No one knows African energy like the aef community.
The sheer knowledge, passion and determination of the people behind the projects is an inspiration. That’s why we’ve launched the aef podcast series this summer, delivering valuable advice for anyone developing or investing in projects on the African continent.
Hear exclusive insights from aef sponsors Globeleq, DLA Piper, Fieldstone Africa and Norton Rose Fulbright on the experiences of delivering projects, navigating challenges and achieving bankability.
Choose from the links below to listen on your preferred platform, whenever and wherever you like!
Meet our contributors
Fabio Borba, Managing Director, Business Development, Globeleq
Fabio has more than 20 years’ experience in energy and infrastructure projects globally, leading investments, structuring, project development, M&A and asset management. He has robust project finance expertise across all geographies and strong focus in growth markets. Prior to joining Globeleq, Fabio was the Managing Director of Abraaj and Themis. He worked previously at eleQtra Limited, and has also had managerial positions at Tenaris, a leading supplier of tubes and related services for the energy and oil and gas sector and at ABB Energy Ventures, the investment arm of Asea Brown Boveri. Fabio holds a BSc. in Civil Engineering from Escola de Engenharia Maua.
Dimitri Papaefstratiou, Partner, DLA Piper
Dimitri is an experienced project finance lawyer, whose career has involved advisory roles for both sponsors and lenders in a wide range of limited recourse financing transactions. He has broad experience of PPP/PFI transactions and thorough knowledge of several market sectors, including power (thermal and renewable), transport (roads, airports and shipping), oil, gas, commodities and water.
Brian van Oerle, Chief Executive Officer, Fieldstone Africa Investment Resources (FAIR)
Brian van Oerle is the Chief Executive Officer of Fieldstone Africa Investment Resources (FAIR), the project development subsidiary of Fieldstone Africa. FAIR partners with developers across the African continent to co-develop projects, secure financing and drive them through to realisation. Brian has taken the lead in establishing FAIR as a strong market player, and is now driving the expansion of FAIR to deliver more projects through this market proven approach. Brian has over 12 years of experience in the African energy sector developing projects, advising private clients and working with various government entities across the energy sector, actively developing and promoting IPPs and clean energy industries.
Laura Kiwelu, Senior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright
Laura Kiwelu is a project finance lawyer based in Norton Rose Fulbright’s London office. She focuses on advising developers, lenders, governments and investors on energy projects in Africa, in particular in respect of project documents, finance documents and joint development arrangements. She has advised on several first-in-country and other landmark projects in Africa, including first-in-country renewable projects in Malawi, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Cameroon. From 2014 to 2018 Laura was based in the Norton Rose Fulbright office in Tanzania. She has been a leading lawyer in the IFLR 1000 and a Legal 500 recommended lawyer.
Daniel Metcalfe, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
Dan is a finance lawyer in Norton Rose Fulbright’s London finance team specialising in projects and complex financings, with particular experience in the energy, infrastructure and natural resources sectors.
He specialises in advising in emerging markets financing, with experience across Africa, Middle East and Asia. Dan has considerable knowledge and experience of development transactions and advises sponsors, commercial banks, development finance institutions and multilaterals, funds and other parties.
Dan is recognised by Legal 500 as an ‘excellent projects lawyer’, with an ‘extensive knowledge of emerging market financing, especially in Africa’.