PROGRAM

SESSION 1
09:00 Welcome remarks
  • Introducing the conference, its stakeholders and objectives
NICOLA KOPIJ ZANIN /// PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
Nicola Kopij Zanin is a Project Manager for Solarplaza, part of Finance & Innovation team, contributing to the company's growth in markets worldwide. Prior to joining Solarplaza, he gained experience with EU development financing, having set up his own organisation. In the past, he held positions in different industries across Italy, Poland and the UAE. Nicola holds a bachelor's degree in Economics and Business from LUISS University in Rome and a Master's degree in Finance & Investments from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.
NICOLA KOPIJ ZANIN
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
09:30 Opening Keynote
  • Sustainable Investing: Eye for Impact
GEERT FIJNAUT /// HEAD ASIA ENERGY DEPARTMENT - FMO
Geert is Head of the Asia team at the Energy Department of FMO, the Dutch Development Bank. We support sustainable private sector growth in developing and emerging markets by investing in ambitious entrepreneurs. We believe a strong private sector leads to economic and social development, empowering people to employ their skills and improve their quality of life. At FMO, Geert manages a team of investment professionals responsible for the acquisition, structuring and monitoring of mezzanine and debt transactions in the energy sector in Asia. Main focus is on renewable energy transactions. Geert joined FMO in 2016. Prior to that he worked for several commercial banks. Geert holds a law degree and has studied in the United States.
GEERT FIJNAUT
HEAD ASIA ENERGY DEPARTMENT /// FMO
10:00 Market Status Update
  • Solar development and investment trends in the region
  • Cost competitiveness of solar
  • Country perspective
RISHAB SHRESTHA /// SOLAR ANALYST - WOOD MACKENZIE POWER & RENEWABLES
Rishab is a solar analyst at Wood Mackenzie focusing on downstream PV markets in the Asia-Pacific region. Rishab has been researching on solar value chain for the past three years.
Before joining Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, Rishab worked as a solar market analyst at MAKE Consulting where he helped the company kick start it’s solar research product offerings.
He also has experience working with cleantech start-ups in the UK and India. He earned his master’s degree in the Sustainable Energy Futures program at Imperial College London.
RISHAB SHRESTHA
SOLAR ANALYST /// WOOD MACKENZIE POWER & RENEWABLES
10:30 - Coffee Break
SESSION 2
11:15 CEO Fireside chat
  • New Investments in Renewable Energy
  • Infrastructure Investment Needs in Asia
  • South East Asia – Hotspot for Solar Investments
  • Investors Requirements, Appetite, New Markets & Wish Lists
  • Importance of digital transformation in solar value chain
SAMRIDH GOYAL /// FOUNDER & CEO - SOLAR HORIZON
Sam founded Solar Horizon to harness Singapore’s solar potential. A passionate advocate of solar energy, Sam is considered among the top Solar PV Leasing experts in Singapore.
MODERATOR
SAMRIDH GOYAL
FOUNDER & CEO /// SOLAR HORIZON
GAVIN ADDA /// CEO COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL SOLAR - TOTAL
Gavin Adda is a serial entrepreneur in technology and energy. He has been Total’s CEO for Commercial & Industrial Solar (Asia) since 2017.

Previously, he founded Cleantech Solar, a Singapore-based solar developer which was acquired by Shell. At REC Solar, he was Vice President in charge of Business Development, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations – where he sold the company to ChemChina for USD 640m.

From 2007 to 2013, he had various roles in Samsung Group including launching a solar JV which developed 500 MW of projects across the USA.

