Busi MaphosaFinancial Officer
Busi has been working with Hivos since June 2016 under the Finance Tender Support and Control department. She joined the ENERGIA team as Financial Officer in December 2016. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s degree in Management, Economics & Consumer Studies. Busi has worked in the retail, tourism and humanitarian sectors in finance, administration and accountancy roles. Her experience encompasses financial reporting, administration, budgeting and control.
Caroline BrantsSenior Project Officer
Caroline is a human geographer by education and has many years of international experience in the field of gender and development. She joined ENERGIA in February 2017. Prior to that, she was Hivos’ project officer for India and has worked as a gender specialist in various projects in Africa and Asia. She has also supported research work in Ghana on access to and control over land and has actively contributed to the development of a toolkit which supports the production and use of sex-disaggregated agricultural data.
Lucia LenciCommunications Officer
Lucia joined ENERGIA in 2018 as Communications Officer. She is responsible for designing and implementing communications strategies aligned with ENERGIA’s goals to engage target audiences. She writes and distributes a wide range of communication products, which should inspire action towards ensuring energy access for all by supporting women’s entrepreneurship. She also leads on developing ENERGIA’s online profile through its presence on social media platforms. She holds a Master in Environmental Communications and prior to ENERGIA she worked as journalist and communications expert in the nonprofit sector.
Silvia SartoriProgram Manager
For the past 15 years Silvia has been working in different capacities on multiple international development and cooperation projects at the nexus of energy and environment, women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship, private sector development (esp. SMEs), innovation and sustainability. Her academic background is in SME Management and Development, and Asian Studies. Silvia has been working across 20 least developed, emerging and developed Asian countries and in support to Asian, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern and Sub-saharan African women entrepreneurs. Silvia joined ENERGIA in January 2021 as Women’s Economic Empowerment Senior Project Manager
Tjarda MullerCommunications Coordinator
Tjarda joined ENERGIA in November 2013, and is responsible for developing, implementing and coordinating communications strategies and plans in ENERGIA’s international programs. She has over 15 years working experience in development cooperation and communication for development, and has worked in the Netherlands and Central America as program coordinator and communications specialist. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Culture and a Master’s degree in International Organizations.
Sheila OparaochaInternational Coordinator and Program Manager
Sheila Oparaocha has twenty years of working experience in the gender and energy sector. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Veterinary Medicine and a Master’s Degree in Gender and Development Planning. Sheila is the International Coordinator and Program Manager of the ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy. She has the overall and primary responsibility for managing ENERGIA’s international programs, planning, monitoring, reporting and liaising with ENERGIA’s donors. Sheila also provides technical support to ENERGIA’s activities on women entrepreneurship development, gender mainstreaming in energy programs, international policy advocacy, research and evidence development, network building and knowledge management. Sheila co-chairs the Sustainable Development Goal 7 Technical Advisory Group that has been convened by UNDESA to review progress on SDG 7 and it interlinkages with other SDGs for the 2018 High level Political Forum.
Amanda Elam, PhDPresident, Galaxy Diagnostics, Inc. International Diana Institute Research Fellow, CWEL, Babson College
Dr. Elam is Co-founder and President/CEO of Galaxy Diagnostics and Research Fellow at the International Diana Research Institute, Babson College. Dr. Elam also advises a number of small businesses in the life sciences and has taught courses and shared research lectures on women’s leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation at a number of leading business schools in the US, Canada, Australia, and other countries. Her dissertation research, Gender and Entrepreneurship: A Multilevel Theory and Analysis, was recognized by the Academy of Management for innovative thought leadership in the field of entrepreneurship. Dr. Elam earned a doctorate in Sociology from the University of North Carolina, followed by postdoctoral fellowships in entrepreneurship at Babson College MA, USA and at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.
Elizabeth CecelskiENERGIA Founder Member
Elizabeth Cecelski has worked for more than twenty-five years in research and practice on challenges of energy access in developing countries, specializing in energy, poverty and gender issues, especially in household energy, electrification and rural development.
Paul MbuthiDeputy Director of Renewable Energy, Ministry of Energy, Kenya
Mr. Paul Mbuthi holds a BSc. Degree in Environmental Health and a Master Degree in Environmental Planning and Management both from Kenyatta University and a Diploma in Environmental Studies from Technical University of Kenya. He has over 30 years work experience at the Ministry of Energy handling diverse aspects of renewable energy policy and strategy and coordinating the implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation of renewable energy Programs and Projects. He has also been involved in integration of climate change perspectives into energy policy, planning and strategy development. He is a Lead Author in Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) which is refining the 2006 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Methodologies. He is a member of the Multi-stakeholder Technical Advisory Group on SDG 7, among other roles.
Shonali PachauriSenior Research Scholar in the Energy Program and Deputy Program Director in the Transitions to New Technologies Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria
Ms. Pachuri holds a Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETHZ) and a M.Sc. from University College London (UCL). Prior to her functions at the IIASA, Ms. Pachauri served as Adjunct Professor at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Dr. Pachauri was Coordinating Lead Author of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA). She serves on the science advisory panel for the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). She is also on the editorial advisory boards for the journal Environmental Research Letters, Current Research in Environmental Sustainability and Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy.
Soma DuttaConsultant on energy, poverty and gender
Ms. Soma Dutta is a socio-economist working on development issues surrounding energy access, poverty and gender. She has been supporting policy makers, utilities, programme practitioners, governments, NGOs and international organizations in Asia and Africa. Her areas of work include project design, M&E, research, analysis and capacity building. She has led and supported initiatives on women’s entrepreneurship in energy sector and in mainstreaming gender and social inclusion into energy projects, policies and programs.