Meet our team of experienced specialists
Who we are
We’re a growing team of experienced funds management professionals and sector specialists in energy transition infrastructure, with a proven track record in projects across a range of geographies and technologies.
As a collective of experts with diverse backgrounds, varied interests, and speaking 13 languages, we are united by a passion for investment excellence and delivering for clients.
Name: Stefano Kuckiewicz
Position: Chief Compliance Officer
Stefano is Chief Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering Officer, responsible for developing and implementing the firm’s Compliance, Anti-Money Laundering / Counter-Terrorism Financing (AML/CTF) and International Sanctions (IS) program.
Stefano is a fully qualified lawyer with over 15 years of experience in financial crimes, compliance and AML/CTF.
Stefano was most recently a Compliance Officer at Generali Group where he was responsible for AML/CTF/IS policy management, risk assessments, and compliance controls on Group entities. Previously, Stefano was Sustainability Manager at A2A Group and Senior Consultant at Deloitte where he advised financial clients on the development and documentation of internal controls. Stefano began his career as a criminal defence lawyer specialising in financial crime, spending 8 years at law firms in Milan.
Stefano holds a Master of Law from Bocconi University, Milan and a post-graduate degree in Law at the University of Pavia, Pavia. He also holds an Executive Master in Compliance Management from Luiss Business School, Rome.
Name: Riccardo Guerriero
Position: Senior Associate, Europe
Riccardo is Senior Associate, Europe, responsible for managing the modelling and underwriting for new investment opportunities, as well as maintaining the financial model and monitoring asset performance during the construction, operational, and exit phases.
Riccardo has 4 years of experience in financial modelling, valuation analysis and preparation, and coordination of due diligence processes. Most recently, Riccardo was an M&A and Business Development Specialist at Renantis (formerly known as Falck Renewables) where he had full ownership and responsibility of the financial modelling tasks in M&A transactions for projects across a range of life stages. He began his career as a Corporate Finance Analyst at Crowe Bompani, a business management consulting firm based in Milan.
Riccardo holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, Rome and a Master of Sciences in Accounting, Finance and Control from LUISS "Guido Carli" university, Rome. He spent a semester on exchange at Maastricht University, Netherlands.
Name: Nick Renshaw
Position: Investment Director, Asia Pacific
Nick is Investment Director, Asia Pacific, responsible for the Company’s investment strategy for Australia and New Zealand and managing investments from origination to exit.
Nick has over 17 years of infrastructure financing and advisory experience across Asia Pacific and EMEA, having supported clients (funds, corporates, developers and governments) develop, finance, buy and sell assets across all infrastructure sub-sectors. With a strong focus on the energy transition, Nick has held senior positions at Natixis (in their Infrastructure and Energy Finance business for Australia and New Zealand, based in Sydney) and at Mizuho (in their EMEA project finance advisory business, based in London). Nick began his career at PwC in the London corporate finance team specialising in clean energy and infrastructure fund advisory, which included 2 years based in India.
Nick holds a Bachelor of Arts (Geography) from the University of Oxford, a Master of Science from the University of Birmingham, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Name: Cristina Paggi
Position: Investor Relations Manager, Europe
Cristina is Investor Relations Manager, Europe, responsible for fundraising and client retention with a focus on the family office and private wealth channels in Italy.
Cristina has over 15 years of experience in business development and relationship management roles in private banking. Cristina was most recently a Private Banker at Banca Leonardo, based in Milan, where she was responsible for managing client relationships, the analysis and monitoring of portfolios, and collaboration with the advisory desk. Cristina’s previous experience includes Investment Specialist and Relationship Manager roles at BSI Bank. She began her career at JP Morgan International Bank as an Analyst in Private Banking.
Cristina holds a Bachelor of Economics from Bocconi University, Milan and a Master of Commerce from Macquarie University, Sydney. She spent 6 months on exchange at Schulich School of Business in Toronto.
Name: Federica Gallina
Position: Partner / Investment Principal, Europe
Federica is Partner and Investment Principal, Europe, responsible for the overall management of investments in projects from deal sourcing through to exit, with a particular focus on origination.
Federica has over two decades of experience in the energy industry and finance sector encompassing origination, asset management, M&A, business development, and project finance. Most recently, Federica was country head for Italy at Cero Generation, the solar development platform of Green Investment Group (GIG). Prior to this role, she held senior positions at ContourGlobal, Quercus Investment Partners, Antin Solar Investments, Absolute Energy Capital, and Deutsche Bank, the latter of which included three years based in London. Federica began her career in project finance at RBS and Edison. She has extensive experience across multiple renewable energy sectors including solar PV, wind, and biomass.
Federica holds a Bachelor of Economics from Bocconi University, Milan.
