Paul Kunert, Chief Executive Officer, Joule Africa

Paul was appointed Chief Executive of Joule Africa in April 2017, having joined the company in September 2016 as Chief Operating Officer. Paul has overall responsibility for the development of Bumbuna II and for the day-to-day management of the business.

Paul has 20 years’ experience in project finance, of which 17 years has been spent in developing, financing and managing power generation and distribution projects in Africa, with the Commonwealth Development Corporation (now CDC), Actis and Globeleq.

Leading Globeleq’s business development activities in Africa, he saw six projects with a combined capacity of 1GW added to Globeleq’s majority owned and operated asset base over six years, and until 2013 oversaw asset management and operations at all Globeleq’s facilities in Africa.

Paul also lived and worked for four years in Tanzania, as Chief Executive of Songas Limited, an integrated gas-to-power project supplying about one third of the country’s electricity. He led the business to successful completion of construction, an immediate expansion and into commercial operations.

He has led, managed and been involved in development or acquisition of numerous projects in Africa, including in Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria.

Paul is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds a BSc (Honours) in Economics and Politics from Bath University.

Paul is a panellist at the fourth annual Africa Investment Exchange: Power & Renewables meeting, which will be held in London on 15-16 November.