Ikigai Group team
Roberto has been working in the energy sector since he started his career in 2000, he has an 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.
Roberto joined Ikigai 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, a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University in Bologna and the chair of the Solar and Storage panel of the UK Solar Trade Association.
Helena founded Ikigai Capital, a specialist energy transition advisory firm 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.
Martin has more than 15 years’ experience in industry and energy related positions with a strong experience in innovative procurement processes, working collaboratively with suppliers and contractors, on behalf of investors for large and complex projects.
Martin joined Ikigai in 2019 from the UK headquarters of Swedish utility, Vattenfall where he was part of management team responsible directly for an international, decentralised, team which successfully developed (category and supplier) management processes and procedures resulting in identification of new value-creating opportunities.
In this role he proposed strategic focus areas for sustainable growth of the function, led the offshore wind procurement strategy development, identifying key value-drivers, resulting in both portfolio wide and project specific strategies, led procurement input to successful bidding activities for offshore wind projects (won 3 out of 5 auctions to-date), contributed to the departments KPIs and business plan process and developed and delivered a Risk Management framework as part of global functional governance.
Prior to joining Vattenfall, Martin was a contracts manage at Martin-Baker Aircraft (MBA) Company and NITEworks, in both cases being the primary point of contact for each company’s largest customer (BAE Systems), accountable for the commercial axis and managing all aspects of MBA’s contracts (pricing, terms & conditions and any subsequent negotiation for new and follow-on work ranging from small-scale test and evaluation support activities (£Ks) through to multi-year series production contracts (multiple £Ms)) for UK and various export (India, Japan, and Oman) campaigns including industrial participation schemes.
Ed has 8 years’ experience in investment management with 5 of those in the energy sector. Prior to joining Ikigai in 2019 he worked as Commercial Manager at Argonaut Power which he helped Roberto set-up in 2017. Whilst at Argonaut Power Ed used his previous transactional and analytical experience to examine the feasibility of new projects, creating and evolving the business model to keep up with regulatory changes and to lead the market in delivering a bankable solution.
Ed was previously Investment Manager at Ingenious Infrastructure, a division of The Ingenious Group which seed-funded Argonaut. During his 4.5 years at Ingenious he was involved in the Ingenious Estate Planning and EIS Energy Efficiency funds where he gained experience in the transactions and subsequent management of a range of asset types including onshore wind, ground-mount and rooftop solar, anaerobic digestion and energy efficiency.
Prior to joining Ingenious Ed’s experience included a role as the Property Sustainability Manager at Aberdeen Asset Management where he analysed and managed the energy efficiency of a 20m sq ft commercial property portfolio. Ed also completed a graduate rotational scheme where he worked in a variety of analyst position in divisions including Market Risk, Alternative Investments (in Philadelphia), Fund of Funds Private Equity, Cash & FX and Business Management.