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WHY "AMBATA"

In Swahili, the word "Ambata" means to bridge, connect or bring together.

When we decided to form an investment and advisory firm that would bring together Africa, the Middle East, and the rest of the world, we chose the Swahili word "Ambata" as our name because of our goal to build economic bridges between cultures and geographies.  We believed then, and believe today, that businesses should act as a positive force for change with the people, communities, and environments in which they operate.

 

Ambata is a small group of focused professionals with diverse backgrounds, spanning banking, investments ,project finance, strategy, operations, and philanthropy.  We are driven by the pursuit of whole system success and are constantly seeking new and creative ways to finance solutions to the world's most pressing problems such as climate change, threats to biodiversity and indigenous peoples, education, and security.

 

We believe that by connecting our network of traditional financial institutions, NGOs, foundations, and individuals with companies implementing innovative solutions, we can make a meaningful difference and we hope you will join us.

MICHAEL PHILIPP

CHAIRMAN

SERVICES

The Ambata team is composed of seasoned executives with hands on expertise, spanning all aspects of finance, operations, development, and strategy.  The depth of our in-house team is amplified by our world-class network of proven relationships, associations, and partnerships that have added and will continue to add value to all Ambata transactions.

Business Development

Project Finance

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RYAN SWANSON

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANDREAS HEINE

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONICA MILLER

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCOTT STAROWICZ

WHO IS THIS

KYLE PHILIPP

Kyle is a Founding Partner of Ambata and CEO of Ambata Securities.

 

Prior to co-founding Ambata, Kyle was a founding partner of Gyre Capital Management, where he had responsibility for both; creating and managing investment products focused on commodities, natural resources and emerging markets, and overseeing the placement and advisory business. Prior to Gyre, Kyle was a founding partner   of Vision Fuel, LLC a venture capital research boutique and Vision Fuel Capital, LLC a FINRA registered private placement and advisory firm.

 

Kyle has a bachelors degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology.

CLIENT HISTORY

FAB

As a founding partner and CEO of FAB, Kyle oversees the fundraising, high-level strategies, and day to day operations of the start-up.

REYKJAVÍK GEOTHERMAL

Kyle served as both a board member and as COO assisting RG through early stage development.

ENERWARE

Kyle assisted Enerware as a Strategic Advisor.

GORE STREET CAPITAL

Kyle sat on the Strategic Advisory Board for Gore Street Capital, a Paladin Capital Group Company.

WHO IS THIS

CLIENT HISTORY

TRENT PHILIPP

As a managing partner of Ambata, Trent is responsible for energy initiatives and relationships.  In this capacity, he is currently a board member of Reykjavic Geothermal, Ltd.  Previously, Trent led the investment into RG as Ambata's Co-Head of Alternative Energy.  Prior to Ambata, Trent was the head of sales for the UK and Ireland at Soleil Securities, an independant equity research and brokerage firm, responsible for initiating investment banking efforts in the alternative energy sector.  He was also a partner of Vision Fuel, LLC, where he focused on venture capital advisory.  He is actively involved in conservation and non-profit efforts focused on sustainability

 

Trent has a B.A. in political science from the University of Richmond and an M.B.A from NYU's Stern School of Business.

REYKJAVÍK GEOTHERMAL

Trent is the Regional Director of the Americas and a Board Member responsible for US and European initiatives and relationships.

HYDROGEN ENERGY INTERNATIONAL

Trent advised JV Partners on financial strategy.

SOLTAGE

Trent served as a strategic advisor on structuring portfolio of solar assets.

WHO IS THIS

CLIENT HISTORY

CHRIS MCCORMICK

Chris is a partner at Ambata co-heading Ambata’s renewable energy investment strategies.  Throughout his career, Chris has accumulated 25 years of transaction and operating experience and enjoyed a diverse and comprehensive set of executive and management positions spanning specialty chemicals, life science, and process industries. In 2006, he established an alternative energy and sustainable platform within an existing venture group. In 2008, upon joining Ambata, Chris focused his efforts toward sustainable banking opportunities in emerging markets as Ambata's Co-Head of Alternative Energy Investment Banking.

 

Chris holds a BS in Material Science and Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and an MBA in Finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business.

 

REYKJAVÍK GEOTHERMAL

Chris serves as the Director of Strategy and Project Finance at RG.  He provides support for development in East Africa and Mexico.

