KY HONG TRAN /// SR. ENERGY CONSULTANT - WORLD BANK
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KY HONG TRAN
SR. ENERGY CONSULTANT /// WORLD BANK
OLIVER MASSMANN /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - DUANE MORRIS VIETNAM LLC
Oliver Massmann, General Director of Duane Morris Vietnam LLC, who has over 20 years of experience working as a commercial lawyer in Vietnam, will review the proposed decree and give his insight into the opportunities for international stakeholders looking to invest in the market. Moreover, the opportunities and challenges regarding solar project finance will be explored and possible financing mechanisms will be presented.
OLIVER MASSMANN
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// DUANE MORRIS VIETNAM LLC
YASUSHI UJIOKA /// PARTNER - ARMSTRONG ASSET MANAGEMENT
Yasushi has 20 years of experience in water and energy sectors globally as engineer and investment professional. Prior to joining Armstrong Asset Management, he closed investments in Asia totalling USD 240 million as the Business Development Director for Asia (2004-2010) at the Dalkia Group, the energy division of Veolia Environnement, and as the Investment Director (2010-2013) at Swiss-Asia Financial Services Pte Ltd. At Dalkia, he also spearheaded business development in Asia in the field of energy efficiency and CDM. Yasushi was previously based in Paris heading the technical department of Degrémont, the water treatment division of Suez Environnement, where he supervised global technical support team for EPC and O&M businesses. He combines a strong technical background with hands-on experience in origination, development, execution and operation of energy projects in Asia. He holds a BSc and MEng degree in Urban & Environmental Engineering from the University of Tokyo and an MBA from INSEAD.
YASUSHI UJIOKA
PARTNER /// ARMSTRONG ASSET MANAGEMENT
BRANDON COURBAN /// EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - OLYMPUS CAPITAL
Brandon Courban joined Olympus Capital in 2016 and is a member of the Asia Environmental Partners team. He is based in Olympus Capital’s Singapore office focusing on the development of ASEAN pipeline opportunities. Brandon has 14 years of commercial experience, first in the oil and gas sector, and since 2007 in sustainable resources and renewable energy. He was most recently a Senior Advisor to Macquarie Group in Singapore and Indonesia. Previously, he held senior roles with Armstrong Asset Management (Singapore), Sindicatum Sustainable Resources (London and Singapore), and Mott MacDonald (London).
Mr. Courban holds a Bachelor of Engineering and an MBA from University of Hertfordshire, U.K. and is a Chartered Engineer.
BRANDON COURBAN
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR /// OLYMPUS CAPITAL
RAINER BROHM /// INDEPENDANT CONSULTANT
Rainer Brohm has 15 years experience in the environmental and renewable energy sector with a strong focus on policy consulting and market research. He started his carrier as a research fellow at the Potsdam-Institute of Climate Impact Research in the early 2000’s with a focus on global environmental governance and related questions of national policy implementation. At the same time he started policy consulting for different members of the German and European Parliament. In this context he had the chance to work on the design and further implementation of the German Renewable Energy Act (EEG). From 2007 until 2014 Mr. Brohm worked for the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar) heading their Governmental Relations and International Affairs department. In this function he developed lobbying and communication strategies as well as industry roadmaps and business model guidelines for the fast growing solar sector in Germany. Further than that, he developed and implemented international policy consulting projects in different world regions in cooperation with national, regional and multilateral development organizations.
In 2014 Mr. Brohm established his own consultancy in Southeast Asia. Based in Hanoi his consulting work mainly focuses on the development of beneficial legal and administrational framework conditions for renewable energies as well as market research in Vietnam and other countries of the region. In 2015 he has conducted an extensive study on the Vietnamese solar market on behalf of the German Development Corporation (GIZ) and the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT). Currently he is exploring investment opportunities for Solar PV rooftop applications in the Vietnamese commercial and industrial sector on behalf of the German Ministry of Economics and Energy. Mr. Brohm studied political science, international relations and business administration in Berlin, Hagen and Amsterdam.
RAINER BROHM
INDEPENDANT CONSULTANT
ROLAND QUAST /// SENIOR ADVISOR - APRICUM
Roland Quast is a highly experienced solar industry professional, with significant expertise in solar power plant development. Having spent more than 12 years in leadership roles in the solar business, Mr. Quast brings a wealth of experience and profound insight into all aspects of solar power project development, construction and financing to his role as Senior Advisor for Southeast Asia at Apricum – The Cleantech Advisory, a global transaction advisory and strategy consulting firm specialized in renewable energy.
