Team

The TuNur team and Board of Directors is composed of successful and passionate professionals with extensive international experience and deep local knowledge.

Daniel Rich
Chief Executive Officer

Based in Tunisia Daniel is the Chief Executive Officer of TuNur Ltd and responsible for day to day operations, strategy and managing relationships with investors, strategic partners and Governments. As Directeur General of TuNur Tunisia in 2018 Daniel established the office and created a new team in Tunisia, and is responsible for local strategy, engagement and project development. Daniel was previously COO of Nur Energie where his role included new business development for markets such as the UK and India with responsibilities including identifying new markets, forming strategic partnerships and preparing market entry strategy. Daniel has experience in both the energy and telecommunications industries and prior to joining Nur Energie he worked for an independent oil trading firm where he focused on business development covering a range of markets including West Africa, Russia and the Middle East. Daniel started his career as a financial analyst for the leading telecommunication solutions company Phones International Group and holds a Bachelor Degree in Business and Economics from Kings College London.

Joseph Zammit
Chairman

The Zammit Group of companies is a long established Maltese, family run endeavor with roots that span almost a century. As managing director of the group, Joseph Zammit follows in his father and grandfather’s footsteps, building on the organization’s considerable portfolio. Originally involved in the trade and distribution of foodstuffs, property development and a ferry service linking the Maltese islands, during the sixties and seventies Joseph steered the organisation’s  interests towards automotive franchise representation and distribution, where it now forms part of one of the largest franchisees on the island. Over the last 35 years or so, Joseph also worked on building strong ties in the Maritime industry, primarily through ship ownership, brokerage, agency and chartering services as well as offshore support and procurement services for clients such as AGIP, Shell, AMOCO and Marathon. During the last few years, Joseph founded Mediterranean Future Energy Ltd., the vessel he intends to use to further diversify the group’s interests in renewable energy initiatives.

Cherif Ben Khelifa
Board Director

Mr. Ben Khelifa's career has been mainly in the oil industry, with over 30 years in various roles in the upstream sector. In the early 80’s he graduated from the leading engineering schools in France, Ecole des Mines de Saint Etienne and IFP (French Institute of Petroleum), and commenced his career in petroleum engineering with TOTAL in Abu Dhabi. He then worked for several well-known oil companies such as Shell, Noble Energy, and Lundin. He successfully contributed to the development, exploitation, as well as decommissioning of several offshore oil fields and has promoted new and innovative offshore techniques for optimized operations. He founded Glory Clean Energy (GCE) in 2010 to develop green and renewable energy activities and participate in the global efforts for the reduction of CO2 emissions. GCE is partner in TuNur and actively participates in the promotion of this leading project. This is in line with Mr Ben Khelifa's goal of finally achieving a small step towards combined economic viability and environmental sustainability.

Kevin Sara
Board Director

Mr Sara was born in Germany and grew up in Belgium. His obtained a B.A. in Physics from Vassar College (New York) and an MBA from the Ecole National des Ponts et Chaussées (Paris). After working as a management consultant earlier in his career at McKinsey & Co., he co-founded the European Telecom and Media Investment Banking practice at the investment bank Salomon Brothers (now Citigroup), advising governments on privatization and entrepreneurs on entering deregulated markets, and on deploying emerging technologies such as wireless telephony and the internet. Later, at the Japanese investment bank Nomura International, Mr. Sara founded a technology principal investment group and invested in European and US emerging technology companies. More recently, while working on his PhD in Energy Policy at Imperial College (London), Mr. Sara co-founded Hazel Capital, a clean-tech investment management company with investments in public and private clean-tech and renewable energy companies.  Most recently he founded Nur Energie, a company which develops large scale solar energy projects in Greece, France, Morocco and Tunisia, including an innovative solar export project which intends to export solar energy from the Sahara desert to Italy via a submarine cable across the Mediterranean Sea.

