The Beam Contributors

Some of the best and most influential minds in global Climate Action

In each edition of The Beam, we invite +50 contributors from around the world to share their knowledge in all Climate Action related topics.

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Naoko Ellis

Professor in Chemical Engineering, University of British Columbia

Dr. Naoko Ellis is a professor in the UBC Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering with a profound desire to help create a low carbon future. Her commitment to a sustainable future is evident in her research interests, which include biomass utilization (bio-oil upgrading, biochar potential, and hydrogen production), sustainability leadership, CO2 capture (chemical looping systems), and transdisciplinary learning. She is curious about how learning with and from “others” – crossing the disciplinary boundaries – can inform and frame the complex societal problems we face.

Roland Schmehl

Professor at the TU Delft, Netherlands

He is German but was born in the USA. Schmehl studied at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and received also his doctorate from this university. He is a co-founder of Kitepower and is currently in a senior advisory position.

Frank Odenthal


Frank Odenthal, born 1971 in Cologne, Germany, is a freelance journalist and writer. After studying economics in Cologne and Liverpool, he has specialized on issues of development theories and environmental protection and has published in various newspapers and magazines.

Jossi Reich

Co-founder of FairPlanet

Jossi Reich is a German-born musician, writer, entrepreneur, initiator and co-founder of FairPlanet based in Tel Aviv.

Murat Suner

Co-founder of FairPlanet, Creative director of THE BEAM

Murat is a multi-award-winning Istanbul-origin social entrepreneur, publisher, editor and writer. Since 1989 he has been involved in various publishing and social impact enterprises in Berlin, London and Istanbul.

Ama Lorenz

Co-founder of FairPlanet, Editor-in-Chief of THE BEAM

Ama Lorenz is a freelance author and journalist. After her graduate degrees in economics (TU Berlin), communication and media science (Cambridge University) and journalism (TU Dortmund) she completed her internship at the Berlin offices of the Washington Post and the BBC.

Sam Miles

Ph.D. Stu­dent. Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berkeley.

Sam Miles is a Ph.D. stu­dent in the Energy and Resources Group, and in the Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berkeley.

Alyssa Newman

NSF Graduate Student Researcher, MS/Ph.D. Candidate. Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia.

Annelise Gill-Wiehl is currently an NSF Graduate Student Researcher and an MS/Ph.D. Candidate in the Energy & Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley.

Amy Nguyen

Amy Nguyen is a sustainability strategist and writer. She is the founder and editor of Sustainable & Social, a platform that deconstructs climate issues such as responsible investment and global policy to a millennial audience. Alongside time spent working in renewable energy and sustainable fashion, her professional background includes experience in the luxury retail industry.

Tawanda Karombo

Tawanda Karombo is a Sub-Saharan Africa-focused climate change and science journalist based in Harare. He has over 10 years of experience covering the region and his work has been published in Quartz Africa, Earthbeat, National Catholic Reporter, and America Magazine among others. You can follow him on Twitter @tawakarombo!

Alessandro Vitelli

Energy and climate reporter

Alessandro Vitelli is an energy and climate reporter with more than 15 years of experience covering the UNFCCC process. In addition, he reports on energy policy and markets, with particular emphasis on the energy transition, carbon pricing mechanisms, and EU policy. Alessandro has also been a Visiting Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics.

Emma Frances Bloomfield

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Emma Frances Bloomfield is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her primary research areas are climate communication, strategies for engaging people in conversations on controversial topics, and scientific controversies. Her first book is titled, Communication Strategies for Engaging Climate Skeptics: Religion and the Environment (Routledge, 2019) and she has published in journals such as Environmental Communication, Science Communication, and Rhetoric Society Quarterly.

Richard Roberts

Inquiry Lead at Volans

Richard Roberts leads much of Volans’ analysis and ideation. His role involves leading on the New Carbon Economy inquiry, and contributing to Volans’ thought leadership on the future of capitalism – developing new ideas, researching, interviewing, authoring white papers and reports – as well as advising business leaders on how to set up for future success.

Louise Kjellerup Roper

Chief executive at Volans

Louise Kjellerup Roper is chief executive at Volans, the research and advisory firm that helps businesses prepare for the emergent future.

Sofia Ollvid

Communications and Marketing Manager

Sofia is the Communications and Marketing Manager at SolarAid. A graduate from Uppsala University in Sweden, she has worked with communications for the humanitarian and development sector since 2014. Through her work she aims to tell stories to amplify marginalised voices. Prior to joining SolarAid she worked for UNICEF and UNHCR and has previously reported from countries in Latin America, Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Twitter: sofiao

Henry Muss

Founder of The Climate Resilience Company

Henry is committed to supporting organisations deliver on their climate emergency ambitions. He has over 20 years experience in the sustainability sector having worked as a consultant and in-house. As a consultant he has carried out energy efficiency audits for SME’s (Action Energy), supported over a 100 public sector organisations write their carbon management plans (The Carbon Trust) and appraised multi-million pound carbon reduction strategies (BBC and Salix Finance). In-house he has delivered complex multi-site automatic meter read installations Carbon Desktop (Imperial College) while at Homerton NHS Foundation Trust Hospital set up the “Going Green” staff engagement campaign as well as implementing lighting, voltage optimisation and waste management measures. Henry has an MSc in Environmental Analysis from Imperial College and was registered with the Carbon Trust for “solutions identification and implementation” he leads on PAS2060 net-zero accreditation and climate action plans.

Dr Mari Martiskainen

Senior Research Fellow at the Sussex Energy Group (SEG) in the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex Business School.

Hannah Stringham

Manager Business Sustainability Communications, right. based on science

Fid Thompson

Communications and Story Producer, Solar Sister

Fid has over a decade’s experience in journalism, research and visual storytelling on the African continent. Using creative approaches, she manages to amplify and advocate for marginalised voices and has always been committed to apply her skills to further social justice and promote human rights.

