Laila el BattiouiSenior Financial OfficerLaila has over nine years of finance experience, working with projects in all Hivos' regions, supported and guided the Finance team in business development, project implementation and reporting, and taking the lead in the project audits. She has a degree in Accounting and Auditing. As Senior Financial Officer at Hivos, she gained hands-on experience preparing and reviewing budgets, monthly/quarterly financial reports, and financial statements.
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.
Silvia SartoriSenior Project 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 OparaochaDirector of the ENERGIA NetworkSheila Oparaocha holds a master’s degree in Gender and Development Planning and has over twenty one years of experience working at the intersectionality of gender equality, women empowerment and energy access. The 2021 recipient of the Carnot Prize, Sheila is a renowned leader in the gender and sustainable energy sector, as the Director of the ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy since 1999. She initiated, developed, and led numerous programs on the institutionalizing of gender transformative approaches in the energy sector in developing countries, specifically in the areas of women entrepreneurship development, gender mainstreaming in energy access projects and (sub) national energy policies, international policy advocacy, research and evidence development, network building and knowledge management. Sheila is a strong project manager who is primarily responsible for the quality control and delivery of ENERGIA’s multi-partner/donor project portfolio, who provides technical support and leadership to her team together with ample experience in annual planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation and donor relationship management. Sheila is the co-chair of the Technical Advisory Group for the Sustainable Development Goal 7 convened by UNDESA; and member of the Steering Committee of the Health and Energy Platform for Action and the High Level Coalition on Energy and Health that operates under the auspices of WHO.
Amanda ElamSociologist and Research Fellow at the Diana International Research Institute at Babson College
Dr. Elam is a Sociologist and Research Fellow at the Diana International Research Institute at Babson College. She is also CEO/Cofounder of Galaxy Diagnostics, an early-stage medical diagnostics company, spun out of NC State University. Dr. Elam has over 20 years of experience in research and practice in entrepreneurship, business start-up and growth, and business education. She conducts research on gender and entrepreneurship around the globe, serves on the editorial board of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and has published numerous articles in top academic journals, technical reports, and edited volumes.
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.