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
DAVID RUSSELL /// PARTNER & GROUP CEO - EQUIS
Mr Russell is a founding Partner and Group CEO of Equis, Asia’s largest independent infrastructure private equity manager, with over 600 professionals employed across 15 offices in the Asia-Pacific. Mr Russell has 24 years of Asia-Pacific infrastructure experience having as CEO raised, managed and invested over US$5 billion of equity for some of Asia-Pacific’s largest regional and country specific (China, Japan and South Korea) independent and institutional infrastructure funds. Prior to Equis, Mr Russell was Macquarie Group’s Asia based Senior Managing Director and Head of Greater China and Asian Private Equity. Prior to Macquarie, Mr. Russell was an energy and utilities lawyer with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in the United States and Minter Ellison in Australia.
Mr Russell is also the Executive Chairman of Equis Energy, Asia’s largest renewable energy independent power producer (IPP). In October 2017, Equis and Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) announced the sale of 100% of Equis Energy to a GIP led consortium for USD5.0 billion (including assumed liabilities of USD1.3bn). The transaction was the largest renewable energy generation acquisition in history and is scheduled to financially close in January 2018.
Mr. Russell holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Monash University and is admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia.
DAVID RUSSELL
PARTNER & GROUP CEO /// EQUIS
CHRISTIANA FIGUERES /// FORMER EXECUTIVE SECRETARY - UNFCCC & COVENOR - MISSION 2020
Christiana Figueres is a world authority on global climate change and was the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC from 2010-2016.
Ms. Figueres is currently Vice-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, ClimateWorks Board Member, World Bank Climate Leader, Senior Fellow for Conservation International, ACCIONA Board Member, The B Team Leader, WRI Board Member, Economic Council member for the Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health, Leadership Council Member for The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, and Mission2020 Convenor.
During her tenure at the UNFCCC Ms. Figueres brought together national and sub-national governments, corporations and activists, financial institutions and communities of faith, think tanks and technology providers, NGOs and parliamentarians, to jointly deliver the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, in which 195 sovereign nations agreed on a collaborative path forward to limit future global warming to below 2C. The agreement entered into force in less than a year, breaking the record of the UN. For this achievement Ms. Figueres has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy.
In addition to her remarkable diplomatic achievements over the past 20 years, she served as Director of Renewable Energy in the Americas (REIA) and in 1995 founded the non-profit Center for Sustainable Development of the Americas (CSDA), which she directed for eight years.
CHRISTIANA FIGUERES
FORMER EXECUTIVE SECRETARY - UNFCCC & COVENOR - MISSION 2020
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
ATO GYASI /// SENIOR DIRECTOR INVESTMENTS GROUP - AFC
Ato is Senior Director, Investments Group at the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), a multilateral specialist infrastructure financing institution headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. Prior to this, Ato was Co-Head of Investment Banking at Rand Merchant Bank Nigeria. His investment banking, deal making and management experience spans many African countries including South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Angola. Ato has been involved in various award-winning transactions such as Azura IPP (Nigeria), Cenpower IPP (Ghana), Eskom Kusile Power Plant (South Africa), Angola Domestic Submarine Cable (Angola), Tema Port Expansion (Ghana) and the Lekki -Epe Expressway (Nigeria).
ATO GYASI
SENIOR DIRECTOR INVESTMENTS GROUP /// AFC
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
SUMEET THAKUR /// GLOBAL HEAD OF POWER - IFC
Sumeet Thakur is Global Head of Power and Renewables for IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. IFC’s US$6 billion debt and equity portfolio in these sectors, includes over 100 companies in 57 countries. Prior to his current assignment, Sumeet was the South Asia Head of Infrastructure for IFC based in New Delhi. This followed an earlier assignment with IFC in Hong Kong - as the Subnational Head for Asia and Africa.
SUMEET THAKUR
GLOBAL HEAD OF POWER /// IFC
ROLAKE AKINKUGBE /// HEAD ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES - FBN MERCHANT BANK
An emerging, young thought-leader in the African energy space, Rolake heads the energy and natural resources division at FBN Merchant Bank, the investment banking subsidiary of Nigeria’ largest financial services group, FBN Holdings Plc. She overseas and manages key sector relationships for FBN Merchant Bank, helping to raise and structure funding solutions for corporates in energy across equity, debt and other financial products. In May 2017, she was appointed as an advisory member of the Board of Economists in the Office of the Vice President of Nigeria, working closely with the Chief Economic Adviser to the President, and supporting Nigeria's economic management team and the VP’s office on a range of sector, macro-economic and national development policy issues.
