Martin founded Phanes Group in 2012, giving the firm a distinct renewable energy and emerging market focus. He has orchestrated the company's transition from an advisory-focused firm to an integrated solar developer and investment manager with a transaction volume exceeding USD 250 million.
He has led key deals for Phanes Group, including the largest distributed PV solar project in the Middle East, the largest PV solar project in the Caribbean, and secured a 260 MW project portfolio in Nigeria as well as in several other sub-Saharan markets.
With 17 years in asset management and infrastructure finance, Martin has a wealth of experience in structuring and in-depth expertise in the cleantech industry and Islamic Finance.
He was the Head of Asset Management for the UAE-based Gulf Merchant Bank, and established Dubai-based Themar Partners that was later merged into Phanes Group. Prior to this he worked for Credit Suisse Asset Management in London and Zurich as a Global COO Products and Solutions.
Martin holds an MBA from INSEAD, France/ Singapore, and a Masters in Corporate Law from the University of Hamburg, Germany.
Andrea Haupts co-founded Phanes Group in 2012, leading the firm’s operational strategies from its establishment in Dubai, UAE - one of the youngest markets for renewable energy – through its current phase of rapid international growth. She has co-headed the development and execution of the company’s business strategy, and established operational, accounting, compliance and regulatory structures.
Furthermore, Andrea is responsible for Phanes Group’s PR, Marketing and CSR initiatives, and off-grid propositions to deliver clean energy to rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa.
With over a decade in the communications industry, Andrea has a wealth of experience in Communications, Marketing and Journalism as well as General Management. She worked both in consulting as well as on the corporate side where she gained deep expertise in project management as well as setting up and re-shaping business structures.
Her clients and employers covered a vast variety of industries such as FMCG, hospitality, media & publishing or pharmaceuticals, e.g. McDonald’s Germany, Gore-Tex, Roche Pharmaceuticals or Hubert Burda Media – one of Europe’s largest media and publishing companies.
Andrea hails from a family business in the energy sector.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Communication, Political Sciences and Psychology from Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany, as well as a degree in Marketing from the Bavarian Academy of Advertising and Marketing (BAW) in Munich. Andrea is also a trained and certified Industrial Business Manager from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) in Munich. She is currently pursuing an Executive MBA at TUM (Technical University of Munich) School of Management.
Hannah joined Phanes Group in November 2015 and leads a team that secures financing from banks and investment funds. This is in addition to the team producing consolidated financial statements, budget reviews and managing cost control across the group’s operations. She is in charge of project accounting, budgeting, cash flow planning and financial reporting, and is responsible for overseeing asset-optimization processes.
Closely involved in raising capital and business evaluation, Hannah’s expertise includes managing capital-raising roadmaps up through IPOs, successful due-diligence for world-class investors and execution of take-over transactions. Hannah’s daily responsibilities include budgeting and cash flow planning, financial modelling, IFRS reporting, cost control and management reporting.
She has over 14 years of professional experience in accounting, audit and finance, including eight years in senior finance positions at international companies in both Ukraine and the UAE.
Before joining Phanes Group, Hanna worked for the US-Danish Agricultural Complex, for a German finance & accounting advisory and for international military group companies. Over her career, she has gained valuable experience working with the ‘Big Four’ audit firms, financial, legal and investment institutions worldwide. Hanna holds international qualifications from the ACCA, as well as a Master’s in Finance & Credit from the National Academy of Management in Kiev, Ukraine, and is currently completing a certification by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
As a founding partner, Malik has played a key role in laying the foundations for Phanes Group, developing the company into an integrated solar development and investment management firm. He has originated strategic partnerships with several institutional investors whilst leading Phanes Group’s solar project business development activities. With a wealth of experience in emerging markets, Malik leads the development of the solar PV business in MENA and sub-Saharan Africa.
Before joining Phanes Group, Malik was an Associate Director for Barclays Wealth plc in Dubai, Investment Specialist for top tier CIBC Securities and a Relationship Manager for TD Bank in Canada.
He also gained experience in the energy sector as Business Development Manager for Oil & Chemicals International Ltd, also based in Canada. Malik holds a Bachelor’s with a Major in International Relations from Montreal University and an Investment Manager Diploma from the Canadian Securities Institute.
