Founding Partner and CEO of Absolute Energy Capital
Board Member of RTR, largest solar pv operator in Europe, and PE Terrafirma’s investment vehicle in the PV business.
20 years of multi-faceted experience in the energy sector from the financing, corporate/utility, investment banking and principal finance perspective.
Former Head of Renewable Energy Investments within Global Principal Finance at Deutsche Bank, Alberto invested in a number of renewable energy projects across Europe, consolidating a pipeline of >3,000 MW in different technologies (Hydro, Wind, Solar PV, Solar CSP and Biomass) and realised numerous highly profitable exits.
Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Alberto held the responsibility of the Italian clients for Dresdner Kleinwort’s Energy and Utilities Corporate Finance Group, where he advised clients on several M&A and financing transactions, including monoline-insured bond issuance and structuring of highly leveraged staple financing packages to support the acquisition of renewable energy portfolios and regulated assets in the UK and Europe.
Prior to joining DKIB, Alberto was Head of Capital Markets at Edison SpA (now part of Electricite’ de France, EdF), then first private utility in the Italian market. During his years at Edison, Alberto contributed to take company’s installed capacity from 4 GW to 14 GW, and was deeply involved in implementing the successful turnaround of the company, which involved raising over EUR 7.0bn in both debt and equity capital.
Member of Energy team of MCC’s Structured & Project Finance Group where he has advised and structured a wide range of project and leveraged finance transactions both in the Renewable Energy space (IVPC) and in the Natural Gas (Gazprom’s Blue Stream Project) and LNG (Oman LNG and Ras Laffan LNG) markets.
Alex is an Investment Manager at Amber Green – the sustainable investment brand of Amber Infrastructure – where his investment remit includes the successfully deployed London Energy Efficiency Fund (£112m; www.leef.co.uk) and Scottish Regeneration Fund (£50m; www.ambergreenspruce.co.uk).
Amber has various sources of public and private funding for low carbon heat & power, energy efficiency retrofit, renewable technology and sustainable development.
Alex has a background in cleantech venture capital and low carbon development. He has a degree in Economics (First Class) and a Masters in Advanced Energy and Environmental Studies (Distinction). [He is also a Certified Measurement & Verification Professional]
Managing Director and Head of Europe, Paladin Capital Group
Alex O’Cinneide is Managing Director and Head of Europe for the Paladin Group of Companies. Beside that role, he acts as a Senior Advisor to Kleinwort Benson Bank in London, Senior Advisor and Chairs the Investment Committee of IndoChina Capital renewables fund. Alongside those commercial activities he also serves on the board of the NGOs Educate Girls Globally in San Francisco, thirst4water in Beijing and the Biomimicry Institute also in San Francisco as well the board of the Irish government Green International Financial Centre in Ireland.
Prior to his present activities he was from January 2006 to December 2012 the General Manager and Head of Investments of Masdar Capital, the private equity arm of Masdar, the US $15b Abu Dhabi government vehicle. Before that he was a Managing Partner in Quorum European Partners. Mr. O’Cinneide started his career in two private equity backed technology companies, before going on to join KPMG where he was a director in both the Strategy Group and the Ventures Group in London and New York.
Mr. O’Cinneide holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Trinity College Dublin, a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Finance from the London Business School. He presently serves and has served on numerous boards for globally located companies operating in the renewable sector; as well as on private and governmental advisory committees again focused on this sector. He is a published author on many topics and is a regular speaker on financing innovations, and recognized as a global leader in the field of renewable investing.
Anthony has spent his career in various aspects of the mining industry, including as a company director, advisor, founder and investor.
Anthony has managed numerous mining investments at various stages of development, including exploration, development, production and turnaround situations, and across a broad range of commodities. He has served as a director of both public and private companies and has been seconded as interim CEO on multiple occasions. Prior to joining Pala, Anthony worked at Firebird Management, a specialist emerging market fund, where he focused on natural resource investments in Africa, Central Asia and the Former Soviet Union.
Anthony previously worked at Renaissance Capital and Skadden, Arps in Moscow, where he focused on advisory and transactional work in metals & mining and oil & gas. Anthony has lived and worked in Africa and Russia, including a year as a Fulbright scholar, and has spent considerable time in Central Asia.
