Nikolai Dobrott, Managing partner, apricum
What Apricum can do for your cleantech business
Connecting the cleantech companies with the right investors.
Established in 2008, we’re a globally active transaction advisory and strategy consulting firm dedicated to the cleantech industry. Our growth-oriented services connect investors and companies both public and private, including mergers and acquisition, fundraising, project finance, strategy development, business model design and technology roadmaps.
Guiding you to the best decisions
We’re headquartered in Berlin with offices in London and Dubai and representatives in key renewable energy markets around the world. Our team of experts offers decades of combined technical experience coupled with top management, consulting and finance expertise. We move a broad variety of companies forward – from high-tech startups to financial investors and multi-billion US dollar conglomerates.
A global network of experts
countries where our clients
The cleantech industries that our clients are pioneering
Apricum is focused exclusively on renewables and cleantech. Our knowledge spans the entire value chains in these industries. We command a comprehensive overview of the market dynamics, drivers and economics, as well as a deep, engineering-level technical understanding.
Energy storage materials
Global water supply and sanitation are facing increasing pressure. Our advisory activities in the water sector help address these issues and focus on project (finance) advice for reverse osmosis desalination plants, wastewater treatment, and sewage treatment plants.
Hydropower plants have always been an integral and vital element of the power mix. In addition to being a sustainable energy source, they provide energy storage and backup power potential. Apricum advises on the structuring and financing of run-of-the-river, pumped storage and other hydropower plants.
The Apricum Team
Expertise, experience and passion characterize and unite our talented and diverse team members. The nature, variety and complexity of our clients’ projects attract the high-caliber management consultants, investment bankers, engineers, entrepreneurs and thought leaders that make up our team. With backgrounds in engineering, economics, physics and business administration and residing currently in 12 countries, we’re well-educated, multilingual and deeply connected to local renewable energy markets around the world.
Founder & Managing Partner
Nikolai Dobrott has profound technology and market knowledge in the solar, wind, water and integrated renewable energy industries, combined with deep functional expertise in strategy development, strategic business plan execution and corporate finance. He speaks at major cleantech and renewable energy conferences worldwide every year.
Drawing on over 25 years of experience at First Abu Dhabi Bank, McKinsey & Company and Deutsche Bank, Frank Beckers brings considerable expertise to Apricum’s global transaction advisory and corporate strategy practices, with a focus on Europe and the Middle East.
Florian Haacke has been a partner since 2008 and is the head of the materials practice group comprising solar, energy storage, green hydrogen, CC(U)S materials and related components – as well as chemicals and processes. With profound expertise in strategy development and transaction advisory, he speaks at major materials conferences worldwide and contributes to studies and publications in his focus areas.
Charles Lesser is a senior corporate financier in the international energy industry. He has over 20 years experience leading a wealth of successful transactions in public and private capital markets, and asset and corporate M&A. His award-winning career includes leading the energy investment banking practices for a number of internationally renowned city firms. He is based in London.
Florian Mayr brings a wealth of management consultant experience to Apricum, combining an enviable knowledge of both the conventional energy and renewable energy sectors. Prior to Apricum, he spent eight years in senior positions at McKinsey & Company and RWE.
Dr. Amer Alswaha
Senior Advisor and Country Representative Saudi Arabia
Former head of independent power producers program, Saudi Electricity Company; senior vice president, Saudi Electricity Company
Former director and VP of energy and chemicals, Arthur D. Little; founder, Arwas & Associates
Former director BD origination, technical director, First Solar; director project enabling, Desertec Industrial Initiative
Senior Advisor and Country Representative Japan
Former member of board and senior managing director, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
Senior Advisor and Country Representative USA
Former president Cratus Energy, board member, Alion Energy
Hamid Can Baş
Master’s degree in environmental management; former summer associate, Renew Power; quantitative analyst, ACWA Power
Chairman, Solar Energy UK; COO, Solivus; MD, Innovo Group; former investment director, Armstrong Capital Management Limited; senior investment director, Foresight Group
Dr. Raed Bkayrat
Former VP business development, First Solar; head of technology commercialization and industry collaboration, KAUST; director of system engineering and power electronics, DDS
Former vice president, business development – renewable energy, ORIX; investment banking associate, Evercore; senior associate, valuations advisory, PwC
Renewable energy finance specialist based in Brazil; managing partner & CEO of UBK Consulting GmbH; managing director UBK Consulting Brasil LtdaVP; former lecturer of Strategic Planning and Technology Management at Bocconi University of Milan
Corentin de Ricaud
Master's in finance and strategy; former investment officer, European Investment Bank; financial advisor, ENGIE; analyst, BNP Paribas
Dr. Horst Dietz
Member of the supervisory board, ABB AG, Solon SE, Bilfinger Berger; former CEO, ABB AG
Dr. Garry Felgate
