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 Consulting Principal (West 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, covering the power sector, transportation, and oil & gas. Several projects developed were the first private infrastructure projects in the country (including India, Ivory Coast, Mali and South Africa). Held senior positions at ABB, a family office, and a start-up. Amongst other current projects, is a developer, financial advisor, Board Member and Owner of an infrastructure project in West Africa, Albatros Energy (

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 Consulting 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 Consulting 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 Consulting 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.  30 years of experience, with ABB Financial Services, EIC Partners, private equity funds and independently, in project finance, infrastructure investments, portfolio management, and advisory services. Recently closed a large hydrogen storage project with a $500 million U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Guarantee, and advised on ENEC’s $30 billion Barakah project in Abu Dhabi.

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 Consulting Principal (US)

Roger McDaniel has more than thirty years of financing, advisory and modeling experience, primarily in energy finance and project finance, with 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. 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 Consulting 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 22+ years, 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.

Rahul Kapur, GPFAC Consulting Principal (US)

Rahul has over 40 years of successful business experience in Marketing, Finance, Management, Innovation, Strategy Development and M&A, with expertise in working with senior management teams to help and support them in creating value, in the USA, Europe, and Asia. MD and Partner in Icon Investment Partners, a special acquisition & management company, as well as board member and senior advisor to several businesses including startups, and a Managing Member of Ark Capital Investments, a family LLC that is a limited partner in several private equity funds and investor in startups. Prior experience with several Fortune 500 companies including Unilever, Dow Chemical, and Aearo Technologies/3M.

Rahul has a BS in Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology; MBA in Marketing and Finance, Indian Institute of Management; Post-graduate Diploma in Marketing, New York University; and completed the Executive Development Program, London School of Economics.

Cheryl Solometo, GPFAC Consulting 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, closed and managed several early energy project financings and recently restructured and refinanced loan workouts. 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, a BA in political science from Harpur College at Binghamton University, and completed her doctoral studies in political science at Vanderbilt University.

Victor Alonso De Oliveira, GPFAC Consulting 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. With a keen ability to identify and develop financing solutions for clients, 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 and Business Administration from FAAP. Speaks Portuguese (mother tongue), English and Spanish (fluent), French and German (basic).

Tim Czubakowski, GPFAC Consulting Principal, CTO (US)

Tim is a seasoned professional with broad and deep expertise in development, execution, and operation of power generation assets. He has hand-on leadership and management experience in the construction, commissioning, O&M, and technical asset management of power plants and projects both domestically and internationally. His on-site experience is complimented by strong technical investment advisory and diligence expertise including preferred and tax equity as well as debt investment structures. Tim has proven capabilities in nuclear, thermal, and renewables technologies and has been involved with FOAK development efforts for new technology rollouts. Tim has negotiated contracts and completed projects in the US, Asia, Australia, and the EU.
Tim has earned a BS in Nuclear Engineering along with a MBA and a MS in Computer Information Systems.

Vincas Snipas, GPFAC Consulting Principal (US)

Vincas has over 30 years of experience in energy and infrastructure project finance as a Managing Director at Pickwick Capital Partners, formerly a Managing Director at Whitehall & Company in New York, and Co-Head of Energy Project Finance at Dexia Bank. He is experienced in wind, solar and geothermal renewable transactions, natural gas and coal-fired power projects and oil and gas transportation and storage projects. Vincas has worked not only as a banker, but also as a power project developer. His experience includes over 130 transactions representing aggregate project value of over $80 bn. Prior to joining Dexia, Vincas was a thermal power project developer for Patriot Power where he served as Principal and Head of Project Development and Finance. Previously worked with Sakura Bank (SMBC), Commerzbank, and Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau in Frankfurt, Germany. His experience is widely spread across the international energy and infrastructure sectors, and he has broad experience with telecommunications, infrastructure and mining transactions globally.
Vincas holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and a B.S. in Finance from Bryant University.

Jim McCrea, James C. McCrea & Associates, Consulting Partner (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, Consulting Partner (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.