Prior to FBN Merchant Bank, Rolake was for more than 3 years head of the energy research team at pan-African Ecobank, based in their London office. She managed Ecobank’s research output across the energy industry value chain, covering a wide range of energy products and industry players across 33 African countries.
ROLAKE AKINKUGBE
HEAD ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES /// FBN MERCHANT BANK
INDERPREET WADHWA /// CHAIRMAN & CEO - AZURE POWER
Inderpreet Wadhwa is one of the most prominent thought leaders in the Indian solar industry. A renewable energy enthusiast with more than 20 years of experience in technology and infrastructure businesses, Inderpreet founded Azure Power in 2008. Through his work, he strives to have a direct and positive social impact in terms of improving the quality of life in rural India. Prior to founding Azure Power, Inderpreet served as a vice president of Loyalty Lab and as a senior director of Oracle Corporation. Additionally, Inderpreet has been a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG) to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Inderpreet received his bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering in 1994 from Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjab, India. He also graduated from Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley in 2002.
INDERPREET WADHWA
CHAIRMAN & CEO /// AZURE POWER
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
FREDERIK VAN PALLANDT /// DIRECTOR ENERGY DEPARTMENT - FMO
Mr Frederik van Pallandt is Manager at the Energy Department of FMO. FMO (the Netherlands Development Finance Company) is the Dutch development bank. We support sustainable private sector growth in developing and emerging markets by investing in ambitious entrepreneurs. We believe a strong private sector leads to economic and social development, empowering people to employ their skills and improve their quality of life. At FMO, Frederik manages a team of investment professionals responsible for the structuring and supervision of debt investments in the energy sector in Asia, Easter Europe and Central Asia. Main focus is on renewable energy projects. Frederik joined FMO in 2005. Prior to FMO, he held positions at the World Bank Group and various international commercial banks. Frederik holds Master degrees in Economics and Philosophy.
FREDERIK VAN PALLANDT
DIRECTOR ENERGY DEPARTMENT /// FMO
OLIVER HERZOG /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - ENERPARC AG
Oliver is responsible for lead generation and deal making in international Markets. Open-minded and solution orientated professional with more than ten years of project development (greenfield to project sale) and business development experience in different positions; successful execution of various RE projects (particularly wind and PV) in Europe and Asia, thorough understanding of the European and Asian RE market, broad network, entrepreneurial attitude.
OLIVER HERZOG
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// ENERPARC AG
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
ANDREW JOHNSTONE /// CEO - CLIMATE FUND MANAGERS
Andrew is CEO of Climate Fund Managers, the manager of Climate Investor One, an end-to-end financing solution for renewable energy projects in emerging markets. He is also the founder of Phoenix Infraworks, a business established to mobilise capital into climate and infrastructural outcomes in effective and innovative ways.
Andrew’s background spans 20 years of infrastructure investments in Africa and Asia, and incorporates deal structuring, equity investments and business establishment. Prior to Phoenix, Andrew was the CEO of Africa Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) for 13 years, and the Chairman of Macquarie Africa from 2008 to 2014.
ANDREW JOHNSTONE
CEO /// CLIMATE FUND MANAGERS
CLAUS-HENNING SCHMIDT /// SR. VP PROJECT FINANCE - SCATEC SOLAR
Claus-Henning Schmidt has more than 13 years experience in Renewable Energy financing. Since 2009, he works for Scatec Solar ASA in Oslo-Norway. As Senior Vice President Project Finance, Claus-Henning Schmidt is responsible for Project Finance global in the Scatec group.
Before joining Scatec Solar, he worked as Project Finance Manager at UmweltBank AG, Germany – one of the pioneer lending institutions for Solar, Wind and Bioenergy in Germany.
Claus-Henning Schmidt has a Business degree and PhD from University of Freiburg, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources in Germany.
CLAUS-HENNING SCHMIDT
SR. VP PROJECT FINANCE /// SCATEC SOLAR
JUAN RODRIGUEZ /// FOUNDER & CEO - KINGO ENERGY
Founder and CEO; Launched Kingo Energy in 2013. Kingo provides a distributed renewable electricity service that has become a scalable solution to one of the grandest challenges facing humanity: ENERGY. The company’s vision is to reach 100 million homes by 2035, making it the largest electric utility in HISTORY.
Kingo has experienced a dramatic growth over the last 2.5 years in the off-grid sector, going from a 450 home pilot in January 2015, to 50,000 homes as of December 2017. Still, 17% of the world’s population lacks access to power. These 1.2 billion people pay for the most expensive energy substitutes (candles/kerosene/diesel), making solar here more affordable vs. any other market in the economy. The Company is on a successful path to positively impact 200,000 households by 2018, and has already raised capital to execute a strategic plan to reach 1 million homes by 2020.
