Chris is a co-founder of Persistent Energy Capital, an investor, incubator and advisor in the distributed renewable energy sector in Africa. Persistent Energy has managed a portfolio of nearly 50 clean energy investments in nine sub-Saharan countries.
In 2012 Persistent Energy launched an investment strategy focused on distributed energy services companies (DESCOs). In late 2013 it launched Persistent Energy Ghana, Ltd., the leading DESCO in West Africa. Today, Persistent Energy is investing in DESCOs and advising potential investors, governments and development organizations on strategies to invest in and promote the sector.
Chris has over thirty years of experience in venture capital, private equity and debt finance. Prior to founding Persistent Energy with Dirk Muench in 2012, Chris was Managing Director of E+Co, a nonprofit clean energy impact investor. There he led a financial restructuring that has returned to E+Co creditors significantly more than they expected. Prior to E+Co, Chris was a senior private equity partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.