Established in 2010, Africa Renewables (Afriren) is a company which has a mission to connect Africa to the green energy economy.By working with local partner across the region, we aim to establish high quality, reliable and long-term sources of biomass supply from existing agro-industrial plantations. Afriren aspires to be the parter of choice for pellet producers, biomass energy traders, MDF (medium density fibreboard) industrials and European energy companies interested in co-firing or investing in biomass electricity generation.Our ambition is to develop renewable energy projects across Africa using cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art processes within a framework which ensures respect for the environment and collaboration with local communities. Our vision is macro, focusing on European demand and commodity prices, while we give meticulous attention to the day to day operation of our African projects.AfriRen is headquartered in Brussels (Belgium) and has offices in London (UK) and across the Gulf of Guinea, in Accra (Ghana), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Lagos (Nigeria) and Douala (Cameroon).
Through our subsidiary companies, we work with local parties in producing biomass from unproductive plantations, through a process beginning with the felling of trees right through to the shipping of woodchips. We have taken great care ensuring that our entire supply chain is ‘lean and green’ and supports the socio-economic development of the region.
Jean Francois Guillon, Founder and Managing Director, London
Jean-Francois has over 25 years experience in commodities and energy trading, having worked at Vitol from 1983 to 2010, first as a physical oil trader and later as a carbon project originator. He has extensive expertise in the oil sector, carbon trading and renewable energy. He has extensive knowledge of the African environment, both from a commercial and a logistics point of view.
With AfriRen, Jean-Francois is engaged in a long-term mission focused on the development of energy infrastructure in Africa from renewable sources. He wants AfriRen to provide the link for European commercial partners who are looking to secure long-term biomass supply contracts or seeking to invest in renewable power generation in Africa.
Jean-Francois studied Finance at French Business School ESC Reims and possesses a Master’s Degree in Finance and Accounting from Arts&Metiers in Paris.
Mohammed Safdar, Shipping and Operations Manager
Mohammed manages shipping and operations for all energy origination and export from West Africa. This begins with an overview of feed stock availability, through each aspect of the logistics chain right up until the biomass is loaded on to ships and delivered to discharge ports.
Mohammed also manages the company’s global banking structure, between Belgium, London and West Africa, as well as our currency risk.
Mohammed is a graduate of the University of Warwick, and holds a BA in Politics with Economics.
Kwabena Atta Kissiedu, TREL Managing Director
Kwabena has responsibility for the management of finance, administration and human resources, including payroll, financial planning and banking oversight.
Kissiedu has over 25 years of experience in accounting and banking. He is a trained and certified Chartered Accountant in Ghana. He has served as Finance Director of Prime Wood in Takoradi for the last ten years, having worked at the firm for over twenty.
Kissiedu has also represented Boateng, Offei & Co., a firm of Chartered Accountants with presence in Takoradi and Accra. This firm is the correspondent company in Ghana of Grant Thornton International, a leading accounting firm.