Former partner, Orion Innovations; chief executive and executive board member, Energy Retail Association; managing director, AEA Technology Group; director, The Carbon Trust; director, KPMG
Founder, Middle East Solar Industry Association; former global vice president, Europe, Middle East & Africa, SOURCE Global; managing director, project origination, Access Power; regional head of BP Solar for the Middle East
Former member of EMEA senior leadership team, Novell; CIO, Rütgers/ Evonik; management consultant, Arthur D. Little
Director, Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory Co; former EU renewable energy manager, EU-China energy & environment programme; technical director, GTZ, China
M.Sc in energy systems, B.Sc in physics; internships at Oxford Net-Zero, TopCap Holding, Generali Versicherung
Talent Acquisition and Development Manager
Former marketing and communications manager, Apricum; communications strategist, Ikon Communications, strategic planner, MEC
Former senior manager, Strategy& / PwC; senior manager, Santander; engagement manager, McKinsey & Company; associate, Goldman Sachs; analyst, Merrill Lynch
Former CFO, ProWind Group and CPC Germania; corporate finance advisor, Helbling Business Advisors; head of acquisitions and due diligence, agri.capital; manager treasury and corporate finance, Grohe AG
Master of science in business administration and mechanical engineering; former consultant, Bain & Company
Dr. Hendrik Kienert
PhD in climate physics; former senior consultant, Bain & Company
Master’s in renewable energy engineering and management; former consultant, innogy Consulting
MBA, master in energy science, B.Sc in chemistry; former manager, E.ON Inhouse Consulting; senior consultant, Ecofys
Former Director Sales Asia, Photovoltaics, Schott Solar; Director Marketing & Sales South East Asia, Angewandte Solar Energie (ASE) GmbH
Master’s in management and mechanical engineering; former simulation engineer, QuEST Global
Founder and director, SolarNowa; former investment manager and business development manager, Saxovent
Non-executive board director, Oxford PV; former executive vice president, SMA Solar Technology AG; chief sales officer, Sovello AG; board director, EPIA
Founder Leonhard Ventures, corporate venturing events producer
Master’s in management and engineering of environment and energy; B.Sc. in chemical engineering; former commercial planning specialist and energy trader, AES
Marketing & Communications Manager
Master's in comparative studies for social sciences; former media relations and campaign manager for Alstom
Dr. Beatrice Möller
Senior legal counsel specialized in corporate, banking and energy law; former M&A lawyer, Linklaters; banking lawyer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; legal advisor; MVV Energie
Founding partner, Deutsche Ventures; former COO, Younicos; senior vice president, T-Systems; partner, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
Owner and CEO, TOMM+C; head of business development, EEW Energy from Waste GmbH; former CEO, Schwarze Pumpe GmbH
Dr. Fabio Oldenburg
PhD in energy storage materials; co-founder and chief technology officer, Gaia Membranes AG, former research scientist, Paul Scherrer Institute
M.Sc in energy systems, B.Sc in earth science; former Fulbrighter, City of Palo Alto Utilities intern, and Michigan Sustainability Cases writer
Per Hornung Pedersen
Member of management board, Suzlon Energy; former CFO, NEG Micon/Vestas; CEO, Suzlon Energy; CEO, Repower; CEO, Pelamis Wave Power
Former managing director, Viessmann PV + E-Systems; senior manager, Samsung; marketing manager, Hitachi
Senior Industry Specialist
M.Eng. in renewable energy systems; B.Sc. in energy and process technology, B.Sc. in physics; former student researcher, PVcomB at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
Prof. Dr. Dirk Uwe Sauer
Professor for electrochemical energy conversion and storage systems, RWTH Aachen University, Germany; Project leader, division for electrical energy systems, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Freiburg
Co-founder and CEO, Wayu Limited; former co-founder and chairman Yellow Door Energy; co-founder and CEO Adenium Energy Capital
Former Team Assistant, August Storck KG; Office Manager, Technical University Berlin
Dr. Oliver Schmidt
PhD in energy storage; founder of Storage Lab; former analyst, IEA; former senior consultant, E.ON In-House Consulting
Dr. Florian Sieber
Cleantech consultant in strategy, M&A; former VP E&P business development & commercial, head of legal E&P, MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Plc
Dr. Benjamin Silcox
PhD in chemical engineering; former student research assistant, University of Michigan; summer analyst, Goldman Sachs
Director, Trinergy M&A Advisory; Director, Translink Corporate Finance; former senior consultant for PR firms; former consulting director for McGraw Hill’s AviationWeek / MRO Exhibition in Beijing
Cofounder and managing director, GA Power Group; former managing director, Quast Nahrath Group; cofounder and managing director Credence Power Group; business development manager Europe, SolarPark Korea
Master's in industrial engineering and management from the Technical University of Berlin. Working student at Enertrag and Enervis energy advisors
Founder and president, Future Energy Advisors; former board member ESA; former VP, US strategy & group technology, National Grid; managing director, Early Stage Partners
M.Sc. in corporate finance and banking; B.Sc. in banking and finance; former credit analyst intern, Factorit, Italy
Chairman, FICCI solar energy task force & SEMI PV advisory panel; fellow, IETE; former CEO, Tata BP Solar
Dr. Yoshihisa Tawada
Former chairman, Kaneka SolarTec Corporation; chairman, Japan Solar Energy Society; director, PV Power Generation Technology Research Association
Prof. Dr. Eicke Weber
VP, ISES; former CEO, Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore (BEARS); director, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE; professor of physics and applied sciences, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg