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Grant graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa in 1991 with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering. He has a BTEC Certificate in Energy Management, and a Masters in Environmental Management and Policy from the University of Amsterdam. His PhD, awarded in 1997, focused on the emissions and efficiency of biomass cooking stoves. Dr Ballard-Tremeer, has over 10 years experience in the field of project development, knowledge management, project evaluation, training and capacity building in sustainable development and has worked on consultancy projects in energy and environment for a wide range of international, government and private sector clients. His work focuses on countries in Europe and the CIS, but he also has significant experience in Africa and Asia. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and Member of the Energy Institute. Grant is director of Eco, a consultant firm based in London, working in energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development in Eastern Europe and in numerous developing countries.


Andrew is an economist with nearly 40 years of experience of development. He is currently Director of the consulting firm The Policy Practice Limited. He is internationally known for his work on energy, research and technology policy in developing countries. He has experience of international development assistance as a government economist, commercial consultant, research manager, and policy researcher. He has worked on energy policy, research policy and innovation as they relate to international development since the mid 1970’s specializing in the promotion of technical change (“innovation”) to secure livelihoods, particularly in the "intermediate" area between
the technological frontier of the global economy and the traditional technologies of subsistence. For over ten years until 2007 he was a member and then Moderator of the independent Technical Advisory Group which advises the World Bank and the Consultative Group of bilateral donors on their trust-funded energy programmes (including ESMAP). In 2003-4 he was the Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology in their inquiry into The Use of Science in UK International Development Policy.

He has provided consultancy advice to many aid agencies including DFID, Danida, Norad, SIDA, SDC, AusAid, IFAD, the ENERGIA energy and gender network, The Global Village Energy Partnership, The World Bank, the OECD Development Assistance Committee, UNCTAD, UNIDO and IDRC. In the private sector he has also provided advice to the Shell Foundation, BP and BHP Billiton. In addition to consultancy he has worked at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and the Institute of Development Studies at the Sussex University, and for the IDRC of Canada.



Ben Garside is a Researcher in the Sustainable Markets Group at the International Institute for Environment & Development (IIED). With over eight years of experience working as a social scientist in the international development field and an extensive technical background in IT & engineering, Ben works on the advancement of business models that work for the most marginalised in the fields of: energy; food and agriculture; information and communication technologies (ICTs). Ben’s recent research includes analytical work on pro-poor energy models as well as building partner capacity on advocacy and new communication tools to get research evidence in to practice. He has also been leading work at IIED on ICTs and in developing ideas and approaches around knowledge management, and monitoring and evaluation.


Dick is a Chartered Electrical Engineer who spent his early career in the power sector in UK and overseas, including living in Malawi for 8 years. Later, he was Senior Energy Advisor for the UK Department for International Development (DfID) for 22 years until his retirement in 2006. During this time he spent 4 years in India where he set up and managed an Energy Group dealing with a range of projects from utility privatization to village level energy supplies. In 2002 he was responsible for developing DfID's paper "Energy for the Poor" raising awareness of the importance of the provision of energy services to support the achievement of development goals in the run up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg. He was instrumental in establishing, and later working on the Technical Secretariat of, the Global Village Energy Partnership, an initiative that provides funding for sustainable energy projects in the developing world. He has extensive experience dealing with UK and overseas government departments, UN and World Bank and other development organisations. He currently advises on poverty focused projects suitable for carbon finance. He was awarded the OBE in 2000 for his work in India.


Kavita has over 15 years of experience working in the field of energy and has a Phd in Development Studies. She has been involved for many years in promoting grass roots projects to ensure long-lasting access to clean energy. She also holds a close interest in linking poverty to energy policy development. Prior to joining GVEP International, she performed various international consultancies in renewable energy and social development. Kavita is responsible for running GVEP International’s regional programmes and works closely with project implementers, private sector companies and partners.


Raffaella is an access to energy and communication consultant, focussed on pro-poor energy delivery models and the development of sustainable value chains. She recently co-authored a book on “delivering energy for development” and a guideline tool on “delivery models that work for people living in poverty”. She is currently Country Director with International Lifeline Fund in Haiti, working on local production and commercialization of improved charcoal cookstoves.

Raffaella has worked in the energy field for nearly twenty years. She researched combustion processes in power plants and car engines and also worked as a cleantech entrepreneur experiencing start-up company incubation first hand.

She has lead the HEDON Household Energy Network and is still very much interested in knowledge sharing and collaborative systems for the diffusion of innovations. She holds a PhD in combustion physics a MSc in environmental physics and a Master in Communication for Development.


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Jack is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of East Anglia. Jack works in public practice and has over six years experience in delivering internal and non-audit accounting services, principally in the Central Government and Charity sectors. Jack’s particular focus is on financial regularity, internal control, risk management and governance.

Jack has a keen interest in people development and has run a number of training and induction programmes for graduates at his accounting firm. Jack is a career coach within his firm and is also a qualified snowboard instructor and member of the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors. Jack is very much interested in the energy sector and excited to be part of the HEDON team.

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