Team

Nekton brings together a team of highly experienced individuals with a collective skill set encompassing industry expertise, entrepreneurship, trusted relationships, transaction structuring and technical expertise.

Gerard Lopez Fojaca

Chairman & CEO
Nekton Group

Gerard is responsible for the strategic vision of the Nekton Group. As Director of Nekton Global DMCC, he is President of the investment and strategic committees.

Background: Successful entrepreneur. Founder and CEO of several tech start-up ventures as well as established tech security companies. Managerial and leadership experience. Large industrial company experience in recent posts in the automotive and logistics space.

Juan Zavalia Paunero

Executive Director & Chief Investment Officer
Nekton Global DMCC

Juan is responsible for overseeing all execution activities for Nekton’s brokerage, trading and investment activities. As Director of Nekton Global DMCC he chairs the investment committee and is a member of the strategic committee.

Background: Energy investment banker with 15 years expertise in the upstream and midstream sectors. Deal execution expertise valued at $20+ billion in closed transactions. Co-founder of a midstream energy hedge fund sold to one of the prominent firms in the space.

Nasa Hadadi

Chairman’s Office, Chief of Staff and Executive Director
Nekton Group and Nekton Global DMCC

Nasa is responsible for operational aspects of the Nekton Group in addition to developing strategic relationships and new business opportunities for Nekton Global DMCC.

Background: Managing director for Genii Capital, responsible for identifying synergistic development opportunities, and the incubation and acceleration of new business ideas. Extensive experience of project development and corporate trouble-shooting.

David Levin

General Counsel
Nekton Group

David is responsible for the provision of legal advice to the Nekton Group. As General Counsel, he provides strategic advice to the senior team as well as transactional support and oversight of corporate governance.

Background: David’s experience spans 30 years in private practice in the City of London, until retiring in September 2015 as a senior corporate finance partner in global law firm Hogan Lovells. Recognised as highly experienced in complex, long term, multi-jurisdictional joint ventures especially in Emerging Markets focusing on energy and natural resources.

Peter Hendry

Head of Trading
Nekton Global DMCC

Peter is responsible for Nekton’s trading business, structuring and executing all trades. He is a member of the investment and strategic committee.

Background: 25 years of oil trading experience. Extensive knowledge of the specialised practices, procedures and customary activities that are unique to physical oil and paper markets. Strong upstream, midstream and petrochemical knowledge.

Daniel Uzel

Executive Director
Nekton Services UK

Daniel is responsible for leading all pre-deal due diligence and market research activities. As Director of Nekton Services UK, Daniel provides support to Nekton Global DMCC for all projects.

Background: Energy and infrastructure principal investing and banking. Extensive project finance experience, working on some of the most innovative deals in EMEA. As well as corporate finance, experience includes bank debt, bonds, Islamics, derivatives, ECAs and DFIs.

Sadio Wade

Associate
Nekton Services UK

Sadio works on pre-deal due diligence and market research, and is responsible for all internal analytical tools to support Nekton Global DMCC.

Background: Investment banker with significant corporate finance and financial modelling experience. Expertise includes energy, financial institutions, advising banks, insurers and assets managers in the EMEA region, and leveraged finance. MSc from ESCP Europe.

Mikhail Doev

Analyst
Nekton Services UK

Mikhail provides financial analyst support to the Nekton Services UK team, working on market research and industry analysis.

Background: Corporate banking experience. MSc in business finance from Queen Mary University of London. Native Russian speaker.

Ikram Faraji

Executive Office Manager and Executive Assistant to Chief of Staff
Nekton Services UK

Ikram is responsible for all general administration, office management and human resources at Nekton Services UK.

Sue Preston

Executive Office Manager and Executive Assistant to Chief of Staff
Nekton Global DMCC

Sue is responsible for all general administration, office management and human resources at Nekton Global DMCC.