Team

Our team is composed of partners and multidisciplinary consultants, supported by several expert associates who have been working with the company for a long time, as well as by a dedicated commercial and administrative team.

Associés

François Boulanger

François BOULANGER is an expert in urban economics, urban development finance, decentralization policies, and in the development and management of infrastructure services, in particular through partnerships with the private sector. Through over fifteen years of experience in Europe, Asia, Africa and Middle East, first as a finance manager for the Keolis Group (a leading private, global operator of public passenger transport services), then with the World Bank, François BOULANGER has acquired an excellent understanding of urban development and infrastructure issues as seen from the public authorities’ side, from the side of International Financial Institutions, as well as from the side of private operators and developers.

Marc Muller

Partner

Marc Muller

Nodalis partner, Marc MULLER is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the ENPC School of International Management (MBA program of the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées).

Marc MULLER specializes in the financial and institutional aspects of international development projects, particularly in the field of water, sanitation, electricity and transportation infrastructures, as well as regulation. More specifically, Marc MULLER oversees and carries out financial studies, including the development of technico-financial models for feasibility studies, business plans or regulation, as part of numerous missions related to Public Private Partnerships (PPP), monitoring of public utilities, major national or regional infrastructures, urban transport or Output-Based Aid (OBA) financing. He has been involved in the development of large national or regional infrastructures (dams, power transmission lines, etc.), as well as in photovoltaic production projects, urban transport and treatment plants. He has participated in several financial advisory missions for governments and private developers in relation to hydroelectric schemes, management delegations in the water supply and sanitation sector or transport facilities (freeways, tramways, etc.)..

He has extensive experience working in North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as in Southeast Asia and the Latin America/Caribbean region.

Martin Buchsenschutz

Martin BUCHSENSCHUTZ is President of Nodalis. As an economic engineer (Ecole Centrale Paris / Université Panthéon Sorbonne), he has acquired an extensive experience in infrastructure development projects and in the strengthening of public services in the energy, water and sanitation sectors. He is regularly involved in sectoral reform strategies and in improving the performance of public service operators. He leads transaction advisory missions, with a strong focus on large renewable energy projects.

Thomas Barbat

Partner

Thomas Barbat

Thomas Barbat is an engineering economist who specializes in the economic, financial and contractual structuring aspects of infrastructures and public services development projects in the electricity and water and sanitation sectors. He led and participated in several economic and financial studies or financial advisory assignments related to Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) for infrastructure projects in developing and emerging countries, including the preparation of financial models, demand studies, drafting of projects’ contracts, and negotiations until financial close.

Thomas provided support as financial advisor to the Government of Cameroon for the Nachtigal hydroelectric power plant (420 MW) which reached financial closed in December 2018 and was awarded “Global Multilateral Deal of the Year” by Project Finance International (PFI). In the water and sanitation sector, Thomas BARBAT assisted the Government of Niger in the negotiations on an addendum to the SPEN concession contract.

Commercial and administration

Carmina Quintal

Commercial and administration

Carmina Quintal

Commercial attachée.

Lindsay Spagnolo

Commercial and administration

Lindsay Spagnolo

Lindsay SPAGNOLO is an accounting and general management expert with fifteen years of work experience.

She was administrative and financial manager for several companies in different economic sectors before joining Nodalis Conseil in 2008. She makes a decisive contribution to the efficient running of Nodalis Conseil.

Consultants

Antoine Mazas

Consultant

Antoine Mazas

Antoine MAZAS graduated from Sciences Po (Paris) in Public Policy and from ESSEC Business School (Paris) in Finance and Management. He has developed a sound knowledge of project finance, public law and contracting procedures, public-private partnerships, as well as a good general understanding of public institutions and private companies.

After notably interning as an economic assistant in the French Embassy in Hungary and as a project coordinator for Social Entrepreneurship programs in South East Asia, he worked during several years as a finance and legal consultant for local public institutions in France, especially in the water and sanitation sector. During that period, he was project leader for several missions in French Guyana and spent one week per month in French Amazonia.

