Our Firm

The Team

Our team is comprised of thematic, risk-based experts from a range of blue-chip backgrounds with previous experience in a variety of disciplines including asset management, private equity and investment banking. The sectors we have in-depth knowledge of includes, but is not restricted to, renewable energy, water, waste, resource efficiency and infrastructure.

Divya Seshamani

CEO

Ms Seshamani has over 17 years of advisory and private equity experience in a range of sectors including infrastructure, energy, sustainability and manufacturing and she has held a number of senior management and director level roles in private equity, clean technology and energy businesses.

Prior to Greensphere Capital Partners, Ms Seshamani was a Partner at TPG and also worked at the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund) in its global infrastructure group, Unilever Ventures, The Parthenon Group and Goldman Sachs. She has worked on the boards of a number of large and small companies in the US and UK, including currently serving as an independent non-executive director on the board of Forterra PLC and previously as an independent non-executive director at Marine Current Turbines Limited.

Ms Seshamani is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader for her work in sustainable and impact investing, and has served on the investment panel for the Global Innovation Fund anchored by USAID and the UK’s Department for International Development. She was previously a council member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) for two consecutive terms.

Ms Seshamani holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and Masters of Arts degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University.

Solomon Awoyinka

Private Equity Investments

Mr Awoyinka is a Vice President of Greensphere Capital Partners. Based in London, he focusses on sourcing, leading and executing deals for the firm’s investments in sustainable infrastructure assets and is actively managing the firm’s existing portfolio.

Educated at Oxford University (BA (Hons) in Economics and Management), Mr Awoyinka has a broad range of experience in M&A and corporate finance in the transportation, industrials and infrastructure sectors.

Mr Awoyinka began his career as an investment banker with Citi, gaining experience on both sides of the Atlantic as part of the Transportation and Infrastructure team in London and the M&A team in Los Angeles, then went on to work in Evercore’s Transportation and Infrastructure M&A team in its London office. Before joining Greensphere Capital Partners, Mr Awoyinka was an Associate within the Greensphere team at TPG Capital, before the team spun out in January 2017. Mr Awoyinka sits on the Board of Trustees as a Finance Director for a school in South East London.

Barry Collins

Private Equity Operations

Mr Collins is a Finance Director of the Duranta and Greensphere Biomass groups. Mr Collins focusses most of his time working with CEOs at strategic, commercial and operational levels. He has previously spent 12 months as an Operational and Commercial Manager at Greensphere Biomass.

Mr Collins is a qualified accountant with experience in providing financial advice to companies ranging in size, from startups to PLCs, across several sectors including manufacturing, engineering, waste, energy, retail and services. Mr Collins has spent the past 10 years working in the recycling and energy industry at both national and international level.

Duncan Rutherford

Private Equity Investments

Mr Rutherford is an Associate of Greensphere Capital Partners. Based in London, he focusses on sourcing, structuring and assisting with execution of deals for the firm’s investments in sustainable infrastructure assets and is actively managing the firm’s existing portfolio.

Mr Rutherford reports directly to Mr Awoyinka and Ms Seshamani. Educated at Aberdeen University (LLB (Hons)) in Law and thereafter at Oxford University (MSc) in Law and Finance, Mr Rutherford has a broad range of experience in debt financings and acquisition finance in the transport, infrastructure and renewable energy sectors.

Mr Rutherford began his career as a debt capital markets banker with Morgan Stanley, gaining experience in capital structuring and debt products as part of the Debt Capital Markets team in London with a focus on Nordic and Dutch Financial Institutions. Before joining Greensphere Capital Partners, Mr Rutherford was an Associate at Macquarie Infrastructure Debt Investment Solutions (MIDIS) which focussed on the structuring and execution of bespoke credit solutions for transport, infrastructure and renewable energy assets.

Craig Hume

Compliance

Craig Hume is an Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) specialist who has worked in the financial services industry for over 10 years, providing consultancy and advisory services to FCA regulated businesses, including, asset managers corporate finance boutiques, and venture capitalists.

Mr Hume has also held FCA functions as Compliance Officer and Money Laundering Reporting Officer within a regulated firm. Mr Hume’s working involvements have included, but not been limited to undertaking monitoring, returns submission, promotion review, rules analysis, permission work and procedural documentation. Mr Hume also holds an International Compliance Association (ICA) Diploma in Compliance.

