Chris Antonopoulos

Chief Executive Officer

Chris has extensive experience in developing power and infrastructure projects in Africa, having overseen initiatives valued at more than $4 billion combined. He was appointed as CEO of Lekela in March 2015 by the board.

Before joining Lekela, Chris spent eight years as Group Vice President at Bombardier Transportation, one of the largest rail-equipment manufacturing and servicing industry companies in the world. Based in Berlin, he was responsible for close to $10 billion in global sales and business development.

Swiss-born, Chris has been active in the energy and infrastructure industry since 1987 in sales and business development positions, including senior management positions at ABB, the leading global electrical engineering group. During an 11-year spell at the company, his roles included Business Area President for ABB Equity Ventures, Regional VP for Asia Pacific and Regional VP of Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Chris Ford

Chief Operating Officer

Chris joined the Lekela team in September 2016, serving as a member of the Executive Committee. He is actively engaged in developing and implementing Lekela’s strategy, leading construction and asset management across our portfolio in Africa.

With 20 years of experience in the energy sector, Chris has held numerous senior roles across the industry. He most recently spent 10 years with Globeleq, living and working in Tanzania where he was Head of Asset Management with responsibility for the commercial and technical performance of its Africa wide operating businesses and for managing the Songas power project.

Adam Hughes

General Counsel

Adam brings a wealth of experience in the energy sector across Africa. In his career to date, he has seen how emerging markets across the continent have become a hotbed for renewable energy as they look to diversify from fossil fuels and support their economic growth through sustainable power.

In February 2016, he joined Lekela as general counsel where he is responsible for all legal and compliance issues. Adam also serves as a member of the Lekela Executive Committee and is a director on operating subsidiary boards throughout the group. Before that, he spent more than seven years at Globeleq as the company’s senior lawyer for Africa.

In his career to date, Adam has advised on the development of greenfield projects and acquisitions, which included the Azito Expansion Project in Cote d’Ivoire, the acquisition of over 300MW in Cameroon and Globeleq’s South African wind and solar projects.

Prior to Globeleq, Adam spent seven years at Clifford Chance, working in three continents with a strong focus on energy and infrastructure in emerging markets.

Michael Parsons

Chief Financial Officer

Michael joined Lekela as CFO in May 2018, with responsibility for all financial matters for the group. Michael also serves as a member of the Lekela Executive Committee and is a director on operating subsidiary boards throughout the group.

With over 20 years of wide-ranging experience, Michael has held a variety of senior head office financial and accounting roles throughout his career and has particular expertise within the energy sector, in both Africa and Central America.

Prior to Lekela, Michael had been Director of Finance for Globeleq, responsible for managing the finance function, and working across Africa to establish new businesses and strategic projects as well as overseeing existing operations. He previously held positions at Actis, CDC Group, Close Brothers and NatWest UK.

Romina Floris

Vice President of Human Resources

Romina joined Lekela in August 2019 and oversees all Human Resources across the UK and African operations. She provides professional HR advice with a focus on talent and performance management, succession planning and employee engagement.

As a member of the Lekela's Executive Committee, she will also contribute to the company’s growth strategy.

Romina has a proven track record in Human Resources, with 20 years of experience working for organisations across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Lekela, Romina spent the past five years at Globeleq, having previously worked for the Fiat Group, Panduit and Bio-Rad Laboratories. Romina is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Jennifer Boca

Head of Environmental, Social and Governance

Jennifer joined Lekela in October 2015 and leads on the Company’s approach to responsible investment and impact. Jennifer is also a member of the Lekela Executive Committee.

In her role, Jennifer leads on the Company’s environmental and social due diligence, engages with key stakeholders developing Lekela’s social licence to operate and works with contractors and asset managers to deliver Lekela’s projects responsibly and to the highest environmental and social standards.

Jennifer has more than 15 years’ experience working in the sustainability field consulting for a wide range of public and private sector clients including the World Bank, Development Finance Institutions, commercial banks and project developers.

 

 

Bernard Kiernan

Chief Commercial Officer

Having joined Lekela in August 2018 initially as Head of Project Finance, Bernard is a member of the Lekela Executive Committee with responsibility to lead the Business Development team, the financial structuring of all business development investments, and for Project Finance and Corporate Finance arrangements.

Bernard has over 15 years’ experience in infrastructure and energy, holding a variety of investment roles throughout his career. He has worked in the African energy sector for over 10 years, and has closed multiple complex projects, including 850MW of renewable energy projects in South Africa.

Prior to joining Lekela, Bernard was Investment Director at GreenWish Partners, responsible for business development in Africa. Before this, he was responsible for Mainstream Renewable Power’s commercial activities in Africa and the Middle East and was a key participant in the creation of Lekela.

Egypt

Faisal Eissa

General Manager

Amr Mahmoud

Finance Business Partner

Maha Ahmed

Senior HR Manager

Ahmed El-Sawaf

Finance Director

Emad El Deen Morsi

Community Liaison Officer

Gihan Montaser

Office Manager and Executive Assistant

Heba Rabie

Project Manager

Mamdouh Higazy

E&S Manager

Nour Hany

Accountant

Senegal

Massaer Cisse

General Manager

Rachid El Asri

Project Director

Moukhsine Toure

Senior Accountant

Yassine Majdallah

Plant Manager

Alioune Ba

Finance Director

Amadou Sow

Environmental and Social Manager

Rama Ndiaye

Office Manager

Dieumbe Wade

Office Assistant

Dieynaba Niane

Assistant Accountant

Samba Fall

Maintenance Planner

Ousmane Diedhiou

Community Liaison Officer

Cheikh Sidaty Kasse

Substation Operator

UK

Andrew Mcdowall

Assistant Accountant

Andria Francis

Senior Financial Analyst

Anna Myburgh

Company Secretary

Arthur Crawshay

ESG Associate

Christopher Carden

Finance Business Partner

Jarred Simpson

Group Financial Controller

Jas Khakh

Executive Assistant to the CEO and Office Manager

Niels Campman

Senior Engineer

Pedro Amaro

Senior Electrical Engineer

Rae-Anne Hadmond

Office Coordinator

Rowan Parkhouse

Senior Manager, Business Development

Rima Patel

Accountant

Sam Thomson

Business Development Associate

Thomas Bevis

Group Accountant

John Muscat

IT Manager

Chris Antonopoulos

Chief Executive Officer

Chris has extensive experience in developing power and infrastructure projects in Africa, having overseen initiatives valued at more than $4 billion combined. He was appointed as CEO of Lekela in March 2015 by the board.

Before joining Lekela, Chris spent eight years as Group Vice President at Bombardier Transportation, one of the largest rail-equipment manufacturing and servicing industry companies in the world. Based in Berlin, he was responsible for close to $10 billion in global sales and business development.

Swiss-born, Chris has been active in the energy and infrastructure industry since 1987 in sales and business development positions, including senior management positions at ABB, the leading global electrical engineering group. During an 11-year spell at the company, his roles included Business Area President for ABB Equity Ventures, Regional VP for Asia Pacific and Regional VP of Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Lucy Heintz

Chairperson

Lucy is Chairperson of Lekela Power and a Partner in Actis’ Energy Infrastructure Team. Lucy is Head of Africa for the Energy Infrastructure Team, a role she has held since March 2017, and is the Investment Manager of Lekela Power and Aela Energia, two of Actis’ renewable energy platforms in its third energy fund. Both of these investments encapsulate Actis’ strategy to build world class, scale, generation businesses that can be leaders and long term participants in their home markets.

In addition, Lucy has responsibility for Responsible Investment within Energy Infrastructure, working closely with Actis’ Responsible Investment Team to coordinate activities and impact across the energy infrastructure portfolio and is the Chairperson for Actis’ Remuneration and Inclusion & Diversity Committees.

She has over 19 years of emerging markets investment experience, including 5 years operational experience within an Actis investee power generation company (Globeleq) as a Project Director in business development.

Lucy holds an MBA from INSEAD and has an MA (Hons) in PPE from Trinity College, Oxford.

Peter Giller

Mr Giller has over 35 years of experience in the international power industry.

From 2000 to 2002, he was chief executive of International Power, a FTSE-100 company. Previously, he was president of ABB Energy Ventures, responsible for the global development, ownership and operation of power plants, including in the United States, Latin America, Asia and Africa. He was a non-executive director of Globeleq Africa until its sale in 2015.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and a Masters degree in Business Administration.

Bart Doyle

Bart is Chief Operations Officer of Mainstream, having overall responsibility for the Group’s project development, construction and operational activities.

Previously Bart was employed by Airtricity, a global renewable energy company, where he led the construction of a large number of windfarms on the island of Ireland and was involved in the development and construction of Airtricity wind projects in Scotland and the United States.

Before moving into the renewable sector, Bart worked with PM Group, a world-class engineering and project management company; and with Schlumberger Oilfield Services.

Bart graduated as an Electronic and Electrical Engineer from Trinity College Dublin and holds an MBA from University College Dublin

Suman Babbar

Suman Babbar has been actively engaged with the infrastructure sector and project finance over the last four decades, including in his early career being a founding member of the National Thermal Power Corporation in India before joining the World Bank in a number of senior positions.

For nearly a decade he managed the Project Finance and Guarantees program which supported mobilization of private capital for infrastructure using the World Bank guarantees. He has had operational involvement in more than thirty countries across all regions, where he was extensively involved in the energy sector and the IPP program for the World Bank.

More recently he has been advising regional energy teams, supported Independent Evaluation Group and Operation Policy teams for the World Bank as well as being a senior advisor to Actis and being a non-exec director on a number of Boards

Sjef Klijberg

Sjef Klijberg has over 7 years’ experience in the financial services industry, working with clients on financial reporting, treasury management and international business restructuring.

Sjef started his career in financial management with roles at ATC Group and Intertrust Group. He currently works for Alter Domus, where he has spent over 3 years as a Finance Manager. He is responsible for a team of financial experts in the Private Equity & Corporates team and has managed a diverse portfolio of clients, including listed multinational companies, private equity funds and individuals.

Sjef holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Hanze University, Groningen, and is studying for a Master’s in management at Nyenrode Business University.

Rick Van de Weerd

Rick Van de Weerd has almost 10 years of experience within the financial services industry in the Netherlands. His expertise lies in Private Equity, Multinational corporations and oil & gas companies.

Rick started his professional career with PwC in Rotterdam and worked for more than 5 years with Intertrust Group in Amsterdam. There, he attained the positions of Senior Company Lawyer and Commercial Executive, with a strong focus on North American Private Equity firms. Currently, Rick is a Director at Alter Domus in the firm’s office in the Netherlands, having joined in January 2018.

Rick holds a LL.M Master’s Degree in Tax Law from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands.