Antoine Prédour
ANTOINE PRÉDOUR

Head Global Climate Partnership Fund

Role at GCPF

  • Managing GCPF’s global team
  • Supervising all GCPF activities at responsAbility
  • Overseeing GCPF’s business development and strategy

Professional background

  • More than 15 years of experience in investment banking (debt and equity) and asset management
  • Extensive knowledge of business practices in developing countries, including completing due diligence in more than 30 countries
  • Over 5 years at responsAbility in various positions with a focus on risk management and the financial, agriculture and energy sectors

Qualifications

  • European Master in Microfinance from Solvay Business School, Brussels
  • Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA)
  • Degree in Management Engineering from UCL Mons
Luke Franson
Luke Franson

Head Green Lending – Financial Institutions

Role at GCPF

  • Leading the team responsible for GCPF investments made via local financial institutions
  • Managing GCPF’s relationship with partner institutions across all stages of the investment process, including concept development, implementation, results assessment and strategic reorientation
  • Building long-term partnerships with institutions that share GCPF’s objectives

Professional background

  • Over 12 years of experience of working in emerging and developing markets
  • Assisted in the initiation, growth and advancement of various public-private partnership funds targeting the microfinance, SME and green energy sectors
  • Structured and led numerous investments, including financial institution credit lines and renewable energy project finance transactions

Qualifications

  • Masters in Global Finance and Economic Integration from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies
  • Bachelors in International Political Economy from Colorado College
David Diaz
David Diaz

Investment Officer

Role at GCPF

  • Green lending and financial sector analysis for financial institutions in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Due diligence, market analysis and investment memorandum support for direct investments
  • Conducting renewable energy and energy efficiency market analysis

Professional background

  • 6 years of relevant experience in development investments and intergovernmental organizations
  • Assisted in the development and growth of responsAbility's agriculture debt fund, providing commodity, market and fund analysis as well as designing its social and environmental management systems (SEMS) and tools
  • Extensive experience of working in developing markets

Qualifications

  • Bachelors in Economics and Philosophy from Columbia University
  • Master of International Affairs and Governance from Sciences Po Paris (IEP)
Harriet Jackson
Harriet Jackson

Investment Officer

Role at GCPF

  • Green lending analysis for financial institution transactions across Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia Pacific
  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency market analysis
  • Coordination of fund investment process

Professional background

  • 5 years of experience in development investments and impact measurement, including working for global sustainability organizations
  • Consultant in an impact measurement firm focusing on education and energy projects
  • Led an international student economics and sustainability organization with 40 groups across 20 countries

Qualifications

  • Bachelors in Government and Economics from London School of Economics
  • Masters in Sustainable Development from HEC Paris Business School
Rodrigo Órdenes
Rodrigo Órdenes

Senior Investment Officer Latin America

Role at GCPF

  • Responsible for direct investments in organizations operating along the entire value chain in energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency in Latin America
  • Manage the end to end process of deal execution from sourcing, due diligence and legal closing
  • Establish long-term partnerships with sponsors, lenders, advisors and development agencies within the region

Professional background

  • 15 years in correspondent banking, trade finance and international financial institutions in the banking sector of Bolivia
  • Headed Banco Nacional de Bolivia’s (BNB) international business area
  • Led and developed projects for BNB including the restructuring of the international department and the first Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Qualifications

  • Graduate diploma in economics, Universidad Católica de Bolivia San Pablo (UCB)
  • Trade Finance Products, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Heidi Sumser
Heidi Sumser

Green Lending Officer – Latam

Role at GCPF

  • Originating energy financing opportunities in Latin America
  • Performing green due diligence, preparing investment proposals, and conducting negotiations
  • Managing and developing client relationships with partner institutions

Professional background

  • More than 12 years of experience in development finance
  • Experience of working in emerging markets, especially in Latin America
  • Led design, implementation and integration of energy efficiency and renewable energy financing at an MSME bank in Bolivia (part of the German ProCredit Group)
  • Expertise in banking, consulting, technical assistance and non-profit activities

Qualifications

  • Masters in International Development and Business from the Fletcher School, Tufts University
  • Bachelors in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University
Stefan Issler
Stefan Issler