Christos is the Head of the Legal Department. He is responsible for managing contractual, corporate and regulatory matters for UAE (United Arab Emirates) and Africa. He manages the negotiation, drafting and review of commercial agreements (JDA’s, MoU’s, NDA’s, among many others), legal due diligence, outside counsels, corporate governance law issues and practice.
Christos brings significant knowledge in commercial and company law, energy law, legal consulting, investment in renewable energy sources, equity funding, project finance, subsidies and M&A’s (Mergers & Acquisitions). He was a Regional Legal Counsel servicing Hanergy Thin Film Power Greece, a Chinese based solar thin film module and hydro power producer in Southeast Europe - MENA (Greece, Turkey, Romania, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, and Azerbaijan) for commercial, contractual, corporate, employment and regulatory issues.
He also gained significant experience from his time as an In House Legal Counsel for Solar Cells Hellas Group, a firm providing professional solutions for the realization of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) projects, where he provided servicing to entire Group of Companies (30 S.A. companies and 5 Ltd companies).
He holds an Executive MBA from Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), a Master’s in Finance and Business Law from the American College of Greece and a Bachelor’s in Law degree from Democritus University of Thrace, Greece.
Liudmila is the Executive Assistant to CEO Martin Haupts. She is responsible for providing support to the CEO’s office such as handling high profile incoming and outgoing communication, maintaining complex filing systems and databases for confidential information, scheduling internal and external meetings, and important document review and preparation for sign-off. She also organizes travel itineraries and logistics, predominantly in Africa and the Middle East.
Liudmila has a wealth of experience in coordinating projects, corporate agendas and itineraries, monitoring day-to-day corporate activities and overall team support from her time as an Executive Assistant for Tishkovo, Industrial Construction Investment and Martena Engineering Construction Holding, a leading construction and engineering firms based out of Moscow, Russia.
She holds a Bachelor’s in Government and Municipal Administration from the Institute of State and Municipal Administration in Moscow, Russia. She has also earned the Certificate of Trade Economy Management from the Trade-Cooperative College in Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan.
Yezdan is the Director of Structured Finance for Phanes Group. She is responsible for leading the financial structuring of projects, fund raising activities, and driving projects from very early stages to Financial Close (“FC”), successfully ensuring that all closing requirements are met and deadlines are achieved.
She brings to the team considerable experience in joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions in energy, oil & gas and infrastructure sectors. Yezdan has maintained a close relationship with IFIs (i.e./IFC, EBRD, OPIC, EIB, AFDB, Proparco), ECAs, quasi ECAs, local and international lenders for nonrecourse structured finance deals, along with AAA+ rated companies in energy, oil & gas and infrastructure sectors. She has also successfully led several large scale renewable energy deals, many in the range of 100 MWs – 800 MWs with an investment size of $ 180 million - $1.5 billion.
Yezdan led the Structured Finance team of SunEdison as the Director of Structured Finance and Business Development for MENAT. She was responsible for all debt and equity raising for renewable energy projects (solar, wind, hydro) for MENAT. She was also the Director of Finance in Habboush Group who was the operating partner of Goldman Sachs for their 1.8 GWs of renewable energy assets portfolio in Turkey. Here she gained extensive experience in project and structured finance deals worldwide, especially in emerging markets.
With over 19 years of experience in corporate banking, business development and project finance, she has represented both lenders and borrowers. She is also completing a CMA (Certified Management Accountant) and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in business administration from Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey.
Thomas is a Senior Investment Officer at Phanes Group, heading up all equity and investment related activities for the group.
Thomas defines and develops the investment strategy within Phanes Group, heading up investment analysis activities and ensuring efficient investment related decision-making by running the Investment Committee (IC) process.
Furthermore, he co-operates closely with Investors, PE Funds and Development Finance Institutes (DFIs) to secure (equity) funding on group and on project level.
Prior to joining Phanes Group, Thomas acted as CFO for US based renewable energy project developer Convalt, and as Head of Group Treasury and Tax for Norwegian company REC in Singapore. Before that, he built up and headed the Project Finance team for REC Systems in Munich.
