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)
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.
Christophe joined GreenWish Partners in August 2016 as an Analyst.
He is experienced in financial advisory and business modelling. Prior to joining GreenWish, Christophe worked as an intern for KMPG Project Finance department, where he was in charge of financial advisory for public and private clients in infrastructure projects procurement and financing in the power & utilities, transport and social infrastructure sectors in Europe and Africa. He also worked within EY’s Valuation and Business Modelling team in Paris, and in a small-business incubator in South Africa.
Christophe obtained his Master’s degree in International Development from Science Po Paris.
Alexis has been accountant for 9 years before joining GreenWish. He started his career as an accountant for a shipbuilding company and is experienced in imports procedures, investment documentation, customs duties and VAT procedures.
Alexis holds a legal certification and prepares the Chartered Accountant Diploma.
Technical & Asset Management
Maxime has 6 years of experience in the energy sector. He was a Key Account Manager of European market at EDF EN Services, specializing in operation and maintenance of large scale solar and wind power plants (105MW of wind and 346MW of solar) in Belgium and France. His clients were Capital Stage, Luxcara, DIF, EDF Lumius, Sonnedix, LNF Energy, Marguerite, etc.
He started his career as an Engineer Project Manager for solar rooftops generators at EDF ENR. He managed the northern half of the France portfolio for design and construction. From 2012 to 2014, he worked as Head of BtoB division at Windeo Green Future, (solar, wind, thermal) with products such as on-grid and off-grid solar power generators.
Maxime holds a Master’s degree of Science in Energy Engineering from EIGSI. He also graduated from ESCP-Europe where he obtained a Master’s in International Project 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.
Louis joined GreenWish Partners in October 2016, and develops Last Mile Projects.
Prior to joining GreenWish, Louis has held analytical and operational positions: Business Analyst within the French Economic Mission in Moscow, Analyst supporting Areva’s Strategic Director during a restructuration period, Analyst to the CEO of a rural electrification concession in Eastern Senegal. In parallel with his work, Louis has been a coach and mathematics teaching assistant for Bachelor students. He is passionate about new technologies and their application in the field of social entrepreneurship and poverty alleviation.
Louis holds a Master’s degree in Sustainability and Social Innovation from HEC Paris, a Bachelor Degree in Applied Mathematics from Paris Sorbonne University. He is HEC Foundation’s Laureate in 2016 for his work concerning rural value chains’ development in parallel with decentralised electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Arina has joined Greenwish Partners in April 2016 as an Administrative Assistant. She worked at the Foreign Relations Committee in Saint-Petersburg City’s Administration in Russia and at the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Strasbourg. She has more than 2 years of experience in administrative management.
She graduated from the Institute of European Studies of Paris 8 University, where she obtained her Master’s degree in International Relations. She also graduated from the Institute of International and Strategic Relations (IRIS) where she specialized on geo-strategic energy issues.
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).