KATE STEEL /// ENERGY DIRECTOR - POWER AFRICA
Dr. Kate Steel joined Power Africa in late 2014, where she leads the Energy Office in providing technical and policy expertise to create the right enabling environment for private sector investment in Africa. Before coming to AID, she focused on renewable energy and energy access investments in Africa and South Asia at Google. Dr. Steel began her post-academic career at the World Bank, having been selected to the Young Professionals Program. As a manager of Lighting Africa, she helped grow the program from pilots in Kenya and Ghana to a global program with activities across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Early in her career, Dr. Steel consulted on energy access projects in South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya. She received a PhD in Engineering Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a MS in Engineering-Development Technologies from University of Melbourne, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
KATE STEEL
ENERGY DIRECTOR - 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
DAPHNE PIT /// FOUNDER - PIT PURE POWER
Daphne has over 15 years experience in renewable energy, energy access and sustainability, in both the corporate and non-corporate sectors. After having worked in the financial sector, Daphne switched to the Energy sector in 2001, and has working experience at the energy supply company Eneco, the energy consulting firm Ecofys, she worked at DSM (a global life sciences company) in the global sustainability team, and worked as a team manager for all Green programs at the DOEN Foundation, supporting social enterprises and energy access companies with early stage financing.
Early 2017, Daphne started her own venture: Pit Pure Power. She is now working directly with organisations focused on increasing their social or sustainable impact in the world. She has expertise in the fields of energy access in Africa and Asia; impact investment, business case development and project and program management.
The way Daphne likes to work is no-nonsense and straightforward. Result-driven. Impact first. With a focus on sharpening the mission, vision and strategy; helping create focus; strengthening a business (case); building teams; supporting in building financial models. Daphne believes in a sustainable way of doing business as the only way forward. "As mother of three teenagers, I feel that it is not only my passion, but even more my duty to help speed up the transition to a sustainable society. Where ecology, society and economy are all equally important and benefit from each other in a pure and honest way.
DAPHNE PIT
FOUNDER - PIT PURE POWER
JOSEPH NGANGA /// EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - RESPONSABILITY
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JOSEPH NGANGA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - RESPONSABILITY
ALY-KHAN JAMAL /// PARTNER - DALBERG
Aly-Khan is a Partner in Dalberg’s London office, where he focuses on work in the practice areas of Inclusive Growth, Agriculture and Food Security, and Mobile and ICT for Development. In particular, he has worked with FMCG, consumer goods, telecoms, media, and technology firms on their emerging and frontier market strategies.
In addition to strategy consulting, Aly-Khan also draws on extensive transaction advisory experience across the full activity chain, having worked on over 40 transactions and with most of the largest private equity firms in the world as well as several emerging-markets focused funds. As a result of this combination, Aly-Khan works closely with D. Capital Partners, which is also based in London.
Aly-Khan started his career at OC & C Strategy Consultants in London and Paris. He holds a Bachelors in Arts from Oxford University in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and a Masters in Economics from McGill University.
ALY-KHAN JAMAL
PARTNER - DALBERG
BEN MATHEW /// GLOBAL SALES DIRECTOR - GREENLIGHT PLANET
Ben leads global sales for Greenlight Planet, world’s leading off-grid energy business that has sold 7 million+ life-changing solar lights and appliances to under-electrified households in 60+ countries. In this role he leads Greenlight's global sales, in addition to co-creating company's strategy on operations, marketing and new products.
Prior to this he served for over 5 years as the Vice President for Sales & Strategy in the founding team at VC-Circle (acquired by News Corp), a premier data and services enterprise for the private equity, venture capital and the deal-making ecosystem. Here he set up and managed the company's primary revenue channels and products.
He has completed his GAMP at the Kellogg School of Management and is a graduate in Business Economics (Hons.) from Delhi University. He currently serves on the board of GOGLA (Global Off-Grid Lighting Association) and is a member of MIT’s Practical Impact Alliance.
BEN MATHEW
GLOBAL SALES DIRECTOR - GREENLIGHT PLANET
SAMUEL CHASIA /// EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR EAST & SOUTHERN AFRICA - GUARANTCO
Samuel Chasia has over 17 years of investment banking and investment management experience and is an expert in the debt capital markets, project finance, asset backed securitization, credit investing, structuring and fundamental investment analysis.
Mr. Chasia has extensive experience in both the United States and in Africa having worked for leading local and international firms. In Kenya Mr. Chasia worked for NIC Capital, a leading Investment Bank where he was an Associate Director in charge of Structured Products and Project Finance. In the US Mr. Chasia worked for Highland Financial Holdings, a credit hedge fund, as a senior credit analyst and head of credit surveillance and risk management. Before Highland he worked at Fortis Investments, as Director of Asset Backed Securities (ABS) credit. Prior to joining Fortis he was an Assistant Portfolio Manager at GMAC Institutional Advisors (“GIA”). Mr. Chasia started his finance career at Goldman Sachs in the Real Estate Investment Banking Division.
Mr. Chasia earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and Real Estate from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon where he graduated with cum laude honors.
