Martin Haupts 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 227.5 MW project portfolio in Nigeria as well as in numerous other sub-Saharan markets.
With 17 years in Investment Banking 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 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 phase of rapid international growth to an established organization. She has co-headed the development and execution of the company’s business strategy, and established operational, accounting, compliance and regulatory structures.
She leads and oversees Operations & IT, HR, Communications & Marketing as well as being a Senior Client Leader for the business development activities in Southern Africa.
Furthermore, she heads the company’s CSR initiatives, like off-grid propositions to remote villages or the Phanes Group Solar Incubator to deliver clean energy to communities in sub-Saharan Africa.
Andrea has been in the solar industry for the last 7 years in her current role. She also has over a decade experience in the communications and media industry. Andrea brings 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.
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.
As a founding partner, Malik Bencherchali 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 Katsaros is the Head of the Legal Department. He is responsible for managing contractual, corporate, compliance and regulatory matters for the group’s projects and operations in the UAE and Africa. He manages the negotiations, drafting and review of commercial agreements such as JDAs, MoUs, EPCs, O&Ms, SHAs, SPAs, legal due diligence, outside counsels, corporate governance law issues and practice.
With over 10 years of experience, Christos brings in-depth expertise in legal consulting, investments in renewable energy and M&As. For Hanergy Thin Film Power, a Chinese based multinational solar thin film module and hydro power producer he advised on commercial, contractual, corporate, employment, investment and regulatory issues as a Regional Legal Counsel for Southeast Europe - MENA (Greece, Turkey, Cyrpus, Egypt, Jordan, and Azerbaijan).
As the in-house group Legal Counsel for Solar Cells Hellas Group, a group of companies engaging in PV modules manufacturing, EPC, O&M, solar and wind projects development and IPP (assets of more than 500 MW of PV and wind projects), he provided legal services to the entire group of companies (30 S.A. companies and 5 Ltd companies).
Christos 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.
Charis Mitrelias is the CFO for Phanes Group. He supports the group’s strategy and operations, holding a key role in the corporate and project related equity investments. In addition, he is responsible for the company’s cash flow planning, budgeting, management reporting, IFRS reporting, tax and financial planning.
He brings a wealth of experience in PV solar development and construction from his time in Enolia, one of the major EPC construction companies in Greece. For over 5 years he led the development and execution of projects in Greece, Romania and Japan.
With over 15 years of experience as a CFO, Charis has in-depth expertise in improving operational efficiencies and supporting business growth in large corporations.
Prior to this, he was working for ETEBA, a leading investment bank in Greece, where he was involved in raising EUR 220 million equity in primary and secondary offerings. He also advised on M&A transactions and was involved in several high-profile cross-border acquisitions.
Charis holds an MBA in Finance from ALBA Graduate Business School (Honors), and a Master’s in Software Engineering from the Imperial College of Science & Technology (Honors).
Stefanos Lialios is the Head of Project Execution for Oryx Solar Systems Solutions, a Phanes Group company. He is responsible for the delivery of the largest solar distributed rooftop project in the Middle East for DP World (23.2 MW) and our CSR solar powered school containers in Africa. Additionally, he is overlooking the whole EPCM (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Management) process from inception to completion for the company’s pipeline in MENA plus and sub-Saharan Africa.
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 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).
Alessandro Ortu is the Head of Project Development, leading the Project Development Team for Phanes Group. He is responsible for overlooking the planning and implementation of the company's PV solar portfolio.
He brings a proven track record of managing PV solar 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.
Alessandro 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.
Thomas Baier is the Head of Structured Finance for Phanes Group. He is leading the financial structuring of Phanes Group’s PV solar projects in MENA and sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on arranging non-recourse project finance debt.
Thomas has broad experience with M&A and project finance in the PV solar industry and maintains close relationships with Development Finance Institutions (DFIs), Export Credit Agencies (ECAs) and international commercial banks.
Prior to joining Phanes Group, Thomas acted as a CFO for US based renewable energy project developer Convalt and as Head of Group Treasury and Tax for Norwegian Solar Solutions Provider REC in Singapore. Previously, he was Team Leader Project Finance for REC Systems in Munich.
