Governance and team

The governance of Good Energies Foundation comprises a Foundation Board and an Investment Committee, supported by a Managing Director and programme staff. The Investment Committee makes recommendations on grant requests to the Foundation Board.


Managing Director, Johannes van de Ven, leads the Foundation day to day. He and the Good Energies Foundation's Committee develop the Foundation's strategic direction. In previous roles, Johannes worked in investment banking and development finance in Rio de Janeiro and New York. Johannes studied moral theology and development economics and holds a PhD from the University of Louvain.


Programme Manager, Stephanie Jones, is responsible for the Energy Programme, assesses grant proposals, evaluates on-going projects, and researches potential Foundation partners. She previously worked for the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, developing strategies for efficiency programmes in North America. Stephanie studied Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University and has a Masters of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.


Programme Manager, Mireille Perrin, heads the Forest and Land Use Programme, assessing proposals and working with partners to identify strategic opportunities for philanthropy. She has worked for the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka and held various roles at the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). She also worked on trade, investment and the environment for the European Commission in Pakistan and as a consultant to UN agencies. She studied International Relations, earning a Master’s degree from the Graduate Institute for International Studies in Geneva and a Bachelors of Science from the London School of Economics.


Grant Manager, Simon Siantidis, processes grant applications and approved grants, participates in due diligence of potential partners, and monitors and evaluates grants. He has a B.Sc. in Nutrition & Food Science from the University of Bonn and a M.Sc. in Agricultural Development from the University of Copenhagen. He has experience in the development and execution of Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning frameworks, and has worked in interdisciplinary qualitative and quantitative research centred around climate change and land-use topics. As part of his M.Sc., Simon has performed research on the Maluku Islands in Indonesia, analysing the economic benefits of direct trade models for smallholder farmers embedded in global supply chain and studied the crop pest management strategies of smallholder farmers in Nyeri County, Kenya.


Grant Administrator, Zsófia Révay, is responsible for all administrative matters of the foundation’s grant making activities. As a former administrative coordinator and senior reporting specialist for the Open Society Foundations, she has extensive experience in the world of philanthropy, from grant administration, through budget planning, to management reporting. She holds a BA in International Relations, an MA in English Literature and Philology, and completed a certificate course in Data Science.


Team Assistant, Adrienn Mohai, provides general administrative support to the director and the team, manages travel and consultancy contracts. She brings experience from the for-profit sector, where she held client-facing positions in multinational companies. Adrienn holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics, specialising in Tourism and has a Master in translation.