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Governance

Energy 4 Impact is governed by a board of trustees representing many years of experience and expertise in fields related to the environment and economic development.

Matthew Mendis, Chairman

Matthew is the head of government services at Nexant Inc, a leading provider of financial, strategic planning and advisory services to the global energy and chemicals sectors. He previously worked as a director of international development at Panel Claw, a leading solar component supplier, and a senior technical advisor to the Energy and Security Group, a strategic consulting company based in the US. Matthew has been involved in clean energy project development and finance in over 45 countries, resulting in more than a half billion dollars of finance for energy projects.

Carole Brookins

The Honourable Carole L. Brookins served from 2001 to 2005 as the United States executive director to the World Bank in Washington, D.C. She is currently a managing director of Public Capital Advisors LLC, and serves as a director on both corporate and non-profit boards. These have included Climate Exchange and the Chicago Climate Exchange, as well as the NTR PLC North American Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Rabobank’s North American Agribusiness Advisory Board and the Center for Financial Stability Board.

Emily Unwin

Emily is a lawyer with ClientEarth, a public interest environmental law organisation, where she works within the Brussels-based Climate & Forests team. She was previously at the London law firm Bates Wells & Braithwaite, where she advised on environmental and commercial law. She holds a master’s degree in international environmental law and her work focusses on emerging national and international environmental law and policy – in particular on EU regulatory frameworks and the financing and development of renewable energy projects.

Matthew Whittell

Matthew is the Head of Finance and Resources for the John Ellerman Foundation, an independent grant-making foundation. He is the former Chief Financial Officer of Aggregated Micro Power, a renewable energy company. Previously he has worked with the Climate Exchange PLC and Schroders. He spent five years in Singapore working for Citigroup, leading financial transactions both in Singapore and for several leading Indian corporates. In 2005, he returned to university to study for a Masters in environmental technology; he holds a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance.

Dr Anil Cabraal

Anil is a renewable and rural energy consultant and a director of KMRI Lanka. Until April 2010 he was at the World Bank, where he was responsible for guiding renewable and rural energy projects. He also launched the joint World Bank/IFC 2008 Lighting Africa programme, was a contributor to the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program and has served on the boards of the Triodos Renewable Energy for Development Fund and Photovoltaics Global Approval Program.

Thierno Bocar Tall

Thierno Bocar Tall is CEO of the African Biofuel and Renewable Energy Company. Former head of the external audit unit at the Centre for Public Enterprises, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, in 1985 he joined the ECOWAS Bank of Investment and Development where he held a number of senior positions. Thierno is a member of the board of directors of ECOBANK and the vice-president for Africa of the Group of Experts on Global Energy Efficiency 21 of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

Carolyn Tobin

Carolyn is a management consultant focussing on acquiring and integrating businesses and other profit enhancement programmes. She was the director of corporate finance for Clear Channel International during its dramatic expansion in 1999-2002, and previously worked for GE Capital on acquisitions and strategic projects and with a US boutique investment bank. She is a Chartered Accountant and has an MBA from Wharton Business School.

Linda Mabhena-Olagunju

Linda is the managing director of DLO Energy Resources Group, an energy company with a portfolio of wind and solar energy projects in South Africa. She was the winner of the Forbes Women Africa Best Emerging Entrepreneur 2015 award and her company was recognised as the most innovative black business at the Black Business Quarterly awards. She has been recognised by ESI as 1 of the 50 Most Influential People in the African Power Sector and in 2014 she featured in Oprah’s Power List among the 20 most powerful women in Africa.

Dr Andrew Yager

Andrew is Program Manager at Multiconsult ASA, a leading multidisciplinary, publicly traded, Norwegian engineering consultancy. He served as Officer-in-Charge of the Water, Energy and Strategies branch at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs during 2009-2011. As Secretary to UN-Energy, Andrew was instrumental in the development of the SE4ALL initiative. Andrew is currently an advisor to both Norwegian and Swedish embassies, supporting policy development and rural energy project implementation on Zanzibar and in mainland Tanzania.