Himanshu Saxena is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lotus Infrastructure Partners and is responsible for supervision of the Firm’s investment program and strategy, as well as overall management of the Firm. Mr. Saxena sits on both the Investment Committee and the boards of all portfolio companies. Mr. Saxena is also responsible for the development and management of the investment team. In addition, he maintains responsibilities for origination, structuring, execution, monitoring and exiting investments across the portfolio. Over the course of his career, Mr. Saxena has led the acquisition and development of numerous power generation and transmission projects and midstream and downstream assets in North America, with an aggregate enterprise value of more than $13 billion.
Prior to joining Lotus f/k/a Starwood Energy Group in early 2008, Mr. Saxena was an investment banker with JPMorgan’s global energy and utilities group. Before that, Mr. Saxena worked at American Electric Power, where he focused on managing financial risks in the power trading business and on optimizing a power generation portfolio. Mr. Saxena was previously a Chemical Engineer at industrial gas company Praxair, where he filed for several patents.
Mr. Saxena currently serves on the Advisory Board at Cornell University’s Program in Infrastructure Policy (CPIP), as a Board Member for the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), and on the Advisory Council of Cornell Energy Systems Institute.
Mr. Saxena earned an MBA from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, and a Bachelor’s of Technology in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (“IIT”) in Bombay, India.
Alex Daberko is a Managing Director of Lotus Infrastructure Partners. Since joining Lotus, f/k/a Starwood Energy Group in 2007, he has played an active role in many of the firm’s M&A and development transactions, across conventional generation, renewables, and transmission. Mr. Daberko has led Lotus’ wind development efforts, successfully financing and constructing six projects totaling more than 1,100MW over four years. Mr. Daberko sits on the Board of Directors of BerQ RNG, Lotus’ renewable natural gas platform, and Compass Power.
Prior to Lotus, Mr. Daberko was a part of the Energy & Power Investment Banking team at Merrill Lynch where he specialized in commodity and commodity-linked transactions. Mr. Daberko holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. in Mathematics & Economics from Yale University.
Philipp Pletka is a Managing Director of Lotus Infrastructure Partners and plays an active role in the firm’s investment activities. Mr. Pletka joined the firm from BlackRock’s Energy & Power private equity team where he played an active role in implementing the division’s growth strategy within BlackRock’s Real Assets direct investment platform. Prior to BlackRock,
Mr. Pletka was a director at Quantum Energy Partners where his primary responsibilities included structuring and executing of capital deployments across all active funds focused in the power, midstream and upstream sectors. Mr. Pletka started his career in JPMorgan’s Natural Resources Investment Banking team. He has 21 years of experience in the energy space.
Ali Amirali is a Senior Vice President of Lotus Infrastructure Partners. In this role, he is responsible for the expansion of Lotus’ StarTrans high-voltage transmission assets, as well as for new business/project opportunities in the transmission and distribution arena in North America. He also supports the origination, development and acquisition activities associated with utility-scale power generation and storage projects.
Prior to joining Lotus f/k/a Starwood Energy Group in 2010, Mr. Amirali held a variety of key technical and leadership positions at Element Power, LS Power, Calpine Corp., California Independent Systems Operator and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He has participated in the development and interconnection of more than 5,000 megawatts of electric generation in the Western U.S. and Mexico, and has developed and managed several large transmission line projects designed to improve reliability, reduce congestion, and deliver energy from thermal and renewable resources. Mr. Amirali received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Iowa State University, an M.S. in electrical engineering from University of Idaho, a Master’s of Engineering in engineering management from the University of Colorado, and an MBA from Colorado State University.
He is also a licensed Professional Engineer registered in the state of California.
Anik Gandhi is a Principal for Lotus Infrastructure Partners. In this role, he is responsible for principal investing and asset management within the energy infrastructure sector.
Prior to joining Lotus f/k/a Starwood Energy in 2014, Mr. Gandhi was an Associate at Goldman Sachs in the Global Natural Resources Investment Banking group. At Goldman Mr. Gandhi focused on transactions involving regulated utilities, merchant generators, and conventional generation assets.
His responsibilities included creating and assessing operational and financial valuation models for potential merger and acquisition opportunities, analyzing potential impacts of market regulations on generation assets, developing and presenting client pitchbooks and investment marketing materials, and performing industry research and transaction due diligence.
