Defne Arisoy and Meryem Lakhssassi have been appointed as E&S managers.

Casablanca, 1 June 2019- Neo Themis (Themis) considers ESG factors as an integral part of its investment strategy to ensure that each project delivers sustainable returns and meets best international E&S guidelines. Themis’ embedded ESG approach is led by our investment team, who work in partnership with a team of ESG specialists and experts from world-class technical advisory firms.

Themis today announced the hiring of Defne Arisoy and Meryem Lakhssassi as E&S managers to strengthen its investment team. Two new members bring nearly 30 years of solid experience and their main objective is to contribute to the SDGs as well as providing clean and affordable energy in Sub Saharan Africa.

Defne Arisoy joined Themis from Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline while Meryem Lakhssassi from the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy. Having worked on large-scale projects in North Africa, Eastern Europe and Western Asia, they accompanied public and private entities during development, construction and operation of investments including 1500 MW of solar projects, a petroleum refinery and 1850 km of multi-country natural gas pipeline.

Tas Anvaripour, Chief Executive Officer, commented: “It’s great to welcome Defne and Meryem into their new roles as E&S Managers. Their expertise will be invaluable as we expand our operations in Sub Saharan Africa and reinforces our commitment to ESG”

“Themis has been extraordinarily diligent on ESG factors across its investments and will continue to build capabilities to meet increasing investors demand for sustainable investing therefore I welcome Defne and Meryem” stated Marc Mandaba, Chief Investment Officer.


About Themis

Themis is a leading project developer and investor with an exclusive focus on incremental renewable power generation assets in Sub Saharan Africa. The team, headquartered in Casablanca, Morocco, has a proven track record in Africa and extensive execution capabilities. Themis landmark references include the EUR195 million 44MW hydroelectric plant in Côte d’Ivoire, which reached financial close in 2018 and the USD900 million 200MW hydroelectric plant in Madagascar which is in financing stage.