Leo Mongendre is a senior consultant with an engineering background and a keen eye for numbers and visuals. With Climate Focus, he splits his time between high-profile public-sector clients and supporting companies translating their environmental ambitions into climate actions. Leo is results-driven, pragmatic, and his past experience working for industry leaders like Lightsource BP is a great asset today, to quickly understand the challenges faced by corporates operating in rapidly evolving markets, and advise efficiently.
Leo initially focused professionally on the energy sector, both in Africa where he lived and worked, and in Europe, contributing to the increased market penetration of renewable energy technologies. His interest has grown towards climate finance, impact investments and more recently decarbonisation and net-zero strategies. His recent work is diverse, spanning from supporting the World Bank in assessing the environmental impact of its programmes (2018-2023), contributing to the approval of USD 88 million Green Climate Fund package targeting rural electrification in West Africa, structuring a pioneering transaction between Switzerland’s KliK Foundation and the Senegalese Biogas Domestic Programme under the Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, to leading the team that supported easyJet in defining its carbon offsetting strategy, and ultimately building a reliable supply of carbon credits to compensate for the airline’s emissions (approximately EUR 100 million portfolio).
Leo holds degrees from Imperial College London (MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures), the University of Poitiers (MSc in Material Engineering for Renewable Energies and the Environment) and speaks French, English, Italian and basic Kiswahili. He is also proficient with mainstream data-oriented programming languages and is Climate Focus’ focal point for visualisation and graphic design.