ANDREW HERSCOWITZ /// COORDINATOR - POWER AFRICA
Andrew M. Herscowitz is the Coordinator for Power Africa. Prior to this assignment, he served as USAID's mission director in Ecuador from 2011 to 2013, and as deputy mission director in Peru from 2009 to 2011. In 2008, Herscowitz served as USAID’s supervisory regional legal adviser for Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service after earning a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. In 2005, the Federal Bar Association recognized Herscowitz as one of the five most outstanding lawyers under the age of 35 in the U.S. Government.
ANDREW HERSCOWITZ
COORDINATOR /// POWER AFRICA
OUSSEYNOU NAKOULIMA /// DIRECTOR FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY - AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK GROUP
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 FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY /// AFDB
LAURA SUNDBLAD /// PROGRAM ADVISER - 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 ADVISER - GOGLA
EMMANUELLE MATZ /// HEAD OF THE ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE DIVISION - PROPARCO
Emmanuelle Matz, has developed an extensive experience in structured financing for more than 25 years. She started her professional life developing a tax lease department at Crédit Lyonnais dedicated to the financing of energy efficiency and waste to energy programs in France. Through different positions in the French banking group and then, with Barclays Capital, she structured and led many multisourcing financing transactions in emergent countries.
For the last 10 years, Emmanuelle has been expanding Proparco’ debt & equity’s investments in the energy & infrastructure sectors, mainly in Latin America/Asia. Among all, she financed the first solar plant in Latin America, for T Solar, in Peru in 2011 and have supported since then the expansion of renewable energy projects (Solar, wind, hydro & biomass) in Central America, the Andean countries and those last years in Africa. Since 2012, she’s leading a team of 20 experts in energy & infrastructure project financing with the aim of developing solutions contributing to limit the impacts of Climate Change. This creative & dedicated team has supported the implementation of the largest African Renewable IPPs through tailor made solutions and has successfully arranged in 2016 the financing of the first private solar plants built in Western Africa.
Convinced that power should be available to all, at an affordable price, she supports both on-grid & off-grid solutions promoted by innovative sponsors, thanks to the digital and solar revolutions surrounding Africa.
EMMANUELLE MATZ
HEAD OF THE ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE DIVISION - PROPARCO
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
KOFFI KLOUSSEH /// DIRECTOR OF PROJECT DEVELOPMENT - AFRICA50
Koffi Klousseh was named Director of Project Development for Africa50 on May 1, 2017.
A citizen of Togo, Mr. Klousseh is a recognized expert in infrastructure development, with a solid track record in structuring and financing private, and public-private projects in Africa and other emerging markets.
Before joining Africa50, Klousseh served as Regional Lead for the World Bank Group’s Global Infrastructure Project Development Fund (“IFC InfraVentures”), where he contributed to creating and executing a pipeline of early stage transactions in the conventional and renewable power sectors. He was also a Principal Investment Officer in the Africa Infrastructure Department of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), leading a team of professionals in executing transactions in the power, water, and transport sectors across East Africa.
Prior to joining IFC in 2010, Klousseh held several positions in the financial services industry, including Vice President at Helios Investment Partners, a London-based private equity firm. Klousseh holds a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Master of Finance from George Washington University.
KOFFI KLOUSSEH
DIRECTOR OF PROJECT DEVELOPMENT - AFRICA50
KOEN PETERS /// EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - GOGLA
Mr Koen Peters is Executive Director of the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association.
Before joining GOGLA, Koen worked as renewable energy expert within the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, managing programs with e.g. IFC, FMO, and the Global Alliance for Clean Cooking. Prior to that, he worked as consultant supporting international business initiatives in developing countries. During this period he co-founded a solar PV company in Tanzania and was project manager of one of the first projects aimed at solar phone charging, in Uganda. Earlier he worked for the Dutch government; for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; and for the British Department for International Development coordinating international environmental and climate programmes.
Koen has a Master degree in Environmental Engineering from Wageningen University and a Master in Business Administration from Nyenrode University and Kellogg School of Management.
KOEN PETERS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - 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
PER VAN SWAAY /// SENIOR VP - 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 and before moving into banking and development finance, he worked as a corporate lawyer in Holland 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 VP - TCX
MARCUS WATSON /// ASSOCIATE PARTNER - DALBERG
Marcus is an Associate Partner in Dalberg’s Nairobi office, where he leads teams advising corporates, private investors, and development finance institutions on strategy planning, performance, and investment across Africa. He has a particular sector focus in energy & infrastructure, financial services, and private equity. He is the Africa lead of Dalberg’s Energy & Infrastructure practice.
Marcus’ recent engagements have included developing strategy for a growth-stage tech firm in E. Africa, conducting feasibility and planning for a US-based green-field investor to develop an industrial park in W. Africa, and designing one of the largest renewable energy debt facilities in Africa.
Prior to joining Dalberg, Marcus worked at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington DC and Grassroots Business Fund in Nairobi. At the start of his career, Marcus worked as a private equity lawyer in London, where he advised private equity funds on fund formation and M&A.
Marcus has a BA from Trinity College Dublin, an MA in International Development and Economics from Johns Hopkins University SAIS, and is a qualified attorney in England & Wales.
MARCUS WATSON
ASSOCIATE PARTNER - DALBERG
HUGO VAN TILBORG /// TEAM LEADER INFRASTRUCTURE - EU DELEGATION ABIDJAN
Hugo van Tilborg is a French and Dutch national with a Civil Engineering degree from Imperial College, London, and Master's Degree in European Public Policy from the College of Europe. His professional experience has led him to work for the Dutch Government (Ministry of Transport and Public Works, Dutch Embassy in Washington DC, Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ, in Benin and Morocco) on infrastructure issues in developing countries. Since becoming an EU civil servant in 2012, Hugo van Tilborg has been assigned as Head of the Infrastructure Section of the EU Delegation in Senegal and The Gambia where he was responsible for the implementation of the infrastructure projects (water, sanitation, energy, transport, urban development) financed by the European Union.
HUGO VAN TILBORG
TEAM LEADER INFRASTRUCTURE - EU DELEGATION ABIDJAN