A culture of innovation and collaboration

Our global headquarters is located in the beautiful coastal town of Brighton, United Kingdom. Here, a small but vibrant team oversees governance, financial management, programme support, fundraising, and communications.

We also have a regional office in Kathmandu, Nepal. Our talented and hard-working regional team lead on project design and management, technical design and installation, and monitoring and evaluation.


UK Team

Phil Brown
Chief Executive Officer

Phil joined Renewable World in October 2021, bringing over 20 years’ experience in leadership and technical roles in the public and private sector, most recently as a senior advisor in PwC’s international development practice. Between 2002-2015, Phil worked for the UK Department for International Development (DFID). His last position was as the Senior Regional Trade and Economic Integration for Southern Africa, based in South Africa. Before leaving government in 2016, he led a department in UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) responsible for increasing exports and investment in innovative technologies and venture capital. Phil is a committed environmentalist and passionate about leading Renewable World to grow its impact. Outside work, Phil loves spending time with his family and friends. His hobbies include camping, country walks, running, playing football (poorly) and music festivals.

Lisa O’Doherty
Global Programmes Director

Lisa joined Renewable World in 2018, bringing 20 years’ experience in international development, social care, fundraising and tourism. She has been fortunate to travel and work overseas extensively, including East and West Africa, and South Asia, starting as a fundraising intern at Action Aid Nepal, later specialising in programme design at Raleigh International and Save the Children. In the last decade her focus has been rights-based projects, including WASH, health, education, trafficking prevention, resilience building, and combatting gender-based violence. Lisa holds a BA in Social Anthropology and Geography, an MSc in Sustainable Development, both from SOAS, London, and harbours a passion for enabling communities across Nepal to mitigate against and adapt to the inevitability of climate change. When she is not working, you are most likely to find her hiking in the hills.

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Janaki Jayasuriya
Director of Finance & Operations

Janaki joined the Renewable World team in February 2020 with over fifteen years’ experience in charity finance including working for the Indigenous Development Centre based in Chiang Mai Thailand and also Target Tuberculosis and Sightsavers who work in Africa and Asia alleviating poverty by strengthening national and local health systems.  Living and working in the jungle areas on the Thai-Burma border increased her awareness of the plight of people living in marginalized communities and since returning to the UK she has become increasingly interested in living in a more environmentally sustainable way.  She enjoys walking in the Downs, cycling, cooking and listening to world music.

Matt Whitehead
Director of Fundraising & Communications

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Kate Gibson
Trusts and Foundations Manager

Kate joined Renewable World in February 2018. With a background in international programme development at Christian Aid and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Kate moved from programme management into programme funding and later into broader fundraising for UK charities, including a Brighton-based charity working with homeless people and a hospice in Sussex. More recently, Kate has been involved at a senior level in philanthropy in the international animal welfare sector. A keen advocate for life after work, Kate is a longstanding yoga devotee, occasional runner, wine enthusiast and Earth Wind and Tyre – Renewable World’s flagship cycling event – aspirant (we can all dream).

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Helen Russell
Grants and Impact 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 our team, 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.

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Emily Jesshope
Fundraising & Events Manager

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.

Paula Corbett
Senior Finance Officer

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. She is now RW’s accountant and bookkeeper. Paula has a degree in English and also works as an IT systems consultant for a local Brighton company.

Tom Bates
Senior Fundraising Officer

Tom joined Renewable World in December 2021. He brings five years of experience in proposal writing, prospect research, donor stewardship and in direct fundraising, most recently working at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Before transitioning to a fundraising career, Tom had a brief stint in academia, completing a PhD in ethics from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands and teaching courses on moral psychology and practical ethics. Outside of work, Tom likes getting into nature, listening to music and playing chess.

Isabel Alves
Fundraising & Admin Officer

Isabel joined Renewable World in October 2021. After graduating from the University of Sussex with a degree in International Development and International Relations, Isabel pursued a master’s degree in Health and International Development at the London School of Economics. During university, she led various fundraising challenges, raising over £25K, and supported the sponsorship of the largest student-led conference in the UK. She began her fundraising career with WaterAid, then went on to the Hair & Beauty Charity and, most recently, Girlguiding. Isabel grew up in Portugal and speaks both Portuguese, Spanish and (some) Italian. A world traveller, she has visited 40 countries and lived in Italy, Switzerland, and Cambodia. Her hobbies include yoga, climbing mountains, trying out new cuisines, reading, and swimming in the sea.


Kenya Team

Benson Maroro
Technical Manager, Kenya

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. 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), he is a licenced Advanced Solar Installer Level T3 and also a licenced electrician Class C-1 with Energy Regulatory Commission of Kenya, (ERC)

Eugene Onyango Oduor
Community Mobilisation Officer, Kenya

Eugene is an experienced community projects’ management professional with particular expertise in coordination and implementation of community livelihood and WASH projects. Prior to joining Renewable World in March 2021, Eugene had worked with Send a Cow Kenya where he led a livelihoods project that mainstreamed HIV/AIDS support across all outputs and had strong biases for farming systems, natural resource management and social inclusion. Previously, he worked with Evidence Action where he coordinated a WASH project that was nutrition embedded to understand the nexus between portable water and nutrition security. Eugene holds a BSc Microbiology degree from Moi University and is currently pursuing MBA majoring in Strategic Management.


Nepal Team

Thakur Thapa
Acting Country Director, Nepal

Thakur joined Renewable World in August 2021 with over 15 years experience in project development and implementation. He has specific experience in food security and livelihood, WASH, DRR, climate change adaptations, and the improvement of basic public infrastructures. He has previously worked for both national and international organizations including HELVETAS, Caritas Switzerland, Rural Reconstruction Nepal for the projects funded by DFID (now UK Aid), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Swiss Solidarity, and European Union. Thakur has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, and Master of Integrated Water Management from the University of Queensland, Australia. He was awarded the Dean’s commendation for academic excellence for his master’s degree. He has sound theoretical knowledge and extensive practical experience in managing projects at different levels for national and international organizations in Nepal. In his spare time, he enjoys socializing, watching tennis and playing futsal and table tennis.

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.

Sarika Amatya
Head of Finance and Operations – South Asia

Sarika brings over 16 years of administration, financial management, and operations expertise to her role at Renewable World. She began her career in nonprofit development organizations in year 2003 and has worked in various capacities across national and international development organizations in Nepal. She has worked with donor funded programmes including key donors such as DFID, Swiss, Danish, ECHO, EuropeAid and USAID. Sarika has received a Master’s Degree in Finance as well as the Master’s Degree in Sociology from Tribhuvan University. She has earned her Ph.D. in Management from Singhania University, India. She has expert abilities to ensure internal control system and financial accountability for non-for-profit making organization.  She has also personal interest in area of renewable energy for sustainable livelihood.

Sanjib Kumar Lal
Nepal Techincal & Procurement Manager

Sanjib joined RW in 2022. He has over 11 years of experience in the Renewable Energy Sector. He brings expertise in planning, technical design, implementation, and monitoring of community-based renewable energy projects including procurement and contract management. In his past work, he served as an expert in the development of strategy, policy, and implementing guidelines for the promotion of Renewable Energy at the Federal, Provincial and Local levels in Nepal. He worked with UNDP for six years and with AEPC for seven years on projects funded by ADB, World Bank, DANIDA, and NORAD. Immediately before joining RW, he was employed as a Renewable Energy Expert with Prakirti Consult. He has a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from The Institute of Engineering, Nepal, and a master’s degree in Hydro and Renewable Energy from IIT Roorkee, India.  He loves traveling, as well as watching and playing cricket in his spare time.

Tripti Prajapati
Project Manager

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.

