The core executive team has been created specifically to address the complex and unique characteristics related to integration of renewables into the power supply for mining and industrial sites

Management

Lon Taranaki

Chief Executive Officer
Lon’s extensive operational experience, which includes line and general management roles, ensures a deep understanding of the dynamics of mine and construction sites and excellent communications with clients.

Lon is responsible for driving Minegenco’s development activity from generation of investment opportunities through to finalizing power purchase agreements with mining industry clients.

Dheeraj Aggarwal

Head of Commercial / Optimization
Over the last seven years, Dheeraj has worked in renewables originating, evaluating, structuring, financing and closing transactions – mainly wind, in Europe and Australasia.

Dheeraj is responsible for taking development projects originated and screened by Lon and our team of advisors from early evaluations through to financial close, including project finance.

Jeremy Ayre

Founder and Director
Co-founder of AWR Lloyd and Baker Steel ResourcesTrust with 30 years of experience in the mining industry, including advising Rio Tinto’s board on capital investments and strategy as a member of its Business Evaluation Team.

Jeremy is a member of Minegenco’s Investment Committee and Board.

Responsible for finalization of Commercial Proposals and mine due diligence.

Franck Constant

Founder and Director
Co-founder and President of Sonnedix until 2016 and Constant Energy in 2017. Developed Sonnedix into a global solar IPP with over 350MW in operation and a presence in eight countries – including France, UK, Japan, Thailand, South Africa.

Franck is a member of Minegenco’s Investment Committee and Board.

Responsible for project finance and EPC selection.

Lon’s 25 years’ experience in the mining industry ranges from operational management through to business development and executive roles and, more recently, entrepreneurial ventures. He has held senior executive positions for a number of publicly listed mining companies.

In 2014, Lon co-founded Asia M Group (AMG), a specialist mining group focused on project origination in Indonesia & Cambodia & providing performance improvement consultancy services. Lon led AMG’s first acquisition, the acquisition of a coal exploration lease in Cambodia. The project was developed then divested to a Chinese State Owned Enterprise.

Most recently, Lon managed two major consulting assignments providing mining expertise on cost reduction and performance improvements at mines in Indonesia and Guyana. The Guyanese project recently announced record quarterly production.

Prior to that, Lon held the position of Executive General Manager, Business Development for Sakari Resources, (SGX:SAR) with a focus on business development in Indonesia and SE Asia. This gave him extensive experience in project evaluation, due diligence and M&A transactions.

B.E Mineral Processing (University of Queensland), EMBA (National University Singapore)

Lon’s 25 years’ experience in the mining industry ranges from operational management through to business development and executive roles and, more recently, entrepreneurial ventures. He has held senior executive positions for a number of publicly listed mining companies.

In 2014, Lon co-founded Asia M Group (AMG), a specialist mining group focused on project origination in Indonesia & Cambodia & providing performance improvement consultancy services. Lon led AMG’s first acquisition, the acquisition of a coal exploration lease in Cambodia. The project was developed then divested to a Chinese State Owned Enterprise.

Most recently, Lon managed two major consulting assignments providing mining expertise on cost reduction and performance improvements at mines in Indonesia and Guyana. The Guyanese project recently announced record quarterly production.

Prior to that, Lon held the position of Executive General Manager, Business Development for Sakari Resources, (SGX:SAR) with a focus on business development in Indonesia and SE Asia. This gave him extensive experience in project evaluation, due diligence and M&A transactions.

B.E Mineral Processing (University of Queensland), EMBA (National University Singapore)

Between 2016 to 2018, Dheeraj worked for Wind Energy Holding (Thailand's largest wind IPP) where he developed the investment and business development side of the organization. He also successfully closed the financing for a portfolio of 450MW raising $1.1 bn corporate and project debt, which was company’s largest financing at the time. He project-managed all activities from late-stage development to financial close. Up until this point, he worked as Investment Manager in Platina Partners – a renewable energy focused private equity fund in London – where he oversaw the operations of 250MW of wind farms. He also worked on several solar projects and acted as director on the Boards of two investment SPVs.

Dheeraj started his career in renewables in 2012 when he worked on India’s largest wind farm acquisition at the time, helping BLP (now Enel India) to re-negotiate the agreed term sheet and structure the related mezzanine financing.

Prior to that, Dheeraj worked as an investment banker at RBS Corporate Finance (formerly ABN AMRO) and closed several transactions specifically in the oil & gas sector. Earlier, during his time as a consultant with Ernst & Young, he advised several financial institutions to improve their business and IT processes.