Name: Tommaso Pepe
Position: Legal Counsel*
Tommaso is Legal Counsel, responsible for the establishment and management of governance and legal matters.
Tommaso is a highly accomplished lawyer with extensive experience in the legal field, particularly in relation to asset management and fund formation, including the advisory of private equity and alternative investment funds.
Prior to founding Aster Avvocati Associati, Tommaso was Senior Associate at Alma Società tra Avvocati, one of the leading law firms in Milan, where he was focused on assisting clients in asset management and investment fund matters, including fund formation. Tommaso’s previous experience includes legal roles at Gatti Pavesi Bianchi and Jones Day. Tommaso also spent six months as a Judge Assistant at the Court of Milan (Tribunale di Milano).
Tommaso holds a Law Degree (Juris Doctor) from the University of Milan and a Bachelor of History from the University of Milan.
* Tommaso (Aster Avvocati Associati) collaborates with Ashurst to provide an integrated legal function to Sosteneo.
Name: Lucrezia Poggi
Position: Investment Manager, Europe
Lucrezia is Investment Manager, Europe, responsible for managing the modelling and underwriting for new investment opportunities, as well as maintaining the financial model and monitoring asset performance during the construction, operational, and exit phases.
Lucrezia has 8 years of experience in infrastructure financing and investments. She most recently held the position of Manager, Corporate Finance (Infrastructure) at EY, where she was responsible for the delivery and management of sell / buy side processes of core, core plus, and value add infrastructure assets. Her tenure at EY included 1 year based in Milan and 3 years based in London. Prior to EY, Lucrezia was an Associate at Dalmore Capital, a leading infrastructure private equity investor based in London.
Lucrezia holds a Bachelor of Economics and Business Management from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan and a Master of Science in Accounting, Finance and Control from Bocconi University, Milan.
Name: Paul McAuley
Position: Head of People
Paul is Head of People, responsible for the development, implementation, and management of strategies, programs, and processes to create and maintain a category-leading high performance work environment.
Paul brings over 30 years’ experience in human resources and business management across a diverse range of industries and geographies. In 2013, Paul started the indelible link, a boutique organisation and people advisory firm. Since then, he has worked for a diverse group of clients – private, public and not for profit, small and large from a range of sectors. Paul has previously worked in senior HR and business management roles across industries as diverse as energy, funds management, banking, infrastructure and telecommunications, including blue-chip companies such as 3M, Optus, Perpetual & Suncorp.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from Macquarie University.
Name: Umberto Tamburrino
Position: Managing Partner / CEO and CIO, Europe
Umberto is Managing Partner, CEO, and CIO, Europe, responsible for leadership of the firm and overseeing the investments in his region. He is a member of the Board of Directors and the Investment Committee.
Umberto has almost three decades of experience in the renewable energy sector. He has held various leadership positions such as CEO of Elliott Green Power, CEO of Antin Solar Investments, and co-head of renewable energy principal investments at Deutsche Bank. He has also worked as an infrastructure banker at Citigroup and Credit Suisse and in project financing at UniCredit. He began his career as a project manager at Snamprogetti (ENI), overseeing large EPC contracts.
Umberto holds a MS cum laude in Aerospace Engineering from University Federico II and an MBA from Columbia Business School as a Fulbright scholar.
Name: Sabrina Mensi
Position: Head of Finance
Sabrina is Head of Finance, responsible for the management and provision of information relating to the consolidated financial position of the company, its subsidiaries, and fund assets.
Sabrina is a finance professional with over 15 years of experience related to asset management, advisory, and corporate finance. Most recently, Sabrina was Head of Finance and Controlling at Olympia Wealth Management, an independent regulated financial company based in UK and Italy. Her experience also includes roles as Portfolio Manager always at Olympia Wealth Management, as Senior Associate at Leonardo & Co, a European financial M&A advisory firm. Sabrina began her career in corporate finance at Deloitte Financial Services.
Sabrina holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Economics from Bocconi University, Milan, and spent a year on exchange at Prague University of Economics and Business.
Name: Alessia Saibene
Position: Investment Director, Europe
Alessia is Investment Director, Europe, responsible for managing investments in projects from origination to exit, with a strong focus on execution.
Alessia is an experienced M&A and corporate finance specialist in the energy transition space with over 18 years of professional experience. Most recently, Alessia was Head of M&A at Renantis (formerly known as Falck Renewables), a global renewable energy company involved in the development, financing, construction, and operational management of renewable energy projects. Prior to this role, she held senior positions in business development and M&A at Osaka Gas Energy America and Sorgenia, which included two years based in New York. Alessia began her career at Capgemini as a business analyst.
Alessia holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan and a Master of General Management from MIP School of Management, Milan.
Name: Rita Sebastianelli
Position: Personal Assistant
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Rita is Personal Assistant, responsible for organising the agenda, travels and meeting schedule of the CEO of Sosteneo.
