About

Top-Notch Executive Team

Raphael Khalifa

Founder – Strategy & Development
Israel

Investment Banker with 10-year experience in hydropower projects development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Managing Director at Tembo (since 2015), based in Israel.

Founder at KFIR Partners, Tembo’s main shareholder (since 2008)

Director at Deutsche Bank, UK (2006-2008) Director at UBS IB, UK (2002-2006)

Associate at Société Générale CIB, UK (1998- 2002)

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Jacques Barouhiel

Managing Director – Financial Structuring
Mauritius

Investment Banker with over 18-year investment banking experience in Europe

Joined Tembo in Dec 2020, based in Mauritius

Engineering background with superior financial modelling & IT capabilities

Director at Barclays, UK (2010-2020)

Head of Structuring at Orchard Global Asset Management, UK (2008 – 2010)

Associate at Deutsche Bank, UK (2006-2007) Associate at Merrill Lynch, UK (2005-2006)

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Bertrand Rochecouste Collet

Managing Director – Engineering & Development
South Africa

Award winning Senior Hydropower Engineer with unmatched credentials and track record in the hydropower field in SSA

Joined Tembo in June 2021, based in South Africa

Technical advisor to the most prestigious fund managers and lenders in SSA

Technical Director, Hydropower and Dams at Zutari/ Aurecon in South Africa (2010-2021)

Senior Engineer at Zutari/Aurecon in South Africa (2002-2010)

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Paul Czekalowski

Investor – Financial structuring
United Kingdom

Senior Investment Banker with over 20-year investment banking experience in London.

Joined Tembo in August 2021.

Strong expertise in structured finance holding management position in reputable investment banks (latterly global head of fixed income structuring at UBS IB).

Successful track record running family office.

Seasoned experienced startup and real estate investor.

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Humphrey Mulindi

Managing Director – Tembo Climate
Kenya

Renewable energy engineer with proven track record in development as well carbon origination, development and trading in Sub-Saharan Africa

Hydropower development with Tembo in Kenya since 2013

UNFCCC certifier for cookstoves in SSA

Vice-President at Carbon Manna (2010- 2012)

Origination and Development of carbon offsets at JP Morgan Climate Care, Washington/ London (2007-2010)

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Ryan Thomson

VP – Hydropower engineering
South Africa

Joined Tembo in October 2021.

Former hydropower engineer at Zutari/Aurecon in South Africa (2016-2021).

Assisted investors in identifying sites and assessing the viability of hydropower projects across SSA.

Experience in drafting employer’s requirements and projects specifications coordinating multi-disciplinary designs from preliminary to detailed ones, and supervising actual construction (Burundi).

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Lucy Richard

VP – Social Advisor & ESG Manager
Kenya

Senior Social Advisor with 5 year experience in social issues related to small hydropower schemes. Acted as sociologist on Ndugutu and Sindila projects in Uganda.

Sociologist at Tembo, Kenya (since January 2021). Certified IHA user of Hydropower Sustainability tools.

Social Coordinator at KMR Infrastructure Company, Uganda (2016-2020).

Public Information Intern at United Nations, Kenya (2014-2015).

Community Coordinator at PEACE, Kenya (2013- 2014).

Sonja Simeonova

VP – Software Developer Tembo Project
Mauritius

Senior software developer with over 20- year experience.

Joined Tembo in May 2021, based in Mauritius.

In charge of maintaining and growing our collaborative data management platform.

Work experience includes roles at organizations such as Checkout.com, Mauritius Union in Mauritius, S&T Hermes Plus, and Seavus in North Macedonia.

Developed solutions across many of the key pillars of information technology: ERP, Payments, CRM, etc.

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Alex Dale

General Counsel (External)
United Kingdom

Senior corporate lawyer whose practice spans across multiple sectors.

Assisting Tembo since incorporation in 2015, based in the UK / Israel.

Expertise in multiple fields including corporate governance, general commercial law, intellectual property, business to business agreements and an array of international and domestic corporate transactions, including mergers & acquisitions, share and asset sales and venture capital and angel financing.

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Experienced & Reputable Local Partners

Humphrey Mulindi

Managing Director – Tembo Climate
Kenya

Renewable energy engineer with proven track record in development as well carbon origination, development and trading in Sub-Saharan Africa

Hydropower development with Tembo in Kenya since 2013

UNFCCC certifier for cookstoves in SSA

Vice-President at Carbon Manna (2010- 2012)

Origination and Development of carbon offsets at JP Morgan Climate Care, Washington/ London (2007-2010)

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John Kanyoni

DRC

Representative for the DRC mining syndicate with over 18-year experience in the mining and trading industry in the Copperbelt region

Chief Operating Officer at Tembo Power DRC (since 2016)

Vice-President of Chamber of Mines in DRC, Goma (since 2011)

Founder and CEO at Metachem, Goma (since 2003)

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Georges Cirondereye

Burundi

Former civil servant with over 12-year experience in the renewable energy sector in Burundi

Chief Operating Officer at Tembo Power Burundi (since 2016)

Founder and CEO at SOPED “Société de Production de l’Energie pour le Développement Durable”, Bujumbura (since 2011)

Georges Nchinda

Cameroon

Engineer with over 30-year experience in hydropower

Chief Executive Officer at NPPC, Douala (since 2015)

Director of Generation at Eneo, Douala (2010 – 2014)

Various positions (Plant Manager, Chief of section, etc.) at Eneo, (1990 – 2010)

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Paulin Etoga

Cameroun

Business Developer with expertise in the hydropower and sustainability sectors

CEO of Nyong Power Plants Corporation (since 2014), TPL exclusive hydropower partner in Cameroon

Senior Engineer of Hydro Operations International (since 2006)

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Governance

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Raphael Khalifa

Founder – Strategy & Development

Jacques Barouhiel

Managing Director – Financial Structuring

Bertrand Rochecouste Collet

Managing Director – Engineering & Development

Jean-Jacques Ngono

Director – Development & Financing

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Raphael Khalifa

Founder – Strategy & Development

Jacques Barouhiel

Managing Director – Financial Structuring

Bertrand Rochecouste Collet

Managing Director – Engineering & Development

Paul Czekalowski

Investor – Financial structuring

Humphrey Mulindi

Managing Director – Tembo Climate

Ryan Thomson

VP – Hydropower engineering

Lucy Richard

VP – Social Advisor & ESG Manager

Sonja Simeonova

VP – Software Developer Tembo Project

Alex Dale

General Counsel (External)

ADVISORY BOARD

Stephane Farouze

Senior impact fund manager

Yossi Edelstien

Seasoned Hydropower Project Developer

Edwin Ehrlich

Senior Business Developer in Africa

Helyette Geman

Scientific Advisor – Energy and Climate Change