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.

Simon Village

Simon Village

Managing Director

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.

Dr Isabel Boira-Segarra

Dr Isabel Boira-Segarra

Technical Director

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.

Silvio Sala

Head of Project Development

Silvio has worked in the thermal power generation sector for more than 20 years of which the last 10 years he was with General Electric (GE) responsible for engineering and project management.

Silvio joined GE in 2007 as senior application engineer developing the newly established marine and stationary business division within the GE transportation business unit. Silvio contributed significantly towards the awarding of the very first diesel electric Offshore construction vessel to GE, which led to the promotion to project engineering manager of several large genset projects in Africa ranging from large backup power for Anglo platinum mines in S.A. to the pump stations and terminal genset power supply for multi fuel pipeline capital projects in S.A and Water conveyor system solutions in Chile.

Silvio has led a number of successful power initiatives, with the foremost of these being the development of a scalable turnkey modular power plant solution entailing the design and supply of a fully integrated system capable of dealing with a broad range of scenarios commonly present in mining operations, including black start, back synchronization, parallel and island mode as an example. This solution has now been successfully deployed in Angola and for Newmont’s Ahafo gold mine in Ghana, which was a 32MW installation.

Silvio’s vast expertise across all power generation solutions will compliment the already strong technical skills in the AE team. Silvio will be responsible for leading the power generation solution development and delivery process at AE.

Prior to this Silvio was a project manager in CAT, Perkins engines and Intergen accumulating a broad range of experience in O&G, marine, and stationary power generation covering diesel and gas fuelled projects worldwide.

Robert Kampf, Director, Argentum Energy

Robert Kampf

Non-Executive Director

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 Charrington

Richard Charrington

Non-Executive Director

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.

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Craig Anderson

Non-Executive Director

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.

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George Bennett

Non-Executive Director

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.

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