Vijay Bhopal

Co-Director

Vijay is a co-founder of Scene - he is a specialist in renewable energy development, community-commercial joint ventures and ICT for development. He has led much of Scene’s consultancy work and has a broad knowledge of renewable energy technologies, especially wind, solar and hydroelectric. 

Vijay loves social enterprise and believes that, at times, business can be a force for good. He is an adept project manager as has managed many small-to-medium, and several large (> £1m) social enterprise projects over the past 5 years. Recent highlights include leading on Scene's involvement in the £1.2m ERDF funded Smart Accelerator Programme, managing Scene's work in India and winning Scottish Renewables' Entrepreneur award in the inaugural Young Professionals Green Energy Awards. Vijay is also working with Practical Action Consulting on the latest in their seminal series, the Poor People's Energy Outlook.

Jelte Harnmeijer

Partner

Jelte has a dozen years experience working in both the developed and developing world as a researcher and program manager, and co-founded Scene in 2011. He obtained his doctoral degree at the University of Washington through a NASA grant, and continues to contribute to carbon cycling and climate research. Jelte is also interested in the consequences of fuel poverty and climate change on economic and agricultural systems, and has offered courses, workshops and seminars on sustainable economics at universities and community fora.

Jelte contributes to a range of government advisory groups, including for the Scottish and UK governments.  He is particularly skilled in energy economics and econometric analysis, and is an independent professional advisor, which he puts to good use in Scene’s activities. Jelte has led much of the research that Scene has completed over the past five years.

Alex Schlicke

Co-Director

Alex is a landscape architect and planner with extensive experience of renewable energy developments from initial feasibility appraisals to securing planning consents and implementation.  He has worked  across the spectrum of renewable energy typologies, including wind, hydro, biomasss, AD, and more, and can advise on selecting the appropriate technology to suit the location and end use. He has worked on all scales of development, from small scale community projects to national projects. So far in his career, Alex has helped secure consent for over 100 MegaWatts of generating capacity, with more in the planning system and at pre-planning.He is expert in Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments, and project managing Environmental Impact Assessments and planning applications. He understands the planning, environmental and design processes of development and is able to communicate this understanding clearly to clients, consultants, statutory authorities and the public.

 

Sandy Robinson

Project Manager

Sandy has a background in climate change, specialising specifically in community-led, participatory approaches to both mitigation and adaptation. With an MSc in Climate Change & International Development from the University of East Anglia, he conducted research on topics such as public perceptions of climate risk and the role of NGOs in adaptation planning.

Joining Scene in 2014, Sandy has worked throughout the company’s operations. He has experience providing technical and outreach support to Scene’s domestic renewables work, as well as having worked closely on multiple research projects – such as the ECCI funded Smart Accelerator programme. Sandy project manages Scene’s online community energy mapping platform - Energy Archipelago - and has provided assistance to Scene’s ongoing work in India.

 

Valia nikolakopoulou

Design & Graphics Technician

Valia joined Scene to provide technical support on both sustainable energy projects and throughout web-based applications and design. She works on technical aspects of the projects, including cost analysis, 2D and 3D designs, Geographic Information Systems, feasibility support, and preparation of planning applications. Further to this, she provides expertise in design and data visualisation on Scene’s ICT projects.  Valia is an Architect engineer graduated from School of Architecture of NTUA (National Technical University of Athens) and holds an Msc in Design and Digital Media from Edinburgh University.  Interested in environmental and energy issues, she has a good understanding of sustainable urban planning and buildings design. She has experience both as an engineer and a graphic designer, with a variety of projects in both sectors.    

David Jones

Consultant

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David is a graduate with experience in both academic and professional energy and carbon reduction feasibility. He holds an MSc in Carbon Management and an MA (Hons) in Psychology from Edinburgh University. David has a strong interest in climate change and energy issues. In particular, the development of solutions to tackle these problems, whether it is high tech innovation or simply the incorporation of more trees on our streets and buildings. David has previously conducted research on topics such as climate change communication, trying to understand the most effective ways to engage individuals to undertake behavioural change. At Scene, David acts as a consultant on several energy related research projects, whilst providing support across our consultancy work.

 

ADOLFO MONTERO

Research Assistant

Adolfo is interested in community renewables, business innovation, policy frameworks and its role on shaping energy transitions on developing countries, with special focus on Mexico. Currently he is studying a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. He has a bachelor with honors in Physics from Mexico’s National Autonomous University (UNAM), with his bachelor’s thesis leading to a publication in Materials Science & Applications. Adolfo graduated with an MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems, from the University of Edinburgh, conducting research to assess the potential of community wind energy projects in Oaxaca Mexico.

Within Scene, Adolfo is working to develop the company's international research and project development. With his background in Latin America, he provides support and assistance in identifying and approaching funders and funding opportunities as well as locating prospective partners.

Joel Chaney

Technical Design Manager

Joel is a Co-Founder, Director and Trustee of CREATIVenergie, a charitable company seeking to unlock sustainable energy for life, by working in partnership to equip rural communities to access clean renewable energy. He has joined Scene’s R&D team to help develop a new smart off-grid solar monitoring and control system.

Before joining the team at Scene Joel worked as a Research Associate at Heriot Watt University developing smart demand response technologies for improved management of community renewable energy. Prior to this he worked as a Researcher at the University of Nottingham on a UK-India collaboration on biogas and gasification technologies.

Joel is experienced at experimental design, developing and testing new technologies, machine learning, data mining and facilitating participatory design workshops. He loves innovation, simplifying and redesigning existing technologies and approaches to solving complex social problems. He is passionate about applying the internet of things for social good. He has successfully run projects of varying scales and won funding from a variety of sources.

Jordan Silverman

Technical Designer

Jordan is a graduate with an MSc in Practising Sustainable Development with a specialisation in ICT4D. He has experience developing online, mobile communities across Sub-Saharan Africa addressing social taboos. His master’s research led him to explore the potential use of smart-phone management systems in the small-scale fishing industry in the Caribbean, linking with a research team from the University of West Indies. Having completed a BSc in Environmental and Geographical Science at the University of Cape Town, Jordan has an understanding of environmental challenges in a developing world context.

Recently, Jordan has taken on personal electronics projects to improve his understanding of coding and the technical challenges involved in using open-source hardware. He will be using a combination of his research skills and electronics experience with the R&D team at Scene.

SAGAR MAHAPATRA

Managing Director

Sagar has 5+ years experience in the livelihood enhancement, micro-finance, sustainable energy and entrepreneurship development domains. Sagar is an ICICI fellow who worked with rural development projects in various parts of India. Sagar is also part of various networks, including the International design and innovation network, Jagriti Yatra and India Fellows. Prior to joining Urjaa Samadhan he was working with SELCO incubation center which is a solar energy business incubator. Sagar brings a vast knowledge in helping communities and individuals develop and setup their business and ventures.

 

 

PRADEEP SAHoo

Project Assistant

Pradeep is a recent MBA graduate from Centurion School of Management & Technology in Bhubaneswar. As an Odia native, he is excited to be working in the field of energy access in his state, which faces large scale issues. He has a great interest in enterprise and innovation, and provides support to a range of activities in Urjaa Samadhan including managing the inventory and stock systems.