Our Leadership

Kimball Chen, Chairman (New York City, USA)

Mr. Chen is an industry statesman in the LNG and LPG sectors, with more than 40 years’ experience as a CEO, investor, senior advisor to governments and international organizations, and former President of the World LPG Association. In his capacity as a member of the International Chamber of Commerce G20 CEO Advisory Group, he provides energy and infrastructure policy insights to the global debate, Mr. Chen received his B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) from Harvard University in 1973 and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1978.    


Alex Evans, President and Chairman of the Operating Committee  (New York City, USA)

Mr. Evans has a 30-year career of CEO, COO/CFO and other senior management positions in global public and private companies in energy and technology. This includes serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of Energy Transportation Group, a multinational project development company focused on energy infrastructure and logistics systems, such as LNG shipping and LPG distribution.  Mr. Evans serves on the Industry Council and multiple working committees of the World LPG Association. He holds a BSc degree (Cum Laude) in Engineering from Yale University and an MBA degree (highest honors) from Harvard University. 


John Hauge, Chief Financial Officer (Washington D.C., USA)

Mr. Hauge previously served as CFO of the Inter-American Development Bank. He has held senior finance positions in the public and private sectors, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and with Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb. He holds a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) from Dartmouth, a postgraduate degree in Politics and Economics from Oxford University, and an MBA from Harvard University.



Richenda Van Leeuwen, Chair, International Institutions (Washington D.C., USA)

A globally recognized expert on energy access, gender development and poverty alleviation, Ms. Van Leeuwen has held a range of CEO and executive leadership positions in both public and private sectors over the course of her nearly 30-year career. She founded and led the United Nations Foundation's work on energy access and its engagement with the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative. She also serves as a member of the high level Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the Energy Sector Management and Assistance Program (ESMAP) at the World Bank, and as a founding US Women's Clean Energy Ambassador under the US Department of Energy C3E Initiative. Ms. Van Leeuwen holds a Bachelors of Science (Hons) degree and MBA, both from the University of Durham, UK.

Renzo Bee, Chair, Policy, Regulatory & Development Advisory (Paris, France)

Mr. Bee focuses on the policy and regulatory reform process with GLPGP's host country governments. He has a 40-year career of senior positions in the oil and gas industry. He was formerly Director of Global Accounts and Partnerships at Total, and served 13 years as global director of LPG, with responsibility for Total's LPG activities in 90 countries. Mr. Bee holds an engineering degree from Arts et Metiers ParisTech, an MBA from the Institut d'Administration des Entreprises, and a postgraduate degree from the Centre for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies in Paris. 


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Elisa Puzzolo, Director of Research, Monitoring & Evaluation (London, UK)

Dr. Puzzolo leads research and M&E for GLPGP’s projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. A globally-renowned expert on the health impacts of household air pollution, she is a Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Public Health and Policy of the University of Liverpool (UK), and member of the Energy, Air Pollution and Health Research team within the University. She was formerly a consultant for the World Health Organisation (WHO), supporting the coordination programme on household energy, air pollution, health and climate change. Dr. Puzzolo received an M.P.H. from the University of Liverpool, a PhD from the International School of Advanced Studies in Trieste, and an M.Sc in Biology with distinction from the University of Catania, Italy.


Bessem Enonchong, Country Director, Cameroon (Douala, Cameroon)

Ms. Enonchong has a decade of business development experience in the LPG industry in Cameroon. As a Sales and Marketing Manager with Kosan Crisplant, she successfully directed the launch of GLOCALGAZ, a subsidiary focused on safe residential LPG cylinder distribution, in the Cameroon market in 2006. She subsequently took on an LPG equipment sales role, covering all of Sub-Saharan Africa. Ms. Enonchong was honored by the World LPG Association as a Women in LPG Global Network (WINLPG) Role Model in 2015. She holds a B.A. in History and a postgraduate degree in Pedagogy from the University of Buea, Cameroon. 


Elizabeth Muchiri, Country Manager, Kenya (Nairobi, Kenya)

Ms. Muchiri has over 25 years’ experience in the gas sector. She started her career in BOC Kenya Ltd. In 2008, she joined National Oil Corporation of Kenya as the first ever LPG Manager, where she was instrumental in the launch of Supa Gas brand. Since 2013, she has worked as an LPG consultant in Kenya, and has been engaged by several LPG start-up companies to advise on cylinder requirements, management, and distribution strategies. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University of South Africa (UNISA) and an MBA from Strathmore University in Kenya.


Charles Kinyanjui, Country Manager, Ghana (Accra, Ghana)

Mr. Kinyanjui is an oil and gas supply chain practitioner. Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, he holds a BSc Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi. He has 26 years’ work experience in oil and gas supply chain management, starting as an employee of Exxon and Shell affiliates in Kenya and the National Oil Corporation of Kenya, before venturing into private consulting practice in 2006. He is an ardent supporter of the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative.


Derek Saleeby, Senior Advisor, Development Finance (New York City, USA)

Mr. Saleeby's background is in banking, capital markets and investing in both emerging and developed markets across numerous sectors and capital structures. He has experience in a range of roles including originating, structuring, placing and investing in various opportunities. He has designed blended and hybrid structures to mobilize new sources of capital to opportunities. He has structured transactions using combinations of commercial, DFI and impact oriented capital structures and investment vehicles, working with banks, investment funds, DFIs, IFIs, and others. Mr. Saleeby co-founded TOTAL Impact Capital, a global advisory and impact investments firm, where he serves as a Managing Partner. His previous service includes Chief Investment Officer of a hedge fund of funds and senior positions with global firms such as Citibank, Salomon Smith Barney, Spain’s Banco Bilbao Vizcaya (Latin America), RAM Capital, and Deutsche Bank Asset Management/RLJ. From 1999 to 2001, he was a founding partner of African Private Equity Partners, where his team provided advisory services to Mexico's Cemex. Mr. Saleeby has a BA in Economics and Politics with African Studies from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Robert O’Brien, Senior Advisor, Financing and Investments (New York City, USA)

Mr. O’Brien has a wealth of experience from the financial sector, having served in senior positions at Chase Manhattan, Salomon Brothers, Bear Stearns and Laidlaw Holdings, where he established an investment banking department and created a Morocco private equity fund. From 1996, Mr. O’Brien worked exclusively in emerging markets, advising numerous governments in Africa and Asia on privatizations, infrastructure financing, and clean energy related projects. He also served as a transaction advisor for the U.S. Government’s multi-billion dollar Power Africa initiative. Mr. O’Brien holds a BA in Mathematics and Physics from Boston University, and an MBA from Columbia University.


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