SAMUEL CHASIA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR EAST & SOUTHERN AFRICA - GUARANTCO
JAN MALAN /// PRINCIPAL TRANSACTOR - NEDBANK CIB
Jan Malan is a Principal Transactor in the Energy Finance team of Nedbank CIB. Jan has been involved with the structuring and successful financing of numerous utility scale energy projects in Africa, including a number of 75MW solar PV projects as part of the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Program. Prior to Nedbank, Jan was a Senior Investment Officer in the Private Sector unit of the African Development Bank, focussed on project finance across energy, infrastructure and natural resources. Jan started his career in engineering with the Worley Parsons group, and holds Master’s degrees in Engineering and Business Administration.
JAN MALAN
PRINCIPAL TRANSACTOR - NEDBANK CIB
HUGH WHALAN /// CEO - PEG AFRICA
Hugh Whalan is the CEO of PEG Africa, a leading PAYG company operating in Ghana and Ivory Coast. He has started several businesses focused on energy and financing in West Africa over the last 9 years. He started the first crowd-funding site for energy lending, and a fast growing solar distribution company in Ghana, which was acquired in 2011. He has previously been recognized as a top 30 under 30 Australian entrepreneur, and he was named a 2015 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
HUGH WHALAN
CEO - PEG AFRICA
JEANNOT BOUSSOUGOUTH /// EXECUTIVE VP POWER & INFRASTRUCTURE - STANDARD BANK
Jeannot Boussougouth is an Executive vice-President in the Power & Infrastructure division at Standard Bank Corporate & Investment Banking. Jeannot has been involved in several transactions in South Africa and Africa across various technologies (thermal, hydro etc.). Prior to joining Standard Bank, he worked as an Energy & Power Systems advisor for Frost & Sullivan, a global management consulting firm. He holds a Bcom (Hons) and MPhil in Development Finance (MDevF) from the University of Stellenbosch Business School (South Africa).
JEANNOT BOUSSOUGOUTH
EXECUTIVE VP POWER & INFRASTRUCTURE - STANDARD BANK
VAHID FOTUHI /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - ACCESS POWER
Vahid Fotuhi is Managing Director, Project Origination at Access Power, a leading developer, owner and operator of power plants in emerging markets. The firm currently has 1,000MW of solar and wind projects under development across 23 countries in Africa and Asia. Access Power recently commissioned East Africa’s largest solar power plant in Soroti, Uganda.
Vahid is also the Founder of the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA), the largest solar trade organization in the MENA region.
From 2009 until 2012, Vahid was the Regional Director for BP Solar Middle East, the region’s largest off-grid solar systems provider. Prior to that, Vahid worked in Algeria where he led Government Affairs for BP’s oil & gas division.
Over 20-year career, Vahid has also held-senior level roles with Energy Intelligence, World Economic Forum and Transparency International.
Vahid holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) in Washington DC and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from McGill University, Canada.
VAHID FOTUHI
MANAGING DIRECTOR - ACCESS POWER
EMMANUEL BEAU /// INVESTMENT MANAGER & CO-FOUNDER - ENERGY ACCESS VENTURES
Emmanuel is known by his colleagues as an “Energy Access walking Wikipedia”, and a zealous evangelist for African markets, the environment and social change. While studying, he set up a social solar business in rural Senegal, carried out business intelligence in Africa, IT leasing in France, and consulted for public/private development projects on Cleantech, Infrastructure and SMEs development.
In 2009, Emmanuel joined SIDI, a French impact investment company, to manage microfinance investments in rural Senegal and Togo; he also kickstarted several renewable energy finance projects in African countries.
In 2012, Emmanuel joined Schneider Electric’s Energy Access Fund as an Investment Manager. There he developed a proprietary dealflow platform and invested in four start- ups.
In 2015, Emmanuel co-founded Energy Access Ventures to further invest in companies fostering access to electricity and its benefits in Sub Saharan Africa.
Emmanuel holds a Masters degree in Territorial and Urban Strategies from Sciences Po, Paris. He also studied Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis, California. In 2014, he joined the leadership development program of Schneider Electric, in partnership with UNC Kenan - Flagler Business School, North Carolina.
EMMANUEL BEAU
INVESTMENT MANAGER & CO-FOUNDER - ENERGY ACCESS VENTURES
PHILIPPE MIQUEL /// CEO - ENGIE WESTERN & CENTRAL AFRICA
Philippe graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (USA) in 1996 and with an Engineering Degree from the University of Technology of Compiègne (France) in 1990. He started his professional career in the Research and Development division of Gaz de France as project manager. From 2000 to 2008, he held several positions in the Marketing and Sales division of Gaz de France. He then headed the Economic Studies department of GDF SUEZ Global Gas & LNG. In April 2010, Philippe Miquel was named Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice President of GDF. He then moved to Yaoundé in July 2013 as Resident Director of GDF SUEZ LNG Cameroon.
Philippe Miquel is a Foreign Trade Advisor of the French Minister of Commerce.
PHILIPPE MIQUEL
CEO - ENGIE WESTERN & CENTRAL AFRICA
LEE SMITH /// PROJECT MANAGER AFRICA - RINA CONSULTING
Lee Smith holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering with and a Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering. He has over 7 years’ experience in the renewables industry, mostly as Lender's and Owner's technical advisor in the solar PV sector. He 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 responsible for Owner’s Engineering activities in Africa and is currently project managing ~800MWp of OE engagements on the continent.