Mr. Quast is also the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Southeast-Asian solar power plant development and EPC company German ASEAN Power headquartered in Singapore with operations in Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam. Prior to that, he co-founded and headed German solar power plant development company Quast Nahrath Group in 2010. Before that, Mr. Quast was a member of the management team of PV thin-film producer Inventux Technologies AG where he led the company’s strategic development, as well as building its PV project development subsidiary. Mr. Quast started his career in renewable energies as the Head of Business Unit Clean Technologies at Berlin Partner where he was responsible for a transaction volume of more than USD 500 million in the solar sector alone.
ROLAND QUAST
SENIOR ADVISOR /// APRICUM
THOMAS JAKOBSEN /// MANAGING DIRECTOR RE - SAIGON ASSET MANAGEMENT
Thomas Jakobsen has over 12 years of experience in Indochina, focused on renewable energy. He is the Managing Director Renewable Energy, at Saigon Asset Management, and is responsible for direct investments and advisory services in the renewable energy sector. From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Jakobsen was Investment Director in Anpha Capital, originating and analyzing potential investments, in Renewable Energy, Real Estate and Infrastructure projects; advising the potential investment companies/projects on Financial Structuring and Corporate Finance and performing due diligence on potential investments. In 2007 Mr. Jakobsen co-founded Gate To Asia, providing investment consulting for Renewable Energy and Environmental projects in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Additionally, activities included finding suitable technology suppliers for Renewable Energy and Environmental projects, as well as conducting Environmental, Social & Governance assessments of projects for foreign investors. Prior to that Mr. Jakobsen held General Management and Financial Management positions in industrial companies in Europe and Asia. Mr. Jakobsen holds a M.Sc. in Economics and Business Administration from University of Aarhus in Denmark, including six months at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium.
THOMAS JAKOBSEN
MANAGING DIRECTOR RE /// SAIGON ASSET MANAGEMENT
MIKE TRAN /// FOUNDER - SOL AMPERE
Mike Tran is a serial entrepreneur and a passionate creative technologist with focus in security, finance and renewable energy technology. He has over 2 years of experience in Vietnam’s renewable energy sector with strong focus on market research, match making (partnership/acquisition deal), local financing and end-to-end consultant service to secure project permits (investment licensing, land permit, construction permits, operation permit, PPA). Prior to Sol Ampere, he has over 14 years of experience developing security and finance software applications. He founded Filestring Inc in 2009, a Silicon Valley start-up focused in secure file sharing software application for businesses and individuals. He later founded Snapbuck Inc in 2014, a mobile advertisement platform focusing in large data analysis utilizing geo-tag and photos data. In 2015, he pivoted and focused full-time in the renewable energy sector as an independent consultant for a Vietnamese conglomerate. He lead their effort to conduct extensive study on the Vietnamese solar market, devise a development plan and build a renewable energy team to explore investment opportunities for a 250 MW solar PV farm. He has since served many local developers and foreign investors (Germany, Spain, UK) in multiple disciplines from helping to secure new project permits (investment licensing, land permit, construction permit, operation permit), local financing, and match making for partnership and acquisition deal. Mike studied computer engineering at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY.
MIKE TRAN
FOUNDER /// SOLAMPERE
NGUY THI KHANH /// EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - GREENID
Ms. Nguy Thi Khanh is currently founder and Executive Director of Green Innovation and Development Centre (GreenID) which is working to promote sustainable energy development, good water and air governance and green development. She is also the chair of Vietnam Sustainable Energy Alliance which works to advocate for sustainable energy development in Vietnam. She has 19 years of experience in integrated community development, network building and advocacy for better Water, Air Governance and Sustainable energy development in Vietnam and the Mekong region. Since 2012, she has led GreenID to advocate for increasing Renewable energy, energy efficiency, reducing coal power and clean Air in Vietnam. She graduated from the Institute of International Relations in Ha Noi, Vietnam with a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Diplomacy. She hold a number of certificate from international training courses on energy, water and clean environment.
NGUY THI KHANH
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR /// GREENID