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.

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Marie Hounslow
Director of Fundraising & Communications

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.

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Janaki Jayasuriya
Global Finance & Administration Manager

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.

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Jac Connell
Programme Development & Partnership Manager, East Africa

Jac joined renewable world in November 2019. She has over 14 years’ experience working within charities and NGO’s, focusing on partnership development and fundraising. Prior to joining Renewable World Jac spent 6 years living and working in Zambia. Initially going out to Zambia as a volunteer through VSO, Jac supported community and business development in rural areas through natural resource management. Jac then went onto to run a Paediatric HIV NGO, overseeing all fundraising, programme development and daily operations. Jac is excited about working at Renewable World where she will use her experience to support the continued growth and development of our team and programmes in Kenya and East Africa.

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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

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.

Kenya Team

Benson Maroro
Technical Project Officer, 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

Lisa O’Doherty
Global Programmes Director/ Nepal Country 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.

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.

Thakur Thapa
Head of Programmes, 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.

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.

Samasti Tandukar
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Manager

Samasti comes to Renewable World with a wide range of experience working in the field of monitoring, evaluation and reserch. Samasti is a Public Health Sciences graduate with a minor in Development Studies, attained from Asian University for Women, Bangladesh. Alongside, her MA in Sociology and her PCL Nursing degree would help simplify health and social aspects of the community, and clarify with evidences the key impact indicators of our organizational framework. Samasti identifies self as a researcher and loves exploring. She believes, this process of exploration and travel would continue for the rest of her life. Acknowledged as a dynamic, young individual intensively involved in research in the field of health and social science for the last 5 years, she depicts to be a tangible base for the South Asia team and would strengthen the M&E department of Renewable World.

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
Central Project Coordinator

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.

Dhiraj Puri
Regional Coordinator: Livelihoods and Renewable Energy

Dhiraj joined Renewable world in April 2020. He is a graduate in Agricultural Sciences (B. Sc hons. In agriculture). He has spent more than 13 years working in projects related to food and nutritional security, enterprise and value chain development, agriculture-based livelihood activities, and WASH. He has spent the majority of his carer working in remote districts of Nepal supporting marginalized communities to ensure their food and nutritional security. His interest is to link renewable energy with enhanced agricultural production, processing and marketing. He likes working with rural agriculture-based communities and disseminating modern agricultural skills and technologies.

Bibek Kahastha
Technical Officer

Bibek joined Renewable World in July 2020 as Regional Technical Officer. He has bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Tribhuvan University Nepal and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Climate Change and Development. He has spent more than six years working in development sector in projects related to WASH, biomass energy and sanitation. He has been involved in local level planning and drafting district level and municipal level WASH strategic plans in Bhaktapur district. He is interested to link climate change resilience and disaster resilience components in project activities in Renewable World. He loves to listen to songs and plays a lot of chess in his free time.

Prakash Gurung
Project Coordinator – WASH

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.

Shivani Dhaka
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Officer

Shivani has a master’s degree in social work from Midwestern University, Surkhet District. Shivani joined Renewable World in February 2021 as a MEAL Officer based in Surkhet District. She has four years’ experience in the development sector, and has specialized in project monitoring and evaluation. She has sound knowledge of MEAL and result oriented tasks and training in finding results of a project based on indicators. Shivani believes nothing is ever handed to you, so you must work hard to get it. She never says no to people who need support from her. Supporting others is the best way to enhance yourself as a human being.  Travelling and exploring new things is another level for her to live life.

Debindra Karki
Regional Technical Officer

Debindra Bahadur Karki joined Renewable World in March 2021 as Regional Technical Officer for the UREKA Project. Debindra has completed a Diploma in Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation from Balaju Technical Training Centre of Nepal. He has over 30 years’ experience working in International & National non-governmental organizations 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 SWASTHAProject delivering support to people in earthquake-affected areas, and as Sub-Engineer in the IFAD supported government project (Agriculture Sector Development Programme) in the field of infrastructure survey, design, & supervision at Salyan District of Karnali Province. 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.

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.