Team

Alok Mathur, GPFAC President (US)

Alok has more than 30 years of experience in project finance in the US, India and Switzerland. Was head of ABB Financial Services India (equity, debt underwriting, advisory) and a member of ABB’s Country Management Committee; member of the management team at ABB’s HQ’s in Zurich that grew ABB’s financial advisory business to 140 professionals in 18 countries, closing $5 billion/year; and a member of ABB’s Management Committee responsible for approving equity investments worldwide.

Alok has a BS in Chemical Engineering with Honors, (IIT, India); MS Chemical Engineering (SUNY/Buffalo); and MBA with Distinction (New York University). Speaks English, Hindi (mother tongue), some German, and several Indian languages.

Ruth Beckers, GPFAC Principal (Africa)

Ruth has over 28 years of experience successfully financing and developing infrastructure projects predominantly in Africa, and also in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. She covered the power sector, transportation, and oil & gas. Several projects she developed were the first private infrastructure projects in the country (India, Ivory Coast, Mali and South Africa). Ruth held senior positions at ABB, a family office, and a start-up. Amongst other current projects, she is developer, financial advisor, Board Member and Owner of an infrastructure project in West Africa, Albatros Energy (https://aem-sa.com/about/our-board-of-directors/).

Ruth has an MBA in Banking from the University of St. Gallen CH; Exec. Master’s in Corporate Finance from the University of Applied Sciences in Lucerne CH. Speaks German (mother tongue), English, French, and Swedish.

Srinagesh Talatam, GPFAC Principal (India)

Srinagesh has been a Sponsor, Investor and Financial Advisor in India and Hong Kong. 36-year career with National Thermal Power Corporation, ABB Financial Services (Head South Asia), Hyderabad International Airport (CEO) and Pragnya Private Equity Fund (CEO).  Diverse experience in project finance, project development and private equity. On the Boards of Directors of Indian companies and on the Investment Committee of Utthishta Virat Fund; and is an adjunct Professor at IIT and IBS, India.

Srinagesh has a BS in Chemical Engineering from IIT, India, and an MBA from IIM, India. Speaks English (principal language) and several Indian languages.

Minna Kwai Stalder, GPFAC Principal (Switzerland, China)

Minna has extensive project finance experience as former VP at ABB Financial Services Zurich, successfully closed projects in Asia (including a pioneering $1.1 billion hydro project in China, and structured a Power Development Fund for World Bank that is used to invest in small hydro projects in Nepal), Europe and Africa (a major gas development project). Has managed process and systems control as well as optimization, and has expertise in financial reporting and business analytics.

Minna has a MSc in Management from L’Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (Paris), a BA in Business Admin from Chinese University of Hong Kong (China) and is a fellow at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK). Speaks Mandarin (mother tongue), English, German and French.

Tracey Bollier-Timberlake, GPFAC Principal (Switzerland, US)

Tracey has closed around $5.5 billion of projects in the areas of renewable energy, power generation, power T&D, oil-gas-and-petrochemicals, automotive, building & systems automation, and telecommunications in Europe, Middle East, North Africa and Latin America.  A former Vice President with ABB Financial Services in Stamford and Zürich, and has 27 years of experience in project finance, infrastructure investments, portfolio management, and advisory services.

Tracey has a MSc in Global Finance (Intl. MBA) from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona and a BA (cum Laude) in International Studies from the University of West Florida. Speaks English (mother tongue), German and Spanish.

Roger McDaniel, GPFAC Principal (US)

Roger McDaniel has more than thirty years of financing, advisory and modeling experience, primarily in energy finance and project finance. He brings experience as a project finance and energy investment banker, a lender, a consultant to the US Department of Energy’s Loan Guarantee Program, and an attorney, although he is no longer practicing law. Roger’s clients have come from a number of industries, including ethanol, biomass, regulated and unregulated power, transportation, water, and wastewater. He has advised clients on a variety of financing types, ranging from a $10 million venture capital financing to a $1.4 billion independent power project financing.

Roger received a B.A. in Philosophy from Stanford University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Ananth Pharshy, GPFAC Principal (US)

Ananth has closed around $10 billion of projects in the areas of oil & gas, LNG, power T&D, mining and transportation in the US and Latin America, during stints with ABB Financial Services, GE Structured Finance and Mizuho Corporate Bank, all in the New York City area. Over his 22+ years work life, he has worked on marquee projects such as the Panama Canal Expansion and the Manzanillo LNG Project, gaining experience in project finance structuring and advisory, modelling, portfolio management, and also as a tech-entrepreneur.Ananth has a MBA from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Commerce from Loyola College (India). He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and speaks English, Hindi, Spanish, and a few South Indian languages.

