Our Team

Renewable World is managed by a small secretariat based in Brighton and has regional offices in Kathmandu and Nairobi.

The charity employs a team to work on strategic development, project implementation and research, fundraising and marketing and communications.

Nick Virr

Global Programme Manager

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Nick has over 23 years proven experience of organisation building and business development. With his concomitant understanding of business models and cash flow analyses he is excellently placed to build the capacity of partners in the region as well as develop the wider programme. Nick successfully built a company in Australia and led the international business development of a European IT solutions company. He has 15 years hands-on experience of working with poverty alleviation projects in Papua New Guinea, Nepal and Ethiopia, and a First Class Degree in International Development and East Asian Studies.

Nick has recently completed an MSc in Sustainability at the University of Leeds.

Matt Stubberfield

Chief Operating Officer 

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Matt is a qualified Chartered Accountant, business owner and experienced senior manager. After qualifying with KPMG he has worked in senior finance & assurance roles for British Land, Xaffinity and Hogg Robinson (HRG). More recently he set up an outdoor leisure and hire business. He is  currently completing a two year part time masters programme in Sustainability and Responsibility at Ashridge College. He has a keen interest in the environment, has studied Permaculture and is a qualified PADI diving instructor.

Matt loves to going for a decent hike on the South Downs, a bike ride or kayaking along the Sussex coast, or for a road trip out in one of his campervans.

Marie Hounslow

Fundraising Manager

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Marie comes to Renewable World having previously worked in a variety of fundraising, campaign and communications roles for WWF and other charities.  She has a professional interest in tackling poverty through environment.  She also helped raise £5 million for a capital appeal for a centre for disabled children in Birmingham. Career highlights include project managing WWF-UK's 50th Anniversary celebrations and working for LOGOC on the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.  At home, Marie is interested in sustainable food, (mostly) organic gardening, yoga and running. 

Helen Russell

Development Officer

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Helen joined Renewable World in October 2013. She comes from a background in the INGO sector with a focus on development work in Asia. Prior to joining Renewable World she spent 18 months working in Nepal as a project manager for TechnoServe implementing a USAID funded project with the Tibetan Refugee community; focusing on livelihood development and youth empowerment. Helen has a master’s degree from the University of East Anglia in Development and Education. She is a keen baker, enjoys exploring markets and looks forward each year to growing as much veg on her tiny patio in the summer as possible. 

Lata Shrestha

Nepal Programme Manager

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Lata Shrestha joined Renewable World in Nepal in August 2012. Following a degree in Social Work in Kathmandu, she pursued two separate Masters Degrees in Social Policy and Social Science Research Methods respectively from Middlesex University in London between 2002 and 2006. She had accumulated over 5 years of experience at a managerial level in the social care sector in London before joining Renewable World. She has also worked as a consultant researcher for the International Water Management Institute where she conducted a study on small scale agricultural water storage system in Nepal’s Koshi basin, identifying the social and institutional feasibility of different interventions. Lata brings valuable research skills, human resources and project and service management skills to Renewable World and has a rich understanding of the social and equity issues in Nepal.

Baburam Paudel

Senior Technical Project Manager

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Baburam Paudel joined Renewable World in April 2014. He has 13 years of working experience in variety of civil engineering field. Prior to joining Renewable World he spent more than 7 years working in Afghanistan as an Engineering Manager for Aga Khan Foundation implementing renewable energy and other infrastructure projects. He has handled various critical and challenging projects from design stage to implementation stage.  Baburam has Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and Master’s Degree in Water Resources Engineering. He has recently completed Postgraduate Degree on Renewable Energy from United Nations University, Tokyo.

Anita Bohara Thapa

Project Manager - Nepal

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Anita Bohara Thapa joined Renewable World in September 2014. She has previously spent seven years working on rural electrification, hydropower and renewable energy projects in Nepal. She has worked for both private and public sector organisations, on projects ranging from renewable energy promotion to technology development and construction. Her ability to implement, manage and deliver challenging energy projects and training makes her an invaluable asset to the South Asia team.
Anita has a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Energy Systems and Management from the University of Flensburg, Germany.

Ganga Prasad Acharya

Mid-western regional Project Officer, Nepal 

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I have degree with Diploma in Civil Engineering and 16 years of working experience in the Renewable Energy Sector. I have worked in various Renewable Energy Projects and others which includes in the Micro Hydro, Biogas Sector, Improved Cook Stoves, Solar, Water Supply and Sanitation and as a Instructor of Assistant Civil Sub Engineer. I have also experience in the working closely with the community mobilization. I have very good understanding and experience of the community mobilization process. I have worked as a Senior Sub Engineer in the Regional Service Center (RSC) of Alternative Energy Promotion Center/National Rural and Renewable Energy Program (AEPC/NRREP) in the Baglung District of the Nepal.
I have a confident with my experience in the renewable energy and development sector of working with community would help to implement the Renewable-World projects with its modality for sustainability among the rural community of the country.

Geoffrey Mburu

Regional Programme Manager - East Africa 

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Geoffrey joins Renewable World EA in June 2014 having worked at the Institute of Environment and Water Management, Nottawassaga Institute and Christian Aid in Kenya. He joins us with over 6 years of experience in organizational development, strategic planning, international non-profit business development, fundraising, project management, monitoring and evaluation of climate change and livelihoods projects related to solar energy, water and sanitation and hygiene and agriculture. He is Secretary to the Climate Change Network of Kenya, Assistant Secretary of the Kenya Water Partnership, member of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, the Kenya Climate Change Working Group and Danish Development Research Network. He has completed a BA degree in Economics and Sociology at the University of Nairobi and is an accomplished vocalist who enjoys singing and playing piano whenever time allows.  



Renewable World Interns

Guillermo de la Figuera Morales


Volunteer, South Asia

Guillermo de la Figuera Morales has a masters in civil engineering from Technical University of Madrid and has experience in hydraulics, water supply systems and waste water management. He has worked in both the private sector as well as NGOs in Kenya and Cameroon. He joined the Kathmandu Office of Renewable World as a volunteer in August 2014 and has been project managing the development of our Monitoring and Evaluation systems including the development of a M&E database and an innovative android application for data collection. In addition, Guillermo has been developing real time metering systems for remote RET instillations which will allow us to measure the production and consumption patterns of water in our Nepal projects. 
Guillermo is passionate about all mountaineering and enjoyed trekking in Nepal.