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.
Gilles brings 11 years of experience in infrastructure and energy sectors with an extensive track record in principal investing, project finance and M&A advisory, deal structuring and asset management.
He started his career at the IFC on environmental project development in Africa; joined the project finance department of Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking and moved in 2008 in the advisory branch of Macquarie. Prior to joining GreenWish, he had been investment director for 5 years at the infrastructure fund of French State-owned Caisse des Dépôts (CDC).
Over his various experiences, he has been involved in multiple international transactions from transportation to energy with a focus in the recent years on renewable energy (solar, biomass and geothermal). He has been responsible for €250m+ equity investment in infrastructure and renewable energy assets.
Gilles holds an MBA from ESSEC Business School and has a Master’s in Business Law from Université Paris-2 Assas.
Kader is a senior infrastructure finance specialist with more than 12 years of experience in infrastructure implementation, financing and structuring in both the North American and African markets
Before joining GreenWish, Kader was sitting on the management unit of the World Bank’s Global Infrastructure Facility as the Infrastructure Finance Lead for North, West and Central Africa
He has previously worked as Principal Investment Officer for the AfDB’s Infrastructure Finance & PPPs division, working from Tunis and Abidjan
Former experience includes Project Management positions for Bechtel and the Clark Construction Group as a professional engineer, during which he gained an extensive track record in EPC contract negotiation, implementation and management of large complex projects
Kader holds an MBA from the George Washington University, and graduated in Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Declan has more than 13 years of experience in the energy industry. He has recently worked as Commercial Director for Camborne Capital where he was in charge of the PV project portfolio in the United Kingdom.
Previously, Declan worked as Engineering & Procurement Director at Mainstream Renewable Power, where he was responsible for engineering and supply for wind and onshore solar power. Before joining Mainstream, Declan worked for 6 years for Airtricity and ESB International in multiple projects management and engineering positions in the renewable energy sector.
Declan is an accredited electrical engineer and holds a BE in Electrical Engineering of University College Cork. Declan is also a member of the Association of Chartered Management Accountants.
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)
Before joining GreenWish, Bernard was EMEA Commercial Manager at Mainstream Renewable Power with responsibility for raising all project equity and debt for Mainstream’s projects in the region.
Bernard also acted as Mainstream’s Investment Manager for Lekela Power BV, a Pan-African renewable energy joint venture between Mainstream and Actis. Bernard had responsibility for managing Mainstream’s participation in the South African Renewable Energy IPP Program, from tender submission through to Financial Close raising approx. USD1.5bn in debt and equity. During Bernard’s tenure with Mainstream, and within the framework of the SA REIPPP, Mainstream has been awarded 850MW of wind and solar PPAs, of which 320MW are in operation, 240MW under construction and the remainder pending financial close. Bernard was also actively involved in other renewable energy programs and acquisitions across the African continent.
In addition, Bernard has 6 years experience with KBC Project Finance and has been involved in numerous of infrastructure, energy and Oil & Gas projects. Bernard holds a B.Comm and an MBS from University College Cork. He is also a member of the Association of Chartered Management Accountants.
Prior to GreenWish, Tim spent 8 years with global renewable energy developer Mainstream Renewable Power, most recently as Investment Manager for Aela Energia, a joint venture with London based private equity firm, Actis. Tim worked in close ties with both CEO and CFO of Aela to set a strategic direction, establish financial reporting, cash flow management and coordination of commercial offers, reporting directly to the board of Aela.
He also led the financing of 299MW of wind projects owned by Aela. Tim held several positions within the Corporate Finance and Commercial divisions of Mainstream including a 2 year secondment to Santiago, Chile as Commercial Manager, where he led the financing of Mainstream’s first project in Latin America, a 33MW wind farm called Negrete Cuel.
Before joining Mainstream, Tim worked at PKF (now BDO) London for 4 years, with a focus on energy and natural resources oriented clients. He built and audited financial models for more than 1 GW of thermal and renewable energy projects.
In 2007, Tim qualified as a chartered accountant accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
Investment & Finance
Alan has 17 years of investment banking, development finance, and fund management experience during which he has acquired in-depth knowledge of the utility, power, and infrastructure sectors. He has closed over 15 utility-scale power transactions in developing/emerging markets and has also financed and raised funds for companies in the dynamic off-grid space.
Prior to joining GreenWish Alan was a senior advisor to public institutions and private enterprises. During this period he set up the Electrification Financing Initiative (ElectriFI) on behalf of the European Commission, carried out a study aimed at accelerating the deployment of renewable energy in Africa, led a team conducting a strategic infrastructure fund feasibility study for a West African nation, acted as financial advisor to another West African government in negotiations on a utility-scale solar PV project, and executed three solar PV financing transactions on behalf of a European DFI.
Alan was formerly COO of Meridiam Africa, Senior Investment Officer at Proparco, and Global Relationship Manager at Natixis and Barclays Capital. Prior to his career in finance Alan worked as an engineer for General Electric Aircraft Engines. Alan holds a Masters of Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle University and an MBA from HEC Paris.
Mathilde is an investment professional with 6+ years of experience in developing innovative financial solutions for environmental and social projects at Crédit Agricole CIB in Paris. Since 2010, she participated in originating, structuring and raising more than $44 Bln of Green & Sustainability Bonds (for sovereign & multilateral institutions and private companies), and more than $150+ Mln of impact investment vehicles with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.
Mathilde started her career working at Amundi Asset Management in Paris in the Socially Responsible Investment team on ESG analysis. She also completed two internships at Leapfrog Investment, the first microinsurance private equity fund in Edinburgh and in Brussels at BIO, the Belgian Investment Company for developing countries.