Gopal Kumar Mohoto

Experienced Chief Technology Officer with a demonstrated history of working in Electric Vehicle manufacturing industry. Research interest in Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Issues. Goal is to create Energy Solutions with Efficient Engineering for Greener Environment.

Rachel Kyte

Rachel Elizabeth Kyte CMG is a British academic serving as the Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and the first woman to lead the oldest graduate-only school of international affairs in the United States.

Julika Zimmermann

Julika Zimmermann was born in Stuttgart in 1990 and studied German at the University of Munich. She is an activist in the climate justice movement and works for the feminist environmental organization Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF) in Munich.

Annelise Gill-Wieh

Annelise Gill-Wiehl is currently a second year MS/Ph.D. Student in the Energy & Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame as her class salutatorian in 2019. While at Notre Dame, Annelise studied Environmental Engineering and completed the minor in International Development Studies through the Kellogg Institute.  Through the Kellogg Institute’s Internship Program, Experience the World Fellowship, International Scholars Program, Gill-Wiehl conducted four summers of fieldwork in East Africa from 2016 to 2019. Through Kellogg’s ISP program, Gill-Wiehl worked with Professor Sara Sievers and implemented a pilot program that deployed Community Technology Workers to help families transition from firewood and charcoal to gas stoves in Shirati, Tanzania.

David Wortmann

David Wortmann is the owner and managing director of the consulting agency DWR eco GmbH. He has extensive expertise in fields of business development, public affairs, public relations and strategic consulting in environmental technologies, renewable energy and sustainable development.

Kaisa Amaral

Kaisa Amaral is the communications director of Carbon Market Watch, an NGO working on carbon pricing policies and advocating for fair and effective climate action.

Athena Lam

Athena is a project-starter and content marketing consultant, working with startups in East Asian markets. Her experience includes impact investing, event organizing, writing, editing, and business development for social and tech startups. She has helped set up social accelerators and maker spaces in Hong Kong, Myanmar, and China and has worked with startups in Japan.

May Boeve

Executive Director at

May Boeve is Executive Director of, the global grassroots campaign for climate action. She is one of the founders of, together with author and environmentalist Bill McKibben. works on grassroots campaigns across the globe, leveraging people power to dismantle the influence and infrastructure of the fossil fuel industry.

Emanuela Barbiroglio

Environment journalist

Emanuela Barbiroglio is a reporter focused on sustainability, human rights and politics. Once a data editor at Property Week, she is currently based in Brussels – where she freelances for a variety of international publications including and The Beam as a Journalistic Partner. She studied History and Anthropology in Genoa, she received her first MA in Political Science after a period spent at Potsdam University, and then her second MA in Science Journalism at City University of London.

Alexander El Alaoui

Director Sustainable Investments

Alex’s goal is to help bridge the ever-increasing gap between finance and climate. In 2017, he helped setting up Germany’s first Paris-aligned equity investment portfolio, working in asset management. The year before, he co-managed the world’s first climate litigation case against the coal company RWE, working for a NGO. Today, Alex works as a financial advisor with a focus on climate investing.

Tamara Trumbic


Tamara Trumbic until recently worked with ICLEI’s Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience team, providing strategic and practical support to cities in their low-carbon and climate-resilient development.

Twitter: @Tamara Trumbic

Chris Adams

Director, Green Web Foundation

Chris is an environmentally focussed tech generalist, spending the last ten years working in tech startups, blue-chip companies and government, as a product manager and developer. He is an organiser of, a community for technology professionals taking climate action, and a director of the Green Web Foundation.

Twitter: @mrchrisadams

Sören Amelang

Staff Correspondent, Clean Energy Wire

Sören Amelang is a Staff Correspondent for Clean Energy Wire. During his 15 years at the news agency Reuters, he wrote about international business, economics and politics. He was the lead writer for Reuters’ German coverage of the financial crisis and the ensuing debt crisis in Europe.

Twitter: @number_fortytwo

Søren Hermansen

CEO, Samsø Energy Academy

Søren Hermansen is a storyteller and a local from the Danish island of Samsø. Samsø is a 100% sustainable energy island and it is his story that brings Søren in contact with communities all over the world. The narrative of change is a tool to engage and inspire people and communities in a sustainable transition. Søren is the CEO of Samsø Energy Academy.

Rose Alvarez

Project Coordinator, LOVE FOR LIFE

Rose Alvarez is passionate about working directly with people in the field and supporting local empowerment processes. She believes in putting love into action, which she lives up to in her role as International Project Coordinator at the non-profit organisation LOVE FOR LIFE.         

Facebook: @loveforlifeproject

Amy Westervelt

Senior Associate, Energy Web Foundation (EWF)

Amy is passionate about helping companies navigate disruptive technology. She’s currently a Senior Associate at the Energy Web Foundation, working with utilities, startups, and investors to leverage blockchain technology in the energy sector. Prior to EWF, she was part of Rocky Mountain Institute’s innovation hub, the Office of the Chief Scientist.

Dr. Shota Furuya

Researcher, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies, Tokyo

Dr Shota Furuya is a researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP) based in Tokyo, Japan. He focuses on the process in which different local stakeholders share a sustainable and creative future vision. His main research field is social acceptance of renewable energy and he facilitates stakeholders’ understanding and collaboration for sustainability.

Twitter: @fshota

Grace Mbungu

Researcher, IASS Potsdam & University of Stuttgart, Germany

Grace Mbungu is a junior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, and a PhD candidate at the University of Stuttgart in Germany. Her research focus is on the social dimensions of energy access and transitions in developing country contexts.