Katja Nygaard

Office Manager & Executive Support

Katja Nygaard is the Private Equity Office Manager and Executive Support to the Management team. Ms Nygaard joined Greensphere Capital Partners in 2016 and she is responsible for the administration of the office and supporting the team with ad hoc assignments.

She relocated to London in 2016 from Copenhagen, where she worked within the broking division of the Danish shipping company, Maersk, where she gained experience in a various functions including ship operations, sales, administration and accounting.

Ms Nygaard has a degree from the Mercantec Business School in Denmark, and a Diploma in Paralegal Studies from the London School of Law and Management.

Matthew Breidert

Listed Equity Investment Team (Ecofin)

Mr Breidert joined Ecofin in 2006 and is responsible for sustainable, impact and ESG strategies. Previously, Mr Breidert was an assistant portfolio manager at Millennium Partners and an investment banker with SG Barr Devlin working on mergers, acquisitions and financial advisory to global utilities and power companies.

He also worked at Cornerstone Energy Advisers and FT Energy/RDI on energy and utility focused economic policy. Mr Breidert has an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and a B.S. from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.

Deirdre Cooper

Listed Equity Investment Team (Ecofin)

Ms Cooper joined Ecofin in 2007 and is Head of Investment Research and Head of Sustainability. Ms Cooper was, previously, an investment banker at Morgan Stanley where she led European renewable energy coverage and built an investment banking and principal investing franchise.

She has worked in the micro-finance sector in the US and Pakistan, and is a member of the advisory boards of Girls Who Invest, Imperial College’s Centre for Climate Finance and Investment, and the Shell Foundation. She was formerly a director of Solel Solar Systems. Ms Cooper has an MBA from Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar) and a BA from University College Dublin.

Max Slee

Listed Equity Investment Team (Ecofin)

Mr Slee joined Ecofin in 2010 to work on sustainable, impact and ESG strategies. Formerly, Mr Slee was an early member of the clean energy team at the Clinton Foundation, involved in establishing and developing Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) projects around the world.

Mr Slee was also an investment banker at Lazard specialising in the energy sector. Mr Slee has a BA (Hons) from Brown University.

Michel Sznajer

Listed Equity Investment Team (Ecofin)

Mr Sznajer joined Ecofin in 2016 to work on sustainable, impact and ESG strategies. Previously, he was a partner and portfolio manager at Silvaris Capital Management.

He has also worked in Europe and Asia at Wellington Management, Goldman Sachs and Indosuez W.I. CARR, and as a Management Consultant at Bain & Company. Mr Sznajer has an MSc in Business and Engineering from Brussels University and is a CFA Charter Holder.

Elspeth Dick

Listed Equity Investment Team (Ecofin)

Elspeth Dick joined Ecofin in October 2011 and is responsible for investor relations and administration for Ecofin’s two London Stock Exchange listed closed-end funds.

Previously, Ms Dick spent the majority of her career with Mercury Asset Management in London and Warburg Investment Management in Canada, as a fund manager on the North American equity team and as a director responsible for business development and client relations in Canada and the UK. Ms Dick is a Chartered Financial Analyst and earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University.

Amjid Salam

IT

Amjid Salam began his career as a partner in Spear Systems, a computer manufacturing and trading company based in London in 1993. Mr Salam subsequently joined BTA, then an IT consultancy house based in London as a Corporate Director in charge of the development of blue chip clients.

Within his role at BTA, Mr Salam built a department of Consulting and Support professionals in diverse segments including Pharmaceuticals, Government, Management Consultancy, the Arts, and Media. Mr Salam also developed his skills in Data Telecommunications, Co-Location facilities and Multi-National Interconnectivity. In 2005, Mr Salam started e-Director Limited in the UK providing advice not only in IT Strategy and Consultancy at Board level to a number of firms in a wide range of fields but also in assisting vendors as a distribution facilitator. Mr Salam now fulfils a number of retainers held by e-Director throughout Europe and the Middle East as well as creating Distribution and Sales Channels in the MENA region for niche IT Security products.

Mr Salam attended University College London and read Scandinavian Studies.

The Board

Our Board have been integral in building some of the world’s most respected, large investment institutions. Their collective investment experience spans decades and numerous business cycles, and they have individually been at the forefront of infrastructure, asset and private equity investing.

Ian Nolan

Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Nolan led the team which was recruited by the UK Government in 2011 to establish the UK Green Investment Bank, and was its Chief Investment Officer until 2014.

