OUR SENIOR TEAM

Our team of highly qualified experts are leaders in their field...

Mian
Zaheen
Chairman

Mian Zaheen is Chairman and co-founder of Access Corporate Finance with over 40 years banking experience, primarily covering the energy industry and the Middle East. Mian was most recently Chairman of Lazard Middle East and Senior Adviser of the firm's oil and gas practice. He joined Lazard in 1992 from the Global Energy Department of  The Chase Manhattan Bank (JP Morgan Chase), where he was Head of the European and Middle East Oil & Gas Group and over a period of 15 years was stationed in New York, London, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.

Non-Profit Experience
Mian is a member of the Energy Institute, Chairman of Graham Layton Trust and a Trustee of LRBT. He is a member of the Fletcher European Advisory Group, the Fletcher Board of Overseers and the Imperial College Trust Development Board.

Education

  • BA and AM, University of Maine
  • MA and MALD, The Fletcher School
David
Kotler
Chief Executive

David is Chief Executive and co-founder of Access Corporate Finance with 30 years of investment banking experience, serving the energy and natural resource industries. He was head of EMEA Energy Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley in London from 2011 until 2014. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, David was a Managing Director at Lazard where he spent 22 years predominantly in London and in New York.

Non-Profit Experience

  • Trustee, Graham Layton Trust 
  • London Business School Campaign Committee Member

Education

  • B. Comm, University of Toronto 
  • MBA, London Business School and Università Bocconi in Milan
Salman
Haq
Co-founder

Salman is a Managing Director and co-founder of Access Corporate Finance and is based in Dubai. Between 2005 – 2012 he worked in the mergers and acquisitions division of Lazard in London, where he executed transactions across a number of sectors including energy and energy infrastructure, mining, shipping, TMT and industrials. He subsequently spent 2 years in Libya, working in the infrastructure and petroleum sectors and founding an oilfield services company.

Education

  • BSc, London School of Economics
  • MSc, London Business School
Rajiv
Saxena
Managing Director

Rajiv Saxena is a Managing Director of Access Corporate Finance, with over 25 years of advisory and investment banking experience.  

He was Executive Director / Head of Mergers & Acquisitions at the Essar Group, India from 2005 - 2016, during which period he successfully concluded transactions in the oil & gas and metals & mining sectors in India, UK and North America. Prior to joining Essar, Rajiv was a Managing Director at Lazard, where he executed a number of corporate finance transactions in the Chemicals / Petrochemicals, Pharmaceuticals and Transportation sectors.

Education 

  • MBA, Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines.
  • B.Comm, LLB (Gen), Mumbai University 
James
Baird
Managing Director

James is a Managing Director of Access Corporate Finance with over 13 years banking and advisory experience in the energy and power sectors. Prior to joining ACCESS, James was a Director with the Clinton Climate Initiative. He has additional transaction experience in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, gained through senior roles within the energy, power and chemicals teams of Lazard's and Citigroup's investment banking divisions.

Education

  • PhD, University of Sydney
  • BE, University of New South Wales
Alexandre
Chavarot
Senior Advisor

Alexandre Chavarot is a Senior Advisor and Head of Climate Advisory at ACCESS Corporate Finance. He has more than 25 years’ experience advising clients on project and corporate investments, financings and valuations across the world.  He started his career working on privatisations in Central and Eastern Europe, before joining Lazard’s corporate finance department in London in 1996. In 2009 he was appointed head of project finance and solar programme coordinator at the Clinton Climate Initiative. Prior to the formation of ACCESS, Alexandre co-led a renewable energy and climate finance advisory firm focused on emerging markets.

Non-Profit Experience

  • Harvard Kennedy School Fund Executive Council (2014-2018) and Littauer Society
  • Advisory panel of the Climate Bonds Initiative
  • Visiting lecturer on climate change and finance at Sciences Po Paris

Education

  • Diploma, Sciences Po Paris
  • Master in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School 
  • MBA, INSEAD
Marc
Mourre
Senior Adviser

Marc has 35 years of experience spanning investment banking and the energy and commodities industries.

From 1986 until January 2016, Marc was at Morgan Stanley as a Managing Director, Vice Chairman of Commodities with a focus on Emerging Markets, specifically the Middle East and Africa. He was also Chairman of Institutional Securities for Africa, across equity, fixed income, commodities, investment banking and capital markets. Marc overviewed the Senior and Strategic Commodities Relationship effort with all the firm’s clients in the Commodities space: Corporate, Equity Funds, Sovereign Wealth Funds and Governments.

Between 1981 and 1986 Marc worked as a crude oil trader at Elf Aquitane (Total). Prior to this, he also worked for three years for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Cultural Attaché in Hong Kong.

Non-Profit Experience

Chairman of the Trustees of the Friends of the French Institute in London.

Education

  • MSc, Sup. de co. Marseille (1977)
  • DEA, ESSEC/IAE Aix en Provence (1978)
  • DESS, Aix Marseille University (1979)
Clive
Hopkins
Senior Adviser

Clive has 33 years of experience in the oil & gas industry at Royal Dutch Shell.

At Shell, Clive held various roles as Head of M&A (London), Head of Group Project Finance, Finance Director for Shell UK Oil Products, Group Investor Relations Manager and Pensions Manager.