LEE SMITH
PROJECT MANAGER AFRICA - RINA CONSULTING
CHRISTINE EIBS SINGER /// SENIOR ADVISOR - SEforALL
Christine Eibs Singer is a Senior Advisor to Sustainable Energy for All, focusing on issues related to accelerating energy access. Christine is also a Technical Advisor to the Kenyan Ministry of Energy and Petroleum on the launch of the innovative Off-Grid Solar Fund. She was on the founding leadership team of Power for All, a global campaign to accelerate decentralized renewable energy and was a co-founder of E+Co, a pioneer in energy enterprise development and blended capital investment. Her Board seats include SELCO India and the Dalberg Trust and she is a member of the Investment Committee of the Deutsche Bank Essential Capital Consortium. Ms. Singer spent 10 years at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, concentrating on the development of public-private partnerships. Ms. Singer’s recognitions include the 2007 Woman of Inspiration Award from Fairleigh Dickinson University, the 2011 Keystone Leadership Award for the Environment and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from New Jersey City University. Ms. Singer is an Ambassador of the C3E Women in Energy Initiative and an Ashden Award International Judge.
CHRISTINE EIBS SINGER
SENIOR ADVISOR - SEforALL
DAVID TEN KROODE /// RENEWABLE ENERGY MANAGER - OIKO CREDIT
David ten Kroode is renewable energy manager at Oikocredit International, a social investor and worldwide cooperative. He is responsible for the development of Oikocredit’s portfolio of renewable energy investments in developing countries. The portfolio includes on- and off-grid solar, wind and run-of-river hydropower projects aligned with Oikocredit’s commitment to a triple bottom line of financial, social and environmental results. Before joining Oikocredit, David was senior vice president energy at Key Bank in the US, where he built a business unit in renewable energy financing for public and private sector organizations investing in solar and energy efficiency projects. David holds a Master in Economics from the University of Amsterdam.
DAVID TEN KROODE
RENEWABLE ENERGY MANAGER - OIKO CREDIT
ANDREW GILBERT /// HEAD SALES SUBSAHARAN AFRICA - JINKO SOLAR
Andrew Gilbert has been involved in renewable energy since 2012 first working for a leading mounting system manufacturer based out of South Africa and thereafter a global integrated IPP headquartered in Italy. Recently he joined Jinko Solar as Head of Sales for Subsaharan Africa to spearhead sales activities across the region.
Prior to stepping into renewables, Andrew spent many years in various business to business sales and BD roles in a number of different sectors in South Africa.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree majoring in Accounting & Economics from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, South Africa, as well as an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, United Kingdom.
ANDREW GILBERT
HEAD SALES SUBSAHARAN AFRICA - JINKO SOLAR
PETER HEIJEN /// CEO - LENDAHAND
Peter Heijen worked in the financial industry for about 8 years before he started crowdfunding platform Lendahand. Peter believes that private capital can play a significant role in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals such as no poverty, affordable and clean energy or zero hunger. Therefore, crowdfunding platform Lendahand supports the flow of investment money from private investors around the world to entrepreneurs and businesses in emerging markets that make the SDGs work!
PETER HEIJEN
CEO - LENDAHAND
AURÉLIE BEAUVAIS /// POLICY DIRECTOR - SOLARPOWER EUROPE
Aurélie Beauvais is the Policy Director of SolarPower Europe, the European association representing companies and organization active along the whole Solar value chain. SolarPower Europe is particularly committed to shaping the regulatory environment and enhance business opportunities for solar power in Europe. Prior to joining SolarPower Europe, she headed the EU Affairs department of the French Union of Electricity (UFE) from 2012 to 2017. She holds a Double Master’s degree in Political Sciences and Public Affairs from the Political Science Institute of Bordeaux.
AURÉLIE BEAUVAIS
POLICY DIRECTOR - SOLARPOWER EUROPE
JOSHUA ROMISHER /// VP CORPORATE FINANCE - OFF GRID ELECTRIC
Joshua Romisher, CFA serves as Vice President of Corporate Finance at Off Grid Electric, which is an innovative, distributed solar energy company serving over 100,000 customers across Africa. In this role he has been responsible for capital raising across numerous investment types including innovative local currency receivable facilities with African banks as well as joint venture agreements with commercial partners.
Previously, Joshua was a Director at Credit Suisse Securities in the area of Structured Products. He has also helped start a number of businesses in the social and financial sectors. He holds a BS from Penn State University and a MS from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
JOSHUA ROMISHER
VP CORPORATE FINANCE - OFF GRID ELECTRIC
SAM PARKER /// DIRECTOR - SHELL FOUNDATION
Graduating from Oxford University in 1983, Sam worked for 6 years in the agrochemical industry, with a focus on Latin America. After 18 months working as a volunteer with street children in Sao Paulo, Sam returned to business with 11 years at a UK commodity trading company, becoming Managing Director of the company’s Asian business in 2001. In 2002, Sam returned to the development sector as Organisational Development Manager at the International Save the Children Alliance. In 2006, Sam joined Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), as its first CEO. WSUP is a not-for-profit company, composed of private sector and NGO members, which empowers local WASH service providers to serve low income urban consumers on a commercially viable basis. In 2015, Sam was appointed Director of the Shell Foundation.
