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  • Ivan Benichou

    Founding Partner of Photosol – Chairman and CEO of PHOTOSOL INVEST

    State Engineer "Ponts et Chaussées"

    Ivan started his career working as an investment banker structuring and financing infrastructure and energy projects such as CCGT plants in the early 1990's.

    After being Project Manager of the Business Development Division of Vivendi Energy he became CFO & General Counsel of Cogetherm, the subsidiary of EDF in charge of Thermal Cogeneration in 1997. 

    He was appointed Executive Vice President of EDF Energies Nouvelles ("EDF EN"), the "Renewable Energies" subsidiary of EDF until 2006 in charge of the International business and particularly North America. In 2003, he bought enXco on behalf of EDF EN and developed, built and financed several projects including Chanarambie (85MW Wind project) in Minnesotta.

    After the EDF Energies Nouvelles's IPO, he acted as strategic and financial advisor for several financial institutions and developer/investor in the renewable energies sector.

    He founded PHOTOSOL SAS in July 2008. As of today, the company is one of the main independent PV solar developers and power producers in France.

  • Robin Ucelli

    Founding Partner of Photosol – Chairman of PHOTOSOL

    HEC (French Business School), option Finance (Paris), CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst)

    Robin started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Finance Corporate Department as a financial analyst, where he contributed to many transactions, primarily in Business Recovery Services (Faurecia, DMC…) and real estate business on behalf of French and international clients (CBRE, Nouvelles Frontières, Blackstone…).

    In 2006, he joined the investment division of General Electric Real Estate France, where he contributed to more than € 2 billion investments, particularly in real estate listed companies (IPBM), acquisitions of office buildings, hotels (130M€ Club Med hotels acquisition) and logistic portfolios (220M€ sale & lease-back of Mory group warehouses).

    Within GE, his duties led him to study environmental and technical standards in terms of economy and renewable energies and he performed investment analyses in photovoltaic projects on existing logistics rooftops.

    He founded PHOTOSOL SAS in July 2008, one of the leading French players on photovoltaic market that operate 62MWp as of end of December 2013 and 140MWp expected end of 2014. He is in charge of financing activities: capital raising (30M€ equity / quasi-equity), non-recourse project finance (more than 100M€ up to now – 160M€ expected by January 2015).

  • David Guinard

    Founding Partner of Photosol – CEO of PHOTOSOL

    HEC (French Business School), option Entrepreneurs (Paris)

    After studying both in Paris and abroad, and particularly in Los Angeles and Cologne, David participated in a leisure time infrastructure creation project between 2004 and 2006, and was for a year Deputy Manager for a management company of a castle in Saint-Malo.

    In 2007, while France was redefining its policy to support the photovoltaic industry, he joined the consulting firm Accenture in order to work on energy issues for important French groups such as EDF.

    In 2008, as a Financial Analyst at Allianz, he worked on the development and management of funds dedicated to renewable energies and to the respect for the planet, creating and managing Alpha Renewables.

    Since October 2010, he is a board member and treasurer of the APESI association (Association of Independent Electricity Producers).

    David founded PHOTOSOL SAS in July 2008, where he is in charge of the development and construction activities (more than 500 MWp projects launched since 2008 and 63 MWp built by the end of 2013).