With an MBA from INSEAD and an MA from Cambridge University, Gavin Adda initially had a 10-year career in technology across Europe.
GAVIN ADDA
CEO COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL SOLAR /// TOTAL
JAY MARIYAPPAN /// HEAD OF NEW ENERGY - PETRONAS
Dr. Jay Mariyappan joined Petronas in Oct, 2018 as Head of New Energy, a new business unit that has been set up within the PETRONAS Group to focus on clean energy. He has 20+ years working experience in the power industry and financial services with a focus on clean energy. His previous experiences varied from utility planning, project development, investments, operations, trading and business development in Europe, USA, Asia and Africa.
He spent 10 years at a Singapore based Renewable Energy developer where he was a Managing Director responsible for delivery, sales and trading of environmental products in Asia, and business development in South East Asia. Prior to that he was a Vice President, based in London, at a Global financial services firm where he focused on Clean Energy in India and other parts of Asia. Other roles include utility planning at a major utility power company and as an energy specialist at a renewable engineering company, where he was also seconded to the UK Government to advise on climate change mitigation projects and policy.

He holds a PhD from Imperial College, London in decentralized energy systems, a Master’s in Environmental Management from University of Nottingham, UK and an Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern, USA) and HKUST (Hong Kong).
JAY MARIYAPPAN
HEAD OF NEW ENERGY /// PETRONAS
ALLARD M NOOY /// CEO - INFRACO ASIA
Allard joined InfraCo Asia in 2013 and has overall accountability for the company’s infrastructure developments and investments in 12 Asian countries.
InfraCo Asia is part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) and a commercially managed, publicly financed infrastructure development and investment company, headquartered in Singapore.
InfraCo Asia funds early stage, high-risk infrastructure development activities by taking an equity stake in commercially viable infrastructure projects that contribute to economic growth and social development.
Allard has over 25 years of strategic executive leadership experience in the energy and infrastructure sector in emerging markets in Asia.
Allard’s previous roles include CEO of Jindal Aquasource and Jindal Ecopolis in New Delhi, India; President Asia Pacific at Covanta Energy Corporation in Shanghai, China; Regional Director, Greater China at Thames Water International in Hong Kong SAR; and Country Manager of Vermeer – Ballast Nedam, while based in Vietnam.
He holds a BSc (Eng) in engineering management and an MBA in international business.
ALLARD M NOOY
CEO /// INFRACO ASIA
11:45 Expert Perspective
  • Financial tools to boost solar projects
  • Stimulating lending through additional credit capacity
  • Scaling in emerging markets
LEANDRO LEVISTE /// FOUNDER & CEO - SOLAR PHILIPPINES
In 2013, Leandro Leviste founded Solar Philippines while only as a sophomore at Yale University. With his youth energizing him, he propelled the company into having 300 MW in projects, employing 600 employees, and providing renewable power to more households. Today he continues to lead Solar Philippines, Southeast Asia’s largest and only integrated solar developer, investor, manufacturer, and EPC, solar company. His mission is to accelerate the transition of the Philippines into a solar-powered nation, to lower the cost of solar power generation, and to make the country a first-world nation. With a clear purpose, he built Solar Philippines as a company that would light the way to change, ease the burden of energy prices on consumers, and bring reliable and renewable electricity to every Filipino household.By opening the first Filipino solar panel factory in 2017, Solar Philippines has then created 1000 manufacturing jobs, significantly lowered cost, and innovated the local power industry by closing an 85 MW Power Supply Agreement with industry titan, Meralco at Php 2.99/kWh––the lowest cost of any new power plant in Philippine history. And as recognition for his outstanding hard work, Leviste has since added a long list of accolades to his name.In 2016, Leviste was recognized by Forbes on its inaugural 30 Under 30 Asia, topping its list for Energy and Industry; he has been featured by CNBC, The Guardian, and Channel News Asia, among international media outlets; and has spoken at international forums across the US, Europe, and Asia, as an authority on solar in Southeast Asia, and an advocate for solar and storage technology to replace fossil fuel and serve off-grid areas. Leviste has shown how his vision is paramount to the business itself: consistently making prices affordable, thus, putting consumers needs first, and prioritizing marginalized areas. More and more, this shows that his energy is only fed the passion to give every Filipino home access to cheap, clean, and reliable power
LEANDRO LEVISTE
FOUNDER & CEO /// SOLAR PHILIPPINES
SAGAR GUBBI /// MANAGING PARTNER - ECOFORGE ADVISORS
Sagar Gubbi is the Co-founder/Managing Partner of Ecoforge Advisors, based in India and operating across South Asia, South East Asia and Africa. He has over 15 years of work experience in Clean Energy, Electric Mobility, Sustainability and Engineering. Sagar leads Ecoforge’s transaction advisory and management consulting assignments, and his current areas of work and focus are finance for rooftop solar, energy storage and electric mobility in India and South East Asia. He has worked in over 20 countries including Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, India, Germany, UK, Oman among others.
Sagar holds an MBA degree from the University of Oxford's Said Business School, UK and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from India.
SAGAR GUBBI
MANAGING PARTNER /// ECOFORGE ADVISORS
BRAD SEEFELDT /// DIRECTOR PROJECT & INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE - SWISS RE
Brad is the Head of Bank Trade & Infrastructure, APAC for Swiss Re Corporate Solutions. Based in Singapore, Brad is responsible for leading and developing the firm's unfunded risk participation business in the Asia Pacific region. This business is at an intersection point between the (re)insurance industry and commercial banking, providing commercial banking clients with additional risk capacity to optimise capital and increase balance sheet velocity, as well as manage credit risk accumulations.
Brad joined Swiss Re in 2006 and has close to 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Before moving to Singapore in 2016, Brad was Senior Underwriter, Project & Infrastructure Finance based at Swiss Re's headquarters in Zurich. Previously, he held various positions in strategy, business development, finance and audit at Swiss Re and GE Capital.

Brad has a BSc of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the USA.
BRAD SEEFELDT
DIRECTOR PROJECT & INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE /// SWISS RE
12:15 Project Development 2.0
  • Improving bankability of PPAs
  • Dealing with capital abundance in a scenario of limited bankable projects
  • Regional strategies for divesting, selling or refinancing current projects
RISHAB SHRESTHA /// SOLAR ANALYST - WOOD MACKENZIE POWER & RENEWABLES
Rishab is a solar analyst at Wood Mackenzie focusing on downstream PV markets in the Asia-Pacific region. Rishab has been researching on solar value chain for the past three years.
Before joining Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, Rishab worked as a solar market analyst at MAKE Consulting where he helped the company kick start it’s solar research product offerings.
He also has experience working with cleantech start-ups in the UK and India. He earned his master’s degree in the Sustainable Energy Futures program at Imperial College London.
MODERATOR
RISHAB SHRESTHA
SOLAR ANALYST /// WOOD MACKENZIE POWER & RENEWABLES
JIELING ZHANG /// DIRECTOR OF PROJECT FINANCE & INVESTMENTS - RISEN ENERGY
Ms. Zhang has a BSc in Banking & Finance from LSE, and an MBA from IE Business School. She has over 10 years of working experiences in the renewable energy industry, specializing in Investment Management and Project Finance. Ms. Zhang has established a broad network across EMEA, Asia and LATAM regions, and has done several non-recourse utility-scaled project financing transactions with international financial institutions. She speaks Mandarin, English, German and basic Spanish.
JIELING ZHANG
DIRECTOR OF PROJECT FINANCE & INVESTMENTS /// RISEN ENERGY
WARREN LEE /// HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - JINKO SOLAR
Warren Lee, JinkoSolar Head of Business Development for South East Asia
Mr. Warren Lee is Head of Business Development Jinko Solar for South East Asia. Jinko Solar having been established in 2006 and publicly listed on the NYSE in 2010 is a global leader in the solar industry and the world largest manufacturer by shipment volume. Before joining Jinko Solar, Warren was the Sales Manager for Thailand for Yingli Solar and was promoted to Sales Manager for South East Asia in 2015. Warren started his career in the finance industry having held posts in various banks in Singapore since 2004. Warren has over 10 years’ experience in portfolio management and financial advisory across Asia. Warren holds a bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance.
WARREN LEE
HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT /// JINKO SOLAR
FRANCK CONSTANT /// CEO - CONSTANT ENERGY
A short bio will follow soon...
FRANCK CONSTANT
CEO /// CONSTANT ENERGY
13:00 - Lunch
SESSION 3
14:30 Market Status Update
  • Market Analysis of Corporate RE in Asia
MARLON APANADA /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - ALLOTROPE PARTNERS
Mr. Apanada is responsible for overseeing all commercial and advisory activities in the Philippines of Allotrope Partners, a clean energy investment and advisory services firm headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. His 15-year experience in the clean energy space includes leading business development of 22 MW of successfully commissioned own-use RE projects along with securing 50 MW of RE service contracts in the Philippines, successfully developing the first bank-financed solar projects in the market, and pioneering emissions trading and carbon markets practice locally. He is also the Convenor of the Greening the Finance System initiative, an ASEAN wide program aiming to mobilize private sector participation in green finance.