Head Direct Investments

Role at GCPF

  • Sourcing and screening of energy financing opportunities in target markets
  • Conduct due diligence, structuring of deal execution and bringing investments to a close
  • Establish long-term partnerships with sponsors, lenders, advisors and development agencies

Professional background

  • More than 10 years of experience in the financial industry with a focus on energy access over the last two years
  • Proven track record in leading, structuring, negotiating and executing debt investments in the financial and energy sectors
  • Extensive knowledge of business practices in developing countries with a focus on Sub-Sahara Africa, including 50+ due diligences conducted in 20+ countries

Qualifications

  • Master in Economics from the University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Master of Advanced Studies, Development and Cooperation from the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Basic studies (equivalent to a bachelor degree) in Physics at the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland
Antonia Schäli
Antonia Schäli

PRINCIPAL – DIRECT INVESTMENTS

Role in Energy Debt Team

  • Origination and transaction management for energy financing opportunities
  • Investment process management and portfolio monitoring within energy debt platform

Professional background

  • 15 years of professional experience in emerging markets including six years in impact investing with a focus on energy
  • Assisted in the initiation, growth and advancement of funds targeting the SME and energy access sectors
  • Proven track record in managing the entire investment lifecycle from sourcing to closing

Qualifications

  • Chartered Financial Analyst®
  • Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations, Johns Hopkins University, SAIS
  • Master in Economics and Business Administration, University of Berne and London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Sameer Tirkar
Sameer Tirkar

PRINCIPAL – DIRECT INVESTMENTS

Role at GCPF

  • Responsible for direct investments in organizations operating along the entire value chain in energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency in Asia
  • Manage the end to end process of deal execution from sourcing, due diligence and legal closing
  • Establish long-term partnerships with sponsors, lenders, advisors and development agencies within the region

Professional background

  • Over 10 years of experience as a fixed income specialist across investment banking and debt capital market teams.
  • Experience in developing financial solutions for project finance and working capital for companies in the infrastructure sectors.
  • Worked with one of the leading financial institutions focused on financing infrastructure projects in India

Qualifications

  • Post Graduate diploma in Management from IIM Lucknow, India
  • Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Mumbai University
Monya Bassingthwaighte
Monya Bassingthwaighte

Senior Investment Officer

Role at GCPF

  • Managing end-to-end process of deal execution including origination, due diligence, structuring and legal closing for direct investments

Professional background

  • 8 years of experience in the power and infrastructure sector in emerging markets
  • Experience focused on renewable energy in varying roles including project finance, credit risk, business development and sales
  • Experience in leading and structuring project finance transactions including raising of equity and debt

Qualifications

  • Masters in Finance from University of London
  • Bachelor of Business Science (Finance Honors) from the University of Cape Town
Peter Page
Peter Page

ASSOCIATE – DIRECT INVESTMENTS

Role at GCPF

  • Analyzing energy financing opportunities in GCPF target markets.
  • Conducting due diligence and preparing investment memorandums.
  • Supporting the investment process and portfolio monitoring.

Professional background

  • Analytical background in the field of Renewable Energy generation.
  • Experience in sales / business development with international NGOs.
  • Startup co-founder and entrepreneur.

Qualifications

  • Chartered Financial Analyst®
  • Master in Environmental Engineering from ETHZ, Zurich Switzerland.
  • Bachelor in Environmental Engineering from EPFL, Lausanne Switzerland.
Sathish Dhanapal
Sathish Dhanapal

SENIOR ENERGY SPECIALIST - ASIA

Role at GCPF

  • Co-ordinates with FIs to enhance their reporting process and support them in identifying eligible energy efficiency / renewable energy projects
  • Identify & evaluate technology partners for GCPF direct investments
  • Develop standardised tool for evaluation of energy efficiency / renewable energy projects currently in the pipeline
  • Support ongoing TA programmes
  • Quarterly and yearly carbon reporting

Professional background

  • Over 9 years of consulting experience in developing energy cost reduction and renewable energy strategy for various commercial and industrial clients
  • Extensive experience in developing energy efficiency / renewable energy policies and technology assessment studies for various public sector clients through funding from multilateral institutions like ADB, IFC, UNDP, etc.
  • Sector expertise includes buildings, iron & steel, retail, healthcare & textiles

Qualifications

  • Executive Programme in Business Management
  • Bachelor of Technology in Energy & Environmental Engineering
  • Certified Energy Auditor
Elena Martínez
Elena Martínez

Energy Specialist

Role at GCPF

  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency market analysis
  • Co-ordinates with FIs to enhance their reporting process and support them in identifying eligible energy efficiency / renewable energy projects
  • Support ongoing TA programs
  • Quarterly and yearly carbon reporting review

Professional background

  • over 12 years of experience in renewable energy sector, being specialized in solar and biomass
  • Experience in co-founding a biomass production company, leading business plan definition, financial model and customer’s relationship
  • Sector specific expertise includes project development, engineering, EPC and biomass supplier companies, assuming different roles of project management, feasibility analysis, due diligence process, engineering design and construction of power plants

Qualifications

  • MEng Industrial Engineering, (UPC - ETSEIB – Barcelona)
  • Master in Management and Engineering of Renewable Energies (University of Barcelona)
Angel Verástegui Gubler
Angel Verástegui Gubler

Energy Specialist

Role at GCPF

  • Co-ordinates with FIs to enhance their reporting process and support them in identifying eligible energy efficiency / renewable energy projects
  • Identify & evaluate technology partners for GCPF direct investments
  • Develop standardised tool for evaluation of energy efficiency / renewable energy projects currently in the pipeline
  • Support ongoing TA programmes
  • Quarterly and yearly carbon reporting

Professional background

  • 10 years experience in energy projects within the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ)
  • Principal advisor of the global energy access program Energising Development in Peru promoting a market-based approach for the implementation of renewable energy in rural areas
  • Research and publications around technologies, baselines, market development and climate impacts from energy access
  • International speaker and university lecturer in Peru on these topics

Qualifications

  • Master of Science in economics from Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany
  • Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany
Anh Dung Hoang
Anh Dung Hoang

Energy Specialist

Role at GCPF

  • Co-ordinates with FIs to enhance their reporting process and support them in identifying eligible energy efficiency / renewable projects
  • Identify & evaluate technology partners for GCPF direct investments
  • Develop standardized tool for evaluation of energy efficiency / renewable projects currently in the pipeline
  • Support ongoing TA programs
  • Quarterly and yearly carbon reporting

Professional background

  • Over 7 years of consulting experience in developing energy cost reduction and renewable energy strategy for various commercial and industrial clients
  • Extensive experience in developing energy efficiency / renewable energy policies, aiming to sustainable growth in developing, reduce investment fees and energy consumption for various public sector clients and private sector clients
  • Green Building specialist

Qualifications

  • Master of Science, Technology and Health from l’Insitut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon
Simon Hummel
Simon Hummel

Fund Strategy & Planning

Role at GCPF

  • Managing the business planning process and investment strategy definition for energy investments
  • Asset Liability Management of the energy debt funds
  • Supporting the origination team in structuring investments

Professional background

  • Over 8 years of experience in development finance
  • Portfolio management of microfinance and agricultural investment funds with assets under management of more than USD 2 billion
  • More than 2 years of experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa as an Investment Officer completing 12 due diligences in 8 different countries in East and West Africa in the agricultural sector

Qualifications

  • Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland
Andrea Trejo
Andrea Trejo

Fund Strategy & Planning

Role at GCPF

  • Support in asset liability management, business planning process and investment strategy definition
  • Prepare fundraising information material

Professional background

  • 5 years of experience in investment management managing portfolios from individuals and pension funds, and in investment banking covering Mexican multinationals in the retail and energy sectors
  • Working towards upscaling a private debt fund dedicated to energy access

Qualifications

  • Chartered Financial Analyst®
  • MBA from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Bachelor in financial management from Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico
David Mazaira
David Mazaira

Carbon Impact Specialist

Role at GCPF

  • Evaluate and verify projects eligibility
  • Support FI's in identifying eligible energy efficiency / renewable energy projects
  • Support ongoing TA programs
  • Quarterly and yearly carbon reporting review

Professional background

  • Over 9 years of experience in energy efficiency and energy audits.
  • Experience in Energy Management Systems implementation and CO2 emissions verification/reporting under international standards.
  • Experience in collaboration with sectorial and cross sectorial organizations focused on energy efficiency in industry and transport and climate change mitigation. Sector specific expertise includes process engineering for the Oil & Gas industry, equipment design and energy efficiency assessments.

Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Renewable Energy (Universidad Europea – Tenerife)
  • Bachelor Degree in Chemistry (Simón Bolivar University - Caracas)
Raluca Anisie
Raluca Anisie

Carbon Impact Analyst

Role at GCPF

  • Support in the evaluation and verification of projects’ eligibility
  • Prepare the quarterly and yearly carbon reports
  • Support in the analysis of the E&S compliance and performance of GCPF partner institutions and the annual E&S report
  • Professional background
  • 3 years experience in renewable energy and energy efficiency investments in developing countries, including working in strategy development as well as impact measurement

Qualifications

  • Master's degree in energy management and sustainability from École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Bachelor Degree in electrical engineering from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)
Eva Tschannen
Eva Tschannen

Head Technical Assistance

Role at GCPF

  • Managing technical assistance projects of GCPF partner institutions in Asia and Latin America
  • Managing mandates related to GCPF’s overall operations
  • Designing technical assistance projects, leading tender processes, conducting contract negotiations and monitoring project implementation

Professional background

  • More than 8 years of relevant experience in project management and technical assistance in the public and private development sector
  • At responsAbility since 2015, leading and establishing its Technical Assistance Unit

Qualifications

  • Master of International Affairs and Governance from University of St.Gallen and Science Po Paris (IEP)
Marie-Anna Benard
Marie-Anna Benard

Technical Assistance Officer

Role at GCPF

  • Managing technical assistance projects of GCPF partner institutions in Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Middle East
  • Designing technical assistance projects, leading tender processes, conducting contract negotiations and monitoring project implementation

Professional background

  • +8 years of experience in project management and technical assistance in inclusive finance and social business
  • Joined responsAbility in 2016, supported the development of responsAbility’s agriculture debt fund and managing Technical Assistance projects since 2018
  • Expertise in strategic planning, environmental and social assessments, tool development and training

Qualifications

  • European Master in Microfinance from Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management
  • Master in Sustainable Development from Université Paris-Dauphine
Marian Grabowski
Marian Grabowski

Technical Assistance Officer

Role at GCPF

  • Managing assistance projects of GCPF partner institutions in Africa, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Middle East
  • Designing technical assistance projects, leading tender processes, conducting contract negotiations and monitoring project implementation

Professional background

  • More than 4 years of relevant experience in the fields of technical assistance and development investments
  • Started working at responsAbility in 2015 in commodity research and joined the Technical Assistance Team in 2018; prior work experience in Investment Banking and Development Finance Institutions
  • Co-founded a company and manages a NGO in Malawi.

Qualifications

  • MA in International Affairs from the University of St.Gallen
  • MA in Finance and Strategy from Science Po, Paris;
  • Bachelor in Business Economics from Witten/ Herdecke University.
Taylla Scapim
Taylla Scapim

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE OFFICER

Role at GCPF

  • Designs and manages Technical Assistance projects of GCPF partner institutions in Asia, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and the Middle East

Professional background

  • More than 4 years of experience in project management and cleantech assessment
  • Expertise in innovative technologies and sustainability

Qualifications

  • MSc in Environmental Sciences from the Ecole Polytechnique, Paris
  • Bachelor in Environmental Engineering from the São Paulo State University, São Paulo
Astrid Börner
Astrid Börner

JUNIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICER TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

Role at GCPF

  • Manages Technical Assistance and GCPF workshops and events
  • Supports administration and communication

Professional background

  • 4 years of experience in event management and communication

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Marketing and Communication from Aix-Marseille University
  • Master’s degree in Event and Cultural Organizations Management from Aix-Marseille University
  • Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Strategic Information from Aix-Marseille University