Alex Phocas Cosmetatos
Board Director

Mr. Phocas-Cosmetatos is the CTO of Nur Energie, overseeing the power plant activities. His expertise lies in concentrated solar thermal and particularly of the tower kind. In Nur Energie, Mr. Phocas-Cosmetatos has overseen the technical solutions of the PV and CSP projects under development and he has been the project manager and overseen all development activities in the MINOS CSP project. Mr. Phocas-Cosmetatos has project development experience as well as technical and financial modelling skills. Prior to his position at Nur Energie, he was a freelance consultant on renewable energy (offshore wind, Electric Vehicles, grid integration) and prior to that he was a fixed-income derivatives trader in Abn Amro, Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse, between 1998 and 2006. He holds a BA & MSc in Physics from Cambridge University as well as an MEng in Renewable Energy technologies from Loughborough University.

Mike Coombs
Chief Financial Officer

Mike spent five years as Group CFO of Renewable Energy Systems (RES) an international wind farm developer which saw annual revenues increase from £160m in 2006 to £500m by 2010. RES, a member of the Sir Robert McAlpine Group, is one of the renewable energy sector’s market leaders with over 5,000MW of wind projects developed and built and 600MW under ownership in various markets including the UK, Ireland, France, Sweden, Canada and the US. Before RES Mike was Group Finance Director of Biwater Plc a water utility and construction group with interests in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North and South America and the Far East. Mike is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants

Ali Kanzari
Senior Advisor

With PhD in energy engineer, Ali joined TuNur Limited in November 2016 as Senior Advisor, working in close collaboration with the managing director, in assisting TuNur in the development of projects in renewable energies in Tunisia and for export. As one of the founders of the National Agency for Energy Management, he contributed to the development of legislation on energy efficiency and the promotion of renewable energy in Tunisia. Ali is the president of Solar Energy System "SES", specialized in engineering and realizing turn key projects "EPC", involved in the development of large projects connected to the network: PV, CSP and Wind, decentralized electrification and mini-grid by photovoltaic, water desalination by PV. Having also participated as a renewable energy expert in renewable electrification programs and projects in Tunisia and abroad (Benin, Togo, Burkina-Faso, Guinea, Chad ...) with several organizations like STUDI, the African Development Bank (ADB), SES Group, TESPCO, TELMOB-ONATEL, MWH-Stantec, he is a member and president of several professional associations, such as the Chamber of Photovoltaic Integrators "CSPV", the Tunisian Association of Environmental Protection, Sahara Solar Breeder Foundation "SSBF", Desertec Industrie Initiative "DII" and association Mines Paris Tech.

Mohamed Halila
Energy Project Engineer

Mohamed is an energy engineering with over 9 years of experience in the renewable field, he joined TuNur Tunisia Branch in February 2018, as an analyst and project engineer, working closely with the general manager and senior consultants, assisting TuNur in its activities and operations for both the export project and for projects of local production in Tunisia. He previously held the position of head of site studies, property and environmental impact management and security for photovoltaic and wind projects within STEG-renewable energies.In addition to his experience in the renewable energy sector, Mohamed began his career in the construction of conventional power stations, he worked for 4 years, with the group SNC LAVALIN and ANSALDO ENERGIA, where he held the position of superintendent commissioning mechanical engineer for the commissioning of a 400 MW "Sousse C" single-shaft combined cycle power plant in Tunisia, leading a mechanical team for the validation, commissioning and maintenance of the plant's mechanical equipment. Mohamed also gained an experience in metrology for magnitudes; pressure, temperature and electrical.

Ameni Bouafif
Office Manager

Ameni was born and grew up in Tunisia. She obtained a master’s degree in financial and Banking Economy from ESSEC Tunis in 2010 in which she was major. Ameni joined TuNur Tunisia Branch in 2018 as the office manager. She previously held the position of Administrative & Financial Officer, for 6 years, for Anadarko Tunisia BEKS Company; a subsidiary of the American Petroleum Company: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. Amen developed her professional abilities with continuous training and courses in accounting and management such as SAP training in London, Business English with the British Council, obtaining a Mini MBA with CCDH Tunis, RAF & Sage 100 training with STI Formation.