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About us

Daring to do
things differently

We believe renewable energy
needs a long-term partner.

A new company
for the energy transition.

Aukera is backed by AtlasInvest, a leading private investor with a focus on the energy sector.

We specialise in renewable investments and development in Europe, from early-stage development and co-development to acquiring ready-to-build projects and constructing the projects ourselves. We have a steadfast commitment to local communities.

The Aukera management team have been working together for over ten years and jointly have decades of experience in developing renewable energy projects around the world. Our team has completed more than one hundred renewable energy investments and co-developments. These include the successful build up and exit of the largest UK feed-in tariff wind business in 2018 and work with the Malaysian state utility company Tenaga Nasional Berhad in a $250m transaction.

As entrepreneurs ourselves we understand our partners, their expectations, and the problems they face. We bring the added value of our years of experience in construction, asset management, investing, and partnering with other companies within the renewable sector.

We pride ourselves on being flexible, transparent and on our ability make decisions rapidly, but in accordance with investment process’ best practices. We build partnerships with developers, landowners and communities and openly communicate with them, keep our promises, and follow the strictest possible corporate governance standards.

We want to see as much energy being derived from renewable sources as possible. We listen to our partner’s needs, respect the local environment, and offer innovative energy solutions.

We have quickly established an international presence with local teams in the UK, Italy, Romania, Germany, and Belgium.

Discover the best method for generating renewable energy where you are and join the energy transition today.

Our people

Pascal, Co-Founder

Pascal has been a leading operator and investor in the energy space for more than a decade. His vision is to apply his expertise and build Aukera into a leading European company with a long-term perspective.

Pascal is passionate about environmental sustainability and is actively supporting initiatives to increase a better balance between the people and the planet.

As a Managing Director with The Carlyle Group, he and Catalin built the European renewables team and helped to raise capital for a dedicated investment vehicle. Pascal was previously the CEO of the renewable’s investment arm of AtlasInvest Holding. He holds several non-executive board memberships with large multinational family businesses.

Pascal graduated with a degree from Lancaster University and now lives in Brussels with his wife and three children.

Catalin, Co-Founder

Catalin has been a focussed entrepreneur and investor in the renewable space for over a decade. He is passionate about building Aukera into a company with a purpose, which will lead to a better future.

He believes in Paul Polman’s definition of “Net Positive” - which means you thrive by giving more to the world than you take and that you can profit by helping fix the world’s problems – rather than by creating them. Or in other words, focus on planet, people and profit.

Along with Pascal, he was a Managing Director with The Carlyle Group, where they built the European renewables team and helped to raise capital for a dedicated investment vehicle. Prior to this partnership, Catalin was the CEO and founder of Bluemerang Capital Limited, a UK-based renewable platform and asset manager which he set up in 2012 and grew organically and through partnerships, building a business worth $240 million.

Catalin began his career in investment banking and holds an MBA degree from INSEAD. He is based in London, is married, and has two daughters.

Cormac, Head of Development

Cormac has led on financing many different types of energy projects, he will bring this expertise to Aukera’s central team to deploy the capital required to make renewable energy projects happen now.

Cormac was previously a Senior Associate at The Carlyle Group working for the Renewable and Sustainable Energy fund. Prior to this, he was Head of UK Development at Livos Energy, an onshore renewable energy company and Associate at both Longspur Capital and Bluemerang Capital.

Cormac graduated in Finance and Economics from University College Cork, is based in London, is married and has two children and a dog.

Simon, Head of Investments

Simon has over 25 years’ M&A, corporate finance and private equity experience in London and Edinburgh including a 7-year period during which he founded and managed a renewable energy M&A advisory business. After spending the first 8 years of his career as a generalist, his passion for the environment led him to specialise in renewable energy in 2007.

Prior to joining Aukera, Simon was the Chief Investment Officer at Red Rock Power, an Edinburgh-based onshore and offshore wind developer. He previously worked with Pascal, Catalin and Cormac at The Carlyle Group and Longspur Capital.

Simon holds a master’s degree in Physics from the University of Oxford and splits his time between Aukera’s London and Edinburgh offices.

Yuri, Chief Financial Officer

Yuri joined Aukera in September 2022 and has since been managing the Company’s finance department. Yuri brings 20 years of experience in the accounting and reporting field and has a vast experience in financial statements, planning, international taxation, information systems and significant people management experience leading teams across multiple geographies.

Prior to joining Aukera, Yuri worked as a Group Finance Director at Econergy, an Independent Power Producer, where she played a key role in the company’s successful IPO application. Before that, Yuri was a controller at Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group (now part of Marsh McLennan), a world leading professional services firm in risk, strategy and pension.

Yuri is a licensed chartered certified accountant and currently lives in London with her husband, two sons and a dog.

