Meet the Team
Andrew Smith-Maxwell has over 25 years’ experience as an adviser and principal in the infrastructure sector and in African businesses. He joined Fieldstone in 2003 having been the head of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein’s global utility team. Recently, he has worked extensively with private companies in Nigeria.
Jason Harlan is Chief Executive Officer of Fieldstone. He has over 25 years of experience in energy and infrastructure as an investment banker, utility executive, developer, and finance/corporate attorney. He has transacted in 50 countries around the world in the sector.
He joined Fieldstone in 2003, after launching and guiding the highly successful 1.7 Billion US $ investment in the integrated Berlin utility by Southern Company (later Mirant) over a seven year period.
He led the management buy out of Fieldstone from Gensec, a division of Sanlam in 2003-4. Harlan stepped back from a full time role at Fieldstone when he assumed a position as head of a sugar-based ethanol company in Africa and Latin America for two prominent family offices (Rupert and DeBenedetti) from 2007-2010, while maintaining his stake in the Fieldstone business.
Harlan assumed his current role as Chief Executive in 2015. Harlan has built upon Fieldstone’s market position as leader in Africa with the opening of regional offices in Nairobi, Dakar and Casablanca. He has respected the long international record of Fieldstone by consolidating global ownership and direction, reemphasizing the practice in Latin America, concluding major projects in Europe and establishing a presence in Washington, DC. Under Harlan, Fieldstone has consciously moved beyond advisory to take positions in principal (the African development resource subsidiary, FAIR) and asset management in order to become a full financial platform for its clients. Finally, Harlan has driven Fieldstone’s embrace of renewable and new technology projects, deemed to be key in mastering the shifting energy paradigm.
Harlan has a BSFS degree from Georgetown University, an MA from St John’s (Annapolis) and a JD from Cornell University.
The former Chief Operating Officer of the African Development Bank recently retired after a 30 year career at the bank. He is a renowned development economist and serves on several professional and trade organisations including as Director of the Advisory Board of the Initiative for Global Development (IGD) Dr. Zoukpo lives in Abidjan and provides strategic consultancy for inward investors. He has a degree from Tsukaba University in Japan and holds both Ivorian and Japanese citizenship.
A former Minister in charge of civil service, labour and social affairs in Cote d’Ivoire, Professor Atsain has spent his almost 40 year career focused on development issues in Africa. For a nine year period, he was engaged in senior roles with the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has consulted with the African Development Bank regarding governance issues. He lives in Abidjan and works in strategic consultancy with Dr. Zoukpo.
Amb. (Ret.) Christopher Dell has lived and worked in Southern Africa for fifteen years. During more than thirty years in the United States Foreign, he served, inter alia, as the American Ambassador in Angola, Zimbabwe and Kosovo and in his last assignment he was the Deputy to the Commander of the United States Africa Command. Prior to joining Fieldstone in 2017, Chris worked for Bechtel, America's largest engineering and construction company and is currently based in Maputo.
Roberta Annan has joined Fieldstone as Senior Market Liaison. Originally from Ghana, West Africa, Roberta has lived and worked on four continents. She is the Managing Partner of Roberta Annan Capital Partners (RACP), a specialized boutique investment company that specializes in energy, agribusiness, education investments in Sub-Saharan Africa and through its advisory arm has represented and advised Private Equity Funds on their acquisition of power assets across the African Continent .
John is a senior banker at Fieldstone, who was recently named director of Fieldstone Africa Investment Resources (FAIR) – the project development resource subsidiary of Fieldstone. He has 14 years’ experience as an adviser in African power and infrastructure with Fieldstone. A CFA charter holder, he has focused recently on renewable generation including related structuring of asset portfolios.
Mahlatsi is leading Fieldstone’s Infrastructure and PPP South Africa initiative. He has 17 years’ of experience as a chartered accountant, registered auditor, licensed business rescue practitioner, practiced negotiator, strategist and a knowledgeable senior finance executive in various sectors. Mahlatsi is the founder of M Consulting, an audit partner at MJM & Houma Incorporated and Chairman of Mine Restoration Investments.
Andrew Smith-Maxwell has 25 years’ experience as an adviser and principal in the infrastructure sector and in African businesses. He joined Fieldstone in 2003 having been the head of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein’s global utility team. Recently, he has worked extensively with private companies in Nigeria.
