Our Team
Proven Expertise in Waste, Gasification and Project Development
Christian Jacqui
Chief Executive Officer
Christian brings to Synova deep experience in engineering, procurement, and construction and non-recourse project finance generally and specifically as it applies to energy projects and projects in Synova’s initial geographical focus, which is Southeast Asia. Christian most recently served as Executive Vice President of Global Operations (€3 billion, 20,000 employees) at SNC Lavalin, one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. Christian started his career with Spie Batignolles Group, where he rose from his first job as the site manager of a refinery in Bangkok to a project manager and later director of projects for the Hainan, China airport and transportation projects in Denmark and Hong Kong. He next spent six years based in Bangkok as the Country President for Alstom Holdings and the EVP of Asia-Pacific for Alstom Transport (projects under his watch at Alstom included power generation, transmission, and distribution projects as well as metro railway lines in Singapore, Bangkok, Taiwan, and Seoul). After Alstom, Christian moved to the Saur Group, where as a division CEO and later group COO he was part of a team that led a management buyout and rapid growth of this water and waste water infrastructure company. Prior to SNC Lavalin, he was the Deputy C.E.O. in charge of new project development and operations of Séchilienne-Sidec SA, a listed IPP focusing on biomass IPP development, ownership, and operations in France’s former colonies, a business analogous in many ways to Synova’s and where Giffen and Christian first got acquainted. Christian is an engineer and graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers in France. He has also completed the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD and the Finance for Executives program at Harvard Business School.
Aidan has more than 20 years of experience in private equity and environmental management consulting in North America and Asia, and has overseen more than US$2 billion in venture capital, private equity, and M&A transactions. Since 2001, his principal geographic focus has been Asia, with a particular emphasis on China, India, and Southeast Asia. Before joining Synova, he founded a merchant bank with a geographic focus on Asia, where he oversaw several company startups and managed development of multiple renewable energy projects. Aidan holds a BA with honors and a master’s degree from the University of Liverpool, and has completed MBA studies in the Environmental Management Program at the University of Washington’s business school.
Aidan Stretch
Cofounder & Senior Advisor
Bram develops gasification projects for Synova. He began his career researching combustion, then moved to studying gasification of waste, biomass, and coal. He served as the Dutch representative on the IEA task force on biomass gasification, and was involved in, and later responsible for, development of the MILENA and OLGA technologies at the energy research institute ECN. He holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Eindhoven Technical University.
Bram van der Drift
Chief Technology Officer
Craig heads our project execution team bringing to Synova more than 25 years of project execution and management experience gained predominately from the oil and gas industry but originating in the heavy fabrication and mining sectors.

Before Joining Synova, Craig spent more than 15 years with a major internationally recognized EPC contractor, carrying out the execution of major oil and gas projects throughout Southeast Asia and South Pacific regions. He is a mechanically qualified professional with vast experience in all disciplines and project phases, he brings to the team a well-rounded background and wealth of experience in project execution.
Craig Brown
Project Manager
Jan started to work for Royal Dahlman in 2007 and has over 15 years of experience in international project development, management and execution, predominantly gained in the oil & gas industry. He has a broad background in consultancy, sales, procurement and engineering. Jan was responsible for the development and realization of filtration and separation projects in Europe, USA and Asia. He then transitioned to Dahlman Renewable Technology (DRT) where he heads Research & Development, Engineering and Project Management. Jan earned his master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Technology Delft.
Jan van Leeuwen
Director Operations
Jan-Willem began his career at Royal Dahlman, as a product manager and business developer. He started the cooperation with ECN>TNO, commencing the transition of their lab research into an industrial solution. First for the OLGA syngas cleaning technology, and later for the MILENA gasification technology. He also started the cooperation with founders of Synova. Jan-Willem’s work has been in the interfaces of technology and market development, consultancy and sales. He holds degrees in Chemical Engineering and Technical Business Administration, from the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.
Jan-Willem Könemann
Business Development Manager
In Asia since 2004, Jean Francois led Technip’s development in South East Asia and in particular Thailand and Myanmar, as Country Manager and Managing Director. Jean François started his career with Technip, a leading EPC contractor, where he spent more than 30 years, assuming various technical and managerial positions in different continents and countries but always focused on process technologies, licensing and projects delivery for heavy industries such as oil & gas refining, chemicals, mining and manufacturing.

