Management Team

Our management team has rich global experience with leading firms in renewable energy operations, asset development, private equity and investment banking, and a track record in origination, M&A, EPC, capital structuring and asset management of renewable energy projects.

Phyllis Liew

HR Director

Julie Lee

Investment Director & Country Head(Taiwan)

Christopher Chua

Investment Director & Country Head (Philippines)

Pratyush Thakur

Investment Director & Country Head (India)

Arnaud Ayral

Director - Corporate Solutions

Le Huy Thanh

Chairman (Vietnam)

Johnson Varghese

Development Director

Steffen Hesche

Operations Director

James Thomas

Technical Director

Viktor Dancza

Engineering Director

Tobias Kullack

Project Director

Des Yeo

WHSE Director

Scott Griffiths

Director - Strategy & Planning

Chris Chua

Investment Director - Philippines

Pratyush Thakur

Investment Director - India

Arnaud Ayral

Director - Corporate Solutions

Le Huy Thanh

Chairman (Vietnam)

Raghuram Natarajan

CEO

Raghuram (Ram) was appointed as CEO of Blueleaf Energy in July 2021.

Based in Singapore, Mr. Natarajan spearheads Blueleaf’s expansion plans in the Asia-Pacific region and leads its rapidly growing team. Mr. Natarajan brings 15 years of senior leadership experience in wind, solar and battery storage solutions across the Asia-Pacific region. In his previous positions as APAC CEO with Juwi and Mainstream Renewable Power, Mr. Natarajan managed the development of over 5 GW of renewable energy projects and delivered close to 2 GW of solar and wind projects into commercial operation and long-term asset management.

 

Roy Tang

CFO

Roy was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in September 2020, having joined from Asia Power Development Platform as its CFO, which also pursued renewable energy development within the ASEAN market. Prior to his foray into renewable energy development, he held various senior Finance appointments in investment banking, wholesale and institutional banking.

In addition to the 3 years in renewable energy, Roy has over 20 years of experience in banking and finance, supporting debt capital markets, corporate finance, treasury and institutional sales. 

Phyllis Liew

HR Director

Phyllis was appointed as the HR Director with Blueleaf Energy in February 2019. A dedicated HR business partner with a demonstrated history of working in the logistics and supply chain industry with Bollore Logistics where she held the position of HR Director for South East Asia.  With Blueleaf Energy, her idealism is to play her part in contributing back to the world, making the world a more sustainable place for our children to live in. 

Phyllis’ experience has grown from operational to strategic HR over the last 20 years in her career.  A genuine HR influencer who supports senior business leaders and engages stakeholders with an appreciation that people is every organisation’s greatest asset and culture is every organisation’s greatest enabler.

Julie Lee

Investment Director & Country Head (Taiwan)

Julie is the Investment Director and Country Head of Blueleaf Energy Taiwan.

Julie is a senior energy finance and investment professional who brings 13 years of hands-on experience in originating, evaluating, executing, and managing project finance debt and sponsor equity investment across a wide variety of power, renewable, and infrastructure real assets in North and Latin Americas at well-known financial institutions, including Macquarie Capital, ABN AMRO, and BNP Paribas.

Prior to joining Blueleaf Energy, Julie oversaw over US$400 million of development and construction equity commitment at Macquarie Capital, established ABN AMRO’s power and renewable project finance and client coverage business in North America, and managed approximately US$1 billion of project finance portfolio and tax equity investment at BNP Paribas.

Christopher Rainier O. Chua

Investment Director & Country Head (Philippines)

Chris was appointed as an Investment Director and Country Head of Blueleaf Energy Philippines in February 2022. Chris has over 15 years of experience in the power industry, focused in project and deal origination, M&As as well as commercial and asset management across various thermal and renewables investments in Southeast Asia.

Prior to joining Blueleaf Energy, Chris was part of two pioneer groups which established Meralco Powergen Corporation (MGen) and UPC Renewables Asia. He has spent over 11 years with MGen where he headed the Business Development – Domestic Markets Team of MGreen, a renewable energy platform of MGen/Global Business Power, that has over 1GW of pipeline projects in development. In MGen, he oversaw the acquisition of an 800MW LNG plant based in Singapore and headed the development of a 1.2GW Ultra Super-Critical power plant project in the Philippines, bringing it from early development stage to shovel-ready status within 3 years.

Pratyush Thakur

Investment Director & Country Head (India)

Pratyush was appointed as the Investment Director and Country Head of India in April 2021, joining from Macquarie Capital where he led renewables development activities in India. Based in Bangalore, Pratyush leads Blueleaf Energy’s business in India supporting the growth of the Vibrant Energy platform and expanding Blueleaf Energy’s presence in the utility offtake market. 

Pratyush’s career spans for more than 16 years, which includes experience in range of activities including M&A, project finance, business and project development, energy markets, engineering, and risk management. Previously he was Managing Director of Statkraft Solar Solutions, the solar arm of Norwegian renewable energy major Statkraft.

Arnaud Ayral

Director - Corporate Solutions

Arnaud Ayral is the Corporate Solutions Director of Blueleaf Energy and based in Singapore.

