Boris Balan is Vice President, Europe at Northland Power. He is responsible for representing Northland in its European development activities. Boris has been with Northland since 2001. He was the lead developer responsible for Northland's first onshore wind project in 2004 and oversaw the company’s expansion into Saskatchewan, resulting in the successful completion of two natural-gas power plans, before assuming responsibility for the company’s European development efforts in 2014. In addition to the Nordsee complex of three offshore projects, he was involved in Northland’s acquisition of the 252 MW Deutsche Bucht offshore wind project in Germany and Northland’s bids in the 2017 German offshore wind auction. He continues to originate renewable and clean energy opportunities throughout Europe.
Philippe Benaroya has 24 years of infrastructure finance experience, including 18 years on the buy-side. Benaroya is one of the pioneers in infrastructure debt asset management since 2011. Prior to Generali Global Infrastructure, Benaroya was Co-Founder and Co-Head of the Infrastructure Debt Business at BlackRock, Co-Head of the Infrastructure Debt Business at Blackstone / GSO Capital Partners and Member of the Infrastructure Finance Management Committee at Financial Security Assurance / Assured Guaranty.
Since joining Arenko Group, Loic Cerulus originated one of the largest battery storage facilities in the UK. Cerulus has played a key role in establishing revenue service contracts and realising new markets. Cerulus is currently heading up the commercialisation of Arenko Group’s grid-edge Digital Asset Management platform.
Vincent joined EDF Energy to head the Business Development Team, having also managed the Business Sales Team, responsible for EDF Energy supply activity for our business customers.
He is now Energy Solutions Sales Director, thus responsible for the development and sales of all Energy Solutions for our business customers, including energy monitoring and energy efficiency, Demand Side Response, storage and Electric Vehicles.
Vincent joined us from EDF Fenice Rus, the Russian subsidiary of Dalkia, where he was Chief Executive Officer. Operating as an Energy Service Company (ESCO) in Russia since end of 2009, Fenice Rus helps its industrial clients to improve the energy efficiency and environmental impact of their factories through energy service and performance contracts.
Mark Dooley is Global Head of Green Investment Group. Dooley is also Co-Head of Macquarie Capital’s European Infrastructure & Energy business.
Dooley has been involved in structured finance and investment in energy and infrastructure projects for more than 25 years. Dooley started his career as a lawyer in Australia and was a structured finance partner at a major Australian firm before switching to investment banking in 1997. As an investment banker he has focussed on energy and infrastructure assets in Australia and in Europe. Dooley was head of ABN AMRO’s European Infrastructure Capital business until joining Macquarie Capital in 2005.
Over his career Dooley has worked on pioneering transactions in transport and social infrastructure, telecommunications infrastructure and, over the last decade in particular, renewable energy and transmission.
Highlight transactions include the acquisition of the UK Green Investment Bank – 2017, Race Bank offshore wind farm and MGT Teeside biomass – 2016, Galloper offshore wind farm and Baltic II offshore wind farm – 2015, Low Carbon 150 MW solar program – 2014, 5 assets from the UK OFTOs programme from 2009 onwards, Peterborough Hospital PFT – 2007, Port Stephens and Cairns Co-Composting facilities – 1998 & 2001 and Reef Networks Fibre Optic Cable, Queensland – 2000.
Thomas Engelmann heads the Transaction Management Team in the Infrastructure Equity department of Allianz Global Investors, which is acting as Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM) for alternative investment funds in Luxembourg. Since 2014, more than 20 project cluster, worth more than EUR 1.6bn, were invested in this structure.
Before joining AllianzGI in October 2013, Engelmann had been an Investment Director and Portfolio Manager with KGAL Investment Management GmbH & Co. KG. Engelmann held a leading role in the infrastructure equity funds and was a Managing Director of the Italian operating companies.
Between 1997 and 2008 Engelmann was engaged in different senior management positions of Siemens AG, Energy Division, Corporate Finance and Siemens Financial Services GmbH, Equity Division.
Engelmann has more than 20 years of specific expertise in the energy business, including 15 years of investment management know-how in renewable energy investments.
Simon has worked in the renewable sector since 2002 following a career in conventional power generation and co-generation. His initial years were spent in the front-line development team for a major UK utility and then evolved this position to become the Head of the Pre-Construction team focused on translating permitted schemes into projects that are shovel ready at financial close. Whilst the majority of Simon’s career had been involved with onshore wind in 2014 he transitioned into solar development to build REG Power Management’s solar development pipeline in the UK. Latterly he has been involved in the through life elements of solar projects with his lead on Project Construction and Asset Management. In his most recent appointment at Voltalia, Simon is focusing on the development of large scale subsidy-free projects with a portfolio of over 200MW expected to be built in early 2020.
Kai Rintala is the CEO of Taaleri Energia Oy. The company develops, builds, finances and operates energy fuels, mainly renewable energy production facilities. Prior to Taaleri Energy Kai worked with KPMG as a management advisor for more than ten years, of which more than five in Helsinki and five in London. KPMG was responsible for the Finnish infra-industry advisory services, focusing on wind power transactions.
Adrian Swift joined Mainstream in June 2016 as part of the Corporate Finance Team to manage Mainstream’s relationship with the Impact Investors in Lekela, Mainstream’s pan-African joint venture with Actis. In addition, Swift manages Mainstream’s relationship with Lekela. This includes managing all aspects of funding requirements, reporting and corporate governance. Swift has over 20 years’ experience in various finance positions, including working for over six years with KPMG in their Corporate Finance and Financial Services Tax departments advising on Public Private Partnership and corporate restructurings. In addition, Swift was part of the finance team in Trinergy that refinanced and sold a EUR 1.8bn portfolio of wind energy assets in Italy and Germany.
Tom Tayler is Senior Legal Counsel at Aviva Investors. As well as his experience in regulated and unregulated funds, Tom supports the Aviva Investors Global Responsible Investment team, including work on market reform such as through Aviva Investors’ participation in the EU High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, and the UK Green Finance Taskforce. He has a particular interest in the reform of fiduciary duties in the investment chain. Prior to Aviva Investors, he has worked for Allen and Overy, Beachcroft LLP, the Treasury Solicitor’s Department, and as a lecturer at the College of Law.