The Lab’s African regional program addresses issues unique to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the East African Community (EAC) regions.


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Lab Members

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Principals and Advisors

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ACWA Power

  • advisor
    Thierry Tardy
    Director, Business Development Division,

Africa Finance Corporation

  • principal
    Sameh Shenouda
    Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer
  • advisor
    Kome Ajegbo
    Vice President, Investments

African Development Bank

  • advisor
    Gareth Phillips
    Manager, Climate and Environmental Finance
  • advisor
    Monojeet Pal
    Energy, Environment, and Climate Change Department


  • principal
    Claus Stickler
    Managing Director and Global Co-Lead
  • advisor
    Martin Ewald
    Managing Director, Lead Portfolio Manager, Allianz Global Investors


  • advisor
    Katie Sabo
    Managing Director

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

  • advisor
    Madeleine Plocki
    Gender - Inclusive, Sustainable Economic Recovery

Bank of America

  • principal
    Alexandra Liftman
    Global Environment Executive
  • advisor
    Abyd Karmali
    Managing Director, Climate Finance


  • principal
    Paul Bodnar
    Global Head of Sustainable Investing
  • advisor
    Rael McNally
    Senior Portfolio Manager, Global Renewable Power

Bloomberg Philanthropies

  • advisor
    Ailun Yang
    Environment Program Manager

Brazilian Development Bank

  • principal
    Nabil Kadri
    Chief of Environment and Amazon Fund
  • advisor
    Marcio Macedo
  • advisor
    Raphael Stein
    Coordinator, Environmental Department

Climate Strategy & Partners

  • advisor
    Peter Sweatman
    Founder and Chief Executive

DWS Group

  • advisor
    Murray Birt
    Senior ESG Strategist

Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • principal
    Tomas Anker Christensen
    Climate Ambassador

Denmark’s Export Credit Agency

  • advisor
    Dan Cleff
    Deputy Director
  • advisor
    Mariane Søndergaard-Jensen
    International Regulation and Relations

Deutsche Bank

  • principal
    Andrew Pidden
    Managing Director, Head of Sustainable Investments
  • advisor
    Anne-Katrin Gruenewald
    Fund Manager, Sustainable Investments
  • advisor
    Lada Strelnikova
    Lead Fund Manager European Energy Efficiency Fund, Director DWS (Deutsche Bank Group)

Development Bank of Southern Africa

  • principal
    Paul Currie
    Chief Investment Officer
  • advisor
    Catherine Koffman
    Group Executive Head of the Project Preparation Division

Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank

  • principal
    Jorim Schraven
    Director, Impact and ESG department

FinDev Canada

  • principal
    Lori Kerr
    Chief Executive Officer
  • advisor
    Sumaiya Sajjad
    Head, Technical Assistance Facility

French Development Agency

  • principal
    Remy Rioux
    Chief Executive Officer/Chair
  • advisor
    Alexis Bonnel
    Sector Operations
  • advisor
    Damien Navizet
    Head of the Climate Division
  • advisor
    Mathilde Bord-Laurans
    Head of Energy Division

French Ministry of Economy & Finance

  • advisor
    Marine Lannoy
    Deputy Head of Multilateral Finance for Development and Climate, Directorate General of the Treasury

German Federal Foreign Office

  • principal
    Norbert Gorißen
    Deputy Special Representative for International Climate Policy

German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection

  • advisor
    Sarah Zügel
    Climate Finance Policy Advisor

German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action

  • principal
    Vera Rodenhoff
    Deputy Director General, International Climate Protection and International Energy Transition

German KFW Development Bank

  • principal
    Barbara Schnell
    Head of the Sector Policy Department
  • advisor
    Kia Fariborz
    Senior Sector Economist
  • advisor
    Peter Hilliges
    Chief Climate Officer


  • principal
    Michael Liebreich
    Chairman of the Advisory Board at Liebreich Associates

Inter-American Development Bank

  • principal
    Juan Pablo Bonilla
    Manager of the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Sector
  • advisor
    Anita Fiori de Abreu
    Lead Investment Officer
  • advisor
    Giovanni Leo Frisari
    Senior Climate Change Specialist
  • advisor
    Graham Watkins
    Chief of the Climate Change Division

International Finance Corporation

  • advisor
    Anup Jagwani
    Manager, Climate Finance and Policy
  • advisor
    Steven Baillie
    Principal Financial Officer
  • advisor
    Vivek Pathak
    Director and Global Head for Climate Business

International Fund For Agricultural Development

  • principal
    Jyotsna Puri
    Associate Vice President
  • advisor
    Hisham Zehni
    Senior Technical Specialist, Climate and Environment

MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group)

  • principal
    Christopher Marks
    Managing Director, Emerging Markets
  • advisor
    Ariane Pevide
    Director, Emerging Markets

Nordic Development Fund

  • principal
    Leena Klossner
    Deputy Managing Director, Head of Business Development and Outreach
  • advisor
    Isabel Leroux
    Program Manager
  • advisor
    Siv Ahlberg
    Program Manager

Rockefeller Foundation

  • principal
    Ashvin Dayal
    Senior Vice President (Power and Climate)
  • principal
    Maria Kozloski
    Senior Vice President, Innovative Finance
  • advisor
    Carli Roth
    Assistant Principal

Rwanda Ministry of Environment

  • principal
    Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya
    Minister of the Environment

Rwanda's National Fund for the Environment FONERWA

  • principal
    Teddy Mugabo
    Chief Executive Officer
  • advisor
    Felix Yvan Rugwizangoga
    Chief Strategy Officer
  • advisor
    Nathalie Mutalikanwa
    Climate Finance Specialist

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

  • principal
    Kerstin Jonsson Cissé
    Unit Director, Global Sustainable Economic Development
  • advisor
    Karin Lindblad
    Senior Program Manager, Department for Partnerships and Innovations
  • advisor
    Mats Åberg
    Senior Policy Specialist, Unit for Global Sustainable Economic Development
  • advisor
    Nawar Al Ebadi
    Programme Officer, Department for Partnerships and Innovations

U.S. Agency for International Development

  • advisor
    Autumn Gorman
    Senior Director / Private Enterprise Officer, PSE Hub Incubator
  • advisor
    Lucas Isakowitz
    Climate Finance Advisor
  • advisor
    Marianne Smallwood
    Foreign Service Officer
  • advisor
    Sashi Jayatileke
    Climate Finance Advisor
  • advisor
    Victoria Ryan
    Foreign Service Officer

U.S. Department of State

  • advisor
    Christina Chan
    Senior Adaptation Advisor
  • advisor
    Pallavi Sherikar
    Climate Adaptation Negotiator and Policy Specialist, Office of Global Change
  • advisor
    Daniel Kandy
    Foreign Affairs Officer, Sustainable Landscapes Director

UK Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

  • principal
    Zoe Norgate
    Deputy Director, International Net Zero, Green Finance and Capability
  • advisor
    Dan Grishin
    Climate Finance Programme Manager
  • advisor
    Ellen Paton
    Climate Finance Investment Lead and Senior Policy Advisor


  • principal
    Rowan Douglas
    Head - Climate and Resilience Hub
  • advisor
    Carlos Sanchez
    Director, Climate Resilience Finance
  • advisor
    Sarah Conway
    Director, Climate and Resilience Hub

World Bank

  • advisor
    Mafalda Duarte
    Head - Climate Investment Funds


ARM-Harith Infrastructure Investment Ltd

  • Tariye Gbadegesin
    Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

  • Ping Cheah
    Senior Strategy Officer

BNP Paribas

  • Bérénice Lasfargues
    Sustainability Integration Lead
  • Pieter Oyens
    Head, Strategic Marketing

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

  • Josué Tanaka
    Principal Finance Advisor

Climate Finance Advisors

  • Stacy Swann
    Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner

Climate Finance Fund

  • Marilyn Waite
    Managing Director


  • David Schwartz
    Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Partnerships
  • Joan Larrea
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Leah Pedersen
    Senior Director

Development Bank of Minas Gerais

  • Gustavo Amaral
    International Fundraising and Market Relations Manager

Encourage Capital

  • Adam Wolfensohn
    Managing Partner

European Investment Bank

  • Nancy Saich
    Senior Technical Adviser
  • Stephen O’Driscoll
    Head of Environment, Climate and Social Policy

Global Environment Facility

  • Chizuru Aoki
    Senior Technology Transfer Officer
  • Filippo Berardi
    Lead, Climate Change Mitigation

Green Climate Fund

  • Darren Karjama
    Partnerships and Outreach
  • Henry Gonzalez
    Deputy Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer
  • Selina Wrighter
    Senior Adviser to the Executive Director

IKEA Foundation

  • Biswarup Banerjee
    Program Manager

Impax Asset Management Limited

  • Ken Locklin
    Director, North America


  • Sergio Gusmão Suchodolski
    Chief Executive Officer


  • Kevin Whitfield
    Head African Treasuries, Carbon and Financial Products

Partnerships for Forests

  • Bruce Cabarle
    Team Leader


  • Hans Loth
    Global Head UN Environment Partnership
  • Joke Oudelaar
    Head of Program Management

Swiss Federal Office for the Environment

  • Gabriela Blatter
    Principle Policy Advisor, International Environment Finance
  • Lucretia Landmann
    Senior Policy Adviser Environmental Finance


  • JP Moscarella

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2022 Lab proponent of the Green Guarantee Company

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Finance Director
Kate Wharton

2022 Lab proponent of The Fund for Nature

Kate Wharton
Head of Natural Capital