Arnaud leads the company’s growth in renewable energy solutions aimed at corporate customers, leveraging the strong track record and capabilities of the Group in solar PV, wind and energy storage.

Arnaud previously was Business Development Director at Cleantech Solar, the Keppel-owned solar PV developer where he helped build in South-East Asia a strong track record for the company of commercial and industrial projects across the region. Prior to that, he worked in Australia, UK, the Netherlands and the Middle-East where he held various positions with Rolls-Royce plc, including most recently that of Senior Vice-President of the Marine Services division in Asia Pacific.

Arnaud had previously also worked at Electricite de France (EDF). Arnaud holds a B&A Master’s degree from Normandy Business School and most recently attended the Tuck 2030 Leadership programme at Dartmouth College.

Le Huy Thanh

Chairman (Vietnam)

Le Huy Thanh is the Chairman of Blueleaf Energy Vietnam. Le Huy Thanh has over 25 years of experience working in the oil and gas industry in various fields in all aspects of upstream, midstream and downstream including sales, marketing, operation of LPG plant, commercial, business development, public and government affairs, representative office.

Prior to joining Blueleaf Energy, Thanh was the Public and Government Affairs Manager and Chief Representative of ExxonMobil in Vietnam. Other positions he has held include Chief Representative of the British Petroleum Company (BP) in Vietnam, Commercial Manager for BP’s New Projects in the country.

Johnson Varghese

Development Director

Johnson Varghese is the Development Director of Blueleaf Energy. He is responsible for the development of renewable energy projects as well as providing technical and commercial expertise into wind opportunities across Blueleaf Energy’s business in the Asia Pacific region.

Johnson has over 24 years of experience in renewable energy sector. Most recently, Johnson was EVP of New Business Development at Siemens Gamesa in India where he undertook a rationalisation of Siemens Gamesa’s wind and solar development portfolio during the restructuring review of that business. Prior to that, he spent time in Sembcorp Singapore (VP Project Development), Vestas (Director Global Development), Kshema Power, 4 years in SunEdison (MD Wind and Solar Operations). Before that he spent 14 years with Vestas heading operations and maintenance, Technical Support,  development and construction of wind projects across India.

Steffen Hesche

Operations Director

Steffen Hesche was appointed as VP Asset Management when Blueleaf Energy launched in 2019.

Prior to this, Steffen was Head of the Conergy business unit “Operations and Maintenance” and Managing Director for Conergy India.

Steffen has over 20 years of experience in various management positions in the solar, semiconductor, glass and pharmaceutical industry.

James Thomas

Technical Director

James Thomas joined Blueleaf Energy as Technical Director in February 2021 with the overall responsibility for engineering, construction and supply chain across Asia. With a career with large and well known companies around the globe, James is a Chartered Engineer, Member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers and holds a Master of Science in Project Management. James has led major projects as well as large engineering and construction teams in nuclear, gas turbine, thermal and solar power generation sectors, as well as providing services as founder of his own consulting business. He has worked on projects and developments in UK, China, Philippines, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Thailand and others. Reporting to the CEO, James will lead all technical activity for Blueleaf Energy across Asia.

Viktor Dancza

Engineering Director

Viktor Dancza was appointed Engineering Director in February 2021. Viktor experience spans his native Hungary, Australia, UK and for the last 3 years, he has been based in Singapore as the Engineering Manager, working on the development of solar projects across the whole Asia region. As the Engineering Director, Viktor leads the Blueleaf Energy Engineering Team, and will ensure that we continue to deliver and grow the excellent in-house capacity of assessing developer designs, evaluating project sites and providing engineering input into our transactions. 

Tobias Kullack

Project Director

Tobias Kullack was appointed Project Director in February 2021. 

Tobias is experienced in the development and implementation of solar, hybrid and wind projects, spending the last years helping project management teams to grow and successfully implement and operate several renewable energy projects across the Asia Pacific Region. His major achievements have been the development and implementation of several large-scale power plants in the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia. 

As the Project Director, Tobias will lead the in-house Blueleaf Energy project delivery team and contribute to the development of projects, both C&I and utility scale, and lead the team for successful project implementation.

Des Yeo

WHSE Director

Des Yeo was appointed as the Workplace Health Safety and Environment (WHSE) Director in November 2019. Prior to this, Des was working with the Altrad Group, a leading global industrial services provider for the Oil & Gas market.

Des has more than a decade of extensive WHSE experience for both green and brownfield projects across a range of sectors, including Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Power Generation, Civil and Building Construction.

Scott Griffiths

Director - Strategy & Planning

Scott has seven years of experience in solar energy in project development and business planning.  He leads projects to improve operational efficiency and growth, including the integration and transition of new businesses and people into Blueleaf Energy.  He has originated, developed, and sold 30MW of solar power projects across Japan and SEA with Blueleaf Energy’s predecessor, Conergy.   

Prior to Blueleaf Energy was with Deloitte in strategy and operations consulting.  He has a degree in systems design engineering, an MBA from INSEAD and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School.