Who is who?
1Climate International Cooperative founded in 2021 by:
Dr. Ulrich Möller - Germany Former Oberkirchenrat of the Evangelica Church of Westfalia (EKvW); Chair of the Supervisory Board of 1Climate International Cooperative.
2000 – 2021 Leadership experiences as Oberkirchenrat /Senior Church Councilor, Member of Governing Church Board of the Evangelical Church of Westphalia (EKvW) - 2 million members - and Head of Department for Ecumenism, Mission and Global Responsibility. Global experiences as Head of Department for cooperation with global partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America, USA, Europe, and with German and International Associations e.g. Protestant Church in Germany (EKD), Bread for the World, United Evangelical Mission (UEM), Conference of European Churches (CEC), World Council of Churches (WCC), World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) etc. in the fields of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, with focus on Sustainable Development Goals, Ethical & Sustainable Banking and Micro-Finances, Social and Environmental Impact Investing, transformations for just, participatory and sustainable economies in the service of life. www.ekvw.de Since 2016 Dr Moeller serves at international leadership level with United Evangelical Mission (UEM), Communion of 39 members – Churches in Africa, Asia and Europe, as Vice-Moderator, Vice-Chairperson of International Supervisory Board and Chairperson of its Finance Committee. www.vemission.org Since 2018 Co-Founder Dr Moeller serves as Chairperson of Board of Directors at One Climate Fund Southern Africa (PTY) Ltd. Purpose of Company: facilitate economic development and employment creation, address energy poverty, transform the energy sector from fossils to sustainable sources; reduce emissions in line with COP21 Paris Agreement. www.oneclimatefund.co.za Since 2009 Co-Founder Dr Moeller serves as Vice-Chairperson of CHABAHIVA Trust in South Africa. Vision: A strong relationship between businesses and churches in distressed communities. Mission: to be a compassionate and responsible social investor. Through its CHABAHIVA Collaborative Network (CCN) the Trust has a wide and diverse footprint in South Africa with a manifold and widespread impact as Fund Manager as well as project implementer. www.chabahiva.org test2
Siward Zomer - Netherlands Director at Energie Samen and Secretary of RESCoop EU and Vice Chair of the Supervisory Board of 1Climate International Cooperative.
Siward holds a master in social and political theory and American Studies and is experienced in the cooperative renewable energy sector. A professional in public affairs concerning renewable community energy projects and a remarkable projectmanager. His positions: cooperative director of Energie Samen, board member of NVDE, chairman of Windvogel (wind cooperative), secretary of REScoop EU and director of Ode Decentraal.
Dr. Pascal Bataringaya - Rwanda President of the Presbyterian Church of Rwanda (EPR) and Supervisory Board member of 1Climate International Cooperative.
Dr. Pascal Bataringaya is one of the leading theologians of the Presbyterian Church in Rwanda, which strives for reconciliation between the ethnic groups after the genocide of 1994. Dr. Pascal Bataringaya studied theology - including as a fellow of the United Evangelical Mission (VEM) at the University of Bochum. He wrote his doctoral thesis on "Paths to Reconciliation. The Rwandan churches and the work of reconciliation after the genocide - impulses of peace ethics Dietrich Bonhoeffer ". As of 2015 he has been President of the Presbyterian Church in Rwanda (EPR).
Dr. Ibrahim Hafeez Rehman - India Director at VITO India and Supervisory Board member of 1Climate International Cooperative.
Dr Ibrahim Hafeezur Rehman, a British Chevening scholar of the 2000 batch, is presently Senior Director (Europe) with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, responsible for enhancing collaboration with VITO as well as with other organizations in Europe. With a doctorate from University of Utrecht, he has over 26 years of experience in projects and activities related to rural development in general, dissemination of Rural Energy Technologies, Natural Resources Management, and Watershed Development in particular. Dr Rehman has worked with bilateral agencies, corporate set-up and NGOs on issues of poverty alleviation. His key areas of focus include involving and consolidating grassroots institutions, undertaking initiatives pertaining to market development for clean energy technologies in rural areas and implementing replicable models of efficient management of natural resources at the grassroots level. Dr Rehman has worked in different countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Thailand, Belgium, etc. He is a co-author of three books and has written several papers/articles in reputed journals and magazines.
Dr. Abednego Keshomshahara - Tansania Bishop of North-Western Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tansania and Supervisory Board member of 1Climate International Cooperative.
Edgar Boes-Wenner - Germany Chair of the Management Board of 1Climate International Cooperative.
Edgar Boes-Wenner has been working on climate change issues since the late 1980s. He is a founding member and honorary board member of the climate protection cooperative fairPla.net e.G. In his capacity he was involved in the organization and execution of several solar and wind power projects, which were financed with citizen participation. He acted as project manager of the energy project "World Energy School". For eight years he was a member of the environmental committee of the Evangelical Church of Westphalia.
Brenda Harsveld - Netherlands Co-Chair of the Management Board at 1Climate International Cooperative.