Thomas gained over 10 years in banking/project finance experience at UniCredit in Munich and London before joining the solar industry.
Thomas holds a degree in Law from Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany.
Günther Balcerzak is a Technical Director for Phanes Group. He is responsible for managing the technical design and assessment during the project development stage and overseeing project delivery and execution. He brings extensive infrastructure project experience in sub-Saharan countries across different infrastructure industries and has coupled this with a deep knowledge of solar PV technology to bring expert advice and management to the projects in development in emerging markets.
Günther gained a wealth of experience as a Project Director for RUPAG AG, a German private equity company focusing on renewable energy. Guenther played an important part in the setting up of Masdar PV in 2008 and, since that time, has been responsible for Project Management and Plant Expansion.
Günther was a principal of cleantech advisory and project development boutique Heliosmax. Additionally, he also worked as a Senior Project Manager with Balcke-Duerr and SPX, international manufacturers of large components for the power industry. At Balcke-Duerr, Guenther installed the world’s first in-line plant for the manufacture of thin film PV modules. During his engagement on the project management team for Mannesmann he was based in Nigeria for a significant period of time to lead technical and project teams working on the Escravos-Lagos Gas Gathering Pipeline Project.
Cherry is an Assistant to the Directors for Phanes Group. She is responsible for supporting the leadership team, handling high-profile incoming and outgoing communication, maintaining complex filing systems and databases for confidential information, scheduling internal and external meetings, and important document review and preparation for sign-off. She also organizes travel itineraries and logistics.
Cherry started in Phanes Group as Office Manager & Team Assistant and also brings significant experience from her time as an Office Assistant at Dubai Sky Clinic Dental Center, a recognized dental clinic in the UAE.
She managed the office corporate expenses and patient invoices and maintained important filing systems for patients’ medical history. Additionally, she ensured the friendly interaction between the patients and colleagues. Furthermore, she also gained medical knowledge through her nurse training at the West Visayas State University Medical Center in the Philippines.
Cherry holds a Bachelor's degree in Science, specialty Nursing.
Micaela is a Project Development Manager for Phanes Group. She is responsible for developing our international PV business in Africa, Middle East and Latin America by analyzing, assessing and recommending activities towards successful commercialization. Moreover, she is supporting the submission of projects developed through RFP (Requests For Proposals) and Power Purchase Agreements (PPA).
Micaela has a proven track record in high value PV international project development from her experience in Conergy, a leading PV solution and service provider. She was responsible for managing diverse engineering and service projects in Europe (Germany, Spain, Italy) and Latin America (Ecuador).
Additionally, she carried out PV project development in Africa (South Africa and Morocco), North America (USA and Canada), Latin America (Ecuador and Puerto Rico), the Caribbean (Jamaica) and South East Asia (Thailand) supporting Conergy´s overall engineering, sales and procurement teams worldwide.
Micaela holds a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Clausthal in Germany. Furthermore, she received a full scholarship from the VDI German Engineers Association and obtained a MBA from the Hamburg School of Business Administration.
Nina is a HR & Marketing Executive for Phanes Group. She is responsible for handling the full life-cycle of the recruitment process, from the identification of possible candidates with the recruitment agency to the final selection with our management team. She has successfully identified candidates from different technical backgrounds and nationalities, accommodating very niche positions. Furthermore, Nina is the first point of contact for all human resources related matters and establishes all team-building events in line with the company’s strategy.
Nina gained significant interpersonal and communication skills from her time as a Client Relations Executive for the Jumeriah Group, a leading hospitality firm in Dubai operating a world-class portfolio of luxury brands.
She was the first point of contact for clients and successfully coordinated their itineraries and acted as a facilitator to enable all the essential information. Moreover, she was in charge of expertly solving clients complaints and ensuring their overall positive experience. She also brings important office administrative experience from her time as an Secretary for Royal Offices in Dubai, UAE (United Arab Emirates).
Nina holds a Bachelor’s in Business Management from the Russian International Academy.
