Our People

InfraCo Africa’s diverse team can bring a depth and breadth of experience to the development, financing, construction and operation of infrastructure projects across Africa.

Gilles Vaes

Chief Executive Officer

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.

Claire Jarratt

Chief Investment Officer

Prior to becoming InfraCo Africa’s CIO, Claire worked as the company’s Senior Business Development Manager and acting Head of Business Developments. Claire was previously an Assistant Director in the Corporate and Project Finance team at International Power PLC, a FTSE 100 listed company, now part of Engie, for over ten years. Claire also worked at PriceWaterhouseCooper as an Assistant Manager.

Nabil Saimi

Head of Business Development

Nabil leads InfraCo Africa’s BD team, driving project origination and development. Nabil was previously Deputy General Manager at Platinum Power. He worked as Director of International Cooperation and Development at the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) and held Senior Quant positions at Pacific Gas and Electric Company,  Caisse de Dépôt et de Placement and Hydro-Quebec.

Connor Dawson

Head of Asset Management

Connor joined InfraCo Africa from Group Five Construction in 2019. He has over twenty years of experience in the development, construction and operations of a broad range of infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Europe. He has a diploma in Civil Engineering and an MBA from Wit’s Business School, South Africa.

Elizabeth Hipwell

Chief Operating Officer

Elizabeth works across InfraCo Africa to define and report on the company’s strategy and business plan and leads on the company’s Operations including Human Resources (HR), Development Impact and Communications. Elizabeth worked at Accenture Strategy for 8 years, designing HR operating models and implementing transformation programmes within the Financial Services sector.

Alex Traube-Childs

General Counsel and Head of Compliance

Alex heads InfraCo Africa’s Legal & Compliance team. A project finance and corporate / M&A lawyer and compliance specialist, Alex previously worked at Shearman and Sterling advising on energy projects across the MENA region. He also worked at Norton Rose Fulbright and Jaworski, advising the IFC in relation to debt and equity investments in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.

Seamus Budds

Head of Finance

Seamus leads InfraCo Africa’s growing Finance Team. Seamus has a wealth of experience having worked in the accountancy profession for 18 years, both as an auditor and in-house at accountancy firms and organisations in the public and not-for-profit sectors.

Tim Jackson

Head of HSES and Engineering

Tim leads on Engineering, Health, Safety, Environmental and Social performance for all of InfraCo Africa’s projects. A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Tim has over 25 years of experience of project development and due diligence across the power sector with a focus on geothermal and renewables.

Julián Bermejo

Senior Business Development Manager, East Africa

Julián leads InfraCo Africa’s BD Team in East and Southern Africa. With an MSc in Industrial/Electrical Engineering, Juliàn has over twenty years of experience in project development, construction and operations within the Renewable Energy, Infrastructure and Water sectors across Sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Europe, UK, North & Latin America, Middle East, and APAC.

Alix Graham

Business Development Manager, East Africa

Alix is a BD Manager covering Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. Alix holds a Masters in Energy, Environmental Technology and Economics. Working for Rift Valley Energy, Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund and Centrica, a leading UK utility, Alix has built considerable expertise developing energy projects in the UK and Africa.

Jon Carrick

Business Development Manager, East Africa

Jon is a BD Manager covering Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. Prior to joining InfraCo Africa he was Microfinance Programme Director at CAUSE Canada (a Canadian NGO), with responsibility for overseeing microfinance operations in Honduras, Guatemala and Sierra Leone.

Fatou Gaye

Business Development Manager

Fatou is a BD Manager for InfraCo Africa working to source, analyse and execute projects to bring them to financial close. She has a background in senior debt lending and credit analysis and previously worked in the energy finance team of Standard Bank Plc. She holds a postgraduate degree in International Business and Finance from the French University Paris Dauphine.

Beatrice Muthoni

Business Development Manager, East Africa

Beatrice has over 13 years’ experience developing and operating power infrastructure projects across Africa. She previously worked at KTDA-Power company where she oversaw the development and construction of hydro and solar PV projects to power tea factories and the grid. Beatrice has also worked for Lafarge-Holcim and Schneider Electric where she led teams in the construction of several infrastructure projects as the head of engineering and automation.

Philippa Viljoen

Business Development Manager, East Africa

Philippa is a BD manager covering East and Southern Africa.  She joined InfraCo Africa following seven years as a project developer for eleQtra Limited. There she worked primarily on renewable energy and transport projects, with a focus on hydropower projects, and also established the company’s Zambia operations. Philippa was Special Adviser to the UK’s DFID Secretary of State from 2010 to 2012 having previously been an adviser to the Shadow DFID Secretary of State and a researcher for a Member of Parliament on the International Development Select Committee.

