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Akshay is responsible for the economic regulation of Great Britain’s energy networks. This includes the development of the next generation of onshore network price controls called RIIO2, the regulation of offshore transmission infrastructure, and the delivery of an ambitious cross-border interconnection programme through the cap and floor regime.
Prior to joining Ofgem, Akshay was on secondment from HM Treasury to Transport for London, where he led TfL’s work on funding transport infrastructure in London by capturing the uplift in land and property values associated with transport projects such as Barking Riverside Extension, Crossrail 2 and the Bakerloo Line Extension.
This followed a spell of five years at HM Treasury, where Akshay directed energy and transport projects for Infrastructure UK. He has been involved in the design and delivery of electricity market reform, the competition for carbon capture and storage, the development of the new nuclear energy programme, the reform of the strategic roads network and regeneration projects such as the Northern Line extension to Battersea Power Station in London.
Akshay studied economics, finance, management, and bioscience, at the London School of Economics, the universities of London and Delhi, and the Indian Institute of Management.
Terence is an experienced corporate finance professional with over 18 years of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions experience. Terence joins from the EY’s Corporate Finance Advisory team where he focused on the infrastructure space. Terence was also recently the Head of Investments at Scotia Gas Networks where he looked at investments across the utilities and transport space.
Hernan joined Actis in 2019 as part of the Energy and Infrastructure Operations team. Since joining, Hernan has been a team member on a number of Energy and Infrastructure deals and has provided support to platform management on matters, such as construction of thermal and renewables projects, acquisition due diligence and contract negotiations. Hernan also sits on the Technical Steering Committees of a number of portfolio companies, including Azura, Saavi, Atlas and Echoenergia.
Prior to joining Actis, Hernan worked at Pampa Energia for eight years, the largest integrated energy company in Argentina, where he worked as Engineering Manager for the New Ventures Department and Deputy Project Manager on several thermal and renewable power plants projects.
Hernan holds two BSc degrees with honours on Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires and an MBA with honours from the London Business School.
Leo joined the UK civil service in 2014, where he has held several roles including a period working in the office of the minister for energy and climate change. He has been with the renewable power team since 2019, where he has delivered transformational investments in the UK’s offshore wind supply chain via the Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Scheme. He now heads the Floating Wind Programme, aiming to scale up and accelerate deployment and foster the wider development of the sector in the UK.
Tim joined the business in 2012 and has more than 20 years of relevant experience. Tim is the Head of the Global Infrastructure Debt business and the portfolio manager of a number of the firm’s debt mandates. He is the Chair of the Debt Investment Committee and a member of the firm’s global Executive Committee.
Prior to joining the firm, Tim worked in senior banking roles at Westpac in Sydney and London. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Business from the University of Otago and a Master of Business Administration from the London Business School.
PhD qualified, with 17 years industry experience, Peter has pioneered a variety of tools and techniques, including Adjacent Turbine Modelling, Response Deficit Analysis, Modified Weibull Scaling, Transience Analysis for fatigue load evaluation, and digitisation of wind conditions to render them compatible with sophisticated models using scanning lidar. He is a member of the maintenance team for IEC 61400-12-1 (power performance testing), the project teams for IEC 61400-50-3 (floating lidar) and IEC 61400-15 (wind resource and site suitability assessment), the advisory board of IEA Wind Task 32 (lidar), and a variety of other industry bodies. Peter has undertaken detailed forensic analysis of GWs of wind assets, from individual turbines to utility scale installations, both onshore and offshore, and strongly advocates integrated digital workflows with unified data requirements for the earliest possible access to the best possible insights, to support through-life optimisation and allow the visibility and mitigation of risk.
Marie Espitalier-Noel is Funding and Financing Manager at Hydrogen Europe. She is in charge of monitoring funding opportunities, improving the bankability of low carbon hydrogen projects throughout the value chain, and fostering private investment in hydrogen projects. She is a Board member at the African Hydrogen Partnership. Prior to joining HE, Marie worked as Senior Associate for a CVC fund within which she oversaw the Renewable energy investment portfolio in Africa and France. She also launched the subsidiary of a leading impact fund in Australia in partnership with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. Marie holds a Master of Corporate Finance from Paris School of Business and a Master of International Economics and Market Finance from University of Queensland, Australia.