SAM PARKER
DIRECTOR - SHELL FOUNDATION
LESLIE LABRUTO /// GLOBAL ENERGY LEAD - ACUMEN
Leslie Labruto is the Global Energy Lead at Acumen, where she leads Acumen’s $20M Pioneer Energy Investment Initiative (PEII). PEII invests philanthropically backed capital into early stage energy access start-ups in East Africa, West Africa, India, and Pakistan. Leslie joins Acumen from the Clinton Foundation, where she served as Director of Clean Energy for the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) in New York City, where she led programmatic strategy, fundraising and partnerships for CCI’s clean energy work. Previously, Leslie worked at Summit Partners, a $15 billion venture capital firm in Boston. Leslie received her Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Futures from Imperial College London, where her work was published in the Journal of Energy Policy. She served on the Vanderbilt Board of Trust, where she earned her undergraduate degree, and continues to serve as a Board of Trust member for the Vanderbilt School of Engineering.
LESLIE LABRUTO
GLOBAL ENERGY LEAD - ACUMEN
FEMI FADUGBA /// WEST AFRICA PORTFOLIO LEAD - CROSSBOUNDARY ENERGY
Femi Fadugba is the Regional Portfolio Lead for CrossBoundary Energy, Africa’s first and largest investment fund for commercial and industrial solar. Projects in CBE’s portfolio include solar PPAs for Kasapreko and Equatorial Coca Cola Bottling Company in West Africa as well as Unilever, Heineken, and Actis in East Africa.
A Togo-born Nigerian, Mr. Fadugba has also worked and lived and in Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda. Mr. Fadugba holds a first-class Master of Engineering degree from Oxford University where he was a published author in quantum physics and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied as a Thouron Scholar. Prior to joining CrossBoundary, Mr. Fadugba worked in BCG's Energy and Industrial Goods practices where he managed cross-functional teams in the implementation of priority growth initiatives in the US, Africa and Latin America. Mr. Fadugba has worked in two early stage energy ventures including One Degree Solar and Rare Energy, a UK-based recruitment firm which he co-founded in 2011.
FEMI FADUGBA
WEST AFRICA PORTFOLIO LEAD - CROSSBOUNDARY ENERGY
YUSUF MACUN /// MANAGING PARTNER - CRANMORE PARTNERS
Yusuf has 20 years’ experience in energy and infrastructure financing and investments, and has held leadership roles on the buy-side and sell-side of the energy and infrastructure sectors in Europe, Middle East and Africa. He has successfully closed in excess of 30 transactions, representing more than USD 17B, across frontier, emerging and developed markets.
Until recently, Yusuf was Global Head of Project and Commercial Finance at Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), where he led transactions in the bank and capital markets in MENA. His responsibilities also included divestments, investment assurance and risk management/insurance leadership.
More recently, Yusuf has been advising investors in relation to their equity and debt raising, project development and divestments in the power and renewables sectors, inter alia in Egypt, Jordan, Zambia and Turkey.
YUSUF MACUN
MANAGING PARTNER - CRANMORE PARTNERS
CLARE SIERAWSKI /// POWER AFRICA REGIONAL MANAGER - USTDA
Clare Sierawski is the Power Africa West Africa Regional Manager for U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).The U.S. Trade Development Agency (USTDA) is the U.S. government’s project preparation agency. As part of the U.S. Power Africa program, USTDAprovides critical early‐stage project preparation grant support to catalyze new power generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure. With over 63 infrastructure projects currently in Sub-Saharan Africa, including 20 solar projects, USTDA is providing funding for feasibility studies, technical assistance, and technology familiarization to help critical infrastructure projects reach implementation. Before working for USTDA, Sierawski was the Chief of Staff in the office of the U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State where she helped develop and cement U.S. international climate change policy, working on bilateral engagements such as the U.S.-China climate change deal and multilateral negotiations, including the Paris climate Agreement. Previous to that,Sierawski worked for former Secretary of State John Kerry as his Energy and Environmental Adviser in the U.S. Senate. Sierawski has a Masters in international environmental and energy policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and she is an alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh.
CLARE SIERAWSKI
POWER AFRICA REGIONAL MANAGER - USTDA
HEATHER ONOH /// CEO - SMARTER GRID INTERNATIONAL
Heather Onoh is a renowned expert in domestic and international energy development, Strategic management, Business planning and Strategic positioning of energy start-ups. She is the visionary CEO of Smarter Grid International, a prominent PAYG company operating in Nigeria.
Mrs. Onoh holds a Master’s degree in Business Management from the University of Toronto, BBA in Business psychology from Hofstra University, New York, and Executive Training at the Metropolitan School of Business Management. She brings along more than 20 years of experience in energy, and a track record leading the $201 million acquisition of the 1020MW Sapele Power plant.
With an extensive experience in executive management. Mrs. Onoh was nominated for an honorary doctorate degree at the Common Wealth University London UK, and serves on the board of Directors for Fluor engineering international and Sapele Power plc. As a member of the board she has facilitated inventive schemes to support the overhaul of the power sector in Nigeria.
HEATHER ONOH
CEO - SMARTER GRID INTERNATIONAL
ALEXANDER HUPPERTZ /// PROJECT MANAGER - RECP
Mr Huppertz is a Project Manager for the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Program (RECP) and has been managing the RECP private sector cooperation since 2015. Prior to joining the RECP, Mr. Huppertz worked as an advisor with GIZ, supporting the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development on Energy in Development issues, with a special focus on global initiatives like the SE4ALL, SDG and the Paris Climate Accord. Mr Huppertz holds a M.A. in International Relations and Development Politics.
