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David J. WenstrupDavid J. Wenstrup – Managing Partner, New York

David has 25 years experience in private equity investing, management consulting, and infrastructure project structuring, primarily at leading global private equity and consulting firms.  His work at Clean Infra has focused on commercial and financial structuring of clean energy projects in developing markets.  David has advised investors and governments on geothermal and solar projects, leading or supporting negotiations on the contractual foundation of projects with fact-based decision- making based on analysis of project economics and appropriate risk allocation. A substantial portion of Mr. Wenstrup’s work focuses on projects in island nations.

Prior to Clean Infra, David was with the Clinton Climate Initiative, which he joined in 2009 as co-head of solar activities together with Alexandre Chavarot. David was responsible for advising governments in South Africa and in California on the structuring and financing of large-scale solar projects being promoted by CCI.

From 1997 through 2008, David was with the global Private Equity firm Warburg Pincus, where he was a Partner and Managing Director. He was based in their New York office, where he led several growth equity and leveraged buyout investments for the firm, including sourcing, due diligence, structuring and execution. David continued to work with these companies once they were in the portfolio, generally serving as a lead director on numerous private and public company boards.

Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, David was a Manager at the Boston Consulting Group, where he led teams of consultants in strategy and operational effectiveness assignments.

David holds a BS in electrical engineering from Northwestern University, and earned masters degrees in both management and electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Alexandre ChavarotAlexandre Chavarot – Senior Advisor, London

Alexandre is an infrastructure and climate finance banker with 20 years’ experience in project structuring, capital raising, acquisitions and divestitures in the energy and infrastructure sectors with leading investment banks and non-governmental organizations, including significant involvement in emerging markets.

Prior to Clean Infra, Alexandre was Head of Clean Energy Finance at the Clinton Climate Initiative (“CCI”), where he also coordinated the solar activities together with David Wenstrup. He was responsible for the structuring and financing of large scale pilot projects being promoted by CCI in the fields of solar power and carbon capture & storage around the world. This included multi-developer Solar Parks such as the one that was inaugurated in Gujarat, India, in April 2012.

Prior to joining CCI in 2009, Alexandre spent 15 years in investment banking, mostly with Lazard in London where he was responsible for project investment advisory activities within the firm’s energy and infrastructure group. He advised on a number of energy infrastructure projects such as the BTC pipeline in the Caucasus, the Nord Stream gas pipeline and various LNG terminals, power plants and other industrial ventures in Europe, the Middle East and the Former Soviet Union.

Alexandre is a graduate of the Institut d’etudes politiques de Paris (“Sciences Po”) and holds a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and an MBA from INSEAD.

Matt Konieczny – Vice President, New York

Matt has experience across project finance, mergers and acquisitions, policy development, deal, project and commercial structuring, and consulting, primarily in the power, oil and gas and mining sectors with bulge-bracket investment banks and non-governmental organizations. Matt has advised on every continent, with a significant focus in emerging markets.

Prior to joining Clean Infra, Matt was a core member of the Clinton Climate Initiative, where he advised federal and state governments, developing policy- and finance-based solutions for deploying utility-scale renewable energy. Matt worked primarily on solar projects, in countries including Australia, Brunei, China, India, Malaysia, and the US. Matt was based in Sydney and later in New York.

Matt started his career as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers, based in London, where he advised on transformative cross-border corporate transactions, largely in the mining sector. After Lehman’s bankruptcy and acquisition, Matt worked at Nomura, where he continued to advise on mining M&A.

Matt has a degree in economics from Yale University.