Roxana Bucată


Roxana Bucată is a Romanian journalist, worried about the climate crisis and dedicated to communicating solutions. She is currently a contributor to Vice Romania, where she writes about the environmental challenges.

Twitter: @roxanabucata

Amy Au

Communications Lead, SDSN Youth

Amy is the Communications Lead at UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth and a Storyteller for the UN SDG Action Campaign. She has worked as a digital communications specialist focusing on sustainability and human rights, and as a journalist in Hong Kong covering environmental issues.

Twitter: @eimii_au

Cristina Arau

Founder, Love for Life

Cristina is a visionary creator and founder of the for-purpose-organization Love for Life and the For Peace initiative. As a humanitarian and peace worker she worked in numerous countries around the world for the UN and other organizations prior to founding her own NGO dedicated to creating conscious, sustainable change to empower people and protect Nature.

Elizabeth Ferguson

Renewable Energy Consultant

Elizabeth leads identification of clean energy projects and opportunities globally. With a background in Energy, Life Science and economic development, she is passionate about empowering change and driving innovative solutions for sustainable development. As a political strategist, she provides strategic advice to drive strategies for economic growth towards clean energy.

Twitter: @schoembsconsult

Anne-Sophie Garrigou

Former Editor-in-Chief, The Beam Magazine

Anne-Sophie Garrigou is a journalist, a feminist and an environmentalist with a passion for women’s rights, environmental sustainability and for raising awareness for climate action. In Berlin, she has co-created The Beam Magazine, a feminist publication covering the climate crisis and sustainable development.

Twitter: @GarrigouAnneSo

Dr. Thomas Hillig

Founder, THEnergy

Dr Thomas Hillig, an expert specializing in off-grid renewables and micro-grid solutions founded THEnergy, a renewable energy consultancy firm in 2013. THEnergy assists companies in dealing with energy-related challenges, combining experience from conventional and renewable energy with industry knowledge in consulting.

Twitter: @THEnergyNet

Tim Schumacher

Investor & Entrepreneur

Tim Schumacher is a German Investor and Entrepreneur, with a focus on ad tech, marketing and consumer products. He was the CEO of publicly traded, which he co-founded. Since 2012, he has founded or invested in multiple start-ups like Aklamio, Hitfox, PiwikPro, and Ecosia. He also co-founded Eyeo (makers of Adblock Plus), where he acts as Chairman.

Twitter: @TimSchu

Sanjoy Sanyal

Founder, Regain Paradise

Sanjoy Sanyal is the founder of Regain Paradise, a Singapore based organization which works with investors, entrepreneurs, consultancies and think-tanks to promote environmental innovation in emerging Asia and Africa.

Twitter: @NewVenturesAsia

Petra Neye

Head of Communications, Impact Hub Berlin

A cultural scientist by training, Petra has worked in media, comms, marketing and PR for start-ups, companies and agencies for over a decade. Her goal is to tell the stories of inspiring people & projects that work on creating a future that works for all – and to give them the visibility they deserve. She is also a Fellow at the Kompetenzzentrum Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft des Bundes to foster the creative industries.

Marcela Scarpellini

Lawyer, right.based on science

Marcela is an environmental lawyer with an evolving understanding of the global and regional drivers of climate change. She currently works at right.based on science, a Frankfurt-based data provider, who has developed the X-Degree Compatibility (XDC) Model as a tool for measuring companies´ impact and exposure to climate change.

Nick Heubeck

Climate Activist, Fridays for Future

Nick Heubeck is a 20 years old student of communication and policy. He is partly responsible for tweeting at Fridays for Future Germany and speaking to the press. He´s a guest contributor for The Beam.

Twitter: @fridayforfuture

Mariama Kamara

Founder & Director, Smiling Through Light

Mariama Kamara is the Founder & Director of Smiling Through Light which provides clean, reliable & sustainable energy in Sierra Leone through the sales of solar products. Her current role includes working on development projects at local, national and international levels relating to Science & Technology, HIV, Microbicides, Education and Innovation.


Nadim Choucair

Founding Member, Cabinet

Nadim is a founding member of Cabinet, a Collective of individuals wanting to make a (+) difference, and leads the 2030 Cabinet initiative, building early-stage partnerships for the SDGs to help achieve the 2030 Agenda. He coordinates the Global Goals Jam Germany and is an UNLEASH SDG Talent.

Moustafa Bayoumi

Sustainable Development Graduate

Moustafa Bayoumi has graduated from the masters’ in Sustainable Development at Uppsala University and has a background in engineering. He´s currently conducting climate change policy and finance research, aiming to contribute to the debate on the societal and political transitions needed for a sustainable future.

Douglas Miller

Market Development Manager, Energy Web Foundation (EWF)

Doug Miller is a clean energy and fintech pioneer developing new solutions and business models to unlock global investments in renewables and energy efficiency. At EWF, he advises development and leads the deployment of Energy Web Origin—a portfolio of open source blockchain software toolkits to build new solutions for renewable energy, carbon, and electric vehicle markets.

Twitter: @DougJMillerJr 

Henrietta Kekäläinen

Co-Founder and CEO, Carbo Culture

Carbo Culture has developed a new technology to turn methane-emitting biomass waste into a stable, functional carbon form called biochar. Turning the biomass into this carbon form stores the carbon for hundreds of years and keeps it out of the atmosphere. It’s also a powerful tool to heal the soil.

Michelle Soto


Michelle Soto is a Costa Rican journalist with more than 15 years of experience, her professional interest is focused on reporting on science and environmental issues. She has worked in media outlets in her country and currently collaborates for LatinClima (a Latin American portal specializing in climate change) and Mongabay Latam.

Twitter: @michellesoto80

Rachel Sorenson

Climate Activist

Rachel Sorenson is a climate activist and feminist passionate about empowering women through off-grid solar projects. She holds a BA in economics and an MS in environmental science and policy.

Jose Pontes

Partner, EV Volumes

Jose has been overviewing the sales evolution of plug-ins since 2012. He is currently a partner in the EV Volumes consulting company and cooperates in several other projects in media and policy making.

Silvio Carillo


Silvio’s journalism career spans more than 20 years. He is a former producer at CNN, Al Jazeera and the South China Morning Post. He is the nephew of assassinated Honduran rights defender Berta Cáceres and has written numerous editorials seeking justice for her murder and against outdated US foreign policy which contributed to her death.

Twitter: @justiceforBerta

Nic Craig

Researcher, Climate KIC

Nic Craig is an interdisciplinary climate, energy and sustainability researcher who bridges science and policy, with a focus on the Nordic and Arctic regions. He currently works for Climate KIC and Polar Research and Policy Initiative, and is completing a Climate Change MSc at the University of Copenhagen.

Twitter: @niccraig 

Sabira Coelho

Regional, Migration Environment and Climate Change Officer at the International Organization for Migration’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Sabira has provided technical support to IOM missions in Mongolia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Pacific region by undertaking research projects to assess the nexus of climate change and migration and capacity building workshops for policymakers.

Andrew Thomson

Co-Founder of Stop Reset Go & Founder of Holonic

Andrew Thomson is a Co-Founder of Stop Reset Go and founder of Holonic. He is also an active member of the enkel collective, who explore new alternatives for a brighter future and part of the New Economy Network Australia (NENA).

Sergina Loncle

Communications Manager, Kopernik

Gina first became interested in social and community development, especially with marginalised groups during her undergraduate studies in theology. Before joining Kopernik, she worked in women’s empowerment, gender and disability, emergency response, and community-based projects.

Caroline Sorbier

Former Distribution Manager, The Beam

Originally a social worker, Caroline later undertook an MSc in Migration Studies and worked for various NGOs in the field of migrants and minorities protection. Caroline is particularly interested in the impact of climate changes on migration flows and patterns.

James Gien Wong

Co-Founder, Stop Reset Go

James Gien Wong is the principal Co-Founder of Stop Reset Go, with a focus on developing bottom-up, citizen-centric and rapid whole system change solutions for humanity.

Cady Voge


Cady Voge is a filmmaker and journalist based in Bogotá, Colombia. She has worked on documentaries and other reporting projects all over the world and has bylines in WIRED, the BBC, and NBC, among others. As a California-native, coastal-health and environmental justice have always been important issues to her.

Tom Derksen

Managing Director for Energy, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV)

Tom has over 27 years of management experience in international agribusiness development, supporting ‘market based solutions for poverty’ in the renewable energy, agriculture, water, and climate change sectors. He has served 18 years as Country Director for SNV in Nepal, Bhutan, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Maja Rotter

Head of Innovation, Impact Hub Berlin

Maja previously worked in CSR, private sector development and (social) entrepreneurship support for GIZ in Ghana and Jordan. Before working abroad, she was researching at the Institute of Ecological Economy Research (IÖW). Maja holds a Master of Science and Technology Studies of the TU Berlin.

Bob Koigi


Bob Koigi is a multiple award-winning Kenyan journalist who has extensively reported on agriculture, food security, rural development, climate change and environment across radio, TV, print and online media for various international media outlets. Koigi holds a Masters degree in International Studies and an undergraduate degree in journalism and media studies.

Ben Prior

CEO, Earthworm Group

After spending over 17 years working in corporate finance for firms including Noble & Company to Brewin Dolphin and co-founding RAM Capital Partners in 2007, Ben Prior created environmental fund manager, Earthworm, to offer ethically-conscious investment options for those seeking smart investment without leaving their ethics at the door.

Twitter: @BenPrior17

Beth Parker


Beth Parker is from Wales, studied Economics at University College London and currently works on a tech project as a consultant in London. Topics close to her heart include international development, sustainability and women’s empowerment.

George Harding-Rolls

Campaigns Adviser, Changing Markets Foundation

George Harding-Rolls is a campaigner and communications strategist with a focus on digital ethics, climate change and food sustainability. He works as an adviser to the Changing Markets Foundation, having previously held roles at international sustainability NGO, Forum for the Future, and Beijing based CSR platform, Charitarian.

Twitter: @GHardingRolls 

Frances Pinero

Biomedical Engineer

Frances Pinero is an American Latina living in Belgium, and is keeping busy raising 3 little citizens of the world. Her career as a cardiac device engineer gave her a first-hand view of how most of the First World diseases are preventable, but the systems in-place are not interested in addressing the root causes. She’s now devoted to spreading the news about how to save our planet and our health.

Rotimi Olatunji

Project Coordinator, Nigeria, Nexleaf Analytics

Rotimi Olatunji is Nexleaf’s Project Coordinator in Nigeria, where he oversees initiatives for immunisation and clean cooking. He has vast experience working in development in Nigeria, including with rural dwellers, the Nigerian Government, donors and development partners.

Peter S. Kinjap

Freelance Writer

Peter S. Kinjap is a freelance writer on climate change issues and an advocator for the Travel4Green (T4G) Project in Papua New Guinea. T4G PNG is a consortium blockchain-based carbon offsetting initiative to sustain indigenous forests in PNG under REDD+ instruments.

Cécile Spanu

Journalist, Photographer, Translator, Feminist and Ecological Activist

Cécile Spanu is a Journalist, Photographer, Translator, Feminist and Ecological Activist. She currently focuses her work on a long term project about “Women and Climate Change”, specifically interviewing, documenting and translating the lives of Indigenous People in Chiapas, Mexico, then expanding to other parts of the country or the rest of the world.

