Team

William Barry, Managing Director

William BarryBill has over 20 years of experience as a senior, emerging market-focused financial and business development professional.

Prior to his appointment at NSE, Bill was the Regional Manager for East Africa in charge of regional project development and investment opportunities for eleQtra, a Sub-Saharan Africa-focused project developer. Bill joined eleQtra in 2013 from ContourGlobal, an EM-focused developer, operator and owner of electric power businesses, where he was SVP and Head of Global Construction Projects, as well as VP of Business Development responsible for LatAm, Sub-Saharan African and European project development and M&A.

While at ContourGlobal, Bill led the KivuWatt (Rwanda) lake-bed methane gas extraction project, which was awarded the Euromoney Project Finance 2011 Africa Power Deal of the Year.

Prior to these roles, Mr. Barry held senior positions at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Moody’s Investors Service, Merrill Lynch’s investment banking division and the Mirant Corporation. Mr. Barry holds a BA (Economics) from the George Washington University and an MBA (Finance) from the New York University Stern School of Business.

David Anson, Head of Project Development

David AnsonDavid has 25 years’ experience in developing and financing power projects, mainly in emerging markets. Most recently he was the Regional Manager in charge of Southern African project development and investment opportunities for eleQtra, a Sub-Saharan Africa focused project development company. Prior to eleQtra David was with AES Corp for over 20 years, covering power projects from inception through to commercial operations.

He has experience with both thermal and renewable projects, and has successfully overseen the construction of projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe. During his time with AES he was responsible for nine power project financings, including the refinancing of AES’ acquisition of the 600MW Kelvin Power Plant. At AES Sonel, he was responsible for the project finance team that led the $60 million Limbe power plant financing, and the $350 million financing of the utility’s refurbishment program by a consortium of eight international and African development finance institutions.

Prior to working in infrastructure development, David worked in oil exploration, mainly in the Far East.  He is a member of the Institute of Directors (UK), and holds an MBA from the London Business School and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Australia.

Richard Scott, Project Director

Richard ScottRichard has over 14 years’ experience in project development, financing, engineering and construction management across emerging markets in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

In 2013 Richard joined private equity firm Berkeley Energy, where he supported the development, financing and construction of hydro and wind investments in India and the Philippines, before relocating to Kenya to help raise the $200 million Africa Renewable Energy Fund and lead the development of a number of hydro, wind and geothermal investments in East Africa.

While with international consultant Mott MacDonald, he spent three years managing a $250 million infrastructure development program in Iraq, followed by two years in Afghanistan delivering a power and transportation infrastructure program.

Richard has also worked for Scottish Power (now Iberdrola) as a project engineer on wind projects, as a Private Sector Infrastructure Policy Manager at the UK Department of International Development and as a Project Developer with Joule Africa, where he supported the development of several hydro and solar power projects in West Africa.

Richard is a Chartered Civil Engineer (MICE), a Chartered Project Manager (APM) and holds a First Class Honours Degree in Civil Engineering and Construction Management from the University of Edinburgh.

Camille Astier, Legal Director

With over 15 years’ legal experience, Camille has worked for leading international law firms advising on multiple leveraged finance, emerging market and other cross-border transactions.

More recently Camille was General Counsel of the Africa Renewable Energy Fund, a private equity fund dedicated to renewable energy in Sub-Saharan Africa, where she was responsible for all legal matters, including structuring new transactions, negotiating acquisition and financing documents, and compliance.

Camille also dedicates time to legal capacity-building programs and mentoring junior women in Africa. She was nominated for Legal Week’s ‘Associate of the Year’ award in 2013 and won the Ugandan Law Society’s ‘International Lawyer of the Year’ award in 2016.

Camille holds law degrees from the Sorbonne University (France), Köln University (Germany) and BPP Law School (England) as well as a literature degree from the Sorbonne University.

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