Meet the Team

Jason Harlan has 25 years’ experience in the energy and infrastructure field as a finance and project attorney, developer, utility executive and an investment banker. He joined Fieldstone in 2003, after launching and guiding the investment in the Berlin utility for Southern Company of the US. Jason also led a venture for an African family office in the alternative fuels sector.

Andrew Smith-Maxwell has 25 years’ experience as an adviser and principal in the infrastructure sector and in African businesses. He joined Fieldstone in 2003 having been the head of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein’s global utility team. Recently, he has worked extensively with private companies in Nigeria.

Andrew is the Chief Financial Officer of Fieldstone Africa. Prior to joining Fieldstone and returning to his native South Africa, Andrew was a director at the private equity firm GI Partners in London where he was a key member of the European senior management team responsible, inter alia, deal execution, transaction support and portfolio company management.

The former Chief Operating Officer of the African Development Bank recently retired after a 30 year career at the bank. He is a renowned development economist and serves on several professional and trade organisations including as Director of the Advisory Board of the Initiative for Global Development (IGD) Dr. Zoukpo lives in Abidjan and provides strategic consultancy for inward investors. He has a degree from Tsukaba University in Japan and holds both Ivorian and Japanese citizenship.

A former Minister in charge of  civil service, labour and social affairs in  Cote d’Ivoire, Professor Atsain has spent his almost  40 year career focused on development issues in Africa. For a nine year period, he was engaged in senior roles with the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has consulted with the African Development Bank regarding governance issues. He lives in Abidjan and works in strategic consultancy with Dr. Zoukpo.

Christopher Dell has lived and worked in Southern Africa for fifteen years. During more than thirty years in the United States Foreign, he served, inter alia, as the American Ambassador in Angola, Zimbabwe and Kosovo and in his last assignment he was the Deputy to the Commander of the United States Africa Command. Prior to joining Fieldstone in 2017, Chris worked for Bechtel, America's largest engineering and construction company and is currently based in Maputo.

Jonathan is a managing director of Fieldstone Africa. He has nearly 30 years’ experience in investment banking, mostly in Africa and Asia. Before joining Fieldstone in 2006, his roles included CEO of Deutsche Bank’s Johannesburg branch and head of merchant banking for Barclays Africa. In addition to his activity in energy and infrastructure, Jonathan has specialised in local financial market development.  

Ziyaad joined Fieldstone in May 2016 after 15 years at Standard Bank where he was head of infrastructure in the investment banking division. He brings extensive experience in public private partnerships, renewable energy, mining and export finance throughout Africa. He is a qualified chartered accountant (RSA). 

Zahed is a managing director of Fieldstone Africa. He has 16 years’ experience as an adviser and investment banker in the energy, infrastructure, telecommunications  and oil and gas sectors in emerging markets. He joined Fieldstone in 2012 from Nedbank where he was head of the new business team in infrastructure, energy and telecoms. Zahed has previously held positions as an engineer at Exxon Mobil, head of turnkey systems for Biwater and acting head of credit risk and underwriting at the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa.

John is a senior banker at Fieldstone, who was recently named director of Fieldstone Africa Investment Resources (FAIR) – the project development resource subsidiary of Fieldstone. He has 14 years’ experience as an adviser in African power and infrastructure with Fieldstone. A CFA charter holder, he has focused recently on renewable generation including related structuring of asset portfolios.

Clarence is a managing director of Fieldstone Africa. He has more than 20 years’ experience in energy and infrastructure. He joined Fieldstone in 2002 and has a wide range of banking expertise covering thermal generation (coal, gas, jet fuel and diesel), renewable energy generation (hydro, wind and solar) and gas industry advisory.

Andrew Smith-Maxwell has 25 years’ experience as an adviser and principal in the infrastructure sector and in African businesses. He joined Fieldstone in 2003 having been the head of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein’s global utility team. Recently, he has worked extensively with private companies in Nigeria.

Brandon is a Director of Fieldstone and runs the company’s London office. Throughout his career, Brandon has advised many private and public sector clients on the development and structuring of transactions in the power, renewable energy, oil & gas, petrochemical, and satellite telecommunications sectors. His advisory work has contributed directly to the realisation of more than $30 billion of infrastructure projects globally.

Catherine is a senior representative of Fieldstone Africa based in Nairobi. She has 20 years’ experience in academia and managing the interface between private and public sectors in Kenya. Most recently, Catherine headed the agency responsible for the development of Konza Techno City. Her role was to ensure sustainable infrastructure planning and engineering. Previously, Catherine worked for the UN from 1998-2003. Her knowledge of governmental process and the individuals involved in key roles gives her insight into Kenya’s emerging programmes in infrastructure and energy production.

Taslimy is a director of Fieldstone Africa and runs the company’s Dakar office. He joined Fieldstone in 2017 and has 13 years’ experience as an investment banker with a focus on public private partnerships, project finance, M&A, infrastructure, energy, industrials, hospitality, and real estate. He has previously been the deputy Managing Director of the African investment banking arm of the largest Moroccan holding company, FinanceCom International S.A, which operates in financial, transport, technology, industrial, insurance, and telecommunications sectors. This tenure was followed by managing Iwol Capital, a boutique investment bank focused on West and Central African markets, which has advised insurance and private companies in developing and financing PPP projects and high-end real property and hospitality projects.

Barney is a Senior Representative of Fieldstone Africa based in Washington, D.C.  He also serves on the board of directors of ISO New England, the authority which operates the electric grid for this six state region; and on the board of an Indian solar company, a position to which he was nominated by an IFC affiliate.  In his career, Barney has worked for the World Bank in project development including work in Africa, in the US Department of State, as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers, EVP for Oxbow Power, CEO of Mirant Europe and H2Gen Innovations, and as an Operating Partner at Denham Capital. 
 

Brian is chief executive officer of Fieldstone Africa Investment Resources (FAIR). Prior to joining Fieldstone, Brian was a director at the project development company Prana Energy, where he was responsible for the development of a large portfolio of renewable energy, co-generation and thermal energy projects. He has over 10 years’ experience in the African energy sector and previously worked in Africa, the Middle East and Asia in infrastructure and energy intensive industries.

John is a director of Fieldstone Africa Investment Resources (FAIR). He has 14 years’ experience as an adviser in the African power and infrastructure with Fieldstone. A CFA charter holder, he has focused recently on renewable generation including related structuring of asset portfolios in recent years.