Founded in 1989, Camco has become a global leader in low-carbon energy projects and climate finance.
We have on-the-ground experience originating, financing and building clean energy and electrification projects in developing and established markets across the world.
Since formation, the company has provided creative finance solutions to 180 projects worth $15bn, and in geographies as diverse as China to Malaysia and the US to Uganda.
Geoff is responsible for all of Camco’s fund advisory and management activities, including the delivery of their existing mandates, which focus on supporting the development of – and providing finance for – renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa.
He joined Camco in 2015 after 10 years working for Standard Bank, during which time he built and led the bank’s multi-award-winning international climate finance business and team.
Geoff has completed transactions on over 1GW of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, and has experience across a wide range of technologies and financing structures in both the primary and secondary markets.
He previously worked for the New Zealand Treasury, successfully founded a start-up and is Chairman of UK renewables fund, CO2 Sense. He has an MBA from London Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours) from the University of Melbourne.
Investment Director, Head of Origination
Benjamin joined Camco in 2012 and is one of the founding members of its funds business, setting up and successfully delivering on fund management mandates totalling $220 million.
He has worked on a diverse range of debt and equity transactions for renewable energy projects across Africa, Asia and North America with total project costs in excess of $1.5bn.
Prior to Camco, Benjamin worked at leading bank Standard Chartered on its currencies and commodities structuring desk, where he developed hedging solutions and trading systems for the bank’s $1.2bn foreign exchange business.
An engineer by training, Benjamin started his career at Terex, a leading industrial group in construction equipment. At Terex, he worked in various engineering and finance functions, ultimately leading the analytics team of a $2 billion division for asset valuation, portfolio management and risk management.
Benjamin has an MBA from London Business School and a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Grande Ecole ENSIACET in Toulouse, France.
Our diverse team is experienced in finance and investment, risk management, development, engineering, policy, and sustainability. We are united by our passion for clean energy and sustainable economic development.
Head of Risk
Alec joined Camco in 2012 and was part of the team that won the REPP mandate.
Alec has more than 25 years’ experience working in sub-Saharan Africa and has been involved on renewable energy projects across the region, with total installed capacity in excess of 350MW.
He specialises in financial structuring and the associated risk management, and is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with funding and risk mitigation providers on behalf of REPP.
Prior to working for Camco, Alec spent 13 years as a financial risk manager in the South African banking sector, specialising in financial structuring and the associated risk management.
Alec holds a PhD and an MSc in Climate Change Science from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is a Certified Financial Risk Manager accredited by the Global Association of Risk Professionals.
Investment Officer, West Africa
Kombate manages Camco’s activities in West Africa from his base in Ghana, and has nearly 10 years of experience in sustainable energy investment.
Prior to working for Camco, Kombate held a number of positions promoting the development of renewable energy in the region, including as the National Coordinator for Sustainable Energy Solutions for Africa, a public-private partnership between the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Philips BV. In this role, he focused on the development of markets for community and household level sustainable off-grid energy products in rural and peri-urban areas in sub-Saharan Africa.
Kombate also worked at LGT Venture Philanthropy where, in his capacity as Investment Manager, he oversaw project origination and deal execution. While in his tenure as Investment Officer for E&Co, Kombate was responsible for deal origination and execution, the provision of enterprise development services, and the monitoring and evaluation of investments.
Kombate has a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Ghana and a Master of Development Finance from the University of Stellenbosch Business School in South Africa.
Senior Investment Officer
Jonty joined Camco in 2018 with responsibility for structuring and implementing transactions from the London office.
He is a finance professional, having previously worked in mergers and acquisitions and structured lending for Standard Bank, in both Johannesburg and London, and then as a partner of a London-based boutique advisory business.
Jonty has expertise in equity, mezzanine and leveraged finance, and debt transactions, and is motivated by enabling companies to access capital which best suits their needs.
His studies include a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Economics and Master of Business Administration degrees, as well as a Higher Diploma in Company Law and the successful completion of the Chartered Financial Analyst program.
Kristoffer is responsible for Camco’s syndication, including fund raising of new funds, co-investments on portfolio companies as well as refinancings and exits of equity investments. The syndication activities have a global coverage with investors, while the portfolio is focusing on rapidly developing countries in Africa and Southeast Asia.
Kristoffer joined Camco in 2019 after spending over two years as CFO of a renewable energy developer in sub-Saharan Africa and building a solar home system venture from inception to closing a US$10 million syndicated loan serving tens of thousands customers. During this time he also developed utility-scale projects and initiated a Commercial & Industrial development business in West Africa.
Previously he worked in corporate finance, capital markets and project finance with UBS, Nomura and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He continues to be active with startups in impact energy, agritech and medtech sectors.
