FUSION ENERGY IS A CLEAN ENERGY BRAND.

We draw upon our combined acumen and expertise to identify, develop, construct, own, operate and manage all forms of independent energy assets - be they wind, solar, hydro, biomass or waste to energy.

We measure ourselves according to a specific promise:

‘GOOD ENERGY INVESTED IN GOOD THINGS’

‘GOOD ENERGY’

OUR INTERPRETATION OF ‘GOOD ENERGY’ STEMS FROM A
UNIQUE VISION AND A VERY STRICT SET OF VALUES.

Our vision is to build Africa’s next great energy business by generating cleaner energy through sustained and profitable investments and partnerships in order to steer
Africa – and the World – towards a brighter, richer and more sustainable future.

We aim to emerge from Africa as one of the World’s most innovative and most valued clean energy brands – revered as a catalyst for change in the pursuit of alternate forms of affordable, cleaner energy through sustained and profitable investments and partnerships.

Built on a highly ethical set of brand values, born of mutual respect and long-term friendship, the Fusion Energy team provides the talent and expertise to develop, own and operate independent power utility partnerships in order to achieve its vision.

We know that the world is not in a good place. And we accept that there is a moral imperative for good people to do something about it.

We understand – and care deeply about – the socio-economic issues in Africa. And we accept the unique role that we can play in designing and implementing interventions that will positively impact the communities closest to the projects we commission. It’s this set of values that truly defines us as an Energy Brand.

We see Fusion Energy as a responsive and agile business in the face of an ever-changing power sector – fully maximizing returns to its shareholders, to society, and the environment. We work tirelessly to build a solid home for sound financial investments through a diverse portfolio of clean energy technologies.

This blend of acumen, expertise and principles has shaped our distinct approach to project development, finance, construction and the operation of clean energy assets across every nature and discipline in Sub-Saharan Africa.

WHO ARE WE

OUR PEOPLE ARE RESPECTED LEADERS WITHIN THEIR FIELDS.

Our founders share over 100 years of experience in energy and sustainable project development, finance, construction and operation of energy assets.

We have also accumulated significant experience in the various Government-led procurement programmes, as well as the ability to develop projects that generate energy for the private commercial market. Even more significantly, we share a strong desire to address the environmental damage of the past and to create the opportunities, both technological and financial, that will drive the energy industry towards a responsible, clean and sustainable future.

WENDY GREEN

CO-FOUNDER AND GROUP SUSTAINABILITY EXECUTIVE

Wendy has a BSC (Hons) in Agriculture and entered the emerging energy industry in South Africa in 2010. She worked with Exxaro to establish Cennergi, where she sat on the Executive.

She led Cennergi’s strategy and business development through the complexity of the ever-changing energy IPP environment. In July 2016, Wendy saw the fulfilment of her Project Leadership skills with the completion of the 56-turbine Amakhala wind farm near Bedford in the Eastern Cape. Today, Amakhala delivers around 450 megawatt hours a year into South Africa’s national power grid.

Within Fusion, Wendy’s areas of specialisation include executive management, business strategy, sustainability, management leadership, planning, design and implementation. Her deep experience in project development, portfolio management and investment in Africa has proved invaluable across a broad array of energy technologies includes biomass, wind, solar, hydro and gas.

DR. STEVEN LENNON

INTERIM CO-CEO AND TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Steve is a qualified scientist and engineer, with a PhD in Materials Engineering. He provides specialist training in leadership, governance, sustainability management and specialized technical disciplines. He has extensive operational and strategic experience in the power sector, stakeholder management, advocacy, communications, crisis management, initiation and operational performance recovery. Furthermore, Steve has been a long-standing advisor to the South African Government on Innovation policy and has headed several international bodies in the sustainability domain. His knowledge of – and insight into – global trends in the power sector and the wider energy sector, especially in developing countries, has earned him worldwide recognition. He is a regular contributor to the on-going conversation around the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the future of Clean Technology. He has received several lifetime achievement awards and was a contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the Nobel Peace prize together with Al Gore in 2007.