Master's in Finance, London Business School

Engineering Degree, Delhi College of Engineering

Between 2016 to 2018, Dheeraj worked for Wind Energy Holding (Thailand's largest wind IPP) where he developed the investment and business development side of the organization. He also successfully closed the financing for a portfolio of 450MW raising $1.1 bn corporate and project debt, which was company’s largest financing at the time. He project-managed all activities from late-stage development to financial close. Up until this point, he worked as Investment Manager in Platina Partners – a renewable energy focused private equity fund in London – where he oversaw the operations of 250MW of wind farms. He also worked on several solar projects and acted as director on the Boards of two investment SPVs.

Dheeraj started his career in renewables in 2012 when he worked on India’s largest wind farm acquisition at the time, helping BLP (now Enel India) to re-negotiate the agreed term sheet and structure the related mezzanine financing.

Prior to that, Dheeraj worked as an investment banker at RBS Corporate Finance (formerly ABN AMRO) and closed several transactions specifically in the oil & gas sector. Earlier, during his time as a consultant with Ernst & Young, he advised several financial institutions to improve their business and IT processes.

Master's in Finance, London Business School

Engineering Degree, Delhi College of Engineering

Between 2008 and 2016, Jeremy worked with Baker Steel Capital Managers to create a specialist private equity fund that led to listing of BSRT, a USD100m listed trust on the LSE

Prior to that, in 2000, he co-founded AWR Lloyd, a specialist advisory business based in SE Asia that acquired Asia Energy Resources, Franck Constant’s consulting business, in 2006. Franck and Jeremy have been collaborating in various capacities ever since.

While with AWR Lloyd, he originated an assignment with a $50m privately held Australian metallurgical coal company that led to a 5-year working relationship, a public listing, merger and sale to a Chinese company for $3.5bn. He also co-originated another key advisory relationship for the firm, with Banpu Coal, which has been a continuous client of the firm for 15 years.

Before becoming independent in 2000, Jeremy worked for Paribas and in London for Rio Tinto in its Business Evaluation department between 1994 and 1997. Up until this point and since graduating, he worked in both underground and open pit operations as mining engineer at Red Dome Gold Mine (Qld), Mawsons Pit (WA), Edwards Find (WA) and Neves Corvo (Portugal).

B.E. Mining Hons. (University of NSW), MBA (ENPC, Paris).

Between 2008 and 2016, Jeremy worked with Baker Steel Capital Managers to create a specialist private equity fund that led to listing of BSRT, a USD100m listed trust on the LSE.

Prior to that, in 2000, he co-founded AWR Lloyd, a specialist advisory business based in SE Asia that acquired Asia Energy Resources, Franck Constant’s consulting business, in 2006. Franck and Jeremy have been collaborating in various capacities ever since.

While with AWR Lloyd, he originated an assignment with a $50m privately held Australian metallurgical coal company that led to a 5-year working relationship, a public listing, merger and sale to a Chinese company for $3.5bn. He also co-originated another key advisory relationship for the firm, with Banpu Coal, which has been a continuous client of the firm for 15 years.

Before becoming independent in 2000, Jeremy worked for Paribas and in London for Rio Tinto in its Business Evaluation department between 1994 and 1997. Up until this point and since graduating, he worked in both underground and open pit operations as mining engineer at Red Dome Gold Mine (Qld), Mawsons Pit (WA), Edwards Find (WA) and Neves Corvo (Portugal).

B.E. Mining Hons. (University of NSW), MBA (ENPC, Paris).

Franck began his career in the power generation industry in 1995 when he joined Sithe Energies Inc. in Thailand. He worked with Sithe for five years developing its power projects and business in South East Asia. During this period, Sithe became Thailand’s leading foreign IPP, with new assets worth over $500 million. He continued in the power generation industry until 2002, working as Director for Business Development for Sithe in Korea and subsequently for Mirant Asia-Pacific in North East Asia. In these roles, he successfully structured, financed and managed over $1 billion of greenfield power projects and acquisitions for Sithe and Mirant.

In 2002, Franck started an energy consulting firm ‘Asia Energy Resources’ which was subsequently acquired by AWR Lloyd, an energy, infrastructure and mining advisory firm in 2006. Franck worked as a partner until 2010, providing advisory services to oil, power and mining companies.

Finance Degree, EDHEC

Franck began his career in the power generation industry in 1995 when he joined Sithe Energies Inc. in Thailand. He worked with Sithe for five years developing its power projects and business in South East Asia. During this period, Sithe became Thailand’s leading foreign IPP, with new assets worth over $500 million. He continued in the power generation industry until 2002, working as Director for Business Development for Sithe in Korea and subsequently for Mirant Asia-Pacific in North East Asia. In these roles, he successfully structured, financed and managed over $1 billion of greenfield power projects and acquisitions for Sithe and Mirant.

In 2002, Franck started an energy consulting firm ‘Asia Energy Resources’ which was subsequently acquired by AWR Lloyd, an energy, infrastructure and mining advisory firm in 2006. Franck worked as a partner until 2010, providing advisory services to oil, power and mining companies.

Finance Degree, EDHEC