About us

Gaia Impact Fund is a venture capital firm specializing in renewable energy. We invest and build long-term partnerships with start-ups and SMEs operating in Sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia with a strong environmental and social focus.

Recent technological innovations have turned decentralized production and distribution of renewable energy into a competitive and inclusive alternative to carbon energy. In regions where access to the power grid is expensive or difficult, we support businesses enabling sustainable and affordable energy provision to local communities. In regions where energy mixes are highly carbonized, we support technological innovations and business models enabling a cost-efficient diffusion of renewable energy on a large scale.

Our belief is simple. Energy is a key to tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities. In addition to public investment programs, capital and expertise from the private sector have will play a critical role in supporting emerging countries, where around a billion people still do not have any access to electricity.

Our team is made of energy entrepreneurs

Hélène Demaegdt

Hélène Demaegdt

Partner & President
Helene worked 20 years as an entrepreneur in the retail sector. Since 2010, she is the president of Synergie Solaire, an endowment fund which allows European renewable energy companies to provide financial as well as technical support to selected NGOs, carriers of humanitarian energy access projects all over the world.
Patrick Demaegdt

Patrick Demaegdt

Partner
After working as an entrepreneur in the retail sector for 20 years, Patrick cofounded Tenergie, one of the largest solar IPP in France with 800 production sites and 500MW installed.
Guilhem Dupuy

Guilhem Dupuy

Investment Director
Guilhem graduated from Ecole normale supérieure with a degree in Economics and Political Science. He first worked at Ecofi and carried on joining the Crédit Coopératif, where he contributed to structuring the impact finance branch. He also created his own consulting firm, focusing on social and environmental impact and participated in the structuration of Gaia Impact Fund.
Mathilde Sirbu

Mathilde Sirbu

Investment Officer
Mathilde holds a double engineering degree from Ecole Centrale de Paris and Columbia. After several experiences in energy access companies in India, Madagascar, and Mexico, Mathilde has proven instrumental in Engie PowerCorner’s growth in Africa, winning multiple tender processes.
Victor Beulque

Victor Beulque

Investment Officer
Victor graduated from ITEEM with a degree featuring engineering and business curriculums. Prior to joining Gaia Impact Fund, Victor worked as a technical expert on a rural electrification project in the Philippines for 6 months in the context of a mission for the endowment fund Synergie Solaire.
Guillaume Pradat

Guillaume Pradat

Analyst
Guillaume graduated from EMLyon Business School. After afirst experience in the banking sector, Guillaume seconded two CEOs as an interim CFO in Thailand and Mexico, working on financial structuring and fundraising rounds.

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Vacant positions at Gaia Impact Fund

Gaia is always looking for high-potential candidates with experience in energy and emerging countries.

Contact us to apply.

Vacant positions in our partners' offices
  • upOwa – Chief Financial Officer – Yaounde, Cameroon (voir l’offre)
  • Oolu Solar – Financial Planning & Analysis Manager – Dakar, Sénégal (flexible) (voir l’offre)
  • Oolu Solar – Country Representative – Niamey, Niger (voir l’offre)