Before joining Synova, Jean Francois worked as Executive Vice President Assets and Administrative for Mermaid Maritime Co. Ltd., a Bangkok SET public listed company providing specialized services for the offshore oil and gas industry. There, he spearheaded the restructuring of its affiliated companies and activities in South East Asia and Middle East.

Jean François earned his degree in chemical engineering from the Institut Superieur de Chimie Industrielle de Rouen.
Jean François Redon
Executive Vice President Projects
Nat leads Synova’s Thai waste supply and public hearing initiatives. Nat is a native Thai citizen who, as an architect and real estate developer, has worked with Thai real estate entitlement and municipal development and code issues for 13+ years. In 2013, Nat combined his background in real estate, knowledge of local land use and building regulation, understanding of local culture, and drive to develop environmentally meaningful projects to co-found Blue Power Holding, a waste-to-energy consultancy service. In late 2014, he began working with Synova and has since become an integral part of Synova’s Thai project team. Born in New Orleans and raised in Thailand, Nat earned his Bachelors of Environmental Design in Architecture from the University of Colorado, at Boulder. He worked with Colorado-based design firm Communications Arts Inc. for four years before moving to Europe for Retail Design Consulting. Nat finally re-settled in Bangkok in 2003 and founded STEM, a real estate development and design consultancy firm.
Natat (Nat) Poomviset
VP Regulatory & Community Relations
Michael specializes in contract, commercial and construction law and has spent his career managing the myriad contracts inherent in large public or private project development. He holds four engineering degrees, a LLB (honors) and an unfinished Doctorate in Constitutional Law (Final Year) from the University of Sydney and Queensland. Michael brings more than 35 years’ experience in drafting, negotiating and awarding performance contracts for inter alia, mining, oil and gas and new technology studies with BHP and a wide variety of major infrastructure projects for various Asian railway, port and airport authorities and concessionaires. Michael has played a key role in Thai infrastructure projects, including the creation of its major public transportation assets: the Bangkok Transit System (“BTS” project management and contracts for Italian-Thai and Siemens consortium for complete system); Metropolitan Railway Transit Authority (civil infrastructure consortium joint venture lead coordinator and contracts manager for Italian-Thai and Obyashi-Nisimatsu, and lead coordinator as Asia Pacific contracts manager for Alstom, where he worked with Christian Jacqui on the electrical and rail systems up-fit); and Suvarnabhumi Airport (contracts expert and internal counsel for Italian-Thai and Takanaka and Obyashi joint venture to construct the airport). Michael brings similar project experience from India, Vietnam, Korea, and Malaysia. He is an Australian citizen who has lived in SE Asia for more than twenty years.
Michael Leo Casey
VP Contracts
Phattharaporn (Prin) has been practicing law for ten years with legal experience as in-house counsel as well as a counsel at an international law firm. Her areas of practice include business, corporate, contract, energy and environmental law. Her most recent work includes serving as in-house counsel at Wind Energy Holding, a large Thai wind farm developer with projects in Thailand, where she advised on project documents, permits and licenses, as well as national and international environmental regulatory frameworks. Prin previously worked for The Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission of Thailand and The National Assembly of Thailand, where she was a Personal Assistant to the Vice-Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Assembly (The Drafting Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand (B.E. 2550)). Internationally, Prin has worked at the World Resource Institute and the Public International Law and Policy Group in Washington D.C. Prior to joining Synova, Prin was Senior Legal Advisor at DFDL Legal & Tax with specialized experience focusing on energy, mining and infrastructure projects. Prin passed the Thai Bar in 2006 and holds an LL.M in Business Law from Ramkhamheang University, Thailand, as well as dual LL.M qualifications from the American University Washington College of Law, Washington D.C., one in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and the other in International Law, with a focus on energy and environmental law.