As a consultant for Nodalis, he now develops strategic, financial, organizational and legal expertise in emerging and developing countries, working for funding institutions as well as governments, especially for infrastructure projects in different sectors (water, sanitation, energy, transportation,…).

Benoît Gars

Consultant

Benoît Gars

Benoît GARS who graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Ponts ParisTech in civil engineering, and from the London School of Economics in public management, worked in a design office before a five-year experience in the management of construction projects for the French Ministry of Justice. He is specialized in the procurement process and execution of complex contracts, most importantly Public Private Partnerships.

Benoit GARS participates in institutional, financial and economic studies in the context of infrastructure development, mostly in the energy sector. He has been involved in the preparation of IPP projects in the context of feasibility studies such as the PPP feasibility study for the Mapai multipurpose dam project in Mozambique, or in the context of transaction advisor mandates. He is the PPP procurement expert the technical assistance to EDM (Electricity of Mozambique) for the development of renewable energy projects, which includes the preparation of solar PV projects and the implementation of a tender process for the selection of IPPs. He is also financial expert for the WAPP in the transaction of two regional solar parks in Mali and Burkina Faso (150MWp each with battery storage).

Benoît GARS is finally involved in strategic studies at the sectoral level: he participated in the development of a strategic framework for the development of renewable energies in Côte d’Ivoire in 2017 and is currently involved in the preparation of a strategy for the development of electricity generated through biomass resources in Mauritius. He was also recently involved in the preparation of a road map for the development of battery storage with private sector participation in Burkina Faso for IFC.

Claire Eschalier

Consultant

Claire Eschalier

Claire ESCHALIER specialises in the financing of the fight against climate change in developing countries. Claire mainly focuses on the institutional and financial aspects of projects with an environmental or climate component. For instance, she recently coordinated the preparation of a market study and a feasibility study for AFD’s SUNREF (green credit line) programme in Madagascar and was part of the financial advisory team to the sponsors of a 100 MW PV project in Ethiopia.

Claire ESCHALIER's expertise has often been used to assess and evaluate projects that can justify climate benefits. Claire recently coordinated the selection of projects that should receive funding from the FISP (Facility set up by AFD to finance projects that are held by the private sector and contribute to adaptation to climate change). She has also carried out the expost evaluation of several projects, notably in the agriculture and energy sectors.

Claire ESCHALIER also regularly participates in the strengthening of institutional frameworks for Public-Private Partnerships. She recently contributed to the identification of a portfolio of PPP projects in East Africa, Zambia, Cape Verde and Madagascar. She also worked on the legal and institutional framework for PPPs in Guinea Bissau, Madagascar and Senegal.

Before joining Nodalis, Claire worked for the finance, investment and climate team at the Institute for Climate Economics (I4CE). Among others, she was responsible for writing a report in partnership with AFD, on the decision-making tools used by International Finance Institutions to support the transition to a low-carbon climate-resilient economy.

Claire ESCHALIER has also worked for two years with the AFD in Jakarta, where she coordinated several infrastructure projects, particularly in the areas of transport and energy.

Clotilde Boyer

Consultant

Clotilde Boyer

Clotilde BOYER is an AgroParisTech engineer with a master's degree in environmental economics from the Universidade de Lisboa. She specializes in the institutional, economic and financial aspects of infrastructure projects in emerging and developing countries.

She is involved in the development of public-private partnerships, in particular for large renewable energy projects (206 MWp Ruzizi III hydroelectric power plant between Burundi, Rwanda and DRC, 30 MWp solar PV power plant in Mozambique) or electricity transmission (line between Laos and Vietnam). She also participates in national strategic studies. She is currently assisting the Algerian government in the economic analysis of scenarios for the introduction of renewable energy in the national mix. She also provided support for two years to the Mozambican government to access climate finance from the NAMA Facility, in the solid waste management sector.

