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BALA NAGARAJAN

Bala is an Investment Director at Equinor Energy Ventures (EEV), a USD 200MM corporate venture capital fund. EEV invests in clean energy startups to grow, become commercial successes and deliver technologies and business opportunities that can have a relevance to Equinor in the future. Bala has led EEV’s investments in distributed generation and energy storage. He joined Equinor’s business development team in 2012 and has originated and executed transactions across the globe.
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BASSEL S. HAMWI

Bassel currently serves as Head of IFC Middle East and North Africa Fund at IFC Asset Management Company, LLC. He also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Bank Audi Syria SA and served as its Deputy Chairman and General Manager. Bassel was a Director of Bank Audi Syria SA until 2018. He is also employed at IFC Asset Management Company, LLC. He spent 14 years with and was in charge of a number of direct investments in the Mashreq and GCC sub-regions.
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JEREMY CRANE

Jeremy is leading the expansion of the distributed solar industry in the MENA region. He co-founded Yellow Door Energy with Adenium. Most recently, Jeremy and his team raised $65 million in Series A financing from global investors such as IFC, Mitsui, Equinor, APICORP and Adenium.
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MOUNIR KUZBARI

Mounir is the Managing Director, Member of the Board and Shareholder of Novus Aviation Capital, a resilient and growing aviation financing platform and a pioneer in aircraft leasing. In his current role, he heads the group’s Dubai operations and oversees its financing and debt capital activities including Novus’ mezzanine debt platforms.
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WASSEF SAWAF

Wassef co-founded Adenium and is the perfect fit as its CEO with nineyears of experience in solar PV. He is responsible for running every facet of Adenium Energy Capital’s global business operations. Wassef is also driving Adenium’s strategy in building a sustainable renewable energy investment platform that has generated rapid growth since Adenium’s inception in 2010.
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YOSHINORI UTAKA

Yoshinori is the CEO of Mitsui & Co. Middle East and Africa Projects Investment Development Limited (M-MAP). He has over twenty-five years of experience in leading and managing infrastructure related transactions and successfully managing power generation assets. His experience spans diverse geographies including Japan, China, Middle East, Africa, Brazil and Mexico. 
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