Kristoffer holds a BSc from London School of Economics and a Masters in Finance from London Business School.
Portfolio & Operations Director
Rafikh joined Camco in July 2019. Working out of the company’s Johannesburg office, his responsibilities include portfolio, operations and impact management, as well as business development and deal origination.
Prior to joining Camco, Rafikh spent five years working for Scatec Solar, an integrated Independent Power Producer, where he was the Vice President of Finance and Asset Management.
Before Scatec Solar, Rafikh spent nine years working in South Africa for the development financing institution, Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). At IDC he carried numerous due diligences and structured deals, which involved financial modelling and carrying out market and technical analysis of various businesses. During this time he gained significant experience in project and corporate finance whilst funding both debt and equity transactions.
Rafikh holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom Acc) and BCom Honours degrees from the University of South Africa.
Policy and Partnerships Manager
Ieva joined Camco in May 2020 and is leading the company’s work on policy engagement, capacity development and strategic partnerships.
She previously worked as a Senior Consultant for SD Strategies, where she led the company’s market analysis and policy advisory work in sub-Saharan Africa. She also managed the Low Emission Development Strategies’ Global Partnership (LEDS GP) Energy Working Group, focusing on providing technical assistance and coordination support to the Africa Mini-grids Community of Practice.
Ieva has over six years’ experience in the international development sector, having worked as a consultant specialising in public financial management and as a parliamentary institutional strengthening expert for the CPA UK, at the UK Parliament. She has designed and managed the implementation of capacity development workshops on energy, resources and sustainable development for parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth.
Ieva holds a BSc (Hons.) degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Bath and a Master in Public Policy (summa cum laude) with a focus on Energy, Resources and Sustainability from Sciences Po Paris.
Karl is based in Camco’s Finnish office in Helsinki and is responsible for the management of legal risk, corporate governance and compliance within the company.
Prior to joining Camco in February 2018, Karl was General Counsel of GreenStream Network Plc for 12 years, during which time he worked on the REPP programme since its inception in 2014. (He currently serves as REPP’s Company Secretary.)
With 25 years of legal experience behind him, Karl also holds an LLB & LLM (First Class Honours) from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and a LLM (summa cum laude) from Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium.
Karl has served on the governing council of the International Emissions Trading Association, is an associate editor of the Carbon and Climate Law Review, teaches Carbon Markets at the University of Eastern Finland and Hanken School of Economics and has published extensively on climate and energy-related issues. He is currently completing his PhD in Law at the University of Eastern Finland.
Aili joined Camco in February 2018 having previously worked on REPP at GreenStream Network Plc, and is based in the company’s Helsinki office, Finland.
Aili’s responsibilities at Camco include managing the legal risk for technical assistance transactions, commercial contracts, KYC reviews, corporate governance, data protection, legal due diligence and general corporate matters.
Before working on REPP at GreenStream Network Plc, she specialised in dispute resolution at a leading Finnish law firm.
Aili is an LLM graduate of the University of Helsinki (2013) and has studied at the Julius-Maximilians Universität, Würzburg, Germany. She has served as a trainee judge at District Court of Länsi-Uusimaa and is one of the founders of NAPU, a women’s association dedicated to the legal rights of immigrant women in Finland. She is fluent in English, Swedish, Finnish and German.
Anna joined Camco in February 2020 and is based in the company’s Helsinki office, Finland.
Anna’s responsibilities at Camco include managing the legal risk in transactions and contracts, KYC reviews, corporate governance, data protection, legal due diligence and general corporate matters.
Before joining Camco, she specialised in capital market transactions and corporate acquisitions at a leading Finnish law firm. Anna is an LLM graduate of the University of Helsinki (2017). She is fluent in English, Swedish and Finnish.
Laura has over 10 years’ experience working with climate change mitigation projects and related capacity building initiatives in African countries. She is responsible for managing REPP projects’ environmental and social impacts, as well as monitoring and evaluating climate and sustainable development effects of the projects.
Laura holds a Master of International and Comparative Law with a major in Climate Change and Environmental Law from the University of Eastern Finland, and a Bachelor of Environmental Management from Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland.
Previously, Laura has worked as a key expert for the European Commission’s capacity building initiative on climate measurement, reporting and verification; as a technical director for International Carbon, a carbon and renewable energy advisory company; and as project manager at GreenStream Network, a Nordic carbon investment and advisory company.
Oliver joined Camco in 2018 and is responsible for managing the financial accounting, reporting and control functions of the company and its investment platforms, working out of the London office.
Before moving to Camco, Oliver worked for global real estate investment and advisory firm, M3 Capital Partners, where he was the Financial Controller for its UK advisory business and a German mezzanine debt platform. Prior to that he worked as a private equity fund administrator with Ipes in their London office.
