M. Amadou SowChairman of the Board
M. Ashwin WestBoard Member
M. Patrick KouaméBoard Member
M. Henrik HenriksenBoard Member
M. Amadou Sow
Chairman of the Board
Amadou has over 30 years of experience in promoting large scale projects through western countries especially Mali. He has been working hand in hand with the local government and the private sector throughout these years.
Amadou had a long career as an entrepreneur in the Malian private sector where he lead numerous projects related to engineering importation and exportation in Mali.
As Manager of BCI International (representing Kabelmetal Electro in Mali) he was responsible of the delivery and installation of two thermal power stations: 6MW in Sikasso and 2 MW in Tombouctou.
He has been involved in the Real Estate market as Founder and CEO of Investim SA.
He is currently Co-Founder and Chairman at Albatros Energy Mali S.A, and has been essential in developing the first IPP in Mali, Kayes.
Amadou has a Master of Science and Engineering (Petro Chemistry) from the Mendeleev’s Institut in Moscow.
He speaks fluently, Bambara, French, Russian and has scholar bases in English
M. Ashwin West
Ashwin, an Investment Director at African Infrastructure Investment Managers (Pty) Ltd (AIIM), is responsible for originating potential deals, analysing, assessing, structuring and negotiating investment opportunities, as well as the execution, performance monitoring and realisation of investments. He has most recently been involved in the successful execution of power projects in Ghana, South Africa and Namibia.
Ashwin is a non-executive director on the boards of Mercury Power, AIIM Hydropower Holdings, Albatros Energy Mali, Scatec Solar Kalkbult and Scatec Solar Linde.
Ashwin holds a B.Sc Honours degree and an MBA from the University of Cape Town.
M. Patrick Kouamé
Patrick, an Investment Director at African Infrastructure Investment Managers (Pty) Ltd (AIIM) is responsible for transaction origination and business development for West Africa, with a strong focus on French-speaking sub-Saharan African regions.
Prior to joining AIIM, Patrick was an Executive at GE leading commercial finance for their oil & gas business in Sub Saharan Africa SA. He has also held senior roles at Africa Capital, Atlantique Telecom and Alink Telecom, working in Europe as well as West Africa.
Patrick holds a Finance degree from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris.
M. Henrik Henriksen
Henrik Henriksen, Regional Director, IFU. Born 1963.
Henrik Henriksen has been with IFU since 2014, working with investments in Sub-Saharan countries.
He was previously employed with major transport and logistics company A.P. Møller-Maersk, where postings included Togo, Ghana and Senegal.
M. Shola Akindes
Shola is an Investment Manager in African Infrastructure Investment Managers (Pty) Ltd (AIIM)’s Pan-African investment team and is responsible of investment opportunities appraisal and transaction execution across various sectors with a strong focus on French-speaking African countries.
Prior to joining AIIM, Shola was an Associate at Fieldstone based in London where he supported the team on structuring various projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and focused on financial modelling as well as M&A for power projects. He has also worked as a Project Finance Consultant at KPMG in Paris where he was involved in financial advisory mandates for public and private sector clients on infrastructure projects in France, Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Shola holds a Master’s degree in Finance from Paris Panthéon-Assas University.
Ms Ruth Beckers
Ruth has over 25 years of experience in developing, investing and financing Power, Oil & Gas and Transportation infrastructure projects mostly in emerging markets.
Ruth had a long career within the ABB organization, where she held positions as Vice-President Middle East and Africa, responsible for strategy and project execution and as Vice-President at ABB’s Project Finance advisory group in Zürich.
She was a Managing Partner at a UK Hedge Fund related Energy Investment vehicle and worked for a Swiss family office as a Portfolio Manager for their strategic investments.
She played a leading role in developing the first IPPs in India, the Ivory Coast and Mali.
Ruth has an MBA in Banking from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and an Executive Masters in Corporate Finance from the University of Applied Sciences in Lucerne (Switzerland).
She speaks fluently English, German, French, and Swedish.
M. Karsten Valsted Larsen
Karsten is the Senior Vice President of the O&M department at BWSC A/S. The responsibilities of the O&M department cover all aspects from technical and commercial management of the projects to liaising with owners, lenders, authorities, and other stakeholders as well as sales and negotiation of new O&M contracts.
In his time with BWSC Karsten has worked as Maintenance Manager in Dohuk, Iraq, as Plant Manager and General Manager on 2 power plants in Sri Lanka and as General Manager and Senior Vice President for the O&M Department. Prior to joining BWSC Karsten was Plant Manager at Langå CPH Plant where he was responsible for the operation and maintenance of the plant. He has also worked as Department Manager at Greenland Energy Supply where he was responsible for the water supply and the district heating supply to the fourth largest town in Greenland and as an Energy Saving Consultant with Kjellerup Council.
Karsten is a Bachelor of Marine Engineering from Aalborg Marine Engineering University.