Our Board

Tinashe Makoni

Chairperson

Tinashe joined PIDG as General Counsel in September 2021. Tinashe is a senior lawyer with over 15 years’ experience advising developers, international banks, development finance institutions, private equity funds and state-owned enterprises in complex, cross-border transactions. Tinashe joins us from SunFunder Inc., where, as Chief Legal Counsel, he led the legal team and was a member of the senior management team. Tinashe has previously worked for leading legal practices at Allen & Overy, Norton Rose Fulbright and Trinity International LLP, where he advised clients on a range of financings, including project financing, trade and commodities financing and off-grid power development.

Allard Nooy

Chief Executive Officer, InfraCo Asia

Allard Nooy joined InfraCo Asia in mid-2013 and has been responsible for the company’s strategic transformation process, driving the development and implementation of its ‘multi-developers’ and co-investment programs.  Allard has over 25 years of strategic executive leadership experience in the infrastructure sector in emerging markets in Asia. He has successfully led and acquired infrastructure, energy and environmental companies. His previous roles include CEO of Jindal Aquasource and Jindal Ecopolis in New Delhi, India; President Asia Pacific with Covanta Energy Corporation, the world’s largest Energy from Waste Company, in Shanghai, China; Regional Director Infrastructure Development and Director China with the Leighton Group in Asia, Australia’s largest engineering and contracting group, Regional Director Greater China at Thames Water International, the world’s third largest private water company, in Hong Kong SAR; and General Manager of Vermeer – Ballast Nedam, while based in Vietnam. Allard holds a Bachelor of Science (Eng) in engineering management and an MBA in international business.

Gilles Vaes

Chief Executive Officer, InfraCo Africa

Gilles joined InfraCo Africa from Engie. He has 20 years of experience working in the private sector in the manufacturing and energy industries. His expertise ranges from engineering, operations and project development to strategy, business development and investments. Gilles is passionate about socioeconomic development models that improve living standards while not compromising environmental sustainability.

Mike Chilton

Non-Executive Director

Mike Chilton joined InfraCo Africa’s Board in March 2018. Mike is also CFO for the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG). Mike joined PIDG from Cenkos Securities, a UK listed institutional stockbroker, where he was finance director. Prior to this Mike was the finance and risk director at NS&I, one of the UK’s largest retail savings organisations. He qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC and worked as a management consultant in its financial services practice. Mike then spent 10 years at Standard Chartered in a variety of roles, including CFO Africa Region and Group Head of Operational Risk. Mike is also vice-chairman for Sightsavers.