We are an experienced team with a solid track record working in more than 30 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia , and Latin America on challenging and complex projects on a range of topics including energy enterprise development; gender and energy; microfinance; clean energy policy analysis and advocacy; financial modelling; carbon finance; and project evaluation and impact monitoring. Our team works with multilateral development agencies, governments, private sector, universities, and NGOs around the world.
Jennye is an expert on energy enterprise development, with a particular focus on enabling policies, business models, gender equity and training. Jennye is a Founding Partner of Embark Energy, where she spearheaded the launch of a unique energy business development tool and service model for local entrepreneurs in Africa. Previously, Jennye was an Innovations Specialist at E+Co, a pioneering company in energy enterprise investing, where she worked on an array of projects involving knowledge management, service delivery, cross sectoral collaboration, gender, and payment innovations. She has been engaged in numerous consulting assignments with UNDP, U.S. Agency for International Development and the World Bank in projects touching on different aspects of energy access, each including a serious treatment of pertinent gender issues, and has highly relevant field experience in 10 countries. Jennye has a Master of Arts degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and is fluent in French. Jennye brings exceptional creativity, intellectual rigor, and a strong work ethic to every assignment.
Ellen is a world-recognized expert on energy and international development with over 20 years of experience working with international public and private organizations throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Ellen has been teaching graduate level courses at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs since 2007, and continues to provide hands-on learning opportunities and mentoring for her students in energy and development. She has led applied research and analysis of energy issues as they relate to economic and social development and has solid expertise in the area of energy and microfinance, which led to her founding of Arc Finance in 2007. She was also a Founding Partner of Embark Energy, a social enterprise that trains and mentors energy entrepreneurs. Ellen serves as an advisor and Board Member for social enterprises around the world focused on clean energy. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a doctoral degree in marine geophysics from the University of Rhode Island. Ellen is known for her leadership in working across cultures as a listener and consensus builder to come up with locally-driven solutions that have high potential for success.
Pablo is a committed lifelong learner and problem solver. He has extensive professional experience in management, finance, social enterprise, gender mainstreaming and development policy. Pablo is the Founder of Bare Maximum, a boutique advisory firm helping organizations advance the emergence of an ethical, sustainable and regenerative global economy. Bare Maximum works with start-ups, social enterprises, NGOs and companies around the world that are innovating, disrupting and transforming their fields; from product design and innovation strategy to economic development and data analysis. Pablo has been working with SES, supporting the development of data-driven policy approaches and analysis. Pablo is also the co-founder of Be Girl, a company focused on making high-performance menstrual hygiene products radically accessible for women and girls globally. He started his career in financial services, with UBS, HSBC and Barclays. Thereafter, he began working with NGOs working to solve global challenges. Pablo also serves as an advisor and Board Member for startups, social enterprises and non-profits. He holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and History of Art and Architecture from Brown University and a Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University’s Earth Institute.
Ranisha has over 5 years of experience in the renewable sector. Her focus lies in RE research and advocacy, gender mainstreaming, knowledge management, communications as well as developing online platforms/tools. She has a B.Sc. in Environmental Studies and an M.Sc. in Renewable Energy Engineering and Management. Born and raised in Nepal but living more than 10 years in Germany, she considers herself a global citizen.
Cathy is an expert on energy access with a particular focus on enterprise development, GHG emissions reduction from household appliances, monitoring and evaluation. She has worked in the environmental and renewable energy sector for more than 12 years. Until October 2014, she was the Carbon Finance Director at E+Carbon, a US-based company that develops carbon finance projects. There she designed, implemented and managed a portfolio of GHG emission reduction projects for improved cook stoves in Ghana, Mali and Togo. Prior to that position, she was a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at E+CO where she was responsible for assessing the financial, environmental and social performance of clean energy enterprises throughout West Africa. Catherine holds a Master of Sciences degree from Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC and a Bachelor degree in Applied Foreign Languages from the Gaston Berger University in Saint-Louis, Senegal. Catherine is a native Senegalese and is fluent in French, English and Wolof. Cathy excels at working with local business owners to improve their distribution system and guide their expansion while maintaining a close link with the communities they serve.
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