Priya Swamy, Consulting Partner (US)

Priya brings 20 years of interdisciplinary experience in the energy sector with a focus on engineering, operations, and program management to advance decarbonization missions within the government and private sector. During her 12 year tenure at the U.S. Department of Energy, Priya managed advanced energy projects in several technology offices across DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, including the Office of State and Community Energy Programs, the Building Technologies Office and served as Head of Operations of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office. As a federal project engineer at DOE’s Loan Programs Office, she assessed project eligibility, viability, and financial structuring for the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing and Title 17 Clean Energy Financing Program, culminating in closing LPO’s first deal in a decade—a $500 million hydrogen production and storage project. Prior to her federal career, Priya supported international wind energy companies, Iberdrola Renewables and E.ON Climate & Renewables, with various utility scale projects and power purchase agreements, as well as Berkshire Hathaway Energy (formerly Dominion Transmission), Inc with cost-of-service ratemaking and rate design, overseeing various aspects related cost allocation, operating expenses, capital expenditures, and return on investment.

Priya holds a B.A. in Economics from Bryn Mawr College, a MS in Systems Engineering, (with a focus on Energy and Environment) from George Washington University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, and certificates in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Equitable Community Change from Cornell University. Speaks English (mother tongue) and French.

Gabriel Montana, True North Asset Strategies, Consulting Partner (US)

Gabriel is a seasoned private equity, corporate and project finance executive. Experienced in diverse industry segments with emphasis on sustainable investments and infrastructure (e.g., waste-to-value; renewable energy, fuels and materials; forestry and agriculture; water, telecommunications and transport). He has worked in developed and emerging markets (particularly Latin America), including full-cycle principal investing (from origination, through evaluation, structuring and monitoring to exits) and through entire range of capital instruments (equity, mezzanine and senior lending). He has acted as principal, responsible for $270 million in equity, and has advised on over $1 billion project finance, senior debt and/or grant financing, mostly relating to climate-smart projects.  He has experience with Government project finance support, such as the US Department of Energy and US Department of Agriculture, as well as global and regional Development Finance Institutions.

Gabriel has an MBA from Georgetown University (Washington DC), and a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia).  He is a native Spanish speaker and is fluent in English.

Cheryl Jones, CE Jones Consulting LLC, Consulting Partner (US)

Senior Municipal and Project finance professional with over 40 years of significant experience in public finance. Registered Municipal Advisor and Municipal Advisor Principal having executed as either underwriter or financial advisor over $100 billion in municipal debt instruments.  Served as senior Financial Policy Advisor in the TIFIA Credit Program of the USDOT for over 17 years.  Closed 22 financings totaling over $9.6 billion in TIFIA direct loans providing financing for over $31 billion of nationally significant infrastructure, including several marquee P3 projects.  Provided municipal finance expertise in the development of the USDOT’s Private Activity Bond Program.

Cheryl has worked throughout the US providing clients with pragmatic and innovative financing solutions and exceptionally strong negotiation skills.  MBA in finance and accounting from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, Ed.M. with a focus on management from Harvard University Graduate School of Education; BLS from Boston University with an emphasis on management of urban organizations.

Simcore Partners, Consulting Partner

Simcore Partners is an independent advisory firm specializing in energy transition. The firm provides development and financial advisory services to government, private equity, and corporate customers related to market analysis, financial analysis, negotiation, underwriting, evaluation of credit risks, financial modeling, and execution of debt and equity investments.

Dan Lee, Simcore Partners, Consulting Partner (US)

Dan has a decade of experience developing, financing, and investing in several billion dollars of U.S. energy infrastructure, spanning a broad range of structures with domestic and international partners. Prior to Lightpost, worked at Houlihan Lokey, Morgan Stanley, GE Ventures (energy venture division), and most recently as Head of U.S. Low Carbon at Bechtel Enterprises, the investment and development arm of Bechtel Corporation. Also worked at the U.S. Department of Energy LPO Origination Division, financing Title 17 renewable energy and Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing projects.

Dan has an MPA in Energy Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Trevor Chang, Simcore Partners, Consulting Partner (US)

Trevor has a decade of experience in U.S. real estate investment and development, with transaction experience totaling approx. $2 billion of projects, focused on value-add projects with development or structural complexity. Worked through acquisitions and development roles for established firms active in Los Angeles including the Ratkovich Company, Lowe Enterprises, DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners, and most recently Cottonwood Management.

Trevor has an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and a BS in Finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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