Luka is the Managing Director for Africa and member of the investment committee of the Africa Renewable Energy Fund (AREF). He is an experienced energy industry executive with a strong focus on emerging markets, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, and has a track record in closing transactions and managing businesses. He was formerly the Chief Operating Officer of African Power Corporation, a power project developer where he worked on a 600MW hydro project in Congo-Brazzaville.
Prior to that he has spent ten years within investment vehicles for Actis Capital, an emerging markets private equity investor, where he played several roles: CEO of Empower, a start-up providing interim power generation solutions in Africa and Director, Business Development at Globeleq, a company specialised in acquiring and developing power generation and distribution projects. With Empower and Globeleq, Luka closed several important transactions in power generation and distribution infrastructure in Uganda, South Africa, Tanzania, Mauritania and South Sudan, and pursued other projects in many other countries across the continent.
Previously he has worked in the New Investment Office of CDC Capital Partners, the predecessor of Actis, as a management consultant in Italy and as an entrepreneur in Croatia.
Luka holds an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona, a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Zagreb and is fluent in five languages.
Luka is a panellist at our Africa Investment Exchange: Nairobi meeting, which will be held on 3-4 October 2018.