Brenda has 30 years of professional experience in social and sustainable development; national and international. She is educated in community development, change management, Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Affairs. As entrepreneur with a 'green drive' she moves people, organizations, governments and business towards a sustainable & social future. Brenda is initiator and board member for 20 years in non-profit organizations. Brenda is a professional in community energy in the Netherlands: • vice-president of Groninger Energie Koepel • board-member North Netherlands at Energie Samen • representative for cooperatives at Regional Energy Strategy in the region of Groningen • guest teacher Energy for Society Hanzehogeschool Groningen
Sijtze Brandsma - Netherlands General manager at Energie Samen Cooperative, treasurer of the Management Board of 1Climate International Cooperative; .
Sijtze holds a master in financial law and is an expert in business development and strategy. General manager at EnergieSamen Cooperative (current position) Chairman of the board Energy Dongen Director project management REScoop EU.
Dr. Morgan Pillay - South Africa Management Board member of 1Climate International Cooperative.
Dr. Pillay has extensive experience in structuring funds for investment in a range of socially needed infrastructure assets, financial services, affordable and rental housing including climate finance. While at the Development Bank of Southern Africa he was responsible for infrastructure investment in South Africa. During an 8 year period many water, sanitation, roads and housing projects were financing under his leadership. He was also involved in the first PPP in South Africa. At Standard Corporate Merchant Bank (SCBM) he was involved in the financing of both Public Finance and Project Finance transactions in SA and the SADC region. He arranged and structured deals for Water & Sanitation, Communication, Ports, Power Generation, Transport, Prisons, Integrated Housing Projects and Infrastructure. At SCMB he was involved in the South Africa Infrastructure Fund (equity and debt) funding for limited recourse projects in SA. Dr. Pillay has extensive experience as a wholesale lender to banks and non-banks that financed housing. He established the first Housing Equity Fund in South Africa while at the NHFC. He has studied local and international housing finance systems and helped to draft legislation, structure financial mechanisms and arrange instruments to promote lending to the low- income communities. Dr. Pillay has arranged and structured finance for some of the largest infrastructure projects in Africa. His executive training in this field includes participation in: • The Management of Development Programme (DBSA /World Bank). • The Public Private Partnership in Infrastructure Investment Course (Institute of Public Private Partnerships [IP3], in Washington). • The Housing Finance Programme (Wharton Business School). • Training of Trainers Program on Climate Proofing of Infrastructure Investments Dr. Pillay has been a Director of: • The Micro-Finance Regulatory Council (Chairperson). • Office of Disclosure, National Department of Human Settlements (Deputy-Chairperson). • Cape Town Community Housing Company (Director). • The National Urban Housing and Reconstruction Agency (Managing Director). • Ekurhuleni Housing Company (Chief Executive Officer). • Currently Senior Finance and Infrastructure advisor to GIZ.
Viateur Ntarindwa - Rwanda Executive Secetary at RDIS, L.L.C. and Management Board member of 1Climate International Cooperative.
Executive Secretary at RDIS (Rural Development Inter-Diocesan Sercvice); Viateur holds a Master in Diaconic Sciences and Diaconic Management of the University of Wuppertal/ Institute of Diaconic Science and Diaconic Management, Bielefeld / Germany and a bachelor’s Degree in Development Studies of the Institut Catholique de Kabgayi / Rwanda. Viateur has experience in the field of leadership and management within RDIS as Executive Secretary since June 2010 to date, and, skills through work done within the same organization for 12 years as RDIS Field Coordinator in the zone of Shyogwe. He played a significant role in developing management tools for RDIS’ personnel (procedure manuals, statutes, internal regulations, different policies), to meet the standards straight after having registered RDIS by Rwanda Governance Board “N0 13/RGB/NGO/2015. Participated actively in the development of a documentary film `RDIS Project for Supplying Improved Cook Stoves in Rwanda´ This film is helping marketing RDIS organization at a higher extent whereby, investors and partners are currently contacting RDIS for the scale up and also, for the implementation of new projects. From 15th November 2019, Secretary of International Community of Diaconic Management / Africa Region `ICDM Africa´. From 2 November 2018 to date, member of Technical Committee of Standardized Crediting Framework, pilot phase for Rwanda, nomination by the Director General of Rwanda Environmental Management Authority. From April 2016 to 2020, Commissioner of Food Security and Environmental Stewardship Commission Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa – CAPA. Contributed knowledge and skills in the elaborating, implementing and monitoring of the following projects: carbon credits emission reduction, a project for which the first issuance of credits is made; solar home systems, waste management, tree nurseries beds implemented by RDIS. Further contributions to those projects include: convincing partners, overseeing and advising project staff for successful implementation.
Dr. Tobias Temming - Spain Co-founder of 1Climate International Cooperative.