Anthony holds a B.A. in Russian history from Brigham Young University, an M.A. in Russian and Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington, and a J.D. from the University of Washington. He holds an LLM in Corporate Finance from the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Bala Nagarajan is an Investment Director at Statoil Energy Ventures. He joined Statoil’s business development team in 2012 and has originated and executed transactions across the globe. Prior to joining Statoil he was an investment manager/entrepreneur-in-residence for a family office fund investing in clean energy and technology start-ups following on from experiences with Arthur Andersen, Citigroup and Lehman Brothers. Bala is a Chartered Accountant from India and MBA graduate from IESE Business School, Spain.
Bart is Investment Director at Kulczyk Investments, Poland’s largest Private Equity group (AUM c.US$4bn) with global investments in infrastructure, energy, power, metals & mining and real estate. Since 2011 Vice President (including 1.5 years interim CFO), then head of Corporate Finance (including IR) at Polenergia, Kulczyk Investments 100% owned Power Utility investment platform. Developing sub-Saharan Africa power investment thesis for Kulczyk Investments as well as looking at new technologies in the power sector. Prior to Kulczyk Investments Bart worked at Oaktree Capital Management (OCM), NM Rothschild and PwC.
Qualifications include: MBA Booth Business School – University of Chicago, Chartered Accountant (ICEAW – ACA), Association of Tax Technicians (ATT), SFA Corporate Finance Certificate. LLB Law with German Law Kings College London/Passau University. Bart is fluent in Polish and German.
Benjamin Baker is a Senior Associate at Hudson. His primary responsibilities include investment origination and analysis, due diligence, and portfolio management. Mr. Baker previously worked at GE Energy Financial Services, the energy investment arm of GE Capital. At EFS, Mr. Baker focused on GE’s investments in energy infrastructure companies and projects. Prior to GE EFS, Mr. Baker was the vice president of project finance & development at Safari Energy, a solar development company that develops commercial-scale solar energy systems for REITs and other property owners. While at Safari, Mr. Baker worked on solar portfolios for clients such as General Growth Properties, Federal Realty Trust and Vornado Realty. Earlier in his career, Mr. Baker held positions in M&A and structured finance advisory within the IPP and renewables space, including one year spent working directly with the Department of Energy to structure public-private financing facilities for energy efficiency and renewable energy. Mr. Baker holds a BA in French from Columbia College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Ben Guest founded Hazel Capital in April 2007 and currently serves as the firm’s CIO. With two decades of investment experience, Ben is a leading clean technology investor with knowledge spanning the whole investment spectrum, from clean energy infrastructure, to public equities and venture capital. On the VC front, Ben has been an active investor in nascent cleantech businesses since 2006 and continues to work closely with their management teams, influencing strategic and commercial development. He is motivated by an ambition to spot nascent technologies that offer the potential of high returns whilst adhering to the principle of sustainability.
Ben has focused on developing UK ground-mounted and rooftop solar PV since 2010 as he believes that solar is the most promising renewable technology today. He has built 18 solar farms to date in the UK and a growing business in Spain. Ben leads the infrastructure team at Hazel and oversees all aspects of investment origination, execution and on-going portfolio management. Ben is responsible for the development of Hazel’s pipeline of UK infrastructure assets and has strong counterparty relationships that he has developed over the last decade.
Prior to founding Hazel, Ben was a co-founder of Cantillon Capital, where he managed over $1 billion in a global technology fund from 2003 to 2007. Ben started his fund management career in 1994 at Lazard Asset Management, having graduated from Imperial College, London with a BEng in Mechanical Engineering. Ben is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Ben currently serves as a Director of 30 companies and is the Non-Executive Chairman of Oxis Energy (a UK-advanced battery power company). He holds a keen interest in energy storage technology and their use in renewables and electric vehicles.
Founder and Managing Partner Bruce Huber has thirty years’ experience in investment banking across Europe, North America and Asia working with companies and investors in the energy, energy infrastructure, technology and communications sectors.
Prior to founding Alexa Capital, he was Global Head of Cleantech Investment Banking for Jefferies & Co. where he led the global industry group operating from offices in Frankfurt, London, New York, San Francisco, Mumbai and Shanghai.
