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Evan Haigler

Evan Haigler

Executive Director
Evan leads the Impact Carbon team in developing carbon finance for projects in less-developed countries. Evan contributed to the Voluntary Gold Standard Methodology for Improved Cookstoves and Kitchen Regimes V.1, is the lead editor for Volume 3, and worked as the lead project developer on the first Voluntary Gold Standard Cookstove Project. Evan’s research and publishing is focused on carbon methodology development and monitoring for improved stoves, and on assessing and valuing the associated social, health and environmental cobenefits. He is Co-Chair of the Carbon Finance Working Group at the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, and in collaboration with Dr. Kirk Smith published “Cobenefits of Climate Mitigation and Health Protection in Energy Systems: Scoping Methods” in the Annual Review of Public Health. Evan holds an MS in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley and a BS in Molecular, Cellular, and Development Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Liz Grubin

Liz Grubin

Operations Director
Liz leads the business development team, working to identify new projects and partners around the world. Liz has a background in carbon accounting, energy efficiency program management and climate change strategy. She has experience working in the public and private sectors, with a focus on designing comprehensive sustainability plans for a variety of organizations. Liz has also spent time working abroad, as a crew educator for the Sea Education Association and a volunteer for the World Wildlife Fund in Nepal. Liz has an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a BA in Environmental Studies from Bates College.

Jimmy Tran

Jimmy Tran

Director of Project Development
Jimmy leads all aspects of project development from diligence, drafting of Project Design Documents (PPDs), technical project design, and guiding projects through the validation and verification process. Jimmy is concurrently a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation addresses critical barriers to the widespread adoption of improved household energy technologies in poor regions of the world. His research involves conduction rigorous field experiments, surveys, and market analyses to demonstrate quantifiable climate and health benefits from large-scale dissemination of household energy technologies. Jimmy holds BS degrees in Biology, Finance, and Environmental Resource Management from Pennsylvania State University.

Johanna Young

Johanna Young

Development Director
Johanna leads Impact Carbon’s fundraising and communications teams. Johanna has expertise in fundraising, marketing, communications, project research and design, development education and advocacy. Working with NGOs such as Restless Development, Concern Worldwide and Link Community Development, Johanna secured major strategic funding for a variety of humanitarian and development interventions in  Africa, Asia and Latin America. Johanna also worked with the Southeast Asian chapter of Transparency International in Malaysia in project development and research, and volunteered with several NGOs and human rights organizations in the UK and Africa focusing on project delivery and policy. Johanna holds an MA in Politics from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Emily Smith

Emily Smith

Program Director
Emily manages Impact Carbon’s safe water projects internationally. Emily has expertise working with a variety of social enterprise organizations, developing business strategy and operational improvements. Emily has worked in both private and public sector consulting where she’s worked with a variety of clients from international NGOs to large private companies. Most recently Emily was the founding member of a growing technology startup, leading product marketing efforts and nonprofit partnerships, and helping the organization to scale effectively. Emily has an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and received her undergraduate from Cornell University where she studied Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Caitlyn Toombs

Caitlyn Toombs

Program Manager
Caitlyn manages Impact Carbon’s program work in Uganda, such as the Voluntary Gold Standard cookstove project in Uganda. Caitlyn has experience in poverty alleviation and community development, having managed volunteer outreach efforts and development initiatives in central Appalachia. Caitlyn has also worked in environmental advocacy, with specific focus on climate change legislation and clean energy solutions at both the federal and California state levels. Caitlyn holds a BA in Public Policy Studies and Cultural Anthropology from Duke University.

Kai Carter

Kai Carter

Project Manager
Kai works on project and carbon asset development for projects in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Kai has expertise in international development and policy, with a specific focus on health and the environment. Prior to working at Impact Carbon, Kai served as an analyst for the federal government and coordinated global health projects at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. She also interned with the United Nations Development Programme in Fiji while under a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. Kai holds a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; a postgraduate diploma in development from the University of the South Pacific; and a bachelor’s in international relations from Brown University.

Josh Lazarus

Josh Lazarus

Project Coordinator
Josh works on carbon asset development, business development, project implementation, and business administration. Josh has experience in poverty alleviation, corporate sustainability, and international development.  Previously, Josh worked as a Protected Areas Management Advisor in the Peace Corps in Honduras, where he was able to implement various environmental and social development projects.  Josh also has experience as a Corporate Sustainability, advising Fortune 500 companies on best practices and sustainable business solutions. Josh holds a BS in Environmental Sciences from UCLA.