Dipak Haria is a member of the Infrastructure Debt Group of BlackRock Alternative Investors (BAI). He is responsible for the origination, structuring, and execution of Infrastructure Debt products in Europe. Dipak has 18 years of experience in infrastructure and energy project finance, a significant portion of which includes renewable energy debt investments. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2014, Dipak was part of the Renewable Energy team at Santander, and before that, within the Infrastructure and Project Finance team at Barclays
David has been with ABN AMRO since 2017 helping to re-establish the UK Project Finance team, following six years with the UK Green Investment Bank, focussing primarily on projects in the energy transition and digital infrastructure sectors. Whilst at ABN AMRO David has secured a number of mandates for lead arranger roles in the EfW sector including Earlsgate, Newhurst, Protos, Kelvin and Westfield as well as participation in senior loans for Kemsley, Ferrybridge and KKR’s acquisition of Viridor.
Martin joined IDCM in September 2021 to head up the M&A practice. Martin has extensive M&A experience across the energy and infrastructure sectors, having spent 14 years in the industry, at DC Advisory and Macquarie Capital.
Martin brings expertise in originating and executing mid-market transactions for infrastructure investors, private equity funds and developers of infrastructure assets. Although Martin focuses on originating off-market transactions for his clients, he also has a proven track record of winning competitive buy-side processes. His know-how of bidding strategies, knowledge of valuation approaches used by different types of investors and deal structuring have benefited many of his clients.
Martin holds Masters Degrees from Brandeis International Business School and INSEAD University.
Robyn is Chief Analytics Officer at Modo Energy where she and her team produce detailed insights and research into the commercialisation of battery energy storage. She has been working with energy storage since 2016, previously holding Head of Data Science positions at Open Energi and Limejump. Robyn is a graduate of both the University of Oxford and Imperial College London, holding a masters and PhD degree in physics.
Nathan has spent the last 8 years delivering value in energy and storage solutions across the U.K. and USA. As Engineering Manager at Pivot Power, he is leading our technical procurement for new energy storage systems.
Prior to joining Pivot Power, Nathan managed Solarcentury’s residential solar & storage portfolio for IKEA, Solease and Nissan to deploy solar over 5,000 rooftops across Western Europe. Previously, Nathan worked as a technical business developer for Siemens supporting energy savings solutions for industrial end-users and renewable energy manufacturers.
Nathan holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a degree in Sustainable Energy Futures from Imperial College London.
Lekan Omoniwa is an Associate Director at Equitix with a focus on the environmental services sector (ESS) which encompasses energy from waste, biofuel, biomass power, and emerging technologies such as hydrogen and CCUS. Lekan holds directorships on a number of operational and under-construction assets and is involved in some of the most complex assets managed by Equitix. Lekan has over 15 years of experience in the renewables, utilities and energy sectors. Prior to joining Equitix in 2020, Lekan worked at Arup, Fichtner, and Mott MacDonald where he was involved in a number of high-profile deals in the UK, Europe, and across the globe as technical and commercial advisor to developers, investors and lenders.
Edward joined Amber Infrastructure in 2017 and focuses on the origination of investment opportunities in Energy and Transportation. Prior to Amber, Edward was part of the investment team of First Reserve, a private fund manager dedicated to investments in the global energy and energy infrastructure sectors. Edward started his career in the Corporate Finance division of Deutsche Bank where he advised clients across Europe on mergers and acquisitions, asset disposals and capital markets transactions in the utility and infrastructure sectors.
Kai Rintala is the Managing Director of Taaleri Energia, a Helsinki-based renewables fund manager and developer. He is responsible for a 2.8GW portfolio of development, construction and operational assets for the Taaleri SolarWind funds. Kai has more than 20 years of experience in the infrastructure industry, having previously worked for KPMG in Helsinki and London, advising public and private sector clients on infrastructure strategy and transactions across energy, transport and social infrastructure.
