ACCESS Coordination Group

The ACCESS Coalition Coordination Group is responsible for our strategy and activities.

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Ben Garside – IIED (UK)

Ben Garside currently leads IIED‘s work on energy access and renewable energy, with a particular interest in pro-poor and inclusive business models that improve impacts for the poorest. This includes building cross-sector problem solving processes that tailor energy services to better suit local needs and contexts.

Ben also works on understanding how ‘social learning’ – co-learning for change – approaches can help catalyse solving the complex problems associated with climate change and food insecurity. His experience spans across the fields of energy, agriculture, information and communication technologies, and climate change adaptation. He has worked in low-income countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.


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Fabby Tumiwa – IESR (Indonesia)

Fabby is Executive Director of Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR),  based in Jakarta. IESR undertakes public policy analysis and policy advocacy on the issues of energy, extractive industries and climate change. IESR assist some government institutions and local government in the area of energy and climate policies.

Fabby is an expert on Indonesia energy and climate change policy, with specialisation on renewable energy and energy efficiency with more than 15 years experiences. He has been working on energy planning, policy, regulation, and governance issues of energy in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, and installed solar power system in remote villages of Indonesia. Fabby is a member of the implementation team of Sumba Iconic Island Initiative, a joint initiative of Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and Hivos, since 2011.


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Faustina Boakye – FREMWA/GHACCO (Ghana)

Faustina is a gender, communications and energy specialist with 20 years of advocacy experience, with ten years experience working on gender and energy. Faustina served as the West Africa Gender Advisor to World Vision and chaired the Ghana Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GHACCO). She is a member of the Gender and Energy Network of Ghana (GEDA). She contributed to the formation of the ACCESS network and is a co-chair for West Africa.  She is a member of many international and local women’s rights groups and networks.

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Secondary – Lily-Versta Nyarko – GHACCO (Ghana)

Ms. Lily-Versta Nyarko is the General Secretary of the Ghana Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GHACCO). She advocaes for a vibrant Clean cookstoves sector where actors influences policies and actions to promote adequate access to clean cookstoves, clean fuels and efficient utilization of biomass in Ghana and Africa as a whole.

She is currently the National Public Relation Officer of the Ghana Home Economics Association (GHEA) a member Association that focuses on the wellbeing of the family and the Nation. She also serves as a board member for Montals Engineering, a manufacturing firm that produces LPG Stoves in Ghana.


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Gaurav Dahal –  WWF Global Energy Access Program (based in Nepal)

Gaurav Dahal currently leads WWF’s work on renewable energy particularly in decentralized energy, low carbon programs and energy access. He is particularly interested in international development cooperation, partnerships building with a focus on implementation of alternative energy and low-carbon technologies.

He believes that the universal access to energy plays strongly to both the “people” and “nature” sides of WWF’s mission. Improving access to clean, reliable and affordable energy will result in a range of improvements and naturally explains the connections between WWF’s environmental agenda, human wellbeing and sustainable economic growth.



Ishmael Edjekumhene – Kite (Ghana)

Ishmael is the Executive Director of the Kumasi Institute of Technology and Environment (KITE), a leading policy research and advocacy non-governmental organization working in the energy, environment and technology sectors based in Ghana, West Africa. Ishmael has been involved in the promotion of sustainable energy services for the past 18 years and his organization is currently part of the team implementing the renewable energy-based mini-grid pilot projects in Ghana. Ishmael chairs the Steering Committee of Sustainable Energy Network of Ghana (SENG), the first country affiliate of the Energy Access Practitioners’ Network.

Secondary – Mamadou Barry – Action Solidaire International (Senegal)


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John Kioli – Kenya Climate Change Working Group (Kenya)

John is a champion for Climate Change who works to make a difference at grassroot, national and international levels. As chairman of the Kenya Climate Working Group he coordinates the CSOs activities especially on policy advocacy with government through the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Parliamentary Network on Climate Change and Renewable Energy (PANARECC). He has experience on SE4ALL matters globally. As the CEO-Green Africa Foundation he has conducted research on the impacts of climate change on key thematic areas that informed the Kenya Climate Change Act, He was recently appointed by the President of Kenya to be a member of the National Climate Change Council.