Sajal Mani Dhital
MEAL Manager

Sajal joined RW in 2022. He brings a wide range of monitoring, evaluation, and research expertise with over five years of professional experience in the sector. Sajal is well-equipped in the areas of M&E framework design, quantitative and qualitative tools development, quantitative surveys and qualitative exercises, data analysis and report drafting. Prior to joining RW, Sajal worked for the Foundation for Development Management where he provided M&E services to a range of national and international clients in the area of governance, livelihood, needs and assessments, baseline, midterm, and endline evaluations, GESI and child safeguarding. This exposure to the M&E systems gives Sajal a unique understanding of overarching M&E principles and approaches. He is a graduate of Economics from the University of Delhi, India. Sajal has a passion for writing and has been contributing to national dailies, The Kathmandu Post and The Himalayan Times as a columnist.

Barkha Shakya
Finance and Administration Officer

Barkha Shakya joined Renewable World in July 2017 as an Admin and M&E Assistant. She has a Bachelor Degree in Information Management from the Tribhuvan University of Nepal. Prior to joining Renewable World, she spent 8 months working in Cooperative as a Cashier. Her role with Renewable World is reporting and supporting finance manager and M&E officer. She handles office day to day administrative work such as travel management, support financial management, office support, and assisting monitoring and evaluation of RW SA projects. She is quick learner, positive and helpful member of RW SA team. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, listening songs, cycling.

Chandrakanta Maraseni
Regional Technical Officer

Chandrakanta Joined Renewable World in March 2020. He has Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University of Nepal. Prior to joining in Renewable world, he spent almost five years in the field of civil engineering and worked more than three years in the WASH sector. He worked as a project coordinator in his last project and played the vital role to support local and national government recovery plans to build back better and more resilient and equitable water schemes and WASH infrastructure after the devastating earthquakes of 2015 in Nuwakot District. His interest in renewable energy and its implication in civil engineering drove him to join Renewable World. His role with renewable world is working as a Reginal Technical officer and supporting Global technical manager. Besides being a technical person, he has very good sportsmanship as he loves playing and watching football in his spare time.

Suman Shrestha
Project Manager

Suman joined Renewable World in September 2020. He holds master’s degree in Agriculture (Horticulture) from Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Tribhuvan University. He brings more than seven years of experience of working in NGOs, INGOs with diversified donors like FELM-Nepal, BtFW, USAID, KOICA, WFP and managing the livelihood sector of community development projects in rural settings of western and eastern Nepal. He is enthusiastic and keen to work in the field of food security and livelihood improvement through sustainable agriculture development and value chain development of agricultural commodities. He enjoys dissemination and promotion of the climate smart technologies, vegetable production and postharvest technologies, modern soil water management technologies in agriculture and agro enterprise development in rural community. In his spare time he love to travel and listen to music.

Bina Khadka
Project Manager

Bina joined Renewable World in November 2021. She holds both BSc and MSc on Environmental Science from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. She has more than seven years’ experience in disaster risk management, emergency response, disaster preparedness, DRM plans development, renewable energy, and livelihoods. Before joining RW, she was worked at Save the Children delivering their “Nepal Safer School Project” as well as COVID19 response project in Western Neapl funded by DFID. She has experience delivering renewable energy technologies, including improved cookstoves, across Kalikot, Mugu and Humla districts of Karnali province. She is an experienced project manager and has delivered projects in some of Nepal’s most remote regions.

Suman Acharya
Regional
Technical Officer

Suman joined Renewable World in April 2022. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Himalaya College of Engineering, Tribhuvan University. He has more than five years of experience in the development sector working in WASH, housing, livelihood and DRR. He worked as a Wash Officer in an earthquake recovery WASH Project and as a Project Engineer overseeing the delivery of infrastructure following the 2015 Nepal earthquake, His roles have varied from technical survey design and estimate to implementation, reporting, and coordination with stakeholders from the community to local government. His interest in renewable energy to enhance the livelihood of rural communites and institutions is what drove him to join Renewable World. Suman also loves listening to music, watching cricket and football, and enjoys traveling.

