Lekela Appoints New General CounselMonday 18th October 2021
18 October 2021, London – Lekela, the renewable power generation company that delivers utility-scale projects across Africa, today announced the appointment of Chris Jackson as General Counsel.
Chris will be responsible for all legal issues at Lekela, and will manage the legal function of the business. In addition, he will provide legal advice and support for all negotiations and work on Lekela’s wind farms across Senegal, South Africa, Egypt and Ghana.
Chris joins Lekela with a long track record of working on project development and finance, including experience working on renewable and traditional energy projects across Africa, as well as key infrastructure projects.
Between 2015 and 2019, Chris served as General Counsel for Black Rhino Group, a developer of energy infrastructure projects, and prior to that held the role of Associate Director for Project Finance and Development at Webber Wentzel.
Chris Antonopoulos, Chief Executive Officer at Lekela said, “We’re excited to welcome Chris on board at an important time for Lekela. His experience will be vital in our work to deliver clean, reliable energy across Africa, and developing our relationships with the governments and utilities that we work with.”
Chris Jackson, General Counsel for Lekela commented: “Having worked on energy projects across Africa, I’ve been amazed at the progress Lekela has made since 2015 in bringing wind farms into operation across the continent. I’m looking forward to helping Lekela as it continues to grow the share of wind power in Africa and have a positive impact on the countries in which we operate in.”
Chris replaces Adam Hughes as General Counsel, who departed Lekela after more than five years with the company to take on a new role within the World Bank Group as part of the IFC’s PPP Advisory Team, working with Governments in developing countries to implement programs encouraging private investment into essential infrastructure and services.
Lekela is a renewable power generation company that delivers utility-scale projects which supply much-needed clean energy to communities across Africa.
Through a platform built to develop, own and operate wind and solar assets, Lekela draws from its team member’s extensive experience, and from its founder shareholders decades of proven energy heritage. Lekela has the skills and drive to progress projects from mid or late-stage development into long-term operation. As a result, Lekela delivers sustainable, reliable and competitively priced power to governments, utilities and large-scale industrial projects.
Lekela's current portfolio includes more than 1,300 megawatts across projects in Egypt, Ghana, Senegal and South Africa.
Lekela is majority-owned by shareholders, 60% owned by Actis, the leading growth markets energy investor, and 40% by a consortium led by Mainstream Renewable Power which includes investors such as the IFC and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.