Vera is a Junior Project Development Manager for Phanes Group. She is responsible for developing our international PV business in Africa -particularly in the sub-Saharan region- by analyzing, assessing and recommending activities towards successful commercialization. Moreover, she is supporting the submission of projects developed through RFP (Requests For Proposals) and Power Purchase Agreements (PPA).
Vera brings in substantial solar PV knowledge from her time in Martifer Solar, a global player in development, EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) and O&M (Operation & Maintenance) services and distribution.
She was responsible for analyzing and assessing solar PV projects by conducting technical and economic feasibility studies and due diligence processes, as well as carrying out business development activities such as commercial prospecting, supporting grant applications and preparing business proposals.
Furthermore, she also gained significant experience in the energy sector through her role as an Energy Management Engineer in Coca-Cola Portugal.
Vera holds a Master’s in Environment and Energy Engineer from Faculdade de Ciências Universidade de Lisboa , Portugal.
Ricardo is a Logistics Coordinator and Document Controller for Oryx Solar System Solutions, a Phanes Group company. He is in charge of all material movements from suppliers (foreign and local) to production site. Additionally, he handles all activities related to document controller procedures, including technical documents, drawings, registers for detail engineering or construction engineering project and maintains specifically assigned project database.
He gained significant project experience working with First Solar’s 13MW solar PV power plant project for DEWA (Dubai Electricity & Water Authority) Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, he worked in other projects, the 20 MIGD SWRO Water desalination plant project for SEWA (Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority), and “3+7” MIGD SWRO Water desalination plant project for FEWA (Federal Electricity & Water Authority).
Ricardo is a US Certified International Supply Chain Professional (CISCP) from Blue Ocean Academy in Dubai, an accredited subsidiary of International Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Institute (IPSCMI-USA). He holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering at the Holy Angel University in the Philippines.
Andrea is a Senior PR & Marketing Manager for Phanes Group. She is responsible for managing day to day PR & Marketing operations and ensuring corporate communications strategy implementation and delivery.
Andrea brings a wealth of experience from her time as Country Director for Oxford Business Group, managing all aspects of business intelligence reports in 7 different markets, across 3 continents. She planned and implemented all strategic public relations and local marketing initiatives, and managed partner and client relations; especially in the MENA region (Egypt, Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia). Furthermore, she worked as Junior Law Clerk for the Supreme Court of Argentina drafting legal resolutions and applying Court precedents.
Andrea holds a Law degree (Honours) from the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina and a Law Pedagogical Certificate from the University of Buenos Aires
Thanos is a Project Finance Manager for Phanes Group. He is responsible for enhancing the financial structuring of projects and the company´s fund raising activities in Africa and the Middle East.
Thanos brings a wealth of experience in finance from his time at Ernst & Young (EY), a leading multinational professional services firm. He worked as Deputy Manager for the Infrastructure Advisory & Project Finance team in the MENA region and as a Senior Advisor in Europe, gaining experience in infrastructure investment and finance across a wide spectrum of asset classes, including renewable energy, transport and social infrastructure.
In the Middle East, Thanos engaged with different GCC governments and authorities on several projects, including feasibility studies for PPP Kuwait Metro, the procurement of the Kuwait Low Cost Housing, as well as the tender for PPP urban redevelopment by the Dubai Road & Transport Authority.
He holds a Master’s in Science from the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science from City University London, United Kingdom (UK). Furthermore, he earned a Master’s of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration & Finance from the National University of Athens, Greece.
Thomas is a Project Manager for Oryx Solar Systems Solutions, a Phanes Group company. He is responsible for supporting the largest solar distributed rooftop project in the Middle East for DP World and our CSR solar powered school containers for Africa. He provides overall technical expertise, manages permitting with DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority) and Trakhees, oversees contractors and consultants electrical and mechanical design activities while also carrying out provisional and final acceptance inspection activities.
He brings a wealth of experience from his time at Verger et Delporte, a UAE (United Arab Emirates) MEP (Mechanical and Electrical Plumbing) and switchgear company. He started as Project Engineer (IT division) and then moved on to be a Project Manager, Renewable & Energy Saving.
He carried out business development activities, solar PV tendering processes management, contractors and supplier selection, as well as provided technical training to clients and partners
He is a DEWA Approved Solar PV Expert and holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Strathclyde in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Additionally he earned a Master’s of Science in Electronic Engineering, Architecture and Integration of Electronic Systems from ESIEE Paris, France.
Hubert is the PR & Marketing Manager at Phanes Group, where he supported the set-up and development of the company’s communications functions. Having started with the company in 2015 as a Business Analyst within the Business Development department, he brings to the role experience in Phanes Group’s key Middle East & North Africa (MENA) and sub-Saharan Africa markets.
Hubert comes to Phanes Group from a background in consumer marketing, where he honed his project management skills working in the United States, Asia, and Europe. His previous experience has been in the luxury goods and FMCG sectors, working for Cartier, Christian Dior, and Time Inc.
Hubert holds a MBA (Masters of Business Administration) from HEC Paris School of Management in France, and a Bachelor’s in History from Columbia University in the U.S.
Stefanos is Senior Project Manager for Oryx Solar Systems Solutions, a Phanes Group company. He is responsible for the delivery of the DP World distributed solar PV project – largest solar distributed rooftop in the Middle East Africa projects, our CSR solar powered school containers for Africa and he is overlooking the whole EPCM (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Management) process from inception to completion for the company’s pipeline in Africa, LATAM and MENA.
He brings significant experience in the deployment and delivery of solar energy projects from his time as a Senior Project Manager in Lightsource Renewable Energy Holdings, the United Kingdom’s (UK) largest solar energy generator.
Furthermore, he gained considerable experience in developing new opportunities in renewables and successful commercialization as a Senior Business-Project Development Manager for Hanergy Solar Power and Aktor S.A./Biosar (Ellaktor Group) in European markets (Greece, Netherlands and the Balkans).
Matt is a Construction/O&M Manager for Oryx Solar Systems Solutions, a Phanes Group company. He is responsible for overlooking the construction of the DP World distributed solar PV project- largest solar rooftop in the Middle East. He supervises the Engineering Procurement and Contractors (EPC) of the project during the execution to ensure adherence to design requirements, quality of the construction, budgeting requirements and delivery on time while managing internal and external relations on-site.
Matt brings over 20 years of experience in installation and management of solar AC systems and approximately 10 years in the solar roof top field in Europe and Australia. He was a site manager with National/Architects managing projects and driving them through the delivery phase (construction start to grid connection) while being exposed and assisting during the planning and development phases for a distributed solar installation in Queensland and Victoria, Australia.
He was also gained significant experience in the construction industry as a Project Manager for Fachklinik St. Blasien Hospital and AT Hormann GmbH, Germany.
He holds a Master’s in Electrical Services from Federal Technology Centre for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology in Oldenburg, Germany, and is currently studying for his Project Management Professional Certification (PMP).
Michal is a Procurement & Project Development Manager for Phanes Group. He is responsible for EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) selection and procurement of major equipment. Furthermore, he works on permitting and development process for key projects in Africa as well as the Middle East.
Michal has proven track record in solar PV projects (pre-construction) from his time in ET Solutions, a premium provider for turnkey photovoltaic systems in the international solar market. He overlooked and executed a wide range of key tasks as a Senior Business Development Manager EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), from business and project development to procurement.
Prior to this he gained significant experience as a Key Account Manager working for AU Optronics (BenQ Group), a solar PV module manufacturer in Taiwan, where he was managing OEM/ODM accounts (Original Equipment Manufacturer / Original Design Manufacturer).
He holds a MBA from the National University of Taiwan and a Bachelor’s degree in Economy and Management from Commenius University in Bratislava.
Scott is a Design Engineer Assistant for Oryx Solar Systems Solutions, a Phanes Group company. He is responsible for conceptualizing and preparing solar PV module system layout, electrical and mechanical design as well as carrying out site surveys for verification. He is currently involved in the DP World project- largest distributed solar PV rooftop in the Middle East- and our projects in Africa.
He brings a wealth of experience and niche Oil & Gas piping design expertise from his time as a Mechanical/Piping Designer at Petrokon Utama in Brunei Darussalam and as a PDS Piping Designer at Worley Parsons, Qatar and United Arab Emirates (UAE).
He was responsible for conceptualizing equipment and piping layout, carrying out site surveys for gathering of design data, verification and as-building of existing plant facilities (offshore and onshore), producing mechanical/piping deliverables in Front End Engineering Design (FEED), Conceptual Design (CD) and Detailed Design (DD).
Scott holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Batangas State University, Philippines.
Alessandro is a Senior Project Development Manager, leading the Development Team for Phanes Group. He is responsible for overlooking the planning and implementation of our PV solar portfolio.
He brings a proven track record of managing solar PV projects in Europe, North and South America and in the MENA region from his experience as Project Manager – Renewable Energy Consultant at Mott MacDonald, a global engineering, management and consultancy company.
He has an advanced capability to execute due diligence studies, PV plant modelling, electrical design and plant performance assessment. He has conducted the review and discussion of international EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction), O&M (Operation and Maintenance) and PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) for an extensive number of renewable projects worldwide (about 1 GW).
Expertise also includes construction and operation monitoring of wind and biomass plants. Furthermore, he also gained significant business and technical experience in the renewable energy market as Technical Director in Energy Corp, and as Project Manager in Solergy srl and SHAP spa.
He holds a Master’s of Electronic Engineering from Tor Vergata University (Rome, Italy), he has been Research Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, USA); he is a Chartered Engineer of the Italian Order.
Marcelo is a Photovoltaic Systems Design Engineer for Oryx Solar Systems Solutions, a Phanes Group company. He is responsible for the overall electrical and mechanical design of PV systems (DC & AC) during project planning, implementation and delivery for Africa and the Middle East. He is also in charge of liaising with electrical consultants and EPC contractors (Engineering, Procurement and Construction), reviewing construction plans while maintaining rules and legal guidelines and ensuring that all information is documented and secured.
He brings a wealth of technical expertise from his time as a Project Engineer – Solar PV for Enviromena Power Systems, a leading developer of photovoltaic projects in the MENA region based out of Abu Dhabi.
He was responsible for solar PV systems overall design, technical due diligence and providing engineering support to the Project Management team and subcontractors. Furthermore, he also gained significant experience as a Senior Engineer while working for Epson Precision Philippines and as a Service Engineer in Automated Technologies Incorporated, both located in the Philippines.
Marcelo holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Lyceum of the Philippines University in Manila.
Iuliia Iun is a Senior Accountant for Phanes Group. She is responsible for preparing our organization’s financial statements which include maintaining the general ledger and managing the full accounting cycle of development and EPC operations. Furthermore, she analyzes the costs of operations and products for solar PV projects in Africa and the Middle East while supporting the corporate cost control and budgeting activities.
With almost ten years of professional experience she brings a wealth of finance and accounting expertise in the Middle East from her time as a Cost Accountant at Lukoil International Services BV, a firm that manages oil and gas production and exploration projects in the Middle East. She also gained experience as an Accountant at Louis Vuitton where she managed accounts payable for the Company’s entities of the Middle East. Furthermore, she gained considerable experience in Russia covering a variety of industries such as Oil & Gas, FMCG, catering and construction.
She holds professional qualification from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) which is the world’s largest and leading professional body of management accountants based in UK and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting & Audit from Khabarovsk State Academy of Economy and Law in Russia.
Said is a Construction Manager for Oryx Solar Systems Solutions, a Phanes Group company. He is responsible for overlooking the construction of the DP World distributed solar PV project- largest solar rooftop in the Middle East. He supervises the Engineering Procurement & Construction (EPC) contractors of the project during the execution to ensure adherence to design requirements, quality of the construction, budgeting requirements and delivery on time while managing internal and external relations on-site.
Said brings a wealth of experience from his time in REC-Renewable Energy Cooperation, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of photovoltaic panels, as the Head of Engineering & Sales Support – Middle East. He was in charge of project coordination and structuring, managing sub-contractor, procurement, Lead Role in Design & Estimation of all Bids and provide Technical Inputs.
Furthermore, he also gained significant experience in the Middle East as a Project Manager for Belectric Solar, the EPC world market leader on large-scale photovoltaic projects and at AREVA GmbH, a French multinational company based on nuclear and renewable energy.