Secondary – Maurice Ouma Odhiambo – Jamaa Resource Initiative (Kenya)

Maurice is Executive Director of Jamaa Resource Initiatives, a national NGO whose vision is that resource rich communities in control of their development and natural resources Jamaa Resource Initiative believes that for development to truly reflect the needs, wishes and aspirations of local communities, it must also be supported by the resources controlled by these communities

He started developing interest in accountability mechanisms when an NGO he worked for was approached by the community to help in petitioning the World Bank against shredding of the water hyacinth in Lake Victoria.  He is currently interested in non-judicial mechanisms of IFIs and renewable energy advocating for leaving no one behind.


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Lucy Stevens – Practical Action (UK)

Lucy is Practical Action’s Senior Policy and Practice Advisor in the areas of Energy, WASH and Urban Services. Her two main interests are: energy access for the poor and urban poverty, with a particular focus on improving access to basic services for slum dwellers. She leads Practical Action’s international influencing work in these areas, and leads the production of the Poor People’s Energy Outlook.

Lucy has worked for Practical Action since 2002, with 10 years of experience in supporting multi-country projects in urban participatory planning and service delivery across Practical Action’s programmes in Africa and South Asia. She also led evidence and learning initiatives across the infrastructure services programme (covering both energy, WASH, housing and transport).

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Secondary – Charlotte Taylor – Practical Action (UK)

In her current post as Advocacy Officer at Practical Action, Charlotte supports the organisation’s policy influencing work with a specific focus on promoting universal energy access. She is responsible for coordinating the communications and dissemination of the Poor People’s Energy Outlook research; Practical Action’s flagship policy publication. Charlotte is also particularly interested in the role that gender plays in enabling energy access, and international development more broadly; and is active in Practical Action’s Gender Global Group which aims to enhance gender learning across the organisation.


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Rita Poppe – Hivos (The Netherlands)

Rita Poppe is advocacy officer Green and Inclusive Energy at Hivos. She works in the field of energy access and climate finance at global level, connecting on the ground energy realities with international policy and finance.

Rita has a background in politics, international relations and lobby and advocacy. She has extensive experience in working for the Dutch and EU parliament as well as in lobby and advocacy on human rights and energy and climate. Rita enjoys working with other stakeholders, bringing about change in unsuspected ways.

Secondary – Eco Matser – Hivos (The Netherlands)


Sarah Wykes

Sarah Wykes – CAFOD (UK)

Sarah is the Lead Analyst on Climate Change and Energy for the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD). She leads CAFOD’s advocacy with a range of stakeholders for universal access to affordable, reliable, safe and sustainable energy to lift poor men and women out of poverty, and for a global shift from polluting fossil fuels to renewable and efficient energy systems to prevent climate change and build sustainable development.

Prior to joining CAFOD in December 2010, she worked as a consultant on natural resource governance and human rights for a range of international development and environment organisations. From 2002-2009, she worked for anti-corruption watchdog Global Witness, investigating corruption in the oil sector in sub-Saharan Africa and advocating for greater extractive sector transparency through the global Publish What You Pay campaign. For several years she was a Board Member of the French NGO Sherpa, which campaigns to protect and defend victims of economic crimes, and is currently a Board Member of Corruption Watch UK.


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Sherpard Zvigadza – ZERO (Zimbabwe)

Sherpard Zvigadza works for ZERO Regional Environment Organisation in Zimbabwe as Programmes manager (Climate and Energy).  He Has 14 years of experience in Advocacy and lobbying and capacity building coordination for CSOs, Media and communities  on Climate, energy, Internationally, in Southern Africa and locally.    Sherpard has national experience in facilitating linkages between CSOs and Government and UN agencies.

Since 2012, he has been Lead Coordinator in  Renewable Energy Advocacy and Awareness Initiatives under the HIVOS supported (SE4ALLby 2030 campaign) and recently, Practical Action and DfID supported (Power for ALL) programmes, where and CSOs  and media have been the major focus in terms of Energy awareness and capacity strengthening.




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Surabhi is based at CAFOD in London, UK. She provides support to national and regional level organizations and manages the membership and communications of the network. She works closely with the Coordination Group to develop and implement the Coalition’s strategy.