Thomas gained over 10 years of 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.
Liudmila Aikasheva is Phanes Group's Executive Assistant to the CEO and Team Lead Business Support. As the primary point of contact she is responsible for supporting the CEO’s office, including handling high-profile incoming and outgoing communication, maintaining confidential information, corporate agendas and itineraries, and important document review. She oversees the coordination of agendas for the CEO and senior management team and partners. Prepares an account of the meetings and designates and follows up on assigned action items.
She organizes complex travel itineraries and logistics, predominantly in MENA plus and sub-Saharan Africa. As the Team Lead she is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of business operations, and for the implementation and monitoring of procedures relative to Business Support Team activities.
Liudmila has a wealth of experience in coordinating projects, corporate agendas and itineraries, day-to-day corporate activities and overall team support from her time as an EA for Tishkovo, Industrial Construction Investment and Martena Engineering Construction Holding, leading construction and engineering firms based out of Moscow, Russia.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree 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.
Guillaume Ayral is a Junior Project Development Manager for Phanes Group. He is responsible for developing international PV business in Africa by analyzing, assessing and recommending activities towards successful commercialization. Moreover, he is supporting the submission of projects developed through Requests For Proposal (RFP) and Power Purchase Agreements (PPA).
Guillaume brings a wealth of experience from the sub-Saharan African region. He worked in Morocco, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Madagascar, Togo and Benin.
He was involved in the early-stage development process of a utility-scale PV plant while he was working for Novapower. In addition, during his time with Canopy, Guillaume was responsible for the development, management, sourcing, and installation of various off-grid PV systems working closely with the local team and stakeholders.
Guillaume holds a Master’s of International Affairs and a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM) in France.
Bakhytzhan Baibatshayev is a PV Project Development Manager for Phanes Group. He is responsible for developing Phanes Group's international projects, as well as working on permitting and development processes for projects in the CIS countries and others.
Bakhyt brings 17 years’ experience in the power energy sector, eight of which have been in the renewable energy sector. He has worked on projects in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, on hydroelectric power stations and wind power stations, and has passed renewable trainings in the USA and South Korea.
Bakhytzhan previously worked at the Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan, KEGOC (system operator of the national grid), and various state energy research institutes - as well as serving as deputy director at the Financial Settlement Center for Renewable Support (single off-taker of renewable energy in Kazakhstan).
He has also worked as a consultant for international financial development institutions (EBRD, ADB, IFC), consulting firms (AF-Consult, Mercados, Adnry), and for international corporations (Abengoa, Acciona). In recent years he worked in companies implementing 50-100 MW wind projects (TSATEK Green Energy in Kazakhstan, Access Power in the UAE) as a project development manager.
Bakhytzhan holds a Master of Business Administration from Kazakh National Economy Academy (Almaty, Kazakhstan) and an engineering degree from the Almaty Energy Institute.
Cosmin is an Environmental and Social Expert with over 11 years of experience as a proactive environmental consultant being involved in various private and donor-financed projects; working especially in South East Europe, MENA region and sub-Saharan Africa. Along the years, he worked in the front line of project management and implementation corroborated with extensive field execution and monitoring. This helped him to acquire first-hand experience and knowledge of IFIs performance standards like IFC, EBRD, AfDB and Equatorial Principles.
His specific experience includes developing project related studies such as EIA/ESIA (Environmental and Social Impact Assessment), ESDD (Environmental and Social Due Diligence) ESAP (Environmental and Social Action Plan), SEP (Stakeholder’s Engagement Plan), LRP (Livelihood Restoration Plan), RAP (Resettlement Action Plan) and ESMP
(Environmental and Social Management Plan), Grievance Mechanism; including revision and implementation of these plans. Cosmin is involved in the Project Development Pipeline giving advice from an E&S perspective in order to comply with the performance requirements of various IFIs.
He is passionate about engaging with local communities and finding tailored environmental and social solutions to challenging situations while building on local conditions and capacities. As he puts it, in the end it is all about protecting the environment, creating new opportunities and improving the livelihood of those affected.
Louise Tyrer-Carne joined Phanes Group in 2019 and is responsible for corporate communications and marketing.
Louise is an experienced English Editor and Communications Manager with over a decade’s worth of experience in publishing, events and the beauty industry within the UAE. She is skilled in brand marketing content, editing, feature writing, business communications, media relations and event management.
She holds a Degree in Marketing from the University of Central Lancashire (UK). Louise is also a trained and certified by the University of Pennsylvania (USA) in Digital Marketing.
Nina Dobrinskaia is Recruitment Specialist 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.
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 Duarte is a 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.
Arezou Farhadi is Senior Legal Counsel for Phanes Group. Arezou leads the group's regulatory and compliance function across MENA with a focus on corporate governance considering the multi-jurisdictional operations of the business, size and stage of project development.
Arezou also manages the KYC function of the business including drafting, implementing and managing the company’s anti-money laundering and corruption and bribery and sanction policies with defined systems and measures appropriate to level of risk the busSave
iness is exposed. In addition, Arezou manages various project related legal documents including SPV incorporation, and drafting of MoU, JDAs, JVAs, service agreements etc. throughout the lifetime of the projects. 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 Contract Manager for Low Carbon Contracts Company, where she managed a 2.5 Billion GBP portfolio of high net worth renewable energy contracts for the UK government’s Contacts for Difference scheme.
She managed generator compliance with fulfilling various condition precedents such as KYC, defined project commitments on procurement and fulfillment of installed capacity obligations.
Prior to this she worked in compliance for PDL Finance where she led the firm through a successful regulator transition being from Office of Fair Trading to the Financial Conduct Authority. Arezou has over 10 years’ experience in the legal sector and is a UK qualified lawyer.
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.
Ricardo Feliciano 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.
Suren Fernandes is an IT & Operations technician for Phanes Group. He is responsible for supporting the IT infrastructure, business applications and IT security. Additionally, he is part of the team that supports the day-to-day running of the business operations.
Suren has over 6 years of experience managing and deploying IT Infrastructure in India and the UAE. His previous role as an IT Administrator for Pidilite MEA Chemicals LLC, involved setting up the company's Middle East and North Africa (MENA) base of operations here in Dubai.
He also has experience working as a Network Technician involved supporting Abbott Laboratories supply chain network which spanned 120 locations across India.
Charie Gabot is a Senior Accountant for Phanes Group. She is responsible for managing the full accounting cycle of Development, Investment and EPC operations, managing annual IFRS audit process for UAE and offshore companies as well as tax reporting requirements.
She has over 7 years of in-depth experience in retail, trading, food and beverage, consumer goods, automotive industry and small and medium-sized entities (SMEs) during her time as Senior Associate in SGV & Co., a member firm of Ernst & Young and KPMG Lower Gulf Limited.
Charie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy (Cum Laude) from Polytechnic University of the Philippines and is a Certified Public Accountant under the Professional Regulation Commission of the Philippines.
Dr. Rainer Gegenwart is the Chief Technology Officer for Phanes Group. He works on the development and realization of a diverse pipeline of utility-scale ground-mounted and rooftop PV projects with a focus Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia (MENA plus) and sub-Saharan Africa. Rainer also supports the project and technical team in developing off-grid and hybrid solar energy solutions, such as solar powered mini-grids for rural communities.
Other projects have included utility-scale systems in the Caribbean, commercial rooftops in the MENA region as well as residential applications for UK housing associations. Besides project related work Rainer follows up on technology and market trends in the solar industry.
Rainer began his career in 1986 at Leybold, a company specialized on the field of glass coatings, solar and display technology working on the development, sales and implementation 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 manufacturer 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 founding 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 company HeliosMax in Germany.
Madonna Gerber is Senior Legal Counsel for Phanes Group. She is responsible for contractual matters for the company’s projects and operations in the UAE and Africa. She is involved in the negotiations, drafting and review of commercial agreements such as JDAs, MoUs, EPCs, O&Ms, SHAs, SPAs, legal due diligence, outside counsels.