Farai is a Director of Fieldstone and administers the company’s London office. He has over 11 years relevant experience having worked in corporate & project finance roles and in investment management. Farai is primarily responsible for all aspects of transaction execution and has significant experience in deal analysis, structuring, negotiations and execution both as an advisor and investor. Most recently Farai worked for an Africa focussed private equity investment manager that invested across various sectors including infrastructure, mining and mezzanine finance and was directly involved in the deployment of $250m, and divestments that netted competitive returns. Farai was also involved in the active management of investee companies; playing an integral role in developing post investment strategy, strategy implementation, investment monitoring and investment reporting. Prior to this, Farai was with Fieldstone in the Johannesburg office where he worked on REIPPP projects in Rounds 2 and 3, wind farm financings in Namibia and Kenya amongst other transactions.
Cornel heads the Energy Technology practice at Fieldstone London, both in advisory and investment capacity. His focus area is on energy technology innovation aiding the sustainable economy and energy transition. Advisory projects cover M&A and capital raises for growth and mature companies while the investment activity is focused on early stage opportunities, covering both digital and non-digital innovation.
Cornel’s Fieldstone activity is complemented by his personal deep tech angel investment and mentorship activity. In his earlier career, Cornel built and scaled two entrepreneurship ventures in the USA to exits. After his MBA at Chicago Booth, Cornel was a strategy and deal consultant with L.E.K. in London and a corporate VC with the World Gold Council. Prior to settling in London, Cornel lived and worked in the USA for over a decade and in South-East Asia for four years.
Christine is a senior banker at Fieldstone. She has 15 years of investment banking experience in various disciplines, including Project and Infrastructure Finance, Merger and Acquisition Advisory and Debt Capital Markets.
Prior to joining Fieldstone, she has been active in the project finance space with an emphasis on the renewable energy sector, specifically geothermal power generation and has worked on numerous energy and infrastructure projects.
She has also worked extensively in the Sub Saharan African corporate and sovereign debt capital markets for issuers including, inter alia, the Government of Kenya, the Central Bank of Ghana, the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sonangol Group, Dangote Industries Limited and the Ghana Cocoa Board.
Jason Harlan has over 25 years’ experience in the energy and infrastructure field as a finance and project attorney, developer, utility executive and an investment banker. He joined Fieldstone in 2003, after launching and guiding the investment in the Berlin utility for Southern Company of the US. Jason also led a venture for an African family office in the alternative fuels sector.
Taslimy is a director of Fieldstone Africa and runs the company’s Dakar office. He joined Fieldstone in 2017 and has 13 years’ experience as an investment banker with a focus on public private partnerships, project finance, M&A, infrastructure, energy, industrials, hospitality, and real estate. He has previously been the deputy Managing Director of the African investment banking arm of the largest Moroccan holding company, FinanceCom International S.A, which operates in financial, transport, technology, industrial, insurance, and telecommunications sectors. This tenure was followed by managing Iwol Capital, a boutique investment bank focused on West and Central African markets, which has advised insurance and private companies in developing and financing PPP projects and high-end real property and hospitality projects.
Barney is a Senior Representative of Fieldstone Africa based in Washington, D.C. He also serves on the board of directors of ISO New England, the authority which operates the electric grid for this six state region; and on the board of an Indian solar company, a position to which he was nominated by an IFC affiliate. In his career, Barney has worked for the World Bank in project development including work in Africa, in the US Department of State, as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers, EVP for Oxbow Power, CEO of Mirant Europe and H2Gen Innovations, and as an Operating Partner at Denham Capital.
Bruno is Director of Fieldstone based in Lima, Peru, with responsibility for Latin America and the Caribbean. Bruno has 20 years experience as a principal and advisor to private sector entities and governments, principally in emerging markets. Over the last ten years, Bruno has focused on energy including as Chief Investment Officer in a bio-fuel and power generation company in Latin America and Africa launched by two prominent family offices. He has been with Fieldstone for the last three years during which time he has been involved in projects in Argentina, Peru, Colombia and the Caribbean. Bruno holds a degree in Business from the Universidad de San Andres in Buenos Aires and is a citizen of the United Kingdom and Peru.
Brian is chief executive officer of Fieldstone Africa Investment Resources (FAIR). Prior to joining Fieldstone, Brian was a director at the project development company Prana Energy, where he was responsible for the development of a large portfolio of renewable energy, co-generation and thermal energy projects. He has over 10 years’ experience in the African energy sector and previously worked in Africa, the Middle East and Asia in infrastructure and energy intensive industries.
John is a director of Fieldstone Africa Investment Resources (FAIR). He has 14 years’ experience as an adviser in the African power and infrastructure with Fieldstone. A CFA charter holder, he has focused recently on renewable generation including related structuring of asset portfolios in recent years.