With a view to achieving Capton Energy’s long-term vision and mission, its distinguished team is concentrated on improving access to clean and reliable energy beyond the electricity sector, as well as increasing electrification globally through innovative solar solutions and investments.

Our vision

Certain regions of our planet have a unique advantage – an abundance of sunlight. This sunlight can contribute to a cleaner, more sustainable energy supply. To harness this potential, solar energy needs to be generated, stored, distributed and consumed in a smart, efficient and reliable way.

Capton Energy strives to be a leading developer and investor in solar-themed infrastructure and other energy transition projects that bring prosperity and empowerment to society through affordable, sustainable and reliable clean energy.

Capton Energy

We value Excellence,


Reliability and Innovation.

Our values


Keeping our vision in focus as our guiding light, we strive to deliver best-in-class execution through sustained improvement and continual learning.


Trust, inclusion, collaboration and respect are at the core of our business. We hold ourselves to the highest ethical and compliance standards following our strict Code of Conduct.


We stand behind our work and follow through on our commitments to deliver the value promised to our customers.


We embrace change by proactively assessing and adopting new technologies and business models that maximize our impact.

Board Of Directors

Khaled Sharbatly

Khaled Sharbatly joined Desert Technologies in early 2018 as a Managing Partner where he led the business development and capital markets activities, assisting in increasing the company value by securing multiple investments, partnerships, and projects across 24 countries. Khaled Sharbatly is an active sustainability and renewable energy influencer, having spoken at over 15 international conferences, including the B20 Summit, the World Energy Future Summit and Intersolar in the past two years.

Alejandro Sanchez-Hernandez

Alejandro Sanchez-Hernandez has over 12 years of experience as an equity and project finance professional with a demonstrated track record of successfully structuring and managing projects to financial close. He started his career in Madrid, Spain, where he was responsible for financing and managing multiple projects worldwide with a core focus on PPP projects in the environmental, renewable and water sectors in the Middle-East, Europe, North America and Australia. In 2018,  Alejandro Sanchez-Hernandez joined Siemens Financial Services in Germany as Director, Asset & Risk Management and Board Member of the portfolio companies under his management.

Asim Hussain, CFA

Asim Hussain is an investment finance professional with over 12 years of experience in energy and infrastructure finance. He joined Siemens' Project & Structured Finance group in Toronto, Canada, in 2011 where he covered the Americas region and underwrote debt investments of over USD 2 billion in project finance transactions – primarily for power generation projects utilizing renewable technologies. In 2017, Asim Hussain joined Siemens Financial Services in Dubai, UAE. In his current role of Director, Structuring & Origination, he leads the origination and execution of strategic equity investments. Asim Hussain is a CFA charterholder.

Ahmad Khalifa Al Mehairi

Currently serves as a Member of the Board of Directors at the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce, Ahmed has previously served as Chief Executive Officer at both Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society and Waha Capital.


Ahmed was also formerly a Senior Investment Professional at the Global Special Situations Department of the Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC). Before joining ADIC in 2008, he worked in the field of equities investments at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA).


In addition, Ahmed has served as a Member of the Board of Directors at several publicly listed entities and institutions, such as Al Dar Properties, Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), TAQA Morocco, Abu Dhabi National Hotels Company, ADNH Compass, The National Health Insurance Company (DAMAN), Al Dhabi Investments, Aseel Finance, Foodco Holdings and Sorouh Real Estate.


Ahmed holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from The John Molson School of Business at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He has also successfully completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School in Boston, United States of America.

Abdullah S. Al-Salem

Abdullah is a strategic and proven leader with vast experience at the helm of some of the largest transformation and vision realization programs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

His executive leadership experience encompasses a broad range of sectors including government, investment management, real estate, transportation, and technology.

He has achieved consistent success in projects and topics related to corporate strategy, strategy and planning, transformation, strategy execution, performance management, PMO and corporate governance.

Abdullah holds an MBA from Portsmouth University and currently sits on the board of two PIF entities within real estate and hospitality, along with numerous steering committees.

Capton Team

Umer Ahmad

As an ex-banker with around 22 years' experience in Energy, Infrastructure, Project financing, M&A and PPP internationally, Umer is an executive business leader and investment professional who has led businesses/teams in various environments.

He has been integrally involved in or led more than 25 transactions to financial close/execution, with an aggregate deal value of over USD12bn.  He spent the first 12 years of his career in London as a project finance principal banker (debt and equity) lending to and investing in projects (including having been a Director at Barclays, where he spent 7 years), having started his career at Goldman Sachs IBD in M&A advisory.  Over the last decade or so, he has focused on emerging markets while being based in the Middle East, spending several years in advisory (including being Head of Deloitte’s P&IF advisory team across the region), and before returning to being an equity principal, at SNC-Lavalin Capital as VP of EMEA, and then at Equitix / Rakiza, before joining Capton.

