Paul Hinks, Chairman Invest Africa US
PAUL HINKS is the Chairman of Invest Africa, US as well as a board member and the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Symbion Power, LLC. As the driving force behind Symbion, he has spent his life in the power industry where he has been responsible for the construction of power plants, transmission lines and substations. His career spans 30 years and in that period, he has worked in the USA, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
In 2010, Symbion Power was awarded two large U.S. government-funded contracts building distribution lines and substations throughout Tanzania. The following year, Mr. Hinks successfully negotiated Symbion’s acquisition of a 120MW power plant in Dar es Salaam, thereby concluding Symbion’s first power asset acquisition. The company now has a pivotal position as the leading firm of its type in Tanzania, and is one of the United States’ largest owners of power assets in Africa with new investments in Rwanda, Kenya and Madagascar.
Prior to bringing Symbion to Africa, under Mr. Hinks’ leadership during 2005-2008, Symbion won nine contracts across Iraq, erecting hundreds of kilometers of 400kV and 132kV transmission and distribution lines and completing twelve substations. In 2007, Mr. Hinks expanded Symbion’s operations into Afghanistan where Symbion won a bid to build a 100MW power plant in Kabul.
Prior to joining Invest Africa, Paul spent four years as the Chairman of the Corporate Council on Africa.
Symbion Power is a US Independent Power Producer and Engineering Contractor based in New York City that builds, owns and operates electricity infrastructure in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. With a deep commitment to empowering local communities we bring together the knowledge and operational know-how to succeed in the world’s most challenging construction environments.
SANDRINE NZEUKOU, Executive Director Invest Africa US
SANDRINE NZEUKOU is the Executive Director of Invest Africa US and drives the strategic vision of the non-profit organization in the US and work to grow its selective membership base, providing access through Invest Africa’s global network connecting investors to opportunities on the continent.
Prior to joining Invest Africa US, Sandrine was a strategic project manager and consultant serving individual and institutional investors, and financial professionals at Vanguard investment firm which operates over $4.3 trillion in global assets under management. Sandrine was also selected as 1 of 12 from a national pool of over 3000 applicants for Vanguard's prestigious leadership development program.
As a business consultant, Sandrine advised clients on marketing strategy and business development for such diverse sectors ranging from software startup, Dronesmith Technologies to mental health center Chalet House, as well as clinical research organization, Janix Biosciences.
A former professional athlete, Sandrine was born in Cameroon and raised in Arizona. She played for the Cameroon National Women’s Basketball Team and represented her country in the 2011 and 2015 FIBA Olympic qualifying tournaments in both Mali and Cameroon and served as an ambassador for the Cameroon Basketball Federation. MBA, B.S., Series 7 and 63 licenses.