Morgane Ollier

Vice-President, CliMates

Morgane Ollier is a Climate Researcher focused on inclusive climate action. Previously based in Montreal, where she researched the nexus between inclusion and sustainable mobility, Morgane is now based in Paris and committed as the Vice-President of CliMates, a youth think-and-do tank from which the Gender and Climate Change project has emerged.

Costanza Burstin

Visual Anthropologist, Documentary Filmmaker, and Research Co-Director of CliMates

Costanza is a Visual Anthropologist, Documentary Filmmaker, and the Research Co-Director of CliMates. After working as a researcher on gender and environmental issues in India, she specialised in visual research and filmmaking. She now works on a visual ethnographic project about interactions among women, water and natural resources in a desert community in India.

Mouna Chambon

Researcher & Founder, The Gender and Climate Change Project

As a student at the University of Queensland, Mouna conducted a research project on the impact of climate change on women in Vanuatu. This experience aroused her interest in that research area. Subsequently, she joined CliMates and launched the project “Gender and climate change “ in January 2017. She speaks French, English, German and Italian.

Micha Sprinz

Director & Communications Lead, ElleSolaire

Micha Sprinz is Director and Communications lead for ElleSolaire, bringing over 15 years of experience in marketing, communications and events with leading international tech, media and events companies.  Her commitment to ElleSolaire’s clean energy women’s entrepreneurship in West Africa is driven by her belief that every woman deserves to value and express herself.

Twitter: @michachirps

Kimani Chege


Kimani Chege is a journalist based in Nairobi. He is specialised in science and technology, climate change, energy, health, business and finance as well as agriculture, with his work appearing in different publications both in Kenya and abroad.

Twitter: @Kymcee

Martin Baart

CEO and Co-Founder, ecoligo

ecoligo is a Berlin startup supplying affordable solar power to businesses in emerging markets. Martin has extensive experience in designing and managing on- and off-grid renewable energy systems and is a specialist in microgrids. He is also a Certified Expert for Climate & Renewable Energy Finance from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.

Twitter: @MartinBaart

Sergio Castellanos

Researcher, California Institute for Energy and Environment and the Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley

Sergio Castellanos is a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, and director of the Berkeley-Mexico Energy and Climate Change Initiative within the California Institute for Energy & Environment. His research focuses on energy injustice in solar tech deployment and adoption, sustainable transportation, and energy systems planning.

Twitter: @sergiocaste_

Deborah A. Sunter

Assistant Professor, Tufts University

Deborah holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and was formerly an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy and a Data Science Fellow at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science. Her research explores the interface of technology innovation and policy for improved environmental sustainability and social justice.

Christian Noll

Co-Founder, DENEFF

Christian is Co-Founder and managing director of the German Business Initiative for Energy Efficiency (DENEFF). By representing more than 170 member companies, he helps to form a strong voice for energy efficiency towards policymakers and in the general public. He is also a Vice-Chairman of the energy efficiency expert group of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

Lars Blume

Renewable Energy Expert for Green Innovation and Development Centre (GreenID)

Lars carries out policy research and develops advocacy campaigns for the leading Vietnamese thinktank in sustainable energy development, GreenID. His mission is to accelerate for a social just energy transition in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Lars is also the Co-Founder of flowful, a platform to accompany and promote people on their journey beyond sustainability.

Dirk O. Evenson

Managing Partner, evenson

Dirk O. Evenson consultants on digital transformation, sustainability and urbanisation at the interface of business, politics and society. He is also the director of New Mobility World (NMW), the world’s largest mobility, transportation, and logistics platform for experts, designers, and decision makers from the business, science and research and the public sectors.

Melissa Ruggles

Independent Communications Consultant

Melissa is a freelance writer who covers a range of topics from business, finance, education, health, fashion, politics, and international development. Melissa works with ENERGIA and Hivos on a regular basis, showing the impact of the organisations’ projects and programmes, including on energy, and the gender and energy nexus.

Emily McDonnell

Head Of Communications and Partnerships, Civocracy

Emily McDonnell is a communications and community expert with a focus on political and technological innovation. She has experience working with policy academics and practitioners, and with developing digitalisation within the private and public spheres. She is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and a freelance travel writer.

Marilyn Smith

Executive Director at The ENERGY ACTION Project

Previously having served as Science Writer for the National Research Council of Canada and Chief Editor at the International Energy Agency, Marilyn is now leading EnAct, a multi-media project that aims to raise awareness of energy poverty and boost energy literacy on the global scale.  She also leads ORENDA Communications, a creative agency providing services to the energy sector.

Twitter: @Marilyn75019

David Nelson

Executive Director, CPI’s Energy Finance

David is Executive Director of CPI’s energy finance team which works globally with governments, industry and investors to develop tools that are central to lowering the cost of the energy transition. Before joining CPI, David was a Senior Vice President at AllianceBernstein and a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and at Arthur D. Little.

Nicole Figueiredo de Oliveira

Director,, Latin America

As Director of in Brazil and Latin America, Nicole is an expert in the areas of climate change and international sustainability. She has Master’s degrees in International Law at the University of Innsbruck in Austria, and in Conflict Resolution at the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica.

Christina Schlegel

Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University

Christina is a climate justice researcher and activist in Boston. She has worked in state and local government pushing for carbon pricing, renewable energy, equitable development, and social justice. Her research and activism on issues from environmental refugees to the economics of renewables seeks to highlight on the deeply intersectional impacts of climate change.

Tjarda Muller

Communications Coordinator, ENERGIA

Tjarda is passionate about the relationship between energy access and gender. An experienced communicator, she gets great satisfaction out of showing what a difference it can make for a woman to have access to clean energy and the importance of taking that into account in energy policies and programmes.