Lydwine Auko

Business Development Analyst, East Africa

Lydwine supports InfraCo Africa’s BD team with co-development activities across Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. Prior to joining InfraCo Africa, Lydwine worked as a Junior Investment Analyst with Kenya Climate Ventures sourcing new deals, screening and analysing investment opportunities and presenting these to the investment committee.

Doris Muthami

Business Development Analyst, East Africa

Doris supports InfraCo Africa’s BD team with co-development activities across Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. She previously worked as an Investment Analyst for Kenya Climate Ventures, a venture capital fund investing in early-stage businesses across a range of sectors. Doris was involved with sourcing, screening and executing deals and with financial modelling and market analysis. She has a background in finance with a Bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Nairobi.

Andrew Macharia

Business Development Analyst, East Africa

Andrew is a Business Development Analyst covering Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. He is involved in the deal origination and analysis process of InfraCo Africa’s investments. Andrew previously worked at Microsave Consulting, an international development finance consulting company where he was involved in the design and roll-out of innovative market led finance solutions for businesses in sub-Saharan Africa.

Gbemi Adeniyi-Williams

Investment Manager

Gbemi is an Investment Manager within InfraCo Africa’s Investment team. Gbemi previously worked at T. Rowe Price International where she was a member of the Global Emerging Markets team, focused on Africa, Middle East and Frontier Asia Equities with the responsibility of investing in companies across various sectors within these regions. She has also worked within Equity Research at Renaissance Capital based in Johannesburg and then Lagos, focusing on African Consumer companies.

Bertrand Ketchassi

Investment Analyst

Bertrand is an Investment Analyst within InfraCo Africa’s Investment team. Bertrand previously worked at Fieldstone Group supporting clients on a range of infrastructure assets, mainly in Africa. He has also served on the Mergers and Acquisitions team of a Euro-Asia investment banking advisory firm working across a range of sectors. Bertrand holds a Master in corporate finance from ESCP Paris and is a lawyer by training.

Kamar Mehdi

Business Development Analyst, West and Central Africa

Kamar is a BDA within the Casablanca BD team. Before joining InfraCo Africa, Kamar worked for Gaia Energy, a renewable energy projects developer based in Morocco, covering wind and solar project development in Africa. Prior to that, she worked for Voltalia Morocco. Kamar is an Engineer by training from both INSA Lyon (France) and Mining Engineering School (Morocco).

James Ng’ang’a

Asset Manager, East Africa

James is an Asset Manager for InfraCo Africa in East and Southern Africa. A Mechatronic Engineer,  James spent nine years in the Engineering profession including with PowerGen Renewable Energy where he designed mini-grids in 6 African countries, project managing development of clean power for over 15,000 people.

Ravi Dhanani

Asset Manager, East Africa

Ravi is an Asset Manager for InfraCo Africa in East and Southern Africa. Ravi manages post financial close projects in InfraCo Africa’s portfolio through construction to operations. A qualified Manufacturing Engineer, Ravi joined InfraCo Africa’s finance team as a Chartered Accountant in 2013, moving to focus on Asset Management in 2016. Ravi previously worked at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Rodney Seema

Asset Manager, East Africa

Rodney is an Asset Manager for InfraCo Africa in East and Southern Africa.  He joined the company from Group Five Construction where he was Head of Operations: Power O&M, managing grid connected solar and wind facilities with a combined capacity of 210MW. During 10 years with Group Five, Rodney was also involved in Commercial and Procurement activities on Power EPC contracts in South Africa, Mozambique and Nigeria.

Christina MacGilp

Senior Legal Counsel

Christina advises on projects in which InfraCo Africa holds an equity stake, as well as on corporate legal matters concerning the company and its membership of the PIDG. Christina joined from Norton Rose Fulbright’s project finance team where she advised sponsors and lenders on energy and infrastructure projects in Europe, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa; working in London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Frankfurt.

Josephine Du Sauzay Spencer

Senior Legal Counsel

Josephine provides legal advice covering all areas including project development and finance, corporate and divestments. A project finance lawyer, Josephine previously worked at Shearman & Sterling LLP – advising on oil & gas and energy projects across the MENA region and Sub-Saharan Africa – and at Pinsent Masons where she advised on UK renewable energy projects.  Josephine is currently on maternity leave until May 2021.