Madonna has over (7) seven years’ experience as an international commercial and projects lawyer. She was trained and worked at international top law firms, Ashurst and Eversheds. She worked with the private sector, including sponsors, financing institutions and developers, as with governments to develop, build and finance projects across various sectors, particularly renewable energy, infrastructure and mining.
She has an in-depth knowledge of the ECCAS, OHADA, ECOWAS, COMESA and WAEMU economic zones. She has experience also as an in-house counsel in a renewable energy projects developer in Dubai where she was involved in solar and wind projects from the tender to the operation phases, in Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Nigeria, Mali, and several other countries.
Madonna holds a degree in International Law from Pantheon-Assas in Paris, France, a master’s degree in business from H.E.C., France and a L.L.M in International Business and Law from Sorbonne, in Singapore.
Aleksandra Gracheva is the Executive Assistant (EA) to Phanes Group’s COO, Managing Director of Business Development, and Head of Legal Department. She is the first point of contact for the executives’ business partners, clients and Phanes Group team members.
Aleksandra brings significant experience from her time as a Personal Assistant (PA) at Worldwide Distribution Center FZCO based in Dubai, UAE. She has vast experience working within multi-national teams with different backgrounds and building good relationships with internal and external stakeholders. In addition, Aleksandra has experience in organizing, planning and marketing for global trade events, conferences and exhibitions.
She holds Bachelor’s in Economics & Management from Perm National Research Polytechnic University, Russia and Foreign Languages, Linguistics and International Communication Diploma from the same University.
Amanda Igelström is the Receptionist at Phanes Group. She is the first point of contact at Phanes Group HQ in Dubai.
Amanda supports the team with daily business operations including maintaining the office, working with suppliers and couriers, and assisting the team with meeting rooms reservations and international conference calls. She also assists the team with internal and external meeting preparations.
Amanda is responsible for ensuring that health and safety rules are applied and followed.
Amanda has previously worked as a store manager in Copenhagen, Denmark, managing the day to day business. She also has previous experience as a stable manager in elite stables in Sweden and is experienced in organizing and planning events. Coming from the world of cross country eventing and show jumping, Amanda is used to working with people in a fast-paced environment.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Linnaeus university in the city of Kalmar, Sweden and a bachelors in Equestrian Science from the Swedish Agricultural University, located at the Royal Stables in Flyinge and Strömsholm, Sweden. (SLU).
Muhammad Fayyaz Khan is an Office Manager / PRO for Phanes Group. He manages the day-to-day office logistics while providing operational support to the team. He is responsible for the smooth transition of documentation for the group, including employment visas and business licensing, among others.
He brings experience from his time at Alezan by SK as a PRO. He supported day-to-day operations of the company involving document control processes, payment follow-ups, bank transactions, filing and assisting with the general office administration.
Muhammad also worked at The Royal Stables in Abu Dhabi as an Assistant to Instructor, handling client relations and providing training assistance when required.
Muhammad holds a Diploma of Associate Civil Engineering from Board of Technical Education in Peshawar, Pakistan.
Thomas Lange is a Senior Project Manager for Oryx Solar System Solutions, a Phanes Group company. He is responsible for supporting the largest solar distributed rooftop project in the Middle East for DP World (23.2 MW) and our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) solar powered school containers and off-grid projects in Africa. He is also responsible for the group’s project pipeline in Africa, managing utilities, LTAs, EPCs, and relevant government authorities. Additionally, 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 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, PV solar tendering processes management, contractors and supplier selection, as well as provided technical training to clients and partners
He is a DEWA Approved PV Solar Expert and holds a MBA from the University of Strathclyde in Dubai, UAE. Additionally he earned a Master’s of Science in Electronic Engineering, Architecture and Integration of Electronic Systems from ESIEE Paris, France.
Kimberly Mallari is an 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 on payments, bank transactions, organizing the company’s files and assisting in general office tasks.
Furthermore, she worked as a Cash Management Staff for 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.
