The Executive Management team at Argentum Energy has decades worth of hands-on experience in business and finance in the renewable energy field, across Africa and internationally.
Adonis is an entrepreneur whose expertise lies in the discovery, exploration and development of mineral resources including diamonds, precious / base metals, coal and oil and gas, and bringing these assets into production. Having worked in the natural resources sector for over 20 years, he has extensive experience in the exploration and mining sector and a wide network of industry relationships across the African continent.
Adonis has been influential in the founding, development and listing of a number of natural resources companies including Petra Diamonds, which in 1997 became the first diamond company to be listed on London’s AIM market with a market capitalisation at the time of just £10 million. He has since overseen Petra’s development from an exploration base into one of the largest independent diamond producers in Africa today with a market capitalisation of over £1 billion. Petra stepped up from AIM to the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange in December 2011 and entered the FTSE 250 Index in March 2012. He also listed Chariot Oil & Gas, which floated on AIM in May 2008 (having raised $90 million and subsequently raised a further $140 million to further the exploration programme), Chromex Mining and Mukuba Resources.
Adonis qualified as a mining engineer from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1991 and subsequently spent some time working in South African gold mines before heading to the former Soviet Union where he established the Koronia metal trading company in Moscow.
Simon founded Argentum Ltd in 2015 to assist developing corporates in Africa to realise growth opportunities, out of which Argentum Energy was formed to take advantage of the accelerated development of solar power across Africa.
Prior to establishing Argentum, Simon led a number of successful global initiatives, with the foremost of these being the development of a series of commodity backed funds, gold ETFs , which together with his partner and team at the time listed in 13 countries and which revolutionised the gold market, attracting some $100 billion of new investment into that sector. Simon also led the financing and development of a number of resource companies.
Prior to this he was a Managing Director with HSBC in London, having worked his way up through HSBC as a top ranked Financial Analyst, then Head of Research for their emerging markets division before being appointed as Managing Director of the securities business in South Africa.
Prior to his career in finance Simon worked for Schlumberger in Italy, Netherlands, and Libya as a field engineer, and prior to that De Beers after graduating with a B.Eng (Hons)
degree in Mining Engineering in the UK.
George has over 30 years’ experience in finance and management, and has been a partner and Director with a number of leading financial institutions including Fergusson Bros, Simpson Mckie, and HSBC Securities (Pty) Ltd.
In 2003 George became CEO of Shanta Gold Ltd, an exploration company based in Tanzania which he successfully listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2005.
In 2006 he acquired and restructured MDM Engineering, an engineering company building mineral process plants and mining infrastructure throughout Africa.
In 2008 George listed MDM onto the London Stock Exchange, and over the next 8 years generated over $57 million of pre-tax profits for its shareholders.
In March 2014, George Bennett successfully negotiated and managed the sale of MDM Engineering to Amec Foster Wheeler and has now teamed up with Simon in Argentum Energy.
After 25 years of success as an entrepreneur and investor, Robert founded Caden. As Chief Executive Officer of Caden, he is responsible for the firm’s overall direction, including all investment and operational activities.
From 1988 to 2015, Robert founded and acted as CEO of independent record label Century Media Records (CMR). In 2015, CMR was acquired by Sony Music Entertainment. At the time, CMR was one of the largest independent record labels in the world. Since the sale of CMR, Robert has also served as CEO for one of Sony Music Entertainment’s global subsidiaries.
Robert was born in Dortmund, Germany. He currently splits his time between Miami, Los Angeles, and Europe.
Richard has extensive commodity and financing experience in Europe and emerging markets.
In 1992, Richard became a key member of Ceres Capital International, which specialises in Emerging Market debt/equity conversions and corporate restructurings. Ceres has successfully restructured $1.5 billion of RSA moratorium debt.
In 1997, Richard established and ran an Emerging Market Sovereign Debt Fund for RMB. The fund grew substantially before being securitised in a $350 million CDO by Deutsche Bank.
Richard then established and ran Ceres Capital International’s joint venture with Mettle in 1999, and managed the acquisition of Greenwich Securities through the London office. In 2005 he established and ran a JV between Ceres Capital and Mettle which successfully teamed up with Morgan Stanley and acted as principal in some R5 billion of acquisitions and Black Empowerment transactions.
In 2005 Richard also established and still runs a JV with a number of large South African groups. He sits on the Mauritian boards of a bank and several JSE listed companies and advises on their international operations and expansion as well as four large infrastructure/impact funds operated from Mauritius.
Craig is one of the co-founders of FE and has been appointed a Director of Argentum Energy.
Craig previously led the investment team at a Clean Energy infrastructure company operating in ME & African markets, where he was responsible for raising project finance from Government entities and institutional investors.
Previously Craig was a Partner at EC Harris Investments where he was responsible for strategic advice and securing seed capital and project finance for renewable energy developers with a particular focus on Solar, Wind and Biomass.
Prior to ECH, Craig spent 8 years as an advisor where he was involved in the creative structuring of more than $800 million of real estate finance for European developers. Craig trained in the City as an Accountant with Schroders, UBS and Deutsche Bank, working in their Emerging Market Credit Derivatives business units.
Patrick is a Vice President at Caden and has been appointed a Director of Argentum Energy.
Patrick joined Caden in 2015 and chairs the firm’s Investment Committee. Caden Energy and Caden Capital operate as a single, fully integrated, boutique development and investment firm, with offices in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Caden’s investment strategy targets undervalued niches in the Energy Infrastructure and Litigation Finance industries. Caden has a capital base comprised of principals’ funds and invests in concert with capital provided by a private network of co-investors.
In 2011, Patrick joined Javlin Capital, a private investment firm. During his time with Javlin, the firm generated an unlevered IRR (realised and pro forma) of more than 20% -- investing more than $500 million acquiring a variety of assets and asset portfolios, principally through managed relationships. Patrick’s responsibilities at Javlin
included underwriting new investments, reforecasting existing investments, and capital markets activities.
Before Javlin, Patrick worked for the Gavilon Group, a commodity management firm that is a subsidy of the Marubeni Corporation, where he reported to the head of the cash wheat desk. Patrick is based out of Caden’s Minneapolis office and is a CFA Level III candidate.
Dr Isabel Boira-Segarra
Isabel is one of the founding partners of FE and is a commercial and technical expert in the full range of renewable energy technologies and operating models.
She has over 20 years experience in the renewable energy sector having previously been Head of Renewable Energy at Mott McDonald, WSP and EC Harris. Isabel has significant world-wide Power & Renewable Energy experience (including Africa) advising utilities, developers, lenders, investors, investment funds, governments and regulators.
Isabel has vast project experience across all renewable technologies including Solar PV and has recently been providing development services for a PV panel manufacturer developing a 75MW pipeline of PV projects in the UK.
Isabel has advised on more than 3GW of energy related transactions from greenfield to operational and advised the UK government on its offshore wind strategy. She holds a PhD in Energy Policy.
Drew has worked in the PV sector for the last 7 years starting in Australia where he worked in solar for schools throughout the country and then moving onto Lightsource Renewable Energy, the largest UK solar company, where he progressed through a number of areas including New Business, Project Development and Project Delivery.
As Lead Project Manager at Lightsource, he gained extensive PV construction experience overseeing the development and construction of over 350MW of solar projects (around a quarter of Lightsource’s entire portfolio), with a 100% track record of completing projects on time and budget. Due to his wide-ranging experience, Drew has a thorough understanding of the complete PV development and delivery process and is very well positioned to lead AE’s Africa portfolio development.