MEET THE TEAM

Senior Leadership

JEREMY CRANE
CEO & Co-Founder

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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MARC YACOUB
Chief Financial Officer

Marc is responsible for the financial and overall control framework of the company. He plays a key role in developing, monitoring and evaluating overall corporate strategy and brings forth a growth mindset with an emphasis on bottom line performance, working capital management and enhancing overall shareholder value.
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RORY MCCARTHY
Chief Commercial Officer

Rory leads the operation and expansion of the company’s business development efforts in all markets. Under his guidance, the business development teams bring solar energy and energy efficiency solutions to commercial and industrial customers in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
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LEANDRO BENTO
SVP of Operations

Leandro ensures high quality and efficient delivery of solar and energy efficiency projects. He has more than 12 years of experience in the solar industry. An electrical engineer by training, Leandro combines his technical expertise and leadership acumen to optimize results for Yellow Door Energy’s commercial and industrial customers.
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TANIA JARJUR
General Counsel

Tania provides legal support for the company’s operations worldwide. Prior to joining Yellow Door Energy, Tania worked with major US law firms on corporate and project development in the United States and MENA region.  She has negotiated power projects ranging from 10MW to 400MW. 
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UAE Team

ANUP ISAAC
Country Director,
UAE

Anup leads, mentors and motivates a dedicated team of sales professionals. Together, they help commercial and industrial businesses transition to solar energy through lease-to-own solar agreements. He has more than 15 years of experience in successfully delivering customer-centric solutions in the UAE and the Middle East.
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KHALED CHEBARO
Regional Development Manager

Khaled manages customer and channel partner relationships in the Middle East. Prior to his current position, Khaled was a Project Manager at Adenium Energy Capital where he was responsible for managing projects in Jordan. Khaled has worked as a Senior Sales Engineer at ABB, where he negotiated and executed contracts with international and local contractors.
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SOPHIA HASNAOUI
Business Development Manager

Sophia combines her commercial expertise and engineering education to bring forth the best solar solutions for her customers. She works closely with commercial and industrial businesses in the UAE to bring them solar leases, a hassle-free way to adopt solar, reduce energy costs and lower carbon emissions.  With a decade of experience in international markets such as France, Morocco, and the GCC, Sophia specializes in the energy and industrial sectors.
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MICHAEL MCBURNEY
Business Development Associate

Michael pursues solar and ESCO projects for commercial and industrial customers across all industries to drive the transition to sustainable energy and energy efficiency. Prior to joining Yellow Door Energy, Michael developed energy efficiency and district heating projects for hospitality, residential and industrial sites in Ireland. He studied Economics and Politics at University College Dublin and attended St. Columba’s College in Ireland.
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JIMMY GEORGE
Pre-Construction Manager

Jimmy supports the business development team to help commercial and industrial building owners transition to solar energy. His responsibilities include preparation of preliminary engineering and graphic documents, as well as implementation of various business tools. With a decade of experience in the Middle East, Jimmy brings forth his expertise in energy, architecture and sustainability for the industrial, commercial and residential segments.
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KARIM BULBUL
Project Manager

Karim is responsible for the management and delivery of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the UAE. He also supports the business development team and has extensive experience in delivering both utility-scale and distributed solar PV projects. Prior to Yellow Door Energy, Karim worked as project manager at Adenium Energy Capital, where he supervised the construction, commissioning and maintenance of 60 megawatts of solar projects in Jordan and the UAE.
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JAMIL LECHIHEB
Project Manager

Jamil assesses, designs, and manages the delivery of the company’s solar projects in Dubai. Prior to joining Yellow Door Energy, Jamil was the Technical Manager – Solar PV Projects at Zee One Holding where he worked across the MENA region. Jamil also has experience working as a solar engineer and project manager in Tunisia, and as a rig electrician for an oil and gas company in North Africa. 
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SILVER DETABLAN
Front Office & Executive Assistant

As Front Office and Executive Assistant at Yellow Door Energy, Silver welcomes visitors to our Dubai office and ensures the smooth functioning of office operations. Prior to Yellow Door Energy, Silver held progressive roles in administration, human resources, IT and operations. With almost a decade of experience in the corporate world in the Philippines and the UAE, she brings forth an eye for detail and outstanding organizational skills.
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Jordan Team

