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Open Energy Group Inc.
25 Broadway, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Founded in 2013 by Graham Smith, Open Energy is now backed by GLI Finance and continues to rapidly increase its borrower and investor portfolios.

Open Energy is strategically located in downtown Manhattan. We bring Wall Street expertise to the sector, combined with a fervent desire to create a new way of doing things.

Graham Smith - Founder

Graham started his career as a management consultant in London, at Andersen Consulting and Deloitte. Afterwards he started up two brokerage firms, firstly Axiom Global in 2004 and then Phoenix Partners Group in 2006, co-running the latter for seven years.

While at Phoenix Graham started and managed Greenworks Capital, a renewable energy advisory business, and secured $75m of construction finance for 15MW of some of the UK’s first utility-scale solar projects. In New York in 2013, Graham fused his experience and relationships in renewable energy finance with his career building capital markets brokerage platforms to found Open Energy and unlock financial technology innovation to drive increased renewable energy lending.

Graham studied at both UCL and Cambridge University and represented Great Britain in rowing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Alistair Potts

Alistair brings a range of technical skills and entrepreneurial experience to the Open Energy team.

Alistair began his career at the e-commerce pioneer Screen Pages in London, developing their innovative retail core and implementing a wide range of cutting edge business-oriented processes aimed at both the B2B and B2C sectors.

He has subsequently founded and run a number of successful e-businesses in the UK.

Alistair coxed for Great Britain and for Edinburgh and Cambridge universities, where he studied architecture & engineering.

Michael Blomquist

Michael joined Open Energy in its infancy and is combining his finance skills with his passion for alternative energy.

Michael worked for over four years at Morgan Stanley in London on their fixed income institutional sales desk, where he specialized in structured credit, asset-backed securities, and credit solutions.

Michael graduated with honors from Harvard University with an A.B. in Environmental Science and Public Policy, and earned a M.Sc. from Oxford University in Nature, Society, and Environmental Policy.

Michael rowed for the US National Rowing Team and was a World Champion in 2005.

Andrew Kostrzewa

Andrew recently joined Open Energy, where he will be working in business development as a Project Finance Associate.

Prior to joining Open Energy, Andrew worked as a Corporate Associate in the Manhattan offices of Paul, Weiss and Crowell & Moring. He also previously worked as a consultant with Sustainable Energy Advantage, where he specialized in SREC projections for the Mid-Atlantic region and New England, and as a program manager and project finance analyst with the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources during the Stimulus Program.

Andrew received his BA in International Relations from Brown University, and JD - MBA, with highest honors, from Boston University.

Annie Sheppard

Annie Sheppard is a financial analyst on the deal team at Open Energy.

Annie graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Science Technology, and International Affairs. While studying at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, she became particularly interested in global climate change and renewable energy.

Annie kicked off her career in management consulting with L.E.K. Consulting. As an Associate Consultant at the firm, she conducted analyses and research on a variety of markets to guide clients' strategies. Equipped with a strong analytical skill set, Annie is excited to improve funding solutions for the American solar industry.

Amaia Schultz

Amaia is a Business Development Analyst for Open Energy.

Amaia brings experience in sales operations, consulting and energy data analysis from companies including Sungevity, WattTime and the University of California’s Office of the President.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Economics and Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.