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Climate Business Group – Clean Technologies Investments

International Finance Corporation

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Washington DC 20433


Clean Technologies Investment Team


Nikunj Jinsi, Global Head - Clean Technology Investments, Washington, DC


Nikunj joined IFC in 2003 and heads IFC’s clean technology investment efforts, as part of its Climate Change Business Group. He combines over 20 years of experience in various industry sectors, having worked and lived in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the US. Nikunj blends operational, entrepreneurial, investment banking and over 15 years of emerging market private equity experiences with unique global perspective on several industries. At IFC, Nikunj has led over 18 investments totaling more than US$200 million, for which IFC acted as a (co-)lead and involving other leading private equity and strategic players in Asia, and currently sits on the boards of six Asian companies. Nikunj also is involved with IFC's LP investment program for venture funds in Asia, having evaluated several fund investment opportunities in China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore and India, and sits on the Advisory Board of a leading (US$500mm) China venture fund, and has been responsible for several fund investments in India.


Prior to joining IFC in Washington DC, Nikunj spent almost nine years living and working in Asia. Nikunj was the Managing Director and Head of the Singapore office for one of Asia's leading venture funds where he managed theteam making investments in South East Asia and India and was also responsible for managing several Asian LP relations. Prior to this, Nikunj spent 4 years in the Asian investment banking industry providing M&A and corporate finance services to clients throughout the region. In addition, Nikunj was the co-owner of South East Asia's largest independent marketing communications agency, with offices in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, which was successfully sold to Omnicom (NYSE:OMC), the largest media marketing group in the world, in 2002. Mr. Jinsi started his career working for KPN Telecom in the Netherlands, working as a Project Manager.

Nikunj obtained an MBA degree from Stanford University (USA), attended as a Fulbright Scholar and an M Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering, from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.


Ruzgar Barisik, Senior Investment Officer, Washington, DC

Ruzgar joined the IFC in 2011. He is a Senior Investment Officer and leads investments in Eastern Europe, Middle East & North Africa. He has over ten years of private equity and venture investing experience covering industrial,technology and media businesses.


Prior to the IFC, Ruzgar was a Partner at GTI Group, a New York based private equity investment firm. At GTI, he was responsible for the firm's first growth equity and buyout transactions. Ruzgar led various investments and realizations in the US and India, and represented the firm on the boards of GTI's portfolio companies.


Earlier in his career, Ruzgar was Director of Corporate Development at KCI, a diversified holding company. Ruzgar graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Mathematics and Economics and holds an MBA from the Columbia Business School.


Peter Cook, Senior Investment Officer, Beijing, China


Peter Cook joined IFC in 1998 with previous experience at PwC in New York.  He is a Senior Investment Officer in the Clean Technology Investment Team based in Beijing, China, and leads deals in East and Southeast Asia. 


Peter has over 5 years experience in the carbon market on transactions in India, Brazil and, particularly, China.  Since February 2010, he has been located in the IFC Beijing office where he was working on carbon finance transactions as well as innovative energy efficiency transactions across the East Asia region. 


Additionally, Peter has 5 years experience financing power projects at IFC, including generation plants and integrated utilities in the Philippines, Jamaica and China.  Prior to that he worked in Environment Department on renewable energy projects including solar and wind projects and assisted projects in accessing multi-lateral funds like GEF. 


A graduate of Colgate University, Peter received an MBA from New York University and Masters from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.


Corinne Figueredo, Senior Investment Officer, Washington, DC


Corinne has worked in cleantech since 2003.  From 2004 to 2009, Corinne led a donor-funded cleantech venture investment pilot for IFC. She now works on scaling up IFC's cleantech work leveraging IFC's own balance sheet, with particular focus on highly innovative companies which may be piloting new business models, technologies, or technology transfer, or serving base of the pyramid markets. Corinne’s other assignments within IFC include 6 years in IFC's infrastructure department, where she covered corporate and project finance in sectors such as transport, power, energy efficiency (ESCOs). Corinne has also worked in IFC's financial markets and general manufacturing groups. Transactions have ranged across Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe. Corinne has an MBA from INSEAD, France, and holds a degree in modern languages from Cambridge University, UK.


Sobhi Mahmassani, Assct. Investment Officer, Washington, DC

Sobhi joined the IFC in 2011 and focuses on private equity investments in clean technology companies worldwide. Prior to IFC, Sobhi was at Advantage for Analysts in San Francisco - a start-up focused on project finance advisory for renewable energy projects, and before that he spent time at Citigroup working with companies to finance the acquisition of big-ticket assets such as aircraft, power equipment, and renewable energy assets. Sobhi holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, an MS in Computer Science from George Washington University and an MBA from Georgetown University.



