The Team

The governing body of Nexus is composed of a board of directors, and a small, permanent management team dedicated to serving Nexus members.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS: 

The governing body of Nexus is the Board of Directors. The Board is made of a maximum of nine directors; four of them are representatives of member organizations and up to five are external directors acting on the board in their individual capacity. The directors are all volunteers, and are elected for two years by the members at the General Assembly. The Board approves the long-term strategy presented by the secretariat, elects the Executive Director, approves budgets and plans annual activities. The Board also reviews potential new members and partnerships.

Priya Karve

Chairman of the Board

Priya Karve

Dr. Priyadarshini Karve has been working on developing biomass energy technologies and their dissemination in rural areas from 1991. She completed Ph.D. in Physics from University of Pune, in 1998. Since then she has worked as a researcher and project co-ordinator at Nexus member Appropriate Rural Technology Institute (ARTI), as a Faculty member at various engineering, architecture, management and liberal arts education institutes, and as a founder co-editor of a magazine on Science & Education. The biowaste-to-charcoal technology developed by Dr. Priyadarshini Karve won ARTI the Ashden Award for Renewable Energy in 2002. Dr. Karve herself has received several national as well as international honours including the World Technology Award 2005 in Environment Category, awarded by the World Technology Network, New York.

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Vice Chairman

Jochen Nimtschek

Jochen Nimtschek is a principal with Bain & Company, one of the leading global consulting firms, in their SE Asia office. Over the past nine years he has advised clients in Europe and Asia-Pacific on corporate and business strategy, market entry and operational improvement issues, especially in the financial services industry as well as the IT services industry. He holds degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Bochum and MBA from IESE Business School.

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Director

Jasmine Hyman

Jasmine Hyman is currently completing a doctorate at the Yale School of Forestry and the Environment, where she seeks to identify design principles for global climate finance schemes that promote equitable development and social justice. Prior to her research at Yale, she was the Director of Programs and Partnerships at the Gold Standard Foundation. From 2001-2005, she worked on climate and sustainable agriculture issues at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. She was the head writer and correspondent for the International Year of Rice in 2004.

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Michael Roberts

Michael Roberts has 23 years of professional experience in water resources engineering and management of international development programs. He joined iDE in 2000 and has been Country Director of the Cambodia program since 2002. At iDE, he leads a team of 200 people in building profitable enterprises and value chains that deliver sustainable social, economic, and environmental benefits to the rural poor. His work emphasizes the integration of engineering, social, and economic considerations. Michael has a Master of Science degree in water resources engineering with a focus on international development and has received training in market system analysis and development. Michael has overseen poverty reduction projects in Zambia, India, Vietnam, Myanmar, China, and Cambodia and has been a core contributor to iDE's market-oriented methodology and strategic planning process.

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Nathan Cole

Director

Nathan Cole

Nathan Cole is a Managing Director of TerraClear based in Thakhek, Lao PDR. He has been the Managing Director of TerraClear (previously known as LWR) since January 2009. Based in Laos since 2005, Nathan acted in various roles with LWR prior to becoming Managing Director. He completed a M.S. in International Agricultural Development, Community Development in 2004 and had a background as a Crop and Soil Scientist. Nathan is committed to the ceramic water filter project to improve the accessibility to clean drinking water to people in Lao PDR.

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Rafael Melo

Director

Rafael Melo

Rafael Melo is CFO at MPS, a startup joint venture between MasterCard and Smart Hub that process transactions initiated via the mobile channel. Previously, Rafael was Regional Finance Director, Asia Pacific for Embraer, a global MNC and the 3rd largest manufacturer of commercial, executive and military airplanes. Based in Singapore since 2007 and with 13 years’ experience in finance roles, Rafael holds a degree in Civil Engineering from UFMG in Brazil and MBA from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in the US.

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Sean Saminathan

Director

Sean Saminathan

Sean is an experienced legal and compliance professional with more than ten years of experience, which also encompasses legal, accounting and audit, governance, and currently about three years in banking and finance compliance-related roles. He has traveled widely throughout Asia and Europe, and has lived and worked in a number of countries, such as India, UK, Japan, Malaysia and Australia. This has afforded opportunities for self and professional development, as well as the ability to network and operate in multicultural environments. Sean joins Nexus since he believes that volunteerism like education is not a mean to an end but rather an end in itself. It allows one to look beyond the self to serve; to be inspired and to turn hope to be a source of inspiration for others in their bid to make the world a better place.

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Yakub Hossain

Yakub Hossain is the Deputy Executive Director of Village Education Resource Center (VERC), a national NGO in Bangladesh. He has been working with VERC since the late seventies promoting livelihood technologies with special expertise on cookstoves and other related subjects with Approtech Asia in Philippines and ARECOP in Indonesia. He completed a post graduate diploma in Community Water Supply and Sanitation from Loughborough University of Technology, UK in 1990. In early 2000, he was in the core innovation team of the globally acclaimed CLTS (Community Led Total Sanitation) approach. He plays a leading role in Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA) and is a Country Convenor of FANSA Bangladesh. He is also associated with a number of civil society networks in the country as a vibrant development activist.

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Russell J. deLucia

Russell J. deLucia is the President and Executive Director of The Small-Scale Sustainable Infrastructure Development Fund (S3IDF-US) and the Senior Advisor to its affiliate, S3IDF-India. Trained in engineering and economics (PhD, Harvard University), Dr. deLucia is a pioneer in the field of development finance and infrastructure development with experience in more than sixty countries. S3IDF’s mission is to reduce poverty by applying and disseminating its paradigm-shifting Social Merchant Bank ApproachSM (SMBASM). The SMBASM bundles co-financing, technology access and knowledge, and business development support to create small-scale enterprises that provide energy, infrastructure services, and related productive-use investments which are explicitly pro-poor and pro-environment.

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Executive Director

Marion Verles

Marion is the Executive Director of Nexus-Carbon for Development. Marion moved to Cambodia in 2009 with the mission to design and launch Nexus. She has successfully accomplished her task as Nexus now brings together 21 member organizations from over a dozen countries, operates a fully fledged services platform and a set of financial mechanisms dedicated to the scaling up of low carbon pro poor interventions. Prior to setting up Nexus, Marion gained experience in the corporate development team of Barclays Plc in London where she worked on capital raisings and acquisitions. If you ask her about her years in the City, she will say that there is no experience like the one that takes you deep inside the world you are trying to change. Marion holds a Master of Science from EDHEC business school (France) and a Master of Public Management from ENA (Paris) and RULE (Phnom Penh).

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Techincal Team: 


Samuel Bryan

Technical Director

Samuel Bryan

Sam's background is in environmental campaigning for Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, with a specialization in climate change. Following a M.Sc. in Environmental Technology, he joined GERES Cambodia Climate Change Unit in 2006. As a Technical Director of Nexus, he is responsible for supporting carbon finance documentation to help projects access carbon revenue.

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Rahul Rai

Carbon Project Manager

Rahul Rai

Rahul holds bachelor degree in Engineering from Rajiv Gandhi Technical University and an MBA in Power Management from the National Power Training Institute. With 6 years of experience in carbon reduction project development, renewable energy technology and BoP markets, Rahul has a strong expertise in cookstove carbon project development and conducting market research. At Nexus, Rahul focuses on carbon project development, project management, carbon market research activities, as well as energy and climate change issues.

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Eleonora Gatti

Carbon Project Officer

Hoang Thanh Ha

Ha Hoang holds bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering and International Economics from Hanoi University of Technology and Foreign Trade University in Vietnam, respectively. He has over five years of experience in carbon project development. He previously worked for the biggest CDM consultancy in Vietnam, where he registered around 30 projects in the following sectors: renewable energy (hydropower, biomass, wind power), energy efficiency (waste heat recovery from cement plant) and waste water treatment. He joined Nexus to support communities and sustainable development.

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Communications and Corporate Partnerships Team: 


William Theisen

Director of Communications & Corporate Partnerships

William Theisen

William draws from his international experience in project development, marketing, and business development to develop high value partnerships between Nexus member projects and the private sector. After receiving an MBA from HEC-Paris, he has worked at The Gold Standard Foundation, founding Nexus member GERES while also having been based in diverse locations including Mali, Cambodia, and currently France. William also completed a study for Nexus and GERES focusing on transparency in the carbon value chain for West African cookstove projects.

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Fahreza Hidayat

Partnerships Manager

Fahreza Hidayat

Fahreza joins Nexus as Partnerships Manager with the responsibility of forming direct partnerships between corporates in the Asia Pacific region with Nexus members’ climate friendly projects. Prior to joining Nexus, he was a Marketing Assistant at ClearWorld Energy Climate Action in Beijing where he was responsible for marketing carbon offset projects and creating social media engagement tools for corporates to better engage their stakeholders in tackling climate change. He started his career working at Goldman Sachs as part of their global operations team in New York. He has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A. in Economics and French) from Hamilton College in New York and spent one year studying in France. He also holds a Masters of Commerce (M.Comm in International Finance) from the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

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Communications Manager

David Jouan

David has worked in marketing and communications for the corporate and non-profit sector as well as governmental organizations in France and in Cambodia. He graduated from Audencia Nantes-School of Management (France) with a Master's Degree in Communications Management majoring in Sustainable Development. He joined Nexus to meet his interest for social entrepreneurship and to contribute on the issue of the private and non-profit sector working together to help the most vulnerable communities around the world.

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Sokunthea Him

Communications Officer

Sokunthea Him

Sokunthea is graduated from the Institute of Foreign Languages and from the Department of Media and Communication at Royal University of Phnom Penh. She previously worked as a reporter at Economic Today Magazine as well as in communications departments of United Nation Resident Coordinator and United Nation Development Program. Her concerns about climate change impacts both globally and in Cambodia brought her to Nexus. Kunthea is responsible for the development of communications materialsl and for the organization of events.

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Yujia Tao

Event Coordinator

Yujia Tao

Yujia obtained her first degree in Economics and Business Administration from Aalto University in Finland, formerly known as the Helsinki School of Economics. She then moved on to undertake her Msc in Carbon Finance from the University of Edinburgh. As part of her consulting project for the Msc, she has worked with CDP to evaluate emissions reduction actions of reporting Global 500 companies. During the next six months, she will coordinate a two days conference in Singapore organized by Nexus in collaboration with The Gold Standard.

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Operations Team: 


Louise Robb

Director of Operations

Louise Robb

Louise graduated from Griffith University, in Queensland Australia with an Applied Science degree with a Major in Environmental Science. Louise has worked in Australian governments for over ten years in the areas of Environmental and Urban Planning, Conservation Planning and Climate Change Planning and Policy. Prior to this Louise worked in the Pacific region and was involved in community economic development projects for small-scale tourism related ventures, eco-tourism in particular. Louise has experience in projects that required complex community engagement and consultation processes and has managed large development assessment projects in her role in local government. Since 2007 Louise has worked in the greenhouse gas and carbon tax policy and legislation area and managed strategic planning for climate change adaptation and mitigation and had oversight of large scale sustainability initiatives.

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Thomas Blackburn

Program Development Manager

Thomas Blackburn

Thomas Blackburn’s specialty is in international development, with a focus on incorporating sustainable development, natural resources, and the environment. He is currently a Carbon Project Officer in Nexus’ Project Development Unit where he works with Nexus members to validate and verify projects for carbon finance. In 2011 he received a scholarship to work in Cambodia with Pact, where he assisted with the development of Cambodia’s first community forestry REDD+ project. Thomas has also been a part of developing REDD+ social standard policy at the Environmental Defense Fund and mining policy for the World Wildlife Fund. He holds a Master’s in International Development and a Bachelor’s in International Affairs, both from The George Washington University’s Elliott School. Thomas joined Nexus to continue his work towards positive outcomes for communities and the environment.

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Jo Hazelwood

Grants Manager

Jo Hazelwood

Jo Hazelwood holds advanced degrees in Corporate Law and an MBA from HEC Paris. She has experience in both corporate and non-profit sector. She previously worked as a Relationship Manager at WWF International where she was responsible for increasing the involvement and engagement of the WWF network members, advising and supporting the international board as well as strengthening the governance system.

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Pamela Heng

Finance and Administration Manager

Pamela Heng

Pamela obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the National University of Singapore and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (formerly ICPAS) after completing her postgraduate studies with ACCA. Pamela has more than 20 years of commercial experience in the private sector. She joined Nexus to contribute to wider community in terms of climate change and initiatives focused on the most vulnerable populations.

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Putheary Kuy

Finance and Administration Officer

Putheary Kuy

Theary has over nine years of expertise in logistics and accounting. At Nexus, she is a Finance and Administration Officer in the Cambodia office. Before joining Nexus in 2011, she worked for GERES Cambodia as an Executive Assistant in their Climate Change Unit. During her four years at GERES, she gained invaluable experience in logistics – as well as accounting. Her time as a Sales Administrator for Total Cambodge also provided her with a private sector perspective. Theary graduated from the National University of Management in Phnom Penh with a Bachelor’s in Accounting.

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Putheary Kuy

Corporate Governance & Human Resources Officer

Jordan Soh

Jordan is a Singaporean who graduated from Victoria University with a Master of Business Administration. He has significant experience working for the non-profit and social enterprise sector in various developing countries. Prior to joining Nexus, Jordan worked as a fundraiser at Angkor Hospital for Children where he was responsible for developing the organization’s strategy in order to generate various revenues for the hospital. Jordan will be responsible for human resource management, corporate reporting and fund management at Nexus.

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