Having adequate corporate governance practices and a board in place before periods of growth occur can add significant value to off-grid solar companies and provide a competitive advantage. It especially benefits early stage companies by increasing their chances to attract financing and helping them perform better business and risk management. This contributes to bringing early-stage companies in an optimal position for long-term success and grow sustainably over time. However, putting a strong corporate governance in place comes with challenges for early-stage companies as they might lack the skills and assets to incorporate adequate corporate governance practices.
GOGLA has partnered with Nestor Advisors to organize two high-quality interactive trainings sessions for early-stage OGS companies that will provide you with the tools and knowledge to get your corporate governance processes to a higher level.
The duration of both sessions is two hours. Register here. Don’t wait too long, as there are only 30 spots available.
Puck van Basten – Jr Project Manager Performance & Investment, GOGLA
Puck van Basten is a Junior Project Manager in the Performance and Investment team at GOGLA. In her work, she aims to make the off-grid solar (OGS) sector grow sustainably by working towards higher performance of and investments into the industry. She upholds and improves standard of consumer protection and enhances circularity practices in the OGS industry. Next to that, her focus is on increasing investment opportunities for the sector, amongst others through helping OGS companies ameliorate their corporate governance structures and practices.
David Risser - Managing Director, Nestor Advisors
David Risser is the Managing Director of Nestor Advisors, the Morrow Sodali company focusing on governance, board effectiveness and organizational design. David is the UN Global Compact ambassador for Nestor Advisors and has been advising with Nestor Advisors since 2003. He has gained extensive ESG experience in developed and emerging markets, performing governance and board effectiveness reviews, policy advice and research for banks, listed and/or family-controlled companies, private equity firms, state-owned companies, governments, central banks, international organisations and market supervisors.
David regularly lectures at the London Stock Exchange and various Institutes of Directors, and he is a member of the OECD MENA Corporate Governance Working Group.
Prior to joining Nestor Advisors in 2003, David established and managed the Economic Studies Department of RSM Salustro Reydel (now KPMG) for the CEE region.
David was a board member of private companies and trustee for an international not-for-profit organisation.
David holds a post-graduate diploma in Banking, Finance and International Economics, with Honours magna cum laude from EM Lyon and University Lumière of Lyon. He holds a Certificate in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) from the Institute of Internal Auditors and from the London Business School on managing companies of the future.
Patrick McNamara - Associate, Nestor Advisors
Patrick McNamara is an Associate with Nestor Advisors. During his two years at the company, Patrick has worked primarily on projects reviewing the corporate governance frameworks and practices of banks and MFIs in Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. He has also participated in multiple projects with Central Banks in the Middle East and Europe, reviewing and amending both their supervisory approach and corporate governance regulations.
Patrick has co-delivered multiple trainings to DFIs and FIs on corporate governance and has undertaken multiple board evaluations for financial institutions in both Eastern and Western Europe.
Prior to joining Nestor Advisors, Patrick worked as a research assistant in the McDonough School of Public Policy at Georgetown University (2018-2019), as well as in a leading British bank (2016). Patrick holds an M.A in Security Studies from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (2019), as well as a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford (2017).