GOGLA Welcomes new Executive Director

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GOGLA Welcomes new Executive Director

GOGLA is pleased to announce that as of August 1, 2014 Koen Peters is acting as the new full time Executive Director. After running the Secretariat for more than two years, the Secretary General, Wolfgang Gregor, stepped down to embark on new professional experiences. Koen Peters brings with him more than 20 years of international work experience, including over 12 years in relation to energy access. He gathered insights from many different perspectives and organizations, including government, consulting, start-up businesses, and international finance organizations. In his previous position, Koen worked as renewable energy expert within the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a focus on development assistance programmes promoting access to energy in Africa. His rich professional experience will allow Koen to continue the excellent work of Wolfgang and strengthen the role of GOGLA as the leading voice of the off-grid lighting industry. Thanks to a three-month handover period in which Koen worked already part-time for GOGLA, he will be able to concentrate his efforts from the very first day on the promotion of key projects of the association such as facilitating improved access to financing, continuing to work on quality assurance standards, as well as the organization of a sector-wide advocacy and communication strategy. GOGLA would like to express its gratitude to Wolfgang Gregor for his excellent work, his leadership and passion for the off-grid lighting sector and especially GOGLA. Although working on a voluntary basis, Wolfgang spared neither time nor efforts to turn GOGLA into a thriving organization. During his years as the Secretary General, he has laid a very solid foundation for the further development of the association. GOGLA would like to thank Wolfgang and wish him and his family all the best for the future. GOGLA welcomes Koen Peters on board of the team and is looking forward to continuing working with its members and partners in removing barriers for off-grid lighting products and enhancing opportunities for the non-/under-electrified population around the world.

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