Africa Renewable Power Team

Zahid Ahmed Hassen

Director - Regional Projects 

William Barry

Managing Director - Projects

Bill is responsible for ARCH’s African renewable power strategy and has ultimate oversight of day-to-day operational matters, including ensuring adherence to investment and other guidelines. Prior to joining ARCH, he was the Regional Director in charge of East African project development and investment opportunities for eleQtra, a Sub-Saharan Africa focused infrastructure developer. Bill joined eleQtra from ContourGlobal, an operator and owner of electric power businesses, where he was SVP and Head of Global Construction Projects, as well as VP of Business Development responsible for LatAm, Sub-Saharan African and European project development and M&A. At ContourGlobal, Bill led the KivuWatt (Rwanda) lake-bed methane gas extraction project, winner of the 2011 Euromoney Project Finance African Power Deal of the Year.  He has also held senior positions at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Moody’s Investors Service, Merrill Lynch’s investment banking division and the Mirant Corporation, and holds a degree in Economics from George Washington University and an MBA in Finance from the New York University Stern School of Business. Based in London, Bill is a member of the ARCH African Renewable Power Investment Advisory Committee, Development Committee, and chairs the Management Committee.

David Anson

Director - Head of Development

David is responsible for oversight and execution of the ARCH African Renewable Power development strategy and ensuring that investments are executed in a timely and cost-effective manner.  Prior to joining ARCH, he was the Regional Director in charge of Southern African project development and investment opportunities for eleQtra, a Sub-Saharan Africa focused infrastructure developer.  David joined eleQtra from the AES Corporation, where he was responsible for power development and project financings in India, Eastern Europe and Africa.  While at AES, he led the refinancing of AES’ acquisition of the 600MW Kelvin Power Plant in South Africa, after which he headed the project finance team with AES Sonel, in Douala, Cameroon. While in Cameroon, he led the team responsible for the $60 million Limbe power plant financing, as well as the $350 million financing of Sonel’s national refurbishment program by a consortium of development finance institutions. David holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Australia and an MBA from the London Business School, and is a Member of the Institute of Directors (UK).  Based in London, David chairs the ARCH African Renewable Power Development Committee and is a member of the Management Committee.
Based in Nairobi, Zahid is responsible for business development and investment advisory execution across Sub-Saharan Africa, including general oversight of SSA-based project development staff.  Prior to joining ARCH, he was responsible for business development and project finance activities at BioTherm Energy, an Independent Power Producer focussing on the development of renewable energy projects across Africa.  At BioTherm, Zahid was involved in the project financing of $500 million across four projects totalling 284MW, and played a role in the construction, operation and successful disposal of 50MW of wind and solar projects. As Business Development Director based in Ghana, he led BioTherm’s development activities across Africa, with a specific focus on West Africa.  Zahid began his career at Deloitte and has also worked at aloeCap, a boutique corporate finance and investment company. Zahid is a qualified Chartered Accountant (South Africa), and holds an MBA from HEC Paris as well as a Bachelor of Accounting degree from the University of Witwatersrand.  He is a member of the ARCH African Renewable Power Development Committee.

Altaz Kassam

Senior Associate

Based in Nairobi, Altaz will be involved in business development and investment advisory execution across Sub-Saharan Africa. Altaz is an investment professional with over 5 years’ experience in the power and infrastructure space in Africa. Prior to joining ARCH, he was a Senior Associate at Actis Energy Okavango Services Kenya Limited (Actis) and was part of the main transaction team involved in the closing of the 100MW Kipeto Wind Project in Kenya. Prior to Actis, he was a Senior Associate in the investment team managing responsAbility Renewable Energy Holding (rAREH), an investment vehicle which develops and invests in small-to-medium sized renewable energy projects across Sub-Saharan Africa. During his time at rAREH, Altaz was the investment team lead and project manager on a number of projects in rAREH’s pipeline (spanning over 150MW) in several African countries including Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, amongst others. Altaz began his career as a Financial Analyst at Industrial Promotion Services (Kenya) Limited (IPS) primarily in the infrastructure department. At IPS, the focus of his experience included the development of medium-to-large renewable energy projects and the financial review of power and infrastructure assets in IPS’s pan-African portfolio. Altaz holds a BSc. Accounting and Finance from Cardiff University.

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