ALEXANDER HUPPERTZ
PROJECT MANAGER - RECP
JULIEN POTRON /// CEO - NADJI.BI GROUP
Julien Potron is the CEO of Nadji.Bi Group SA, senegalese and convinced panafrican.
After 15 years’ experience in the global Solar Industry, in Germany, in China and then France. Julien lead JinkoSolar development in the European market during 4 years of the fastest global solar industry growth in history. He’s now dedicated to an ambitious and conquering African Solar Group.
Having study in UCAD university in Senegal, Montpellier BS in France, Münster University Germany and Nanjing University China, Julien is dedicating his carrier to the Global Solar Industry.
JULIEN POTRON
CEO - NADJI.BI GROUP
VERA NWANZE /// GENERAL MANAGER WEST AFRICA - AZURI
Vera Nwanze is the General Manager for Azuri in West Africa and brings over 20 years of commercial expertise, primarily in Multinational Pharmaceutical Companies (Novartis, GSK and Cipla-Evans). Plus, holding increasing positions in General Management, Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Research, Quality Assurance, Sales and Marketing across major sub-Saharan Africa countries.
The senior level appointment follows Azuri’s announcement of a partnership with the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) to launch its PayGo Solar Home Systems in January 2017. Vice President, HE Professor Yemi Osinbajo SAN, officially launched the solar power program to deliver 20,000 units to rural households living without electricity in the country.
She is a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (FPSN) and was also recently honoured with an ‘Eminent Person’ award by the National Industrial Pharmacists Association of Nigeria for her various contributions to the development of the Industrial Pharmacy Practice in Nigeria. Vera is also a USA certified Pharmacist and with Certificate in Enterprise transformation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA.
Vera holds a bachelor degree in Pharmacy and MBA from the PAN Atlantic University, (LBS) and IESE Business School, Barcelona Spain.
VERA NWANZE
GENERAL MANAGER WEST AFRICA - AZURI
CHRISTOPHE FLEURENCE /// VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AFRICA - EREN
Christophe has 20 years’ experience in international business development of conventional and renewable energy solutions, as well as in the leadership of business units in Africa and around the world.
An Ingénieur from ENSEM in Nancy, France and the University of Bath, UK, Christophe started his career in 1992 by managing electro-technical activities in French oversea territories.
He later joined Wärtsilä’s, the Finnish leader in power solutions for the marine and energy markets. After managing Power Plant business development in Latin America, and Service subsidiaries in Puerto Rico and Italy, he moved to Africa to lead subsidiaries covering 18 countries.
In October 2014, Christophe joined the EREN, the long term Renewable Energy IPP, to become Vice-President for Business Development for Africa.
EREN is a global renewable energy IPP with 650MW of assets in operation worldwide and 2GW under development. In Africa, EREN provides renewable energy to public utilities, large industries and off grid population and businesses.
In November 2016, EREN started the commercial operation of its first project in Africa, a 10MW plant located in Soroti, Uganda, the largest solar PV plant in eastern Africa. In May 2017 EREN started the construction of a 15MW of solar PV plant complementing a 55MW diesel plant for the Essakane gold mine in Burkina Faso, the largest hybrid solar/diesel plant in the world.
CHRISTOPHE FLEURENCE
VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AFRICA - EREN
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.
CHRISTOPHER CROSS
PARTNER - HOGAN LOVELLS
CHRISTIAN DE GROMARD /// ENERGY PRACTICE LEADER - AFD
With an electrical engineering background, C. de Gromard early turned towards renewable energies and energy in developing countries. After a first industrial experience in electrical equipment, in 1980 he worked for two years at Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore) on decentralized electrification projects, before joining AFME (now ADEME) as responsible for Africa. In 1985, he launched the pre-electrification concept and created an engineering bureau specialized on electrification and renewable energies in developing countries. After joining AFD in 1993, he was in charge of the "Climate” projects at the French Global Environment Fund (FGEF), and Energy Project Manager in different geographies (North and Subsaharan Africa, China, India, Indonesia, French Oversea territories ...). As Energy Practice Leader since 2009, he coordinates the preparation of AFD's energy strategy.
CHRISTIAN DE GROMARD
ENERGY PRACTICE LEADER - AFD
KLAUS MAIER /// HEAD PARTNERSHIPS & EXPANSION - MOBISOL GROUP
Klaus Maier is Head of Partnerships & Expansion and Member of the Executive Board at Mobisol Group, responsible for the company’s global growth strategy, including Mobisol´s expansion within Africa and Asia.
Klaus successfully realized Mobisol´s market entry to Rwanda and Kenya and is currently setting up a B2B business stream for Mobisol. Prior to his current role, Klaus worked in several private enterprises operating in emerging markets, mainly in Ethiopia and the Philippines. Klaus Maier holds a Master Degree in Environment Recourses and Energy Management from the Berlin School of Economics and Law, and has been working in the field of energy efficiency and development in emerging markets for more than 5 years.