While at Jefferies, he helped found and build the #1 global industry and investor conference platform in the new energy sector. He was also on the Board of Directors of Jefferies International, Chairman of European Technology Investment Banking and a senior member of various global risk management committees, including the Equity Commitment Committee, the Fairness Opinion Committee and the M&A Review Committee.
Mr. Huber has provided investment banking services to sectors undergoing transformation and regulatory change, including energy and mobile telecoms deregulation in the 1980s, telecoms and technology in the 1990s and early 2000s and new energy over the past decade. He has advised companies and investors across energy infrastructure, IT, telecoms and wireless technology, semiconductors/electronics, renewable energy and sustainable technologies.
Bruce Huber joined Jefferies in 2003 through its acquisition of Broadview International, the global technology-specialist investment bank, where he was a General Partner and the Managing Partner/CEO of Europe. He joined Broadview in 1995 from Barclays Investment Banking Division, where he worked both in London and Frankfurt. From 1984 to 1990 he was with Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette Investment Banking in New York in project finance and subsequently in TMT and prior to that worked in the energy project finance team at Warburg Paribas Becker.
Mr. Huber has a diverse range of transaction experience ranging from IPOs, follow-on’s, convertible bonds, high yield issues, public and private M&A, fairness opinions, leveraged recapitalizations, project finance and private placements. He graduated with a BSc Engineering from Princeton University.
Managing Director, Policy & Innovation, The Carbon Trust
Bruno heads up the Carbon Trust’s team of policy and innovation experts. In his previous role as Director of Energy Efficiency Ventures, Bruno oversaw the Carbon Trust’s commercial energy efficiency and implementation activities, including the Energy Efficiency Financing partnership with Siemens Financial Services and the Carbon Trust Green Business Directory for accredited equipment suppliers.
Before joining the Carbon Trust, Bruno worked as a strategy consultant for McKinsey and held various commercial, strategic and operational roles with Barclays and ExxonMobil. He holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA.
Colin is a partner of Downing LLP. He qualified as a solicitor with Linklaters in 1996. He spent six years at 3i Group in corporate finance and venture capital where he was a senior manager. He then spent four years at The Royal Bank of Scotland where he was a director, structuring debt and equity investments, before joining Downing in 2006. Colin leads Downing’s approach to renewable energy investments
Managing Director, Energy Storage of Camborne Capital
Dan joined Camborne Energy Storage as Managing Director in 2015 leading on all of Camborne’s activities in this exciting new and dynamic market. Dan has spent his career in the Utilities sector and has worked for a number of distribution network operators most recently leading on the integration of smart grid technologies (including battery storage) to accelerate the move to a lower carbon economy. He also has a breadth of knowledge of the balancing markets and demand-side response solutions.
Dan is also interested in not-for-profit development, including rural electrification and off grid schemes that support the reduction of poverty through increased access to clean power sources.
Senior Investment Manager, European Investment Bank
Gunter Fischer is Senior Investment Officer with the European Investment Bankwith particular responsibility for GEEREF (the Global Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund). He is responsible for the sourcing, and origination, assessment, negotiation and monitoring of renewable energy investments in emerging markets and developing countries. He has more than 10 years of fund of fund experience incl. from managing the EIF’s first external mandate Fund of Funds, targeting venture capital and private equity investments in Germany. In this context he gained in-depth knowledge of the due diligence and structuring of fund investments. Prior to EIF, Dr. Fischer was with the corporate finance practice of Arthur D. Little in Berlin. There he provided corporate finance advisory to a number of industries. Dr Fischer holds the CFA designation, as well as degrees in business administration and law from Reims Management School and the University of St. Gallen and a PhD in finance from the European University in Frankfurt, Germany.
Nina Skorupska is the Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association (REA), the largest trade association with over 750 company members. The REA covers all renewable technologies covering electricity, heat and transport and includes energy storage and electric vehicles in its portfolio of representation.
With over 30 years of working in the Energy Industry, her career started as a fuel specialist but moved quickly to managing power stations for RWE npower. After several senior roles within the RWE Group, her career with them culminated with joining the Board of the RWE’s Dutch business, Essent, as Chief Technical Officer, responsible for their electricity generation portfolio including new energy and sustainability developments.
