Our Firm

The Investment Committee

Greensphere’s investment teams are supported by an experienced Investment Committee comprising leading names from the realms of public and private equity investing.  With similarly strong ESG credentials and exceptional business networks, the Investment Committee provides additional strategic oversight whilst enhancing Greensphere’s ability to access attractive investment opportunities.

Divya Seshamani

Divya Seshamani is an investor with over 20 years of experience in private equity. As Managing Partner of Greensphere Capital, she manages funds that invest in sustainable companies and projects in areas such as renewable energy, resilient infrastructure, water, resource and energy efficiency.

 

Prior to Greensphere, Ms Seshamani was a Partner at TPG (a San Francisco-based Private Equity firm). Ms Seshamani has also held investment roles in Special Investments at the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC), Unilever Ventures, The Parthenon Group and Goldman Sachs.

Ms Seshamani is a Non-Executive Board Member at Forterra PLC, at Duranta Energy (an effluent treatment and biogas company) and Western Forestry and Energy (a sustainable forestry and energy business). She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and served for two consecutive terms on the Council of Chatham House (the Royal Institute for International Relations). She was appointed by the Secretary of State to Her Majesty’s Government Council of Sustainable Business where she leads the Net-Zero Carbon initiative.

Jon Moulton

Mr Moulton is currently serving as Chairman of the Better Capital Funds, Finncap, AMR Centre Ltd and of The International Stock Exchange Group. Mr Moulton was formerly Managing Partner and Founder of Schroder Ventures where he served from 1985 to 1994.

Mr Moulton was also the Managing Partner of Alchemy Partners, which he founded in 1997. Mr Moulton has also previously worked with Citicorp Venture Capital, Permira and was a Director at Apax Partners. He was an inaugural member of the British Venture Capital Hall of Fame and serves on the Board of the Corporate Finance Faculty of The Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has sat on the Board of several public companies and is currently a director of a number of private companies and charities.

Paul Lester CBE

Mr Lester has over 30 years’ experience at the senior management or director level of businesses. Mr Lester currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of Signia Wealth Limited and Knight Square. Mr Lester is also an Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Essentra PLC, a FTSE 250 company, and Forterra PLC, a FTSE 350 company.

Mr Lester previously served as Non-Executive Chairman of John Laing Infrastructure Fund Limited, a FTSE 250 company where he led the initial public offering of the fund in 2010; and was a Non-Executive Director of Invensys, a FTSE 100 company, and Chief Executive of VT Group Plc, amongst a variety of other directorships.

Mr Lester holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and a diploma in Management Studies from Nottingham Trent University. Mr Lester is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a member of Her Majesty’s Major Projects Review Group. Mr Lester was awarded a CBE in 2007.

Ian Nolan

Mr Nolan led the team which was recruited by the UK Government in 2011 to establish the UK Green Investment Bank, and was its Chief Investment Officer until 2014.

Previously, Mr Nolan held the position of Chief Investment Officer at 3i PLC. Ian has three decades of experience in finance, private equity and investment management. Mr Nolan qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen and graduated with a BA in Economics from Cambridge University.

Our Story

Greensphere was founded in 2011 by a team of sustainable investment experts. Greensphere seeks to demonstrate how investors can lead the transition to more inclusive and sustainable business practices to mitigate against some of the biggest thematic risks resources and the environment facing our generation.

Founded in

2011

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major risks our investments mitigate

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core thematic investment criteria

10

investment and operating professionals

80+

Years of collective investment experience

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core investment sectors

  • Greensphere Capital LLP is incorporated.

  • Greensphere obtains FCA authorisation and regulatory clearance.

  • Greensphere wins GIB account against 24 other fund manager.

  • Investment into Duranta Energy’s anaerobic digestion platform is announced – awaiting final documents with EPC/construction.

  • Investment into Western Bio Energy.

  • Investment into Duranta Investment Services.

  • Merger with TPG.

  • Investment into Whites Recycling at TPG.

  • Investment in WBE Fuels.

  • Air Liquide’s gas-to-grid facility is operational at Duranta’s Middlesbrough site, increasing the plant’s capacity from 5.1MWe to 7.4MWe.

  • March – August 2016: Third tranche investment into Duranta to fund expansion and gas-to-grid facility.

  • Spin out of Greensphere from TPG to pursue two new funds.

  • GAIA Fund closed (buy-to-hold strategy backed by long terms institutional investors)

  • GEN2 strategy investing in high growth sustainable investors closed backed by institutional investors.

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