ALESSANDRO ORTU /// HEAD PROJECT DEVELOPMENT - PHANES GROUP
Alessandro Ortu is the Head of Project Development, leading the Project Development Team for Phanes Group. He is responsible for overlooking the planning and implementation of the company's PV solar portfolio.

He brings a proven track record of managing PV solar projects in Europe, North and South America and in the MENA region from his experience as Project Manager – Renewable Energy Consultant at Mott MacDonald, a global engineering, management and consultancy company.

Alessandro has an advanced capability to execute due diligence studies, PV plant modelling, electrical design and plant performance assessment. He has conducted the review and discussion of international EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction), O&M (Operation and Maintenance) and PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) for an extensive number of renewable projects worldwide (about 1 GW).

Expertise also includes construction and operation monitoring of wind and biomass plants. Furthermore, he also gained significant business and technical experience in the renewable energy market as Technical Director in Energy Corp, and as Project Manager in Solergy srl and SHAP spa.

He holds a Master’s of Electronic Engineering from Tor Vergata University (Rome, Italy), he has been Research Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, USA); he is a Chartered Engineer of the Italian Order.
ALESSANDRO ORTU
HEAD PROJECT DEVELOPMENT - 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
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
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
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)
KARIM NDIAYE /// DIRECTOR ASSET MANAGEMENT - MERIDIAM
Karim Ndiaye joined Meridiam in June 2016 as Director Asset Management based in Dakar.
He is in charge of managing the Portfolio of participations within the Meridiam Investment Africa Fund with a focus on West & Central Africa.
His responsibilities cover projects closing & construction, ongoing management as well as operational phases.
Karim is the CEO of the Senergy and Ten Merina 2X 30Mw Solar plants in Senegal as well as serving in the Board of Directors of a number of project companies in Sub-Sahara Africa representing Meridiam.
Prior to joining Meridiam, Karim worked for Man Diesel & Turbo, Aggreko International Power Projects and Cummins Power Generation.
He is graduated in Business & Project Management from CNAM Paris and London Business School.
KARIM NDIAYE
DIRECTOR ASSET MANAGEMENT - MERIDIAM
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
JOSEPH NGANGA /// EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - RESPONSABILITY
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JOSEPH NGANGA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - RESPONSABILITY
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
FATMA BEN ABDA /// PRINCIPAL DISTRIBUTED ENERGY SPECIALIST - AFDB
Fatma Ben Abda is a Masters’ Degree qualified computer scientist from the Technical University of Berlin with 2 years post-graduate PhD research in Intelligent Networks and Artificial Intelligence within the Telecommunications sector. Fatma spent 15 years leading teams to develop ecommerce applications, when ecommerce was nascent, bringing solutions to market, reaching in excess of 30 million users. Having worked extensively in the private sector, with high-profile organizations such as Siemens, Fox and News Corporation, Fatma moved to the African Development Bank to lead Technology Programmes. Fatma’s extensive commercial and technology experience enabled her to transition into operations of AfDB, quickly becoming a qualified expert in renewables energy finance. She now leads the Off-grid flagship programme of the New Deal on Energy for Africa strategy, develops large scale programmes and raises funding for large renewable energy programmes across Africa, working with global partners.
FATMA BEN ABDA
PRINCIPAL DISTRIBUTED ENERGY SPECIALIST - AFDB
BARTON SHASHA /// BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - IB VOGT
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BARTON SHASHA
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - IB VOGT
STEPHEN DAVEY /// HEAD SALES SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA - JINKO SOLAR
Stephen Davey has been involved in renewable energy since 2006. He is graduated from Florida Atlantic University in USA with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. During his studies, he specialized in Renewables studying under some of the foremost Photovoltaics professionals in USA at the time. Subsequently, Stephen has received certifications in Commercial & Contracts Law from the University of Cape Town; together with Project Management and NABCEP certifications.

Stephen brings a broad international skillset to our SSA team having worked in cross-functional executive teams in USA, EU and Africa. Stephen's PV career commenced in USA where he initially specialized in system design and consultation during the early stages of the PV industry's global growth. His technical expertise developed rapidly. After living in the USA for 12 years, Stephen realised the energy demand opportunity in Africa and moved back to South Africa in 2012. Since then, his career has evolved to where he has been intimately involved in the commercial development for international inverter and module OEM's within Sub-Saharan Africa.

