Helena Anderson, Co-founder and COO

Helena founded Ikigai Capital in December 2017 after two years at the UK Department for International Trade, where she was head of energy capital investment.

At the Department for International Trade, she was responsible for shaping Government policy-aligned, private sector led, energy and integrated energy, transport and regeneration projects, businesses and technologies such that they became bankable and attracting international investment into those opportunities, working on a X-Government and local authority basis.

Prior to joining Government, Helena had 10 years’ experience as a project finance lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills, advising on renewables, oil & gas, telecoms and infrastructure in EMEA. She was recognised by Legal 500 2016 as a leading lawyer in renewable energy projects and as an industry expert in managing environmental and social risk lending under the Equator Principles.

Helena recently advised bidders for the role of investment manager of the UK Government’s EV Charging Fund and the Clean Growth Fund. She is currently advising, amongst other investors, technology companies and businesses actively involved in the energy transition, a major Japanese trading house on multiple investments into gasification and incineration energy from waste CHP projects in the UK and the world leading tidal energy company, Nova Innovation.

Helena is a Non-Executive Director on the regulated board of the largest social housing and regeneration company in the UK, Places for People, and chairs the finance steering committee of the UK AD and Biogas Association.