Umer is an engaging public speaker and is regularly asked to speak at industry conferences.  As a leading industry figure, he has twice been invited to preside on the judging panel for IJ Global’s annual awards for the Middle East & Africa.   In addition, since 2017 Umer has been a Board Member of the International Project Finance Association's (IPFA) Middle East Branch Council.

Elen Cross

Having started her career at law firms Buddle Finlay in NZ and Hogan Lovells in the UK in the construction and project groups, Elen is a dual qualified practical commercial lawyer, with over two decades of experience. Having successfully completed major infrastructure and energy projects in the GCC and across the globe advising governments, developers and lenders, Elen brings a wealth of legal and commercial experience across a range of legal disciplines and sectors. Elen provides strong regional and commercial insight as result of depth of local and international knowledge. Prior to joining Capton Energy, Elen had 11 years within the ACWA Power group of companies, working her way to Senior Management and head of legal at NOMAC, with further experience in the investment arm of the stakeholders, and contributed to the hugely successful IPO of ACWA Power, as well as being involved in over USD 5 billion of transactions.

Hari Prasad

Hari has more than 18 years of strong technical and project management experience in solar energy project design, engineering, construction management and maintenance of large-scale solar utility projects. He has a vast experience handling multiple responsibilities within solar utility and rooftop projects as well as off-grid solutions in different entities.

Hari has supported different organisations to build large portfolios of solar projects across different geographies. He worked in key lead roles for over 3GW worth of Solar PV and 100MW Solar CSP projects in organizations like DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority), Reliance power, Saudi Oger and others.

He has international experience in handling projects in UAE, India, Egypt and Jordan.

Pietro Giorgio Russo, CFA

Reda Bouij

Célènne Mamou

Célènne is a French professional with 7 years experience in investment and project management across Europe and the Middle East. Her background is mainly finance-related, with experiences in private equity, asset management, M&A and audit. She holds a Master's in International Management from ESCP Europe and speaks French, English and Spanish.

Prior to Capton, she worked at Société Générale and Natixis Asset Management and has also been part of the unlisted assets investment team at Caisse des dépôts, a French public sector financial institution, and worked on renewable energy and ESG projects for the logistics and real estate fund of Carrefour Group: installation of solar panels -carports and rooftops-, development of EV charging stations, recycling.

Ian Hoffbeck

Ian has been working in the solar energy industry since 2009 and in Asian and African markets since 2011. His background includes solar energy research, manufacturing, EPC and project development in the US, China, Afghanistan and Egypt. Prior to Capton Energy Ian held the position of Senior Business Development Manager at TBEA Sunoasis, taking greenfield projects from origination to financial closure across the Middle East and Africa. Ian is an American and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Calvin College. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and Arabic.

Gabriel Diaz

Gabriel has over 4 years of experience in finance and investment including almost a year involved in the set-up of Capton. During his time in Madrid, Gabriel worked for the Structured Finance team at Sacyr, covering the EMEA & APAC regions focusing on project finance debt and infrastructure investment in IWP, WTP and WTE projects, and he also spent time at Santander Group subsequently. Gabriel gained experience in corporate banking sector in Ireland, as a business consultant in Dublin working on a Non-Performing Loan portfolio sale aimed at restructuring a leading bank’s highly leveraged position.

Paola Saenz

Paola has over a decade of experience working directly with C-level executives whilst supporting their global operations and HR needs within the Oil & Gas, Renewable Energy, and IT industries. Throughout these years, she has worked with executives from companies such as Dubai Petroleum, Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Petroleum Operation (ADCO), Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), Saudi Aramco and Siemens in the regions of Europe, Middle-East and South America.

Paola joined the Capton team in 2020 and has been assisting in the processes related to setting up the company.

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Our Code of Conduct

Preventing violations of applicable laws and regulations is of utmost priority to Capton Energy. Our fundamental corporate rules are contained in our Code of Conduct and include the obligation to comply at all times with applicable laws, together with our internal regulations. Our Code of Conduct sets forth the essential principles and rules governing how Capton Energy acts in relation to our customers, external partners and the general public.

At Capton Energy, we have the responsibility to be familiar with the various rules and standards included in our Code of Conduct and to adhere to them at all times, to make them an integral part of our day-to-day business activities, as well as to convey them to relevant stakeholders.

This involves taking responsibility for ourselves and others, upholding the highest standards of integrity, and doing what is right – not only because we want to follow the rules but also because we believe that they are valid and important. Ultimately, it is about playing fair. Fairness is important for society and fairness is what Capton Energy stands for – everywhere and at all times.