MOHAMMAD ZAWATI
Country Director, Jordan

Mohammad leads sales opportunities in Jordan across all industries. Prior to joining Yellow Door Energy, Mohammad co-founded a local solar developer that bid on over 100 MW of projects, founded a Value Added Services company for telecommunication operators, which he sold to the Italian telecom group Acotel, and was an auditor with Ernst & Young.
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AZMI SALLAM
VP Project Management

Azmi is responsible for the management and delivery of projects in Jordan. With a decade of experience in project execution and management, Azmi also provides support in project design, procurement and business development. Prior to joining Yellow Door Energy, Azmi was the Deputy Project Manager at First Solar LLC, where he contributed to the completion of various solar projects totaling 55 MW.
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RUBA ABU-ALFEILAT
Business Development Manager

Ruba is involved in expanding Yellow Door Energy’s client portfolio and managing channel partners relationships in Jordan. Ruba has twelve years of experience in Business Development and Human Resources in the retail and digital marketing sectors.
Ruba is currently pursuing a Global Master of Business Administration at University of Bedfordshire in Jordan.
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FAHED OWEIDAT
Business Development Manager

Fahed helps commercial and industrial building owners make the move to solar with the lease-to-own solar model. He focuses on the Jordan market, where his two decades of experience gives him an in-depth understanding of customer needs and market opportunities.
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MUNTHER SHAKBOUA
Engineering Manager

Munther manages a team of design engineers and together they provide technical design solutions for projects that cover on grid photovoltaic (PV) plants, hybrid systems and energy storage systems. Munther also supports the business development team in pre-sale activities. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Jordan.
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SHADI EMRAN
Asset Management Engineer

Shadi is responsible for delivering efficient and reliable solar projects, while optimizing their performance. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Al Balq Applied University of Jordan, with a specialization in thermal and hydraulic machines.
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DINA OTOUM
Design Engineer

Dina provides project designs for the company’s solar PV projects in Jordan and supports the team in pre-sales and implementation activities. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Hashemite University in Jordan. 
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NUSAIBAH ABABNEH
Design Engineer

Nusaibah provides project designs and supports the business development team in Jordan and new markets. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering from Yarmouk University.
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MUNIF BARGHOUTI
Site Engineer

As a site engineer at Yellow Door Energy, Munif monitors and supervises the construction of the company’s solar parks to ensure that projects are implemented in accordance to specifications. Prior to joining Yellow Door Energy, he worked as an operations and maintenance engineer with a solar company in Jordan.
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MOHAMMAD SWAID
Project Enginer

Mohammad ensures that the company’s solar PV projects in Jordan are implemented efficiently and reliably. He provides hands-on supervision of contractors, scheduling, training and budgeting activities. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Jordan. 
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International Team

UMER FAROOQ
VP Investments, Pakistan

Umer is responsible for managing investments in Pakistan to help commercial and industrial sectors transition to solar power. With over 13 years of experience in renewable energy and telecommunications spanning three continents, Umer possesses an in-depth understanding of customer needs and brings forth the best solutions for his customers. 
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MUNEEB RASHEED
Project Engineer

Muneeb provides technical designs and supports the team in business development and implementation of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in Pakistan. Prior to joining Yellow Door Energy, Muneeb worked as a Project Engineer at Intelli Energie, where he contributed to the design and installation of PV systems, preparation of proposals, evaluation of contracts for public and private clients, and assessment of new PV technologies and products.
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OMAR SADDER
Regional Development Manager

Omar builds new relationships and partnerships in the Middle East and Africa. Previously Omar worked at Strategy&, a management consultancy focusing on the Middle East Energy Sector and for a division of REC, a Norwegian-listed solar company, where he set up their solar leasing business. He has also worked at GE Energy and Enviromena Power Systems.
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NEHAL AL BAKRI
Business Development Associate

Nehal is responsible for expanding the company’s operations in new markets. She also spearheads the development of the company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies and supports legal counsel.
Nehal is currently pursuing an Executive Master of Business Administration at Hult International Business School in the United Arab Emirates. 
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BILAL AHMED SHEIKH
Office Manager, Pakistan

Bilal is responsible for managing the operation and administration of the Pakistan office. He also supports the Human Resources and Finance departments. Bilal has almost a decade of experience in the energy sector, specializing in energy efficiency, power generation and renewable energy.  
He has a Master of Science in Project Management from Bahria University and a Master of Business Administration from University of Central Punjab in Pakistan.
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Technical Team