Oliver is an ACCA Chartered Accountant and holds a BA in Business Finance from Durham University. He is the treasurer of a ballet charity and has previously mentored at a start-up accelerator for social enterprise.
Santhuri joined Camco in 2011 and currently works as the programme manager for REPP out of the company’s Johannesburg office in South Africa.
An investment analyst by training, Santhuri carries out technical and financial analyses into projects that Camco is looking to invest in, as well as all the back office work. This involves ensuring ongoing monitoring and reporting of the REPP facility, inclusive of management account reporting, disbursement management, KYC investigations into project developers, administrative responsibilities and marketing.
Prior to joining the funds team, Santhuri worked on a wide range of advisory assignments for Camco, including emissions mitigation, environmental and social evaluation and strategy development, energy efficiency financial structuring, climate change adaptation, and sustainable development.
Santhuri holds a BSc Hons in Environmental Science from the University of South Africa and an MSc in Energy from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Before working at Camco, Santhuri was a microbiologist, heading up the microbiology laboratory in Durban.
Adam joined Camco as a Summer Analyst in June 2019 before assuming a full-time role shortly thereafter. Based in the company’s Nairobi office, his responsibilities include supporting the origination and execution of transactions across sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on East Africa, in addition to wider business development activities for Camco.
Prior to joining, Adam undertook a Masters in Climate Change, Management & Finance at Imperial College London.
Before going back into full-time education, Adam spent four years working at Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), including in strategy and transaction execution roles in the infrastructure and renewable energy sector. During his time at RBS he became a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder, completing the program in June 2018.
Sidney Muturi Wakaba
Sidney joined Camco as an intern in 2018 before transitioning to a full time-role as an analyst in the London office.
His work includes supporting ongoing projects across sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on drafting concept and credit papers, as well as financial modelling.
Prior to joining Camco, Sidney was undertaking his Master’s degree in Climate Change, Management and Finance at Imperial College Business School, London. He also has a degree in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Nairobi, where he graduated top of his department.
Sidney previously interned at Kenya Pipeline Company and Saifee Chemicals in Kenya.
River joined Camco in September 2019 as an analyst, and is based in the company’s London office.
She currently works on the CRAF project, which is focused on tackling energy financing and investment challenges in the Caribbean. Her core responsibilities include assisting in the design and implementation of the facility, financial modelling and analysis of pilot projects.
Before joining Camco, River worked as a consultant for UNICEF and UNISDR developing and implementing disaster management strategy throughout the Caribbean. Previous other work experience includes roles in the energy sector, emergency management and banking.
River holds a BSc Hons in Energy & Environmental Physics and Mathematics from the University of the West Indies, Mona and an MSc in Climate Change Management and Finance from Imperial College Business School.
Finnian joined Camco as an intern in September 2019, before becoming a full-time member of the team in February 2020.
Working out of the London office, his responsibilities focus on back office roles while supporting various members of the global Camco team with a wide range of tasks, including communications, IT and capacity-building operations.
Before joining Camco, Finnian completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and German at University College Dublin, Ireland.
Sustainable Business Committee member
Thandiwe was appointed to Camco’s Sustainable Business Committee in July 2020, bringing with her a wealth of expertise working in Africa’s sustainable development sector.
Based in Johannesburg, Thandiwe has over 15 years’ experience appraising, funding, monitoring and managing an increasing portfolio of regional and bilateral development projects in Eastern and Southern Africa. This has included extensive engagement with governments and other development stakeholders primarily in the agriculture and health sectors.
Thandiwe currently works as Africa Agriculture Sustainability Manager for beverage company ABInBev. Previously, she spent 10 years working as Africa Aid Manager for the New Zealand Aid Programme.
Thandiwe holds a MA in Globalisation, Business and Development from the UK’s Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, and economics degrees from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and Suffolk University, Boston, USA.
Sustainable Business Committee member
Karin is an international specialist in sustainability strategy, issues management and reporting, with executive experience in multi-national blue chip companies. She was appointed to Camco’s Sustainable Business Committee in July 2020.
For the past 20 years Karin has built corporate understanding of the risks and opportunities linked to the rapidly changing socio-economic and environmental landscape within which organisations function. She was previously head of sustainability at Standard Bank and Anglo American, and is an experienced non-executive board member, having served on the boards of listed, state-owned and non-profit organisations.
Since 2015 Karin has run an independent sustainability consultancy, delivering work to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UNEP Finance Initiative, to the IFC as well as to a variety of key blue-chip corporate clients in the financial, mining and property sectors.
Karin holds a master’s degree in International Political Economy, awarded with distinction, from the University of Leeds (2000) in the UK.