Team

The responsAbility Renewable Energy Holding team consists of highly specialized East African and international power project developers, engineers and infrastructure finance professionals. The team has extensive experience in developing and financing power projects, including hydro, wind, solar, biomass and conventional power projects worldwide, mainly in the emerging markets, particularly Africa.

Because of its local presence and international background, the team has access to a wide network of local and international developers, multilateral organizations, development finance institutions (DFIs) and government officials. This network allows responsAbility Renewable Energy Holding to gather local intelligence and play an active role locally to make sure its projects are bankable.

The responsAbility Renewable Energy Holding team is actively supported by responsAbility Investments AG’s specialists in its Zurich headquarters, as well as the responsAbility regional offices, in matters such as back-office support, relationship management and fund-raising.

Nairobi based investment team and
regional developer team

Hieronymus
Niessen

Managing Director

21 years of experience as global infrastructure developer and financier (IFC) with focus on renewable energy.

Joseph
Nganga

Executive Director

16 years experience as entrepreneur in East Africa with a focus on renewable energy

Wilfred
van den Bos

Head of Investments

12 years project finance and investment experience in Africa, Asia and the Middle-East.
Prior to rAREH, he worked at FMO where he has been responsible for mobilizing USD 1 billion+ of senior- and subordinated debt for more than 32 (renewable) energy projects.

Solomon
Njonjo

Head of Finance

Finance professional with 11 years’ experience in the energy sector working with multinational corporates within East Africa Region.

Graeme
Watson

Head of Engineering

41 years of experience in civil engineering, primarily within East Africa infrastructure development projects.

Paul
Ombai

Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

17 years of experience in working with local communities to engage their buy-in to potentially disruptive projects.

Ian
Griffiths

Head of Development

19 years of experience in the development, construction and operation renewable energy assets in Asia, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Jagath
Navinda

Senior Engineer

22 years of experience in civil engineering in the energy sector in East Africa as a site engineer, civil engineer, and project and construction manager in particular of hydropower plants.

Bernard
Omuyoma

Project Developer

Electrical engineer with over 7 years of experience as a project management professional.

Jerry
Owuonda

Project Developer and Hydrologist

6 years of working experience as Hydrologist and Environmental associate expert.

Victor
Okinda

Project Developer

An electrical engineer and power project developer with over 6 years’ experience working in sub Saharan Africa. Skilled in project management, risk assessment and allocation, contract management and procurement.

Sarah
Gatuka

Project Developer

Government relations professional with 8 years’ experience in the oil and energy industry in East Africa. Skilled in Public Affairs, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Governmental Affairs.

Caroline
Otonglo

Investment Principal

Caroline is a legal and finance professional with over 15 years’ experience in investment and project management across Africa. Her immediate previous role was Chief Investment Officer in the Private Sector Operations of the African Development Bank.

Victor
Mallet

Senior Project Developer

10 years experience in power project development in West and Southern Africa, both in thermal and renewable technologies.

Brenda
Muchomba

Financial Accountant

Finance professional with 5 years of experience in financial reporting and audit.

Daniel
Kimani

Associate

Investment professional with 2 years consulting experience and 1 year investing experience in Africa.

Peris
Suka

Environmental & Social Implementation officer

Communication and administrative professional with 5 years of experience in the banking industry in East and West Africa, and 4 years of experience in the energy sector.

Valerie
Osodo

Environmental & Social Implementation officer

Environmental expert with 2 years of experience.

Hanningtone
Mwaluma

Environmental & Social Implementation officer

Environmentalist with over 7 years  of working experience in infrastructure development projects in Kenya.

Technical Assistance

Eva
Tschannen

Senior Technical Assistance Manager

More than 8 years’ experience in project management and technical assistance in the public and private development sectors

Marian
Grabowski

Technical Assistance Officer

More than 5 years of relevant experience in the fields of technical assistance and development investments.

Taylla
Scapim

Technical Assistance Officer

More than 4 years of experience in project management and cleantech assessment.