Management Team

Our business model relies on augmenting the internal capabilities of our staff and management team through outsourcing the execution of certain project development activities by specialized service providers. A built-in quality assurance process of deliverables integrates output of external resources with those of main stream internal capabilities. The professional resources extended to BPI by its technology and investment partners are indispensible in consolidating our portfolio of utility and energy conversion assets.

 

Ahmed Bahgat – Chairman & CEO

Dr. Bahgat is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Benchmark Power International. SAE (BPI). He has 35-year long and extensive experience in finance, investment banking and business development of major infrastructure projects in Egypt and across the African continent. Since 2004, Dr. Bahgat has been engaged in the development of major upstream and downstream energy projects. His business concept of BPI has evolved to become a utility development and investment platform company that spins-off Benchmark utility companies.

Prior to his involvement with his platform company BPI, Dr. Bahgat was the Vice President, Finance and Planning and Acting President of the African Development Bank Group. The African Development Bank is a triple A rated supra-national development bank, engaged in promoting economic development and social progress of its regional member countries all over the African Continent. And prior to his work with the Bank, Dr. Bahgat was the founder and Managing Director of Benchmark Capital, a regional investment banking firm headquartered in Cairo, Egypt, with branches in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and in Lugano, Switzerland.

Dr. Bahgat holds a Ph.D. in Banking & Finance, and an MBA from Rutgers – Graduate School of Management, an MS in Computer Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA, and MS in Accounting and a B.A. in Commerce from Cairo University, in Egypt.

 

Nadia Bahgat- VP Operations & Business Development

Nadia Bahgat is the Vice President, Operations & Business Development at Benchmark Power International, S.A.E., which she joined in 2011, where she manages teams of project development of utility-scale projects in thermal power, in solar power, in sea water desalination, and in gas-to-ammonia production. Energy efficiency projects in areas of waste heat recovery and in cogeneration are also within the scope of her operations and business development. Prior to her involvement with BPI, Mrs. Bahgat was a Senior Analyst at Benchmark Capital, where she conducted feasibility studies for public-sector and private clients, built pro-forma financial models, and supported bids and project development. She raised expansion debt for portfolio companies and negotiated long-term lines of credit from banks for clients.

Mrs. Bahgat holds an MBA from Herriot Watt University in England, and a BA in Economics from the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

 

Mohamed Abo- Moawad– Director for Thermal Projects

Eng. Moawad manages technical aspects of development of thermal projects at Benchmark Power International. He has over a 30-year experience in power plant management, construction, commissioning, as well an in operations and maintenance.

He has worked in Egypt, as well as Libya, Iraq and other Arab countries in the implementation, construction, management, overseeing operations, and maintenance of combined cycle power plants. In addition to his extensive experience in thermal power plants, he is trained in waste water treatment processes, instrument / control, quality assurance and quality system implementation. His experience also extends to environment, health, and safety management systems.

Eng. Moawad worked previously at the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) and in government-owned electricity companies that EEHC owns.

Eng. Moawad holds a BS in Power Mechanical Engineering from Mansoura University in Egypt.

 

Adeleke Busura Omotayo- Operations Director, Nigeria

Mr. Omotayo has 37 years of post-qualification experience, including more than 30 years in managerial positions in national and multinational organizations such as Securities and Exchange Commission Nigeria, the African Development Bank, and Deloitte & Touche. He also has extensive experience in auditing, investigation, risk assessment, accounting, finance, project management, and management consultancy. His skills include review, design and installation of internal control and accounting systems, policies and procedures as well as preparation of accounting and administrative manuals, management consulting and project development. He is also an experienced auditor, accountant, financial analyst and consultant with a strong customer-service focus and excellent knowledge of information technology, particularly Enterprise Resource Programs (e.g. ORACLE and SAP), current with International Financial Reporting Standards and International Auditing Standards.

Mr. Omotayo holds an MBA from Brunel University, London, England, and has obtained many certifications including Certified Information Security Manager, Certified Information Systems Auditor, and Certified Internal Auditor.