He holds a Graduate Electrical Engineer with a specialization in energy engineering and renewable energies from Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen – University of Applied Science in Germany.
Arezou is a Manager Legal, Compliance & Regulatory Affairs for Phanes Group and works alongside the legal team on all regulatory and compliance matters. She is responsible for implementing the company’s policies and procedures and monitors compliance in all the company activities.
Arezou brings a wealth of experience in commercial management and compliance in the renewable energy, legal and financial services sector, including setting up compliance procedures and contract management. Before joining the company, she was Commercial Manager for Low Carbon Contracts Company, where she managed a large portfolio of high net worth renewable energy contracts for the UK government’s Contacts for Difference scheme.
Prior to this she worked as a Legal and Compliance Manager in companies such as SKB Global and Woodgrange Solicitors in the UK, where she implemented compliance standards according to prevailing regulatory standards.
Arezou holds a Bachelor’s in Law (Hons) from London South Bank University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from BPP Law School, both obtained in the UK. Additionally, she has a Fellow Award from the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and is a qualified solicitor of England and Wales with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Kimberly is a Junior Accountant for Phanes Group. She is responsible for supporting the finance team with the daily transactions of the company and is currently in charge of handling accounts payables and employees expense claims.
She worked as an Accounting Assistant for three years in a trading company focused on engineering services and product solutions in Dubai, UAE. She handled the day to day accounting operations of the company from making invoices, following up of payments, bank transactions, organizing the company’s files till assisting in general office tasks.
Furthermore, she worked as a Cash Management Staff in a manufacturing company in the Philippines, where she managed the daily transactions of the treasury department of the company.
Kimberly holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Accountancy from Bataan Peninsula State University, Philippines.
Haytham is a Business Development Manager for Phanes Group. He is supporting the business development actions in MENA and sub-Saharan Africa.
Before joining Phanes Group, Haytham was Head of Strategy and Business Development for Gaia Energy, with a special focus on MENA renewable energy Markets, and a Business Development Manager for Abengoa, prospecting -Water, Energy and Environment- opportunities in North and West Africa where he worked on one of the major solar (PV and CSP) projects in the region.
He also gained experience in the energy sector through several business and engineering positions for Vortex (AST&T), while based in Morocco.
Haytham holds a Bachelor’s of Telecom Engineering and obtained an MBA with a Major in International Business from Al Akhawayn University in Partnership with Copenhagen Business School.
Monica is a Receptionist/Team Assistant for Phanes Group. She is responsible for supporting the team members through administrative functions and is the first contact point for visitors. She is in charge of liaising with vendors and suppliers for office related materials and carries out document control support and filing.
She worked as a Receptionist and HR Assistant for two years in Al Aabdi Holding LLC, a recruitment company in Dubai, UAE (United Arab Emirates). She handled the day-to-day administrative operations of the HR office, from preparing the requirements for visa application and assisting the HR Coordinator in all back office work.
Monica holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Medical Laboratory from Lyceum of the Philippines University.
Ami Williams is the Business Manager for Phanes Group and is responsible for supporting the smooth day-to-day running of the business as well as strategizing key additions and improvements towards realizing our growth potential. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and senior experience within international industries to support the wider team; including technical consulting on IT infrastructures, growth strategies and accredited process driven implementations.
She is an experienced leader with over 11 years' experience within operations, business management and HR with a successful track record in leading, managing and supporting a variety of businesses and teams.
A proven relationship manager at all levels with a keen eye for employee investment and engagement. A strong strategic thinker, negotiator, and forecaster of business and project needs with an ambitious and proactive ethos.
She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Media, a postgraduate certificate of study in Business and has training in Leadership, Managing Change, Employee Empowerment and Facilitation.
As Chief Technology Officer at Phanes Group, Dr. Rainer Gegenwart leads a multi-disciplinary, international team and oversees projects from origination through the realization and execution phases. He is responsible for the development and realization of a diverse pipeline of utility scale ground-mounted and rooftop PV projects with focus on the sub-Saharan and MENA regions. Rainer also leads the project and technical team to develop off-grid and hybrid solar energy solutions such as solar powered mini-grids for rural communities.
