Monica Samec

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Basic Info
Wild Gift Class Year: 
2008
Better World Expertise: 
Affordable/Green Housing
Community Engagement/Activism
Conservation & Stewardship
Education
Energy
Public & Institutional Policy
Sustainable Food & Agriculture
Water
Current Occupation: 
Managing Director at Small World Carbon
Wild Gift nurtures the seed of a good idea in ways that grow the individual, the organization, and their networks. It encourages connection to a sense of wildness and wonder that helps start-up founders to not only put their roots down in a good spot but also to thrive in a way that supports the ecosystem as a whole.
Impacts of My Work: 
A summary of my 2008-2009 Wild Gift project: can be found here: http://www.mfaminyen.org/dlds/mcs_downloads_10.pdf

I was part of the Wild Gift class of 2007-2008 and subsquently launched Small World Carbon with the mission to improve clean energy infrastructure systems. My professional areas include specialization in project finance, carbon market analysis, project risk assessment, rural electrification, energy policy and clean energy technology implementation. I have about a decade's worth of experience in small-scale renewable energy project financing and development such as cellulosic ethanol, off-grid solar PV and hot water, small and micro hydro, and grid-connected wind.  I act as a volunteer mentor with Wild Gift, VC4Africa and Mentor Capital Network.

 

I am currently focused on assisting transformative African clean energy programs to succeed. After my Wild Gift project, I started Small World Carbon with the intention of providing access to finance through the carbon market.  I have helped other start-ups develop business plans and gain investment as well as donors and investors structure clean energy funds. I am working on a number of other climate change and clean energy initiatives, and I'm happy to provide contacts or suggestions where useful.