Phattharaporn Phetphong
Legal Advisor
Philippe brings to Synova 30 years’ of seasoned executive experience in engineering, procurement, and project delivery for the energy and oil & gas sectors and from a wide variety of geographies, including expertise in international restructuring, business development, market repositioning and merger and acquisition strategies. Philippe most recently served as EVP of ICARE Group, overseeing operations of one of the leading companies in comprehensive Project Development, Advisory, EPC, PMC and Procurement Services to the Power and Oil & Gas Sectors. Previously he worked at SNC-Lavalin as SVP Oil & Gas, where he worked with Christian and led its restructuring, regrowth, and ultimate sale to ICARE. Previously he worked for 22 years rising to various senior executive positions in Latin America, Middle East & India, and Western Europe within TECHNIP, a world leader in project management, engineering and construction for the energy industry. In this capacity he was responsible for the co-development of new technologies with oil & gas majors and fellow process companies, both offshore and onshore. Along the way, Philippe has also overseen the engineering of a waste to energy plant in South America and led a major cement company’s efforts to adopt alternative feedstocks of the types which are Synova’s focus. Philippe holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering from École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers, Paris.
Philippe Grasset
Executive Vice-President Operations
Before joining Synova, Richard was an economist at global economic consulting firm Compass Lexecon, where he provided data analytics for a variety of merger analysis, antitrust litigation, and financial valuation cases; deal values and sought damages often ranged from hundreds of millions to billions of dollars. He also oversaw expert report generation, managing a team of analysts to ensure that work product met internal content and quality criteria as well as external deadlines. He holds a BA in Asian studies with an additional focus in economics from Amherst College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Richard Mills
Director Project Management Office
Robin is (co)inventor of the gasification and gas cleaning technology applied by Synova. He began his career as a researcher at the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), then moved as product and technology development manager to Dahlman Renewable Technology to assist with the first MILENA and OLGA systems supplied to the market. He holds a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Twente University.
Robin Zwart
Technology and Product Development Manager
Our Board
A passion for and experience in cleantech investing.
Lynde has more than 30 years of experience in the waste-to-energy, project finance and related businesses. In 2015, together with Foresight Group and BioEnergy Infrastructure Group, he arranged more than GBP 350 million of project financing for three advanced technology waste to energy projects in the UK including the first project financing of a fluidised bed RDF gasification facility. Previously, Lynde was a member of the original senior management team that built Covanta Energy Corporation, a leading developer and operator of large-scale waste-to-energy facilities. As Senior Vice President and General Counsel and a member of the board of this NYSE company, he played a leadership role on a team that developed and financed 26 waste-to-energy projects, building the core of a company that today processes approximately 20 million tons a year of waste. Prior to Covanta, Lynde was a partner at the Nixon Peabody law firm with a particular emphasis on the development and financing of independent power projects using non fossil fuels. He is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a J.D. magna cum laude from Cornell Law School.
Lynde Coit
Senior Advisor & Member of the Board
Ibrahim Al Husseini is a venture capitalist dedicated to financing companies that implement market ready solutions to the most pressing social and environmental challenges. He has spent much of his earlier career as a sustainability-focused entrepreneur and investor, with significant experience in operations, sales, and finance. Currently, he is dedicating himself to addressing our growing garbage problem. By launching FullCycle Energy L.P., Ibrahim and his partners aim to finance projects that revolutionize our relationship with waste, by converting a costly environmental problem into clean, valuable fuel to power communities around the world. Mr. Al Husseini concurrently manages his family office in Los Angeles, California. The Husseini Group LLC, has over a decade of experience funding ventures that embrace social enhancement and ecological sustainability. Holdings include, e.g., Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN), Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA), Bloom Energy, Ethical Electric, and Thrive Market. Ibrahim is a frequent speaker at family office and wealth conferences, colleges and universities nationally and internationally promoting the merits of impact investing and the solution economy. He is passionate about gender equality, arts and the environment, and he currently serves on the boards of several national and international non-profits working to address these issues.