Kingo’s mission is to turn lives ON. By pulling the curve of innovation, Kingo has set itself as a trailblazer in the evolution of the world’s energy consumption. Join us, and let’s turn lives ON together!
Juan Fermín has been named 2011 Schwabb Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year Runner up; 2011 Agora Partnerships Fellow; 2012 Unreasonable Institute Fellow; 2013 Young Manager of the Year by the Guatemalan Manager Association; 2013 Forbes Nominee ’30 Under 30’ Publication; 2014 MIT's 30 Top Innovators under 35 in Central America.
JUAN RODRIGUEZ
FOUNDER & CEO /// KINGO ENERGY
PAWAN AGRAWAL /// SR. PRESIDENT & DY. HEAD CORPORATE FINANCE - YES BANK
Pawan is Senior President & Dy. Head - Corporate Finance, YES Bank and is leading Infrastructure Finance practise for YES Bank for Northern and Eastern India. He has more than 17 years of experience in credit, structured finance and project finance and has expertise in managing and leading complex project financing transactions and brings strategic inputs to facilitate the entire process leading upto timely financial closure.
In particular, Pawan has been leading YES Bank’s initiatives in Infrastructure Financing and Policy advocacy and has been deeply engaged with various infrastructure ministries on behalf of YES Bank.
Pawan has been a regular speaker at various national and international forums on issues concerning several sectors including Energy, Railways, Aviation, Manufacturing, Cement, etc. organized by CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM, PHD Chambers, Indian Chambers of Commerce, India Infrastructure, Infraline Energy, UBM, MNRE, TERI, etc.
PAWAN AGRAWAL
SR. PRESIDENT & DY. HEAD CORPORATE FINANCE /// YES BANK
TAKEHIRO KAWAHARA /// FRONTIER POWER SR. ASSOCIATE - BNEF
Takehiro joined Bloomberg New Energy Finance in December 2012. After engaging in analysis for Japan’s renewable energy sector, he joined the Frontier Power team in February 2017. The team covers off-grid and weak-grid energy sector in emerging countries, including micro-grids, solar-diesel hybrids, captive generation, and portable and short-term energy. He has worked on energy for telecom towers. Takehiro also gave presentations in several events such as Off-Grid Power Conference in Intersolar Europe.
Prior to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Takehiro completed a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science at Lund University in Sweden, and worked in Japan Science and Technology Agency.
TAKEHIRO KAWAHARA
FRONTIER POWER SR. ASSOCIATE /// BNEF
VAHID FOTUHI /// MANAGING DIRECTOR PROJECT ORIGINATION - ACCESS POWER MEA
Vahid Fotuhi is Director of Origination at Access Power MEA, a Dubai-based power project developer focused on bringing to life early-stage renewable energy projects in Africa. The firm currently has $500 million in assets under management and is active in 15 countries across Africa. Vahid Fotuhi is also the Founder of the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA), the largest solar trade organization in the Middle East & North Africa region with over 100 corporate and government members. From 2009 until 2012, Vahid was the regional director for BP Solar Middle East, the region’s largest off-grid solar PV systems provider. Prior to that, Vahid lived in Algeria where he led Government Affairs for BP’s oil & gas division. Previously, Vahid held senior level roles with Energy Intelligence, World Economic Forum and Transparency International. Vahid has 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 PROJECT ORIGINATION /// ACCESS POWER MEA
DOMINIEK DECONINCK /// MANAGER - ELECTRIFI
Dominiek Deconinck joined the EDFI Management Company in May 2017 in the position of Facility Manager for ElectriFI. ElectriFI or the Electrification Financing Initiative is a EUR 200 million investment facility funded by the European Commission and with a contribution by Power Africa. ElectriFI invests in early-stage, private companies active in the access to energy space in emerging countries and making use of renewable energy sources and technologies. Investment prospects are offering the perspective of a financially sustainable business, are preferably scalable and focus on rural, underserved areas. ElectriFI pursues several impact indicators including amongst others new connections and added and more reliable power supply. Dominiek Deconinck brings near to 20 years of impact investments experience. Prior to joining, he spent about 9 years at Incofin Investment Management as the Executive Director Private Equity and Chief Investment Officer for Africa and the CEE-NIS region, where he was responsible for a portfolio of over EUR 200 Million in investments in financial institutions in emerging countries. Prior, he worked for 12 years in the sector of renewable energy and environmental technologies, principally as an equity investor in European cleantech companies and renewable energy projects. Dominiek holds a master in Commercial Engineering and in Applied Economic Sciences from the University of Antwerp, Belgium.