Matt Maureschat is a QA / QC HSE and O&M Manager for Oryx Solar System Solutions, a Phanes Group company. He is responsible for overlooking the construction of the DP World distributed PV solar 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 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 Milacek is Vice President Business Strategy and Special Projects for Phanes Group. Michal joined in 2016 as Senior Project Development Manager where he successfully developed markets in Nigeria, East Europe and Central Asia after which was promoted to VP Business Strategy and Special Projects. He is now responsible for analysis of renewable energy policies on target markets, oversight of development activities on markets outside of sub-Saharan Africa and special projects related to group’s capital rising and financing.
Michal has proven track record in solar PV projects (pre and post 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, especially in Africa and the Middle East. 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 is was managing OEM/ODM accounts.
He holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the National University of Taiwan and a Bachelor’s degree in Economy and Management from Commenius University in Bratislava. Furthermore, he holds a TOP Huayu (text of proficiency in Mandarin Chinese for level pre-intermediate).
Said Obuda is a Project & Commissioning Manager for Oryx Solar Systems Solutions, a Phanes Group company. He is responsible for overlooking the construction of the DP World distributed PV solar 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.
Subrahmanyam Pasumarthi is a Senior Financial Modeler at Phanes Group. Subrahmanyam manages the quantitative evaluation of proposed financing arrangements and assists senior management in negotiations with Investors, PE Funds, Development Finance institutions (DFI’s) and banks. He works closely with project development, execution, legal, finance and strategy departments to ensure highest levels of diligence and accuracy for Phanes Group’s investments.
Subrahmanyam has over six years experience in building financial models, feasibility studies, financial analysis, bid evaluations and performing risk assessments.
He was part of complex project finance transactions across India, Qatar, Dubai and Middle East and North Africa (MENA). He has previously worked with KPMG, EY and Fortress Financial Services.
Subrahmanyam holds a Bachelor's in Statistics from Andhra Loyola College and Postgraduate Diploma in Management of Business Finance (MBF) from Indian Institute of Finance (IIF), both obtained in India.
Scott Jett Pentinio is a Solar Engineer & Monitoring Specialist for Oryx Solar System 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 Solar Power Programme project- largest distributed PV solar 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.
Haytham Sabor is a VP Strategic Market Development for Phanes Group. He is supporting the business development actions in Middle East and North Africa (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.
Marcelo Sebastian is a Senior Solar Engineer for Oryx Solar Systems Solutions, a Phanes Group company. He is responsible for the overall technical design of PV solar systems during project planning, execution and delivery for Middle East North Africa and Central Asia (MENA plus) and sub-Saharan Africa. He is also the overall in-charge of liaising with EPC contractors (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) and consultants, reviewing all technical submissions while maintaining rules and legal guidelines and ensuring that technical specifications and owners’ requirements are met and all information are documented and secured.
He brings a wealth of technical expertise from his time as a Project Engineer – Solar PV for Enviromena Power Systems, a solar developer and EPC company based out of Dubai, UAE.
He was responsible for PV solar systems overall design, technical due diligence and providing engineering support to 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 is a DEWA certified Senior Solar PV Expert and holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Lyceum of the Philippines University in Manila.
Ami Williams is a VP Operations & HR 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. She is also currently embarking on becoming a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Alena Zhukovskaya is a Travel and Administration Coordinator for Phanes Group, having joined the company in June 2019. She supports the team for all logistical aspects and administrative requirements, including arranging appropriate modes of travel for employees and external partners, recording reimbursements for travel expenses, monitoring travel advisory and alerts, and ensures that all health and safety procedures are followed.
Alena is the first point of contact with vendors as travel agencies, airlines and hotels in setting up corporate discounts and following travel policy. She also maintains the company’s relations with external free-lancers.
Before joining Phanes Group, Alena worked as Administrative Assistant / Office Manager in the Centre of Certification in The State Scientific Research Institute of Civil Aviation in Russia, gaining extensive experience with all procedures of coordinating day-to-day corporate activities and overall team support. She also brings excellent interpersonal skills and skilful knowledge of organizing trips with minimizing travel expenses from her time as a Supervisor /Business Travel Consultant for Carlson Wagonlit Travel in Moscow, Russia
Alena holds a Bachelor’s in Business Management from the Russian International Academy of Tourism in Moscow, Russia.
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.