Previously, Mr Nolan held the position of Chief Investment Officer at 3i PLC. Ian has three decades of experience in finance, private equity and investment management. Mr Nolan qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen and graduated with a BA in Economics from Cambridge University.

Jon Moulton

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Moulton is currently serving as Chairman of the Better Capital Funds, Finncap, AMR Centre Ltd and of The International Stock Exchange Group. Mr Moulton was formerly Managing Partner and Founder of Schroder Ventures where he served from 1985 to 1994.

Mr Moulton was also the Managing Partner of Alchemy Partners, which he founded in 1997. Mr Moulton has also previously worked with Citicorp Venture Capital, Permira and was a Director at Apax Partners. He was an inaugural member of the British Venture Capital Hall of Fame and serves on the Board of the Corporate Finance Faculty of The Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has sat on the Board of several public companies and is currently a director of a number of private companies and charities.

Divya Seshamani

Executive Director

Ms Seshamani has over 17 years of advisory and private equity experience in a range of sectors including infrastructure, energy, sustainability and manufacturing and she has held a number of senior management and director level roles in private equity, clean technology and energy businesses.

Prior to Greensphere Capital Partners, Ms Seshamani was a Partner at TPG and also worked at the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund) in its global infrastructure group, Unilever Ventures, The Parthenon Group and Goldman Sachs. She has worked on the boards of a number of large and small companies in the US and UK, including currently serving as an independent non-executive director on the board of Forterra PLC and previously as an independent non-executive director at Marine Current Turbines Limited.

Ms Seshamani is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader for her work in sustainable and impact investing, and has served on the investment panel for the Global Innovation Fund anchored by USAID and the UK’s Department for International Development. She was previously a council member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) for two consecutive terms.

Ms Seshamani holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and Masters of Arts degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University.

Simon Peckham

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Peckham qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and joined Wassall PLC in 1990 and became an Executive Director in 1999.

He worked for the equity finance division of the Royal Bank of Scotland between October 2000 and May 2003 and was involved in several high profile transactions. Mr Peckham is Chief Executive Director of Melrose PLC.

Ion Yadigaroglu

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Yadigaroglu joined Capricorn Investment Group in 2004 and currently serves as the Partner and Managing Principal. He was previously the Director of Business Development (M&A) with Koch Industries and Founder and CEO of Bivio.

Mr Yadigaroglu was a research fellow at Columbia University and holds a Masters in Physics from Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich in Switzerland and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Stanford University.

The Investment Committee

Greensphere’s investment teams are supported by an experienced Investment Committee comprising leading names from the realms of public and private equity investing.  With similarly strong ESG credentials and exceptional business networks, the Investment Committee provides additional strategic oversight whilst enhancing Greensphere’s ability to access attractive investment opportunities.

Ian Nolan

Investment Committee Chairman

Mr Nolan led the team which was recruited by the UK Government in 2011 to establish the UK Green Investment Bank, and was its Chief Investment Officer until 2014.

Previously, Mr Nolan held the position of Chief Investment Officer at 3i PLC. Ian has three decades of experience in finance, private equity and investment management. Mr Nolan qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen and graduated with a BA in Economics from Cambridge University.

Deirdre Cooper

Investment Committee Member

Ms Cooper joined Ecofin in 2007 and is Head of Investment Research and Head of Sustainability. Ms Cooper was, previously, an investment banker at Morgan Stanley where she led European renewable energy coverage and built an investment banking and principal investing franchise.

She has worked in the micro-finance sector in the US and Pakistan, and is a member of the advisory boards of Girls Who Invest, Imperial College’s Centre for Climate Finance and Investment, and the Shell Foundation. She was formerly a director of Solel Solar Systems. Ms Cooper has an MBA from Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar) and a BA from University College Dublin.

Paul Lester CBE

Investment Committee Member

Mr Lester has over 30 years’ experience at the senior management or director level of businesses. Mr Lester currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of Signia Wealth Limited and Knight Square. Mr Lester is also an Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Essentra PLC, a FTSE 250 company, and Forterra PLC, a FTSE 350 company.

Mr Lester previously served as Non-Executive Chairman of John Laing Infrastructure Fund Limited, a FTSE 250 company where he led the initial public offering of the fund in 2010; and was a Non-Executive Director of Invensys, a FTSE 100 company, and Chief Executive of VT Group Plc, amongst a variety of other directorships.

Mr Lester holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and a diploma in Management Studies from Nottingham Trent University. Mr Lester is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a member of Her Majesty’s Major Projects Review Group. Mr Lester was awarded a CBE in 2007.