She is also currently Vice President of the European Renewable Energy Federation (EREF) and proud member of the Board of WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Campaign.
Nina was recently awarded a CBE in 2016’s New Year Honour’s list for her contribution to renewables and equality in Energy. In September this year, Nina was appointed on the Board for Transport for London.
Partner and Lawyer in Becker Büttner Held, Head of Brussels office
Dr. Dörte Annemarie Fouquet, born in 1957 in Recklinhausen / Germany, is since 2010 partner with BBH law firm. Before joining she was since beginning of 1993 partner of the law firm Kuhbier.law firm and German lawyer in Brussels. She is admitted as an attorney at the Hanseatische Oberlandesgericht in Hamburg and Membre Associé du Barreau de Bruxelles. During her professional career Mrs Fouquet specialised in various legal aspects of energy, environmental, competition and administrative law. Her major focus in counseling on issues in the field of Energy Law, especially in relation to Renewable Energies, Energy Efficiency, grid regulations and competition law. She also works in the area of industrial environmental legislation especially on regulations in the field of environment, energy, trade law, competition law, as in general on standard-setting on the base of Best Available Technology Principle and the realistic planning towards approximation of EU legislation, enforcement and application. She is a regular advisor to the German ministry for the environment and the ministry for economy in better shaping of energy legislation and enforcement of EU rules. Before she became an independent European lawyer, Dr. Fouquet had a longstanding career as administrative lawyer in the administration concerning energy and environment in the German state City of Hamburg. She has a thorough experience of working with national, international and in particular European institutions as well as with national and international NGOs as well as in the administrative support to major RTD projects within the EC framework programmes. Dr. Fouquet works intensively also as lecturer and author respectively co-author of numerous publications.
Ed brings his background in infrastructure and equity sales to build and manage our relationships with institutional clients.
Prior to Oxford Capital, Ed spent 14 years with Macquarie where he was a rated equity analyst in the Infrastructure & Utility sector and a Director on both the Sydney and London equity sales desks. Ed read Economics and Politics at the University of Durham and qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Fund Manager, Alternative Energy Fund EIS Service, Guinness Asset Management
Edward joined Guinness Asset Management in January 2006. He is manager of the Guinness Alternative Energy Fund and a fund manager in the Guinness EIS Team.
Prior to joining Guinness Asset Management, Edward worked from 2002 as a merger arbitrage analyst for the Arbitrage Associates Fund at the Tiedemann Investment Group in New York. In 1998 he joined HSBC Investment Bank, where he worked in the Corporate Finance Department in the Energy & Utilities Team and in the Telecoms & Technology Team. Edward graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Master’s degree in Engineering and Management Studies.
Gerard Reid has over two decades’ experience in equity research and fund management. He is also a leading energy expert as well as lecturer, author and monthly columnist for Biz Energy Today, the German energy industry publication. Prior to founding Alexa Capital, he was Managing Director and Head of European Cleantech Research at Jefferies & Co.
Before joining Jefferies Mr. Reid managed a renewable energy fund. Prior to this he was Head of Research at First Berlin where he expanded the equity research operation to cover 50 companies. Gerard Reid has broad relationships across the institutional and private investor communities as well as amongst government policy makers, utilities and technology providers to the energy area. He has developed a reputation as a leading global expert in renewable energy and the wider energy space through his work in the wind, solar, biofuels, natural gas, utility and European industrials sectors.
Mr. Reid is an Adjunct Professor at Imperial College, London and lecturer at the University of Applied Science in Berlin, where he has been lecturing in international business for over a decade. Mr. Reid holds a Higher Diploma in Education and MA Business & Economics from Trinity College, Dublin.
Investment Director, Infrastructure, InfraRed Capital Partners Limited
Giulio joined InfraRed in 2010.
Giulio is focused on sourcing and executing infrastructure investments in sectors including wind, solar, biomass and waste-to-energy.
He joined from Macquarie where, as a member of the renewable energy team in the investment banking division, he advised clients on a number of renewable energy and utility transactions throughout Europe. Giulio started his career as a process engineer with the ENI Group and was involved with the engineering and commissioning of large-scale oil and gas facilities worldwide.