Pravan Malhotra, Senior Investment Officer, Mumbai, India 


Pravan joined the IFC in 2007 and is based in Mumbai, India. Pravan leads clean technology venture capital investments in South Asia, which include Azure Power, Applied Solar Technologies, Husk Power Systems, Sunborne Energy and Attero Recycling. Prior to the formation of the Clean Technology investment group, Pravan focused on venture capital investments in the technology sector for IFC in South Asia. Prior to joining IFC, Pravan was a Principal with ORIX Venture Finance in New York and was responsible for venture investments in technology, healthcare and financial services companies. Pravan has also worked with Metropolitan Venture Partners, a transatlantic venture capital fund in New York, and Global Bridge Ventures, an emerging markets focused venture capital fund in San Francisco. Earlier in his career, Pravan was an investment banker with BMO Nesbitt Burns and a credit analyst with the Tokai Bank in Chicago. Pravan holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.



Qinglong (Aaron) Meng, Investment Analyst, Beijing, China


Aaron joins the IFC Beijing office as an Investment Analyst, where he will be supporting IFC investment activities locally. He graduated from National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Science.  Prior to IFC, Aaron worked with Morgan Stanley Hong Kong as a Research Analyst and has also spent time as an intern at Government Investment Corporation of Singapore, in their Beijing office.





Peter Mockel, Senior Industry Specialist, Washington, DC


Peter joined IFC in 2012 as Senior Industry Specialist for smart systems which improve resource efficiency. The vision for smart systems is that every process in the world will be managed for maximum efficiency in real-time; examples include: smart electricity meters, gas and water meters, building management systems, cold chain sensors, intelligent lighting, and battery management systems.


Prior to joining IFC, Peter was the CTO with Berlin-based smart electricity metering start-up yetu AG, developing an electricity management system based on a home area network around the smart meter. He has over 10 years experience in telecommunications and IT with Deutsche Telekom AG as VP of Strategy Development and as SVP of R&D. He built and managed R&D labs in Berlin, Beer Sheva and Los Altos. He also has 3 years of experience in consulting with Booz, Allen & Hamilton.


Peter holds a B.A. (Hons) and M.A. in computer science from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, and a Diplominformatik (M.Eng.) from TU Aachen in Germany. 


Xiaomin Mou, Ph.D., Investment Officer, Beijing, China


Xiaomin joined the IFC in 2008.  As Investment Officer of the Climate Business Group, she is based in Beijing and focuses on growth-stage cleantech investment opportunities in China and South East Asia.   Ms. Mou also manages a portfolio of technology companies in China ranging from software development, green datacenters, to integrated circuit design.  Prior to joining IFC, Ms. Mou was with the Boston Consulting Group in Munich, Germany.  She holds a Ph.D. in Bioengineering, M.Eng, and B.S. degrees in electrical engineering, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.



Sean Petersen, Senior Investment Officer, Washington, DC

Sean joined the IFC in 2011.  From 2006 to 2011 Sean Petersen worked for Good Energies, a global Clean Technology venture capital firm in New York. At Good Energies Sean led the investments in several globally leading cleantech companies as well as managed board oversight responsibilities.  As an original team member of SwapsWire Ltd., a start-up funded by the 22 leading commercial and investment banks, Sean helped drive the platform into the leading post-execution derivative service worldwide prior to its acquisition by markit. Previously, Sean launched Blackbird, Inc. the world's first electronic derivative trading platform. Sean spent several years at Merrill Lynch where he structured, priced and marketed financings to clients in the Americas.

Sean received his MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania where he was a Joseph Wharton Fellow. He completed his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Isabel Ramberg, Investment Analyst, Washington, DC

Isabel joined IFC in 2010.  She joined the Clean Technology Investment Team in 2012 after being part of IFC's Global Manufacturing department where she was involved in various chemical and petrochemical investment projects.  Prior to joining IFC, Isabel worked as an investment bank analyst in J.P. Morgan’s Latin America division in New York, where she focused on strategic transactions for Latin American clients across a wide variety of sectors, including oil & gas, telecom, financial services, building materials and retail.  Isabel has also been an intern with Morgan Stanley in New York where she focused on services to hedge fund clients. She is a Joseph Wharton Scholar and holds a BS from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


Hoi Ying So, Investment Officer, Washington, DC

Hoi Ying joined the IFC in 2011 with over 7 years of experience in clean energy investment and  carbon finance.  As an Investment Officer in the Climate Business Group she is focused on cleantech venture investments worldwide.  Hoi Ying was most recently with E+Co, assisting with the management of E+Co's Asia clean energy investment portfolio. From 2005 to 2010 Hoi Ying was with RNK Capital, a New York-based environmental markets investment fund.  As an original member of the firm’s emissions trading team, she was responsible for structuring CDM, JI and EU ETS-related transactions and leading the origination and investment of GHG emissions reductions projects in the Asia Pacific region.

Hoi Ying holds a Master of International Affairs in International Energy Management and Policy from Columbia University and a BA in Government from Cornell University.


Nikhil Tambolkar, Investment Analyst, Mumbai, India 


Nikhil joins IFC's Mumbai office as an Analyst in the Climate Business Group. He will focus on Cleantech investments and broader Climate Change initiatives for South Asia. Prior to IFC, Nikhil was with J P Morgan in Mumbai, working with the US power sector equity research  team. Nikhil has also worked as a derivatives trader with Futures First India. Nikhil holds B.Tech. & M.Tech in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Nikhil is an avid cricket & music fan and has performed as a lead vocalist for his band.  



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