As an advisor, Steve has a strong local and global network and fulfils various executive and non-executive leadership roles. For several years, he was Chairman of the National Advisory Council on Innovation – an advisory body to South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology – as well as Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Energy and Environment Commission. In the latter role, he engaged extensively with the United Nations as the voice of International Business. He was a member of the Coal industry Advisory Board of the International Energy Agency for more than 10 years and is a reviewer for the IEA’s Annual World Energy Outlook publication.

He is also an experienced company director, having held Board positions within state and private companies as well as not-for-profit organisations in South Africa, Switzerland, Australia and the USA.

DR. ADRIAN BOWLES

SPECIAL ADVISOR TO FUSION ENERGY

Adrian has a BSc (Eng) in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Fluid Mechanics. He has over 25 years of experience in the design, construction, development, financing and project management of projects and businesses in the energy sector. Adrian has been an executive director for nine years of a FTSE quoted company, demonstrating good interpersonal, management and presentation skills, working at senior and Board level, including interaction with shareholders, investors and Government agencies. He also has strong corporate finance experience, with overall profit and loss responsibility.

ANDREW MEERBURG

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Andrew is a commercially orientated finance professional with twenty-four years’ business experience across a wide range of support functions, 18 years of which was as a CFO. Most of his experience has been at a strategic level, in companies with complex business environments who have experienced rapid growth. He has done business in several countries and has sat on listed and unlisted boards, in SA and Africa. Andrew has not come from a traditional Corporate Finance background, he has built his corporate finance experience from within the companies buying and selling businesses and has learned that acquisitions often fail due to incorrectly thought through strategies and poor implementation. Andrew’s processes and approaches are aimed at avoiding these risks. Andrew is a Chartered Accountant with an H Dip Tax and Industrial Engineering Diploma and has all round operational and business knowledge, having been responsible for several functions over the years including Legal, Commercial, Africa Expansion and IT. He has worked in the Sport, Retail, Manufacturing, and Logistics industries. His most recent Corporate position, before leaving to start up his own business, was as the Financial Director of SBV Services, a position he held for 12 years growing with the business from R 330 million to R 2.9 billion revenue. SBV Services is the largest CIT and Cash management company in SA, owned by the big four Banks with 6,500 staff operating in 4 countries. Andrew was responsible for the full financial function as well as heading up the Africa Diversification strategy. He was responsible for assessing all capital proposals and feasibility studies for SBV and positioning them with the Board. Some of the bigger feasibility studies he headed up were the early replacement of SBV’s 700 armoured vehicles, the consolidation of SBV and ABSA’s 40 cash centres, the conversion of a significant part of SBV’s ATM servicing model from a dedicated to a shared model. He also assessed the impact of all new cash centres built, all proposed acquisitions, all Greenfield proposals and all material capital projects. Some of his notable deals are: He headed the team that bid for the outsource of Barclays and Standard Bank cash centre infrastructure and volumes with values of R 2.6 Bn and R 9.8 Bn respectively. He headed and supported SBV’s diversification strategy in Africa during which time he started Greenfield operations in Namibia and Lesotho; acquired ICMS in Nigeria (CIT 120 people) and Security group in Lesotho (700 guards); and secured a CIT license in Dubai and an option to acquire a stake in Caudan in Mauritius (CIT and Guarding 1,000 people) owned by Mauritius Commercial Bank. Has been involved as lead or support in numerous acquisitions and sales of companies over the years including the acquisition of Vodacom Sport and Entertainment, Blue Bulls Company, Western Province Rugby company and 6 other professional Rugby companies, Ticket web and The Golfers club. Total investments of approximately R 650 m. Since being at FD Centre Andrew has helped clients with a number of acquisitions and is currently running 5 sell-side mandates. Oversaw deals for the proposed acquisition of Cash Connect (R100 m) and Protea Coin Group (R 550 m). He has successfully raised more than a Billion equity and debt and has been involved in three listings. Raised R 460 m equity for SBV from its Shareholder Banks and Prosegur. Raised more than R 600 m asset-based debt funding for SBV including financing to acquire the ABSA cash centre infrastructure.

