ENERGIA’s International Secretariat is hosted by Hivos, People Unlimited:
2508 CG The Hague
2596 HL The Hague
Tel: +31 (0)70 376 55 00
Fax: +31 (0)70362 46 00
International coordinator and programme manager
Sheila graduated in 1993 with a Bachelors degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Zambia and pursued her MSc in Gender and Rural Development Studies at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). After completing her Masters, Sheila continued to work as a research associate in the Gender and Development Program at AIT. Whilst living in Thailand, she also conducted research in Lao PDR, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Malaysia. Sheila joined the ENERGIA team in October 1999 and works for the ENERGIA Secretariat, as the programme manager of ENERGIA Phase 5. She oversees three large programmes (a programme on Women’s Economic Empowerment, a research programme and an advocacy and policy influencing programme), several smaller ones as well as a number of consultancies.
Programme Officer Women’s Economic Empowerment
Maurits has been working at ETC since 2009 where he was portfolio manager for the health unit. He joined the ENERGIA team in 2013, providing administrative and secretarial support to the network’s international progarmmes. His experience includes contract management; supporting procurement and partner assessment; supporting monitoring, progress and financial reporting; supporting partner relationships; designing and updating management information; documenting and maintaining databases. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Tourism Management and a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology.
Programme Officer Gender and Energy Research
Huub has worked with ETC since 2010, supporting the Dutch Rural Network as programme assistant. In this capacity, he managed various rural development and sustainable farming projects; organised meetings and conferences; developed and implemented basic social media training for small-scale entrepreneurs and worked on identifying and communicating best practices. Huub joined ENERGIA in 2014. He will give overall support to the Gender and Energy Research Programme’s management and will be involved in developing and implementing an M&E system as well as a communication and dissemination strategy for the programme. Huub holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and a Master’s degree in European Studies.
Tjarda joined ENERGIA in November 2013, and is primarily responsible for strategic communications in international programmes. She has 15 years working experience in communication and development cooperation, including managing and implementing gender responsive communications strategies; developing and managing the production of communications materials; organising and managing press conferences and campaigns; documenting gender results and lessons from development programmes; capacity building and mentoring partners. Tjarda has worked in the Netherlands, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Mexico. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Culture and a Master’s degree in International Organisations.
Programme Coordinator Gender and Energy Research
After having worked for over ten years at the University of Twente and holding several positions, the last of which was as senior researcher, coordinator of research project development and strategic advisor, Annemarije joined to strengthen our International Secretariat in August 2014. Annemarije has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Energy, diffusion of technology and small enterprises, based on which she has published the book “The Power to Produce: the role of energy in poverty reduction through small scale enterprises in the Indian Himalayas”. Her areas of research include the sustainability of biomass, biofuels, renewable energy and energy access and the diffusion of innovations.
Programme Coordinator Women’s Economic Empowerment
Soma has been with ENERGIA since 2004. She has a bachelors degree in Economics and masters in Rural Management. She is Programme Coordinator with ENERGIA, and currently leads ENERGIA’s Women’s Economic Empowerment (WE) programme. Soma works on cross cutting issues of gender, poverty and development in the context of energy access and on efforts that contribute to women economic empowerment through energy access. In the area of energy access, Soma has supported policy makers, practitioners, governments, NGOs and international organizations in project planning; socio-economic, institutional and policy analysis; and capacity building.
Filipe joined our team on 7th of April 2016. He holds a university degree in Economics, with specializations in Development and Prospective Economics and International and European Economics. Before coming to ENERGIA and Hivos, Filipe worked in a number international non-governmental organisations, amongst which People in Need and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, as well as the public and private sectors. Prior to joining us, he held the position of Finance Manager in Angola, responsible for overall management, finance, administration and accountancy of the mission.