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Investment - Renewables

  • Richard Burrett manages ECP's relations with the project finance banking community.  He has over 30 years City experience in investment banking, project finance and sustainability.  He spent 20 years at ABN AMRO Bank, starting in credit analysis and working through project finance, corporate banking, Head of Project Finance, Head of Structured Finance, UK Head of Corporate Banking, Global Head of Project Finance and Structured Debt Organisation and ultimately originated the Sustainable Development Strategy for the group.  He is a Fellow of the Cambridge University Programme for Sustainability Leadership and an external board member of Forest Renewables (part of the Scottish Forestry Commission) looking to develop the renewable energy potential of its national forestry estate.  He was Co-Chair of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEPFI) 2009-2012.

  • Deep Kolhatkar has 8 years of experience in the energy sector, with in-depth knowledge of global electricity markets.  He has extensive experience in asset management and financing activities with GMR Infrastructure and successfully achieved GMR’s exit from InterGen in 2011.  Before joining GMR he worked in the business development team at AES Corp.  This included due diligence of a number of power projects in Africa and Europe.  Prior to AES he worked in the construction project management team in the energy sector with Larsen & Toubro Limited.  He has an MBA in finance from HEC-Paris and has trained as a mechanical engineer.

Investment - Timber

  • Gabriel Montana is Head of Sustainable Forestry and Agriculture.  His career has focused on private equity investing, with an emphasis on Latin America and infrastructure investments.  Before joining the firm Gabriel was a Director at IBIS Asset Management Ltd – a captive financial advisory group to a large multi-sector private conglomerate, and a Director at EMP Global’s Latin America Group – responsible for the regional private equity operations of the US$1 billion AIG-GE Capital Latin American Infrastructure Fund.  Previously he was a financial analyst and a regional director for SOFASA S.A. (Toyota and Renault’s manufacturing operations) in Colombia.

  • Ian Powell is the Senior Forester in the Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry Team.  He has 30 years of forestry business and commercial experience.  Ian spent the majority of his career with the Shell Group of Companies, mostly in the forestry business including 7 years managing a total of around 80 000 has of forest assets in Latin America.  Ian also has extensive in-country experience developing and evaluating forestry investment opportunities in the Americas, Northern Europe, Africa and South East Asia.  He also has significant experience in resource, ecosystem services and environmental assessment and in engagement and negotiation with diverse stakeholders.

  • Miguel Sampol Pou is a member of the Investment Committee (Forestry Fund) and adviser to the ECP Forestry Fund. Miguel has over 30 years of experience in the Brazilian forest and forest-products industry, where he held positions as managing director of Riocell, CEO of Jari Celulose and most recently CEO of Klabin, Brazil largest integrated paper and board producer and exporter. Throughout his career Miguel has had direct senior responsibility of over 350,000 hectares of plantation forestry spanning different regions and species in Brazil. Miguel is a prior board member of BRACELPA (Brazil’s pulp and paper industry association). He resides in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Investment - Clean Technology

  • Gordon Power has over 29 years’ of private equity experience. Prior to his current commitments, he founded and was CEO of the private equity business ProVen Private Equity (now re-named Beringea) from 1984 – 2004 and led its buy-out from Guinness Mahon in 1997. By 2002 Proven specialised in media and intellectual property rights investments, had funds under management of $370m million including a range of highly successful venture capital trusts. From 1984 to date, an overall annual return in excess of 29% has been achieved in 196 realised (i.e. sale, flotation or administration/liquidation) investments and unrealised investments. Gordon has an IRR of 45% from 12 sustainable private equity investments made since 1985. 

  • Stephen Lansdown, is a Non-Executive Director of Earth Capital Partners (Guernsey) Limited and was co-founder of the private client business, Hargreaves Lansdown which he set up with Peter Hargreaves in 1981 and is the UK's biggest independent private client brokerage which recently joined the FTSE 100. He resigned as an executive director in August 2010 to pursue his many other interests including sustainable technology investment.

  • Richard Smith is a Partner in the Cleantech & Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry teams, with a background in industrial management, private equity transactions and financial advisory services.  Before joining ECP he was a Director at IBIS Asset Management, a captive financial advisory group to a large multi-sector private conglomerate.  Previously he delivered a wide range of private equity due diligence and corporate strategic advisory services while with L.E.K Consulting, where he was a Senior Manager.  Prior to an MBA at INSEAD, his early career encompassed engineering design, quality improvement, and production management at Visteon and Ford Motor Company. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment, and a Sainsbury Management Fellow.

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