DOMINIEK DECONINCK
MANAGER /// ELECTRIFI
MICHAEL GERA /// MANAGING PARTNER & CO-FOUNDER - ENERGY ACCESS VENTURES
Michael is a proven senior executive with over 20 years of professional experience, marked by a trend of progressive positions in various industries. For Michael EAV means being able to share his love for technology and Africa with first-class entrepreneurs. An entrepreneur by nature, Michael has been able to build a successful track record as a venture capitalist and has had hands-on operating and fields’ experience.
Michael’s career started in academia in the UK and then moved on to software engineering in Germany. He then relocated to Merril Lynch’s investment Banking Division before deciding to endeavouring to join Pond Venture Partners – an early-stage Silicon Valley and Europe-based venture firm.
Michael is a consummate executive and has leveraged his expertise for a number of diverse organisations. He was the interim CEO of two companies in Africa – one in Mozambique, and the other in Uganda – before moving to Nairobi to become the CEO of Africa Legal Network.
A passionate investment manager, Michael returned to venture investing with EAV. He holds a BSc and PhD in Computer Science from Imperial College in London and an MBA from INSEAD. He is multilingual and speaks: English, Italian, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Maltese and Spanish fluently.
MICHAEL GERA
MANAGING PARTNER & CO-FOUNDER /// ENERGY ACCESS VENTURES
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
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
SEAN KIDNEY /// CEO - CLIMATE BONDS INITIATIVE
Sean Kidney is the CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international NGO working to mobilize debt capital markets for climate solutions.
Projects include a green bond definitions and certification scheme with $34 trillion of assets represented on its Board and some 200 organizations involved in its development and governance; developing green securitization as a response to aggregation challenges in emerging markets; working with the Chinese central bank on how to grow green bonds in China; a Green Infrastructure Investment Coalition; and market development programs in India, Brazil, Mexico and East Africa. Sean has also been a consultant on green bonds to the United Nations Secretary General and was a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Expert Committee on Climate Finance. He was previously an award-winning marketing advisor to a number of the largest Australian pension funds and a social marketer and publisher.
SEAN KIDNEY
CEO /// CLIMATE BONDS INITIATIVE
FRANCK CONSTANT /// CEO - CONSTANT ENERGY
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FRANCK CONSTANT
CEO /// CONSTANT ENERGY
GUSTAVO CALDERÓN /// SR GREEN LOAN OFFICER - BANCO PROMERICA COSTA RICA
Mr. Gustavo Calderon is the senior green loan officer at Banco Promerica Costa Rica. The bank developed a green credit program to finance energy efficient and renewable energy projects, which primary goal is to reduce CO2 emissions and environmental impact. He has more than 12 years of experience in banking, attending sme´s and corporate clients. Créditos Verdes is “An innovative and responsible way to develop sustainable organizations”. Promerica is working on becoming a pro-sustainable bank, increasing its contribution to the United Nations sustainable development goals; by preaching with the example and providing financial services to potentiate a new model of doing green businesses. Its goal for 2018 is to establish and impact measurement tool.
GUSTAVO CALDERÓN
SR GREEN LOAN OFFICER /// BANCO PROMERICA COSTA RICA
RAJESH HEMNANI /// INVESTMENT MANAGER - CDC
Rajesh is an Investment Manager in the Impact Accelerator Team of CDC.
Rajesh has a decade of investment experience in emerging markets across energy, transport, education & healthcare sectors.
Prior to joining CDC, Rajesh was a Senior Associate with IDFC Capital Singapore, an investment manager for a US$ 900m Infrastructure focused fund. As an investment professional with IDFC, he invested and managed a portfolio aggregating to US$ 200m across energy, waste management & transportation sectors.
Rajesh is a CFA Charterholder, which was awarded by the CFA Institute, USA. He holds an MBA from a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from University of Delhi.
RAJESH HEMNANI
INVESTMENT MANAGER /// CDC
ABRAHAM CAMBRIDGE /// FOUNDER CEO - THE SUN EXCHANGE
Abraham Cambridge is a British born solar entrepreneur and disruptive technologist and has established multiple businesses and projects around the world that use solar energy as a means for creating positive change. In 2010 he pioneered utility-scale solar in Britain and in 2012 one of his businesses, The Renewable Energy Co-operative, was nominated 'International Co-operative of The Year' in the United Nations Year of Co-operatives. Abe now lives in Africa, a continent rich in sunlight but poor in energy and from where in 2014 he launched the world’s first blockchain based solar finance company, The Sun Exchange.
