“The world is changing. New investors pay particular attention to the energy sector while historical actors adapt their position to the market.”
Antonio started his career in the electricity sector in 1991 working as a member of staff for the General Manager of Sevillana de Electricidad (Spain). In 1997, he was in charge of the commercial regulation at Endesa Distribution. In 2000, he joined Endesa’s European M&A department. He was appointed CEO of Endesa Power Trading Ltd in 2003. He became Head of Energy Management for SNET, France, in 2004 and was appointed CEO of this company in 2008. In 2009, he held the position of Head of Corporate Development for E.ON France. In 2011, he founded Haya Energy Solutions (HES), a consulting firm which assists companies in optimizing their value chain: from strategy definition to day-to-day operations, based on a strong experience and understanding of the energy industry. From 2015 to 2018, Antonio was Chairman and CEO of 2 French CCGTs (2x410MW), owned by KKR. At the end of 2018, he joined Asterion Industrial Partners, a dedicated infrastructure investment fund, as an Operating Partner.
Antonio graduated from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros of Seville (Spain) and holds an MBA degree from Deusto University (Spain).
“Decarbonization of the Energy and Transport sectors is arguably today’s main economic driver for the industry.”
His career started in civil engineering as a Project Manager in France, Martinique and Australia. Afterwards, he became the General Manager of a subsidiary in Venezuela. In 1992, he established Dalkia in Germany (district heating, cogeneration, and partnerships) and represented Véolia in Thailand. In 2000, he opened the commercial office of Endesa in France to take advantage of the liberalized retail market. From 2006, as a development Manager at Endesa France, he led Endesa’s plan for Combined Cycle generation in France and developed the wind and PV portfolio of Snet at the same time. Philippe Boulanger worked for 3 years at E.ON’s headquarters coordinating the company´s activities in France. He was strongly involved in the French hydro concession renewal project. As a Senior Vice President – Project Director at Solvay Energy Services from April 2012 to February 2014 he was in charge of the H2/Power to gas and European direct market access deployment projects. Philippe has been an HES expert since 2014.
Philippe Boulanger holds engineering degrees both from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts & Chaussées (France) and has a combined experience of more than 25 years in energy and infrastructure. In addition to English, Mr. Boulanger is fluent in French, German & Spanish.
“Natural gas will play a central role in a low-carbon economy: with the advent of power-to-gas and biogas, it will evolve from being a fossil energy to become a green energy. And it presents an indispensable advantage to facilitate the emergence of renewable, but intermittent energy sources such as wind or photovoltaic: it is storable, in already existing infrastructures!”
Philippe has spent his entire career in the energy industry, first at TOTAL, from 1979 to 2001, and then at E.ON. At TOTAL, his experience covered upstream activities (oil & gas exploration) as well as downstream activities in the gas and power sectors. He led the successful negotiation and start of construction of the Taweelah A2 1350 MW gas-fired power and water desalination plant in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. After joining E.ON, he successfully developed the French retail gas business of E.ON Ruhrgas before becoming Director of Sales for both gas and power at E.ON France. Philippe is an HES expert since 2012.
Philippe holds an engineering degree from the Ecole Polytechnique (Paris, class of 1976) and an MBA from Berkeley University (California, USA, class of 1983).
“Power produce low cost is not enough. It is more important than ever before to produce better results in maximizing its value”
Manolo has focused his professional career on the thermal power generation sector by holding several positions in the construction, operation and management of power plants in different countries. He started his career in 1972 at the Besos power plant (Spain). Since 1976, he participated in the construction and operation of the Foix power plant (Spain). In 1981, he was responsible for Maintenance Operations, to later become the Director of the plant in 1988. From 1987 to 1997, he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Térmicas del Besos Company. From 1998 to 2002, he was Head of Production of 5 plants (2,150 MW). In 2002, he arrived in France and worked as a Production Manager at Snet (5 power plants, 2,500 MW), for which he led several projects in coal-fired plants pollution, automation and processing biomass plant of Bialistok (Poland), and participated in the development of 4 CCGT units to be built in France. In 2008, he was appointed CEO of Endesa Hellas, where he was involved in the construction and operation of the Viotia 400MW CCGT (Greece). From 2012 to 2018, Manolo participated in the preparation of a number of Technical Due Dilligiences (Alpiq, Coriance, etc) and, more specifically, those related to Toul and Pont-sur-Sambre CCGTs (CELEST), power plants for which he also coordinated Operations and Maintenance since 2015. Manolo has worked as an independent consultant for HES since 2012. He was CEO of Endesa Hellas (Greece) between 2008 and 2010.
Manuel López graduated from the Escuela Superior de Ingenieros de Barcelona (1971) and holds an MBA degree (1991).