Apostolos, Chief Technical Officer

Apostolos has 25+ years of experience in the energy sector within both conventional power generation and renewables, serving from senior positions covering all areas, from early development to construction and operation of energy assets. He worked for EPC Contractors, Technical Advisors and IPPs, which enabled him to understand the business at all levels and details, especially in a non-recourse project financing environment. Apostolos moved to Renewables and Solar in 2009 and his aspiration is to make Earth a better place for the next generations.

Before joining Aukera, he was with Lightsource bp for nearly 6 years, wearing a number of hats and managing teams including HSE, Grid, Engineering, Procurement and Construction.

He holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki and shares his time in between London and Athens, where his wife and 2 sons live.

Bozkurt, Head of Energy Storage

Bozkurt has over 20 years' experience in clean energy, and a strong track record as an entrepreneur, investor, and developer. His interest in disruptive tech, energy geopolitics, and climate change led him to clean energy after a decade as an investor and adviser in technology and telecoms, working for leading institutions.

He co-founded New Energy Finance (sold to Bloomberg in 2009), was a partner in Hazel Capital (acquired by Gresham House in 2017). His expertise is end-to-end, from greenfield development to commercial operations and fund management, and involved projects totaling nearly 300MW of solar and over 1GW of battery energy storage, including launching the largest listed European fund in this area.

A pioneer in UK battery energy storage, Bozkurt holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, London, and resides in London with wife, son and two cats.

Robert, General Counsel

Robert has over 20 years’ experience in the legal profession, first as a projects lawyer specialising in PPP/ PFI and infrastructure projects, but since 2011, working exclusively within the renewables sector.

A renewable energy specialist and experienced general counsel, prior to joining Aukera, Robert was at Vento Ludens and then Red Rock Power, where he established, grew, and led each in-house legal function. Robert’s roles have included full lifecycle involvement in renewables projects across Europe, including M&A transactions, financings, and all legal aspects of offshore and onshore wind, solar and hydro energy. Robert also brings substantial governance and compliance capabilities, with prior directorship and company secretarial experience.

Based in Edinburgh, Robert lives nearby with his wife and two young children.

Deborah, HR Director

Deborah has been leading HR in early-stage companies for over a decade. She is passionate about creating supportive and inspiring work environments that enable team members to shine, and is committed to building sustainability into business practices, and to having a positive impact on the planet.

Prior to Aukera, Deborah was Head of People at the renewable energy company, Low Carbon, where she built the team to 200 people with a strong focus on culture and purpose. Her career began in corporate Mobile Telecommunications at T-Mobile and transitioned to Tech Start-ups. She has worked in Customer Services, Business Analysis, Marketing and Product Management, and brings this business experience into her HR Practice.

Deborah is a certified Co-active coach, an MBTI practitioner, and holds a Psychology degree from Leeds University and an MBA. She lives in Hertfordshire, UK with her husband and grown-up children.

Richard, Development Director

Richard has been developing projects and teams for leading private sector and multinational energy companies for nearly 20 years. He has a passion for development and a drive to tackle climate change by deploying renewable energy at scale, creating a positive and lasting difference for the environment.

Over 2 decades on leading complex, high profile projects, Richard has helped to deliver over 1GW of renewable energy in wind, solar and storage, via acquisition and development into operation and is now firmly focussed on sustainably growing Aukera’s UK pipeline of projects.

Trained as a chartered minerals surveyor, Richard also sits on the board of a community wind farm in Cumbria, one of the largest of its kind in the UK. He lives in Dorset with his family and dogs.

Philip, Development Director

Philip was previously the UK Head of Development for Econergy International, an internation IPP covering the UK and Europe. Prior to this he worked as a Development Manager for other European developers growing their UK presence and specialising in greenfield origination and development.

Philip spent over 5 of his 12 years in renewable energy at Lightsource BP as the O&M Land Manager responsible for the Operations and Maintenance of over 100 operating Solar Farms and heading up a team of 30 whilst working closely with various subcontractors and landowners.

Philip lives in the Shropshire Hills AONB with his wife and 3 children.

Radu, Managing Director Romania

Radu plays a pivotal role in overseeing and managing operational activities, guiding the local team to secure project pipelines, advancing business development plans, and ensuring meticulous oversight of agreements, contracts, budgets, and affairs.

With over 17 years of dedicated experience in Renewable Energy and Sustainability, he has contributed significantly to various development initiatives. Notably, he successfully guided multiple projects, contributing to a significant pipeline during his tenure with WPD, and dealt with environmental investments at ArcelorMittal. Alongside his corporate responsibilities, Radu has been serving as a committed member of the Romanian Wind Energy Association's board since 2018, collaborating with local and national authorities to find solutions that propel ongoing renewable energy projects and enhance the sector's long-term prospects in Romania.

