After working in general management for the start-up operation of a British engineering company in Central and Eastern Europe, Helen worked for a number of years as a researcher and business consultant before joining The AES Corporation in 1997. There she led business development efforts in Central and Eastern Europe and subsequently Africa, including the financing of the successful Songas project in Tanzania. Helen subsequently spent two years as Director General of the Cameroon integrated utility, Sonel, with a workforce of 3500 people and a turnover of some $180m. Helen is a BA and MA arts graduate from Oxford University.
Following an early career in power engineering, design and construction, Mark joined The AES Corporation in 1984. From then until 2003 he led early greenfield and acquisition efforts in the US, followed by expansion into the UK, the rest of Europe, central Asia and Africa and growing the London-based organisation from 2 people in 1990 to over 5000 in 2002. Mark completed his career at AES as Executive Vice President of the Corporation and Chief Operating Officer for Latin America, where he was responsible for restructuring the company's businesses and achieving profitability in an $8bn workout. Mark is a mechanical engineer by training and has a BSME and an MSME from Purdue University.
Neil worked for Ernst & Young until 1995 when he joined the AES Corporation. During his 13 years at AES, he worked in London as the Regional Finance Director. Neil has assisted in greenfield projects and acquisitions in Europe and throughout Africa including Cameroon, Nigeria and South Africa, providing advice on project specific tax structuring, project financing and general accounting issues. In addition, Neil was responsible for overseeing the financial reporting for businesses across Europe, Middle East and Africa. During that period Neil also spent two years in the US as Vice-President, Financial Planning & Analysis, where he formed a new FP&A function for AES. Neil has a law degree from Southampton University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Peter began his career as an electrical engineer with GEC Turbine Generators Ltd, and subsequently worked with ABB Power and Toshiba International. In 1991 he joined The AES Corporation in London and from mid 1993 spent over two years in China as the Senior Project Engineer and Project Director, which included working as the technical expert on the 2100MW coal-fired Yangcheng project. After returning to England in 1995, Peter led the development of many successful AES projects, including the 363MW clean coal power plant refurbishment at Fifoots Point and the 600MW Maritza East 1 greenfield lignite-fired power plant in Bulgaria. Peter has a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College (University of London).
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Bob began his career as a Mechanical Engineer with the Northern Ireland Electricity Service (NIES) in power plant operations gaining experience of coal, oil and gas turbine technology. Following the acquisition by AES, together with Tractebel, of two of NIES's plants in 1992, Bob was one of a small team responsible for refinancing this acquisition on the London Capital Markets. After 9 years in Northern Ireland, Bob joined AES in 1995 as a Project Director based in London involved both in development and in operations support throughout Africa and Europe. Bob successfully participated in most aspects of project development and financial structuring in developing markets. Bob has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ulster and an MBA from the Ulster Business School.
Alongside his role as Commercial Director, responsible for new business development activities across sub-Saharan Africa, Crispin is leading the Aldwych participation as co-developer and investor in the 450MW Azura greenfield IPP in Nigeria. With Aldwych since the end of 2004, he has also been responsible for leading the 360MW Ruhudji hydropower project in Tanzania as well as contributing to the successful Kelvin and Rabai transactions.
Crispin spent the first 9 years of his career with BASF in the UK and Germany and was responsible for planning energy supply solutions for large petrochemical sites in Europe and Asia. Following an MBA at INSEAD, Crispin then joined AES in a business development role in London, before spending two years in Cameroon as Director of planning and development for the integrated national utility SONEL, culminating in the successful development of the 85MW Limbe HFO project. Crispin is a Chartered Engineer and has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University.
Mark began his career working as an energy regulatory lawyer in Santa Fe, New Mexico before joining the WING Group in 1994 as a project coordinator developing power projects in China. In 1997 he joined an LNG consulting firm, International Gas and Power Ventures, Inc. In 2000 he took the position of project manager for AES and assisted in the successful completion of the Songas project in Tanzania. From 2002 through 2009 Mark built a real estate business in Washington DC and achieved an advanced law degree before returning to the energy business. Mark joined Aldwych in 2009 to work in Tanzania on two projects, the 100MW Singida wind project and the 358MW Ruhudji hydro project. Mark has been the Project Director of the Singida and Ruhudji projects since 2010. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service Georgetown University (1989), Juris Doctor Pepperdine School of Law (1993), LLM Tax Georgetown Law School (2009)