Fenella Aouane is a Principal Green Finance Specialist in GGGI’s Green Investment Services Department. Fenella has over 20 year experience in the financial markets. Most recently Fenella was part of the Environmental Markets team in Standard Bank, Africa’s largest bank. She helped to lead the bank into multiple award winning, first- to- market transactions involving, amongst others, pre-payments against tranched portfolios of emission reducing projects. She later focused on origination in Africa, resulting in the bank holding the largest portfolio of African emission reducing projects globally. She helped to run the ACAD (Africa Carbon Asset Development) program – the first public/private program of its type between UNEP FI and Standard Bank to help allocate grant funding and develop capacity building for green projects across sub-Saharan Africa. Most recently she has worked with international agencies such as the World Bank and the Swedish government to help fund early capital for programmatic green projects.
She is a board member of the industry association Climate Markets Investors Association (CMIA) which promotes low carbon growth through market mechanisms and adds to the discussion of finding further green finance solutions across both the formal and voluntary sectors.
Previously Fenella has run teams in financial institutions helping clients in the energy markets with risk management through the commodity derivatives markets, working within banks and corporates such as Natixis and Cargill. She has lived in South Africa and London and has travelled extensively within Europe and Africa.
Fenella has an honors degree in Business from Oxford Brookes university and is an Approved Person with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK.