Our Team

The Beyond the Grid Fund is managed by a committed team of experts, some of whom are based at REEEP's offices in Vienna, Austria.
 
Andreas Zahner is Programme Director at REEEP and Team Lead of the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa. He leads the implementation of the Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia and its successor the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa, which seeks to expand upon the success in Zambia in three to five additional countries and bring high quality energy services and products to 5 – 15 million rural and peri-urban people by 2024. Andreas and his team have also been responsible for the successful delivery of REEEPs 10th project call (the Powering Agrifood Value Chains portfolio).

Andreas has ample experience with renewable energy projects in developing countries, particularly related to project development and financing, private sector development, business case development, and/or the development of RE policies and regulatory frameworks.

Andreas has more than 15 years of experience working on environmental issues, climate change and renewable energy. Prior to joining REEEP, Andreas had a distinguished career with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and CARE. Andreas holds a Master’s degree in ecology and obtained his MSc in renewable energy and energy efficiency at the Vienna University of Technology.
Peter Storey is Director of Investment and Strategy for Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa. He is an expert in international financing solutions in developing countries and transition economies, currently specialising in climate change, clean and renewable energy projects. Besides his role in the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa, he is also the the Global Coordinator of the Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN; hosted by UNIDO and REEEP).

Peter has 25 years of experience working for European commercial and investment banks, private sector project developers and donor funded development initiatives. He has a proven track record in fundraising and programme design and implementation and in project development and investment and structured financing (in sectors including climate and clean energy, transportation and communications) in emerging markets and transition economies (primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe & Pacific).

Merja Laakso is Head of Programme, Southern Africa at REEEP, where she and her team are in charge of programme management for the Beyond the Grid Fund in Zambia and Mozambique, including oversight of implementation of the results-based financing scheme, programme and process development, monitoring and reporting as well as engagement and coordination of in-country teams, stakeholders and service providers.

Merja has seven years' experience managing, implementing and developing programmes to support the creation and acceleration of clean energy markets in Sub-Saharan Africa, and supporting renewable energy projects in developing countries globally.

Merja is from Finland and studied Geography and International Relations (Master’s programme on Globalization, Environment and Social Change) at Stockholm University in Sweden. As part of her studies, she worked with SouthSouthNorth on a REEEP-funded solar water heater project in Lwandle township, Cape Town, South Africa.

John Tkacik is Director of Energy Analytics at REEEP, where he leads efforts to utilise information and data analytics to inform decentralised and off-grid power systems and electrification planning, as well as clean energy applications in agriculture. He also advises on overall REEEP strategy. John is a political economist with 15 years of experience in international economics and public policy planning, with a focus on sustainable development, renewable energy and clean-tech, specifically distributed power systems and microgrids in Africa and South Asia.

Before coming to REEEP, John worked on behalf of the German government, advising on transatlantic climate cooperation and on a national energy and science initiative. He also was director for global government affairs for a Cologne-based venture capital fund, and of European relations for the Salzburg Global Seminar. More recently, he advised clients such as the United Nations Environment Programme, UN University, and UNICEF on sustainable economic policy issues as an independent consultant.

John studied International Political Economy at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

Sabera Khan is Senior Expert and Liaison Manager for the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa. Based in Lusaka, she is also the Zambian Country Coordinator and Gender Ambassador for the Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN). Sabera has more than 20 years of experience in sub-Saharan Africa in the fields of carbon markets, climate change, clean technologies, energy and finance. Sabera is a SEC-registered investment advisor and fund manager.

Daniele Guidi is Senior Expert, Commercial Off-Grid for the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa. He is an economist with a wealth of experience in energy access, renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate change, mostly focusing on market uptake and policy aspects, serving private sector foundations and enterprises and institutional clients (EC, FAO, IFAD, PFAN, SIDA, Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry, REEEP).

Daniele acquired profound expertise in renewable energy project investment feasibility analysis, business planning, due diligence, finance structuring and facilitation, technology transfer, export management, and M&E (EC, REEEP and PFAN). He has worked on solar, biomass, biofuel, waste-to-energy, and energy efficiency markets. He advised on rural electrification planning, renewable energy productive uses, foreign investment attraction, and linkages with sustainable agriculture. He designed/supported/monitored rural energy development and technology transfer projects in 16 African countries.

In recent years, he has joined the team managing the Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia and its successor, the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa, the advisory team of Get.Invest Finance Catalyst and a technical assistance window in support of the NAMA Facility. He also works with PFAN. Daniele holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics & Policy (University of Siena), a MSc degree in Environmental Policy (Tufts University) and a BSc degree in Economics.

Bisera Bashevska is Project Officer at REEEP, supporting the implementation of the Beyond the Grid Fund, with a focus on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL). Bisera interned with REEEP in 2014, while finishing her master’s studies in International Business at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana in Slovenia.

Bisera holds an undergraduate diploma in banking and financial management and an MSc in international business from the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. In her master's thesis, she wrote about business models for clean energy in Kenya and Nicaragua.