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Meet the Regional Technical Lead for the Pacific


By cultivating a community of highly skilled and embedded climate finance advisors, CFAN aims to unlock access to climate finance at scale in developing countries. CFAN advisors are hired locally and work in countries for up to two years on a tailored mandate co-developed by host countries and CFAN, focusing on project finance and design.

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Meet Solomon Islands's Advisor

Walter Malau and Charlotte Sheppard support Samoa, the Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu.

Walter Malau  


Walter has an accumulated 15 years professional experience in the Solomon Islands Public Sector accounting, financial management & reporting and auditing as an employee and consultant. This included operation risk management and investigations in the private sector and CSO.

His most recent project with the Solomon Islands Government in 2021 included undertaking a feasibility study for the Ministry of Education and provided options on whether a Student Loan Scheme (SLS) will be viable for the tertiary education sector. This included the provision of financial options and financial analysis using NPV and IRR to make recommendations using country data and other global practices.

“With the financial background that I have, I hope to offer diversity to the field of climate financing and renewable energy.”

Charlotte Sheppard


Charlie has over 5 years of experience working in analytical roles in consulting and for the New Zealand Government. She has advised on energy policy and assessed infrastructure projects in the Pacific, Africa, and Asia. In the Pacific, she has advised on private sector participation as well as helped develop energy master plans, feasibility studies, funding strategies and investment pipelines.

Charlie has a Masters in International Relations from Victoria University of Wellington and a Bachelors in Economics from the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

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Walter and Charlie will be deployed remotely in the focal ministries in Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu  with a targeted mandate to access international and domestic sources of public and private finance, and to structure finance for investment in their host country’s priority mitigation and adaptation projects.   

Specific Delivery for Solomon Islands, Ministry of Finance and Treasury  
  • Review NDC and NAPA priority sectors for climate change investment and turn priorities into project concepts to be included in the GCF Country Program.  
  • Provide technical support and inputs to the Ministry of Finance and Treasury to develop a GCF readiness proposal to address the gaps identified in the Financial Management Capacity Assessment (FMCA).  
  • Support local capacity (relevant government ministries) to develop project proposals, project pipeline and identify relevant international funding sources.  
  • Support and provide inputs and technical expertise to the development of the medium-term plan (1-5 year) for the Climate Finance Resilience Unit in the Ministry of Finance and Treasury.  

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