Member 6

Cornelius Matthes |   

Africa | Renewable Energy | Investments | New Market


Cornelius Matthes, CEO Kuwekeza Holdings, is a well-respected leader in the renewable energy industry, having built several successful clean energy businesses and start-ups within Middle East and Africa.

He is a keen entrepreneur and investor in emerging markets, with recognitions such as “Solar Pioneer 2015” for the Middle East. Cornelius lectures at several universities like St. Gallen, and is a regular speaker at international conferences.

Cornelius has extensive board level experience from 10 years in Deutsche Bank (among others, youngest board member in Deutsche Bank Italy Group) and several renewable energy associations. By building the international shareholder and partner network of Dii (Desertec Industrial Initiative), he was at the forefront of the renewable energy revolution in North Africa and the Middle East.

He is a Member of the “Renewables Round Table 2100” and holds an MBA (Dipl.-Kaufmann) from University of Passau. He speaks German, English, Italian, French and Russian.

“Passionate about renewable energy, start-ups, helping people and making a tangible impact in Africa and emerging markets. I love to listen, to ask questions, to learn and to grow; with many more mountains need to be climbed.”