1. Roberto Castiglioni, Co-founder and CEO

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    Roberto has been working in the energy sector since he started his career in 2000, he has extensive experience in the industry in senior roles across the entire oil and gas and renewable energy value chain: in project development, deal origination, project finance, private equity and M&A.

    Having co-founded Ikigai, Roberto joined the company in April 2019 and chose to focus the company strategy on behind the meter I&C energy solutions, drawing on his deep understanding of non-recourse financing and development of traditional and decentralised energy, knowledge of I&C customer challenges and research into technology advancements in Europe and the US in the field of microgrids.

    He was recently a Senior Investment Director at Ingenious Infrastructure, a division of The Ingenious Group, managing a team of commercial directors. During his six years at Ingenious he has had responsibility over the Estate Planning (IEP) renewable funds, managing around £200m of investments in solar, wind, anaerobic digestion CHP and short-term loans successfully sold down to retail investors. He also managed Ingenious’ Energy Efficiency Fund, sold in 2016.

    After researching the storage and flexibility space for two years, he founded Argonaut Power in November 2017 and designed saving arrangements to meet customers’ appetite for sophisticated structure.

    Prior to joining The Ingenious Group, Roberto worked at Moser Baer, a solar developer, where he developed the largest PV greenhouse to date in Europe and at The Royal Bank of Scotland, where he led project finance syndication and was responsible for the syndication of over £5 billion of renewable projects across Europe.

    Roberto is a regular speaker at energy transition conferences internationally and the chair of the Solar and Storage panel of the UK Solar Trade Association.

  2. Helena Anderson, Co-founder and COO

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    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 is also a Non-Executive Director on the regulated board of the largest social housing and regeneration company in the UK, Places for People.