Rita has three decades of experience in roles spanning office management, property management, HR and as a personal assistant to executives. She works with Sosteneo on a part-time basis and retains a role at CityLife S.p.A. (a major real estate development within the Generali Group) where she is HR Assistant and Assistant to the Administrative and Financial Director. She has been with CityLife for almost 20 years since the inception of the development. Prior to joining CityLife, Rita was Property Manager at Europa Benefits, an insurance broker, and Office Manager and Personal Assistant at Pictet, a leading European private bank. She began her career as a commercial secretary at Edoardo Lossa, a plant engineering company.
Rita holds a commercial technical high school Diploma from the ITC (Istituto Tecnico Commerciale) “G. Falcone” of Corsico in Milan.
Name: Chris Deves
Position: Partner / Head of Investor Relations
Chris is Partner and Head of Investor Relations, responsible for fundraising and client servicing globally.
Chris is an investor relations executive with extensive experience in partnering with global institutional investors, with a particular focus on infrastructure funds management.
Chris previously held various positions at AMP Capital, a global leader in infrastructure investing that during his tenure managed around US$14 billion in infrastructure. He was based across Sydney, Hong Kong, and Beijing. Most recently, he was country manager for China, where he oversaw relationships with sovereign and insurance clients. Prior to that, Chris established AMP Capital's institutional business in Korea. Chris also held leadership roles as Executive Officer for the Asia Pacific division and senior investment specialist for listed real estate.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Arts from the University of Sydney and has studied at Beijing International Studies University and Korea University in Seoul. He is proficient in Mandarin and Korean.
Name: Ivor Frischknecht
Position: Managing Partner / CIO, Asia Pacific
Ivor is Managing Partner and CIO, Asia Pacific, responsible for leadership of the firm and overseeing the investments in his region. He is a member of the Board of Directors and the Investment Committee.
Ivor has extensive experience in the renewable energy sector, including setting up and serving as the inaugural CEO of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) with A$3.2 billion funding at the time, and holding various high-profile board and advisory roles in the clean energy sector since. Previously, Ivor led cleantech investing at Starfish Ventures, which was Australia’s largest venture firm at the time of his tenure.
Ivor has also been a senior contributor, including CEO and investor positions in California at wind, hydrogen, and fuel cell companies, as well as a clean energy investor. Ivor commenced his career in management consulting with Bain & Company, providing strategy services to large energy and telecommunications utilities.
Ivor holds degrees in Economics (honors) and Law from the University of Sydney and an MBA from Stanford University.
Name: Linas Grigaliunas
Position: Chief Risk Officer
Linas is Chief Risk Officer, responsible for the firm’s risk management system and operations.
Linas is a financial and credit risk management expert with deep knowledge of risk management in insurance and financial markets build over 16 years of industry experience.
Linas was most recently a Risk & Innovation Strategist in the Enterprise Risk Management Team at Generali Investments, based in Milan. Previously, he was a Managing Consultant at Capgemini and a Senior Director / Sector Head for Insurance at Dagong Europe Credit Rating where he led the insurance analytical team and managed a large portfolio of credit ratings including insurers, banks and corporates. He began his career at S&P Global in London as an insurance credit rating specialist.
Linas holds a Bachelor of Economics from Vilnius University.
Name: Paola Miccoli
Position: Head of Fund and Corporate Services
Paola is Head of Fund and Corporate Services, responsible for managing accounting and financial reporting for the firm and its funds under management.
Paola is a qualified Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Registered Auditor with over 15 years of experience in financial services. She has extensive expertise in the financial reporting of private equity and debt structures, companies, and other special purpose entities domiciled in Luxembourg.
Paola was most recently the Head of Fund Accounting at Standish Management in Luxembourg. Her past experience includes fund accounting, fund administration, and tax advisory roles at AI Global Investments, Saltgate, The Carlyle Group, TMF Group, State Street, and PwC.
Paola holds a Bachelor of Economics and Business from the University of Salento, Italy and a Master in International Financial and Audit & Control from IFBL Institut, Luxembourg, in addition to being a CPA in Italy.
Name: Gaetano Gammieri
Position: Construction Manager, Europe
Gaetano is Construction Manager, Europe, responsible for the provision of advice and insights regarding the planned technical solution for the proposed investments and the proactive project management of the asset construction process.
Gaetano has over 20 years of experience in the energy industry, managing projects from concept to construction and operation, with specialist expertise in optimising the technical and financial competitiveness of assets. Most recently, Gaetano was Construction Manager at Cero Generation, the solar development platform of Green Investment Group (GIG). Prior to that, he held senior project management and engineering roles at Enel, Saipem, ENI, and BASF. He began his career in engineering roles related to production processes at Bristol-Myers Squibb and AirLiquide.