Before joining Nodalis, Clotilde BOYER acquired a solid experience in advising local authorities in France and in Sub-Saharan Africa, in the field of public-private contracting.

Afaf Mkami

Consultant

Afaf Mkami

Afaf MKAMI holds a double engineering degree from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in France and Ecole Hassania des Travaux Publics in Morocco, and participates in institutional, economic and financial studies pertaining to the development and management of infrastructure and public services in developing countries, especially in the transport sector. Afaf is currently working on the contractual and financial aspects of an AFD-financed study for the development and modernization of the bus network of the city of Nagpur in India.

Before joining Nodalis, Afaf MKAMI was working as a transport consultant for the World Bank (WB) in Morocco, where she has supported the preparation and supervision of the WB-financed projects in the country. Afaf has also supported several other WB-financed transport projects and sectoral studies in the MENA and West African region during her internship in Washington D.C.

François Beauchain

Consultant

François Beauchain

François BEAUCHAIN holds a MSc from the Ecole Polytechnique (Paris), and from the KTH University (Stockholm), with a major in environmental sciences. He started his career in an engineering company designing infrastructures in developing countries under international financing, and worked in the fields of energy, climate change and urban development.

François BEAUCHAIN is involved in institutional, economic, and financial studies in the energy sector: structuring of renewable energy IPP transactions, of rural electrification concessions, upstream studies to revise the legal framework for the selection of private operators and electricity tariffs studies.

François BEAUCHAIN has a good knowledge of the issues related to energy planning, renewable energies, and energy efficiency, and of the challenges of adaptation and mitigation of climate change.

Idama Al Saad

Consultant

Idama Al Saad

Graduated from ESSEC and from ESSEC’s Chair in Urban Economics, Idama AL SAAD focuses on the financing and management of energy and infrastructure projects. Idama AL SAAD also has a strong legal background since she obtained a master’s degree in public law from Université Panthéon - Assas and is admitted to the Paris Bar.
Prior to joining Nodalis, Idama AL SAAD was an associate in the Project Finance and Public Law Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in Paris where she regularly advised host governments, regulators, sponsors, contractors and lenders on a number of projects in public and social infrastructure sectors, including seaports, roads, railways and hospitals.
She also worked for a management consulting group where she participated to missions consisting in transforming and modernizing French public entities.
Idama AL SAAD has technical and negotiating qualities and a very good sense of relationship which enable her to work efficiently and successfully with various counterparts.

Laetitia Labaute

Consultant

Laetitia Labaute

Graduated from Paris Dauphine University and holding a MSc in European Public Policy from University College London, Laetitia LABAUTE is involved in several projects in the field of public services. As a water and sanitation consultant, Laetitia Labaute has acquired a good understanding of the institutional, economic and financial issues surrounding the access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation services, particularly in West Africa. She has contributed to several organizational and/or financial diagnoses of public utilities in Africa, including SOMAPEP-SA and EDM-SA in Mali, ONEP in Côte d'Ivoire and ONAS in Senegal, with the objective of strengthening the capacities and performance of these companies.

Marion Seux

Consultant

Marion Seux

Graduated from ESCP Europe Business School and a Master degree in development economics, Marion SEUX specialises in institutional and financial aspects of international infrastructure development projects. She has acquired sound analytical skills, expertise in project management together with a good sense of relationship to perform an effective and successfully team work with various counterparts.

Before joining Nodalis Conseil, Marion SEUX was responsible for the management of projects in the infrastructure, forest-environment and financial sectors for the French Agency for Development in Brazzaville. She was in charge of the monitoring of several projects and among them the financing package of the Port Autonome de Pointe-Noire (PAPN) to realise its priority investment plan.

Habiboulaye Diallo

Consultant

Habiboulaye Diallo

Habiboulaye DIALLO is from the Republic of Guinea and did all his university studies in France.