DEMETRI PAPPADOPOULOS

CO-FOUNDER AND SPECIAL ADVISOR TO FUSION ENERGY

Demetri was born in Zimbabwe in 1970. He graduated from UCT with a BA with a major in Economics in 1990 and with an LLB in 1993. Although he successfully completed his attorney admission examinations in 1995, he chose not to be admitted as a practising attorney but chose to go into business. Demetri joined Steers Holdings Limited at its infancy (now Famous Brands Limited) as Group Legal Adviser and shortly thereafter was made a full board member, becoming one of the Youngest ever board members of a JSE listed company. Demetri held many roles on the board including, inter alia, Legal and New Business Development for the group. Demetri is considered to be one of the pioneers of the development of SMME franchising on the greater African continent and has the impressive record of successfully establishing 77 Steers and Debonairs outlets in 18 African countries between 1996 until 2001. Demetri stood down from the board of Steers Holdings in May 2002 to pursue other business interests. From 2004 Demetri has pursued a vision of establishing an African energy company. In doing so he was involved in the establishment of a number of energy businesses including as co-founder of Helius Energy Plc in the UK, a 10mw Middelburg based gas-fired plant with Investec and ADC Projects in 2007 and a 30MW Biomass Plant with Fusion Global Holdings Proprietary Limited and Sappi Limited. Demetri was retained as adviser by Exxaro to assist in unbundling their energy interests into a new energy company. This was done successfully and culminated in the formation of Cennergi in 2012 which has successfully developed 2 fully operational wind farms totalling 224MW. All of this culminated in the creation of Fusion as an entity into which the years of experience, networks and projects could be consolidated into the creation of an energy company. Demetri is, therefore, a co-founder and major shareholder in Fusion.

Demetri has held directorships both locally and internationally on both the JSE and LSE. He was also an original member of the NEPAD Business Foundation holding the position of chairman of the FMCG sector for 4 years. Demetri is a seasoned speaker globally on energy, entrepreneurship and doing business in Africa. In 2007 he was listed as one of Africa’s top 25 most influential business people. In 2013 he received a leadership recognition award from the SAWIP alongside ten other prominent South Africans

MATT ASH

LEGAL ADVISOR

Matt is an energy and infrastructure projects lawyer. His main areas of activity are in renewable energy, oil and gas, unconventional gas, nuclear, biomass and baseload power. Matt’s key skills are in project structuring and development, construction and operations agreements, regulatory and environmental compliance, and risk management across all energy sectors. In addition, Matt has been closely involved in South Africa’s Renewable IPP Programme.

BRANDON SIEBRITS

INVESTMENT ANALYST

Brandon is a qualified Associate Chartered Management Accountant with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He has a vast amount of experience in the Financial Services industry such as Asset Management, liquidity risk analysis, strategic opportunity assessment, capital raising and financial analysis requirements.

Brendon supports the Fusion Energy team by providing innovative strategic solutions in Investments Analysis, Capital Raising, and finance.

CARLA STRYDOM

PROJECT MANAGER

Carla is a Metallurgical Engineer that has specialized in Quality Assurance with 10 years of operational experience. She has extensive experience in project management including developing projects across technologies including wind, solar, biomass and co-generation. She was also appointed as the Project Manger to develop the first wind energy project in South Africa. Carla currently assists Fusion Advisory for various roles including bid and tender submissions.

BRUCE PAYNTER

GROUP MARKETING EXECUTIVE

Bruce is an Advertising Executive with over thirty years of Creative Experience in the Brand Communications and Marketing Industry. He has developed campaigns on high-profile, local brands such as Old Mutual, Rand Merchant Bank, South African Breweries, Vodacom and Tiger Brands, as well International Brands such as Volkswagen, Audi, KFC, Heineken, Coca-Cola, Globacom (Nigeria), Airtel (Nigeria) amongst others. Most recently Bruce has written, directed and produced Television Commercials in the Mobile Telecoms, Banking and Alcohol industry in West Africa, specifically Nigeria. He specializes in Brand Strategies and Creative Ideas that span all forms of conventional Electronic Media as well as the Digital Opportunities like New Media, Web Design and Social Platforms.

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