Jim is responsible for commercial strategies (including PPAs), solar and energy storage sectors, and provides technical support for the CURO group for project execution and asset management. Jim has 15 years global experience as CEO/MD of leading energy technology companies and project ventures including CHP, biomass, inverters, batteries, waste to energy, large scale GTCC and innovative wind turbines. Jim has substantial experience in the development, execution and operation of large and small scale (distributed) energy projects. Jim is a Fellow of the Energy Institute.
Alastair has over 20 years’ experience in evaluating and delivering large, complex projects across a range of technical disciplines. He is primarily responsible for contract negotiation and overseeing project construction. As a Managing Consultant in PA Consulting Group’s Strategy & Marketing practice he was responsible for evaluating the financial viability, financing proposals and managing the negotiations for a number of large UK Government Private Finance Initiative projects. Following this he became the practice head for Performance and Change Management at Impact Plus plc. Alastair has a degree in Chemistry and spent his early career as an Officer in the Royal Navy.
Shane is responsible for capital structuring and arranging senior debt for investments, and also managing CURO’s extensive banking relationships. Shane heads up CURO’s advisory team assisting clients on raising debt finance and financial modelling. Shane joined the CURO group in 2007 with over 12 years of expertise in project finance and M&A in the energy sector. He was a Director in the Energy and Utilities team at Fortis Bank in London for two years where he originated and executed project financing underwritings for wind and landfill gas projects. Prior to this, he was a Director in the Energy Advisory team at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he spent eight years working on transactions across Western and Eastern Europe. Prior to PwC, Shane worked at Mott MacDonald where he acted as a technical adviser to lenders to power projects. Shane holds an MBA from ESCP Europe in France and a Bachelor in Engineering from Monash University in Australia.
George Formandl is a Czech-Canadian who has over 20 years’ experience in the CEE region in private equity, origination, M&A, advisory and project management. Prior to co-founding EnerCap, George was a consultant with A.T. Kearney and founded an online financial services company. He was also a Partner with Kilcullen Kapital Partners where he responsible for mid-market private equity transactions in the Czech Republic. George is responsible for business development, project management and asset management.
David is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the operations and maintenance of managed assets. He has been working in Operations roles for over 20 years, including the past 11 years with the CURO group. From 1997–2008 he was with UBS Investment Bank where he was a Transition Manager responsible for project managing the operational aspects of pension fund restructurings and before that a Client Relationship Manager responsible for operational service delivery to UBS’ top tier clients. Before UBS, David was a commissioned officer in the Royal Engineers for 8 years.
Magda is primarily focused on the overall financial, legal and compliance matters of CURO and its managed companies. She’s also involved with asset management services including debt financing, supplier sourcing and contracting (operations and maintenance contracts, advisory agreements), negotiation of energy sales (power purchase agreements) and compliance with regulatory requirements. Following her studies at University of Economics in Prague, Magda spent 4 years at Ernst & Young, advising large international clients. Magda has a Master’s degree in Corporate Economics and Management and is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Energy Policy Director
Valentina Ivan is the Energy Investment Policy Director responsible for energy policy analysis, government relations and stakeholder engagement in the power markets across CURO’s target markets. Valentina is engaged in the entire investment cycle of an energy project and assesses the market conditions, and the legislative changes that could impact company’s investments. She has advised key think tanks, environmental organisations, public bodies on energy policy. Valentina writes academic articles, editorials and publicly speaks (conferences, radio and TV interviews) on energy issues. She holds a PhD in Economics – Management of Energy Policies and an MSc in Comparative Public Policy, University of Edinburgh.
Martin is responsible for the analysis and evaluation of projects and business opportunities. He prepares valuations and financial models of new build power plant projects including wind and PV across different capital structures. Martin also monitors market developments and legislation on the national and EU level and analyses the impact of these on upcoming projects. He has contributed to projects advising Europe’s major utilities across Central and Eastern Europe on strategy, regulation and market development, as well as authored power market reports for numerous EU markets.