Vijay Bhopal


Vijay is a co-founder of Scene and specialises in social enterprise and ICT for development. He loves social enterprise and believes that business should 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 8 years. Recent highlights include leading on Scene's involvement in several Innovate UK funded projects on the themes of off-grid energy and ICT, based in Chile, India and Tanzania. Work is now ongoing to commercialise these project outputs through Connected Energy Technologies, where he is Managing Director, and Farm-Hand, where is supporting the development of the business as a Non-Executive Director.

Vijay’s efforts in building ethical businesses was recognised when he was the first ever winner of the Entrepreneur Award in the inaugural Young Professionals Green Energy Award.

Alex Schlicke


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. Since 2014 Alex has spearheaded Scene's work in local energy systems.

 Sandy Robinson

Research Manager

Sandy specialises in community energy and energy access research and project development. He has a strong belief in the benefits of community led energy in both the UK and internationally. He is an accomplished project manager, primarily managing Scene’s UK community energy research – including the annual ‘Community Energy: State of the Sector’ – and Scene’s contributions to off-grid energy access research. 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.

Sandy has five years’ experience in the UK renewable energy sector, managing and supporting a diverse portfolio of low carbon energy projects – from wind energy to innovative low carbon heat networks. He has experience conducting resource assessments, financial modelling, GIS analysis and graphic design.

Jordan Silverman

Product Manager

Jordan has been working in Scene’s R&D team for 4 years after completing an MSc in Practising Sustainable Development with a specialisation in ICT4D. He has designed both hardware and software products, and taken them through the development process from ideation through to market entry. With his social science background he has an understanding and a keen interest in how technology can be used to contribute towards economic and social development. However, Jordan likes to get involved in the technical detail of a product and has software development skills, particularly for embedded systems. He has become Scene's IoT communications expert with knowledge of wireless protocols on the GSM network and LPWAN.

David Jones

Project Manager

David is a project manager who works across Scene's consultancy and product work streams. He takes a particular interest in emerging technical and commercial innovations to deliver integrated local energy systems. David has experience working across a range of renewable energy projects in the UK, from heat and electricity to local generation and local supply. In addition to this, David works on Scene's international projects. He coordinates a peer-to-peer energy trading trial and takes lead on the commercialisation strategy. He is also involved in Farm-Hand Ltd, a company looking to deliver smart irrigation to farmers in the Global South of which Scene has a shareholding in, and has gone through the Climate-Kic accelerator programme. David holds an MSc in Carbon Management and an MA (Hons) in Psychology from Edinburgh University.


Ryan Gilmour

Electrical Engineer

Ryan is an Electrical Engineer with a focus on small scale renewable projects to provide community benefit. He has previous research experience at the National University of Singapore developing algorithms for optimal siting of distributed generation. As well as this, Ryan carried out his Master's thesis at Scene on the EMBLEM project whilst at the University of Edinburgh.

Ryan's work focuses on the technical and socio-economic aspects of innovative energy supply systems to provide clean energy to communities across the globe. His work spans from the development of smart metering electronics to system level design and simulation.


Louise waters

Senior Consultant

Louise has a background in mechanical engineering and a particular interest in sustainable heat systems. She has experience of a variety of low-carbon generation technologies, from multi-megawatt industrial installations down to the smaller scales appropriate for community-scale projects. A contrasting area of Louise’s professional expertise is energy access in the developing world, and her research and analysis has contributed to a number of high-profile publications, including two editions of Practical Action’s Poor People’s Energy Outlook series and a study on energy access finance published by the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy for All initiative. With Scene she is a key part of the delivery team for heating projects, including an innovative village heat network on the Island of Iona.

Catherine Munyarari

Project Coordinator

A recent King’s College London Geography Graduate with a keen interest in renewable energy, gender and community development in the Global South. At King’s College London, Catherine worked on a social enterprise project that trained cooperatives in rural Tanzania to manufacture and sell clean fuel solutions. The project went on to win the UK ENACTUS 2017 National Competition.

Catherine has experience engaging micro-entrepreneurs in rural Kenya and Uganda with a focus on sustainable economic and environmental development. She previously managed a project in East London supporting disadvantaged women to access health information and care.

Dominic Stephen


Dominic joined Scene after graduating from his Ecological Economics Master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh. His dissertation explored the value and feasibility of applying blockchain technology to micro-grids in sub-Saharan Africa.

First joining Scene in September 2018 to assist with the ENBIO circular economy business modelling tool, he has since then contributed to the ideation of Scene’s Cloud ZuoS proposal, and provided research, data analysis, and reporting support for the annual Community Energy State of the Sector report. As of May 2019, he will act as Project Coordinator for Scene’s REFRUIT project, a irrigation innovation project for smallholder farmers based in Uganda. He also provides wind farm feasibility assessments and graphic design support for Scene.

Dom has a broad interdisciplinary and analytical skillset, having hosted community-based focus groups in Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa. He has a particular interest for off-grid renewable innovations which address environmental, techno-economic, and social concerns holistically. In his free time, Dom does stand-up comedy, and capoeira.

Gulbin Durmaz

Administration and Communications Officer

Gulbin is a brand and marketing specialist with experience in the banking and finance sector. She holds BA in Public Relations and Advertising from the Eastern Mediterranean University, also an MA in Advertising and Brand Communication Management. After studying, she worked as a Research Assistant and Assistant Lecturer in Istanbul, where her focus was on persuasion in advertising. Recently, her focus has moved to consumer behavior and she is studying PhD in Business Management and Marketing.

Gulbin joined our team to support in the company’s finance and business administration and aid in both communications strategy and campaigns. In addition to her professional life she is interested in boxing.

AzeemSha thacham poyil

Embedded Software Engineer

Azeemsha has a background in electronics and computer science with experience in industry and research. He obtained his doctoral degree in computer science at the University of Hertfordshire, and master's degree in electronics at Cochin University of Science and Technology, India. His PhD research was in rehabilitation robotics exploring the adaptation of human-robot interaction systems based on muscle fatigue. He has published few international conference and journal papers in the field of human-robot interactions, signal processing, and machine learning. He has more than five years of experience in the development of electronic control units for applications such as room heating control systems. He also has experience in conducting product requirements engineering, and stakeholder interviews for HVAC control systems.

Azeemsha has a strong belief in the benefits of mutually beneficial renewable energy management systems with applications in rural areas across the world. He is interested in contributing to the efficient usage of renewable energy sources internationally. Recently, Azeemsha has joined Scene’s software development team and has taken a role of embedded software developer for renewable energy control/management systems.

Sebastian michalski

Power System Engineer

Sebastian is a Power, Mechanical and Process engineer with a focus on clean energy systems and renewables. His expertise is in modelling of the processes and equipment for carbon dioxide capture, gasification, power generation and heat production systems. Sebastian’s role at Scene involves probabilistic techno-economic performance assessment, and analysis of the engineering statistical data for the ZUoS project.

Sebastian has more than eight years’ experience working as an academic researcher in Poland and the UK. As a PhD student, he took part in the second task of the Polish strategic research programme related to ‘Advanced Technologies for Energy Generation’. He was also part of a research group for the RE-FUEL Project funded by UK EPSRC. In past, he has cooperated with the Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal and EDF Polska S.A. In the future, he would like to continue his research on renewables and clean energy technologies with a new focus on the commercialisation of smart energy systems.