Ibrahim Al Husseini
Chairman
Christian Jacqui
Chief Executive Officer
Christian brings to Synova deep experience in engineering, procurement, and construction and non-recourse project finance generally and specifically as it applies to energy projects and projects in Synova’s initial geographical focus, which is Southeast Asia. Christian most recently served as Executive Vice President of Global Operations (€3 billion, 20,000 employees) at SNC Lavalin, one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. Christian started his career with Spie Batignolles Group, where he rose from his first job as the site manager of a refinery in Bangkok to a project manager and later director of projects for the Hainan, China airport and transportation projects in Denmark and Hong Kong. He next spent six years based in Bangkok as the Country President for Alstom Holdings and the EVP of Asia-Pacific for Alstom Transport (projects under his watch at Alstom included power generation, transmission, and distribution projects as well as metro railway lines in Singapore, Bangkok, Taiwan, and Seoul). After Alstom, Christian moved to the Saur Group, where as a division CEO and later group COO he was part of a team that led a management buyout and rapid growth of this water and waste water infrastructure company. Prior to SNC Lavalin, he was the Deputy C.E.O. in charge of new project development and operations of Séchilienne-Sidec SA, a listed IPP focusing on biomass IPP development, ownership, and operations in France’s former colonies, a business analogous in many ways to Synova’s and where Giffen and Christian first got acquainted. Christian is an engineer and graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers in France. He has also completed the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD and the Finance for Executives program at Harvard Business School.
Giffen brings to Synova more than 25 years of experience applying strategic and operational improvements to private equity investments, including seven years running operations of two successful management buyouts. Most recently, he served as an operating executive at US$9.6 billion PE fund Golden Gate Capital, where he focused on conventional and renewable energy. Before that he was a senior managing director at Evercore Partners, with a focus on energy. He also helped launch the electric utility practice at Bain & Company, where he was responsible for case teams performing due diligence and turnaround work for private equity clients. He holds a BBA summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University and a JD from Stanford Law School.
Giffen Ott
Director
Devin is a partner at the Ecosystem Integrity Fund, where he leads deal structuring and negotiations, assists with the fund strategy, and is also responsible for much of the firm’s financial and operations-focused due diligence. Devin’s background is as a sustainability-focused entrepreneur, with significant experience in operations, sales, and finance. He began his career in the film business, where he developed and honed his operations and cost-management skills as the producer of more than 50 large-budget commercials and music videos. After a brief stint at his family’s award-winning mutual fund where he worked with the investment team and institutional sales group, Devin became a partner at Aquillian Investments, a firm which advised family offices on renewable energy investments, and subsequently at the Ecosystem Integrity Fund. Devin is a CFA Charter holder, and has an MBA from Wharton. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA’s Honors Division where he was both an Alumni Scholar and Regents’ Scholar, earning a joint degree in Business and East Asian Studies.
Devin Whatley
Partner, Ecosystem Integrity Fund
Christian Jacqui
Chief Executive Officer
Bram van der Drift
Chief Technology Officer
Philippe Grasset
Executive Vice-President Operations
Jean François Redon
Executive Vice President Projects
Craig Brown
Project Manager
Michael Leo Casey
VP Contracts
Suwech (Wee) Hanchaowong
Manager, Governmental Affairs
Mariska Hayes
Office Manager
Supasthien (Tar) Jotikasthira
Manager, Fuel Supply
Orarin (Dear) Keeratiwutipong
Office Manager
Ivo Kooijman
Controller
Richard Mills
Director Project Management Office
Natat (Nat) Poomviset
VP Regulatory & Community Relations
Saowanee (Sandy) Rangsrisak
Financial Accountant
Aidan Stretch
Cofounder & Senior Advisor
Peter Tijm
Cofounder & Senior Advisor
Bongkot Wingwon
Project Engineering Manager
Jan van Leeuwen
Director Operations
Janja Lucas
Senior Lead Engineer
Jan-Willem Könemann
Business Development Manager
Laszlo Papp
Senior Plant Design Engineer
Robin Zwart
Technology and Product Development Manager
Tiago Fernandes
Supervisor
Apinya Paking
Senior Mechanical Engineer
Duangkamon Panthong
IT Manager
Maturot Sukkasame
Document Controller
Phattharaporn Phetphong
Legal Advisor
BOARD
Lynde Coit
Senior Advisor & Member of the Board
Ibrahim Al Husseini
Managing Member, FullCycle Energy Fund
Giffen Ott
Chairman and Founder
Devin Whatley

Partner, Ecosystem Integrity Fund
Christian Jacqui
Chief Executive Officer