Margaret Williams

Margaret Williams

Project Manager
Margaret works on carbon asset development and on-going verifications for carbon offset projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Margaret specializes in monitoring and evaluation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in support of carbon crediting under Gold Standard and CDM methodologies. Margaret has been an accredited verifier under California’s Mandatory GHG Reporting Rule for 4 years and has experience doing GHG emissions verifications under the Alberta and British Columbia reporting rules in addition to the California MRR. As an environmental consultant, Margaret prepared GHG inventories and reduction plans for cities and counties across California and gained extensive experience with California’s policy framework for reducing GHG emissions. She brings her strong technical and data analysis skills to the carbon asset development team. Margaret has a PhD in atmospheric chemistry and completed post-doctoral research at the University of California Irvine and NASA Ames Research Center. Her research focused on field and lab measurements of certain atmospheric gases and particles and their relationship to climate. 

Anna Zimmermann

Anna Zimmermann

Senior Associate
Anna works on carbon asset development and on-going verifications for projects in Asia and Africa. She has a background in public health and environmental science, with strong experience in research, project management, and technical consulting. Prior to joining Impact Carbon, Anna conducted a research project focused on the regional air quality impacts of household coal and wood combustion in rural China. As a member of Dr. Kirk Smith’s research group at University of California, Berkeley, she also contributed to the household air pollution component of the 2010 Global Burden of Disease study. Anna investigated environmental education campaigns associated with the 2008 Olympics in Beijing through a Fulbright Research Fellowship and helped local businesses implement sustainability and occupational health programs while working at the San Francisco Department of Environment. Anna holds an MS in Global Health & Environment from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies from Kenyon College.

Megan O’Neil

Megan O’Neil

Project Manager 
Megan manages the development of multiple Gold Standard and CDM carbon asset projects for clean cookstoves, efficient heating stoves, and home insulation. Megan joins Impact Carbon from Mongolia, where she worked with XacBank, a local microfinance institution, managing a program providing consumer financing for energy efficient stoves and home insulation, overseeing both program implementation and CDM registration for the project.  Megan has further experience in international development and access to finance, having managed communications and public outreach for USAID-funded projects in economic policy reform in Mongolia and financing mechanisms in international development in Washington, DC with Chemonics International. Megan also served as a volunteer in Nepal with Restless Development focusing in community and youth empowerment. Megan holds a BA in Economics and Environmental Studies from Kenyon College. 

Uganda Team

John Gwillim

John Gwillim

Country Director
John leads Impact Carbon’s programs and operations in Uganda and assists in the setup and management of new programs in Rwanda and Kenya. He has helped expand Impact Carbon's Voluntary Gold Standard cookstove project, manage the development and implementation of the Safe Water Program, as well as establish Impact Carbon's newest programming in market research and distribution. John has expertise in project management, finance, marketing, and operational management, working both for NGOs and organizations in the private sector. John began his career  as a consultant in the financial services industry working with hedge funds clients on execution and algorithmic trading software, and then served as the Managing Director of an Internet start-up in the marketing and incentives industry. Prior to joining Impact Carbon, John served as a Kiva Fellow, working with two microfinance institutions in Colombia and Chile. John holds a BA in Finance and Public Policy from Michigan State University.

Eddie Oundo

Eddie Oundo

Market Research and Distribution Manager
Eddie leads Impact Carbon’s Market Research and Distribution team in Uganda. Eddie has expertise in customer service, sales and marketing of Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCGs), and marketing to the base of the pyramid market segment. He has worked with brands such as Century Bottling Company-Coca-Cola, Movit products ltd and Uganda Telecom.. Eddie holds a Hons.Bachelors in Procurement and Logistics Management of Kyambogo University, A Uganda Higher Diploma in Marketing of Makerere University Business School, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Project Planning and Management of Makerere University Uganda.

Brendan Sullivan

Brendan Sullivan

Safe Water Program Manager
Brendan leads Impact Carbon’s Safe Water Program in East Africa, including both household and institutional safe water programs. Prior to Impact Carbon, Brendan worked with a NGO called Educate! for the past 2.5 years in Uganda, primarily focusing on business education and entrepreneurial development. He has focused on designing and managing a technology business incubator, as well as building a program that links youth entrepreneurs to better financial and market opportunities. Prior to his work in Uganda, Brendan was an Americorps Fellow with the City of Fall River and a teacher in Shanghai, China. Brendan holds a BA in Asian Studies from Hamilton College.

Micheal Ssemwogerere

Micheal Ssemwogerere

Stove Program Manager
Micheal leads the business development, monitoring and evaluation, procurement, and capacity building work of the stove program in Uganda. Prior to joining Impact Carbon Micheal worked with Deloitte and Touch, an international auditing and consulting firm, in their business development department for seven years handling clients like Coca-Cola, Hewlett Packard Bv, and many more. Micheal holds Bcs in Accounting, Member of the ACCA-UK and Post graduate in financial management.