Mr. Gandhi holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.
David Siegel is a Principal at Lotus Infrastructure Partners. In this role, he is responsible for principal investing and asset management in the energy infrastructure sector.
He was actively involved in the acquisition of Lavaca Midstream and supports capital market activities for Lotus’ conventional power portfolios.
Prior to joining Lotus f/k/a/ Starwood Energy Group in June 2019, Mr. Siegel was a Vice President of Beowulf Energy, where he focused on opportunistic operational and distressed power investments. His responsibilities also included asset management functions, such as portfolio financings, asset redevelopment and power/capacity optimization.
Mr. Siegel holds a B.S., cum laude, with a concentration of Financial Analysis Honors from the State University of New York at Albany.
William Ouyang is a Principal of Lotus Infrastructure Partners. In this role, he is responsible for principal investing and asset management in the power sector. He was actively involved in the acquisition and development of Lotus’s utility-scale wind and solar projects.
Prior to joining Lotus f/k/a Starwood Energy in 2013, Mr. Ouyang was an Analyst in Citigroup’s Alternative Energy Finance group where he worked primarily on renewable energy transactions involving wind, solar PV, and solar CSP facilities.
Mr. Ouyang holds a B.S. in Economics, Statistics, and Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.
Abraham Kepes is a Vice President of Lotus Infrastructure Partners. In this role, he is responsible for principal investing and asset management in the energy infrastructure sector.
Prior to Lotus f/k/a Starwood Energy Group in June 2018, Mr. Kepes was an Analyst in Macquarie Capital’s Infrastructure and Energy Group, where he focused on principal investment in the power and utilities space. His responsibilities included conducting due diligence on potential investment opportunities, asset management and development, and supporting asset sale processes. Prior to Macquarie, Mr. Kepes was part of the project finance group at CIT Bank, specializing in power and infrastructure projects.
Mr. Kepes holds a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College.
Asset Management Team
Jeffrey Delgado is a Managing Director and Head of Asset Management of Lotus Infrastructure Partners. In this role, he is responsible for the asset management and commercial optimization of Lotus’ assets and sits on the boards of portfolio companies. In addition, Mr. Delgado supports acquisition, development and construction activities. Mr. Delgado has over 30 years of experience in the management and operations of projects, including thermal and renewable power generation, midstream gas, renewable natural gas and transmission.
Prior to joining Lotus f/k/a Starwood Energy Group in 2015, Mr. Delgado was Director of Business Management with Caithness Energy where he was responsible for asset management and operations oversight of sixteen projects totaling over $3B. Mr. Delgado began his career at Con Edison where he held various operating positions at the utility’s power generation and substation facilities, and asset management and operations responsibility for the assets of its unregulated subsidiary, PJMs.
Mr. Delgado holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnic University and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and Investments from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business.
Cheng Chang is a Senior Vice President of Lotus Infrastructure Partners. In this role, he leads energy management, strategy and market analysis for Lotus’ energy portfolio. In addition, Mr. Chang supports due diligence, acquisition and development of investment opportunities.
Prior to joining Lotus f/k/a Starwood Energy Group in 2017, Mr. Chang led the global commercial and development teams of Intergen where he was responsible for asset management, origination, structuring and operations oversight of eighteen gas, coal, wind, compression station and pipeline projects in Australia, Europe, Mexico and U.S. markets totaling over $4 billion.
Mr. Chang began his career at GDF Suez (now Engie) where he held various positions in strategic planning, M&A, finance, commercial and marketing, focusing on the deregulated power and gas markets in North America.
Mr. Chang is a graduate of Tsinghua University and Stanford University.
Tim Gusick is a Vice President at Lotus Infrastructure Partners. In this role, he is responsible for asset management and optimization, project development and market analysis for Lotus’ energy infrastructure portfolio. In addition, he supports acquisition and risk management activities.
Prior to joining Lotus f/k/a Starwood Energy Group in 2021, Tim was a Vice President at Eastern Generation responsible for corporate strategy, M&A, market and financial analysis and commercial asset optimization for a 5,000 MW merchant power generation portfolio.