Giulio holds a double degree in engineering from Politecnico of Milan and University of Illinois at Chicago, and a MBA from London Business School.
Associate Director, Energy Efficiency Division of Capitas Finance Limited
“Jason formerly ran his own consulting business working with central and local Government to improve procurement processes. Prior to this Jason was Head of Commercial Planning for Mittal Steel’s European operations, and before that responsible for Strategic Market Planning for US Steel in central and eastern Europe. Jason has also held senior business development roles in the asset finance sector in both the UK and Europe. Jason heads up the Energy Efficiency Finance team at Capitas Finance and is responsible for funding solutions for energy efficiency in the Private and Public Sector and works closely with framework and solution providers and manufacturers of low carbon and renewables technology.
Co-founder and Executive Director, Novatio Capital Ltd
Jean-Christophe is an Executive Director of IDCM Limited and Novatio Capital Limited. Jean-Christophe focusses on the renewable energy sector, with an extensive knowledge of multiple technologies with the renewable sector. Jean-Christophe pioneered the development of the solar debt market, having been involved in the financing of circa £500 million equivalent of investment in the UK, Italy and the US.
Jean-Christophe was formerly a member of the structured credit origination team within DCM at RBS, responsible for origination and execution of all debt capital products for UK infrastructure clients.
Jean-Christophe has an Advanced Masters degree in financial techniques from ESSEC Business School and an MSc in Economics from Universite Lumiere Lyon II.
Jim Campion, Partner: Jim is responsible for investment management in the cogeneration (CHP), biomass and thermal sector and provides technical support for the Enercap group for project execution and asset management. Jim has 15 years global experience as CEO/MD of leading energy technology companies and project ventures including CHP, biomass, waste to energy, large scale GTCC (ABB, Swiss) and innovative wind turbines (RWE Innogy Investment). Jim has substantial experience in the development, execution and operation of large and small scale (distributed) energy projects. Jim is a Fellow of the Energy Institute.
Justin DeAngelis is a Managing Director, responsible for origination, analysis, structuring, valuation and execution of investments for the Power Deal Team. He joined Denham Capital in 2007.
Prior to joining Denham, Justin was a Director at Waypoint Energy and worked as a Manager at Pace Global Energy and PG&E National Energy Group, after serving as an Engineer at Delmarva Power. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Endeavor Energy, Thesis Energy and subsidiaries of Rio Energy.
Justin received a Bachelor of Science from Drexel University and a Master of Business Administration from LeBow College of Business at Drexel University.
Louise Wilson is a co-founder and joint MD of Abundance which provides mostly long-term debt capital to infrastructure projects and regular capital and income to investors. With a current focus on renewables both heat and energy and on efficiency, Abundance lets individuals, both local and national, invest directly in specific projects of their choice from as little as £5. Abundance has launched fund-raisings for 17 projects for a total of £17.5m.
As the first crowdfunding platform to be regulated, Abundance is at the heart of the wave of alternative finance which is reshaping our financial landscape. Abundance now offers both a pension (SIPP) and an ISA product.
Before Abundance, Louise helped set up dressipi.com, an online shopping and styling recommendation engine. Prior to this until July 2008, Louise was Head of Equity Capital Markets at UBS Investment Bank.
Massimo joined Zouk in 2009 and is a Fund Partner in the Clean Infrastructure team. He holds over 18 years experience in the banking, management consultancy and engineering sectors. Massimo is responsible for the sourcing and execution of clean infrastructure projects.
Before joining Zouk, Massimo worked four years with the Infrastructure and Energy Finance team at Citi in London, advising on project finance transactions across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Massimo had previously worked as a consultant at Bain & Company, as researcher in The Structural Engineering Department of the Politecnico di Milano and served as a Lieutenant in the Italian Military.
Massimo holds an MBA from the Columbia Business School of NY and an MS Cum Laude in Civil Engineering from Politecnico di Milano.
Miles is responsible for fund raising, originating and executing energy efficiency opportunities for SDCL.He has over 20 years of experience in finance, including energy efficiency, corporate and leveraged finance. Prior to joining SDCL, he worked for the UK Green Investment Bank where he was head of Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency as well as having worked for the Green Investment Bank and Department of Energy and Climate Change fund investing into renewables and energy efficiency in India and Africa. Miles has also worked at several other companies including General Electric, Tata and Ares.)
