Investment

Sustainable Technology

Gordon Power, Partner, Technology Investment. Member of Investment Committee 

Gordon has over 29 years’ of private equity experience. Prior to his current commitments, he founded and was CEO of the private equity business ProVen Private Equity (now re-named Beringea) from 1984 – 2004 and led its buy-out from Guinness Mahon in 1997. By 2002 Proven specialised in media and intellectual property rights investments, had funds under management of $370m million including a range of highly successful venture capital trusts. From 1984 to date, an overall annual return in excess of 29% has been achieved in 196 realised (i.e. sale, flotation or administration/liquidation) investments and unrealised investments. Gordon has an IRR of 45% from 12 sustainable private equity investments made since 1985. 

Richard Smith, Partner, Technology Investment. Member of Investment Committee

Richard has a background in industrial management, private equity transactions and financial advisory services.  Before joining ECP he was a Director at IBIS Asset Management, a captive financial advisory group to a large multi-sector private conglomerate.  Previously he delivered a wide range of private equity due diligence and corporate strategic advisory services while with L.E.K Consulting, where he was a Senior Manager.  Prior to an MBA at INSEAD, his early career encompassed engineering design, quality improvement, and production management at Visteon and Ford Motor Company. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment, and a Sainsbury Management Fellow.

Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry

Gabriel Montana, Partner, Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry. Member of Investment Committee.

Gabriel's career has focused on private equity investing, with an emphasis on Latin America and infrastructure investments.  Before joining the firm Gabriel was a Director at IBIS Asset Management Ltd – a captive financial advisory group to a large multi-sector private conglomerate, and a Director at EMP Global’s Latin America Group – responsible for the regional private equity operations of the US$1 billion AIG-GE Capital Latin American Infrastructure Fund.  Previously he was a financial analyst and a regional director for SOFASA S.A. (Toyota and Renault’s manufacturing operations) in Colombia.

Ian Powell, Senior Forester, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry Team

Ian has 30 years of forestry business and commercial experience.  Ian spent the majority of his career with the Shell Group of Companies, mostly in the forestry business including 7 years managing a total of around 80 000 has of forest assets in Latin America.  Ian also has extensive in-country experience developing and evaluating forestry investment opportunities in the Americas, Northern Europe, Africa and South East Asia.  He also has significant experience in resource, ecosystem services and environmental assessment and in engagement and negotiation with diverse stakeholders.

Miguel Sampol Pou, Advisor and Member of Investment Committee (Forestry).

Miguel has over 30 years of experience in the Brazilian forest and forest-products industry, where he held positions as managing director of Riocell, CEO of Jari Celulose and most recently CEO of Klabin, Brazil largest integrated paper and board producer and exporter. Throughout his career Miguel has had direct senior responsibility of over 350,000 hectares of plantation forestry spanning different regions and species in Brazil. Miguel is a prior board member of BRACELPA (Brazil’s pulp and paper industry association). He resides in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Renewables

Richard Burrett, Partner and Member of Investment Committee

Richard leads implementation of the sustainability strategy at Earth Capital Partners and SET3, a sustainability focused investment group, and is a member of the Investment Committee.

Richard has spent over 30 years working in international banking and finance.  He joined AMRO Bank in 1988, becoming Managing Director and Global Head of Project Finance in 2001.  In this role he was instrumental in the development of the Equator Principles, creating a market recognised standard for the management of environmental and social risk within project financing.  He started to work directly on ABN AMRO's award-winning sustainability agenda in 2004, becoming Global Head of Sustainability before leaving the Bank in May 2008.  He was Co-Chair of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) from 2010 to 2012 working with 200 institutions, including banks, insurers, and investors to bring about systemic change in finance to support a sustainable world.  He is the FMO (Dutch Development Bank) nominated non-exec Director of Union Bank of Nigeria PLC and a Senior Adviser to the Earth Security Group.  He is a Fellow of the Cambridge University Institute for Sustainability Leadership and a Board Member of Forest Trends, a Washington-based organisation promoting market-based approaches to forest conservation.

Bruno Konishi

Bruno has over 13 years professional experience and was involved in more than 40 transactions/engagements in the private equity and advisory services industries in Brazil, including cross-border initiatives with teams from the UK, USA, Germany, France, Chile and Uruguay.  In the private equity industry, Bruno coordinated investment and project development teams for a Brazilian top-tier fund dedicated to large scale agricultural and bioenergy projects. Bruno also accumulates experience from acting as an Executive Director/CFO of a bioenergy generation investee company ($300+ million of investments).  As an advisor, Bruno was a partner in one of the first strategic and investment firms focused on sustainable business in Brazil where he led clean energy initiatives in buy-side advisory services, PE/VC structuring processes, M&A and capital raising mandates etc.  Bruno is an economics graduate of the University of São Paulo (USP) and also a Professor in the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) for corporate finance courses.