Victor Alonso De Oliveira, GPFAC Principal (Brazil)

Victor has solid professional experience in Commercial Banking and Commodities Structuring acquired at top-tier financial institutions and companies over the last 28 years. A strong entrepreneurial character, team player and focused on the achievement of results. Has a keen ability to identify and develop financing solutions for clients, and has a well developed and deep network in the Brazilian financial market as well as on the corporate side, including commodity suppliers, export driven companies and multinationals. Head of Solstice Finance, providing consulting and financial advisory services.

Victor has a Post-Grad degree in Business Administration – Finance from CEAG FGV (1995 1997) and Business Administration from FAAP (1989-1992). Speaks Portuguese (mother tongue), English and Spanish (fluent), French and German (basic).

Brent Elliot, GPFAC Principal (US)

Brent has over a 10 years of banking experience with the bulk of that time spent in the project financing of renewable and conventional energy and infrastructure in North and South America. Previously, Brent has led the portfolio management function for a $4 billion portfolio of U.S.-based project finance assets for the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and has managed $1 billion portfolio of project finance loans syndicated by MUFG Union Bank.

Brent has a MSc in Finance from the University of Florida and a BA in History from Davidson College.

Cheryl Solometo, GPFAC Principal (US)

Cheryl has more than 25 years of financing and advisory experience at major international banks and top-tier credit rating agencies in energy and project finance. At Sumitomo she closed and managed several early energy project financings and recently restructured and refinanced loan workouts. She was Project Finance Americas Head at Crédit Agricole and led the Project Finance Credit Team at Dexia before leading the Credit Risk Management Group.

Cheryl has an MBA in finance from the University of Maryland at College Park, an MA in public administration and public policy from Binghamton University and a BA in political science from Harpur College at Binghamton University. She also completed her doctoral studies in political science at Vanderbilt University.

Meelan Gupta (US)

Meelan has over 20 years of experience in project financing in the US, Middle-East, Africa, and Asia & Europe. With extensive business experience and skilled in successful navigating diverse corporation of various sizes. Proven expertise in managing and closing multiple complex international projects totaling US$2 billion in the area Renewal Energy, Oil & Gas, Aviation, Steel, Infrastructure, EPC, IT, Manufacturing and Tire Industries. Experience in structuring green bond and listing process.

Meelan has a B.Com with Honors (Calcutta University, India), Associate Chartered Accountant (ICAI, India) and Semi Qualified Chartered Certified Accountant (A.C.C.A London). Speaks English, Hindi (mother tongue) and Bengali language.

Consulting Partners

Julie Stewart, Stewart Energy Consultants, LLC (US)

Julie has closed energy projects as an investor and financial advisor. As Director, managed acquisition and due diligence efforts (power, electric distribution and transmission companies, water infrastructure assets and power project development) for investor owned utilities for First Energy (GPU, Inc.) and TXU (Enserch Development) in South America, Central Europe, Canada, Southeast Asia and U.S. Managed non-recourse financing projects at GE Capital.

Julie has a BS in Chemical Engineering from University of California at Davis and an MBA from Dartmouth College, Amos Tuck of Business Administration. Speaks English (mother tongue) and some Spanish,

Jim McCrea, James C. McCrea & Associates (US)

Jim led the Credit Origination team at the Loan Programs Office of the US Department of Energy, closing $24 billion in renewable and advanced technology energy projects. VP in Risk management for Philip Morris Capital Corp; MD and SVP at the division of GE Capital – responsible for domestic energy project finance transactions.

Jim has a BA in Government (Hamilton College); MS in Resource Management & Policy (SUNY); and an MBA in Finance (Cornell).

Paul Barbian (US)

Paul led the UBS project finance group in Zurich, and then headed a team of analysts for the Credit Origination team at the US Department of Energy that closed over $24 billion of energy and industrial project transactions. Developed independent power projects at Entergy Corporation, structured debt financing at GE Capital, and has experience with numerous investor-owned utilities as a consultant for Booz Allen.

Paul has a BS in Economics from Georgetown University, MSc in Business from George Washington University; additional courses work in accounting.

Teaming Organizations

EIC Partners AG (Switzerland)

EIC is an independent advisory firm and project developer focused on the energy infrastructure sector, conducting advisory mandates with clients on strategic and financial business decisions.

The team combines more than one hundred years of experience in the energy sector and has both an industrial and financial background. Projects led or developed by the EIC team are known as milestone projects in the industry due to their goal-oriented and entrepreneurial approach. For the successful navigation through investments and developments in today’s energy sector, they are a competent and reliable partner.

Dr. Dominique Candrian, EIC Managing Partner (Zurich)

Dominique is a co-founder of EIC. Over 25 years of experience in successfully leading the development and financing of major infrastructure projects in the US, Taiwan, Morocco, India, the Middle East, and across Europe. Leads development efforts of the PQ Energy initiative. Held senior positions within the ABB Group. Chairs the Boards of Energiedienst Holding AG and EnAlpin AG.