KLAUS MAIER
HEAD PARTNERSHIPS & EXPANSION - MOBISOL GROUP
JAVIER RELANCIO /// SOLAR PROGRAMME LEADER AFRICA - MOTT MACDONALD
Javier Relancio is Mott MacDonald’s African Solar Programme Leader, currently based in Cape Town, South Africa. Mott MacDonald has been involved in over 80 renewable energy projects in Africa and, during the last few years, Javier has participated in different roles and phases across these projects, including various solar plants in Kenya, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique and South Africa.
JAVIER RELANCIO
SOLAR PROGRAMME LEADER AFRICA - MOTT MACDONALD
RON MARGALIT /// PRINCIPAL BLENDED & IMPACT FINANCING - LUMOS
Ron Margalit has built a multi-disciplinary career as an innovation catalyst that is focused on social investments in emerging markets. As Lumos is building the world’s first distributed utility using disruptive technologies and innovative business model, he leads the company’s impact and blended financing efforts with a specific goal to crowd-in commercial and private sector investments.
Ron is a veteran principal investor and advisor. Before Lumos, he founded and managed a boutique NYC-based investment firm that invest exclusively in technology-led companies that addresses gaps in the delivery of primary products and services in Sub-Saharan Africa. His work on financing access to energy had received awards and recognitions from the Financial Times, World Bank, UK Department For International Development and Secretary of State John Kerry among others.
Ron was educated at Harvard Business School, and focused on strategy in emerging markets. He earned his MBA from Georgetown University and his bachelor’s degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a mentor to women-owned SME in Africa and South East Asia.
RON MARGALIT
PRINCIPAL BLENDED & IMPACT FINANCING - LUMOS
ANSHUL PATEL /// VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - BBOXX
Anshul is a graduate of Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College London. He has held roles in technical and commercial units at Rolls Royce, and has been involved in the BBOXX Business since 2011 having launched the business independently in Kenya. Anshul has a strong background in operational management, and is currently responsible to develop BBOXX’s licensing business, develop new market opportunities and and build strategic partnerships.
ANSHUL PATEL
VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - BBOXX
DAVID EKABOUMA /// HEAD BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - AGF
David Ekabouma joined AGF as the Chief Internal Controller and was subsequently promoted to Deputy, then Head of Business Development. He supports the business development activities, with the main role of developing new and existing products including and not limited to structured finance. He leads the thinking of the new products/propositions, on-going appraisals of existing propositions and effective product pricing.
Before joining AGF, David was a Partner at Malea Consulting LLC, offering financial Advisory Services, Advisory Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers based in New York (USA) and Audit Senior Manager with Deloitte, based in Paris (FRANCE). As such he has extensive international experience both in auditing and optimizing business performance across multiple industries and sectors. He led cross-border GAAP to IFRS conversions, along with worldwide audits of leading multinationals companies.
A French national, David has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (Finance and Accounting Option) from the University of Orleans (FRANCE) and is also a Certified Public Accountant (FRANCE).
DAVID EKABOUMA
HEAD BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - AGF
GEOFFREY MANLEY /// INVESTMENT DIRECTOR - CDC
Geoffrey joined CDC in 2012 as Investment Director in the Debt team working across several sectors with a particular focus on energy. Since 2016, he has led the development and execution of CDC’s debt strategy for off-grid solar. Prior to joining CDC, Geoffrey was a Chief Investment Officer in the private sector operations department at the African Development Bank where he was responsible for leading teams in corporate and project finance transactions in a variety of sectors, including energy, agribusiness and financial services. Previously, Geoffrey was an Associate at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and an analyst at Mercer Consulting. Geoffrey holds an MBA from HEC Paris.
GEOFFREY MANLEY
INVESTMENT DIRECTOR - CDC
WANDILE MAMBA /// INVESTMENT EXECUTIVE - CDC
Wandile Mamba is an Investment Executive at CDC Group focusing on project finance in Africa and South Asia. He has worked on the structuring and execution of a number of utility scale renewable energy transactions in Africa, in the hydro, wind, solar PV and solar CSP technologies. He was involved in the REIPPP programme in South Africa and has worked in other solar FIT programmes in other parts of Africa. He has also worked on the structuring of a number of landmark utility scale thermal IPPs in West Africa, including Nigeria and Ghana. Prior to CDC, Wandile was an investment banker in the project finance team at Rand Merchant Bank, where he focused on project finance transactions in South Africa and the rest of Africa. Wandile holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, and is a CFA Charterholder.
WANDILE MAMBA
INVESTMENT EXECUTIVE - CDC
KUNAL PAREKH /// DIRECTOR ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE - ABRAAJ GROUP
Kunal Parekh is a Director at the Abraaj Group within their Energy Infrastructure team and has extensive experience in Investment Banking (Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Markets) and Investments. Prior to joining Abraaj, Mr. Parekh was a Vice President at Luminis Partners (an independent advisory firm focused on mergers and acquisitions and corporate advisory) in Australia. Prior to that, he was in the Mergers and Acquisitions team at ABN AMRO | RBS and CIMB Investment Banking (Sydney, Australia), where he focused and led multibillion cross border transactions primarily across Infrastructure, Energy and Resources sector. Mr. Parekh holds an MBA from INSEAD, a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.) and a Bachelor of Business (Distinction) from the University of Technology, Sydney. He also holds a Diploma in Applied Finance and is a Chartered Accountant (Australia).
