Chairman Symbion Power Holdings
Lord Richard Westbury MBE
Lord Westbury had a distinguished military career as an Officer in the Scots Guards and for the British Special Air Services (SAS). A pioneer of the security industry, Lord Westbury was formerly the Deputy Chief Executive of The Leadership Trust and the Chief Executive Officer of Defense Systems Limited (DSL), one of the earliest and most successful international security companies headquartered in London. He is the founder and chairman of Hart Security.
Chief Executive Officer
Founder and Chief Executive Officer Paul Hinks is the driving force behind the company. 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. He created Symbion in response to the need for electrical infrastructure reconstruction during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Under Paul's leadership, the company commenced operations in Africa in 2010. Symbion has now moved into private sector investment and is one of the largest U.S. Independent Power Producers operating on the continent. Paul is the currently the Chairman of Invest Africa US, prior to this he spent four years as the Chairman of the Corporate Council on Africa.
Chief Operations Officer
Ms. Weitz began her work with Symbion as Business Development Manager in 2009. Prior to joining Symbion, Ms. Weitz managed business development in Francophone Africa for an engineering consulting firm and then joined Spintelligent, a Clarion Events company, where she successfully launched a series of infrastructure events focusing on power and mining in some of the most challenging markets in Africa. Ms. Weitz has over a decade of experience working, traveling, and creating business linkages on the continent. She holds a BA Degree in Political Science (International Studies), a BA Hons Degree (Cum Laude) and a MA Degree in French from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
General Manager- Symbion Power Lake Kivu Ltd.
Alexis Kabuto is the General Manager of Symbion Power Lake Kivu Ltd., a Symbion Power subsidiary. Mr. Kabuto is a professional engineer and energy expert, with a background in industrial electricity. Mr. Kabuto is responsible for commissioning the first ever successful gas-to-power operation on Lake Kivu in his capacity as General Manager for Kibuye Power Ltd. Prior to joining Symbion, Mr. Kabuto was a senior official in Rwanda's Ministry of Infrastructure; has been a lecturer and the Vice Dean of Faculty at the Kigali Institute of Sciences and Technology; he also served as the Head of the Sustainable Livelihood Unit for the United Nations Development Programme of Rwanda. Mr. Kabuto joins Symbion from General Electric, where he was the Regional Sales Manager and supported GE's overall operations in Rwanda. Mr. Kabuto holds Masters degrees in Hydraulics Engineering from the University of Stuggart and Environmental Management from the University of Liege.