Leon Eliassen Notkevich is the Managing Director at ÆGE Energy and a board member in RCG Nordic. He is an electrical engineering professional with strong interpersonal skills derived from extensive experience working in and leading international multi-disciplinary project teams.
Mr Eliassen Notkevich has a solid track record as a senior manager and lead electrical engineer from companies such as Statkraft wind offshore, with sound experience from project execution and contract management of renewable and electrical infrastructure projects from early development through to commissioning and hand over to operations.
Mr Eliassen Notkevich brings both technical and commercial understanding across a wide range of electrical infrastructure elements such as overhead lines, land- and subsea cabling (MV/HV), onshore substations (AC and HVDC), offshore substation platforms (AC and HVDC), and overall electrical system design. He has experience from negotiation of grid connection agreements, use of system charging, due diligence, cost of energy modelling, standardisation work and regulatory processes.
Mr Eliassen Notkevich holds an M.Sc. in electrical power engineering.
Doug Pfeister is a managing director of RCG, with responsibility for the firm’s activities across the Americas. Mr Pfeister served as regional head for North America from April 2015. He has been active for more than 20 years in the energy and environmental fields in senior positions in government, industry, and non-governmental organizations.
Mr Pfeister has broad and deep experience in leading teams, managing projects, and navigating the complex policy environment surrounding large-scale renewable energy projects built and operated in the United States.
For more than a decade, Mr Pfeister has been a leader in offshore wind in the United States. He spent several years with a major developer in the mid-Atlantic states, managing siting and permitting activities and leading policy efforts at the state level in New Jersey. He then represented the industry in Washington, DC, by establishing and running America’s first trade association devoted exclusively to offshore wind. As a consultant, Mr Pfeister has provided senior-level advice to clients looking at the US offshore wind market and led complex engagements providing rare insight on a range of technical, regulatory, and commercial subjects. He continues to serve as a leader in the industry, hosting and speaking at public events throughout the year. Mr Pfeister heads up the RCG team in New York City – dedicated to serving the ever-dynamic and expanding North American renewable energy market.
Mr Pfeister is a graduate in economics and international relations, with a further degree in environmental management. He is a long-standing member of the Offshore Wind Committee (previously Working Group) of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).
Daniel Pearson is a director of RCG and serves as Chief Strategy Officer with a remit covering the global development of the business and guiding the firm’s offering to clients worldwide. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the renewable energy industry, ranging from front-end project development, project and corporate financing / investment, to running a sector-leading SME as CEO.
The renewable energy industry has been the mainstay of Mr Pearson’s career, with a focus on developing and financing projects in the offshore and marine sector. He has a proven track record in taking challenging projects from inception through to a financial investment decision and applies this skillset to assist clients do the same.
Mr Pearson has deep experience in leading wind, solar, and hydro investments in Europe. He is expert in renewable energy development, financing and construction both in the UK and overseas, with significant technical understanding and commercial project finance experience. Mr Pearson has been a director of RCG for two years and within that time has led a complex and unique energy procurement process on behalf of a major utility and managed multiple challenging client engagements. Before joining RCG he was a member of the executive management teams at corporate-invested assets. Mr Pearson served as Chief Executive Officer of a tidal energy project company, developing the world’s largest tidal energy array. He has also worked for many years within a large global corporate, where he progressed from leading major project development assets, through to leading due diligence, deal structuring, commercial negotiations and asset management for wind, solar and hydro energy investments in Europe and beyond.
Mr Pearson is qualified in marine engineering.
Dr Lee Clarke is a partner within ERM and has served as RCG’s COO since early 2015. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the energy industry, with a broad range of executive management, commercial, operational, and strategy experience.
Dr Clarke is an expert in market analysis, commercial strategy, and business building and transformation. As chief operating officer (COO), he has responsibility for building and optimising RCG services and solutions for clients. He has a proven track record in directing large, complex, and multi-disciplinary teams and projects.
With experience spanning both major investor-owned utilities and within the consultancy sector, Dr Clarke has held multiple energy industry leadership roles and has led some of the largest renewable energy development projects. This includes serving as project director of a complex, international offshore wind joint venture. In addition to renewable energy development, he has extensive experience in corporate strategy, energy markets and policy, corporate affairs and regulation, and power project mergers and acquisitions. Dr Clarke has also led corporate venturing activities, launching significant new businesses within large corporations. Consultancy assignments have included commercial support to equipment suppliers, leading technical due diligence, and providing strategic advice for new market entry. Dr Clarke also has experience serving in the public sector, holding a senior energy markets role within a multilateral international agency.
Dr Clarke trained as a geologist and is also qualified to post graduate level in environmental impact assessment. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London (FGS) and a Professional Member of The Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (MIMMM). He has attended business and executive leadership courses at Warwick Business School, IMD Switzerland, and ESMT Berlin.
Gareth Lewis is a director of RCG and serves as Managing Director with responsibility for the Asia Pacific region. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the marine and renewable energy industry, with an unprecedented track record of offshore wind development success.
Mr Lewis is a technically skilled and highly successful renewable energy practitioner, with deep experience of large-scale project development. He has extensive strategic vision and leadership skills, with a proven track record of building and motivating high-performing teams.
Mr Lewis began his career in water and environmental consulting, before focusing on offshore wind development. He has been involved from the very beginning of offshore wind globally and has spent over 15 years at the forefront of the biggest and most pioneering renewable energy project endeavours undertaken to date. Flagship projects include Blyth, Lynn, Docking Shoal, Race Bank, Beatrice, Aberdeen Bay, Teesside and Dogger Bank – in many cases he was instrumental in securing development permits for highly complex schemes. Mr Lewis has also served as a director for a major investor-owned utility’s JV offshore wind project and a marine tidal development. Consultancy assignments have included leadership of offshore wind environmental projects, offshore scientific advisory, offshore site selection in the United States and elsewhere, and support to the emerging technology of high altitude wind power.
Mr Lewis is a qualified marine biologist and chartered biologist. He supplemented his environmental training and qualified as an underwater technologist; a scientific commercial diver (HSE part IV) and a commercially endorsed offshore yachtmaster with ocean theory.
Sebastian Chivers is a director of RCG and has served as CEO since early 2015. Based from offices in London and New York, Mr Chivers is responsible for the development and implementation of RCG’s global strategy and overall management of the company. He also currently serves as co-regional head for the North America business.
Mr Chivers has 15 years’ experience in renewable energy and the professional services industry. He has advised clients in strategy, project development, concession bid management, transactions, and project execution. He has worked closely with utilities, private equity, banks, insurers, industrial clients, and the federal government for land-based and offshore wind and emerging energy technologies.
Under Mr Chivers’ leadership, RCG has seen strong growth across all operating regions and industry practices. Prior to becoming CEO in April 2015, he was a senior director and member of the executive board at an international consulting, testing, inspection and verification agency, where he served as President of their North America business. Mr Chivers frequently speaks at renewable energy gatherings, and he was also a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Vision Offshore Taskforce. Earlier in his career, Mr Chivers has led, or been part of, pre-financial close and construction-stage project management teams on multiple renewable energy projects, with assignments for both project sponsors and equipment manufacturers.
Mr Chivers studied business administration and management on the advanced leadership programme at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School.