and Sociology at the University of Nairobi and is an accomplished vocalist who enjoys singing and playing piano whenever time allows.

Jayne Koki

Finance and Commercial Manager, East Africa

Jayne joined Renewable World in 2015. Prior to joining, she worked as a regional Project Accountant for 4 years at Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Agribusiness Project (KAPAP), governmental project in agriculture funded by the World Bank. She has also worked as Commercial and Finance Manager for 6 years at Kilifi Water, a quasi-governmental organization dealing in water provision and implementation of water projects including community water projects serving the pro-poor and peri-urban areas funded by donors such as World Bank, Plan International, World Vision, JICA, Water Services Trust Fund (WSTF), Nature Kenya, Community Development Fund (CDF) among others. Jayne is a graduate with B.Com and MBA-Finance, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holder of a diploma in Project Management. She is am a member of Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya and Kenya Institute of Management.

Matt Kinsella

Regional Programme Support Volunteer

Matt is our Regional Programme Support Volunteer, working with us for six months in Kenya and Nepal. He is developing and road-testing our Community Implementation Model, the bespoke process model by which our programmes are executed. Matt has 9 years experience across the public, private and non-profit sectors in the UK. He is a certified PRINCE2® Practitioner Project Manager, a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), and recently completed an MPA in International Development at the University of York.

South Asia Team

Lata Shrestha

Nepal Programme Manager

Lata Shrestha joined Renewable World in Nepal in August 2012. Following a degree in Social Work in Kathmandu, she pursued two separate Masters Degrees in Social Policy and Social Science Research Methods respectively from Middlesex University in London between 2002 and 2006. She had accumulated over 5 years of experience at a managerial level in the social care sector in London before joining Renewable World. She has also worked as a consultant researcher for the International Water Management Institute where she conducted a study on small scale agricultural water storage system in Nepal’s Koshi basin, identifying the social and institutional feasibility of different interventions. Lata brings valuable research skills, human resources and project and service management skills to Renewable World and has a rich understanding of the social and equity issues in Nepal.

Baburam Paudel

Global Technical Manager

Baburam Paudel joined Renewable World in April 2014. He has 13 years of working experience in variety of civil engineering field. Prior to joining Renewable World he spent more than 7 years working in Afghanistan as an Engineering Manager for Aga Khan Foundation implementing renewable energy and other infrastructure projects. He has handled various critical and challenging projects from design stage to implementation stage. Baburam has Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and Master’s Degree in Water Resources Engineering. He has recently completed Postgraduate Degree on Renewable Energy from United Nations University, Tokyo.

Anita Bohara Thapa

Project Manager, Nepal

Anita Bohara Thapa joined Renewable World in September 2014. She has previously spent seven years working on rural electrification, hydropower and renewable energy projects in Nepal. She has worked for both private and public sector organisations, on projects ranging from renewable energy promotion to technology development and construction. Her ability to implement, manage and deliver challenging energy projects and training makes her an invaluable asset to the South Asia team.Anita has a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Energy Systems and Management from the University of Flensburg, Germany.

Anu Bhandari

Regional Finance Manager, South Asia

Anu is our first regional financial controller having joined Renewable World South Asia team in Nepal just after the terrible earthquake of April 2015. Anu is a qualified chartered accountant (ICAN) and has both Nepalese and international experience working as a finance and audit professional for commercial, accounting practice and advisory entities, which has included reviewing NGO’s in Nepal. Amongst her many tasks Anu will be developing our financial systems and also improving the financial literacy of our partners.

Ganga Acharya

Regional Project Officer, Nepal

Ganga has worked in various Renewable Energy Projects and others which includes in the Micro Hydro, Biogas Sector, Improved Cook Stoves, Solar, Water Supply and Sanitation and as an Instructor of Assistant Civil Sub Engineer. Ganga has a degree with Diploma in Civil Engineering and 16 years of working experience in the Renewable Energy Sector.

Tripti Prajapati

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Nepal

Tripti Prajapati joined Renewable World in September 2015. She has a Master Degree in Energy and Environmental Management from the University of Flensburg, Germany. Prior to her Master degree she worked in a hydropower company in Nepal for almost 3 years as an Environmental Engineer. During her term, she travelled to many rural areas, worked with the communities to carry out the environmental assessment of the proposed hydropower projects. Her interest in renewable energy and its role in improving the livelihoods of the rural people is the main drive for her to join Renewable World. Her skills accrued from her academia and previous work experiences will support her to take on a monitor and evaluation work with Renewable World. She is into sports, both watching and playing particularly table-tennis, swimming and also loves travelling.

Central America Team

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