Ms Bernard started her career in energy trading and shipping at Mobil Oil Corporation (later Exxon-Mobil) in 1995. At first a marine fuel oil trader, she later was in charge of the development of the business in Africa and South America. In 1999, she joined Global Advisors, a start-up commodities hedge fund, as CFO-COO and Partner in charge of both the UK and US businesses.
In 2008, she joined Massena Capital Partners, the Private Equity arm of the Massena Group, dedicated to High Net Worth Wealth Management and fund of family offices based in Paris and Geneva. Ms Bernard, as CFO of the Private Equity business, was in charge of fund structuring in dual regulatory environment (France and Luxembourg) and all compliance, internal controls and risk management issues of the business.
Since 2010, Ms Bernard has developed an independent practice bringing renewable energy assets to both institutional and private investors. In 2013, she joined Ferrostaal Capital in Hamburg, Germany as Managing Director.
Ms Bernard graduated from EMLYON in France in 1995 with a major in Corporate and Market Finance. She holds Board positions in both for and not-for profit organisations.
Olivier Fricot has been with the Investec Power & Infrastructure Finance team since 2006. Olivier has recently closed a large wind turbine financing, a senior debt facility for a 10MW Italian photovoltaic portfolio and two debt investments in large UK waste-to-energy plants. He is currently providing oversight to an equity investment in a Greek wind portfolio and various debt transactions in the renewables sector. Prior to Investec, Olivier worked for eight years for Rolls-Royce, developing and building independent power projects across Europe, the Middle East and Africa and started his career developing waste infrastructure for Veolia UK. He holds an engineering master from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and an executive MBA from the Instituto de Empresa.
Partner and Portfolio Manager of New Energy Fund II
Shola is a co-founder and Portfolio Manager at New Energy Fund II (a NEF Advisors company), a follow-on renewable energy fund that invests in equity positions in renewable energy projects. Shola has been active in the renewable energy space for 9 years. She started off her career in renewable energy in 2007, at a boutique investment bank, Ardour Capital, that focused on renewable energy. Shola started in equity research then equity capital markets covering stocks ranging from fuel cells, solar and wind to efficiency and storage options. While at Ardour Capital, she also managed and helped build out the Ardour Global Indexes, which were licensed to Van Eck (ETF: GEX, KWT) and Van Kampen (UIT).
She has been working with NEF Advisors, LLC. on a full-time basis since 2012.
In 2004, she earned a Bachelor’s degree with Summa Cum Laude, in International Business at Clark Atlanta University. In 2008, she graduated from Fordham Gabelli School of Business with an MBA concentration in Finance and Accounting also with Summa Cum Laude distinction.
Shola also serves a a judge at the Clean Tech Open Northeast, the New York Business Plan Competition and at the National Renewable Energy Laboratories Industry Growth Forum.
Per Wimmer is expected to be the first private Dane in space. He has signed up for three trips to space. Having completed his space training, he is eagerly awaiting the completion of the rocket vehicle test programs after which he will launch into space. His training has included weightlessness or Zero-G training, flying Russian MIG-fighter jets and both Russian and American centrifuges. He has successfully completed a full space flight launch and re-entry profile in the centrifuge.
On Oct 6, 2008, Per Wimmer wrote world history, together with Ralph Mitchell, by successful completing the first tandem sky dive over the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest. After six days of trekking, Per & Ralph flew in a Pilatus Porter airplane to an altitude of 29.500 feet (ca 9 Km), just above the peak of Mount Everest and jumped out in minus 50 degrees C and free fell for sixty seconds before opening the parachute and landed at the Drop Zone at 12.350 feet (ca. 4 Km). This adventure, “The World’s First Everest Tandem Sky Dive,” clearly pushed the boundaries. Being a pioneer, somebody who writes the manual (and not just follow a manual) is, indeed, part of what drives him.
In brief, Per Wimmer is a global financier, an entrepreneur, an adventurer, a pioneer and a philanthropist – or, as a commentator has argued, a true “Indiana Jones meets 007 James Bond.”
