GPFAC’s Project Finance Advisory Team includes the following:
• Paul Barbian (Principal)
• Ruth Beckers (Principal)
• Fabio Catellanos (Principal)
• Fahad Habib (Principal)
• Enervest Capital, LLC (Strategic Partner)
• Alok Mathur (President)
• Jim McCrea (Principal)
• David Stevens (Strategic Partner)
• Julie Stewart (Principal)
• William Streeter (Principal)
This team has closed $110.5 billion in project finance transactions worldwide, broken down as follows:.
Paul Barbian. Closed over $19 billion of project transactions worldwide. Led the Union Bank of Switzerland project finance group in Zurich. Led a team of analysts for the Credit Origination team at the US Department of Energy that closed over $24 billion of energy and industrial project transactions. Developed independent power projects at Entergy Corporation. Structured debt financing at GE Capital. Experience with numerous investor-owned utilities as a consultant for Booz Allen. BS economics from Georgetown University; masters in business from George Washington University; additional courses work in accounting.
Latin America 13.7
Middle East/Africa 8.0
Ruth Beckers. Closed $15.1 billion worldwide (lived and worked in the US, Germany, Switzerland; presently based in South Africa); VP Middle East and Africa at ABB, responsible for strategy and project execution; VP at ABB’s advisory group in Zürich; Board Member and owner of an infrastructure project in West Africa; MBA in Banking from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland); Executive Masters in Corporate Finance from the University of Applied Sciences in Lucerne (Switzerland); speaks English, German, French, and Swedish.
Fabio Castellanos. Based in Colombia with extensive experience in Latin America. Closed $6 billion in various corporate and export finance transactions; Worked with Chase Manhattan Bank for 23 years in Colombia (Responsible for Corporate Finance), Argentina (Senior Credit Officer), and New York (Credit Officer, Western Hemisphere). Country Manager for ABN Amro in Colombia; CEO Program (Universidad de Los Andes); B.S Business Administration (California State Polytechnic University); Speaks Spanish, English, Portuguese, and Italian.
Fahad Habib. Prior to joining GPFAC, Fahad was a founding member of KPMG Saudi Arabia’s Infrastructure Advisory Team. Since 2009, Fahad’s experience includes high profile private and public sector infrastructure projects in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Oman and Egypt – specific expertise includes, water and wastewater, waste management, power generation, PPP options including privatization, concessions and BOT for green and brownfield projects.
Enervest (a company founded by Karine Khatcherian), is a strategic partner of GPFAC. Karine Closed $6.6 billion worldwide as an investor and financial advisor (lived and worked in Middle East, US, and Europe). Partner, NewWorld Capital; CEO, Enervest Capital; Senior Vice President, Sanford Bernstein; Director Project Development, ABB Equity Ventures; Environmental Opportunities Expert; Master’s in Industrial Engineering & Management (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Génie Industriel, Grenoble, France); Diplôme D’Etudes Approfondies in Financial Management (Ecole Supérieure des Affaires, Grenoble, France); Speaks English, French, German, and Arabic.
Alok Mathur. Closed $21.4 billion worldwide (lived and worked in the US, Switzerland, and India); 30-year career with ABB; Head of ABB Financial Services India (equity, debt underwriting, advisory) and member of ABB's Country Management Committee in India; Member of management team at ABB's headquarters that grew ABB’s advisory business to 140 professionals in 18 countries, closing $5 billion/year; Member of ABB's Management Committee responsible for approving equity investments worldwide; Recognized among top 200 employees (out of 200,000); BS Chemical Engineering with Honors, (IIT, India); MS Chemical Engineering (SUNY/Buffalo); MBA with Distinction (New York University); Speaks English, some German, several Indian languages.
Jim McCrea. Led Credit Origination team at the Loan Programs Office of the US Department of Energy, closing $24 billion in renewable energy projects; closed $28.1 billion in energy project finance transactions; VP Risk management for Philip Morris; MD and SVP at GE Capital, responsible for domestic energy project finance; BA in Government (Hamilton College); MS in Resource Management & Policy (SUNY); MBA Finance (Cornell).
David Stevens. Ex-CEO of XL Capital Assurance (“XLCA”) and a member of Municipal Bond Insurance Association's management team. In these top management roles, David has overseen and approved in excess of $100 billion of underwriting in financial guarantees (this figure has not been included in the team's closing experience presented above). David also is the CEO of Ascending Markets Financial Guarantee Corp. ("AMF"), a company he is in the process of launching that expects to offer loan guarantees in local currency for Emerging Markets worldwide.
Julie Stewart. Closed $10.8 billion, as an investor and financial advisor, in renewable and fossil fuel energy projects. As Director, managed acquisition and due diligence efforts (power, electric distribution and transmission companies, water infrastructure assets and power project development) for investor owned utilities for First Energy (fka GPU, Inc.) and TXU (fka Enserch Development) in South America, Central Europe, Canada, Southeast Asia and the USA. GE Capital - non-recourse financing. MBA from Dartmouth College - Amos Tuck of Business Administration; BS Chemical Engineering - University of California - Davis. Speaks English and some Spanish.
William Streeter. International infrastructure and municipal finance specialist with over 30 years of experience in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, India, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Australia. Over time, Bill’s role has ranged from bond ratings, to asset management to advisor. He has unique experience with rating agencies and municipal bonds as well as a deep knowledge of the Asian market. Speaks English and Spanish.
In the near future, GPFAC intends to appoint additional team members who will be placed in key emerging markets worldwide.