Stephen brings a strong aptitude for commercial expertise, business development and sales within the global PV market.
STEPHEN DAVEY
HEAD SALES SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA - JINKO SOLAR
JESSIE COATES /// ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR - EY
Jessie is the Head of Operations for EY’s global not-for-profit program which extends the knowledge, skills and experience of the global EY organization to impact entrepreneurs at heavily subsidised rates. She also leads EY’s not-for-profit activity in relation to water, sanitation and energy (SDGs 6 & 7) in off-grid contexts globally, scoping and overseeing the successful delivery of projects in this space with a wide range of impact entrepreneurs and building partnerships that catalyse EY’s impact potential.
Over the last 5 years, EY has supported over 150 of the world’s leading impact enterprises across 35 countries to overcome their barriers to growth. This includes helping early stage enterprises to refine their business models for greater profitability and helping growth stage enterprises to build the systems and processes required for scale.
A Chartered Accountant by trade, Jessie has over 8 years of consulting experience across the social, private and public sectors with a deep finance focus having previously worked in EY’s commercial consulting practice specialising in financial performance improvement. Her experience also includes several years working in corporate finance and transaction disputes.
JESSIE COATES
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR - EY
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
BRIAN O'HANLON /// MANAGING DIRECTOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - OPIC
Brian O’Hanlon is the Managing Director of Business Development for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation’s (OPIC) Global Energy Group. In this role, he divides his time between leading the group’s early origination and customer relationship management and serving on due diligence teams for power finance transactions in developing countries.

Brian joined OPIC as a Director in its Political & Sovereign Risk Insurance unit, where he served as lead underwriter for energy, agriculture, and water-related projects located in the Middle East, Africa, and South America.

Prior to this position, Brian was the senior renewable energy analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He won the Gold Medal, the Department’s highest award, for work leading to a China’s removal of barriers to U.S. wind turbine exports. Brian also led negotiations among eight U.S. government agencies resulting in the adoption of the U.S. government’s Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Export Initiative as well as the creation of the Secretary of Commerce’s private sector clean energy advisory committee.
BRIAN O'HANLON
MANAGING DIRECTOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - OPIC
DIANA WESSELIUS /// MANAGER PRIVATE EQUITY - FMO
Diana heads FMO’s Private Equity Energy team which is active in the energy sector in global emerging markets. The team invests in private equity funds, utility scale renewable energy projects, offgrid power companies, and currently manages an investment portfolio of approximately EUR 600mln divided over more than 50 investments. Diana has been active in financing for 20 years, with more than 15 years of experience in infrastructure and energy project finance. She joined FMO in 2006, where she worked in a variety of management positions, and has been responsible for managing Access to Energy Fund and the Infrastructure Development Fund, both government funded funds that FMO manages on behalf of the Dutch government. Prior to joining FMO Diana worked at ING Group where she held positions at the Asset Management and Wholesale Banking divisions. Diana holds a master’s Degree in Business Administration from Nyenrode Business University and currently follows a Master of Management in Energy at the Norwegian Business School.
DIANA WESSELIUS
MANAGER PRIVATE EQUITY - FMO
BILL LENIHAN /// CO-CEO - ZOLA
Bill Lenihan joined Zola Electric in March 2015 and currently serves as Co-CEO where he oversees all operations, finance, expansion and corporate development. Bill brings a strong background to the Zola team, with experience at companies including Goldman Sachs, Bain & Company and Calera Capital. As Managing Director at Calera Capital, a private equity firm managing almost $2 billion of capital, Bill led the firm's investment efforts in the consumer and industrial sectors. His experience includes efforts around geographic expansion, channel development, new product introductions, efficiency improvements, acquisitions, and financial planning. Prior to joining Calera Capital, Bill was with Goldman Sachs & Co. where he managed and pursued investment opportunities within the Principal Investment Area. He began his career with Bain & Company, Inc. and CS First Boston. Just prior to joining Zola, Bill served as Executive Vice President, International for Switch Lighting where he launched Switch’s Japan business and initiated early stage development of Europe. He received a B.A. cum laude in Business and Economics from UCLA and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a dual degree in Strategic Management and Finance.
BILL LENIHAN
CO-CEO - ZOLA
JOHANNA GALAN /// DIRECTOR OF POLICY - GOGLA
Johanna joined GOGLA as the first employee back in 2013, as project and operations manager. Between 2015 and 2017 she was in charge of the enabling environment program, working to build a conducive policy environment catalyzing market development for GOGLA members. As the Policy Director, Johanna drives continuous development and improvement of policy & advocacy strategies. This includes the management of GOGLA’s work streams on enabling environment, standards and guidelines, and the association’s regional representation.

