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Nathalie is the cofounder and Director for External Relations at Mandalay Yoma, a Myanmar-based company specialized in sustainable energy solutions. The company enables access to energy programs for rural Myanmar through solar mini-grids and also develops rooftop commercial & industrial plants to enable MNCs and SMEs to reduce their energy expenditure.
Nathalie has a proven track record of working with the government, local conglomerates, international businesses, and development partners in her previous roles. She is passionate about developing access to energy programs along with advising on public policy & programs to accelerate socio-economic development. Nathalie founded Mandalay Yoma after heading Airbus Helicopters’ business for Myanmar, Cambodia & Laos, having seen energy access as a priority in Myanmar.
Brianna joined ANDE as an Impact Analyst in 2016. She is part of the Research and Impact team and supports ANDE members in measuring the social, economic, and environmental impact of small and growing businesses. Prior to ANDE, Brianna worked in Senegal with the UN World Food Programme as a Reports Officer, and with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences as a Program Officer. She also conducted research on neighborhood indicators and affordable housing for the Urban Institute’s Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Brianna has a B.A. in Economics and French from Claremont McKenna College.
Rachel Pringle is the CEO of Hydrologic Social Enterprise and Nexus for Development Board Member. Before joining Hydrologic, Rachel worked with its founder International Development Enterprises (iDE) in Cambodia, focusing on social enterprise development, including launching iDE’s in-house microfinance unit and Hydrologic’s carbon finance project. Before moving to Cambodia she worked in a variety of fields including as a trader for an international investment bank, before moving on to work on WASH-related consultancies in the UK and South Africa.
Francesco and OTAGO got to know each other in 2013 when Francesco did a five-month internship for the company. Francesco holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Rome. As OTAGO’s Project Manager Francesco is in charge of new franchising projects and technical assistance.
Mila is responsible for business development, sales and marketing at Solar Home. Prior to joining Solar Home team Ms Bedrenets was head of marketing at several retail banks in Ukraine. With 11+ years of experience in marketing at developing markets, she brings creativity and sustainable development perspective into corporate mindset. Ms Bedrenets holds a degree in Marketing from Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK), MSc in Environmental Science and BA in Political Science from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine)
Margarita Manzo is a Senior Investment Manager at Nexus for Development, a debt impact funds manager based out of Cambodia. Nexus supports enterprises across the region working on climate mitigation and the fight against poverty. Margarita spends most of her time managing Nexus’s Pioneer Facility, a USD6.5M debt fund that invests in growth-stage enterprises working on energy, water and sanitation solutions for low-income, under-served populations in Asia. Margarita is from Manila and has a background in corporate and project finance, particularly in the energy sector. She holds an MBA in finance from HEC Paris. Prior to Nexus, Margarita worked on both the developer and funder sides of the table for renewable energy projects in Sri Lanka, Kenya, Tanzania, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Having worked at an investment bank, a large developer, and a start-up, she has seen the various issues companies and projects face to get funded. She is driven by a passion for building things and helping great ideas and projects get off the ground. She would like to see great startups focus less on funding and focus more on what matters – execution
Jennifer has over 15 years of experience in financial services and is passionate about social finance, economic development and sustainable growth of MSMEs. She joined Nexus for Development to drive its inspiring mission. Jennifer has extensive background in corporate finance, asset management and business development and most recently managed an emerging markets debt portfolio for sub-Saharan Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Science in finance and economics and is currently pursuing a graduate program in environmental policy and international development at Harvard University.
Jessica Aung is an Investment Manager with DEG, the German Investment and Development Company and a member of KfW Banking Group owned by the German Government. At DEG Myanmar, Ms. Aung is responsible for investment origination, execution support, and portfolio management across all products and teams. Ms. Aung holds a pass in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level III, and she is a founding member of CFA Community Myanmar (known as ‘Myanmar Society of Investment Professionals’). In 2018 the Myanmar-born investment professional was selected as one of Asia Foundation Development Fellows, a prestigious yearly program for young leaders to address the region’s most pressing development challenges. In recognition of her achievements in the Myanmar business community, her undergraduate alma mater Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore presented her with the 2018 Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Ms. Aung is dedicated to growing a sustainable future in her country. She contributes to her community through the volunteer-driven youth initiative WyneeMyanmar.com (WYNEE), which she founded to advance work readiness among the younger generations.
Mo Hom started her career by running a retail business in a rural area in Myanmar. During these years, she noticed the importance of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to the development of the Myanmar economy and the lack or support that is available for these entrepreneurs. She then decided to build her accounting skills, becoming a financial investment professional. Mo Hom then worked for more than four years as a Chief Accountant and Assistant Administration Manager for a Japanese Construction company, and as a lecturer at Matrix Professional Institute teaching financial analysis subject. Mo Hom joined One to Watch in 2018, where we serve as a Business and Financial Analyst, working directly with SMEs to strengthen their financial models and business strategies.
Robbert started his career in the financial centers of London and Mexico City. Thereafter he moved to Nepal to work at One to Watch, an Impact Investment Fund which connects capital and expertise from around the world to impactful Nepali and Burmese entrepreneurs. To facilitate the investment process, One to Watch is running accelerator programs to build a pipeline of investment-ready entrepreneurs. Robbert has set up One to Watch in Myanmar and ran a first accelerator round in 2018. Currently, he is running the second round of the accelerator in Myanmar and is developing the impact investment fund of One to Watch in Myanmar.
Alongside a team of passionate and mission-driven individuals at Nexus, I believe the organization has immense potential to create even greater impact that will continue to stem from working with our members and local entrepreneurs to develop the most appropriate solutions to challenges affecting communities and livelihoods.
Often the lack of resources is not the biggest challenge, connecting the right people is. Our priority is creating those connections in order to support sustainable businesses and scale up our global impact.
Nexus combines some of the most efficient recent developments in climate management and human development, addressing both the needs of project developers and funders. I find it very exciting to contribute to this vision and to help build straightforward and sustainable partnerships.
Unlimited growth from limited resources is not sustainable. At Nexus we support projects that explore the new path towards global sustainable development.
Working with Nexus is very meaningful to me. Nexus is helping the environment and people which benefits everyone.
Nexus is a place where ideas, resources, and passionate people come together. Working with local actors, we help bring lasting social, economic, and environmental change. I work to strengthen this network by matching resources with technical expertise to enhance low-carbon development projects.
I’m inspired by the work that Nexus and its members are doing to improve people’s lives in the face of poverty and climate change. I help unlock new opportunities for Nexus members by connecting people, ideas, and funding to be able to scale up these sustainable development projects.
Nexus is truly a dynamic and innovative organization. In my role, I have the privilege of showcasing how our work in the access to finance space contributes to sustainable development.
Our member’s deliver low-carbon development to high standards: with environmental, social and economic added-value. My mission is to help them access finance to scale impact through the capitalisation of our funds, carbon sales, our financier stakeholder mapping & connector work, and key partnerships.
Nexus has a small, but enthusiastic team who are genuinely committed to their mission. I have the opportunity to connect with different actors in the field, working together towards a common goal.
Working for Nexus gives meaning to my work. I am building a bridge to connect our projects to communities to create positive environmental, social and economic effects.
Working for Nexus means helping the global environment. At Nexus, we provide both the technical expertise for carbon accounting and the related necessary funds to support a diverse range of projects, especially clean water and clean energy.
Jochen has been the Regional Lead Market Development at MasterCard since September 2013. Prior to his current role, Jochen spent 9 years at Bain & Company working on technical payments and financial services (retail banking, P&C and life insurance, wealth management) with a focus in Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia. In addition to his last leadership role, JOchen has three years pre-sales experience with a payment technology start-up in Europa and the US. Jochen’s functional expertise is in customer strategy, marketing, experience design, customer loyalty as well as segmentation, distribution channels, sales force effectiveness. Jochen is passionate about training and talent development and brings to the board extensive knowledge having led large-scale programs across diverse organizations and driving change.
Joining Nexus, to me means joining other people around the world and being part of a bigger network working together for a better environment.
Finance can be more than just chasing returns. At Nexus, I have the opportunity to apply skills from the corporate world to the development of financial structures that bring scale-up capital to companies that are not only doing well but also doing good.
Thomas is an experienced sustainability and carbon professional currently working as Business Manager at EcoAct. With over 6 years of experience in Southeast Asia developing funds for low-carbon projects, he has a strong grasp of value-chain opportunities and results-based solutions.
Maya Khonje-Stewart represents member Hestian on the Nexus board. With a passion for environmental preservation, Maya is a renewable energy advocate with more than 10 years of professional experience in the private and NGO sectors. Maya has used her skills in business development, sales and logistics, project management, budgeting and negotiation to promote fuel efficient technologies. Her successes include the development of innovative marketing strategies for improved cook stoves and solar products in Malawi. Maya is actively involved with the development of the new Malawi Energy Strategy, which has evolved to meet the energy needs of the local population through biomass technology. Maya also sits on several boards for other environmental INGO’s including local micro-finance institutions and the Rotary Club of Lilongwe.
Charlotte left her native France for Cambodia 15 years ago, where she started working as a Technical Advisor for the humanitarian organization PSE (Pour un Sourire d’Enfant), and then moved to GERES NGO (Group for the Environment, Renewable Energy and Solidarity) in 2008. Charlotte’s background in agricultural engineering and her professional work includes extensive experience in energy, climate change and natural resources management. Charlotte’s technical expertise is backed-up by a large network in-country, and understanding of the Cambodian context, culture and language, which has allowed her to contribute to the development of locally-driven sustainable development solutions. Charlotte is the Southeast Asia Regional Director at GERES since 2015.
Ben is the CEO of ATEC Biodigesters International, a social enterprise start-up that produces, sells and distributes household biogas systems in Cambodia. Each system produces gas for cooking as well as organic fertilizer that is estimated to save an average rural household $260 per year. Ben has more than 10 years of experience managing teams in the social enterprise, international development and corporate sectors. His previous roles include National Development Manager at The School for Social Entrepreneurs, Product Development Manager at Oxfam Australia, and Regional Sales Executive at Westfield Ltd.
Nexus acts as a valuable intermediary, connecting carbon financing and other investment opportunities to ventures using market-based approaches. It’s an honour to sit on the board and support Nexus’ governance to bring the greatest impact to the greatest number.
Dr. Yakub Hossain is a development expert in Improved Cookstove (ICS) research, development, testing, dissemination, promotion and marketing globally. With more than 30 years of experience in rural and urban contexts, Dr. Yakub is well respected for his extensive experience in WASH and the environment. As Deputy Executive Director at the Village Education Resource Center (VERC), Dr. Yakub is responsible for the program management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation in rural and urban areas.
After 30 years working in human resources and community development for the state government of South Australia, Libby lived in Cambodia for four years where she worked in human resources and organizational development. At the beginning of 2018, Libby took up a role as HR Manager with a social enterprise focusing on providing access to clean water to the people of Uganda. Libby has extensive experience in organizational development and human resource management, and she enjoys exploring how an organization’s culture and structure contributes or hinders the accomplishment of goals. Libby’s recent work has focused on organizational strengthening including the redesign of the Board of Management for the Cambodian Physical Therapy Association as well as the development of their private clinic.
“As a newcomer to the Board of Nexus, I’m interested to learn more about Nexus’ work, particularly in the area of more efficient and cleaner energy sources. With a background in Human Resources, I hope to be able to provide input from the perspective of organizational operations as well.”
Martin Hiller, Director General of REEEP, has over 30 years of experience working in sustainability issues, climate change and clean energy policy, and environmental campaigns and communications. Prior to joining REEEP, Martin had distinguished career with the World Wide Fund (WFF) from 2002 to 2011, he led campaigns and communications in WWF’s global climate and energy program, culminating in the WWF campaign for COP15 in Copenhagen, which mobilized 6.5 million sign-ups, the highest number of any NGO.
Rachel is the former CEO of Hydrologic Social Enterprise. Rachel worked previously with International Development Enterprises (iDE), where she advanced the organization’s micro-finance initiatives and managed the launch of iDE’s in-house credit unit and carbon finance. Rachel’s career achievements include technical consultancies with reputable financial and engineering institutions in the UK and South Africa, where she provided expert advice on a diverse range of projects.
Waste Enterprisers received the 2013 BMW Foundation Young Leader Award (to COO, Tim Wade), which recognizes Young Leaders who chart new paths and who start and develop exemplary initiatives for the common good in their professional or private lives.
SNV World received the 2012 Energy for Life Award, which promotes renewable energy as a tool towards poverty alleviation and sustainable development as to improve the quality of life in Europe and in developing countries.
Sustaintech received Sankalp 2009 Emerging Award for Environment and Clean Energy. The award brings recognition to the most innovative and sustainable enterprises that are doing business across India.
The Biogas Project received the World Energy Award 2012 – Humanitarian category in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The project uses energy to improve people’s lives, which aligns with the stated mission of the 2012 World Energy Forum.
Eco-watch Institute won the first prize of Yunnan Provincial Science and Technology Award in 2006.
Argonomes et Vétérinaires sans Frontières received the Grand Prize of the Foundation Ensemble in 2011 for the Program for Sustainable Management of Water Resources and Land, in Peru.
Small Scale Sustainable Infrastructure Development received the 2007 World Clean Energy Award in the “NGO and Initiatives” category for its lighting projects in South India.
Sustaintech (2013), Waste Enterprisers (2011), and CEDAC (2005) have received the SEED Award, rewarding the most promising, innovative, and locally led start-up social and environmental entrepreneurs in countries with developing and emerging economies.
The International Energy Globe Awards recognize projects that make careful and economical use of resources and employ alternative energy sources. GERES received awards in 2008, 2009, 2012, and 2014. Hydrologic won the award in 2013. The Biogas Project received the award in 2006.
These awards are granted by the agency of the federal government of the United States charged with protecting human health and the environment. ARTI (2005) and GERES (2007) received US Environmental Protection Agency Awards.
The Ashden Awards rewards and promotes local sustainable energy solutions in the UK and the developing world. Appropriate Rural Technology Institute (ARTI) received the award in 2002 and 2006, Group for the Environment, Renewable Energy and Solidarity (GERES) in 2006 and 2009, The Centre for Rural Technology in Nepal in 2007, The Biogas Program for Animal Husbandry Sector of Vietnam (Biogas Project) in 2010, and Hydrologic in 2012.