She holds a Master’s degree in Management from ESCP-Europe in Paris, France, and is a CFA charterholder.
Prior to joining GreenWish Partners, Chris worked within the commercial team of Mainstream Renewable Power in Dublin where he was responsible for supporting the acquisition, investment, tender and bidding appraisal activities of multi-million dollar renewable energy projects globally through financial modelling. Chris also participated in commercial negotiations and investment due diligence.
Prior to Mainstream, Chris worked as a Manager in the Corporate Finance Advisory team of Deloitte in Dublin where he was responsible for performing company and shareholder valuations and assisting on other corporate finance advisory work, including mergers, acquisitions and disposals of businesses and finance raisings for clients including debt and equity raisings. During his time at Deloitte, Chris also gained experience in the areas of investment management audits, business modelling and derivative instrument valuations.
Chris is an Associate member of Chartered Accountants Ireland (ACA) and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting and a Honours Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Diploma in Industrial Studies from University of Ulster.
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.
Joël joined GreenWish Partners as an analyst in August 2014.
Prior to joining the company, Joel completed a 6 month internship in the Corporate Acquisition Finance team of BNP Paribas where he was involved in debt structuring and restructuring operations for large and medium companies. In 2013, he was an intern for the investment team of Kallista Energy Investment, Ardian’s renewable energy platform, where he was involved in asset acquisition operations including wind and solar farms or biomass power plants.
Joel holds a Master’s degree from EM Lyon Business School.
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
Jérôme has over 7 years of experience in the solar sector. As team leader for consultancy firm 3E, he has been responsible for management and business development of the PV unit worldwide. He has been involved in defining and implementing long-term strategy, services and targets for several projects in African countries.
He has provided technical due diligence and owner’s engineering services for large photovoltaic projects, from 100 KW to 300 MW. He has performed site inspections, construction monitoring and plant acceptance tests on several large scale grid connected projects (up to 85 MWp) in several countries. Jérôme has provided technical advisory for major PV investors and financial institutions such as the IFC, AfDB, Natixis, Deutsche Bank, Engie, or Coenergy.
Jerôme graduated as an Industrial Engineer with a Master’s degree in Construction from KaHo in Ghent.
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.
Astria joined GreenWish Partners in January 2017 as Business Developer.
She is experienced in early stage renewable energy projects development in Africa. Prior to joining GreenWish, Astria worked as Director of Investment Projects for the French solar project developer Sunnvest, where she was in charge of the early stage development of PV plants in West and Central Africa (Mali and Chad). Astria is also the Founder & President of the association Energy Generation, that aims to promote and support innovation and social entrepreneurship in the energy sector throughout Africa.
Astria obtained her Master’s degree in International Public Management from Science Po Paris.
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.
Chidi is an experienced professional with a 9+ year track record in corporate relations, procurement, contract management and administration, office management, security administration, project coordination and community relations.
Since 2014 he is Manager of Corporate Relations & Facility in Nigeria for real estate developer Eagle Hills LLC (member of the EMAAR Group, Dubai), focusing on the $18 billion Centenary City Project in Abuja. Previous experience includes 5 years as Operations Coordination Support Officer for the World Bank in Abuja, and 8 years as Programme Assistant for the UNDP and the Living Earth Nigeria Foundation.
He holds a Master’s degree in Public Management from Turkish Nile University.
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.
Patrick began his career in 1973 as a senior official at the French Ministry of Economy and Finance. In 1983, he joined the private sector and became CEO of Compagnie de Suez mother company of Suez Group. There he was promoted to the Board of Directors and became group CEO in 1991. From 1983 to 1993, Patrick was also non-executive director of a number of European companies like Societe Generale de Belgique, Colonia (Germany, Mercapital (Spain), Elf Aquitaine and France Telecom. In 1993, Patrick Ponsolle left Suez to become Co-Chairman and then executive chairman of Eurotunnel.
In 2001, Patrick became Vice-President of Morgan Stanley International and Chairman of Morgan Stanley France. In 2011, he joined Rothschild as Vice President Europe. Patrick is a member of the Supervisory Board of PAI.
Jean-Louis began his career in 1971 with Pechiney where he served as Director of Corporate Finance, then Group Chief Financial Officer and finally Group Deputy C.E.O and Head of the Packaging Division. He was in charge of numerous project financing in multiple countries (including Cameroun, Guinea and Ivory Coast), implying complex negotiations with major International Banks and Development Financial Institutions for the financing of these projects and with National Utilities of these countries for obtaining long term electricity contracts.
He left Pechiney in 1992 and served as a senior partner of Rothschild and Co, then BZW (Barclays Group) and finally Indosuez as Head of the Investment Banking Division for Asia-Pacific. In 1998, he joined France Telecom as Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer.
From 2003 to 2014, Jean-Louis Vinciguerra was Senior Financial Advisor to the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), and has been a member of the Investment Advisory Boards to the President of Mali and to the President of Burkina Faso between 2009 and 2013.
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).
Romain has 20 years of professional experience in international business development, with expertise in the telecommunications sector for both B2B and B2C.
He was Chief Commercial Officer for IHS Nigeria, implementing sales & marketing strategy and setting-up commercial plans, teams and processes. He has also worked for IHS Group as Business Development Director, negotiating and closing acquisition deals of MTN and Orange passive infrastructure in Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire.
Romain previously held different business development and strategy positions for Orange/France Telecom in Western Europe; he also planned and managed the launch phase of a third mobile operator in Iran. He has had various financial roles for Alcatel in Colombia, Thailand, and Bangladesh.
Romain holds a Master’s degree in Management from Institut Supérieur de Gestion (ISG) in Paris, France, and graduated from the Executive MBA program at EM-Lyon (France) and Cranfield University (UK).