He holds a degree in OHADA Law as well as two master’s degrees, one in Public Business Law and the other in Energy Law. Habiboulaye has successively worked for Vinci Autoroutes, Engie and Enedis. He is thus familiar with the main issues and legal analyses of major infrastructure projects.

Imbued with his African values and eager to take part in development projects in emerging countries, Habiboulaye contributes to strengthen the legal expertise of Nodalis on infrastructure and public services projects in all its sectors of intervention.

Carelle Kra

Consultant

Carelle Kra

Carelle KRA graduated from the University of Paris Dauphine with a master's degree in corporate financial management. By joining Nodalis, she puts her transversal competence in finance and her analytical skills at the service of the diverse needs of infrastructure and public services development and management projects.

As a consultant, Carelle KRA is involved in the energy sector on projects with financial, legal, institutional and contractual dimensions. In the transport sector, she has been working on a mission to assist in the operationalisation of an urban mobility organising unit.

Finally, on the climate aspects, she has developed a solid knowledge on the specific subjects of carbon impact assessments of infrastructure or energy mix strategies, and has participated in a feasibility study for the implementation of a forestry facility in Central Africa and the Gulf of Guinea.

Associate Experts

Benoît Allix

Associate expert

Benoît Allix

Benoît ALLIX, founding partner and former President of Nodalis (HEC), is in charge of the firm’s transport sector, and specialises in institutional, legal and financial aspects of the development and management of infrastructure and public services, especially in privatizations, Public Private Partnerships projects and project financing.

With over thirty five years of experience as a Consultant, Benoît ALLIX is qualified to appraise and improve project documentation efficiently and rapidly, always in close collaboration with the project owners and stakeholders, especially in the transport sector, as team leader, transport specialist, institutional and PPP expert. Benoît ALLIX has a very good knowledge of various African countries as well of their transport sector policies and/or their institutional frameworks. He also has a deep knowledge of institutional funders which intervene on the public financing part of projects (World Bank, AfD, African Development Bank,…).

Charles Samba

Associate expert

Charles Samba

A graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Lyon, a prestigious French engineering school, Charles SAMBA has more than 30 year experience in the energy sector. He has held several strategic senior management positions in general and technical departments within various electricity companies in Europe and in Africa.

Daniel Tapin

Associate expert

Daniel Tapin

Daniel TAPIN is a legal expert specializing in legal, institutional and regulatory aspects of infrastructure investment transactions (Lease Management and Concession Contracts, BOT, BOO) in the field of electricity, water, and renewable energies with an emphasis on privatization, divestiture, public-private partnership and restructuring investment strategies.

He has participated in the feasibility studies for the granting of concessions (BOT) for the production and distribution of power and/or water in Senegal, Lebanon and in Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, Algeria, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Niger and Gabon and as part of these missions he has drafted laws on water and electricity, regulations for institutional reforms and governing applications for tenders, concession / BOT/ lease contracts on behalf of the World Bank and AFD (French development Agency).

Roseline Averbouch

Associate expert

Roseline Averbouch

Lawyer at the Paris Bar for over 25 years, Rose-Line AVERBOUCH, is a legal expert in public business law in emerging countries (sub-Saharan Africa, MEDA, Ukraine), specifically in the electricity, energy, water, waste, transportation and urban development fields.

Nodalis as seen by its managers

Our values

A turnkey approach adapted to the emerging world

Thanks to its multidisciplinary expertise,
Nodalis offers its public and private clients solutions adapted to the challenges of
challenges of rapidly changing countries.

Martin Buchsenschutz
Martin buchsenschutz Associate

The user at the heart of our concerns and approaches

Nodalis' mission is to achieve a concrete and perceived improvement in access and quality of service to users, which we place at the centre of our concerns.

François Boulanger
François Boulanger Associate

Our guarantees of independence and impartiality

Nodalis' independence guarantees the objectivity and professional integrity of our interventions. Nodalis is first and foremost an actor at the service of development.

Thomas Barbat
thomas barbat Associate