Prior to joining GOGLA, Johanna had been working for the GIZ where she was actively involved in the provision of advisory services to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation regarding ICT4D. She holds Bachelor degrees in Development Studies and Political Science, as well as a Master degree in Political Science from the University of Vienna.
JOHANNA GALAN
DIRECTOR OF POLICY - GOGLA
SNEHAR SHAH /// GENERAL MANAGER EAST AFRICA - AZURI
Snehar Shah brings over 20 years of expertise in investment, finance, and business development to Azuri Technologies, with a particular focus on African markets. Snehar has been the General Manager for Azuri East Africa since 2016 and was previously the Regional Chief Financial Officer of mobile towers business, Eaton Towers. Snehar has a strong history in the telecoms and consumer services markets, including with mobile operator Orange where he was head of the company’s mobile money business unit. Snehar holds a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (BEng) from Imperial College, London and is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Prior to joining GOGLA, Johanna had been working for the GIZ where she was actively involved in the provision of advisory services to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation regarding ICT4D. She holds Bachelor degrees in Development Studies and Political Science, as well as a Master degree in Political Science from the University of Vienna.
SNEHAR SHAH
GENERAL MANAGER EAST AFRICA - AZURI
WILLIAM PONELA /// CEO & FOUNDER - ZONFUL ENERGY
William Ponela-Chief Executive Officer and Founder. William graduated with a B.Sc. Civil Engineering Degree and a postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration and has over 20 years working experience. He has founded over 3 companies amongst which include Hume Pipe and Co., Factel Industries and Lighmart Investments. William has experience in leadership and management, strategic planning and analysis.
WILLIAM PONELA
CEO & FOUNDER - ZONFUL ENERGY
CAROLINE FRONTIGNY /// CHIEF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER - UPOWA
Caroline Frontigny is the cofounder and Chief Business Development Officer of upOwa. In 2015, she launched upOwa’s first operations in Cameroon, recruited and managed the Cameroonian team and is now in charge of business development. Previously, she was a private sector development analyst at the World Bank in Washington DC where she specialized in improving access to electricity for businesses in Africa and Latin America. Before that Caroline worked on energy policy at the Embassy of France in the United States. She has received a M.Eng in Energy and Science from Supélec, France.
CAROLINE FRONTIGNY
CHIEF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER - UPOWA
NICO TYABJI /// DIRECTOR STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS - SUNFUNDER
Nico is Director of Strategic Partnerships at SunFunder, where he works both with SunFunder’s investors and solar company borrowers. Previously he initiated the coverage of off-grid solar at Bloomberg New Energy Finance in London. He has a Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
NICO TYABJI
DIRECTOR STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS - SUNFUNDER
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
MAURICE PARETS /// CEO - PAWAME
Maurice Parets is CEO of Pawame, a provider of consumer-financed residential solar home systems (SHSs) and other life-changing products to off-grid communities in sub-Saharan Africa. As of mid-2018, Pawame has sold 5,000 systems across Kenya, including Kakuma refugee camp, and aims to scale rapidly to address the challenge of electrifying and serving the 650 million people (70% of the population) in sub-Saharan Africa that don’t have access to grid power.

Prior to Pawame, Maurice was an early employee and spent five years in various roles setting up Nawah Energy, the first nuclear operating company in the Arab world and the licensed operator for 5.4-GW Barakah Nuclear Power Plant nearing completion in Abu Dhabi. He helped set up the Operational Readiness Program and successfully led efforts to negotiate a crucial 14-year, $1b operational support agreement. Prior to Nawah, he co-founded Nuviya, a provider of energy efficiency and demand-side management (DSM) solutions for electrical utilities in the Gulf region.

Earlier in his career Maurice spent three years at Procter & Gamble in the US, where he honed his skills in brand-building and consumer product marketing; and he spent seven years as a nuclear submarine officer in the US Navy, which included multiple Western Pacific deployments out of Hawaii and a stint as an operations planner based in Italy.

