Co-founder & CEO
Karl’s background is in the financial markets and risk, as an Investment Manager with Singer & Friedlander and Williams de Broe prior to being Risk Director for a FTSE-100 company. With a strong focus on emerging markets in his previous position, he developed an increasing interest in Africa and the opportunities, which exist. Since co-founding Eco Positive, Karl has led the team responsible for originating clean energy projects across a number of countries in the region. Karl has been instrumental in the business development side of the Company, having successfully negotiated several contracts with Governments and partners in East Africa, in parallel to raising capital for each. He has developed a highly credible network of international renewable energy consultants and Government officials in various African states.
Richard Bouma is an experienced emerging markets investment banking, finance and management professional whose career has focused on Africa for over 35 years. Richard’s banking career spanned 26 years from 1979, working for two global institutions, Bank of America and HSBC, in both cases culminating in his managing their sub Saharan operations.
From 2005, he served as CEO for a pan African telecommunications company and in 2007 he co-founded, raised equity capital for and then managed as CEO, an infrastructure fund for sub Saharan Africa. Since 2012 he has worked on a number of projects in the logistics space in SADC. He has transacted business in some 35 African countries and been a board member of 22 companies of which 15 were in 12 African countries.
John is a Chartered Accountant with over forty years’ experience, having qualified with Price Waterhouse and subsequently was a partner with Beer Aplin and later Thomas Westcott in Devon where he was a general practitioner dealing with a wide range of business and personal clients. He continues to represent the South West region on the Farming and Rural Business Special Interest Group of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. John has experience in waste management and landfill tax and for several years he has taken an interest in renewable and sustainable energy and has advised a number of companies on the financial aspects of this sector.
Project Finance Director
Oliver has a unique understanding of both the project development and project finance process, which enables on the ground project risks and requirements to be identified and translated into project process and structures, key financial parameters and presentations. In his role at the World Land Trust Oliver developed the Carbon Balanced forestry carbon offset programme and has subsequently worked on project development throughout South America, East Asia and East Africa as well as performing process design and business analysis roles for several FTSE 100 companies within the UK.
After graduating from the University of Durham in 1997, Alex began his career at Gartmore. In 1998 he moved to the Investment Management Department of Williams de Broe, managing portfolios for private clients, pensions, offshore trustees and corporate clients and their employees. Alex joined Cheviot in October 2011 as a Partner to manage money on behalf of private clients, charities and trusts, prior to joining the team at Eco Positive to focus on the Solar Project Development side of the business. He is a Chartered Wealth Manager as designated by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.