Back in London, Per owns and runs his own investment bank, Wimmer Financial which he founded on the 50th anniversary of Sputnik day, Oct 4, 2007. His investment bank specializes in global corporate finance within the area of natural resources (mining, oil and gas, green energy) as well as real estate and infrastructure financing worldwide.
Per also runs Wimmer Family Office which focuses on investments into ETFs with a CTA overlay, Eastern European commercial real estate, Emerging Markets, Natural Resources, Infrastructure and Real Estate, Shipping and Aviation.
Prior to founding his own investment bank, Per Wimmer was advising on equities at the MAN Group/Man Securities which used to be part of the USD 60 bn asset manager The MAN Group before the spin-out. Before, Per Wimmer worked at Collins Stewart (now Canaccord) in a similar capacity. From 1998 to 2002 he worked in New York and London for Goldman Sachs & Co. leaving the company as Executive Director for Institutional Sales of European Equity products advising on investments to Scandinavian-based financial institutions.
In 1998, he graduated from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, as an MPA graduate with concentrations in business, finance and international relations whilst receiving the Don K. Price Award for academic excellence, community contributions and potential leadership. During his two years at Harvard, he became the co-founder and first president of the Harvard Scandinavian Society, promoting Scandinavian culture and facilitating networking between alumni, prospective and current students. He served as a student member of the Harvard MPA Admissions Committee; participated in “Project Outreach” – an HBS volunteer project to assist the elderly and disadvantaged in the Boston area and was a winning team member in the 1998 Annual Graduate School Debate Competition, organized by the Leadership and Ethics Forum, moderated by Senator Alan Simpson. Before graduating, he was selected as the only non-US citizen for the Presidential Management Intern Program destined to work for the Bill Clinton administration.
Peter works exclusively on the Environmental Capital Fund (ECF) where his key focus is originating and executing new investments.
Peter has significant specialist infrastructure experience and was behind SEP’s investments in Hamsin Wind, funding the installation of small, community based, single onshore wind turbines in high wind speed locations across the UK and Ardor Energy, developing diversified small-scale head and combined heat and power projects across the UK.
Chairman and Partner, The Environmental Technologies Fund
Peter is a founding partner of the London based Environmental Technologies Fund which manages ~$250m. He had previously had over 30 years experience of European & US growth company advisory & investment experience in, particularly, “Greentech”.
Prior to founding ETF in 2005 he was for five years with Matrix Corporate Finance where he acted for companies in inter alia the solar PV, renewable forestry and sustainable transportation sectors.
Before this Peter was ten years at PaineWebber International (UK) Ltd, now part of UBS, which he left in 1996 to become Head of US Equities for Europe at NatWest Markets Inc. During this time he worked on transactions involving such companies as Ionics, US Filter, Fuel-Tech NV, Thermo Electron (now Thermo Fisher), United Waste & Culligan Water.
Whilst at PaineWebber he started in 1993 its Annual Environmental Service Companies Conference: Europe’s first Cleantech conference focusing on international growth companies.
Peter has a 1st Class Honours degree from Trinity College, Oxford; he is a member of the UK Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group (PRASEG); has served on the European Advisory Board of the Cleantech Venture Network, of which The Environmental Technologies Fund was a founding member, and is a member of the BVCA Energy, Environmental and Technology Group. He is a trustee of the Wye & Usk Foundation and chairs the Wye Catchment Conservators.
Ricardo joined Foresight from Espirito Santo Investment, where he spent three years in the project finance division as manager with a special focus on transport, energy, oil and gas. He has strong experience of structuring, financial modelling and due diligence analysis of transactions as well as credit and debt facilities management. Ricardo came to the UK from Portugal in January 2007 to join Espirito Santo Investment as part of a training program under the Portuguese Trade & Tourism Office.
Prior to this he worked as a business analyst in the corporate finance division of a Portuguese investment bank in Lisbon. Ricardo is primarily focused on leading new infrastructure transactions across UK and Europe.
