Yoven Moorooven was appointed Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE Africa business unit in April 2018. He serves on a number of Group company boards.
Yoven is a senior executive with an exceptional international experience in business development, origination in the commodity and utility industry. He began his career at ENGIE in 2003 as Energy Derivative Sales within the Group’s financially regulated trading arm. He then held various senior positions at Macquarie and Deutsche Bank, before returning to ENGIE in 2013. During his time at Macquarie Bank, he was instrumental in developing the bank’s energy markets division and making it a recognized and established player within the energy industry. He led the Origination and Sales team for EMEA for all energy related commodities and was a Senior Managing Director. In 2012, he moved to Deutsche Bank, where he was Managing Director of their Gas, Power and Coal Origination and Trading activities in Europe.
With more than 16 years in the energy sector, Yoven has in-depth expertise of the entire financial and physical energy value chain. Rocketing to senior positions from a young age, he has an impressive track record of agile, cross-commodity international business development through organic growth and merger & acquisition in Asia-Pacific, the Americas and Africa.
As Head of the International division of ENGIE’s Global Energy Management BU, Yoven accelerated the development of all its activities worldwide. His achievements include a pioneering “plug-and-play” business model, which transposed the best of ENGIE’s long- standing European energy management expertise through nimble, decentralized structures that could quickly adapt to local specificities and grow new activities. This approach proved valuable to boost APAC activities and establish platforms in North America, Turkey and the UK in under 2 years. Mr. Moorooven also led the development of ENGIE’s global biomass business, currently ranked in the top 3 in Asia-Pacific.
Today, as ENGIE Africa’s CEO, Yoven is fully committed to supporting the continent in tackling its ever-growing energy demand, co-developing new business models with African stakeholders. These translate into centralized green generation solutions, decentralized energy services for off-grid customers and new technological solutions, through start-up acquisitions like Fenix, in-house incubated PowerCorner or more recently, Mobisol, a pioneer in the off-grid solar sector.
In 2018, ENGIE Africa won the “International Company of the Year” award at the Africa CEO Forum Awards, a yearly event which recognizes the companies and investors that have shaped the year in Africa and had the most remarkable economic and social impact.
In 2019, Yoven won the Rising Star Award, Individual category, at the S&P Global Platts yearly Global Energy Awards, as a recognition of his high achievements and outstanding commitment throughout his career in the energy industry.
He holds a Master in Econometrics and a Master in Banking, Finance and Commodities. He also holds an Executive Master in Innovation, Technology and Management at Ecole Polytechnique in Paris France in collaboration with University of Berkeley California.