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 & South Asia Programme Manager

+ 977 1 5533 953

nick.virr@renewable-world.org

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

Finance and Corporate Services Manager 

01273 234 801

matt.stubberfield@renewable-world.org

 

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

01273 234 801

marie.hounslow@renewable-world.org

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

01273 234 801

helen.russell@renewable-world.org

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

South Asia Senior Project Manager

+ 977 1 5520 943

lata.shrestha@renewable-world.org

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 - South Asia 

+ 977 9818584146

baburam.paudel@renewable-world.org

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 Support Officer - South Asia 

+ 977 1 5520 943

anita.bohara@renewable-world.org

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.

Geoffrey Mburu

Regional Programme manager - East Africa 

+ 254 721353464

geoffrey.mburu@renewable-world.org

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.  
 

Patricia Mbogo

Regional Project manager - East Africa 

+ 254 721819865

patricia.mbogo@renewable-world.org

Patricia Mbogo joined Renewable World - East Africa in July 2014 as the Senior Regional Project Manager. Patricia came to Renewable World with a wealth of experience in programmes and project management. Some of her key competences are on program designs, monitoring and evaluation, programmatic reviews and management of the donor portfolio. Patricia has served in different capacities in several organizations that have been geared towards empowerment for populations living in urban informal settlements as well as those living in Arid and Semi-Arid areas. Before joining us, Patricia was working as the Monitoring and Evaluation Program Officer at Women Educational Researchers of Kenya. Patricia holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of Nairobi and is a certified professional in Monitoring and Evaluation by Kenya Institute of Management. Patricia is currently pursuing Masters of Arts in Project Planning and management at University of Nairobi. 
 

Renewable World Interns

Giovanna Speciale

Programme Support Intern

giovanna.speciale@renewable-world.org

Giovanna brings to the team a wealth of experience in managing and delivering community based projects. Prior to joining us she worked both in the UK and overseas supporting community based organizations. At Groundwork London she managed and delivered a plethora environmental/regeneration community based projects. She has considerable experience in community research, needs assessment and evaluation having worked as an independent consultant and as Community Research Officer for The Association for Research in the Voluntary and Community Sector. 

She is currently working towards an MSc in Energy Policy for Sustainability at the University of Sussex. She also has a Ph.D in Cognitive Psychology. She comes to us via an innovative bursary programme that is a partnership between Renewable World, The University of Sussex, E-On and The Crown Estates.

Helen Stoves

MSc Reserch Student / Intern - Nepal
 

My interest in studying for an MSc in Development Management with The Open University originated from a VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas) placement in Ethiopia. For the research project element, I was keen to combine my work in the Renewables Energy sector in the UK with international development. Having heard about the work Renewable World were doing through industry contacts, I was delighted when my request for support from Nick Virr and the team in Nepal was accepted.
 
With my timescales being short, interviews with contacts provided by Nick started at the end of the first week. I was impressed with the hospitality, adaptability and interest shown by interviewees. Soon I was (usually!) finding my way around Kathmandu learning about small-scale renewable energy development to Nepal. This culminated with two fascinating field trips to see a biogas plant and a solar MUS working in local communities.
 
Click here to read Helen's final research paper.