Director, Origination - Africa & Central Asia, ACCESS POWER
Karim joined Access in 2015 and since 2017 is Director of Origination
for Africa and Central Asia. He primarily focuses on early stage project
development and negotiation of partnerships with co-developers, institutions or
other third parties. Access is one of the fastest growing renewable energy
independent power producers dedicated to emerging markets. The company is
currently developing renewable energy projects in 23 countries across Africa
and Asia. Access and its shareholder Paris-based Eren Renewable Energy have
over 1,000MW of utility-scale wind projects in operation, under construction or
in advanced stages of development.
Karim graduated from HEC French School of Management and holds a Master Degree in Economics of Natural Resources and Environment, obtained with honors. He started his career as consultant in microfinance for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and for NGOs, based in Uganda then Congo Brazzaville.
In 2005 he joined the structured finance department of Dexia where he focused mainly on energy and renewables (wind, solar, CSP). He participated in the origination, arranging and closing of several greenfield or refinancing transactions wordlwide, totaling more than 1.5 bn of debt and more than 1 GW of on-shore wind and solar capacities.
In 2010 he co-founded Aurion, a financial advisory boutique that successfully closed the two largest 2010 PV transactions in France (250M USD in total, equity and debt packages) and that merged with Astris Finance in 2011.
From 2008 to 2013, he was also the founding managing director of Helios Energie, an advisory and solar project development company dedicated to the Caribbean Islands and the African markets, successfully closing 1MWp while building a pipeline of more than 650MWp in 8 different countries, including Nigeria. The business activities of Helios Energie in West Africa were acquired in 2013 by a Moroccan investor and carried on by Nova Power, a solar developer based in Casablanca.
Karim authored and co-authored several books, papers and articles for various institutions and magazines, and had different benevolent roles in associations or institutions such as the IEA or IRENA.