Lekela hires General Manager for SenegalFriday 1st June 2018
Lekela, the renewable power generation company that delivers utility-scale projects across Africa, today announced the appointment of Massaer Cisse as General Manager for Senegal. He will be responsible for overseeing construction and operation of Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye, Senegal’s first ever large wind energy project.
Massaer has held a variety of roles over the past 17 years, including in global financial, legal and fiscal management, project planning and implementation. Most recently, he was a Director at Deloitte, Senegal, where he led a team who assisted multinational firms in various sectors, managing investments, business operations and government relations in Senegal, Gambia, Mali and Mauritania. Prior to this, he spent 9 years at Deloitte in New York.
As General Manager, Massaer will be responsible for managing Lekela’s 158.7MW Taiba N’Diaye wind farm as it reaches financial close, commences construction and begins long-term operation. Massaer will also focus on strengthening relations with the local community, the Government, Senelec and other key stakeholders.
Additionally, he will support Lekela’s business development activities in the region and will be responsible for growing Lekela’s in-country team.
Chris Antonopoulos, Chief Executive Officer of Lekela, said: “We are pleased to welcome Massaer, who will bring valuable knowledge and extensive in-market experience to our Senegal operations. Massaer’s appointment cements our commitment to the country, as we move towards financial close and then construction on the Taiba N’Diaye wind farm.”
Massaer Cisse, said:“Taiba N’Diaye forms a critical component of Senegal’s clean energy strategy, and I’m excited to help the country progress towards this. Lekela’s commitment to delivering sustainable and reliable power across Africa, whilst also creating long-term value in the communities they operate in, was key in my decision to work there, and I am very much looking forward to it.”