A certified Green Finance Specialist, Mr. Apanada is pursuing his MBA with Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin and finished a certificate course on Sustainable Finance at the University of Oxford's Smith School of Enterprise and Environment in the UK.
MARLON APANADA
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// ALLOTROPE PARTNERS
15:00 Case Studies
  • Experiences with various PPA Deal structures
  • A developers' views on system optimization"
  • Achieving scale for C&I rooftops
JEN TAN /// VP GROUP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - SEMBCORP INDUSTRIES
Jen Tan has been in the solar industry for the last 10 years. Currently, she is working with Sembcorp leading the Solar Team on business development, project development and execution and operations and maintenance focusing on developing and building Solar projects in Singapore and other Asean countries. Prior to Sembcorp, she was a Vice President , APAC Sales and Energy Solutions in REC Solar Pte Ltd. Before embarking on her career in sales, she has been working with Global Sales Planning and Logistics, as well as Global Market Intelligence. She also has vast operations experience as she was part of the pioneer team in starting and ramping up the REC manufacturing facility in Tuas. She held key positions as the Operations Director in the manufacturing team with solid background in Operations Planning, Industrial engineering and Lean Manufacturing systems. Prior to REC, she was in the Semiconductor Industry for 9 years where she focused primarily on planning functions.
JEN TAN
VP GROUP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT /// SEMBCORP INDUSTRIES
KO CHUAN ZHEN /// CEO & CO-FOUNDER - PLUS SOLAR
Ko Chuan Zhen is the CEO and co-founder of Plus Solar Systems, a multi-award-winning and leading total clean energy solutions provider in Malaysia. With over a decade of experience in the solar PV industry, Ko has conducted business domestically and internationally, in the Asia-Pacific region. Since the inception of Plus Solar in 2012, under the leadership of Ko joined with a team of passionate co-workers who give their best to achieve the company’s mission and vision, Plus Solar Systems have powered more than 125MWp in power capacity for the nation with solar PV technology.
KO CHUAN ZHEN
CEO & CO-FOUNDER /// PLUS SOLAR
ARNAUD AYRAL /// REGIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR - CLEANTECH SOLAR
Arnaud is the Regional Business Development Director of Cleantech Solar. He held various positions with Rolls-Royce and most recently was Senior-Vice President of the Services division in Asia Pacific. Prior to that, Arnaud worked across a number of industries including a period with Electricite de France (EDF). Today, Arnaud is responsible for developing relationships with corporate customers at Cleantech Solar.
ARNAUD AYRAL
REGIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR /// CLEANTECH SOLAR
15:30 Expert Discussion
  • Structuring and Financing a Corporate PPA
KEN CHEUNG /// PARTNER - BIRD & BIRD
Ken is a partner in the Corporate & Commercial Group based in Singapore, with a sector focus on Energy & Utilities and Technology.

He specialises in corporate, commercial and finance law including cross-border transactions, foreign investment, joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions and private equity in the Asia-Pacific region. His practice is focused on South East Asia, in particular Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Myanmar.