Prakash Gurung
Project Manager

Prakash Joined renewable world in February 2021 as WASH Coordinator. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University of Nepal. He has work experience of more than 9 years working as consulting engineer in the field of Trail Bridge, Solar Pumping & Water Supply & Sanitation, Ropeway Survey and Renewable Energy especially in the field of micro hydro power development for rural electrification. Similarly, he brings more than 7 years working in development sector especially in WASH. Recently, he had worked as WASH Coordinator in the WASH project for the support to recovery of people in earthquake-affected areas after the devastating “Gorkha earthquake 2015” in line with the government recovery plans to build back better through an improved physical WASH facility with an increase in promotion of safe personal, household and community hygiene and sanitation practices. Besides, he is sports person, like to play football, badminton and listening to music.

Samrat Koirala
Admin and Finance Assistant

Samrat koirala joined Renewable World in February 2021 as an Admin and Finance Assistant. He has a Bachelor Degree in Business Studies from the Tribhuwan University of Nepal. He is currently doing his masters from Patan Multiple Campus. Prior to joining Renewable World he has spent one and half year working as intern and consultant at German Development Corporation (GIZ). His role with Renewable World is reporting and supporting Finance Manager. He handles office day to day administrative and financial work such as travel management, support financial work and office support. He loves to travel, listen to songs, reading books and always want to explore new things.

Bikash Chaudhary
MEAL Officer

Bikash joined RW in 202 with over six years of experience in the monitoring, evaluation, accountability and Learning sector. He has previously worked for World Vision International, Good Neighbors International, Mercy Corps, and Swiss Contact as MEAL Officer. Before joining RW, he worked with Swiss Contact as a MEAL Officer for the Nepal Vocational Qualifications Project (NVQS), implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. He has a master’s degree in English Education from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu. Through his rigorous and continuous involvement in the M&E sector, he has gained useful insights in data collection, survey development of data abstraction tools, and documentation. He has worked in some of the most hard-to-reach areas of Nepal including Mugu, Jumla, Kalikot, and Bajura. Besides his work, he enjoys watching motivational videos and reading biography of successful people.

Debindra Karki
Regional Technical Officer

Debindra joined Renewable World in March 2021. He has a Diploma in Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation from Balaju Technical Training Centre of Nepal. He has over 30 years’ experience working with International & National NGOs in the field of Water and Sanitation, Community Development, Food Security, Institutional Capacity Building & Skilled Base Training related to Drinking Water & Sanitation. Recently, Debindra worked as the WASH Technical Officer for Global Affairs Canada (GAC) supporting the SWASTHA Project delivering support to people in earthquake-affected areas. During his career, he has visited more than 60 districts of Nepal where it had been a wonderful experience to explore the dynamics and diversity of communities. He always enjoys working among communities, exploring new places and is open to new experiences.

Dipesh Niraula
Regional Technical Officer

Dipesh joined Renewable world in April 2022. He has over five years’ experience working the civil engineering field. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Tribhuvan University, IOE Central Campus. He worked as the Technical Lead in his last project and played a vital role to support the National reconstruction Authority in the delivery of earthquake-resistant building construction, and with local and national government recovery plans to build back better and more resilient and equitable water schemes and WASH infrastructure after the devastating earthquakes of 2015. Outside of work Dipesh loves spending time with his family and friends. His hobbies include traveling, trekking, playing basketball, and watching movies.


Would you like to join our team – as a staff member, trustee or volunteer?

We are always keen to work with like-minded people who share our passion for sustainable development. Though we don’t often have staff vacancies, there are occasionally new roles to fill and any positions (both paid and voluntary) we have available will be listed on our job vacancies page below.