OUR TEAM

Seasoned Team Delivering Consistent Value Add to the Platform

Senior Team

Meet Our Leadership Team

Karim Moussa

CEO, Vortex Energy

Mr. Karim Moussa joined EFG Hermes in 2008, with the primary responsibility of building the Group's infrastructure private equity platform. He led the creation of the Vortex Energy Platform and raised and deployed over EUR 0.5bn of equity in yielding renewable energy assets across Europe. At the beginning of 2017, he was appointed as Co-CEO of EFG Hermes Investment Bank, responsible for the Group’s entire buy-side business. Mr. Moussa sits on the Investment Committees of several EFG Hermes sponsored funds and on InfraMed's Investors Board, with combined AUMs of c. USD 2.5bn. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of various portfolio companies including EIB, CDG, CDP, CDC. Prior to joining EFG Hermes, Mr. Moussa worked at Deutsche Bank and Berlin Capital Fund, a venture capital fund managed by Berliner Bank. Mr. Moussa holds an MBA and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin.

Bakr Abdel-Wahab

CIO, Vortex Energy

Mr. Bakr Abdel-Wahab joined EFG Hermes in 2011, to lead the infrastructure and energy practice within MENA and Europe and successfully led the establishment of the Vortex Energy Platform which had aggregated a net installed capacity (wind and solar) of 822MW in Europe with AUMs of c. EUR 1.3bn. Mr Abdel-Wahab lead the establishment of Vortex Energy IV, a global energy transition fund based in ADGM (UAE), with a target size of USD 750mn, where it achieved first close on USD 200mn commitments from UAE based sovereign institutions and family offices, among others, in June 2020. Since 2014, Mr Abdel-Wahab has overseen; (i) acquiring a 49% stake of a 334MW onshore wind portfolio in France in a EUR 170mn leveraged buyout, (ii) acquiring a 49% stake in a 664 MW onshore wind portfolio spanning Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and France in a EUR 562mn leveraged buyout, and (iii) acquiring 100% of a 365MW solar portfolio in UK for EUR 552mn. Mr Abdel-Wahab is closely involved in the ongoing value maximization of Vortex’s renewable energy portfolio. He was a Board Director of EDPR France, EDPR Participaciones (Spain), Vortex Energy (Lux), Vortex II (Lux), and Vortex Solar UK.

Ana Peris Caminero

COO, Vortex Energy

Mrs. Ana Peris holds 20+ years of experience in the energy sector. She has gained most of her professional experience in the Naturgy Group, where she held different positions linked to Regulation, Strategy and Business Development. From 2015 to 2020, she held senior management positions in the power generation business, with portfolios sized 14GW conventional and 2.5GW renewable capacity, respectively. She led the Company's transformation and growth in renewables, adding 1GW of new capacity in Spain, over 0.6GW internationally, and configuring more than 5GW of solar & wind pipelines globally. Mrs. Peris has broad experience in M&A in the renewable business, and in 2020 led Naturgy´s entry into the U.S. market through the acquisition of a solar & storage development platform. Prior to Naturgy, Mrs. Peris worked in Eurelectric, the European Association of the Power Industry (Brussels). Mrs. Peris holds a Degree in Business Administration from ICADE University of Madrid, and a European Affairs Diploma from Louvaine-la-Neuve University.

Carl Dandanell

Chairman, Vortex Energy

Mr. Carl Goran Dandanell has gained most of his professional experience in the Vattenfall Group. Over the almost 16 years he spent with the group, he held many senior positions. From 1996-2001, Carl was Senior Vice President and chief development officer of Vattenfall Holdings in the USA. He targeted mainly Hydro assets in LatAm, but also invested in Wind and gas turbines. After two tears at Nuon in Amsterdam, as Chief Growth officer, he re-joined Vattenfall as Head of Business development and M&A for the Nordic region. During 2003-2007, Carl initiated and built up Vattenfall’s substantial wind power portfolio. Carl was also asked to build up Vattenfall’s presence in the UK and lived and worked in London as head of Vattenfall UK during the period 2007-2011. He is currently on the board of directors of Subseamicropilling Ltd in Dublin, Ireland. Carl has held positions with KPMG and Nobel Industries before joining Vattenfall. He holds a master degree in Economics and business administration from the University of Stockholm.

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