Riccardo joined Platina Partners in 2010, becoming a Managing Partner in 2014. Riccardo is Head of Asset Management and has specific responsibility for projects in Italy. Prior to that, he was the founding partner and CEO of Atmos SpA, Milan, and earlier a Manager at IG Partners, an advisory M&A and venture capital boutique in Milan. He began his career in the high potential management training scheme of the Fiat Group. He holds a BA in Engineering from the University of La Sapienza (Rome) and a Masters in Industrial Management from ISVOR Fiat Institute, Turin.
Richard is a consultant to Iona and also sits on its Investment Committee. He brings over 20 years experience in the clean tech sector, investment banking and strategic consulting. Richard was most recently the CEO of Biogen, the UK’s leading food waste AD builder and operator. Prior to Biogen, Richard was the CEO of RecovCo, a specialist aluminium recycler that acquired and operated Alcan’s French recycling business. He has also founded and raised funding for a number of other entrepreneurial businesses. Earlier in his career, he was Head of Strategy for ANZ Investment Bank in Australia, focused on the Australasia and the Emerging Markets. He has also been a strategy consultant on a range of international projects for MMG and AT Kearnery after lecturing in Economics at University College Cork in Ireland. Richard has an MEng in Engineering Economics and Management from Oxford University.
A hands on investor and a dedicated team leader. He has an extensive European network built up over 20 years in energy finance and is well known and trusted by long-established Family Offices
Founder & Director Private Equity Team, Riva y Garcia, Barcelona Manager, Project Finance & Energy M&A, Schroders Investment Bank, London Country Head, SL Katastrophen und Projekt Management, Cologne, Germany & Bosnia
IESE, University of Navarra, MBA London University, MA Social Anthropology University of Oxford & Eichstatt, BA PPE
Board Seats Bioalmendral, Enerstar, Invall, ReEnergise, SEFO & SI Energy
Languages German, English & Spanish
Willem Middelkoop (Geneva, 1962) is founder of the Commodity Discovery Fund, and is a writer. He became a well-known personality through his work as stock market commentator for the Dutch business television channel RTLZ. Middelkoop predicted the onset of the credit crisis in his book “Als de dollar valt” (If the dollar falls) – 2007. Subsequent publications were “De permanente oliecrisis” (The permanent oil crisis) – 2008, “Overleef de kredietcrisis” (Surviving the credit crisis) – 2009, “Goud en het geheim van geld” (Gold and the secret of money) – 2012, and The Big Reset – 2013. In total, he sold more than 100,000 copies of his books.
Middelkoop graduated as an engineer in 1986, but embarked on a career in (photo)journalism. His photos and columns appeared in virtually all the daily and weekly newspapers in Holland. In 1986, the British Sunday Times published his series of photographs about pickpocketing gypsy children in Paris. Curiosity lead him to start studying the history of the world’s financial system, during the later 1980s. He started publishing articles and columns on the topic from 1998 onwards. Between 2001 and 2008, Middelkoop commented on the stock markets from the Amsterdam stock exchange.
Besides his work as an independent journalist, he started to focus more on business opportunities. A Russian adventure into timber exports shortly after the implosion of communism during the 1990s, ended in failure. He was more successful as an investor in real estate in Amsterdam, renting apartments to expats as of 1995. After the bursting of the internet bubble, he decided to sell his apartments in order to safeguard his investments for fear of a crash. He invested the proceeds in Canadian resource companies.
Commodity Discovery Fund
After making handsome gains in 2003, stock prices started to plummet in 2004. However, shares of companies developing newly discovered gold veins continued to rise. With this insight, Middelkoop started to specialize in identifying discoveries in natural resources, what he calls ‘Discovery Investing’. This forms the core of the Gold & Discovery Fund, which he founded in 2008. The fund was renamed to Commodity Discovery Fund, in 2012.
In order to facilitate the purchase of physical gold and silver for savers and retail investors, Middelkoop opened a precious metals web shop,amsterdamgold.com, in 2008. Within three years, the web shop was market leader in bullion sales in Holland, reaching an annual turnover of 100 mil euros. Middelkoop sold amsterdamgold.com to a publically listed company, in 2011.
He was also one of the founding shareholders in Startup Bootcamp Amsterdam, which started in 2011, where he is one of the mentors for start-up companies. He sees many similarities between investing in high tech start-ups and his investments in resource discoveries. In both cases there is the potential for large returns within a short time span.