Energy 4 Impact is governed by a board of trustees representing many years of experience and expertise in fields related to the environment and economic development.
Anthony Marsh, Chairman
Anthony Marsh is an experienced lender and investor in energy infrastructure in Africa, Asia and the developing markets in Europe. Previously he was CEO of Frontier Markets, which managed debt and guarantee funds for infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, on behalf of European governments. He is also an independent member of the investment committee for Aviva Infrastructure Investors and non-executive Director of Green Investment Bank Financial Services. Prior to this he set up the UK’s Green Investment Bank on behalf of the UK government and was chair of the bank's investment committee.
Sheila Oparaocha has seventeen years’ experience in the gender and energy sector. She leads the ENERGIA International Secretariat hosted by Hivos International, where she coordinates a portfolio of programmes spanning 12 countries in Asia and Africa for the ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Development. She also provides technical support to ENERGIA’s activities on women entrepreneurship development, international policy advocacy, gender audits of energy policies, gender mainstreaming in energy programmes, training of trainers and practitioners, research and case study development, network building and knowledge management. Sheila is a member of the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Energy for All Partnership.
Dianne Rudo is an infrastructure finance expert with over 30 years of transaction and advisory experience in developed and emerging markets. She is currently Principal of Rudo International Advisors, an infrastructure finance consultancy firm, providing strategic, policy, programmatic and transaction advisory services. She established, as Vice President, the Project Finance Division of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Previously she was a partner in the corporate finance department at Drexel Burnham Lambert focusing on the energy sector. Ms. Rudo is a Director on the Board of GuarantCo, which provides local currency guarantees to infrastructure projects in emerging and frontier countries.
Richenda Van Leeuwen
Richenda founded and led the United Nations Foundation’s work on energy access and engagement with the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative from 2010-2016. Currently Managing Director at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), she leads their global Empowering Clean Economies Initiative. Until recently she was Chair, International Institutions at the Global LPG Partnership and a member of the Energy Sector Management and Assistance Program (ESMAP) Technical Advisory Group at the World Bank. Her more than 25 years of deep public and private sector experience includes commercial and impact investment in emerging markets renewable energy solutions and serving for five years as CEO of Trickle Up, an international women's micro-enterprise non-profit. Richenda currently serves on the board of SELCO India, and since 2010 as a U.S. Women's "Clean Energy Ambassador."
Emma has been working in the renewable energy sector in East Africa for the last 5 years and has served on the board of one of the leading off grid solar businesses, SolarNow. In addition, she was a partner with PwC, as part of their international development practice, overseeing donor program development across Africa in the areas of climate change, private sector development, financing and investment. Previously she was part of PwC's financial services practice, working with global banking clients in the US, Europe and Asia with a focus on transaction advisory work, financial reporting change management, accounting advisory and audit.
Katrina Pielli has extensive experience shaping energy and climate policy in the US, Africa and Middle East. She has devoted her career to developing innovative programmes and forging effective public-private partnerships with a global impact. Ms Pielli has led numerous international development programmes such as the USAID Power Africa off-grid program and the Smart Communities Coalition. Her work in US government included positions at the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. Ms Pielli holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Policy from Cornell College as well as an MSc in Science in Environmental Management and Policy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.