MARTIN HAUPTS /// CEO - PHANES GROUP
Martin Haupts founded Phanes Group in 2012, giving the firm a distinct renewable energy and emerging market focus. He has orchestrated the company's transition from an advisory-focused firm to an integrated solar developer and investment manager with a transaction volume exceeding USD 250 million.
He has led key deals for Phanes Group, including the largest distributed PV solar project in the Middle East, the largest PV solar project in the Caribbean, and secured a 260 MW project portfolio in Nigeria as well as in several other sub-Saharan markets.
With 17 years in asset management and infrastructure finance, Martin has a wealth of experience in structuring and in-depth expertise in the cleantech industry and Islamic Finance. He was the Head of Asset Management for the UAE-based Gulf Merchant Bank, and established Dubai-based Themar Partners that was later merged into Phanes Group. Prior to this he worked for Credit Suisse Asset Management in London and Zurich as a Global COO Products and Solutions.
Martin holds an MBA from INSEAD, France/ Singapore, and a Masters in Corporate Law from the University of Hamburg, Germany.
MARTIN HAUPTS
CEO /// PHANES GROUP
WELDON TURNER /// DIRECTOR, COO & CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER - GIGAWATT GLOBAL
Weldon Turner was formerly the Director of International Equity Sales/Trading at Credit Suisse in New York, and has been a senior product manager at RCS Solar, a leading supplier of solar power plants in Europe and Africa. From 1994 to 1999, and from 1985 to 1992 he was a V.P. of Equity Sales/Trading at Salomon Brothers in New York. Turner has been on the Board of Advisors of Thorium Power Company and Portofino Equity Advisors. He has extensive experience in growing new companies; he managed GoldNames from 1999-2000, a domain name internet company, from inception to an organization with over 50 employees. He holds a BA in History and Political Science from Union College, NY, received his JD law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and his LLM from Thomas Jefferson Law School.
WELDON TURNER
DIRECTOR, COO & CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER - GIGAWATT GLOBAL
PER VAN SWAAY /// SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT - TCX
Per van Swaay joined TCX in 2010 and is responsible for TCX business development in Africa. Prior to TCX, Per worked in African project finance at FMO, the Dutch Development Bank. Before moving into development finance, Per worked as a corporate lawyer in the Netherlands and the US. TCX is a special purpose fund to hedge the currency and interest rate mismatch that is created in cross-border investments between international investors and local borrowers in frontier and less liquid emerging markets.
PER VAN SWAAY
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT - TCX
JOSHUA ROMISHER /// CFO - FENIX INTERNATIONAL
Joshua serves as Chief Financial Officer of Fenix International, an innovative solar energy company providing clean, renewable energy and other life changing products to customers across Africa. He joins Fenix after a career spanning from Wall St to Silicon Valley as well as India & Africa. Previously, he served as Director of Structured Products at Credit Suisse Securities, Vice President of Corporate Finance at Off Grid Electric and Co-Founded two businesses in the banking & retail sectors. Joshua has played a critical role in the development of the Solar Home System industry by closing innovative debt, equity, joint venture & structured transactions with various types of investors across the USA, Europe & Africa. Joshua attended Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he served as a Graduate Fellow for the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and obtained the distinction of Chartered Financial Analyst.
JOSHUA ROMISHER
CFO - FENIX INTERNATIONAL
KARIM ASALI /// TECHNICAL DIRECTOR EUROPE & AFRICA - FIRST SOLAR
Karim Asali began his career in the renewable energy sector in 1987 focusing on CSP plants in the United States. He later joined ABB where he spent ten years in oil and gas and power plants design. Since 2000, Karim shifted his focus to develop PV business at companies such as Kyocera, Sharp and First Solar.

He holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany and an MBA from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.
KARIM ASALI
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR EUROPE & AFRICA - FIRST SOLAR
OUSSEYNOU NAKOULIMA /// DIRECTOR RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY - AFDB
Nakoulima, a Senegalese, holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University Business School, USA and Master degrees in Engineering and Applied Mathematics from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines in Paris. He brings along more than 15 years of experience in energy, climate change, international banking and financial sector development. Nakoulima has been the Director at the Green Climate Fund in Korea since 2014, with global responsibility for partnerships, country strategies and project preparation support. He was responsible for managing relationships with 140 countries, advising them on how to develop low carbon and climate resilient programs, while managing substantial financial resources for technical assistance and project development. As member of the senior management team of the Green Climate Fund, he was instrumental in the successful launch of the Fund, which has mobilized significant resources for renewable energy projects globally. Before joining the Green Climate Fund, he worked at BNP PARIBAS from 2009 to 2014 in Paris and then in Senegal. As Deputy CEO of the local subsidiary, he positioned the Bank as lead advisor of the Government of Senegal in energy and infrastructure. He proposed innovative schemes to finance the overhaul of the electricity sector and coordinated the financing of a major airport project. He oversaw the mobile banking business to develop the concept for low-income banking and established new business lines including factoring, leasing and commodity finance. Nakoulima had earlier on worked at the African Development Bank as Senior Investment Officer between 2002 and 2009, having joined the Bank as a Young Professional. During that time, he developed projects in fifteen countries in power, water, sanitation and infrastructure and led teams in high impact transactions, including a corporate loan to Eskom, the power utility of South Africa, a private hydropower project in Madagascar and the Bank’s first Public-Private advisory activity for a hydropower program in West Africa.
OUSSEYNOU NAKOULIMA
DIRECTOR RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY - AFDB
LAURA SUNDBLAD /// PROGRAM MANAGER - GOGLA
Laura serves as the Program Adviser for GOGLA’s ‘Facilitating Access to Finance’ program. The objective of the program is to help increase investments in the sector that will allow it to scale up and accelerate the development of the off-grid market, leading to more people benefiting from clean, sustainable and economically viable off-grid lighting and electrification. Prior to joining GOGLA, Laura worked at Arc Finance, where she oversaw staff training and consumer education efforts related to consumer financing for energy products and services, and led Arc Finance’s conferences and workshops on innovations in financing off-grid clean energy. Laura holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of St Andrews, as well as a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University.
LAURA SUNDBLAD
PROGRAM MANAGER - GOGLA
PATRICK KOUAME /// INVESTMENT DIRECTOR - AIIM AFRICA
Patrick is responsible for transaction origination and business development for West Africa, with a strong focus on French-speaking sub-Saharan African regions.
Prior to joining AIIM, Patrick was an executive at GE leading commercial finance for their oil & gas business in SSA. He was also previously senior vice-president for sales and project finance in charge of Francophone Africa and Angola. Patrick also held a position as Managing Partner for Africa Capital Cote d’Ivoire, where he led the origination and execution of Mergers & Acquisitions, and financing transactions for clients in West and Central Africa.
Patrick started his career in Europe, working for Fortis Bank’s investment banking Africa team in Paris. He headed telecoms (advisory, privatizations, asset backed and project finance) before returning to Côte d’Ivoire as Chief Financial Officer for Atlantique Telecom, a regional mobile telecoms group then CEO of a Alink Telecom, a wholesale data provider in 12 African countries.
Patrick is a Finance Major from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris.
PATRICK KOUAME
INVESTMENT DIRECTOR - AIIM AFRICA
MANSOOR HAMAYUN /// CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER - BBOXX
Mansoor Hamayun is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of BBOXX, a next generation utility, powering growth and transforming lives. BBOXX uses smart, solar technology alongside pioneering financing techniques to improve energy access across Africa and the developing world. Since 2010, BBOXX has sold over 150,000 solar kits and impacted more than 750,000 lives in 30 countries.

Born in 1988 in Pakistan, he was raised in Sweden and studied Electrical Engineering at Imperial College London. From 2008-2010 he was the founder and leader of a student charity, e.quinox, which brought electricity to 6 villages in Rwanda. Following university, Mansoor worked as a manager for Rolls-Royce Civil Aviation business, supporting the introduction of Boeing 787 Dreamliner for LAN airlines, working on corporate cost reduction in the Asian region service and overhaul business.

As CEO, Mansoor leads BBOXX in all aspects of its business – from its engineering lab in London to its factory in China, to distribution from its local shops in Kenya, Rwanda, Togo and D.R. Congo.