Maurice holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University (2004), and M.A. in International Relations from the University of Maryland (1996), and a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy (1995), where he graduated with distinction. He is married and has four children. He speaks several languages and enjoys reading, traveling, and water sports. He is attempting to become a decent guitarist.
MAURICE PARETS
CEO - PAWAME
JOHAN VAN KERREBROECK /// CEO EASTERN AFRICA - ENGIE
Mr. Johan Van Kerrebroeck is a Belgian citizen. He holds a Master Degree in Industrial Engineering, a Middle Management Certificate from the Vlerick Management School in Belgium, Finance for Executives from INSEAD in Singapore and General Management Certificate from CEDEP/INSEAD Fontainebleau in France.

He started his career in 1984 at ACEC in Belgium, a manufacturer of industrial electrical equipment for the industry and the power sector. He was in charge of the European and Far East Market for power transformers.
From 1986 until 1989 he was product and engineering manager at STAGOBEL, a Belgian company that deployed its activities in electrical installations, remote control systems and lighting protection.
In 1989 he joined EBES, a former subsidiary within ENGIE group, in the capacity of Manager of the Gas networks in Eeklo , a distribution region in Flanders, Belgium, and rose through the ranks via different positions in gas, power and water distribution activities, to become Manager of the Study and Long Term Planning Department for the area of Bruges and Ostend ( Belgium). In this capacity he became Board Member of the local Energy Distribution Committee and member of the Employer’s representative of the Works Council.
In 2002, he joined the international business line of the ENGIE group (former EGI( Energy and Gas International)) where he took up various international assignments as Vice President of Transport and Distribution in Mexico, Peru and Turkey.
In 2004 he moved to Thailand as Dept CEO of PTTNGD and Amata NGD and SVP of Transport and Distribution of the Asian, Middle East and African region. He took various Directorships in different Boards.
In 2010 he moved to the Sultanate of Oman, where he took up to the position of CEO of SMN Power Holding, a holding structure that covered a power capacity of around 1300 MW and a water desalination capacity of 120,000 m3/day. One of the major achievements was the listing of the company on the local stock exchange in 2011.
In 2013 he relocated to Dubai in the capacity of Asset Manager, managing the power and water desalination assets of the Engie Group in (i) the Sultanate of Oman, (ii) Qatar and (iii) the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The scope of this job embraced around 13,000 MW of power production and 1,4 MM m3 desalinated water production a day.

In 2016 he moved to Kenya to take up the position of Regional Manager of Eastern Africa for the Engie Group.
JOHAN VAN KERREBROECK
CEO EASTERN AFRICA - ENGIE
MACHAL KARIM /// DIRECTOR - CDC
Machal Karim manages the impact of The CDC Group’s investments in financial services across Africa and South Asia, to ensure the delivery of social return within commercial transactions. She has worked in-market, as well as in the UK and North America over the past 10 years with a focus on access to finance for underserved segments. Particularly, she has worked on financial sector development and the role of private capital to increase sustainable access to finance across various sub-sectors. Currently based in London, Machal has worked with key stakeholders in financial inclusion globally.
MACHAL KARIM
DIRECTOR - CDC
MOYA CONNELY /// VICE PRESIDENT - DWS
Moya is an impact investment professional with extensive experience in energy sector and financial inclusion investing and investment funds. Moya currently works in the Sustainable Investments group at DWS, the asset management group of Deutsche Bank, covering the direct to consumer energy sector worldwide and financial inclusion in Latin America. Moya was one of the founders of MicroVest in 2002. She has served as the chief financial officer of a capital management company, an investment officer, and a board member of various microfinance organizations. Moya has an MBA from the University of Virginia and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Smith College.
MOYA CONNELY
VICE PRESIDENT - DWS
RIK WUTS /// VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - POWERHIVE
Rik has been active as a senior executive and entrepreneur in emerging markets for over 10 years. He has extensive experience developing and financing innovative products and projects. As one of the founders of Powerhive he has been instrumental in creating the mini-grid sector and driving development of a sustainable, high-growth long term asset class that will enable economic development of rural communities across emerging markets.
RIK WUTS
VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - POWERHIVE
MATTHEW TILLEARD /// MANAGING PARTNER - CROSSBOUNDARY
Matt Tilleard is a Managing Partner at CrossBoundary, a mission driven investment firm that has focused on innovative models of bringing capital into underserved markets. In 2015, CrossBoundary closed Africa’s first investment fund for commercial and industrial solar in Africa. The fund, CrossBoundary Energy, invests into medium scale rooftop solar assets in East and West Africa. Their first 1MW distributed solar plant is operating in Kenya. Mr. Tilleard holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar. He is originally from Australia and holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne. He has been recognized as an Aspen Ideas Scholar by the Aspen Institute and named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
MATTHEW TILLEARD
MANAGING PARTNER - CROSSBOUNDARY
AMAR INAMDAR /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - KAWISAFI VENTURES
Amar Inamdar is an investor, advisor and entrepreneur from East Africa. He is the Managing Director of an investment fund focused on the transformation of energy markets in eastern Africa. His goal is to scale world-class companies that bring clean power to millions of underserved customers and drive economic growth.