KUNAL PAREKH
DIRECTOR ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE - ABRAAJ GROUP
ALEXANDRE TOURRE /// CEO - AZIMUTH / EASY SOLAR
Alexandre Tourre is the CEO and co-founder of Azimuth, an innovative West African company distributing pico-solar products on a rent-to-own basis, and operating in Sierra Leone under the name "Easy Solar". Prior to that, he worked in the field of Mobile Money and Financial Inclusion in Kenya and Afghanistan, and has 5 years of experience as an M&A, Strategy and Financial Services consultant at PwC. He holds an MPA in Technology & Economic Development from Columbia University's SIPA, an MSc in Advanced Computing from Imperial College and a Masters degree in Energy & Telco from CentraleSupelec.
ALEXANDRE TOURRE
CEO - AZIMUTH / EASY SOLAR
DANA RYSANKOVA /// SR ENERGY SPECIALIST - ESMAP
Dana is a Senior Energy Specialist at ESMAP, covering energy access themes. Dana has been at the World Bank for the past 16 years, specializing in energy access and distributed renewables. Prior to joining ESMAP, she managed energy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America and Caribbean regions – working in a diverse set of countries, including Tanzania, Kenya, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Bolivia and Brazil. In ESMAP, Dana is coordinating energy access activities. She is co-leading Solar Technical Assistance and Multi-Tier Framework Global Survey programs, and is focal point for SE4ALL Technical Assistance program.
DANA RYSANKOVA
SR ENERGY SPECIALIST - ESMAP
EMILY MODER /// COO - STEAMACO
Emily Moder is the COO at SteamaCo, an energy automation company active in 7 countries across Africa and Latin America. SteamaCo’s universal smart meter enables its customers to sell electricity in remote off-grid environments - collecting data, processing payments, and switching power, water and fuel on and off.
SteamaCo is a founding member of the African Mini-grid Developers Association, an industry association committed to building an African energy network based on innovation and clean technology, and providing affordable, reliable power for all Africans. Emily has been working in off-grid energy for the last 4 years, and has published a series of white papers with Vulcan Impact Investing on best practices for mini-grid operations and growing productive off-grid energy demand.
EMILY MODER
COO - STEAMACO
JÉRÔME SCHMITT /// SR VP INNOVATION & ENERGY EFFICIENCY - TOTAL
Jérôme Schmitt started his career in Asia before joining the TOTAL’s Finance Division in 1992.
He was first in charge of Finance Operations for Exploration & Production projects in Asia and North-Africa and then in South America. He continued his career in the Upstream gas sector.
He was then in charge of gas projects business development for Middle East and Central Asia and thereafter in India, based in Mumbai.
In 2000, he was appointed at the Mergers & Acquisition Division, in charge of Corporate M&A.
He became Vice President Investor Relations in 2004.
In 2009, he was appointed Group Treasurer and thereafter took the position of Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs for the Marketing & Services Branch.
In 2013, he was appointed Senior Vice President Sustainable Development & Environment.
As of 1st September 2016, Jérôme Schmitt is appointed Senior Vice President Innovation & Energy efficiency for the Gas, Renewable & Power Division.
He is a Civil Mining Engineer (S.E.).
JÉRÔME SCHMITT
SR VP INNOVATION & ENERGY EFFICIENCY - TOTAL
CHARLOTTE GEOFFRAY /// BUSINESS DEVELOPER - TOTAL
Charlotte is part of the team which is setting up an investment fund that will finance innovative initiatives to expand energy access in emerging countries, and particularly in Africa. It plans to include other qualified investors that share Total’s ambition and standards in terms of offering wider access to affordable, reliable and clean energy.
Previously Charlotte was in charge of the Access to Energy crowdfunding platform, co-developed with Babyloan, to help finance micro-entrepreneurs in the access to energy field. In parallel she has been working on financial topics for Total’s Energy Access Social Business (named Awango by Total) for three years.
Before joining Total, she worked as an analyst at BNP Paribas Corporate Social Responsibility. She graduated from Neoma Business School with a Master in Finance in 2014.
CHARLOTTE GEOFFRAY
BUSINESS DEVELOPER - TOTAL
NICHOLAS GEORGE /// PARTNER ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE - ORRICK
Nicholas George is an Energy & Infrastructure lawyer, in Orrick’s Paris office.
Nick’s clients include industrial corporations, government entities, financial institutions and infrastructure investment funds. He also advises on cross-border M&A transactions in his specialist sector areas. He has a particular interest in renewable energy projects.
Recommended by Chambers & Partners as a key counsel in Project Finance and Energy, Nick has been involved on major operations.
Before joining Orrick, Nick spent 16 years working at Lovells (Later Hogan Lovells), first in London (from 1994-1999) and then Paris (1999-2011).
Nick is admitted to the Paris Bar as a Solicitor of England and Wales.
NICHOLAS GEORGE
PARTNER ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE - ORRICK
AMITESH SINHA /// CFO - GREENLIGHT PLANET
As Chief Financial Officer of Greenlight Planet, Amitesh Sinha drives key finance initiatives for the global company. His responsibilities include fundraising, forecasting, investor relations, compliance and risk management, budgeting and tax planning, with an overarching goal of maintaining a lean and cost-effective company.