Noah Kirabo

Noah Kirabo

Stove Program Associate
Noah focuses on record keeping, M&E, and materials procurement. Noah has expertise in sales, Kitchen performance test, Capacity Building for small firms and developing marketing strategies for different firms. Noah has worked with CIRCODU to keep stove standards through regular sport checks and has vest knowledge on latest technological applications. He has worked with (Multiteh Audit professionals) one of Kampala’s audit and tax consultancy firm for his career enrichment as an audit associate Noah holds a Hons. Bachelors in Commerce (Accounting) Makerere University, is currently a CPA student with the Uganda’s leading Business Institution.

Adellah Akanduuhura

Adellah Akanduuhura

Market Research and Distribution Associate
Adellah works with Impact Carbon to determine product pricing and test new products, marketing messages, and distribution models for both cookstoves and water purification devices. Adellah’s professional expertise is in social and market research which she gained working for her previous employer, CIRCODU, as a team member of the USAID funded Translating Research into Action (TRACtion) project. While with CIRCODU her main responsibilities included dissemination of behavior change messages, marketing of improved cookstoves, and collection of field data. Adellah holds a bachelors degree in Agribusiness Management from Makerere University.

 

Dan Ayebazibwe

Dan Ayebazibwe

Market Research and Distribution Associate
Dan works as a member of the Market Research and Distribution Team, working on product testing and distribution, as well as piloting new retailer distribution models. His professional skills include experience in monitoring and evaluation, entrepreneurship, internet marketing, and call center Prior to working with Impact Carbon Dan was a self-employed consultant and also worked with CIRCODU Worked at CIRCODUas a stores controller and field enumerator working on tasks such as Kitchen Performance Tests (KPTs) to test the efficiency of cookstoves.  Dan holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) Degree from Makerere University.


Elizabeth Mbabazi

Elizabeth Mbabazi

Stove Program Associate
Elizabeth works with the Safe Water Program Team on partnership building, project management, logistics, and monitoring evaluation tasks for both household and institutional water filtration systems. Prior to joining Impact Carbon, she worked with IMA Uganda in a customer care, sales, and marketing role. Her specialization and focus was also center around logistics, with responsibilities including cargo management, product importation, and the associated record keeping tasks. She has also worked at the Pastry Centre as administrator, where she managed purchases, deliveries, customer care and record keeping. Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Procurement and Supply Chain Management from Makerere University Business School.

Michael Mukembo

Michael Mukembo

Market Research and Distribution Associate
Michael works with Impact Carbon to determine product pricing and test new products, marketing messages, and distribution models for both cookstoves and water purification devices . Prior to joining Impact Carbon he worked with CIRCODU as a supervisor and field enumerator and in Sales with UMA. During his time with CIRCODU he completed Kitchen Performance Tests (KPTs) and was a member of the USAID funded Translating Research into Action (TRACtion) team, which researched factors that contribute to the adoption of high efficiency cookstoves. He is a graduate of Kyambogo University and holds a degree in Computer Science.   

Doreen Ndagire

Doreen Ndagire

Office Management Associate
Doreen manages the day-to-day operations of the office including inventory management, payment and expense reconciliation, cash management, and bookkeeping responsibilities. Her past experience includes work in account management, administration and customer service. Doreen has worked with LightUp Children & Women’s Organization, Etech(U) Ltd and Excel Services, all based in Uganda. She holds an AVCE in Business, a Pitman Qualification in Computerized Accounts from Lambeth College and a Certificat d’ Etudes de Français Pratique from  Alliance Francaise 

Andrew Abacha

Andrew Abacha

Office Assistant and Driver
Andrew assists in daily office activities include inventory management, product assembly, general office tasks, and acting as a driver on market research products. Prior to working with Impact Carbon, Andrew worked in security with a variety of organizations including UpEnergy, Doctors Without Borders, Tiger Security, and KK Security. 

Amsterdam Team

Justin Whalen

Justin Whalen

Senior Manager
Justin recently joined Impact Carbon as Senior Manager. Prior to joining the team, Justin worked on forestry related climate change mitigation projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America for various NGO, public and private sector clients. Having seen first hand the positive impacts that carbon finance has on well-designed projects, Justin is excited to be leading Impact Carbon's carbon asset commercialization strategy. Prior to receiving his MSc in Carbon Management from Edinburgh Business School, Justin spent 9 years in forestry sector, personally planting over 1 million trees in Canada's north.