Other projects include utility-scale systems in the Caribbean, commercial rooftops in the MENA region as well as residential applications for UK housing associations.
Rainer began his career in 1986 at Leybold, a company specialized on the field of glass coatings, solar and display technology working in R&D of thin film processes and equipment. He then took on the role of Product Section Manager for Display technologies.
After 1997, he became Managing Director at ANTEC Technology, the first industrial scale manufacturers of thin film PV modules based on Cadmium Telluride. His team developed the related processes and equipment and took them into production.
Between 2003 and 2005, he took charge of the set up and development of First Solar in Germany, now a global market leader in thin film technology. From 2005, Rainer joined Colexon Energy, an EPC company active in utility scale and industrial rooftop PV systems. In 2008, he became Managing Director and CEO at Masdar PV, responsible for the development of the company and its production facilities in Germany and Abu Dhabi. He also founded and acted as Managing Director of cleantech advisory and project development boutique Heliosmax.
Ahmed is the Co-founder of Misr Energy. He is also Co-Founder and Senior Partner of the financial services outsourcing company SG Analytics. The company was established in 2006 and currently has an employee base of 400. Ahmed is a veteran of the financial services industry, with more than 22 years of experience in global investment banks like Nomura Securities, Societe Generale and UBS covering Equity Sales, Asset Management and Private Banking.
He resides in Zurich, Switzerland and Cairo, Egypt. Ahmed has Masters in Law from University of Zurich, an MBA from INSEAD and is a passionate skier and tennis player.
Omar is Co-Founder of Misr Energy. An Egyptian and Swiss national, Omar is an independent entrepreneur. In 2000 he founded his own company, which grew to 250 employees with revenues exceeding EUR 25 million. His professional career spans 20 years, in which he held multiple senior executive positions in information technology, sales and marketing, as well as finance and general management. Omar worked for companies with extensive technology exposure, mainly in consumer goods (Procter & Gamble), telecommunication (Deutsche Telecom, Global One, o.tel.o), and utility (RWE, Veba) industries.
Omar played key roles in setting-up new ventures and growing them to multi- billion enterprises. Since 2009 Omar has worked as independent advisor and consultant to venture capital companies and large technology companies, managing the growth of start-ups as well as transformation and restructuring projects for stressed businesses. Based in Egypt and Germany, Omar works on a global scale, mainly in France, UK, USA, and held residencies in India and Poland.
Rob is the Commercial and Operating Manager of Zonel. He graduated in Economics and has more than 25 years’ experience in the roofing business. For the last 10 years he was a sales and technical manager of a European roofing producer and export director,responsible for the United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark and part of Germany.
Rob joined Arice Kuijpers with Zonel Energy Systems in 2012. He is an expert in solving complex problems for customers and in searching for new product/market possibilities. An example of this is the innovating sun protection with BIPV and solar carports.
Arice is CEO of the Zonel Group. His background is in off shore sales before moving to the construction sector. He worked for several years for a well-known Swiss company where he gained a lot of experience in international sales. He has more than 22 years’ experience in the roofing business, has been CEO and owner of SRC Roofing Company (this was one of the first Dutch companies which implemented genuine sustainable projects ) & Protectus Roof Safety for the last nine years.
A founding member of Zonel Energy Systems, Arice is responsible for developing large PV projects and key accounts in the Netherlands and abroad.
The team in South Africa, servicing the region at large is lead by a well-experienced and qualified team under the guidance of Peter Weyland. Peter has lead the management team since 2005 and is considered to be at the forefront of the renewables sector through his constant involvement in policy making, project development and specialist consulting services to a number of Governments in the region.
Peter holds undergraduate degrees in Science and post graduate degrees in Management and Philosophy.
Recently, Peter has worked on projects in the United Arab Emirates for the Abu Dhabi Government, in Kenya and Tanzania for private Independent Power Producers, in Zambia and Botswana for developers of utility scale power producers.
Peter is a 40% shareholder and the Managing Director of Aquabella, and shares the control of the company with other highly experienced and qualified local South Africans.