Radu earned his degree with distinction in Economics and Marketing from Galati University and currently resides in Bucharest with his partner and young son.

Filippo, Managing Director Italy

Filippo holds joint responsibility for overseeing project delivery across Aukera's Italian portfolio, encompassing both internally originated greenfield projects and those undertaken in collaboration with co-development partners. With extensive expertise in renewable energy generation, Filippo has held various roles spanning business development, project development, and project management.

Demonstrating a proven track record in navigating high-complexity initiatives, Filippo excels in cultivating and sustaining relationships with key decision-makers in both public and private sectors. With over 15 years of experience in the renewable energy sector, he has successfully guided projects through the entire development lifecycle, from initial site feasibility assessments and legal negotiations to obtaining necessary permits and overseeing construction activities.

Moreover, Filippo has contributed to the expansion of international companies into new markets in Europe and South America, playing pivotal roles in establishing initial teams and driving project development endeavors.

Kemal, Managing Director Germany

Kemal spent most of his professional career in the renewables sector, first investing and later developing renewable assets, as well combining the worlds of M&A and Project Development. This also reflects Aukera’s strategy for the German market ensuring strong growth, substance and reliability with his rapidly growing team based in Berlin.

Kemal was previously Managing Director at aream, a Dusseldorf-based asset manager. Prior to this, he worked as a Portfolio Manager for Structured Products at LBBW.

Kemal holds a master’s degree in Finance and Economics from the Eichstätt-Ingolstadt University and lives in Berlin, with his partner and young daughter.

Our investment committee

Marcel Q.H. van Poecke

Marcel van Poecke has more than 25 years of experience in the Energy sector. He is the Chairman of AtlasInvest, a private holding company he founded in 2007. AtlasInvest is engaged in investments across the broad energy spectrum.

Marcel van Poecke is Vice-Chairman of Carlyle International Energy Partners (CIEP). CIEP focuses on the energy sector outside North America with a particular focus on oil and gas: upstream, midstream, downstream and oil field services.

Marcel is also the Chairman of ONE-DYAS, an AtlasInvest portfolio company with oil and gas assets in the North Sea and West Africa. Marcel has a degree in Agricultural Business Administration from the University of Wageningen and a Masters in Business Administration from the William E. Simon School of Management of the University of Rochester, USA.

Julian Metherell

Julian Metherell is a founding partner of MW&L Capital Partners, a private investment and financial advisory firm. Formerly a Partner at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., where he served as Chief Executive Officer of the UK investment banking division, he is currently vice-Chairman of GasLog Ltd, a global LNG shipping business and has also served on the Board of Euronav, the NYSE and Belgium listed tanker company.

From 2011 to 2015, Mr. Metherell was the Chief Financial Officer and a Director of Genel Energy plc, a leading independent oil and gas exploration and production company operating in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Genel Energy plc was the successor to Vallares Plc, a publicly listed Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) which Mr. Metherell co-founded in April 2011.

Julian is also a Trustee of the Royal Opera House and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Judge Business School, Cambridge University.

Heleen van Poecke

Heleen van Poecke is an Investment Manager at AtlasInvest, a private investment holding company focused on the energy sector and the CEO of KEY ESG, a Software-as-a-Service company focused on enabling companies to manage their ESG performance.

Heleen has over ten years of work experience in finance and investing (Greenhill & Co., AlpInvest, AtlasInvest) and software sales (Collibra).

Heleen holds a BSc and an MSc in Economics from Erasmus University in the Netherlands where she graduated cum laude for her Masters thesis on the European Emission Trading Scheme. She also holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Didier Ryelandt

Didier Ryelandt is the CFO of AtlasInvest. Previously he held various Finance positions in Belgium and the United States for ING (Investment Banking – Brussels), Engie (VP Finance – Houston, Tx) and Exmar (CFO – Belgium and Executive VP Offshore – Houston, TX).

Didier holds a Masters Degree in Business Engineering from the Louvain School of Management.

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For a cleaner
and fairer future

Aukera is a renewable energy company focused on leading the global transition to clean energy across Europe. We are dedicated to making a positive contribution through the creation of long-term value for all our stakeholders on a socially and environmentally sustainable basis.

The cost of installing solar, wind and energy storage equipment is dropping significantly, while the future of fossil fuel power is becoming more costly and less certain as emissions accelerate climate change.

Governments are encouraging the electrification of many industries, from transport to heating, demand for renewable energy to power this transition is growing year by year, country by country. It’s now time to act. Generating electricity from renewable sources can massively improve your margins whether you are selling-on the electricity generated, or using it yourself.

As a company, we engage local stakeholders and environmental groups in the planning and operational stages of all our projects. We adhere to all best practice guidelines, respecting the natural environment around us locally as well as helping to combat climate change globally.

Find out how your organisation or community can accelerate the transition to a renewable powered future.

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