Renewable World’s global headquarters is in Brighton, UK. Here, a small team lead on governance and financial management, programme oversight, new programme funding, fundraising, and communications. We have two core regional offices; our South Asia office is in Kathmandu, Nepal – managing projects in Nepal and Bangladesh; our East Africa office is in Nairobi, Kenya, managing projects in Kenya with a view of future project expansion into Tanzania and Uganda. Our regional teams lead on project design and management, technical design and installation, and monitoring and evaluation.
Chief Operating Officer
Matt is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA), business owner and senior manager with over 20 years’ experience. Matt holds a BA Hons in Economics and Politics from the University of York. After qualifying with KPMG as an ACA in 1998 he has worked in senior finance & assurance roles for some of the UK’s largest companies including British Land and Hogg Robinson (HRG). Whilst on sabbatical he set up an outdoor leisure and hire business which he still owns. In 2014 he completed a life changing MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility at Ashridge College. Matt is interesting in building purposeful and effective organisations aligned to the needs of the whole planet. 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 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.
Programme Reporting and Grants Manager
Helen joined Renewable World in October 2013. Her background is in project management and International Development, 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 International Development and Education. She is a keen baker, photographer and traveler. She grew up in North India and speaks both Hindi and Tibetan.
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 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 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.
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.
East Africa Team
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.
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.
Technical Project Officer, East Africa.
Benson joined Renewable world in September 2016. He is a graduate of both BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and BSc in Telecommunication and Information Engineering from Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Kenya. Prior to joining Renewable World, he spent more than 3 years working in renewable energy and its related infrastructure.
For the last 30 months, he has worked as a Field Engineer in Powerhive East Africa, a California based private company majoring on sale of renewable power using their robust smart billing system integrated with mobile money platform for emerging markets in Kenya. He has worked for Solargen Technologies for a short contract on sale of solar components and construction of Mini Grid for government, NGO, and private institutions. He also gained valuable knowledge in IT and Network Administration working for Orange Telkom Kenya. Benson has a wealth of valuable technical knowledge in renewable energy, project management skills and a good understanding of the Kenya Regulation Standards.
He is a registered Engineer with Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK), a government entity authorized to licence and regulate engineering profession, he is a licenced Advanced Solar Installer Level T3 and also a licenced electrician Class C-1 with Energy Regulatory Commission of Kenya, (ERC)
South Asia Team
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.
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.
Ram Shankar Thapa
Regional Financial Controller – South Asia
Ram Shankar is a qualified Chartered Accountant from ICAI. He joined Renewable World – South Asia Office, Kathmandu in June 2016 as the Regional Financial Controller – South Asia. Previously he had worked as the Head of Finance at FORWARD Nepal, a national Level NGO for 1.5 years and worked as an Audit Executive for more than a year in one of the renowned the CA firm in India having a great Exposure in the field of Audit, Taxation and financial consultancy for International and National level development sector organizations. He is experienced with the implementation of the sound internal control system in the overall financial management of the organization and providing financial advice, finalization of books of accounts and conduction of various professional level audits and assessments. He is well equipped with Administrative, HR and procurement tools.
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.
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.
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.
Md. Sayeed Ur Rahim Mahadi
Technical Project Officer - Bangladesh
Md. Sayeed Ur Rahim Mahadi joined Renewable World in June 2016. Prior to joining Renewable World he spent more than 4 years working in energy and related infrastructure projects. He has worked at Practical Action Bangladesh for 2 years and was involved with Poor People’s Energy Outlook (PPEO) 2016 survey and PPP lead Municipal Waste to Energy project. He is also a FK Norway Skill Exchange fellow and worked around one year for promoting green technologies in rural Nepal. Mahadi has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Renewable Energy Technology. He has completed a summer course on Green Industry from Central European University, Hungary. He brings valuable technical skills, project and strategic management skills to Renewable World and has a rich understanding of the various renewable energy contexts in Bangladesh. He is a member of Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNET) and Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB). He loves travelling, photography and painting.
Technical and Project Manager – South Asian and East Africa
David is a Chartered Engineer with 10 years’ experience working in the energy sector in Spain, Portugal and UK. He specializes in renewable energy and energy efficient technology. For the last 5 years he worked in different roles at E.ON, one of the UK’s largest energy companies. For 3 years he was designing PV and biomass solutions for domestic and commercial users and a for the last 2 years as a project manager of gas CHP systems for the industrial sector. David joined Renewable World in January 2015 as a volunteer with a specific interest in learning about the social and economic impact of energy access in rural communities. He has since become a Technical and Project manager supporting our South Asia and East Africa programme. He has been directly supporting community owned solar PV projects in Nepal, Bangladesh and Kenya.
Carolina is an experienced sustainability professional with more than 20 years’ experience in the renewable energy sector. Most recently she has been working at RES (Renewable Energy Systems Ltd) in a variety of roles; from business development and project management in Sweden, Turkey and South Africa to programme management of strategic projects and leading the global sustainability programme in RES. Carolina is currently studying a part-time MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility at Ashridge Executive Education/ Hult Business School. In addition to volunteering at Renewable World, Carolina is also engaged in the local transition movement in north Hertfordshire where she lives. Carolina enjoys reading, walking, skiing, travelling and is a very keen visitor to the local gym.