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.

Paul Barbian, GPFAC Principal (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.

Ruth Beckers, GPFAC Principal (Africa)

Ruth has over 20 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.

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.

Julie Stewart, GPFAC Principal (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.

Srinagesh Talatam, GPFAC Principal (India)

Srinagesh has been a Sponsor, Investor and Financial Advisor in India and Hong Kong. 35-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.

Tracey Bollier-Timberlake, GPFAC Principal and EIC Finance & Operations Director (Zurich)

Tracey has closed around $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 25 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.

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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.

 

Stephan Truffer, EIC Partner (Zurich)

Stephan is a co-founder of EIC. Spent the last 20 years at the crossroads of the energy and finance sector successfully developing and financing projects in the infrastructure sector. Worked at ABB Financial Services in Zurich and Hong Kong in charge of analyzing and negotiating power-related investment opportunities in Asia Pacific. Also worked in the energy team of Lehman Brother’s investment bank in London completing private equity and advisory mandates in the energy sector.

Stephan has a MSc in Economics from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and is a CFA Charterholder. He is fluent in German (mother tongue), English and French.

Hans-Peter Stöckl, EIC Director of Technology (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.

Karine Khatcherian, Enervest Capital CEO (US)

Karine is the founder and CEO of Enervest Capital.  Strong track record as a sponsor, investor and advisor in the clean economy and infrastructure sectors. She was a senior advisor to Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners (an Alphabet company), the U.S. Department of Energy, and RBS, and held senior positions at NewWorld Capital Group (Partner), Sanford Bernstein (Senior Research Analyst), GE Capital (SVP), and ABB Equity Ventures (Director, Project Development).

Karine has a MSc in Industrial Engineering & Management (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Génie Industriel, Grenoble, FR); Diplôme D’Etudes Approfondies in Financial Management (Ecole Supérieure des Affaires, Grenoble, FR). She is fluent in French, English and Armenian, and studied German, and Arabic (she lived/worked in Middle East, US, and Europe, and closed projects in Latin America, Asia and the US).

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).

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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.

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