MEXXUS RG

Chris currently serves as a Managing Director for this joint venture between Mexxus drilling and RG in Mexico.

RG SAFA

Chris is both an MD and Board Member of RG Safa, a middle eastern based company focused on low to medium enthaply direct use geothermal applications.

WHO IS THIS

CLIENT HISTORY

RYAN SWANSON

Ryan is an Ambata partner with over 15 years of financial industry experience with a focus on investments, business strategy and financing. At Ambata, Ryan heads the day-to-day operations as well as the compliance program for Ambata Securities. Previously at Ambata, Mr. Swanson was responsible for research and due diligence on principal investments. In this role Mr. Swanson served as the interim Chief Financial Officer of Reykjavík Geothermal (“RG”) a Cayman Island based global geothermal power Development Company.

 

Mr. Swanson holds a bachelor's degree in management with a certificate in finance, as well as an MBA with a concentration in accounting from The Georgia Institute of Technology.  He is also a charter holder of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association.

 

FAB

Ryan offers both strategic advisory and structuring services for FAB, a financial start up.

REYKJAVÍK GEOTHERMAL

Ryan was both the CFO and a Board Observer for RG.  He assisted in early stage development of the Icelandic company.

HYDROGEN ENERGY INTERNATIONAL

Ryan advised JV Partners on financial strategy.

WHO IS THIS

CLIENT HISTORY

ANDREAS HEINE

Andreas has over 15 years of experience in the financial industry. A native of Germany, he leads Ambata’s advisory and placement efforts in Europe and Canada. Andreas has worked for several well-known investment banks such as BNP Paribas and Julius Baer in New York where his main role was to advise US institutions on European investment opportunities across all asset classes. Andreas is a strong proponent of a fundamental approach to individual company valuation and idea generation and brings this fundamental focus to all client engagements.  Prior to working in New York, Andreas worked for Deutsche Bank as a research analyst and on the equity sales desks in both London and Frankfurt.

 

Andreas graduated from the International University of Maastricht with a focus on Finance and Accounting.

BULLFRONTEIR

Andy is both the CFO and a Strategic Advisor for the international agri-business company.

PALADIN CAPITAL GROUP

Andy oversees the Canadian and European placements as an advisor with a focus on German investors.

WHO IS THIS

CLIENT HISTORY

MONICA MILLER

Monica is a Director of Ambata focusing on research and sourcing investment and advisory opportunities.

 

Prior to Ambata, Monica had similar responsibilities with Gyre Capital Management. From 2000 to 2007 Monica was the hedge fund director responsible for manager research and due diligence at Golden Gate Financial, a family office and alternative asset management firm.  Prior to Golden Gate, Monica worked for American Express Financial Advisors.

 

Monica Graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Business Administration, Major in Finance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

 

BHUTAN FOR LIFE

Monica serves as a Philanthropic Efforts Advisor with a specialty in Impact Investing.

NATEL ENERGY

As a Philanthropic Efforts Advisor, Monica lends her expertise with an emphasis on Impact Investing.

BAD BOY BUGGIES

Monica acted as an advisor. She also worked with the Bad Boy Buggie team on Marketing and Fundraising endeavors.

WHO IS THIS

CLIENT HISTORY

SCOTT STAROWICZ

As the controller, Scott is responsible for the accounting functions of Ambata. In this role, he serves as CFO of Ambata Services, Inc. and CFO and FINOP of Ambata Securities, LLC. As an integral part of our team, his primary responsibilities are to oversee all accounting functions, prepare monthly financial statements, and perform financial analysis.  Prior to joining the firm, Scott spent seven years as an audit manager for the public accounting firm of Windham Brannon, PC.

 

Scott graduated from The Georgia Institute of Technology in 2005. He received his CPA license in 2008 and is an active member of the Georgia Society of CPA's and the AICPA. In his spare time, Scott serves on the board of directors for educational non-profits that emphasize providing quality education in the Atlanta area.

GEORGIA GOAL

As an advisory board member, Scott helps guide the organization and recruits other schools to participate in the program.

THE SAE SCHOOL

Scott serves as CFO preforming such tasks as accounting, HR, and providing financial guidance.

FAB

Scott is the primary accountant and manages FAB's HR.

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