Tobias Temming holds a PhD in History from the University of Münster. He also studied Political Science and German Literature and Media Science at the Universities of Marburg, Amsterdam and Granada. Dr. Temming is working since ten years on climate change issues and has been involved in the organization and execution of solar power projects. He acted as project manager for fairPla.net and for One for the Climate and has been involved in the development of the 1Climate International Cooperative since it’s very early stages. Tobias has worked in different countries such as Germany, Peru, Belgium, The Netherlands and Spain.
Richard Madete - Rwanda Co-founder of 1Climate International Cooperative.
Richard Madete holds a B.Sc. Degree in Production Engineering / “Diplom-Ingenieur (FH)” and an M.Sc. Master of Engineering in Tropical/Appropriate Technology “Diplom-Tropentechnologe (FH)” both from the University of Applied Sciences Cologne, Germany. Since 2017 he works for the Rural Development Inter-diocesan Service (RDIS) in Rwanda as a Consultant for Capacity Building in Sustainable Development, Environmental Management and Project Cycle Management. Prior to this assignment, he worked for 6 years as a Regional Consultant on Environment and Climate Management for the United Evangelical Mission in the African Sub-region (namely, Tanzania, Rwanda, DR-Congo, Namibia, Botswana, and Cameroon). Richard participated successfully in initiating and implementing a CDM/Gold Standard project through Carbon finance for the Anglican Church of Rwanda. Over the years of international engagements, he has promoted successfully green technologies (sustainable energy solutions, renewable energy and energy efficiency). And he has gained broad experience in Sustainable Energy Services, Environment Management, and Low Carbon Development Strategies as well as in mitigation and adaptation strategies against Climate Change. From 2010 to 2014 he was a Board member of TAREA (Tanzania Renewable Energy Association), which is engaged in the promotion of sustainable development of Renewable Energy in Tanzania Mainland in cooperation with local enterprises and international organisations. He is also, among others, a Senior Consultant in a social enterprise called SESEDO - Sustainable Energy Services, Environment Management and Development Organisation.
Eric Bagenzi - Rwanda Director of Environmental Care and Disaster Risk Reduction at Rural Development Inter-diocesan Services (RDIS) Rwanda and Co-founder of 1Climate International Cooperative.
Eric Bagenzi, Rwanda national, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in the faculty of agricultural engineering and environmental management, department of Irrigation and Drainage in the option of Soil and Water Management from The University of Rwanda. He has undergone a number of trainings including farming and increasing of agricultural and livestock production, inclusive business approaches in renewable energy, Gender and Environment and Network Climate Action. He has been serving as RDIS field Coordinator in Rusizi and Nyamasheke districts for two years while he has been a Farm manager at the same time.
Steffen Wedig - Germany Student of chemical engineering at TU München and Co-founder of 1Climate International Cooperative.
Dipl.-Ing., Dipl.-Vw. Dieter Seifried - Germany Managing director of Büro Ö-Quadrat und ECO-Watt GmbH, member of the supervisory board of fesa Energie Geno e.G., board member of ADEV Windkraft AG and co-founder of 1Climate International Cooperative.
Dieter Seifried is founder and managing director of Ö-quadrat. From 2011 to 2015, he was a lecturer at the University of Freiburg in the Department of forestry, where he taught energy efficiency and energy policy framework conditions. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of ADEV Windkraft AG as well as a member of the Supervisory Board of the Business Association 100% Renewable Energy and the Genossenschaft fesa-Energie Geno e.G. From 1983 to 1999 he was an employee, coordinator and project manager at the Öko-Institut. Climate-friendly concepts for the energy transition, cost efficient planning, contracting and the "green electricity" were the focus of his work.
Arline Rüther, M.A. - Germany Development expert with many years of experience in the Phillipines and Co-founder of 1Climate International Cooperative.
Arline Rüther holds a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of Mindanao in the Philippines and a Masters degree in Development Policy from the University of Bremen in Germany. As a student she was actively involved in student organizations in the fight against the then dictator Marcos - including as Secretary General of the League of Philippine Students. Later she gained 15 years of experience in development work. She has been working for Bread for the World, the Philippine Women's Organization for Food and Environment, and the Foundation for Philippine Environment. She has been living in Germany for several years, focusing on working with migrants and refugees.
Bishop Jered Kalimba - Rwanda Bishop of Shyogwe Dioces in Anglican Church of Rwanda since 1997 and Co-founder of 1Climate International Cooperative.
Bishop Kalimba holds a PhD in Ethics and Theology of the University of Strasbourg. He is a lecturer at the Protestant University of Butare, Board Member of the Protestant Council in Rwanda, Member of UEM Councel, Wuppertal and president of the Rural and Development Interdiocesan Service (RDIS).
Stephanie Sander - Germany Stephanie Sander, MA in applied linguistics from Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and Co-founder of 1Climate International Cooperative.
Lived and studied in Taipeh (Taiwan), San Diego (USA) and Groningen (Netherlands). Now living in Muenster, Germany. More than 15 years’ experience in organizational development in an international business environment, since 2017 with an emphasis on marketing. In addition, many years of hands-on experience of voluntary work in a parish and with refugees in Germany.