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Senior Director Project Finance
Aqueel has built a career with over 21 years of experience in development and financing of infrastructure projects, fundraising, corporate investments and engineering. He has a successful track record of structuring and financing projects in challenging environments and has considerable knowledge of competitive energy markets.
Aqueel is responsible for analyzing new business opportunities, defining development strategies and managing financing of the projects at AMEA. Due to his unique ability to understand technical, financial and commercial aspects of a project, he has been intimately involved in all stages of project development.
Aqueel joined AMEA from AlNowais Investments, where he worked extensively on developing a portfolio of power projects in the region. Prior to that he was part of the Global Infrastructure and Projects Group (GIPG) at KPMG and headed its infrastructure advisory team in Abu Dhabi. In the course of his career Mr. Bohra has advised a number of leading private and public institutions, mainly in, power, oil and gas, public transport and real estate sectors.
Aqueel is a CFA Charterholder. He graduated as a Mechanical Engineer and holds an MBA specializing in industrial marketing and finance from India.
Senior Director Investments/Mergers & Acquisitions
Mohammed is primarily responsible for financial, commercial and transactional matters across thermal and renewable energy projects; project and platform M&A; corporate and investment structuring; and portfolio investment strategy.
Mohammed has fifteen years of experience in investments, fund management, corporate finance, M&A, and advisory services in the infrastructure, energy, oil and gas, petrochemical, industrial, manufacturing, and real estate sectors.
Mohammed was previously a founding member and Managing Director of Investbridge Capital, a DIFC-based private equity firm, where he led the group’s mandates in infrastructure and petrochemicals. Prior to Investbridge, Mohammed was a Director at Landmark Real Estate Investment Management where, in addition to taking the business into a profitable position after the 2008 financial crisis, he managed funds and executed a number of investments with successful exits.
Mohammed has also advised a number of prominent governmental and quasi-governmental institutions on strategies and policies related to infrastructure development and public-private partnerships. Mohammed received a Juris Doctorate in Law and a Masters in Business Administration from Chapman University, and a Bachelor in Political Science from the University of California. He also completed an executive program in Infrastructure & Project Finance at Harvard University.
Senior Director Project Development - EA, SA, ME
JP brings nearly two decades of power sector experience to his role at AMEA where he is responsible for leading the renewable Energy Business, including origination of both greenfield and brownfield projects, development, operations and asset management across the Company’s businesses in Wind and Solar (CSP & PV) and Hybrid renewable energy. JP has successfully led the project development and closed financing with DFIs for a wind and a solar power project in Jordan worth approximately USD 200 million in AMEA. He sits in the board of the subsidiaries owning these two projects.
Prior to joining AMEA, JP led as the CEO of Atria Power and Godawari Green Energy delivering with the help of his team, India’s first Wind-Solar hybrid plant and first CSP plant of 50MW Capacity for which the Government of India awarded his team and him specifically as India’s CSP personality of the year in 2013. He has managed the development and operation of around 1.0 GW of coal based power projects and around 300MW of renewable power projects.
A strong proponent of clean energy, avid speaker on the subject in conferences and institutions, JP earned his MBA from London Business School and his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India.
Senior Director Business Development
Hussein joined AMEA in 2016, focused primarily on identifying and screening power generation (conventional and renewable) opportunities in MENA and Sub-Sahara Africa.
He has over 15 years’ experience ranging from consulting, strategic planning, business development and project execution.
He worked for Deloitte in London for five years as an energy consultant and then joined Hess in their strategic planning division before leaving for the UAE in 2007. In the UAE, he worked for Abu Dhabi Basic Industries Corporation (ADBIC) within the corporate strategy and business development division.
Just prior to joining AMEA, he worked at AlNowais Investments, focused primarily on the Oil and Gas (upstream & oilfield services), Infrastructure and Power sector. His role within the group also included identifying, screening and developing projects within the midstream and downstream sector.
He holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College London and Masters in Energy Studies from Dundee University Scotland.
Director - Project Development
Basma is bringing to AMEA Power more than 12 years of experience, mostly built in the renewable energy sector, both on the public and the private sides.
Basma is responsible for project development of energy projects from their origination until financial close is successfully reached.
Basma joined AMEA Power following her role as Director of Business Development at a UAE-based developer, where she was leading the end-to-end development of a 1 GW portfolio of solar and wind projects in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.
Prior to that, Basma was working for MASEN where she has successfully managed the financial and legal structuring, the international procurement and the financing of a 520 MW portfolio of large-scale CSP and PV solar programs.
Earlier in her career, Basma was an investment banker, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, equity investing and debt raising. She has advised a variety of institutions on strategic transactions in infrastructure, energy, hospitality and real estate.
Basma holds an MSc Degree with Highest Honors from ESCP Europe, Paris campus, majoring in Finance.
Director - Legal
Clare has over 18 years’ experience as an international commercial and projects lawyer. She trained and worked at Norton Rose Fulbright and has spent a significant portion of her career in-house in both London and abroad.
Clare spent 5 years in the Project Finance team at Norton Rose in London primarily advising lenders on the financing of a range of infrastructure projects in the UK. Since then, she has worked predominantly with the private sector as an in-house lawyer, including at Sumitomo Corporation in Japan for 2 years and eleQtra in London for 10 years, advising on the development, construction and operation of complex infrastructure projects across the world and in a variety of sectors, particularly renewable energy in Africa and Central Asia.
She has been involved in a number of firsts including advising on the funding of the first private hydropower project in the DR Congo, the first private mixed utility project, the first private water utility and first private commercial ferry provider all in Uganda.
Clare has an LLB (Hons) in Law with American Law from the University of Nottingham and is an English-qualified solicitor.
She heads the legal department at AMEA Power in Dubai.
Director - Asia
Zhu brings a depth of experience into his role as Business Development Director.
Zhu has spent 10 years working for Shanghai Electric in the power generation sector in the global market and was appointed as the Chief Representative of the MENA region based both in Riyadh and Dubai since 2013. During his experience, he was leading the Chinese EPC and OEM company in the MENA market and participated in several large IPPs/IWPPs.
Zhu’s most recent professional achievement was in 2017-2018, when Shanghai Electric won DEWA MBR Solar Park-IV CSP IPP together with ACWA Power, with the total investment is reaching 14.2bn AED, making it the largest CSP project in the world. Until his leave in 2018, Shanghai Electric has been ranked as No.1 Power&Water Contractors in 2018 of MENA Region (MEED source).
Zhu holds a Bachelor of Science in Thermal and Dynamic from Shanghai University of Electric Power.
Chief Financial Officer
Charles joined AMEA in 2019, responsible for mergers and acquisitions, project finance and the financial functions of the company. He has 30 years’ experience in corporate finance, tax consulting, investment banking, project finance and proprietary project development.
He worked for investment banks in London as head of project finance and has executed numerous projects in the energy sector as a developer/owner.
He holds Bachelors and Honours degrees in Investment Management, a post graduate diploma in taxation law and a MBA from Edinburgh Business School.
Chief Technical Officer
Mahabir is the Chief Technical Officer at AMEA Power. He has more than thirty five years of experience in the power and water sector. He has experience with Coal Based Power, Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Power and Hydro Power within the power sector and with Multi Stage Flash and Reverse Osmosis technology in the water sector.
Previously, he was leading the construction and commissioning of the USD 415mln prestigious AES Barka IWPP in Oman.
He was a key member of the team for the Fujairah IWPP, the UAE acquisition and expansion bid of USD 1.6 bn. He was also leading the discussion for Engineering, O&M and LTSA for the 425 MW and 15 MIGD CCGT Project at Salalah, Oman. He was the General Manager and Head of Asset Management (MENA) before joining TAQA (Abu Dhabi National Energy Company) as the Projects Director.
At the time of leaving TAQA, Mahabir was on the board of 250 MW Naively Thermal Power Project, India and the 1,050 MW Jorf Lasfar Power Project, Morocco. He was also involved in the expansion of a existing Coal Project at JLEC, Morocco; a CCGT project in Ghana and a Hydro Project acquisition in India.
He brings with him experience in almost all areas within Power and Water from the concept stage to the commissioning and also the operations.