Gaetano holds a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II and a Master in Green Energy Development from Bocconi University, Milan.
Name: Chris Twomey
Position: Partner / COO and Head of Asset Management
Chris is Partner, COO and Head of Asset Management, responsible for managing the investment strategy and process as well as ongoing asset management. He is member of the Investment Committee.
Chris is a seasoned renewable energy professional with over 13 years of global experience in operational and transactional roles with Atmos, Elliott Green Power, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), Deloitte, and PwC covering Australia, Asia and Europe.
Most recently, Chris served as the General Manager of Development at Atmos Renewables. Prior to that, Chris was the Head of Operations at Elliott Green Power, where he managed a A$500 million platform of solar assets from construction to operation. He has extensive experience with a variety of sustainable energy technologies, including solar, wind, and storage (utility scale battery and pumped hydro).
Chris holds a Bachelor in Business and International Studies (combined) from the University of Technology, Sydney. He also has a graduate diploma in Chartered Accounting and was admitted as a Chartered Accountant in 2013.
Name: Francesco Maggi
Position: Investment Director, Europe
Francesco is Investment Director, Europe, responsible for managing investments in projects from origination to exit, with a strong focus on execution.
Francesco is an experienced renewable energy investment professional and qualified lawyer. He was previously Investment Director at Foresight Group where he worked for almost 8 years with responsibility for origination, analysis, due diligence coordination, structuring, negotiation, and execution of debt and equity investments in the European renewable energy and energy efficiency markets.
Francesco’s past experience also includes 7 years in the structured finance and energy departments at an international law firm where he advised leading financial institutions and companies in M&A, corporate finance, asset finance, shipping finance, real estate finance, project finance, PPP, leasing, securitisation, and bonds issuance transactions. He also has specialist experience in negotiating and drafting agreements with EPC and O&M contractors.
Francesco holds an Executive MBA from SDA Bocconi School of Management, a Law Degree (Juris Doctor) and a Master of Laws from Roma Tre University. He was admitted to the Italian Bar association in 2012.
Name: Maria Scetta
Position: Fund and Enterprise Operations Associate
Maria is Fund and Enterprise Operations Associate, responsible for supporting the operations of the firm, its investment vehicles, and the asset management of the underlying projects.
Maria has 5 years of experience in corporate strategy and business operations within investment management. Most recently, she was a Business Strategy Associate in the CEO Office of Generali’s Asset and Wealth Management Unit. Maria began her career in the BNP Paribas Group as a Corporate Business Analyst.
Maria holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management and Master of Science in Management from Bocconi University, Milan. She also spent a semester on exchange at the University of Bath, UK.
Name: Camilla Grimoldi
Position: Office Coordinator
Camilla is Office Coordinator, responsible for management of the Milan office and supporting the European team.
Camilla has around 10 years of experience in office management and HR coordination for companies across a range of sectors, including finance, fashion, and consumer brands. Most recently, Camilla was office coordinator for a company part of the group of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti in Milan. She has also previously been based in London.
Camilla holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Milan.
Name: Francesco Pozzoli
Position: Finance Admin and Planning
Francesco is Finance Admin and Planning, responsible for ensuring compliance with relevant accounting and tax laws and standards, through the assembly and provision of accurate information relating to the consolidated financial position of the company, its subsidiaries and fund assets.
Francesco has 3 years of experience in the financial industry spanning audit, financial administration, and advisory. Most recently, Francesco was Senior Auditor at EY based in Milan. Francesco began his career as an intern at Gobbi & Associati, a boutique M&A advisory firm.
Francesco holds a Bachelor of Economics from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan and a Master of General Management from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan.
Name: Jai Kant
Position: Senior Technical Advisor
Jai is Senior Technical Advisor, responsible for the provision of advice and insights regarding the planned technical solution for proposed investments and project management of the asset construction process.
Jai has over 10 years of experience in the renewable energy sector and has delivered various utility scale Solar, Wind and BESS projects. He has specialist expertise in project development, grid connection, technical due diligence, and asset management.
Jai was most recently a Senior Technical Asset Manager at Elliott Green Power. Prior to that, Jai held various positions related to power and electrical engineering at RINA, RCR Tomlinson, SunPower Corporation, Seven Group Holdings, and ADP Power Engineering.
Jai holds a Master of Engineering (Power Systems) from the University of Western Australia.
Careers at Sosteneo
Our workplace culture centres on being humble collaborators and confident professionals who strive for outcomes in an ethical and respectful way. We are motivated by making a contribution to the energy transition, and we bring to work a commercial and pragmatic mindset to the decarbonisation of energy.
If you think you would make a good fit, we are always on the lookout for skilled professionals who are committed to delivering strong investment results and an excellent client experience.