Mansoor is a Pakistan-Swedish national with fluent English, Swedish and Urdu. He resides in London.
MANSOOR HAMAYUN
CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER - BBOXX
JESSICA STEPHENS /// GLOBAL COORDINATOR - AFRICAN MINI-GRID DEVELOPERS ASSOCIATION (AMDA)
Jessica Stephens serves as Global Coordinator for the African Mini-Grid Developers Association (AMDA), representing mini-grid developers of sustainable and renewable energy solutions for rural electrification in African. Jessica is an entrepreneur, with almost a decade of experience starting-up & running business in East Africa. She has over 12 years of experience working in rural and peri-urban African communities, in an array of capacities in in private, non-profit, and government sectors. Jessica drives AMDA’s agenda to advocate and coordinate with industry, policy-makers, government authorities, and other stakeholders to ensure optimal development of the mini-grid sector and its pivotal role in ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all Africans.
JESSICA STEPHENS
GLOBAL COORDINATOR - AFRICAN MINI-GRID DEVELOPERS ASSOCIATION (AMDA)
CHRISTOPHER CROSS /// PARTNER - HOGAN LOVELLS
Christopher is a highly experienced energy and infrastructure lawyer with 18 years of experience of advising both public and private sector clients on infrastructure, construction and PPP/PFI projects. He has extensive experience advising on energy projects globally, including solar, biomass, oil, gas and power projects as well as other utilities. Christopher has been involved in projects throughout the Middle East and Africa, including Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, Benin, Djibouti, Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Libya, Niger and Mozambique.

Recent experience include advising:
- Phanes Group on the development of solar PV projects in Benin and Niger.
- Phanes Group on the development of a 55MW solar PV project in Sokoto State, Nigeria.
- The lenders on the project financing of two 40MW Solar PV projects in Kenya (the Radiant 40MW Solar PV Power Project and the Eldosol 40MW Solar PV Power Project).
- A developer on the development of a Corporate Solar PV Project in Ghana.
- The lenders to a bidder on the DEWA Solar Phase III IPP in Dubai.
- Advising a developer on a coal fired power project in Zambia.
- An international contractor in respect of its bid for an IPP in Mozambique.
CHRISTOPHER CROSS
PARTNER - HOGAN LOVELLS
LEE SMITH /// SECTOR MANAGER - RINA CONSULTING
Lee Smith is RINA’s Sector Manager for Renewables in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with specialisation in aeronautics and a Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering. He is involved in Lender's and Owner's technical advisory in the solar PV sector and has worked on ~2GW of solar projects globally at various phases from pre-development to operation. Lee specialises in construction contracts including reviewing, drafting, negotiating and facilitating bespoke as well as standard forms (FIDIC, NEC3 etc). Lee is engaged in Owner’s Engineering activities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and is currently project managing OE engagements on the continent including coordination of site surveys, tendering, grid studies and financial close. Lee has been involved with solar and wind associations (SAPVIA and SAWEA) and is a registered Candidate Engineer with the engineering council (ECSA).
LEE SMITH
SECTOR MANAGER - RINA CONSULTING
JOSEPH NGANGA /// EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - RESPONSABILITY
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JOSEPH NGANGA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - RESPONSABILITY
MARINA PANNEKEET /// MANAGER ENERGY, SOUTHERN & EAST AFRICA - FMO
Marina Pannekeet is Manager Energy at FMO responsible for a team of professionals dedicated to investment in the energy sector in Africa, with a focus on countries in the East and Southern African region.

Marina obtained a university degree in Business Economics at the Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Before joining FMO, she worked in the maritime industry for almost 15 years where she fulfilled positions as (transport) economic, financial advisor and project manager.
Since joining FMO in 2005, Marina has been involved in various energy projects amongst others in Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Zambia and South Africa. In addition, she worked on various off grid related transactions with the latest being SIMA and SunFunder, two debt funds active in the off grid sector in the east African region.

Her professional interests focus on structuring debt and mezzanine transactions and managing a team of specialists. As such, she is involved in strategic projects related to providing access to energy and avoiding greenhouse gasses, in line with FMO’s mandate as a development bank.
MARINA PANNEKEET
MANAGER ENERGY, SOUTHERN & EAST AFRICA - FMO