ABRAHAM CAMBRIDGE
FOUNDER CEO /// THE SUN EXCHANGE
FELICE ZACCHEO /// HEAD OF UNIT SUSTAINABLE ENERGY & CLIMATE CHANGE - DG DEVCO EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Mr Felice Zaccheo has over 25 years’ experience in international cooperation and development. He started his professional career in the field as responsible for a rural development project in Ethiopia. He has been project manager and adviser for several development projects financed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affair in Peru, Tanzania, Tunisia and Nicaragua. Mr Zaccheo joined the European Commission in 1997 at the Food and Veterinary office in Dublin. He moved back to Africa in 1999, as Head of Rural Development for the EU Delegation in Nigeria. Among other tasks, he was responsible for rural development micro-projects in the Niger Delta. In 2003-2007 he was Head of Rural Development for the EU Delegation in Jamaica. One of his main tasks was the execution of development projects in the Caribbean, including Jamaica and Belize. As from 2007 he works in the European Commission Headquarters in Brussels. Since 2016 he has been the Head of Unit for Sustainable Energy and Climate Change in the Directorate for Planet and Prosperity at DEVCO.
FELICE ZACCHEO
HEAD OF UNIT SUSTAINABLE ENERGY & CLIMATE CHANGE /// DG DEVCO EUROPEAN COMMISSION
ANIL RAJ /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - OMC POWER
Anil is a veteran of the telecom industry with roots tracing back to the earliest days of mobile telecom. Anil was the start-up CEO of Hutchison in India and launched the country’s very first mobile network. He started his career at Ericsson where he held a number of senior management positions in Sweden and in Asia Pacific.
As Head of Ericsson’s Smartphone Business Unit, he was responsible for launching the world’s first smartphone and first Bluetooth product. He also headed Ericsson’s companies in India and Indonesia establishing the company as the market leader. While at Ericsson, he also spearhead the merger of Ericsson’s and Sony’s handset businesses into Sony Ericsson and went on to forge the Symbian initiative where he also served as Chairman.
ANIL RAJ
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// OMC POWER
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
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
MANUEL CABRERIZO /// PARTNER - 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
PARTNER /// VOLTIQ
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
YURI VAN GEEST /// AUTHOR OF 'EXPONENTIAL ORGANIZATIONS'
Yuri van Geest is specialized in Singularity and future visions/trends. He wrote Exponential Organizations, together with Salim Ismail in 2014. In the same year he organized the first Dutch Singularity Summit in Amsterdam.
YURI VAN GEEST
AUTHOR OF 'EXPONENTIAL ORGANIZATIONS'
MICHELLE DAVIES /// PARTNER - EVERSHEDS SUTHERLAND
Michelle is one of the leading advisers globally in the renewables sector. Under her leadership, the Eversheds Sutherland Clean Energy team has advised on over 40GW of clean energy projects. This has granted her industry recognition including being listed as a leader in renewables by 'The Lawyer Hot 100 Lawyers’, being named Solar Woman of the Year for MENA in 2014 and 2015 by the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA), being invited to the UK Government’s POWERful Women Group and named for the last 3 years as being one of the top 100 people in global wind power by ‘A Word About Wind’. She is on the Advisory Boards of the Climate Change Initiative, BPVA, MESIA and other key bodies.
Michelle advises across all renewable technologies including offshore and onshore wind, biomass, solar, hydro and biofuels, specialising in strategic advisory, M&A, equity raising and investments. Michelle's clients range from utilities to IPPs, private equity and infrastructure funds, institutional investors, banks and Governments.
Michelle advises Governments around the world on renewable policy. Most recently she has collaborated with the IFC in Pakistan, Egypt and Southeast Asia but she has also supported the renewable authorities of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines and Iran and is currently assisting in Algeria, helping them in the early stages of policy framework structuring. These engagements have been on a pro-bono basis to help develop markets and their global investment profile.
MICHELLE DAVIES
PARTNER /// EVERSHEDS SUTHERLAND
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 235 MW project portfolio in Nigeria as well as in numerous other sub-Saharan markets.
With 17 years in Investment Banking 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
ROBERT VOSKUILEN /// SR INVESTMENT OFFICER - FMO
Robert Voskuilen is a Senior Investment Officer of FMO. His fields of specialism are project finance, private equity and mezzanine investments in private sector infrastructure & (renewable) energy projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
He’s an Energy Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the banking industry. Skilled in Financial Structuring, Energy, Corporate Finance, Banking, and Renewable Energy. Strong finance professional with a drs / MSc focused in Business Administration from RSM Erasmus University.
ROBERT VOSKUILEN
SR INVESTMENT OFFICER /// FMO