Vahid Fotuhi is Director of Origination at Access Power, a Dubai-based power project developer focused on bringing to life early-stage renewable energy projects in Africa and Asia. Access Power currently has over 1GW of solar and wind power projects under development across 15 countries in Africa and 2 countries in Asia.
Vahid is also the Founder and former President of the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA), the largest solar trade organization in the Middle East & North Africa with over 120 corporate and government members.
From 2009 until 2012, Vahid was the Regional Director for BP Solar Middle East, the region’s largest off-grid solar systems provider. Prior to that, Vahid lived in Algeria where he led Government Affairs for BP’s oil & gas division.
Over his 20-year career, Vahid has also held-senior level roles with Energy Intelligence, World Economic Forum and Transparency International. Vahid holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) in Washington DC and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from McGill University, Canada.
Managing Director of Origination
Dr. Thomas Hillig is founder and Managing Director of THEnergy. THEnergy assists companies in dealing with energy-related challenges. Renewable energy companies are offered strategy, marketing and sales consulting services. For industrial companies, THEnergy develops energy concepts and shows how they can become more sustainable. It combines experience from conventional and renewable energy with industry knowledge in consulting.
In addition to business consulting, THEnergy advises investors regarding renewable energy investments in changing markets. It is also active in marketing intelligence and as an information provider in select fields, such as renewables and mining, through the platform th-energy.net/mining or renewables on islands through the new platform th-energy.net/islands.
Mark Wopicho serves as a Director of PowerGen Renewable Energy. PowerGen is a leading private utility in Africa, with over 50 micro-grids and hundreds of single off-taker systems deployed.
Mark Wopicho previously worked for a Kenyan wind energy company providing off-grid energy solutions to mobile telecom companies. He was also involved in developing the Kenyan wind map and has worked in different roles in the energy sector.
Mark Wopicho is a graduate of Kenyatta University with a degree in Renewable Energy
Co-Founder & Senior Director
Eng. Lamya Adbel Hady heads the Private Projects Sector at the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) of the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, and leads the Solar FiT Program for the Ministry.
Her distinguished career spans 15 years with the Egyptian Electricity Authority (now EEHC) and she has worked in private renewable energy programs since 2007.
Eng. Lamya is responsible for the BOO 250MW wind project in Gulf of Suez, BOO 10x20MW PV solar projects in Kom Ombo-‐ Aswan and the Egypt FiT program with the target of achieving 2000MW wind projects and 2300MW PV projects.
Eng. Lamya graduated from Ain Shams University Faculty of Engineering Power Systems Dep and completed her MBA in Strategic Management in 2013 from the Cairo licenced Victoria School of Business.
Head Sectors for Studies & Design
Adel is a qualified Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales as well as being admitted to the New York Bar. As a director of Renewable Energy Partner, he is currently involved in the development of the first privately held and operated solar PV plants in Algeria as well as other large-scale projects in Ghana, Nigeria and Zambia.
Renewable Energy Partner equally focuses on solar rooftop and hybrid power solutions for commercial and industrial customers in North and West Africa and is also an advisory boutique firm specialised in renewable energy projects in the Middle East and Africa.
Prior to founding Renewable Energy Partner, Adel worked at leading law firms in Paris and London. He was involved in corporate, M&A, private equity, finance and energy and infrastructure transactions around the world.
Kevin Robinson is an electrical engineer with vast experience in manufacturing, project development and implementation of solar systems for rural electrification, pumping, telecommunications, commercial and industrial as well as utility scale power plants.
Kevin was a founding member of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) where he has served on the board as well as a steering committees for local manufacturing. He is currently working as the Technical services manager for Jinko Solar covering the Middle East and Africa Markets.
Manager ME & Africa