With a primary focus on the corporate energy sector, particularly renewables and clean energy, Ken's practice also encompasses the traditional mining and offshore oil & gas industries. Ken has a leading reputation in the renewable energy sector and advises many of the major players. He advises on the corporate and commercial aspects of investments and projects including M&A advice, structuring, joint ventures, supply contracts and on IP and technology issues. He also advises clients across a range of other sectors including transport, insurance, IT and media.

Ken is admitted as a Solicitor in Hong Kong, England and Wales, the High Court of Australia and New South Wales and has practised in SE Asia for over 20 years.
MODERATOR
KEN CHEUNG
PARTNER /// BIRD & BIRD
LAWRENCE WU /// PRESIDENT & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - SUNSEAP
Lawrence graduated from the Nanyang Technological University with First Class Honours in Accountancy in 2000. He is both a Certified Public Accountant (Singapore) and a Chartered Financial Analyst. Lawrence spearheads Sunseap Group’s efforts in capital raising, including raising requisite funding for the group.

He has more than 16 years of experience in areas such as investment banking, reverse takeovers, schemes of arrangements and delisting of public companies. Prior to founding Sunseap Group, Lawrence held appointments at DBS Bank (Vice President), Macquarie (Vice President) and BNP Paribas (Director).

In addition to his integral role at Sunseap Group, Lawrence is also the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Thirdrock ISSEA Advisers Pte Ltd, a corporate finance firm specialising in mergers & acquisitions in Southeast Asia. He is also a Director and Partner of TRIREC Pte Ltd, a renewable energy investment firm that focuses on projects and companies in sustainability and decarbonization.
LAWRENCE WU
PRESIDENT & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR /// SUNSEAP
SAMRIDH GOYAL /// FOUNDER & CEO - SOLAR HORIZON
Sam founded Solar Horizon to harness Singapore’s solar potential. A passionate advocate of solar energy, Sam is considered among the top Solar PV Leasing experts in Singapore.
SAMRIDH GOYAL
FOUNDER & CEO /// SOLAR HORIZON
SNIGDHA NAHAR /// DIRECTOR LEGAL & STRUCTURING - BERKELEY ENERGY
Snigdha Nahar has been working in the energy and infrastructure sectors for over nine years with her current role focussed on onsite distributed energy solutions developed by Berkeley Energy through its global Commercial and Industrial sub-division (BECIS). Her role involves coverage of legal, compliance, structural, transaction management, fund-raising and general management functions across various South-Asian and South-East Asian economies. She has extensive experience in transactions involving a variety of renewable energy technologies and contracting structures including projects, equity, debt and general corporate with a special emphasis on corporate PPA structures.

