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, for portfolio company (asset) management.

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.

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.  

Brandon is a director of Fieldstone and runs the company’s London office. He joined Fieldstone in 2015 and has 8 years’ experience as an adviser to private and public sector clients structuring emerging market transactions in the power, renewable energy, oil & gas, petrochemical, and satellite telecommunications sectors.

Ed is head of export credit financing and advises governments, state-owned entities and contractors on the financing of large energy and infrastructure projects. Ed has advised on the financing of over $25bn of infrastructure projects in Africa alone. Ed joined the firm in 2014 from Barclays Capital where he was head of emerging markets on the Capex Financing Solutions team. 

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.

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.