London, 26 June 2023 – NextEnergy Capital (“NEC”), the leading investment manager in the global solar sector, is delighted to announce three key strategic hires to its investor relations team to help drive and capture NEC’s successful fundraising momentum across its latest private funds (NextPower UK ESG and NextPower V ESG) across the globe.
Craig Watkins joins as Director of Fundraising in the Americas, where he will build NextEnergy Capital’s presence in the Americas across all the private funds. Craig brings over 20 years of experience, most recently from AMP Capital, where he led the firm’s Investor Relations efforts in North America, primarily for their Infrastructure Equity and Debt platforms. Craig also spent nearly ten years at Cohen & Steers, where he was responsible for the firm’s institutional sales and consultant relations efforts in North America, representing their suite of real assets strategies, including U.S. and Global REITs, Listed Infrastructure, Commodities and Natural Resource equities.
Hasmeen Deol joins as a Director, bringing over a decade of experience in alternative investments most recently from Capital Dynamics. Hasmeen will be a key member of the fundraising team for NextPower V ESG, NextEnergy Capital’s latest private OECD solar fund targeting a fund size of between $1.5-$2bn. Prior to joining NextEnergy Capital, Hasmeen was responsible for clean energy product strategy and fundraising at her previous employer. She also led various responsible investment initiatives and was a member of the firm’s Responsible Investment and Diversity & Inclusion committees. Earlier in her career, she worked in investment management, managing a portfolio of investments across renewable energy, regulated utilities, ports and transport infrastructure. .
Marisa Fatouros joins as a Senior Associate, bringing over seven years of experience in investor relations, most recently from AMP Capital, where she was a key member of the investor relations team managing investor relationships and fundraising efforts. Marisa will be a key member of the fundraising team across both NextPower V ESG and NextPower UK ESG, where she is responsible for global coverage outside the UK.
Shane Swords, NextEnergy Capital Managing Director and Head of Investor Relations, said:
“Over the last four years, our investor relations team has grown from two individuals to nine, and I am delighted that Craig, Hasmeen, and Marisa have joined, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge with them. They will contribute to significantly expanding our investor coverage universe.
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