AMY HERMAN /// PRESIDENT - THE ART OF PERCEPTION
Amy Herman is a lawyer and art historian who uses works of art to systematically sharpen observation, analysis, and communication skills. By showing people how to look closely at painting, sculpture, photography, she helps them hone their visual intelligence to recognize the most pertinent and useful information as well as recognize biases that impede professional conduct. She developed her Art of Perception seminar in 2000 to improve medical students’ observation and communication skills with their patients when she was the Head of Education at The Frick Collection in New York City. She subsequently adapted the program and works internationally with a wide range of professionals from the New York City Police Department, the French National Police, the FBI, Interpol, the Department of Defense, the State Department, Fortune 500 companies, the military, and the intelligence community. She will present the relevance of visual literacy across the professional spectrum and demonstrate how the analysis of works of art affords the participants in her program an innovative way to refresh their sense of critical inquiry and reconsider the skills necessary for improved performance and effective leadership. The program has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Smithsonian Magazine, among others. Ms. Herman holds an A.B., a J.D., and an M.A. in art history. Her book, Visual Intelligence, was published in May 2016.
AMY HERMAN
PRESIDENT /// THE ART OF PERCEPTION
JEREMY LEGGETT /// FOUNDER - SOLARCENTURY
Social entrepreneur Jeremy, author of The Energy of Nations, The Carbon War and Half Gone, is founder and non-executive chairman of Solarcentury and founder and chairman of SolarAid, an African solar lighting charity set up with Solarcentury profits. Described by the Observer as 'Britain's most respected green energy boss,' he writes and blogs for the Guardian, the Financial Times, and Sublime Magazine. He was the first Hillary Laureate for International Leadership on Climate Change, a CNN Principal Voice, and Entrepreneur of the Year at the New Energy Awards. He is on the associate faculties, lecturing in business and environment, at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and St Gallen.
JEREMY LEGGETT
FOUNDER /// SOLARCENTURY
TAS ANVARIPOUR /// GLOBAL PARTNER - ABRAAJ GROUP
Tas Anvaripour, a Turkish-American, is a global partner at the Abraaj Group responsible for managing the energy platform. She was the Chair, Themis Infrastructure before its integration within the Abraaj Group. She also served as the interim CEO of Africa50, Africa’s newest infrastructure delivery initiative. Previously, she was the Director of Business Development at the African Development where she had led the design, structuring, fund raising and establishment of Africa50 among other initiatives. She was instrumental in designing, structuring, developing a fund raising strategy for Africa50 including securing a ground breaking capitalization of USD 830 million. Prior to this position she was the Head for Private Infrastructure Finance, a position which she kept for 4 years, where she was in charge of the Bank’s private sector investments in the Energy, Transport, Water, and ICT sectors. Tas honed her deal origination and portfolio management skills at the Asian Development Bank, Manila, Arthur Andersen LLP, New York and PriceWaterHouse Coopers, Chicago. She has 27 years of industry experience, including 10 in public sector finance in Asia and 17 in corporate and project finance in Africa and North America. In the past ten years, she has invested in 6 billion dollars facilitating over 30 billion dollars in infrastructure investments in key emerging markets. Her tireless energy and strong character have rendered her a game changer with an important track-record bringing progress and opportunity in countries from East Asia to Southern Africa. In 2012, the African Business Magazine and the Commonwealth Business Council nominated Tas as one of the Top 5 Most Outstanding Women of the Year at the African Business Awards. Later in 2013, the investor platform “Homestrings” gave Tas the “Excellence in Development Finance” award, in recognition of her “dedication and innovative thinking in advancing development finance in Africa”. In 2014, she was decorated as a Commander, National Order of Merit of the Republic of Ivory Coast. A World Bank Fellow, Tas holds a BSc in Finance from Ankara University in Turkey and an MA in Economics and Policy Management from Columbia University.
TAS ANVARIPOUR
GLOBAL PARTNER /// ABRAAJ GROUP
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
JÜRGEN RIGTERINK /// CEO MANAGEMENT BOARD - FMO
Jürgen Rigterink was appointed CEO and Chairman of FMO’s Management Board in October 2016. Before that, he was Chief Risk & Finance Officer (2014 – 2016) and Chief Investment Officer (2008 – 2014). With an investment portfolio of over EUR 9 billion, FMO is one of the largest bilateral private sector development banks worldwide. FMO creates access to a full range of financial products and services to private sector enterprises in developing markets with a focus on financial institutions, energy, agribusiness and private equity. Through Investment Management FMO offers institutional investors access to FMO’s expertise in responsible emerging market investing.