Merit Hindriks

Communications Officer, Hivos

Merit Hindriks is a communication expert for the Hivos Green & Inclusive Energy program. She uses her skills to promote decentralized renewable energy for energy access. She sees amplifying voices of people that are often not listened to as one of her main tasks as well as finding new ways to steer up the debate and challenge perceptions.

Twitter: @merithindriks

Oliver Sylvester-Bradley

Co-Founder, Solar Aid

Oliver is a marketing and communications advisor with many years of experience in sustainability. Oliver co-founded SolarAid along with colleagues from Solarcentury. He initiated the ‘We Support Solar’ campaign calling for an effective solar feed-in tariff in the UK and specialises in communications and marketing strategies which encourage sustainability.

Eleanor Blomstrom

Co-Director and Head of Office, WEDO

With a particular focus on sustainable development, climate change and urbanisation, Eleanor’s work incorporates research, capacity building, and global-level advocacy. Prior to WEDO, Eleanor worked on climate change projects ranging from green roofs to waste management to adaptation with the Earth Institute, the Clinton Foundation and the World Bank.

Matthias Stettler

Chairman & Founder, greenmatch AG

As founder of a leading financial modelling platform for renewables, Matthias is in charge of greenmatch’s vision, strategy, investors, and partnerships, and advises investors, project developers, and banks on financing renewable energy projects. With Sustainable Finance Team GmbH, he is consulting companies about corporate finance and strategy.

Vivian Vendeirinho


Vivian’s goal is to implement what he has learnt in the business world to the advantage of third world developing countries. He is Board Chair of the Alliance for Rural Electrification, a board member of the Africa Mini-grid Developers Association, and CEO of mini-grid developer RVE.SOL Ltd.

Dr Sebastian Müller

Founder, right. based on science

Dr Sebastian Müller, LL.M. Tax is a doctor of law and founder of right. based on science. After four years as investment tax lawyer, he brings in his knowledge to the legal sounding of right.’s science-based XDC Model and the application of the Model in the financial markets.

Ipshita Chaturvedi

Founding Partner, C&C Advisors

Ipshita Chaturvedi likes to question assumptions in legal theories that are hindrances towards a sustainable, egalitarian future. She is the Founding Partner of C&C Advisors – India’s first law firm servicing both public and private sectors onenvironment, energy and natural resources law, policy and strategy.

Feli Visco

Deputy Head, Energy, Industry & IT sector, Regional Economic Department, Embassy of France in India

Feli Visco is Deputy Head of Energy, Industry and IT sector, Regional Economic Department, Embassy of France in India. At New Ventures, Feli worked with enterprises that provide sustainable energy to communities in rural India. She now contributes to global decisions that can impact how energy is perceived and used.

Twitter: @FeliVisco

Anna Murray

Vice President of Sustainability, Bentall Kennedy

Anna Murray is Vice President of Sustainability at Bentall Kennedy, a Sun Life Investment Management company, one of the largest global real estate investment advisors and one of North America’s foremost providers of real estate services.

Anna Lässer

Co-Founder Impact Hub Berlin

Anna Lässer co-founded Impact Hub Berlin and built up its sustainable innovation consultancy. She is an innovation expert with a track record of more than eight years consulting people, startups and organisations to embrace transformation. Being passionate about education, she is also a Design Thinking Coach at HPI School of Design Thinking.

Twitter: @annalaesser

Amanda B. Lima

SDG Integration and Innovation Analyst, UNDP

Amanda Lima lives in the capital of Brazil, Brasília, and currently works for the mainstreaming of the sustainable development policy agenda in the country. She has a BA in political science and a Msc in sustainable development studies.

Dr. Sunny Sandhu


Sunny Sandhu is a researcher, interviewer, co-director, co-producer and musician.

Stefan Schurig

Secretary General, Foundations-20 Platform & Founder, Cities and Energy Consulting

Stefan Schurig is the Secretary General of the foundations-20 platform and founder of the Cities and Energy Consulting. He is an architect by training and was an advisor to the World Urban Campaign of the UN, and also teaches at Hamburg University.

Rebecca Bertram

Senior Policy Advisor, Heinrich Böll Foundation

Rebecca Bertram is the Senior Policy Advisor for a European energy transition at the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin. Her work focuses on integrating various European energy discussions into the German decision-making process.

Lisa Keppler

Junior Consultant, Arepo Consult

Lisa Keppler works as a Junior Consultant at Arepo Consult. She supports projects dealing with evaluation and assessment of energy and climate programmes as well as monitoring of energy policy instruments. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies.

Dr. Christine Wörlen

Director, Arepo Consult

Dr. Christine Wörlen, Geographer and Economist, is Founder and Director of the research and consulting company Arepo Consult. Christine is an internationally renowned expert in the area of renewable energy policies and energy systems integration as well as economic impact of renewable energy deployment.

Gisa Holzhausen

Advisor, Arepo Consult

Gisa Holzhausen works as advisor at the independent research and consulting company Arepo Consult where she focuses on renewable energy and environmental policy in international contexts. In her Master Thesis in political science, she compared different strategies and identified success factors for NGOs to stop oil drilling in the Arctic.

Twitter: @Gi_Sa_ 

James Chavula

Journalist, Nation Publications Limited

James Chavula is a features journalist at Nation Publications Limited in Malawi. He is one of the winners of the Voices of a Brighter Future Journalism competition on sustainable energy reporting organised by the UN-OHRLLS.

Tobias Engelmeier

Managing Director & Founder, TFE Consulting GmbH

Tobias is an entrepreneur and advisor with experience in organisational change and growth-oriented business models. He has founded Bridge To India and India Goes Solar, and has worked for investors, technology companies and governments on managing industry transitions. He founded TFE Consulting to provide consulting services on industries that are undergoing rapid transformation.

