Charlotte Aubin-Kalaidjian has 20 years of experience in environmental and infrastructure investment and financial asset management, including 8 years dedicated to international and Sub-Saharan Africa renewable energy.
She is founder and CEO of GreenWish, a pioneer of renewable energy development and investment in Sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2014, GreenWish successfully raised $270 million equity, set-up of a team of 24 members with offices in France, Ireland, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria and completed the development, financing and commissioning of the first solar Independent Power Producer in West Africa, the 20 MW Senergy 2 solar PV project. GreenWish today has over 300 MW of projects in advanced development and a pipeline of projects of 1 GW.
Charlotte is former Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Investment Management, where she she built the French and Swiss activities up to a multi-billion dollar asset level and developed a vast experience in project structuring and management, business strategy, team management as well as capital raising across different asset classes like infrastructure, private equity, cleantech, venture capital, agroforestry and real estate.
She is committed to Women empowerment and Climate change. She is Board Member of Women in Africa Initiative and jury member of the Africa Energy Generation Prize.
Chris has 17 years of combined experience in developing markets, especially in Africa and the Middle East
Before joining GreenWish, he was Managing Director for MEA at Cambridge Clean Energy, a distributed power and energy business focusing on Telecoms, Commercial Buildings and Micro Solar Grids
He is an experienced entrepreneur with stints in two successful start-ups in telecoms and the ESCO business. In 2007 he joined a start-up equipment trading company, GSM Systems, and contributed to build the operation from the ground up to 50 employees strong, effectively doubling its size and global reach, and led its expansion into a services business in EMEA markets
In 2010 he co-founded Clean Power Systems, offering viable turnkey solutions for mobile operators through partnerships with clean energy manufacturers
Chris’ previous experience includes 9 years trading commodities (with a focus on tea) on five continents. He became the youngest general manager in James Finlay & Co’s 250-year history (largest independent tea trader in the world)
Jean Marie has over 40 years in Telecom Industry globally.
He held COO and CTIO positions with France Telecom / Orange for 40 years covering subsidiaries in Africa & the Middle East and 3 years at group level in Paris.
He was a key member of the development of Solar strategy on towers from 2005
He has strong operational experience in optimising OpEx and operational efficiencies.
He successfully led the merger and swap of Orange networks in DRC by Huawei
Charles has over 10 years of experience in corporate and projects finance in the renewable energy and telecom infrastructure sectors.
Former strategic finance manager for Helios Towers Africa in charge of financial structuring, equity and debt raise and financial planning.
Former Chief Financial Officer of Helios Towers DRC.
He has experience in power & renewables : CFO of a hydro power development and investment vehicle and Director for a Financial Advisory firm focused on renewable energy investment and financing.
Investment & Finance
Sarah joined GreenWish Partners as an Associate in January 2017.
She has a 4-year experience in developing public infrastructure in France and the Middle East & Africa region, working from both the public and private sector perspective. She performed economic and financial feasibility studies of water and energy projects for governments and multilateral institutions, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa, working for Artelia. Previously, as a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Project Manager for Bouygues Energies & Services, she was in charge of designing competitive PPP answers for tenders for public buildings in France. She also completed an internship at the Economic Department of the French Embassy in Damascus, Syria and is actively involved in the implementation of charity actions aiming at electrifying health facilities with solar technology.
Sarah holds a Master’s degree in Management from ESSEC in Paris, France, and a Master in International and Public Affairs from Columbia University in New York, United States.
Technical & Asset Management
Since 2009 Mamadou has been involved in the emerging African renewable energy industry. He created and managed SPEC, the first solar PV panel African manufacturing company based in Senegal. Mamadou further participated in a number of studies for the installation of solar projects in Senegal, Mali, Gambia, Chad, Guinea, Benin, Guinea Bissau and others. He originated the first solar public-lighting project in Dakar. Prior to joining GreenWish, he led the development of a 50 MW solar PV project in Mali for R20.
He has 20 years of prior experience in a variety of sectors including insurance, banking and the automotive industry, in both Senegal and France, working in diverse positions such as IT Director, Finance Director and Managing Director.
Mamadou has a Management degree from Dakar, an MBA from the University of Québec in Canada and a Computer Science Diploma from the Ecole Supérieure d’Informatique in Paris.
Claude a rejoint GreenWish Partners en Octobre 2017 pour gérer les Ressources Humaines et l’Administratif.
Elle dispose de 6 ans d’expérience en management de transition au sein de pme/tpe et près de 15 ans d’expérience en qualité de Directrice Administrative et Financière ainsi que Directrice des Ressources Humaines chez différents groupes tel que Squad International et Nouveau Siècle S.A. Chez Folli Follie S.A, en tant que Directrice Générale, Claude était en charge notamment de la direction, la gestion, les Ressources Humaines, entre autres procédures internes.
Claude est titulaire d’un DESS de Gestion des Entreprises de l’IAE de Paris Panthéon Sorbonne.
Paulo Gomes is a global business leader, active environmentalist and a key political actor in Guinea Bissau.
He has served at the World Bank Group as an Executive Director where he represented 24 Sub-Saharan African countries. He led major programs in addition to initiating several innovative competitiveness programs during his term on the Board.
Paulo led the preparation of key strategic studies and helped undertake the National Prospective Studies, which developed the “Djitu Ten” scenarios and vision for Guinea Bissau. He was a member of the Presidential Task Force for Acceleration of NEPAD Projects in West Africa.
Paulo initiated the Bissau Economic Forum, a bi-annual discussion and investment forum on cooperation and the economic transformation of Guinea-Bissau with all stakeholders from civil society, private sector and the government.
He founded Paulo Gomes and Partners, a strategic and investment firm focused on a high level limited set of clients. He has a strong network of alliances with private equity and sovereign funds as well as family offices.
Paulo is engaged in several organizations, including the Green Climate Fund. He is also a senior advisor to PIL Group.
Hassan Ba previously worked in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in New-York. He then joined the Senegalese President as an advisor in charge of communication and international themes. He took the lead in organizing the NEPAD Summit around the private sector.
He is currently Advisor, in charge of Africa, for the President of OCP Group, the worldwide leader in phosphate fertilizers. He is in charge of partnership development in Africa, especially with major African groups such as Dangote, Yara, etc.
Hassan Ba co-founded many civil associations acting in favour of women empowerment (ONG FAS), tackling climate change (R20) and supporting young African entrepreneurs (Africa 2.0).
Ellie holds a number of positions across both the public and private sector, with a focus on telecommunications and commercialisation of new technologies. These include looking after Wi-Fi strategy for Liquid Telecom Group, technology solution design for Connect Earth, strategic advisor for connectivity and digital for GreenWish Partners, and as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The former Chairperson of the Wireless Access Providers’ Association of South Africa (WAPA), Ellie also volunteers in the policy and industry development space.
Her specific areas of interest and expertise are identifying new ideas and the commercial modelling and technical assessment required to deliver on those ideas. She holds an MBA from Babson College (ranked number one in the USA for entrepreneurship for 25 consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report).