Jon Moulton

Investment Committee Member

Mr Moulton is currently serving as Chairman of the Better Capital Funds, Finncap, AMR Centre Ltd and of The International Stock Exchange Group. Mr Moulton was formerly Managing Partner and Founder of Schroder Ventures where he served from 1985 to 1994.

Mr Moulton was also the Managing Partner of Alchemy Partners, which he founded in 1997. Mr Moulton has also previously worked with Citicorp Venture Capital, Permira and was a Director at Apax Partners. He was an inaugural member of the British Venture Capital Hall of Fame and serves on the Board of the Corporate Finance Faculty of The Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has sat on the Board of several public companies and is currently a director of a number of private companies and charities.

William Orum

Investment Committee Member

Mr Orum is currently a Partner at Capricorn Investment Group which he joined in 2004. Previously, Mr Orum was an investment banker in Merrill Lynch’s global industries group in Palo Alto.

Mr Orum received a BA from Amherst College and an MBA with specialization in finance and economics from the NYU Stern School of Business, both with honours.

Dr Teh Kok Peng

Investment Committee Member

Dr. Teh Kok Peng was President of GIC Special Investments from April 1999 to June 2011, and remained a board member, as well as Advisor to GIC, through June 2013. Prior to that, he was concurrently a Deputy Managing Director of GIC and the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

Dr Teh obtained a first class honours economics degree at La Trobe University in Australia, a Ph.D. at Nuffield College, Oxford University and attended the AMP course at Harvard Business School in 1989. He began his career with the World Bank in 1975 under its Young Professionals Program. Dr. Teh is chairman of Azalea and Lu International, a board member of Sembcorp Industries, Fullerton Health Corporation and Taikang Life, and Senior Adviser of China International Capital Corporation. He is a member of the Advisory Board of CM Capital Corporation and Campbell Lutyens. Additionally, Dr. Teh is a member of the Trilateral Commission.

Divya Seshamani

Investment Committee Member

Ms Seshamani has over 17 years of advisory and private equity experience in a range of sectors including infrastructure, energy, sustainability and manufacturing and she has held a number of senior management and director level roles in private equity, clean technology and energy businesses.

Prior to Greensphere Capital Partners, Ms Seshamani was a Partner at TPG and also worked at the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund) in its global infrastructure group, Unilever Ventures, The Parthenon Group and Goldman Sachs. She has worked on the boards of a number of large and small companies in the US and UK, including currently serving as an independent non-executive director on the board of Forterra PLC and previously as an independent non-executive director at Marine Current Turbines Limited.

Ms Seshamani is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader for her work in sustainable and impact investing, and has served on the investment panel for the Global Innovation Fund anchored by USAID and the UK’s Department for International Development. She was previously a council member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) for two consecutive terms.

Ms Seshamani holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and Masters of Arts degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University.

Our Story

Greensphere was founded in 2011 by a team of sustainable investment experts. Greensphere seeks to demonstrate how investors can lead the transition to more inclusive and sustainable business practices to mitigate against some of the biggest thematic risks resources and the environment facing our generation.

Founded in

2011

3

major risks our investments mitigate

3

core thematic investment criteria

10

investment and operating professionals

80+

Years of collective investment experience

5

core investment sectors

  • Greensphere Capital LLP is incorporated.

  • Greensphere obtains FCA authorisation and regulatory clearance.

  • Greensphere gains GIB managed account and other institutional managed accounts.

  • Final arrangements for managed accounts with UKGIB and others settled.

  • Investment into Duranta Energy’s anaerobic digestion platform is announced – awaiting final documents with EPC/construction.

  • Investment into Greensphere Biomass 1.

  • Second round investment into Duranta to fund feedstock services and O&M Limited.

  • Merger with TPG.

  • Investment into Whites Recycling at TPG.

  • Investment in WBE Fuels (Greensphere Biomass 1 fuel processing and forestry business).

  • Air Liquide’s gas-to-grid facility is operational at Duranta’s Middlesbrough site, increasing the plant’s capacity from 5.1MWe to 7.4MWe.

  • March – August 2016: Third tranche investment into Duranta to fund expansion and gas-to-grid facility.

  • April – October 2016: Research, market testing, negotiations for Greensphere Capital PLC

  • Selected Ecofin as partner for Listed Equity strategy for Greensphere Capital PLC.

  • Spun out to list Greensphere Capital PLC on LSE Main Exchange.

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