John Ngumi has played pivotal roles in developing regional capital markets, in authoring the regulatory frameworks, underpinning these markets, and in persuading governments to regard markets as critical to local resource mobilization and deployment. John’s banking career began in 1980 as a trainee in London’s National Westminster Bank after earning a 1st Class Honors in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from St Peter’s College, Oxford University. In 1999-2000, he served as an inaugural director of the present day Communications Authority, overseeing the creation of Kenya’s present telecommunications landscape. From 2000, he became the Vice president of Citibank after which he co-founded one of Africa’s first locally owned investment banks, the Loita Capital Partners Group. At Loita, he established Loita Asset Management and the Retirement Benefits Authority (RBA). In 2004, he started Standard Bank’s East Africa investment bank from scratch and oversaw its rise to its present No 1 market position in East Africa. His lead role in familiarizing National Treasury officials with international capital markets made Standard Bank a co-lead and arranger for Kenya’s debut USD 600 million syndicated loan in 2012 and the country’s inaugural USD 2 billion Eurobond in 2014. In 2015 he was appointed Chair of Konza Technopolis Development Authority, by former president, Mwai Kibaki to spearhead for Kenya’s bid to becoming Africa’s ‘Silicon Savannah’. He was then appointed by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta as a non-executive Chair of the Kenya Pipeline Company Limited. His singular achievement in co-founding the Kenyan Market Leaders Forum, continues to oversee the Kenyan Treasury Bond issuance programme.
Tara is Managing Director and founding member of EPGE, and Managing Director of DREAM. Over 25 years of professional experience in Europe, USA, Asia, and Middle East. Sector experience includes Renewable and Conventional energy, Environmental and Risk related services, Chemicals, Petrochemicals, Oil & Gas, Financial Services. Past roles: Appointee Director, Imperial Innovations of Imperial College, Executive Director at Goldman Sachs, and, Director of Strategic Planning for Global Equities at Salomon Brothers. Relevant Projects: the 80 MW Orites Wind Farm in Cyprus (largest in the Mediterranean), the 80 MW Chirnogeni Wind Farm financed by EBRD, the first project financed wind asset in Romania, won Deal of the Year award for 2012, the 117 MW Tafila Wind Farm in Jordan, the first utility scale Wind Farm in Middle East, won Renewable deal of the Year award for ME, 2013, and the 10 MW Shamsuna Solar Plant in Aqaba, financed by the IFC. BSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from University College London, MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering, and, PhD in Fluid Mechanics from Imperial College, London.
Dennis joined EPGE in 2014 as advisor, and in 2015 was appointed as Kenya DREAM’s County Manager based in Nairobi, with overall responsibility for local management of all Projects in the Kenya Pipeline. As Head of UKTI Kenya, British High Commission – UK Trade & Investment (2008 – 2015), his achievements included the £26 Million acquisition by Prudential Plc, and over $180 million of Projects in Geothermal and other renewable projects. Previous roles include, Compliance Officer Postal Corporation of Kenya, Investment Associate, United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund/Investment Management Services in New York, and Research Associate, United Nations World Food Programme in Rome, Italy. Dennis gained an MBA in International Finance from St. John’s University – New York, USA, and a BSc in Agricultural Economics from The University of Reading, UK.
Sophocles joined EP Global Energy in 2011, and is currently part of the solar project development team. Sophocles has over 10 years of experience in different aspects of the energy sector. Prior to joining EPGE, he was an Advisor to the University of Cyprus, an Energy Officer at the Energy Service of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, working on the development of a major energy infrastructure hub including a LNG re-gasification terminal and a petroleum storage facility. Prior to that Sophocles was an energy consultant at ILEX Energy Consulting (now Pöyry Management Consulting, Energy) based in Oxford UK, responsible for modelling long-term electricity price projections and producing the GB Electricity Market report. Sophocles has a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia, Norwich and an MSc in Environmental Technology (Energy Policy Specialisation) from Imperial College London.