JÜRGEN RIGTERINK
CEO MANAGEMENT BOARD /// FMO
MANUEL CABRERIZO /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - VOLTIQ
Manuel Cabrerizo has more than 20 years international experience in structured finance and investment banking gained with Voltiq and WestLB, globally. During that time he has closed more than 50 financings across sectors and jurisdictions. At Voltiq, he has been particularly active in structuring renewable energy transactions in Spain, Italy, Brazil, Chile and Panamá. He's been involved in landmark transactions such as the project financing of the 146 MWp Laberinto project in Chile's Atacama desert, closed in the summer of 2015.
MANUEL CABRERIZO
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// VOLTIQ
LINDA BROEKHUIZEN /// CIO MANAGEMENT BOARD - FMO
Linda Broekhuizen started per 2014 as Chief Investment Officer in FMO’s Management Board. In this role, she is responsible for FMO’s total investment portfolio of EUR 9.0 billion. FMO is the Dutch development bank, investing since 1970 in the private sector in developing economies in Africa, Asia and Latin America. FMO creates access to a full range of high impact financial products and services, covering inter alia loans, private equity, blended finance and capacity development. FMO’s investments focus on three sectors: Financial Institutions, Energy and Agribusiness. FMO simultaneously targets financial returns and impact returns. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are part of FMO’s core business. FMO selected three SDGs as most relevant: Decent Work and Economic Growth, Reduced Inequalities and Climate Action. Moreover, FMO has fully integrated environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) policies into every aspect of its business. Through its subsidiary FMO Investment Management, institutional investors can get access to FMO’s expertise in responsible emerging market investing.
LINDA BROEKHUIZEN
CIO MANAGEMENT BOARD /// FMO
STEFAN MÜLLER /// CO-FOUNDER & BOARD MEMBER - ENERPARC AG
Mr. Stefan Müller is the Co-founder, shareholder of Enerparc AG and since end of 2008 as a board member responsible for the international and operational business. After his diploma theses in 1992 in Solar Energy he gained international experiences in different roles for international companies in various countries and was based in India and Singapore. Enerparc is an international specialist in the whole value chain of large-scale photovoltaic power plants, has 150 experienced employees with offices in Germany, India, US and a number of registered partners (Ukraine, Jordan, Egypt, Belarus and others).
STEFAN MÜLLER
CO-FOUNDER & BOARD MEMBER /// ENERPARC AG
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
RAGNAR GERIG /// DIRECTOR ENERGY - DEG
Ragnar Gerig is heading DEG's energy operations for Africa and Asia with a loan book of more than US$ 500 million. In his last position as Director Manufacturing Industry and Services he was responsible for structuring and contracting DEG's business in various industry sectors globally. From 2009 to 2013 he was leading DEG's Business Origination and Portfolio Management in Africa with investments of some US$ 1,5 billion. Before 2009 he set up DEG's syndication unit. Prior to 2006 he worked as Senior Manager on a professional exchange program with SIEMENS Financial Services in Munich being responsible for project and export finance in the telecommunication sector. Ragnar graduated from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 1996 with a diploma degree in economics.
RAGNAR GERIG
DIRECTOR ENERGY /// DEG
JAY GALLEGOS /// GENERAL DIRECTOR WIND & SOLAR - CMI ENERGÍA
Jay Gallegos is General Director – Wind and Solar at the energy unit of Corporación Multi Inversiones (CMI Energía), the leading renewable energy company in Central America. Jay’s experience spans over twenty five years in development, construction and operation of renewable power plants in USA, Europe, Africa, Asia and Central America. CMI Energía has 656 MWs in Operation (Hydro, Wind and Solar), 55 MWs in Construction and a pipeline of development projects of over 500MW.
JAY GALLEGOS
GENERAL DIRECTOR WIND & SOLAR /// CMI ENERGÍA
EDWIN KOOT /// CEO - SOLARPLAZA
Edwin founded SolarPlaza company in 2004. He is a senior PV expert and started in the photovoltaic solar energy business in 1994. He has experience as a solar energy consultant and project developer in more than 200 PV projects. Edwin holds a Masters degree in Chemical engineering and previously worked in the Chemical industry before starting his first consultancy company in PV in 1994.
EDWIN KOOT
CEO /// SOLARPLAZA
CHAD LARSON /// CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF CREDIT OFFICER - M-KOPA SOLAR
Chad is a founder of M-KOPA, and currently serves as the company’s Chief Credit Officer, having previously served as founding CFO. He began work on M-KOPA with the two other founders during pre-launch piloting in 2010, and has lived in Nairobi with his wife and three boys since the company launch in 2011.
Chad previously served as the CFO of the Africap Microfinance Investment Fund, based in Johannesburg. Prior to that, he spent 10 years in the investment banking division of Bank of America in Sydney and New York, working on fixed income, structured finance, and derivative transactions.
Chad is a CFA charterholder and holds an MBA with distinction from Oxford University.
CHAD LARSON
CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF CREDIT OFFICER /// M-KOPA SOLAR