Distributed Renewable Energy – Participants
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 / 14:00-15:30
Moderator: Tania H. Roediger-Vorwerk
Tania is currently the Deputy Director General at the Directorate 31 – Sustainable Development; Natural Resources; Economic Policy and Infrastructure in the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Formerly she was Head of the Policy Planning Staff at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and also worked as Head of the Department of General Personnel Matters and Personnel Development, and as Deputy Head of the South Asia Department at the BMZ. Prior to her work at the BMZ, Tania was Deputy Head of the Department of International Affairs and Protocol of the City of Bonn as well as a senior consultant at the international management consultancy Kienbaum.
Bozhil Kondev, GIZ
Bozhil Kondev is an energy advisor at GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) in Germany. His responsibilities include strategic and technical advisory to a portfolio of GIZ projects on rural electrification in Africa and Asia. He is also involved in the liaison with strategic partners and international initiatives. Prior to moving to Germany, Bozhil spent 3 years working in a regional project of GIZ in East Africa with a focus on market development for various renewable energy technologies. His previous experiences include positions in research institutions, renewable energy consulting and solar PV manufacturing. Bozhil holds a M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences and Policy from the Central European University in Hungary and the University of Manchester, UK. He speaks Bulgarian, English, German, and Spanish.
Lâl Marandin, Renovables Nicaragua
Lâl Marandin is a Renewable Energy professional, social entrepreneur, project developer and a consultant in the renewable energy sector in Central and Latin America. Lâl has been working in Nicaragua for more than ten years, after co-founding “blueEnergy” in Nicaragua in 2004, a non-profit organization connecting communities to energy, clean water, sanitation, and other essential services. Trained as an engineer, after an initial career focused on aeronautics as a civil servant, Lâl is now focused on combining several activities dedicated to providing clean energy solutions in Nicaragua and the region.Lâl is currently a Consultant with the IDB / UNDP team for the “Sustainable Energy for All Initiative – Americas”, and is the author of two keys documents in Nicaragua: a Rapid Assessment and Gap Analysis Report (published 2014) and the Country Action Plan (validation pending), and collaborated to the “Mexico Rapid Assessment and Gap Analysis” Report (2014). Recently, Lâl coordinated the technical support team of the Latin-American SE4ALL Hub. Lâl is also a Consultant for IRENA in Nicaragua, having recently carried out the Renewable Energy Assessment (RRA, 2013) process, and a Capacity Needs Assessment (CNA, 2014). In 2012, Lâl co-founded PELICAN, a Nicaraguan company bringing together experts who have been present in power generation and distribution for more than 10 years in Nicaragua. Lâl graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (ParisTech), (Paris, France) in Science and Aeronautical Engineering, and from the School of Aeronautics SUPAERO-ISAE (Toulouse, France). His academic background also includes two Masters (Thermodynamics and Aeronautics).
Wim van Nes, SNV
Wim J. van Nes is employed by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation as Senior Strategy Officer in the renewable energy sector. His education includes MSc in Chemical Technology, Business Administration and Public Administration. SNV builds local capacity in 39 developing countries through (impact investing) advisory services, knowledge networking and evidence based advocacy. Within the renewable energy sector, activities are currently undertaken in small & medium-scale biogas, clean cooking solution, small solar electricity, off-grid rural electrification, biomass for productive use by small & medium-scale enterprises, and REDD+. Mr. Van Nes started his career in 1982 as project leader on renewable energy with CE in the Netherlands. He joined SNV in 1989, first as biogas researcher and from 1992 to 1997 as manager of the national program in Nepal. In the period 1998 to 2000, he served at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency as programme manager responsible for stand-alone applications of photovoltaic solar energy. In 2000, he rejoined SNV as Governance Advisor in Tanzania and since 2004 as Network Leader on renewable energy covering Asia, Africa and Latin America. Through over 30 years of experience, Mr. Van Nes gained extensive expertise in market-based deployment of different renewable energy technologies, development of sectors towards sustainability and in the operation of knowledge networks. He has participated in more than 50 missions to 20 different countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Sena Alouka, Jeune Volontaires de l’Environnement, Togo
In 2001 Sena established the largest youth movement in Africa in 2001, and has been on the forefront of promotion of sustainable and renewable energy since the inception of JVE International. He helped implement the Clean Energy in Africa (CLENA) project in over 20 countries where JVE is represented. Having received academic training in Sustainable Development and with his background in journalism, Sena has been a dynamic advocate and an active promoter of renewable energy. In Togo he is implementing various activities under the CLENA project that are aimed at creating smoke free villages using technologies that are energy efficient and also providing sustainable alternatives and solutions to replace fossil fuels. Sena has established various education and training programs for youth, from primary level to university education. He has launched an energy program implemented in schools in the various JVE countries in Africa which are adapting and main streaming these programs into the official education curricula. Sena has been involved in developmental issues for over a decade and represented civil society on various platforms, and has received awards including the Lighting Africa development market place competition and the energy Globe Award.
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