Sujoy joined Shinsei International Limited, a subsidiary of Shinsei Bank, Limited in 2019, having previously worked at Santander Bank. At Shinsei International, Sujoy is responsible for the Bank's deal sourcing, advising and international syndication & distribution activities in the renewables, infrastructure, real estate, aircraft and shipping sector. In this role, he has been instrumental in the development of the Bank’s international investments platform and originate to distribute model.
Over ten years of experience in project finance, both debt advisory and arranging project finance transactions. For the past seven years, much of his focus has been on the Global renewables & infrastructure market. While working alongside major equity players, developers, funds as well as with a variety of commercial banks, export credit agencies and institutional investors, he has built a strong experience in the syndication, structuring, advising and negotiations of large and complex project finance transactions globally.
After graduating with a Masters in Chemistry from Oxford University Julia joined Iona Capital’s investments team in 2011 and in 2015 completed her Masters in Finance degree from LBS.
Julia is heavily involved in driving investments to completion through negotiations and takes on going transitional roles sitting on asset boards. Her main focus is energy from waste infrastructure in the UK.
Lawrence Slade joined GIIA as CEO in January 2020, having most recently been Chief Executive of Energy UK since 2015. He has been involved in the energy industry since the late 1990’s working in countries all over the world. Lawrence is a member of the UK Government’s Committee on Fuel Poverty, an Advisory Board member of Connected Kerb, a Board Trustee and Audit Committee member of the Money Advice Trust (who run the National Debtline and Business Debtline), and is also a Fellow of the Energy Institute.
Julien joined Meridiam in 2011. He serves as a Partner and Corporate Development Director, with current responsibility over the development and deployment of Meridiam Transition, a €485m large low carbon energy transition and Europe-focused investment fund.
At the global level, he is responsible for the operational strategy of the group, in charge of designing and implementing new developments as well as monitor the group’s operational performance. In this capacity, he led the strategic development of Meridiam in Africa and sits at the investment committee of Meridiam Africa Infrastructure Fund.
Julien is also chairing the board of Allego.
Prior to joining Meridiam, Julien worked at the French Ministry of Finance’s Agence des Participations de l’État, where he was responsible for managing the French Government’s shareholding in Électricité de France (EDF). Prior to this, Julien was the Deputy Head of the European Affairs Division of the French Treasury. He also worked for Veolia Transport and the infrastructure division of Proparco, the French Development Finance Institution.
He teaches Energy Regulations at Sciences-Po Paris and is a Millenium Fellow of the Atlantic Council. He is also a contributor to several international think tanks or public organizations in the energy transition and infrastructure sectors.
Julien holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Environmental and Energy Economics and a Master of Public Affairs from the École des Ponts in Paris.
Clément is a founder of Green Giraffe and heads the London office, which he founded in 2011 and returned to after heading the Paris office in 2017-2019.
He coordinates Green Giraffe’s efforts in floating offshore wind and has led multiple transactions in offshore and onshore wind, both on the equity and debt side. He led the Walney offshore wind debt financing (367 MW, United Kingdom, 2012), the Rentel offshore wind senior and mezzanine debt raising (309 MW, Belgium, 2016), and the Alizé onshore wind portfolio sale (71 MW, France, 2017). Most recently, Clément closed six development funding transactions in floating offshore wind in California (700 MW, 2018), Hawaii (500 MW, 2018), South Korea (>500 MW, 2019), the United Kingdom (380 MW, 2020), Italy (200 MW, 2020) and Ireland (1,000 MW, 2021).
He developed Green Giraffe’s offtake advisory expertise and supervised the sourcing of all its European renewable energy electricity for a large international corporation.
Before founding Green Giraffe, Clément worked at Dexia in Paris in 2008-10 within the project finance team. Prior to that, he spent a year in Beijing at AFD in 2006-07.
He graduated from Ecole des Ponts ParisTech and holds an MSc in project finance from Université Paris X.