Inamdar brings more than 20 years of experience of building teams, markets and businesses in emerging economies. He managed a global portfolio of high-risk, high-impact projects for 10 years at the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank before joining the new business team at Royal Dutch Shell to drive growth in domestic African energy markets. He brings the hands-on experience of working with the boards and management teams of emerging market companies to scale and grow. He worked on transformative projects in India, Nepal, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and the Philippines. In the early 2000s, Inamdar was the founder of a UK-based advisory firm, building the team and creating a values-driven business that is still successful, 17 years later.

Inamdar graduated from the University of Oxford and has a PhD from the University of Cambridge.
AMAR INAMDAR
MANAGING DIRECTOR - KAWISAFI VENTURES
ANTOINE PRÉDOUR /// HEAD ENERGY DEBT - RESPONSABILITY
Antoine Prédour is Head of Energy Debt at responsAbility investments A.G, an asset manager in the field of development investments.

The Energy debt funds managed by responsAbility (Global Climate Partnership Fund and responsAbility Energy Access Fund) are financing small scale Renewable Energy (mainly off grid), Energy Efficiency and Energy Access projects either directly or through financial institutions in developing and emerging countries.

Antoine has over 15 years of experience in investments (debt & equity), business development, fund management and credit risk management. He has extensive knowledge of business practices in developing countries, including completing due diligence in more than 30 countries.

He holds a degree in business engineering from UCL Mons, a European master of Microfinance from Solvay Brussels School and is a Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA).
ANTOINE PRÉDOUR
HEAD ENERGY DEBT - RESPONSABILITY
PARAS PATEL /// INVESTMENT MANAGER - ENERGY ACCESS VENTURES
After having studied and worked abroad, Paras decided to come back home (Kenya) and leverage his international experience to help foster the economic and social development of Africa. Paras started his career at PWC in London where he worked as an Associate in the transaction advisory department, specializing in mid-cap tier companies. Thereafter, he joined HSBC PLC in London initially carrying out cross-asset Emerging Market macro research for the bank’s Global Markets arm and more recently worked as a Macro and Investment strategist within their Asset Management business. Paras holds a BEng (hons) degree in Electronic and Communication Engineering from the Universiry of Warwick, UK and a MSc in Finance from the Warwick Business School, UK.
PARAS PATEL
INVESTMENT MANAGER - ENERGY ACCESS VENTURES
BRIAN VAN OERLE /// CEO - FIELDSTONE AFRICA INVESTMENT RESOURCES
Brian van Oerle is the Chief Executive Officer of Fieldstone Africa Investment Resources (FAIR), the project development subsidiary of Fieldstone Africa. FAIR partners with developers across the African continent to co-develop projects and drive them through to realisation. Brian has taken the lead in establishing FAIR as a strong market player, developing a pipeline of projects and working toward closing the first transactions.

Brian has over 10 years of experience in the African energy sector developing projects, advising private clients and working with various government entities across the energy sector, actively developing and promoting IPPs and clean energy industries.

Prior to joining Fieldstone, Brian was a Director at the project development company Prana Energy where he was responsible for the development of a large portfolio of renewable energy, co-generation and thermal energy projects. Brian previously worked in Africa, the Middle East and Asia in infrastructure and energy intensive industries. Brian is a qualified Mechanical Engineer with an MBA from the University of Cape Town.
BRIAN VAN OERLE
CEO - FIELDSTONE AFRICA INVESTMENT RESOURCES