He was a Director of Shell Pensions Trust, the Trustee of the Shell Contributory Pension Fund from 2010 to 2018. He was Chairman of the Investment Committee overseeing assets of some £20 billion.  Clive is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.

Non-Profit Experience

He is a Trustee on the Development Board of St John’s College Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Education

  • BA, University of Wales
  • MSt, St John’s College Cambridge
  • International Senior Management Programme, Harvard Business School
Mark
Gidney
Senior Adviser

Mark is a Senior Adviser at Access Corporate Finance with 30 years of experience in structuring and advising on debt raising activities for infrastructure, PFI / PPP and natural resources projects across the globe. He previously headed Lazard's worldwide project and infrastructure finance team, and prior to joining Lazard in 1991, he worked at Morgan Grenfell and Standard Chartered where he was involved in many of the original PFI/PPP Projects in the UK including Eurotunnel, Dartford Bridge, Second Severn Crossing, Manchester Metrolink and the Birmingham Northern Relief Road.

Education

  • MA, Cambridge University
  • MSc, London Business School
Mario
Gobbo
Senior Adviser

Mario is a Senior Adviser at Access Corporate Finance with over 33 years of banking experience spanning the energy and health care sectors, including advising on a number of complex financings (particularly those involving US and international multilateral and export credit agencies), M&A transactions and corporate restructurings.  He commenced his banking career in 1982 at Continental Illinois National Bank, and subsequently held senior positions at Lazard (where he founded the Eastern Europe M&A team), the IFC (Washington) and Natixis Bleichroeder (New York).  Mario is currently a Member of the Supervisory Board of Zavarovalnica Triglav (the largest Slovene insurance company) and an Adviser to the Audit Committee of Nova KBM, a Slovene bank. 

Education

  • BA, Harvard College 
  • MSc, University of Colorado 
  • MBA, MSc and PhD, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania 
Khalid
Alyahya
Senior Adviser

Khalid is a Senior Adviser at Access Corporate Finance. He is also a Board Member of Al Rajhi Capital, one of Saudi Arabia's premier investment banks, and ANB MetLife AIG, a listed Saudi insurance company. Khalid recently served as Senior Adviser to Lazard in the Middle East, and between 1999 - 2007 was President & CEO of the Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) and the Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee for the Railway Expansion Program in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Prior to this, he was an Executive Director & Member of the Board of Directors at the World Bank Group in Washington DC.

Non-Profit Experience
Khalid is a Board member of the Eastern Province Society for Disabled Persons in Saudi Arabia and the Hussn Al-Jiwar Charity in Bahrain.

Education

  • BS and MS, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Sykes
Wilford
Senior Adviser

Sykes Wilford holds the W. Frank Hipp Distinguished Chair in Business Administration at The Citadel, Charleston, SC.

From 1997 to 2002, Sykes served as Chief Investment Officer at CDC Investment Management. Prior to this he was Chief Investment Officer at Bankers Trust Private Bank. In recent years he has been active in consulting (or board service) for hedge funds, foundations, corporations, and banks, as well as multi-lateral organisations.

Previously, he was an Economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as well as Chief International Fixed-Income Strategist for Drexel in London. He also held positions in interest and foreign exchange rate forecasting and derivatives (equity, portfolio, and oil swaps) development and management for Chase Manhattan Bank in New York and London.

Education

  • BA, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • MA, Vanderbilt University
  • PhD, Tulane University
Eiji
Wakiwaka
Senior Adviser

Eiji is a Senior Adviser at Access Corporate Finance and has over 40 years experience in the global oil & gas and renewable energy industry. 

Between 2009-2014, he worked at the Clinton Climate Initiative where he was responsible for developing carbon capture and storage projects, primarily in Europe.  Prior to this, Eiji spent nearly 25 years working at BP, which he joined in 1985 in London.  At BP, Eiji assumed a number of senior management roles in the Americas, Europe, Russia and Japan, including serving as President of BP Japan between 2001-2009.

Non Profit Experience

  • Adviser to the Clinton Climate Initiative

Education

  • Bachelor of CommerceWaseda University
  • MBA, Harvard University
Haroun
van Hövell
Senior Adviser

Haroun van Hövell is the founder of Fort Bay Capital, which is dedicated to investing across the energy industry, co-investing with partners and deploying its own funds. Mr. van Hövell has more than 20 years of experience in energy, infrastructure, private equity and finance. Most recently he acted as Head of Energy for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, where he was responsible for sourcing and managing investments across the energy industry. His prior experience includes Riverstone Holdings, 4Gas Holding, The Carlyle Group and Salomon Smith Barney.
 
Mr. van Hövell currently acts as Chairman of the Board of Directors of LBC Tank Terminals, an international tank storage operator jointly owned by APG, Ardian and PGGM.  He is also a Senior Adviser at Access Corporate Finance. Prior to founding Fort Bay Capital, he has held various board positions and has been actively involved in a number of investments, including Flowstream Commodities, Acteon, Trans European Oil & Gas, HES International, White Rose Energy, Fairfield Energy, Hestya, Cuadrilla Resources and Petroplus International.
 
Education
MA, Applied Economics, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
MBA, INSEAD, Fontainebleau