Our Advisory Board
CEO, AIM Luxembourg
Stéphane has long lasting fund management experience – he has build, advised or managed 14 Private Equity Funds and conducted investments and transac- tions to an aggregated amount of several billion Euros to date, generating top financial returns and environmental benefits over decades.
Stéphane worked for Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC) as partner and CEO for its venture capital arm (CDC Innovation). He developed CDC from a small VC outlet to an European player, from €10 to €500 million within 6 years. Under his leadership, his team invested in more than 120 start-ups, of which several went public or have been successfully sold.
In 2008 he started his own management company in Luxembourg, Akuo In- vestment Management, to invest in solar and wind infrastructure in Europe. La- ter he extended it with a second company, AIM Luxembourg for institutional clients focussing on transactions of €100m and more. Since then these compa- nies have structured deals and deployed equity for investments with a volume of more than €1.4bn, and recently executed mandates for companies like IDB (Islamic Development Bank), the French State, Total, CDC, DCNS (Naval Group), Ackermans and Van Haaren subsidiary Rent a Port, COJO (Comité d’Organisation des Jeux Olympiques de Paris 2024)...
Stéphane has built a reputation on being a deep knowledgeable financial speci- alist, yet very hands on in transactions and is a true enthusiast to increase his know-how in sustainable technology developments and their applications and marketability.
Stephane started his career as CEO of technology startups, worked for Auto- Desk (ADSK) in Switzerland and in the US. Besides a strong scientific back- ground, Stéphane has been and is still very interested and active in the software industry.
Stéphane attended the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS Ulm - Paris) and was awarded a Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry and Physics from the University of Strasbourg, based on research he did mostly in the US during two years at Purdue University in the US. Stéphane went to INSEAD for financial training.
Corporate Finance Advisor, Duff & Phelps
Cédric Bérard has more than 17 years of infrastructure, private debt and alternative investment experience, notably in the energy transition universe.
Throughout his career, Cedric has developed significant experience in advising and structuring illiquid investments, whether senior, subordinated, or mezzanine instruments, and complex equity and structured investments in OECD and emerging markets, whether recourse or non recourse.
Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Cedric held senior positions in independent power producers, and non executive board positions in technology companies involved in the energy transition, and more recently co-led a CSSF regulated AIFMD compliant alternative investment fund.
He is specialized in complex cross-border M&A transactions, private placement, and project finance structuring. Cédricowns extensive expertise in infrastructure, renewable power generation and energy transition related transactions.
Within the renewable segment, Cédric has closed more than 480MWn of wind assets in Europe and Brazil, advised on the acquisition of over 370MWn of wind projects (at various development stage) in France, and acquired, financed or divested around 490MWp of Solar PV assets in Europe, India, and the USA.
Cédric holds a BA (PPE) from Oxford University and an MBA from London Business School.
Founder, The Chapel Group
Wayne is the founder of The Chapel Group. A consulting company, created in 2015 to help utilities use energy data to increase value to customers and deliver business growth.
Wayne's belief is simple: There is increasing consumer adoption of behind-the-meter technologies such as rooftop solar, electric vehicles, battery storage, and the connected home. Consumers are on this journey regardless of what their utility providers do. Wayne believes that if he can help utilities leverage energy data and focus more on the demand side, they can deliver services and products that position them at the heart of what is an inevitable transformation to a sustainable way of living.
Wayne’s subject matter expertise comes from almost 20 years in the Utility industry across Asia. In that time Wayne has been recognised for his innovation and vision by Metering & Smart Energy International.
Wayne led SE Asia’s first end to end smart metering and demand response program that resulted in a twenty percent reduction in peak demand and went on to win a series of awards across the region.
Wayne is a father, a guest lecturer at the Asian Institute of Technology, a blogger and writer for many of the leading industry magazines. He is a sought-after speaker at regional energy conferences and author of the upcoming book, ‘The Digital Utility’.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, GREEN TIE LTD.
Jean is Managing Partner of Green Tie Ltd., a Hong Kong Based boutique focused on the development of environmental friendly businesses in Asia. In addition, Jean sits at the Board of Carbonium, a Paris-based venture focused on opportunities related to Climate Change.
Before his current roles, Jean was an Intrapreneur at Schneider Electric, originating sustainability management services business for both corporations and cities. He has gained an extensive experience in the Energy & Infrastructure sector for 20+ years, and business in Asia for nearly 15 years. He built several alliances among carefully selected partners in the public and private sector.
Jean holds a Master of Engineering from Mines ParisTech and he has also earned an MBA degree from INSEAD.