Dominique has a PhD in Economics summa cum laude from the University of Zürich and was a CFA Charterholder (from 2004 to 2018). He is fluent in German (mother tongue), English and French.

Hans-Peter Stöckl, Partner, CTO (Zurich)

Hans-Peter has led numerous large-scale developments and IPP project finance transactions in Europe, Africa and the U.S. in a broad variety of infrastructure industries including power generation, T & D, Oil & gas, renewable energy, wastewater treatment, and heating systems. Since 2014 at EIC has been responsible for the engineering development, supervision of owner’s engineers, project documentation, and framework agreements for the delivery of power plants.

Hans-Peter holds a MSc in Industrial Management and a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ). He speaks German (mother tongue), English, Italian, French and conversational Russian.

Adrian Bobula, Project Developer and Permitting Specialist (Zurich)

Adrian has more than thirty years of experience in the energy sector. He was leading the development of several largescale power generation and related infrastructure projects across Europe. In the position of project director, he maintained relationships with stakeholders, banks, equity investors, regulatory authorities, and energy facility operators.

Adrian passed state examination in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in measurement, regulation and automation technology at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. He speaks English, German, Slovak and conversational Russian.

David Altner, EIC Analyst - Renewable Energy Project Developer (Zurich)

David has a background in finance, commodities and transportation. Previously, he gained experience at Credit Suisse Insurance Linked Strategies Ltd, Glencore International AG, and CargoBeamer AG.

David holds a MA in Accounting and Finance from the University of St. Gallen (HSG). He is fluent in German (mother tongue), English, and French and conversational Italian and Russian.

Apex Rail GmbH (Switzerland)

Apex Rail is an advisory platform specialized in the rolling stock and rail infrastructure sector with wider experiences in the financing of new green technology. The Apex Rail team consists of senior experts from the sector. The team develops, structures and arranges complete financing solutions for operators, and public transport authorities, as well as investors and manufacturers procuring or selling new and used rolling stock and associated infrastructure. In addition, the company helps its clients to optimize their current asset base and balance sheet through sale & leasebacks and other innovative financing instruments.

For investors in the European rail sector Apex Rail provides comprehensive project, lease, asset and remarketing management for rolling stock portfolios as well as industry advisory services in M&A transactions. Through Apex Rail’s partnership with GPFAC, this expertise can be provided in the U.S. rail markets, where there is a recognition of the growing need for this infrastructure and creative financing solutions.

www.apex-rail.com

Christian Forster, Apex Rail Managing Partner (Lucerne)

Christian is a co-founder of Apex Rail with more than 25 years of experience in rail and infrastructure financing. Prior to establishing Apex Rail, he held various senior positions in the advisory, banking, leasing and manufacturing industries.

At Deutsche Bank and HSH Nordbank, Christian led large debt financings of commuter rolling stock, high-speed trains and freight cars in Europe and the US, and was also an advisory board member of the rolling stock lessor Railpool, a company which he helped to establish and fund.

His career in rail began in the manufacturing industry, then gained further experience in rolling stock leasing at GATX Rail Europe, while initially being a project finance manager in the energy and transport infrastructure sectors for ABB.

Christian holds an MBA from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He is fluent in German (mother tongue), English and Norwegian and has a good working knowledge of Italian and French.

Markus Froehlich, Apex Rail Managing Partner (Lucerne)

Markus co-founded Apex Rail and has more than 23 years of international management experience in the rail sector. Besides structured asset-based financing, his areas of core competence are the project, contract, lease & asset management, including the remarketing of rolling stock and business development.

Markus was responsible for setting up and managing the advisory and lease & asset management at an Austrian company, following senior management positions in the European rail sector. He raised seed equity for the establishment of greenfield leasing platforms (i.e. ELL in 2014) and led other major rail transactions as senior advisor.

He worked for Société Générale Corporate Investment Banking to develop the structured rail finance business, and also worked at Angel Trains Ltd in London, the largest UK rolling stock lessor. His rail career started with Siemens Transportation in global bid, sales, project and contract management, followed by senior project management roles in the UK.

Markus studied Business Engineering in Germany and Canada. He is fluent in German and English, and conversational Spanish.

Bart van Horssen, Apex Rail Associate Director (The Hague, NL)

Bart has nearly a decade of experience in the rail industry and joined Apex Rail in early 2020. Prior to joining Apex Rail, he worked at the Dublin-based rolling stock leasing company of the Dutch Railways, most recently in the role of head of business development.

During his time in Dublin he worked on a multitude of projects, including the tendering of a large fleet of new electrical regional trains for The Netherlands, the sale and lease back of a fleet of locomotives to a French lessor, the set-up and financing of a tax-beneficial SPV to procure a large fleet diesel regional trains for use in Germany and the sale of said SPV to a French infrastructure investor after the delivery phase of the trains was completed.

Bart has a law degree from Leiden University, speaks Dutch, English and basic German, and serves in the Dutch Army Reserve.

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