Prior to Berkeley Energy, she worked in magic circle law firms, Allen & Overy LLP and Clifford Chance LLP, across London and Singapore. She is a dual-qualified lawyer (UK and India) and is currently also working towards completing her part-time MBA degree from NUS Business School in 2020.
SNIGDHA NAHAR
DIRECTOR LEGAL & STRUCTURING /// BERKELEY ENERGY
16:00 - Tea and Coffee Break
SESSION 4
16:30 Finance Innovation - Flipping the coin?
  • Involving local banks
  • Innovative financing instruments
  • Blended finance
  • Capital market solutions
  • Why conventional finance is not enough
DAVID NIEUWENDIJK /// SR INVESTMENT OFFICER - FMO
David Nieuwendijk is a Senior Investment Officer at FMO, the Netherlands Development Finance Company. He is responsible for FMO’s Syndicated loan transactions in the Renewable Energy space.
Prior to joining the Syndications department, Mr. Nieuwendijk was a Senior Investment Officer at FMO’s Private Equity department, responsible for FMO’s Private Equity activities in South East Asia, Eastern and Central Europe. During his time with the Private Equity department, Mr. Nieuwendijk served on various Boards of private equity funds as an Advisory Board Member.
He holds a Master of Business Administration from Henley Management College in Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom.
MODERATOR
DAVID NIEUWENDIJK
SR INVESTMENT OFFICER /// FMO
ANDREAS CREMER /// DIRECTOR INFRASTRUCTURE / ENERGY - DEG
Andreas Cremer is Director at DEG responsible for the infrastructure / energy operations in Asia, Europe and Middle East, with a loan book of more than US$ 500 million. Andreas has been active in financing for almost 15 years where he has fulfilled positions as financial advisor and project manager in both corporate finance and project finance transactions. Since joining DEG in 2012, Andreas has been involved in various energy and infrastructure engagements focusing on structuring equity and mezzanine transactions. Prior to joining DEG, Andreas worked for Houlihan Lokey and KPMG where he held various positions at the advisory divisions. Andreas holds a Master of Business Administration from West Texas A&M University, USA.
ANDREAS CREMER
DIRECTOR INFRASTRUCTURE / ENERGY /// DEG
HANS-MARTIN AERTS /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - APG
Hans-Martin Aerts is a Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure Investments, Asia Pacific at APG Asset Management, one of the largest pension fund asset managers in the world with assets under management of approximately €520 billion (as at July 2019).
In February 2007, Hans-Martin moved to Hong Kong to establish APG’s first office in Asia Pacific and has since been responsible for managing the infrastructure investments in Asia Pacific.
Prior to working for APG, Hans-Martin was a Senior Portfolio Manager at ABP. He joined ABP in 2001 and has since worked in various areas, including infrastructure, structured finance and global equities. Hans-Martin is a CFA charter holder, and holds an MSc in Economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands .
HANS-MARTIN AERTS
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// APG
JASPER WONG /// HEAD OF CONSTRUCTION & INFRASTRUCTURE COE - UOB
Mr. Jasper Wong is currently the Head of Centre of Excellence for Construction and Infrastructure, Sector Solutions Group (SSG), a business division within UOB’s Group Wholesale Banking focusing on strategic sector coverage leveraging on industry insights, data analytics and value-chain analyses as well as developing sector-specific solutions.

With over 20 years of extensive project and structured finance experience in the region focusing on power, oil & gas, petrochemical, infrastructure and telecoms financing, Mr Wong joined UOB in 2013 to head the Infrastructure & Project Finance for Asia, under the Corporate Banking Overseas division before taking up the role in SSG.
JASPER WONG
HEAD OF CONSTRUCTION & INFRASTRUCTURE COE /// UOB
NISHANT KUMAR /// REGIONAL DIRECTOR SOUTH ASIA - GUARANTCO
Nishant Kumar joined GuarantCo’s Singapore office in November 2016 as Executive Director and has been Regional Director for South Asia since January 2019, where he leads origination and execution of transactions in the region.

Prior to GuarantCo, Nishant worked across functions in Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance, Investment Banking and in Renewable Energy Private Equity where he led origination and execution of infrastructure, natural resources, agriculture, food & beverages, consumer transactions and investments across Asia-Pacific. Nishant started his financial services career in Hong Kong and subsequently moved to Singapore where he has been living since 2010.

Nishant has an MBA from University of Hong Kong & London Business School programme and a Bachelor of Technology in Mining Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, BHU (Varanasi), India.
NISHANT KUMAR
REGIONAL DIRECTOR SOUTH ASIA /// GUARANTCO
17:15 Closing Keynote: The future impact of solar
  • The boom of solar activity in South East Asia over the next 3 years
  • Price advantage over traditional energy sources
  • Overcoming the fossil fuel lobby
ASSAAD RAZZOUK /// GROUP CEO - SINDICATUM
Assaad W. Razzouk is a Lebanese-British clean energy entrepreneur, investor and commentator. He is Group Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Sindicatum Sustainable Resources, a global clean energy company headquartered in Singapore; the Chairman of the Board of the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA); a Board member of the Climate Markets & Investment Association (CMIA); and a commentator on climate change, natural capital and clean energy.
ASSAAD RAZZOUK
GROUP CEO /// SINDICATUM
17:30 - SIEW NETWORKING EVENT

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