BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND MANAGEMENT TEAM
Our Team is based in the region, with international and local experience from developing, financing, building and operating renewable projects, to design, manufacturing and maintenance of wind turbines.
OLIVIER DUGUET, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Olivier is the CEO and co-founder of The Blue Circle. Prior to establishing The Blue Circle, he was the President of Nature Energies Photovoltaique between 2009 and 2011, which built a rooftop solar portfolio of 20MWp. Before that he founded Societe Francaise d’Eoliennes (SFE), the number one French wind IPP, in 2001. Here he held the position of CEO and Chairman until the time of exit in 2007 to the Italian utility company, Sorgenia Group. By this time the company had 125MW of wind projects and 20MW of hydro projects in operation and a total development pipeline of 1,000MW of wind projects in continental France and overseas territories.
Olivier holds a Master in Law from Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) and an MBA in Finance from Université Paris-Dauphine.
JEFF PERON, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Jeff is the CFO and co-founder of The Blue Circle. Prior to establishing The Blue Circle, he was the founder of GreenAsia Capital Advisors, a boutique Investment Advisory firm focussing on renewable energy and environmental sectors in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. He was also Manager at KPMG Infrastructure Advisory team in China, where he advised infrastructure funds and corporates on their project finance transactions, including a total of more than 500MW of wind projects in China, Thailand and the USA.
Jeff holds a degree from Bordeaux Business School (France) and a Master in Finance and Accounting Management (DECF).
GILLES BEAU, CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Prior to his position at The Blue Circle, Gilles was Senior Wind Engineer for Windlab from 2008 to 2012 and also managed the technical support team for Windlab project developments in Australia, South Africa and North America. As part of his position, he was responsible for wind data analysis, turbine layout and energy yield calculations as well as in charge of relationship with partners and suppliers.
Before his experience at Windlab, he was Export Sales Manager for Siemens A&D (MD) managing the African sales department and Project Manager for GDF-Mexico.
Eric Houplain, Chief Construction Officer
Eric is the Chief Construction Officer of The Blue Circle. He brings more than 20 years’ design and project management experience across Africa, the Middle-East and Asia as project director and owner's representative. Prior to joining TBC, he developped and achieved a wide range of large building and infrastructure projects, such as hospitals, universities, airports, museums or industrial plants with multi-cultural teams.
He was previously the Area Director of Asia for Egis Group. Eric is strongly experienced in energy production and distribution as he was Director for design and works supervision in Engie Group.
Eric hold an Engineering diploma from the Ecole Superieure d'Electricité (SUPELEC) and an executive MBA from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP)
ANDREW AFFLECK, DIRECTOR
Andrew has 25 years of asset management and investment banking experience in the Asian region, and has specialised in renewable energy investments for the last eight years. Today he is the Founder and Managing Partner of Armstrong Asset Management and also the co-Chair of the Climate Markets Investment Association (“CMIA”) Asia chapter, a trade association acting as a conduit between the public and private sectors to promote greater investment in climate change mitigation solutions.
He was formerly the CEO of Low Carbon Investors Ltd, a dedicated global clean-energy fund management group with over USD 300 million under management. Prior to joining Low Carbon Investors, he was responsible for fund management at Devonshire Capital, a firm he co-founded in Asia in 1995.
Andrew holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Leicester, UK.
PHILIPPE DAMAS, Director
Philippe was the Chief Executive Officer of ING Group Retail and Private Banking for Asia until 2009 and has been board member and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the TMB Bank since 2008. Having subsequently worked for JP Morgan Securities as Managing Director in Tokyo, London and Hong Kong, and for the Bruxelles Lambert Bank in Brussels, Philippe joined the ING Group in 2000 and served as Chief Executive Officer of ING Baring in London before heading the ING Private Banking Unit in Amsterdam and ING Retail and Private Banking Asia in Singapore from July 2005 to November 2009. He is also a member of the Board of different asset managers based in Singapore in addition to his position at the TMB Bank in Bangkok.
Philippe has a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University and an Engineering degree from Ecole Nationale de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace in Toulouse.
BURANAWONG SOWAPRUX, Director
Buranawong has over 28 years of experience in the energy sector, having served in various management roles for ExxonMobil Corporation. He joined Esso (Thailand) Public Company Limited in 1985 to become Finance Manager in 1989. In 1995, he led a project team to transform Esso (Thailand) PLC to become a public company listed on the Bangkok Stock Exchange. After serving in the USA and Singapore for the ExxonMobil Group, Buranawong returned to Thailand in 2002 to become Esso (Thailand) PLC Controller. He retired in 2013 after holding a management position in ExxonMobil Global Services Company in Houston and being Director of ExxonMobil Limited.
Buranawong graduated from Chulalongkorn University and holds a Doctorate in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University.
VARABOTT HO, Director
Varabott has more than 20 years work experience in the banking & finance industry across Europe and AsiaPacific, with an extensive international exposure to large scale Investment Management, Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Bancassurance and Corporate Advisory missions.
Before joining the Association of Banks in Cambodia, as IBF General Manager, he worked in major European financial institutions such as Credit Suisse, Aberdeen Asset Management, AXA and Messieurs Hottinguer & Cie Banquiers. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is a certified EFFAS Financial Analyst.