MALIK NAUMAN KHALID
VP Technical Design

Nauman ensures the efficiency and safety of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects by overseeing engineering design standards, EPC processes and Operation & Maintenance procedures. He has a decade of experience in the solar industry, primarily in detailed engineering design and project management in Asia and the MENA region. Nauman holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering (with a major in Electronics) from Air University Islamabad, Pakistan.
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FAISAL IQBAL
Asset Manager

Faisal is responsible for optimizing, monitoring, operating and maintaining the performance of solar PV and ESCO projects. He also provides engineering and technical support, given his extensive experience in project management, electrical engineering and energy management in the Middle East.
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RINCY JACOB
Procurement Manager

Rincy is responsible for identifying and managing suppliers, as well as developing sourcing strategies. With more than 14 years of experience in procurement and business support in the UAE, Rincy combines her industry knowledge and process-oriented approach to procure best-in-case equipment and services for Yellow Door Energy’s customers.
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SYED FAISAL
Architectural Draftsman

Syed is responsible for the preparation of CAD drawings, 3D designs and graphic documents. He has a decade of experience in making architectural designs and technical drawings in the UAE and India. Syed holds a certificate in civil draftsmanship from Citizen ITI College in India.
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AARON ASTLEY
Project Controller &
HSE Manager

Aaron monitors the company’s projects to ensure that they adhere to proper policies, processes and procedures. He also develops and manages the company’s HSE guidelines and oversees their successful implementation on project sites. Prior to joining Yellow Door Energy, Aaron worked as the director of strategy and innovation for a renewable energy start-up in the UAE. 
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DARSHAN BATTUL
Controls & Automation Engineer

Darshan is responsible for the design of photovoltaic (PV) hybrid, energy storage and SCADA & monitoring systems. He has five years of experience in designing off-grid and hybrid solar systems in the UAE and India. Prior to joining Yellow Door Energy, Darshan held progressive electronics engineering roles at DEIF India & Middle East, Madhura International and Tata Motors.
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SREEKUMAR SHELVAKUMAR
Design Engineer

Sreekumar provides solar PV designs and supports the business development team in the UAE. He has 5 years of experience in designing solar PV systems in the UAE and India. Sreekumar holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical and Electronics from Government College of Engineering and a diploma in engineering from Government Polytechnic College in India. 
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SHEREEN RAMADAN
Design Engineer

Shereen provides project designs and supports the business development team in the UAE. Prior to joining Yellow Door Energy, Shereen worked at SolarizEgypt, where she was responsible for the solar PV design process for commercial and industrial clients.
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Corporate Team

HASSAN EBRAHIM
VP Finance & Investments

Hassan focuses on managing relations with YDE’s investors and on executing the company’s financing strategy. Prior to joining the YDE team, Hassan was a consultant in KPMG’s Global Infrastructure Advisory practice. Hassan has nearly a decade of experience providing strategic advice to public and private sector clients.
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DIVYA SHETTY
Senior Accountant

Divya handles the accounting and financial reporting for the company’s offices. She has over seven years of corporate experience based in Dubai, during where she has managed various aspects of project accounting, financial reporting, and management accounting. 
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ARUN KHICHAR 
Accountant

Arun performs the accounting and financial reporting duties for the company. He has over four years of accounting and auditing experience based in India and the UAE. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and is an accredited member of the ICAI (Institute of Chartered Accountants of India).
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JULIE JOSEPH
Accountant

Julie performs the accounting and financial reporting duties for the company. She has twenty years of accounting experience in the UAE and India. Julie holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from University of Calcutta, India and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
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HUGO DE BOT
Head of Strategy

Hugo is responsible for developing the company’s multi-year strategy and leading strategic projects. He holds a Master of Science (cum laude) in Offshore Engineering from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and an MBA (cum laude) from INSEAD in France and Singapore.
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ARUN PRASAD
Financial Analyst

Arun provides in-depth financial analysis of solar leasing projects for commercial and industrial customers. He also coordinates the annual business plan, provides financial modelling reports, and supports senior management. He holds an MBA in Operations from University of Petroleum & Energy Studies and a Bachelor of Engineering in Instrumentation and Control from Anna University, India.
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JOSEPHINE PHAM
Marketing Manager

Josephine is responsible for the company’s branding and communications. She has a decade of experience in progressive marketing roles in brand management, digital marketing, as well as corporate communications and marketing strategy. 
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