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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.
David Nicholson, Chairman
Over the past 15 years David Nicholson has worked for the private sector, development banks and INGOs to advance climate change adaptation and clean energy outcomes in Latin America, East Africa and Southeast Asia. David has been with Mercy Corps for 9 years, starting as a clean energy adviser and now leading a global technical team focused on integrating climate and ecological systems thinking into Mercy Corps programming, as well as pioneering efforts to accelerate market-based clean energy solutions within Mercy Corps’ program footprint. David is currently Acting VP for Technical Excellence, responsible for leading Mercy Corps’ global technical teams across all sectors.
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.
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."
Alex Angulo has worked in the humanitarian aid and development field for 25 years. Her areas of specialty have included disaster prevention, donor compliance, and sector-leading approaches to risk mitigation and governance. Alex was appointed Interim Executive Director of Mercy Corps Europe in June 2020. She joined Mercy Corps in 2006 and worked both with the programmes and finance teams, before leading the Compliance, Governance & Risk function in Europe. Alex is a determined advocate of disciplined and challenging governance in the humanitarian sector, and detailed scrutiny and reform of risk and compliance mechanisms that support donor and wider public support.
Sean Granville-Ross is an economic and agricultural development specialist using his expertise to encourage progress in Africa, his home continent. Sean has been with Mercy Corps for 19 years, holding a variety of positions supporting programming and operations around the world, including regional director for East Asia and country director for Mongolia, Indonesia, and Uganda. He is currently based in Kenya where, as the regional director for Africa, he oversees a large portfolio of projects addressing complex challenges across the continent which help people improve their agricultural livelihoods; build resilience to climate change; access water, sanitation, and health services; reduce their vulnerability to disasters; and more.