Chairman Symbion Power Holdings
Lord Richard Westbury MBE
Lord Westbury had a distinguished military career as an Officer in the Scotts Guards and for the British Special Air Services (SAS). A pioneer of the security industry, Lord Westbury was formerly the Deputy Chief Executive of The Leadership Trust and the Chief Executive Officer of Defense Systems Limited (DSL), one of the earliest and most successful international security companies headquartered in London. He is the founder and chairman of Hart Security.
Chief Executive Officer
Founder Paul Hinks is the driving force behind the company. He has spent his life in the power industry where he has been responsible for the operation and construction of large-scale power plants, transmission lines and substations. His career spans over 30 years and in that period, he has lived and worked in the USA, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Paul has extensive contracting experience. He created Symbion in response to the need for electrical infrastructure reconstruction during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Under Paul's leadership, the company commenced operations in Africa in 2010. Symbion has now moved into private sector investment and is one of the largest U.S. Independent Power Producers operating on the continent. Paul was appointed as the Chairman of the Corporate Council on Africa in 2012. CCA is the largest organization in the United States that promotes trade and investment between the U.S. and Africa.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer
William Olukoya, CPA ACA
In a career spanning nearly twenty years, Mr. Olukoya has held various key positions including Senior Vice President - Corporate Finance at WorldSpace Inc. (the first global provider of satellite radio service); Vice President - Accounting & Financial Reporting/Co-Corporate Controller at Radio One; and Director of Accounting & Financial Reporting at XM Satellite Radio, a startup that became the pioneer of satellite radio in the U.S. Mr. Olukoya is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in Washington, D.C. and Maryland, a PQ member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), and holds a B.Sc. degree in Accounting from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria.
Chief Operations Officer
Ms. Weitz began her work with Symbion as Business Development Manager in 2009. Prior to joining Symbion, Ms. Weitz managed business development in Francophone Africa for an engineering consulting firm and then joined Spintelligent, a Clarion Events company, where she successfully launched a series of infrastructure events focusing on power and mining in some of the most challenging markets in Africa. Ms. Weitz has over a decade of experience working, traveling, and creating business linkages on the continent. She holds a BA Degree in Political Science (International Studies), a BA Hons Degree (Cum Laude) and a MA Degree in French from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Matthew Kavanagh is Symbion Power's Vice President and Head of Business Development. Based in Johannesburg, Mr. Kavanagh is responsible for identifying investment opportunities and growing Symbion's independent power production and turnkey contracting businesses. Over the last 15 years Mr. Kavanagh has worked in the public and private sectors in 20 African countries with a primary focus on economic development in emerging markets. Prior to joining Symbion, he was the Deputy Resident Country Director for the Millennium Challenge Corporation in Tanzania, responsible for the development and implementation of an $840 million infrastructure program. He has also worked for Search for Common Ground, USAID, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, White and Case LLP, and began his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso. Mr. Kavanagh holds a Master's degree in International Relations from the University of Kent's Brussels School of International Studies and a Bachelor's degree in History from Hobart College.
Vice President, Business Development East Africa
With over 36 years experience in power generation and project development, Mr. Gathercole has been involved in both traditional thermal power generation projects as well as the development of a biomass energy company in Tanzania. Prior to joining Symbion, Mr. Gathercole provided energy consulting services to the mining, oil, and gas sectors. His earlier experience involved the development of a 18 MW IPP gas fired power plant in Mtwara with Artumas, a 40 MW IPP HFO plant at Geita Gold Mine with Rolls Royce Power Ventures, and over 50 MW of HFO and Diesel Power Stations across Tanzania working for Mirrlees Blackstone for its client Tanesco. Mr. Gathercole is based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
CEO- Symbion Power Nigeria
Mr. Gbajumo has considerable experience in the power business globally. His previous appointment as Commercial Director/ Board Member of AES Nigeria Barge Limited (subsidiary of AES Corporation, USA) involved overseeing the development of the first IPP in Nigeria. In that role, he was a member of the Europe, Middle East, and Africa leadership team and participated in the first non-government project finance deal in the Nigerian power sector. Prior to this role, Mr. Gbajumo was a member of the Energy Committee of the Nigerian Presidential Vision 2020 Program and co-authored the power sector reform report that is currently being implemented. Mr. Gbajumo has advised several clients including ACTIS, Globeleq, AFGEN, AES Corporation, Omotoso Electric (winners of NIPP Omotoso Phase 2), Lagos State and Ogun State on projects in Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, Mauritania and Liberia.
General Manager- Symbion Power Lake Kivu Ltd.
Alexis Kabuto is the General Manager of Symbion Power Lake Kivu Ltd., a Symbion Power subsidiary. Mr. Kabuto is a professional engineer and energy expert, with a background in industrial electricity. Mr. Kabuto is responsible for commissioning the first ever successful gas-to-power operation on Lake Kivu in his capacity as General Manager for Kibuye Power Ltd. Prior to joining Symbion, Mr. Kabuto was a senior official in Rwanda's Ministry of Infrastructure; has been a lecturer and the Vice Dean of Faculty at the Kigali Institute of Sciences and Technology; he also served as the Head of the Sustainable Livelihood Unit for the United Nations Development Programme of Rwanda. Mr. Kabuto joins Symbion from General Electric, where he was the Regional Sales Manager and supported GE's overall operations in Rwanda. Mr. Kabuto holds Masters degrees in Hydraulics Engineering from the University of Stuggart and Environmental Management from the University of Liege.