Managing Director, Aldwych International Ltd
In the early days of Aldwych, Helen led the acquisition of a stake in CEC, the private Zambian transmission business, and co-led the refinancing of the 600MW Kelvin power plant in Johannesburg. She also supported the development of the 90MW Rabai IPP in Kenya, which reached COD in May 2010. Aldwych is the largest single shareholder in the 310MW Lake Turkana wind project, also in Kenya, due to be commissioned later this year. Under Helen’s leadership, Aldwych co-developed the 450MW Azura-Edo gas-fired open-cycle power plant located in Edo State, Nigeria and the 192MW Amandi IPP in Ghana, now both in construction. Helen started with Aldwych as Commercial Director and became Managing Director in 2010. She is responsible for Aldwych’s membership of the Power Africa Initiative, within which Aldwych has committed to develop, finance, construct and operate almost 1200MW of new generation capacity in sub-Saharan Africa. Helen joined The AES Corporation in 1997 as Senior Project Director, working mainly in Hungary. She subsequently led the Songo-Songo gas-to-power project in Tanzania, as well as working on the acquisition by AES of the Kelvin power plant and of the Ebute 260MW IPP in Nigeria. Between 2002 and 2004 Helen was CEO of AES-Sonel, the national power company of Cameroon, and initiated the project financing of the new thermal power plant at Limbé. Helen is a graduate of Oxford University with an MA in Modern Languages. She has recently received the MIGA Gender CEO Award for 2017.