PEI Landscape


Torsten Merkel, Chief Executive Officer

Torsten began his career on secondment to the Indian government by the German government advising on renewable energy policy. Following this, he spent a number of years with Euromoney Institutional Investor where he was responsible for the development of their global portfolio of Renewable Energy Finance platforms where, as a consequence, he played an instrumental role in helping to develop the cross-border financing market for this sector. From Euromoney he moved to become the European Managing Director for the specialist advisory firm - The Cleantech Group, creating strategies for their industry information provision and service offerings. In 2007 Torsten left to found Altostrata Energy - a renewable energy investment company of which he is still a director, and in 2008 was appointed CEO of Pure Energy Intelligence. Torsten has a degree in political science and law from the Technical University of Dresden and the University of Hagen. Torsten speaks German, Russian and English.

Anton Shihoff

Anton is a partner at the Irish investment firm - Altostrata Energy, a company specialising in the financing of clean technology companies. Prior to this, he was the VP corporate development for Finavera Renewables, a renewable energy technology and project developer, helping to build the company from a start-up to a listed company with a market capitalisation in excess CAD$ 100 million. During this time he also consulted to Longview Capital Partners, a listed Canadian investment bank, helping them to establish their cleantech investment platform. At the start of his career Anton developed two technology start-ups both of which were successfully sold to trade buyers. He presently sits on the board of Chilean hydropower developer - Hydroventura Chile S.p.A. and the advisory board of US based Renewable Energy technology developer - Principle Power Inc.

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