Mattia Vianello

Regional Director, Practical Action, West Africa

Mattia Vianello is Regional Director for Practical Action in West Africa where he leads the advisory team working on decentralized energy services, agriculture and climate information services. His specialist area is on promoting energy access by unlocking market systems in development and humanitarian contexts.

Glada Lahn

Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources department, Chatham House

Glada Lahn is a Senior Research Fellow in the Energy, Environment and Resources department at Chatham House. Her specialist areas include access to energy in developing countries, sustainable transitions in oil and gas-exporting economies and climate change, reconstruction and environment in the Middle East.

Twitter: @Glada_Lahn ‏

Dina Padalkina

Founder, Circular Berlin

Since 2017, Dina is actively involved in the Circular Economy scene in Berlin, gathering diverse knowledge in the fields of Circular Cities, Construction, Food and Textiles. She is active within the Circular Berlin initiative and cooperates with a range of Berlin-based partners. Dina is also part of many European Circular Economy networks, dedicated to pushing the Circular Economy debate towards implementation.

Kyle Baranko

Associate Account Executive, Antenna Group

Kyle recently graduated from Boston College with a degree in International Political Economy. He enjoys writing about complexity theory, biophysical economics, and the intersection of renewable energy and blockchain technology.

Watmore Makokoba

TV Producer, African News, teleSUR

Watmore Makokoba is a Zimbabwean journalist covering  environmental, agricultural and political topics. He is an award-winning Hivos trained renewable energy and climate change reporter. He is currently working as TV Producer African news for teleSUR in Quito Ecuador.

Mihai Stoica


Mihai Stoica is a Romanian photographer and environmental activist. He published his photos in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Al Jazeera and National Geographic.

Rob van Riet

Director, Climate Energy Programme, World Future Council

Rob van Riet is the Director of the Climate Energy Programme at the World Future Council. Previously, he coordinated the WFC’s Disarmament Programme from 2010 to 2018. He also served as UK Coordinator for the international network of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament from 2011 to 2018.

Noah Kittner

Senior Researcher, Sustainability and Technology Group, ETH Zurich.

Noah Kittner is a Senior Researcher in the Sustainability and Technology Group at ETH Zurich. He holds a PhD in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley and was formerly a Fullbright Fellow researching technical and policy aspects of solar electricity and sustainability assessment in Thailand. He has also conducted research with the Uganda Forestry Resources and Institutions Center at Makerere University

Daniel Kammen

Founding Director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, University of California

Daniel Kammen has founded or is on the board of over 10 companies, and has served the State of California and US federal government in expert and advisory capacities. As Founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the University of CA, since 1999 he has also contributed to various reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Anna Skowron

Project Manager, World Future Council

Anna Skowron joined the World Future Council in early 2018 and is working as Project Manager for Climate & Energy. She is managing the organisation’s work on 100%RE and sustainable development and coordinates advocacy on energy finance.

Twitter: @An_Skowron

Gebru Jember Endalew

Former Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group on Climate Change

Gebru Jember Endalew was the Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group at UN Climate Change negotiations in 2017 and 2018. Trained as a meteorologist, Mr Endalew has been involved in UNFCCC negotiations as a delegate of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia since 2008.

Carola Hein

Professor and Head, History of Architecture and Urban Planning Chair at Delft University of Technology

Carola Hein is Professor and Head, Chair History of Architecture and Urban Planning at Delft University of Technology. Her book publications include The Capital of Europe, Rebuilding Urban Japan after 1945 and Port Cities. Carola Hein currently works on the transmission of planning ideas among port cities and within landscapes of oil.

Twitter: @hein_carola 

Ayumi Matsuzaka

Founder, DYCLE

Founder of DYCLE Since 2009, Ayumi has explored the human role in energy and material cycles through participatory art interventions. After carrying out several soil projects in Europe and Asia, she learned to produce hygienic Terra Preta soil substrate and understood that parents are highly interested in reducing waste production.

Urszula Papajak

Policy Advisor

Policy advisor specialising in smart grid developments and new regulatory solutions supportive of citizen-owned renewable energy. Interested in the intersection of grid modernisation and the rise of a new end-to-end energy system.

Eva Brandt

Senior Manager, Little Sun

Eva Brandt is Senior Manager at Little Sun, managing Little Sun’s education and health programs in Rwanda and Tanzania. Prior to that Eva was working for Ruby Cup, an award-winning social business that provides a long-term menstrual hygiene solution to girls and women world wide. Eva is passionate about innovative approaches to tackle climate change and the current challenges of migration and an advocate for the SDGs.

Rebecca Freitag

German UN Youth Delegate on Sustainable Development

Rebecca Freitag is the current German UN Youth Delegate on Sustainable Development. She represents the interest of the young generation at the UN conferences on sustainable development and promotes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) among young people. She is a Master student of Integrated Natural Resource Management.

Robert R. Janes

Visiting Research Fellow, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester (UK), and Founder and Co-Chair, Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice

Robert R. Janes is an independent scholar-practitioner, a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester (UK), and the Founder and Co-Chair of the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice. He has devoted his career to championing museums as important social institutions that can make a difference in the lives of individuals and their communities.

Alessandro Grampa

Co-Founder of Hexagro Urban Farming

Alessandro Grampa is a social entrepreneur leveraging exponential technologies and nature-inspired business models to create impact-driven solutions. Now co-founder of Hexagro Urban Farming and occasionally enjoying the pleasure of good natural wine.

Sam Duby

Africa Director, TFE Energy

Sam Duby is a multi-award winning innovator and thought leader in the energy access and frontier technology space. One of the early mini-grid pioneers, Sam spent many years ‘at the coal face’ developing groundbreaking energy access technologies and business models in some of the most remote corners of Africa.

Tim Pfefferle


Tim writes at the intersection of politics, technology and social movements. He’s particularly interested in the transformation of the global energy transition.

Twitter: @pfefferletim.

Laura McDermott

Design Lead in the Centre for Social Innovation, IE Business School

Laura McDermott is an Irish design and innovation consultant, based in Madrid. She works as the Design Lead in the Centre for Social Innovation at IE Business School and also consults on behavioural design projects. Laura thrives on good coffee and stimulating conversations about human behaviour, design and ethics. 

Erez Galonska

CEO and Co-Founder of Infarm

Erez sets the overall company strategy and product direction of INFARM. He is a self-educated farmer and entrepreneur, who have already gained acclaim in the field of urban farming.

Nathan Bonnisseau

Head of Content & Marketing, Plan A

Nathan Bonnisseau is currently Head of Content and Marketing at Plan A, the first data-driven action platform in the fight against climate change. He has previously honed his marketer and fundraising skills for French and US education institutions, as well as his content game for various publications. The only thing he likes more than cooking good food is eating good food. But if he had to choose, he’d probably bring his guitar over his spatula on a desert island.

Jack Robinson

Content Editor, Global Opportunity Explorer & Project Manager, Sustainia

Jack is the Content Editor of the Global Opportunity Explorer and Project Manager at sustainability consultancy Sustainia, working to mainstream the Sustainable Development Goals and accelerate the green transition. Jack’s working life began with hands-on experience of installing solar panels but since then has included working at the UK energy regulator and as part of several consultancies in sustainability. Jack holds degrees from the University of Cambridge and Copenhagen, and his thesis explored the role of blockchain in global climate change mitigation policies.

Oliver Matikainen


Oliver Matikainen is a Masters student in Sustainable Development at CEMUS, Uppsala University and has a background in Philosophy. He is primarily interested in exploring the ideology of sustainable development and its alternatives.

Twitter: @o_matikainen 

Tom Harper

Director and Head of Sustainability, Unusual Industries Ltd

Tom Harper has a Master’s in the Circular economy, he is a Co-Founder of – a platform designed to support global collaboration on whole system change. He is also a Director at Unusual Industries Ltd where he is transforming the business model towards a fully regenerative one.

Vaitea Cowan

Co-Founder, Enapter

Vaitea Cowan believes hydrogen is the future. She co-founded Enapter which scales decentralised green hydrogen solutions. As a Pacific Islander, her mission is to provide clean energy independence to Polynesia and inspiring the next generation of women.

Jonars B. Spielberg

PhD, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Jonars B. Spielberg is a PhD student at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His research examines interactions between service providers and users, and the role of technology in international development. From 2013 to 2017, he worked on the Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation at MIT.

Isadora Cardoso

Project Assistant, GenderCC-Women for Climate Justice e.V.

Isadora Cardoso is from Brazil and currently works with GenderCC-Women for Climate Justice in Germany. She has a BA in political science and MA in globalisation and development studies

Hans-Josef Fell

President, Energy Watch Group

Hans-Josef Fell has helped to pioneer the ecological movement in Germany. As a Member of the German Bundestag for the Green Party (1998-2013), he co-authored Germany’s Renewable Energy Sources Act. Since 2014, he has been President of the Energy Watch Group, an international network which analyses global energy developments and advises governments around the world.

Twitter: @HJFell

Hannah Helmke

Co-founder and CEO, right. based on science

Hannah Helmke is the CEO and daringly honest and solutions-oriented partner of right. based on science. She never wants to lose her ability to observe. Her focus on economic activity in a world affected by climate change was the result of combining her disciplines Psychology and International Business.

Frances Sprei

Associate Professor in Sustainable Mobility, Chalmers University of Technology

Frances Sprei is an Associate Professor in Sustainable Mobility at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. She uses interdisciplinary research to assess sustainable mobility options such as electric vehicles and shared mobility. She is passionate about spreading research outcomes to general public and various stakeholders.

Fabián Sanin

Community Landscape Manager, Amazon

Fabián Sanin is the Community Landscape Manager at Amazon. His focus is to connect people with nature emphasizing on urban sustainability, eco-designs and biophilia. An Urban Innovator using nature and technology to find the perfect balance in society.

Ademola Adesina

Founder and CEO, Rensource

Ademola Adesina is the founder and CEO of Rensource, a Nigerian solar renewable energy company.

Thure Traber

CRO, Energy Watch Group

Dr Thure Traber gained in-depth expertise in the field of energy transition at various research institutions including the DIW Berlin and the DTU in Denmark. He supervises the scientific content of official documents of the Energy Watch Group and releases and pursues own research. His central motivation is to promote a successful climate policy and a fast transition towards renewable resources and decentralised systems.

Eric Horesnyi


Eric is the CEO of He was a founding team member at Internet Way (French B2B ISP, sold to UUnet) then Radianz (Global Finance Cloud, sold to BT). He is a High Frequency Trading infrastructure expert, passionate about Fintech, IoT and Cleantech.

Toby D. Couture

Founder and Director, E3 Analytics

Toby D. Couture is Founder and Director of E3 Analytics, a renewable energy consultancy based in Berlin. He has worked closely with governments, financial institutions, companies, and development agencies in over forty countries around the world on accelerating the energy transition.

Twitter: @TobyCouture

Lucia Lenci


As a journalist and environmental communications expert, Lucia enjoys giving a voice to social business projects. She is a strong advocate for gender rights and sustainable projects. Passionate traveller, ocean lover and enthusiastic storyteller, she recently joined the ENERGIA team as Communications Officer.