Alexandra de Meyrick

Senior Legal Counsel

Alexandra is a commercial, debt and equity finance lawyer. Prior to joining InfraCo Africa, Alexandra worked at Fulbright & Jaworski, Norton Rose Fulbright and ConocoPhillips. Alexandra has experience advising on energy, infrastructure and industry investments across Africa, North America, Europe and South Asia, including advising the IFC in relation to investments in sub-Saharan Africa.

Celsa Ezra

Legal Counsel

Celsa trained and qualified as a solicitor within the Investments division of Balfour Beatty plc advising on UK infrastructure, property development and offshore renewable energy wind projects. Her role involves supporting the Senior Legal team covering all areas including project development and finance, corporate governance and approvals and project divestment.

Thomas Wheatley

Legal Counsel

Tom assists on investment in and financing of energy and infrastructure projects across sub-Saharan Africa.  Prior to joining InfraCo Africa, Tom trained and qualified into the Project Finance team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.  Whilst at BCLP, he advised both private and public sector clients on all aspects of energy and infrastructure projects across a number of jurisdictions.

Samantha Meen

Senior Compliance and Risk Officer

Sam’s work covers a wide range of areas including AML / KYC, bribery and corruption risk, compliance investigations and training. Prior to joining InfraCo Africa, Sam worked as an employment law legal advisor. Sam was instrumental in obtaining InfraCo Africa’s ISO 37001 anti-bribery certification.

Blessing Afulukwe

Compliance Officer

Blessing is responsible for compliance checks and onboarding of project sponsors across InfraCo Africa’s projects. She effectively supports key business areas to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, internal procedures and policies. Blessing has a BSc Hons in Business and Law from the Dublin Institute of Technology, and an LPC with Masters from the University of Law, Moorgate.

Isabel Petri

Finance Manager

Isabel is InfraCo Africa’s Finance Manager.  She joined the company from BDO LLP where she gained her ACA from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. At BDO LLP, Isabel worked in Audit, managing a variety of client projects both in terms of size and industry. She oversees and mentors project accounting together with assisting in the valuation of investments.

Norman Law

Corporate Accountant

Norman works closely with the Finance team in managing the finance and accounting function of InfraCo Africa. Prior to InfraCo Africa, Norman served as Tax consultant with PwC Hong Kong, working across M&A engagements of asset management and multi-national corporations. Norman is a CPA Australia. He is fluent in written and spoken Chinese and holds a Bachelor Degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Durham.

Paulina Rozum

Corporate Accountant

Paulina is a Corporate Accountant within InfraCo Africa’s Finance team. Prior to joining InfraCo Africa, she worked as a Management Accountant at Rooster PR and as an Assistant Management Accountant at the UK’s biggest advertising agency, AMV BBDO. Paulina is training to become a CIMA qualified accountant. Paulina is currently on maternity leave until March 2021.

Lucia Rosinova

Accounts Assistant

Lucia joined InfraCo Africa’s Finance team in 2019. She is currently training to become ACCA qualified accountant. Lucia has a number of years’ experience in Accounts payable functions working for hospitality, IT consulting and market research companies. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from University of Economics, Prague.

Dahlia Nacef

Development Impact Analyst

Dahlia is InfraCo Africa’s Development Impact Analyst. Having graduated with an MA in Mathematics from the University of Aberdeen, Dahlia works with InfraCo Africa’s COO and PIDG on effectively implementing the company’s strategy and maximising its development impact. Her role involves screening project opportunities and monitoring projects within the portfolio to ensure that they have a positive impact on communities, markets and the environment.

Lorna McNae

Communications Manager

Lorna works across the business to deliver the company’s communications plan. She holds an MA in Social Anthropology with Development from the University of Edinburgh. Lorna previously worked for InfraCo Africa and PIDG in a freelance capacity, including writing elements of PIDG’s Annual Reviews from 2015 to 2017. She has experience of communications, fundraising and stakeholder management roles in the voluntary sector.

Sofia Cascarini

HR and Operations Manager

Sofia oversees recruitment, transfers, promotions and staff exits as set out in InfraCo Africa’s resource plan. She supports the CEO with diary management and travel plans and mentors the company’s Office Managers. Sofia also supports with the Operational side of the African offices.  She has over 25 years of administrative experience having previously worked as a Team Assistant at the Bank of England, and as a General Manager for the world’s largest office provider, Regus.

Barbara Mungai

Office Manager, East Africa

Barbara manages operations at InfraCo Africa’s Nairobi office. She previously spent 13 years at African Alliance Kenya Investment Bank’s Capital Markets Division in various capacities including Corporate Access Liaison and Head of Client Service, coordinating meetings on behalf of institutional clients. Barbara was lead coordinator for the annual African Alliance Investor Conference.