Head

Antoine Prédour
ANTOINE PRÉDOUR

Head Global Climate Partnership Fund

Role at GCPF

  • Managing GCPF’s global team
  • Managing the relationships with the different governance bodies of the Fund
  • Supervising all GCPF activities at responsibility
  • 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
  • Leads all climate finance initiatives at responsAbility
  • Over 9 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

Green Lending

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
  • Working closely with the GCPF’s governing bodies to balance the Fund’s strategic direction, risk-adjusted return and portfolio approach in line with its Mission

Professional background

  • Over 15 years of experience of working and living 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)
Rodrigo Órdenes
Rodrigo Órdenes

Senior Investment Officer Latin America

Role at GCPF

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

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)

Direct Investments

Stefan Issler
Stefan Issler

Head Direct Investments

Role at GCPF

  • Leading the team responsible for GCPF direct investments
  • Managing the relationship with partner institutions GCPF lends directly to, across all stages of the investment process
  • Establish long-term partnerships with sponsors, lenders, advisors and development agencies

Professional background

  • More than 12 years of experience in the financial industry with a focus on energy over the last five 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 GCPF

  • Responsible for direct investments in organizations operating along the entire value chain in energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency globally
  • 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

Professional background

  • 18 years of professional experience in emerging markets including ten years in private debt and equity investments with a focus on energy
  • Proven track record in managing the entire investment lifecycle from sourcing to closing
  • Contributed to the establishment of private debt and equity funds targeting the SME and energy access sectors

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

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

  • Responsible for direct investments in organizations operating along the entire value chain in energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency globally
  • 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

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

  • Responsible for direct investments in organizations operating along the entire value chain in energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency in Africa
  • Support the end to end process of deal execution from sourcing, due diligence and legal closing
  • Portfolio monitoring of GCPF direct investments

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.
Andrea Trejo
Andrea Trejo

INVESTMENT ANALYST – 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 globally
  • Support the end to end process of deal execution from sourcing, due diligence and legal closing
  • Portfolio monitoring of GCPF direct investments

Professional background

  • +5 years of experience in investment management managing portfolios from individuals and pension funds, and in investment banking covering multinationals in the retail and energy sectors in Mexico
  • Joined responsAbility in 2018 and worked towards upscaling a private debt fund dedicated to finance companies in the Energy Access and Commercial and Industrial (C&I) segments

Qualifications

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

Investment Officer

Role at GCPF

  • Responsible for direct investments in organizations operating along the entire value chain in the African renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors
  • Support the end to end process of deal execution from sourcing, due diligence and legal closing
  • Portfolio monitoring of GCPF direct investments

Professional background

  • More than 6 years of experience in corporate and investment banking
  • Proven experience in sourcing, structuring, negotiating and executing debt investments in the energy sectors in emerging countries
  • Experience in building innovative financial vehicles to provide risk capital to under-banked markets

Qualifications

  • BSc Physics from the University of Bristol, UK
Yukti Jain
Yukti Jain

Investment Analyst

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
  • Support the end to end process of deal execution from sourcing, due diligence and legal closing
  • Portfolio monitoring of GCPF direct investments

Professional background

  • 5 years of professional experience in emerging markets with renewable energy focus
  • Worked with India’s largest renewable energy IPP for project finance and business development

Qualifications

  • Chartered Financial Analyst®
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Management from IIM Rohtak, India
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi

Energy Specialists

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
Angel Verástegui Gubler
Angel Verástegui Gubler

Energy Specialist

Role at GCPF

  • Responsible for the development and implementation of the green lending strategy of existing FIs in the Latin America portfolio
  • Co-ordinates with FIs energy assessments to enhance their reporting process to be integrated in GCPF´s quarterly and yearly carbon reporting
  • Supports the energy efficiency & renewable energy market analysis to scale the FIs green portfolio
  • Management of the TA project implementation with focus in energy and social & environmental risk matters

Professional background

  • Over 10 years of advising experience of public and private institutions in market based renewable energy projects for the international cooperation in Latin America
  • Academical expertise around technologies, baselines and market development for energy access, including clean cooking and thermal comfort
  • Project design, impact measurement and fundraising experience with RE/EE for multilateral sources like BMZ, BMUB, IICA, NAMA Facility, IDB, GEF-UNDP, etc

Qualifications

  • Master of Science in economics from Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany
  • Bachelor of Science in industrial, mechanical and process 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

Fund Strategy & Planning

Vivian Kotun
Vivian Kotun

Head Business Development & Planning

Role at GCPF

  • Lead the business planning process and investment strategy definition for GCPF
  • Support the Head of GCPF in setting the strategic direction of the fund's activities
  • Overseeing the portfolio management tasks, including pricing and asset liability management

Professional background

  • +15 years of experience in development investments, including equity investments and credit risk analysis in microfinance institutions, health and energy
  • Led the launch and implementation of a fund managed by responsAbility dedicated to energy access
  • Global experience including Latin America, South Asia, and the United States

Qualifications

  • MBA from The Wharton School in Philadelphia, USA
  • Master in International Business from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce Grenoble, in France
  • Industrial Engineering, INTEC, Dominican Republic
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 10 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

Carbon Reporting

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)

Technical Assistance

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

PROJECT MANAGER – TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

Role at GCPF

  • Manages projects with financial institutions in Latin America, Africa, and Asia to facilitate GCPF investments and impact – this includes project design, tender process, contract negotiations, project monitoring and reporting
  • Leads the Environmental and Social technical assistance programme for all GCPF partner institutions.

Professional background

  • 10 years of experience in project management and technical assistance in inclusive and green finance, sustainable agriculture, and social business
  • Joined responsAbility in 2016 and manages 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