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The team behind the program are spread across the world, from Europe to Central America and from Africa to Southeast Asia. Read more about us below!

Eco Matser - Program Manager

Eco Matser is senior program manager at Hivos and responsible for the Strategic Partnership Green and Inclusive Energy. He has led global campaigns and international advocacy programs for many years. At Hivos he focuses on development through decentralized renewable energy. He was responsible for the 100% sustainable campaign of Hivos from 2010 to 2015. Eco Matser has also started new programs such as the Energy Change Lab, creating space for dangerous thinking, exploring complex ideas, and searching for innovative solutions in the energy domain in Tanzania and globally ( He also started the Sumba Iconic Island program, where Indonesian governments, civils society organizations and private sector work together to provide 100 renewable energy for the 700.000 inhabitants of this poor Indonesian island. With this program Sumba will turn this into a leading example of 100% renewable energy (  Eco Matser is based in Global Hivos office in The Hague but visit the regions frequently to work closely with the regional projectleaders and partners to deliver the results on Green and Inclusive Energy.


Rita Poppe - Global Advocacy Officer

Rita Poppe is the global 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 holds a Masters degree in International Relations from Groningen University.

Rita enjoys working with other stakeholders, bringing about change in unsuspected ways.


Twitter: @ritapoppe

Maimuna Kabatesi - Advocacy Officer East Africa

Maimuna Kabatesi has a background in Environment and Development and has worked in various capacities in the environmental sector including climate change, energy and agriculture. In addition, Maimuna has a background in advocacy and research, as well as communications.

She has diverse experience working with stakeholders in environment and has experience both in East Africa and in Europe. Maimuna has previously worked on advocacy issues in areas such as sustainable energy, aid effectiveness and the European Unions’ contribution to the Millennium Development Goals among others.

Maimuna holds a Masters degree in Environment and Development from Kings College London.

Twitter: @munakab

Reginald Mapfumo - Advocacy Officer Southern Africa

Reginald is currently studying a masters in Development Studies, having a first degree in BA (Hons) in Development Studies as well. He has over 9 years experience in the energy sector, and has worked as a social scientist with communities for 15 micro hydro schemes in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zimbabwe. He has also coordinated a network for Gender and Energy in Zimbabwe. Other positions include Monitoring and Evaluation manager for the energy projects and advocacy projects with his previous organisation.

In the process he has worked with the policy makers at the highest level advocating for the development of relevant policies to ensure increased adoption of renewable energy in Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe. He has also been involved working with regional bodies which include Southern Africa Development Community and SADC-Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (RERA).

He is passionate about seeing transformation of communities using sustainable energy.