Prior to working at Eastern Generation, Tim was a Senior Commercial Associate at Equipower Resources, a 9,000 MW merchant independent power producer with assets located in NYISO, PJM and ISO-NE. Tim started his career as an investment banking analyst at Auria Capital (fka Fieldstone Private Capital Group), responsible for financial analysis of energy and infrastructure M&A transactions.
Tim holds a B.S. in Finance from Fordham University.
Wendy Gu, CFA is a Vice President of Lotus Infrastructure Partners. In this role, she is responsible for asset and energy management of Lotus’ operating assets and supports acquisition and development opportunities.
Prior to joining Lotus f/k/a Starwood Energy Group in 2017, Ms. Gu was an Analyst in ING’s Structured Finance group, where she worked in the Utilities, Power & Renewables team, covering project finance and leveraged finance transactions within the Power sector.
Ms. Gu holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and is a CFA Charterholder.
Jeffrey Levy is Managing Director, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Lotus Infrastructure Partners. In this role, he works closely with the team and advises from a legal perspective on all aspects of the business, including acquisitions, financing transactions, development and asset management, and fund structuring and governance.
Prior to joining Lotus f/k/a Starwood Energy Group in 2021, Mr. Levy was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Atlantic Power Corporation, a cross-listed (NYSE and TSX) independent power producer, where he was responsible for all of the corporation’s legal affairs. Previously, he was Vice President and Associate General Counsel at First Wind Energy, LLC and before that Counsel at Ameresco, Inc.
Before his roles as in-house counsel, Mr. Levy practiced law in the Finance and Capital Markets group at Edwards & Angell LLP (since merged into Locke Lord LLP) and in the Private Equity/M&A group Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.
Mr. Levy earned his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, magna cum laude, where he was Note Editor of the SULS Law Review, and his B.S. degree in civil engineering, with distinction, from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Mr. Levy is also a licensed professional civil engineer.
Finance & Accounting
David Arbia is a Managing Director and the Chief Financial Officer of Lotus Infrastructure Partners. In this role, he is responsible for financial reporting to investors, tax structuring and compliance, cash management and fundraising. Mr. Arbia is also member of Starwood Energy’s Valuation Committee and works closely with both the investment team and the asset management team as it relates to deal structuring, financial/tax diligence, and financial reporting/compliance for certain portfolio companies.
Prior to joining Lotus f/k/a Starwood Energy Group in 2013, Mr. Arbia served as the Controller of Credit Suisse USA subsidiary Asset Management Finance LLC, where he oversaw an investment portfolio consisting of $700 million in assets. Before that, Mr. Arbia was an Audit Manager in the financial services division at Deloitte & Touche.
Mr. Arbia received a B.S. degree with honors in accounting and finance from the State University of New York at New Paltz, where he graduated magna cum laude. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Dylan Horowitz is a Vice President and Controller of Lotus Infrastructure Partners. In this role, he supports the financial reporting, tax compliance and cash management efforts.
Prior to joining Lotus, f/k/a Starwood Energy Group in 2017, Mr. Horowitz was an Audit Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, where he worked primarily within the Asset Management Alternative Investment practice.
Mr. Horowitz is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.S. degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Ithaca College.
Antonia Schwartz is a Managing Director and Head of Investor Relations of Lotus Infrastructure Partners with responsibility for our fundraising and ongoing investor communication efforts. Prior to Lotus, Ms. Schwartz held comparable roles at the Private Equity investment firms, Waud Capital Partners, LLC in Chicago and Bregal Investments in New York as well as at the Infrastructure investment firm, Alinda Capital Partners, LLC in Greenwich, CT. She began her career in the commercial and investment bank at Citigroup, Inc.
Ms. Schwartz holds an MA in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at the John Hopkins University and a B.Sc. in Business from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Olga Bruce is responsible for investor relations, marketing, fundraising and public relations activities at Lotus Infrastructure Partners. Mrs. Bruce has over 15 years of experience in investor relations in Private Equity.
Prior to joining Lotus f/k/a Starwood Energy Group in 2005, Mrs. Bruce worked in The Quantitative Analysis Group at Citigroup Asset Management. Mrs. Bruce holds a B.S. in Business Management from Albertus Magnus College and an MBA in Business Administration from Colorado State University.