The Team

Our Team

Laura Alsenas

Executive Director

Laura has over 15 years of financial analysis, credit assessment and transaction structuring experience with a consistent focus on mission-driven lending. She comes most recently from Portland, Oregon’s economic development agency, where she implemented loan programs that benefitted underrepresented entrepreneurs and low-income communities. Prior to that she spent four years in Amman as the portfolio manager for a USD 59 million loan fund that supported Iraqi SMEs. Laura began her finance career as an investment banking analyst with Lehman Brothers and her trajectory in international development as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. Laura enjoys travel and exploring new places with her family.

Michal Gorczewski

Heads of Funds

Michal joined Nexus in 2023 and is responsible for Nexus’ impact investment strategy and full deal cycle.
He has over a decade of experience in finance industry in Poland and the United Kingdom. He worked in investment banking, asset management and the insurance sector where he was responsible for the whole investment process. Prior to Nexus, Michal worked with a biotech startup where he was responsible for legal, financial, and corporate development.
His interests are in sustainable impact-driven investments in renewable energy, regenerative agriculture and access to clean water.
Michal enjoys reading, travelling, sports and yoga.

Gregorie Gaud

Head of Carbon Finance

Greg joined Nexus as Head of Carbon Finance in 2023. With 19 years of experience in the automotive and mobility market, he has held multiple senior sales and marketing positions, and served as country manager for leading companies such as Valeo, Peugeot, Nissan, and Michelin. He is an entrepreneur who founded an electric vehicle startup in Europe.
He has a deep understanding of ASEAN markets, having worked extensively in countries including Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar and has a deep connection with the energy transition markets. He also teaches MA students at the Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh.

Suy Choup

Finance and Administration Manager

Suy is a technical expert with more than ten years of experience in finance and administration management, particularly grant and budget management. He also provides technical support to facilitate the transactional and operational functions. Suy holds a Master of Development Management for sustainable development from Philippine’s ASDECS University. Suy loves sport, particularly football and cycling.

Sreychantheary Khut

Finance and Administration Manager

Theary is responsible for the financial management of Nexus suite of services, financial planning, monitoring, and reporting.
She also ensures Nexus compliance with relevant local regulations, internal policies, and donors and investors’ requirements. She holds a Master’s degree in Finance and Banking. Theary likes cycling and playing badminton.

Chanvibol Meng

Technical Services Manager

Chanvibol is a technical expert with more than 10 years of experience in sustainable development projects in Asia, particularly renewable energy and water supply. He provides technical support to Nexus’ carbon development projects, clean energy financing facilities, and other energy and water supply related projects. Chanvibol holds a Master of Engineering in sustainable energy from Australia’s RMIT University and a Master of Engineering in eco-environmental civil engineering from Japan’s Ritsumeikan University. Chanvibol likes singing and playing Badminton.

Ha Hoang Thanh

Technical Manager

Ha Hoang is an international professional with 10 years of experience in managing technical services for carbon projects, working closely together with government and partners. He oversees all technical work undertaken by the technical team and is responsible for quality control. He manages the technical services for carbon projects throughout the complete carbon project cycle. Ha holds two bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering and International Economics. Ha likes exploring nature with his son and is always up for new challenges from writing songs to running marathons.

Michelle Lowery

Communications Manager

Michelle is a senior communications and marketing specialist with over 15 years’ experience in PR, brand, corporate comms and performance marketing and 10 years working in global communications roles, spanning international NGOs and high growth startups. Prior to joining Nexus she spent 5 years in a global communications role, leading teams across Asia and Africa in delivery of brand and acquisition campaigns for a leading digital health scale-up.
She has extensive experience with Southeast Asia markets and first moved to Cambodia in 2016.

Selina Yang

Investment Analyst

Selina is a finance and investment professional bringing diverse experience from both the public and private sector in developing and developed countries. Prior to joining Nexus she worked in real estate investment and private equity. She also supported overseas companies entering Cambodian market in various sectors. Currently she is on the Funds team looking after Nexus’ Impact Investment funds. She has a particular interest in sustainable impact-driven projects, where investments are made to generate positive social and environmental impact in conjunction with a financial return, to serve the most pressing challenges across sectors such as renewable energy, agriculture, and healthcare. Selina likes travelling and practicing yoga.

Deniz Özçelikyürek

Carbon Finance Analyst

Deniz is a climate action advocate who transitioned from being a commercial pilot to pursuing his passion for renewable energy. With a degree in Energy Systems Engineering and a Master’s in Earth Systems Science, he specializes in sustainable energy, environmental economics, and policy. Deniz’s experience in the renewable energy sector includes developing carbon credits and creating sustainability reports. He joined Nexus in 2023, where he will provide technical support for carbon project development, carbon credits sales function, and business development. During his free time, Deniz enjoys traveling and playing basketball, and he is continuing work on his Master thesis.

Our Board

Ben Jeffreys

Member Representative Director

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.

Jeffrey Lamb

Board Chair

Jeffrey Lamb is an accomplished executive with a passion for climate action, sustainability, business and economic development. He has led numerous projects and strategies that have translated into tangible climate action and economic growth.
In addition to chairing the Nexus Board, he is an advisor and consultant to several organizations including RMI, Cowater and the Green Climate Fund. He was welcomed as special advisor on climate change in the remote Pacific island nation of Tuvalu.
Prior to these roles, Jeffrey was the Director of Climate Finance for Kiribati and an Advisor to the UNDP. He also served as Country Director of UK Trade and Investment in Cambodia, Advisor to the Cambodian Minister of Commerce, Consultant with the World Bank, and as an Investment Committee Member for a sustainable infrastructure fund of the Australian government.
Jeffrey holds an MPA degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Jochen Nimtschek

External Director

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 of pre-sales experience with a payment technology start-up in Europe 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.

Lester Ang

External Director

Lester is a business leader in high technology, specializing in enterprise and public sector go-to-market planning and execution for APAC, Japan and Greater China markets. Prior to joining the technology industry he was a team leader with a strategy consulting firm advising F100 companies and federal governments in ASEAN. His work involves driving organization performance across the technology, financial services, industrial goods and the governmental sectors, in three key areas: vision and grand strategy, route-to-market/sales & channel optimization, and digital transformation. Before that, Lester was based in the United States and Asia, focusing on accelerating SME / private sector development, and enhancing private-public coordination, for governmental and development agencies. He received his graduate degree in government from Harvard University, and read Statistics and International Studies at the University of Chicago.

Mike Cipresso

External Director

Mike brings diverse experiences to Nexus’ board with expertise in the voluntary carbon markets, a long tenure leading tech business development, and broad financial markets know-how. After completing university at the Wharton School, Mike spent nearly 8 years working in investment banking at Lehman Brothers. After his MBA at UC Berkeley, Mike spent nearly 13 years leading a range of business development teams at Google, culminating in building a Google Pay team to deploy tap’n’pay ticketing solutions for global public transit systems. Mike spent over a year managing the carbon finance business of Nexus whilst living in Cambodia. Mike currently works at Carbonfuture, a durable carbon removals digital MRV platform and marketplace, with the aim of helping clients scale their positive climate impact by adding durable carbon removals to their toolkit. Mike lives in San Francisco with his partner Joey along with a French Bulldog named Karl.

Rachel Pringle

External Director

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.

Thomas Blackburn

External Director

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.