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David Anson, Regional Manager, Southern Africa

London

David Anson is the regional manager in charge of eleQtra’s activities in Southern Africa, which currently include a number of hydro, solar PV and other generation projects.  He has over 20 years’ experience prior to joining eleQtra in the development and project financing of power projects covering all stages of the development process from inception through to commercial operations.  He has experience with both thermal and renewable projects, and has successfully developed, financed and overseen construction of projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe.  He has extensive project experience in emerging markets and has lived and worked in Africa for many years.

Prior to working in infrastructure development, David worked in oil exploration, mainly in the Far East.  He is a member of the Institute of Directors (UK), and holds an MBA from London Business School and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Australia.

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William Barry, Regional Manager, East Africa

New York

Bill Barry is the regional manager in charge of eleQtra’s activities across East Africa, responsible for all regional activities, including project development and construction.

Prior to joining eleQtra, Bill was employed at ContourGlobal, where he was Senior Vice President and Head of Global Construction Projects, and Vice President of Business Development, responsible for Latin American & Caribbean, Sub-Saharan African and European project development and M&A.  He was also project manager for ContourGlobal’s groundbreaking KivuWatt (Rwanda) lake-bed methane gas extraction project, leading it to win the Euromoney Project Finance 2011 Africa Power Deal of the Year award.  Prior to ContourGlobal, Mr. Barry held positions as the Director of Credit Policy at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and Senior Credit Officer and lead IPP analyst at Moody’s Investors Service, and was a senior professional in Merrill Lynch’s investment banking division with coverage responsibility for the power and energy sectors.  Bill was also at the Mirant Corporation (formerly Southern Energy, the independent power subsidiary of The Southern Corporation), where he led South American strategy and business development, including greenfield project development and M&A.

Bill holds a BA from the George Washington University and an MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business.

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Richard Avery, Regional Manager, West Africa

London

Richard is the regional manager in charge of eleQtra’s activities across West Africa.  He has extensive experience of power and infrastructure project development across Africa.  Richard acted as a developer on projects including the $900m 350MW Cenpower IPP in Ghana and the 4,000 acre Chiansi irrigation project in Zambia.  Currently he is leading the development of eleQtra’s 50MW wind project and 20MWp solar project in Ghana and overseeing project development activities in Cote D’Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Senegal.

Prior to joining eleQtra in 2007, Richard worked at Citigroup’s Infrastructure and Energy Finance group advising on and arranging major project finance transactions in the Middle East and Africa.  Previously, he was a management consultant focusing on industrial strategy and restructuring projects in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Richard holds Masters degrees in Development Studies and Engineering, both from the University of Cambridge, and a Diploma in Financial Management from the ACCA.

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Philippa Buckley, Developer

Lusaka

Philippa Buckley has been a Project Developer with eleQtra since 2013, focusing on the development of private power generation infrastructure in Southern and East Africa.  Now based in Lusaka, she is working on a selection of hydropower and solar power projects across Zambia as well as leading the eleQtra (Southern Africa) Ltd team in-country. 

Prior to joining eleQtra, Philippa was Special Adviser to the UK Secretary of State for International Development (DFID), giving strategic policy and communications advice to Ministers on British international development activity in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Earlier she worked for the UK Opposition international development team and was a researcher for a member of the UK Parliament’s Select Committee on International Development.

Philippa holds an MA from the University of Cambridge and an MSc from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and was a Fox International Fellow at Yale University.

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Marianne Mutagamba, Developer

Kampala

Marianne Mutagamba is a Project Developer working on infrastructure projects with Eleqtra (EA) Ltd. She is a Civil Engineer, with Post Graduate qualification in Shared Water Resources Management. Currently she is also completing her MSc in Hydraulics Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, where she was involved in regional water resource management with Nile Basin Initiative.

 Prior to joining Eleqtra, she gained vast experience in business development, project management, procurement, logistics and infrastructure in the rapidly developing Uganda. She led the team that pioneered Private Sector Management of Ferry Services on Lake Victoria as pioneer Public Private Partnership with Government of Uganda.  Marianne has deep understanding of international procurement and infrastructure funding requirements having worked under European Union Roads Rehabilitation Projects, the African Development Bank funded projects for water supply infrastructure and various road projects co-funded by the Donors and Government of Uganda.

 Her involvement in handling engineering activities, procurement, tendering processes and contract management over the years has equipped her with the vast technical ability and made her key personnel in the management of infrastructure projects in the country.

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Diane Segal, Developer

London

 

Diane Segal, a French national, is a Project Developer at eleQtra.  After graduating from Harvard University with a degree in International Development and from the University of Illinois with a degree in Civil Engineering, Diane worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Washington), with the World Bank (New Delhi), with the French Agency ADEME (Paris) and with the consulting firm Burgeap (Paris).  Through her experience, she has acquired international expertise in infrastructure and energy-related project development, with a particular focus on Africa and the Middle East.  At eleQtra, she led the development of a 50MW wind farm project in Senegal and a 250MW hydropower project in Zambia and has been involved in projects related to river navigation, port development, solar power, hydropower and water treatment and distribution.

Diane Segal has 16 years’ professional experience, including 7 years at eleQtra, and lived for 11 years in Africa.

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