Raphael has 15 years of infrastructure finance experience gained through acquisitions & financings of businesses or projects across the energy, utilities, and transport sectors. Prior to launching Impact Africa Invest, Raphael was a senior investment advisor for the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), a debt fund focused on Sub-Saharan Africa and providing long-term financing for privately owned infrastructure projects and companies. Raphael also gained experience in emerging markets & impact finance by volunteering in microfinance institutions in Senegal and in Ecuador during 2014.
Before EAIF, Raphael worked for infrastructure funds as an equity investor and asset manager at First State Investments and 3i. He also advised public and private clients on the procurement and financing of PPP projects whilst at PwC. Raphael holds an MSc from Neoma Business School (Sup de Co Reims, France). Raphael is fluent in French, English and Spanish.
* EAIF is a member of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), a multi-donor supported platform funded by several European governments and mobilising private sector investment to boost economic development and alleviate poverty.
Project finance & corporate finance expert across Africa
Roland has over 30 years in project finance, structured finance, M&A and corporate finance across Africa and emerging markets. His experience ranges from originating and arranging senior debt to mezzanine debt, high yield bonds, and equity. Roland is also an expert in country risk and negotiations with public entities.
Credit risk expert and Africa transaction advisor
Nick has been in banking for 44 years, largely in credit risk management including 33 years with Barclays. He has worked in Africa since 1998. From 2005 to 2014 Nick was CEO of Frontier Markets Fund Managers, the manager of the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund and GuarantCo.
Debt structuring expert and finance documentation advisor
Infrastructure project finance specialist with over 20 years experience in advising, originating, structuring and closing transactions utilizing commercial bank debt, capital markets issuances and equity.
Emerging market debt
Alexis has been in banking and advising the energy and oil & gas sectors for the past 13 years, arranging more than 30 debt transactions in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.
Impact Assessment and inclusive growth
Elodie has cumulated over six years experience in sustainability and economic development consultancy services. Elodie currently works for Palladium where she drives the implementation of donor-funded (mainly DFID) private sector development programs.
Jonathan has over 6 years experience as Private Equity professional, including at Bridgepoint. He has explored the field of impact investing through experiences in microfinance in Ecuador, consulting for entrepreneurs in Mexico and Kenya, and pro bono work for the United Nations Capital Development Fund.
LARA MARTIN IRIARTE
Environmental and Social due-diligence
Lara is an E&S advisor with 9 years of experience in business and international development. Lara currently works within CDC‘s Environmental and Social team, where she evaluates and monitors E&S issues and requirements of new and ongoing investments across Africa and Asia.
SMEs and start-ups
Francois has 20+ years of international experience in entrepreneurship, investment, project management and consulting. Francois recently launched Manao, a consulting firm dedicated to start-ups and SMEs.
We also have legal specialists from international law firms with specific expertise in project documentation (including power purchase agreements, concession agreements) and finance documentation.
PASH Global is an energy and infrastructure project developer headquartered in the UK. The company also advises clients on energy and infrastructure projects globally throughout the development lifecycle. The management team has developed and advised on more than 10GW of projects to date across the UK, Africa, LATAM and Asia Pacific. PASH Global also owns and operates energy projects. PASH has developed specific expertise in solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, gas and biomass technologies. www.pashglobal.com
Clermount is a financial advisory boutique focused on the impact investing sector. Clermount raises capital for businesses and organizations active in clean technologies, transformational technologies, sustainable agriculture & food, education and healthcare services across both developed and developing countries. In October 2016, Clermount raised growth capital for Mobisol, a leading provider of off-grid solar home systems in Africa. www.clermount.co.uk