A seasoned finance professional, with over decade of global/India cross-functional work experience in one of the emerging company providing solar solutions to billion off-grid people. Globally accepted education qualification with ACA, ACS and CPA (USA), and have experience in financial and tax reporting in India, USA, Singapore, Hong Kong and East African countries. Proven track record in leading finance areas such as controllership, corporate finance, budgeting, financial planning and analysis, supply chain, enterprise risk management, statutory and management accounting. Known to successfully build & lead winning teams under stressful times, driving major business turnarounds in the company and most importantly, setting up teams, systems and world-class finance processes.
AMITESH SINHA
CFO - GREENLIGHT PLANET
LYNDSAY HANDLER /// CEO - FENIX INTERNATIONAL
Lyndsay Handler is the CEO of Fenix International, a venture-backed next generation energy company. Fenix’s flagship product, ReadyPay Solar, is an expandable, pay-to-own home solar system financed over Mobile Money. To date, Fenix has sold 105,000 ReadyPay Solar systems in East Africa bringing clean, affordable power for lights, phones, radio, and TV to over 600,000 people. With the goal of building long-term relationships with its customers, Fenix uses the ReadyPay Solar platform and its unique credit score to power and finance other life-changing products and services, such as power upgrades, TVs, internet-enabled phones and much more. In 2017, Fenix is expanding into new markets across Africa and aims to open a wider world of energy and financing for millions of customers by 2020.
LYNDSAY HANDLER
CEO - FENIX INTERNATIONAL
FEMI ADEYEMO /// CEO - ARNERGY
Femi is the MD /CEO of ARNERGY, a clean technology company, that design, manufacture and commoditise rent to own rooftop solar energy solutions providing affordable, reliable and clean electricity for commercial,residential and rural electrification applications.
Femi has extensive experience in planning, designing (Start-up phase, Pre-Commercial launch) rollout, operation and maintenance (scale-up) of nationwide mobile networks in Africa, Middle East, Europe and South America. He has an in-depth local and regional knowledge and played a very active role in the nation’s telecom boom where he worked with Huawei Technologies in several technical and project management lead roles having deploying mobile network solutions across 33 of Nigerian 36 states and across Ghana’s 10 regions with Cornea Technologies, a company he co-founded,rolling out nationwide hybrid power solutions for MTN Ghana.
FEMI ADEYEMO
CEO - ARNERGY
EMMANUEL BOUJIEKA /// PROGRAM MANAGER - RECP
Emmanuel joined the EUEI PDF in September 2016 as an RECP project manager at the Addis Ababa office. He holds an MBA from HEC Montreal Business School in Canada and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from École Nationale Supérieure Polytechnique of Yaounde in Cameroon. Prior to joining the EUEI PDF, Emmanuel was running his own management consulting firm in Cameroon. Additionally, he has various experiences in the renewable energy, oil & gas as well as food & beverage industry, and corporate social responsibility while working respectively for/with Kruger Energy in Canada, Engie (former GDF SUEZ), and Nestle Central and West Africa. Emmanuel speaks French, English, and is willing to learn Spanish.
EMMANUEL BOUJIEKA
PROGRAM MANAGER - RECP
LEONIDE SINSIN /// CEO - ARESS
Benin native, Leonide Michael Sinsin is graduated in Energy, Economics and Innovation from IFP School in France. After research assistant functions in Polytechnique in France, he decided in 2012 to set up his company ARESS in Benin to promote energy access solutions. Nowadays, ARESS is considered as one of the leader company in the country for residential market. As key figures, ARESS distributed thousands of pico pv, had installed more than 200 kWc off grid capacities; impacting more than forty thousands of people in urban and remote areas. Leonide is achieving a PhD cycle between France and Benin and is also a member of Energy and Prosperity Chair in France.
LEONIDE SINSIN
CEO - ARESS
GEORGIOS PANTOULIS /// HEAD ENERGY SECTOR - EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Georgios Pantoulis is Head of the Energy Sector in the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission, coordinating the implementation of energy cooperation policies and programmes. Georgios works with colleagues and partners from Governments, International Organisations, Local Authorities, Civil Society, Industry and Financiers in providing technology, expertise and funding focusing on three main challenges: price volatility and energy security; climate change, including access to low carbon technologies; and access to affordable, reliable sustainable and modern energy. A flagship initiative that the European Commission supports in this field is the Electrification Financing Initiative (ElectriFI), a flexible mechanism elaborated by industry and development financiers, aiming to unlock, accelerate and leverage investments increasing access to energy and energy efficiency.
GEORGIOS PANTOULIS
HEAD ENERGY SECTOR - EUROPEAN COMMISSION
LAUREN COCHRAN /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - BLUE HAVEN INITIATIVE
Lauren Cochran is Managing Director at Blue Haven Initiative, where she leads strategy and execution for the family office’s portfolio of direct investments.
Lauren makes debt and equity investments with the dual expectation of best-in-class financial returns and maximum positive social and environmental impact. As part of this work she spends more time in sub-Saharan Africa than anywhere else, sitting on the boards of several of Blue Haven’s portfolio companies, working with entrepreneurs, building the ecosystem and finding new investment opportunities. She is also a member of the Blue Haven Initiative Investment Committee.
LAUREN COCHRAN
MANAGING DIRECTOR - BLUE HAVEN INITIATIVE