“The complexity and radical changes in the energy world make inventing simple, appropriate, comprehensive and flexible solutions a vital requirement”
Jean-Charles has worked for fourteen years in the energy industry, with ENDESA and E.ON. His experience ranges from retail activities to trading and mid- and front office activities. He started his career as responsible for pricing and portfolio management of end-customers’ portfolio at Endesa France. Later, he joined the generation portfolio team, focusing on coal portfolio and setting up long-term contracts of virtual power plant. When joining E.ON, he was in charge of setting up group risk reports for the company´s French subsidiary. He then joined E.ON’s trading entity in Düsseldorf (Germany) as a portfolio analyst for nuclear, gas, coal and fuel-oil assets in Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Currently, Jean-Charles is an independent consultant approved for HES.
Jean-Charles holds engineering degrees from both the Institut National Polytechnique of Lorraine (2002) and the Université Technologique of Luleå, in Sweeden (2001).
“With Energy Transition making us look at the current European Energy Market from a different perspective, ie. seeking an adequate balance between fossile and renewable sources while ensuring security of supply at the same time, new opportunities arise for potential new investors”
Michaela started her career in the Electricity Sector in 1998 working in the Continental Power Settlements Department at Enron Europe in London. In February 2000, she joined Sempra Energy Europe, where she worked as a Junior Trader for the Spanish Electricity Market and assisted in the set-up of electricity and gas operations of the Madrid office. She then joined Endesa Trading in 2002, first as a Pre-Adhesion Advisor for the Hungarian Energy Office in Budapest, under the scope of the EU Phare Programme, and afterwards as Head of Energy Movements, namely for France and Germany, at Endesa´s Headquarters in Madrid. She has since carried out analysis of the Iberian Electricity Market Legal Framework for European Trading companies. At present, Michaela is an independent consultant approved for HES.
Michaela holds a Business Management degree from the Business Management School of Cádiz (1991).
Manuel graduated from the Escuela Superior de Ingenieros of Seville (Spain) and has broad international experience in the Energy Sector in a number of fields such as Construction, Operation and Maintenance, Asset Optimization and Project Management. Manuel started his career at ABENGOA (Spain), where he was involved in several international construction projects (U.K. and Chile). He moved to France in 2016 and joined CELEST (KKR ownership) as an Operation and Maintenance Engineer for its two 420MW CCGT plants, managing in the meantime some asset improvement projects as well. Manuel joined HES in 2019. He has since participated in several M&A projects at different levels: managing the Due Diligences process (both at a strategical, technical, commercial and regulatory level) for the acquisition of one of Italy´s main power utilities and for a renewable energy development company in France and evaluating the different business lines of a power company in the U.K. prior to its acquisition. In parallel, he has participated in some other projects as support for the optimization of some production assets of one of the main utilities in France (840 MW) and collaborated in providing optimization solutions for the energy development requirements of a Telecom company.
Manuel graduated from the Escuela Superior de Ingenieros of Seville (Spain).
Through his professional experience gained at Enedis and various projects, Ibrahima was able to deepen his competences in econometrics and statistical modeling. He joined HES in 2018. He actively participates in providing consultancy services – electricity, gas and CO2 strategies – to various electricity companies and carries out regulatory analyses for these clients, too. In parallel, he carries out short and medium-term economic valuations on behalf of some generation assets (800MW and 200MW) located in France. Ibrahima is a HES referent for flexibility markets in France, especially the power capacity market and, to this effect, participates in the buildout of necessary models and advises HES customers (producers and suppliers) in the development and implementation of necessary strategies. Since joining HES, he has also participated in M&A projects and acted as Project Coordinator for some of them.
Ibrahima holds a master’s degree in Economics and Energy Law from the University of Montpellier focused on energy markets and their regulations. He also holds a master’s degree in Management from IAE de Bordeaux where he studied Business Strategy and Project management
In 2018, Paloma started working at HES as a trainee, where she gained some experience in the energy sector by participating in various projects related with the electricity, gas and emissions markets, and monitoring the operation of a District Heating facility and 2 CCGTs. Paloma moved back to Spain in 2019 and joined Elmya, S.A, where she spent more than two years in the PV sector as an Operations and Maintenance engineer. While in charge of a technical team, her responsibilities also included resolution of incidents, planning of corrective and preventive maintenance, analysis and monitoring of KPIs via SCADA, and a continuous collaboration with clients to manage the maintenance of their production facilities (a total of 300MW in solar sites spread across the UK, Spain and Portugal). In 2021, Paloma joined HES again as a Junior Consultant.
Paloma graduated in Industrial Engineering with a special focus in energy at the Escuela Superior de Ingenieros de Sevilla (Spain), she completed her Master degree in Seville (2016-2017) and l´École Centrale de Nantes (2017-2019).
Céline, a young and dynamic person, had a first experience in the tourism sector as a community manager at Loups du Gévaudan, in Lozère. She joined HES team in November 2021 to diversify her knowledge: learning about the energy sector, specialising in marketing strategies in order to improve the company’s customer relations and, at the same time, developing her skills in coordination and project management.
Céline graduated in Spanish and English Language, Literature and Civilisation at La Sorbonne IV (2018). She also holds a master’s degree II in cultural projects and establishments management, with a special focus on international tourism. She also studied abroad at the University of London (England) and Universidad de Morón (Argentina).
Each month, one of our experts publishes an article describing his view on a specific topic of the constant changes taking place in the energy market, with special focus on the French market.