Managing Director – Strategic Investment
Mr. Vincent Barnouin joined Ecofin, now part of Tortoise, in 2004 and is a managing director. He previously served as Ecofin’s chief executive officer and also held roles of chief operating officer, head of marketing and business development and partner. Before joining Ecofin, he served as head of the European Private Banking Services division of the Russell Investment Group. Previously, he was deputy head of Salomon Smith Barney’s equity business in Europe and head of European equity sales in Europe for Goldman Sachs. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from HEC‐ISA (France) and a Master of Law degree from Paris Pantheon‐Sorbonne University.
Senior Portfolio Manager – Infrastructure & Energy Transition
Mr. Matthew Breidert joined Ecofin, now part of Tortoise, in 2006. He is a senior portfolio manager, overseeing sustainable, impact and ESG strategies, both long only and long/short. Prior to joining Ecofin, Mr. Breidert was an assistant portfolio manager at Millennium Partners, based in New York. Previously, he was an investment banker with SG Barr Devlin, a division of Société Générale, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and financial advisory to global utilities and power companies. Prior to that, he worked at Cornerstone Energy Advisers and FT Energy/RDI in Boulder, Co., where he focused on energy and utility‐focused economic policy. Mr. Breidert earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and a Master of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis.
Jean-Hugues de Lamaze
Senior Portfolio Manager– Infrastructure & Energy Transition
Mr. Jean-Hugues de Lamaze joined Ecofin, now part of Tortoise, in 2008. Since 2016 he was a Partner and member of the Board at Ecofin. He is senior portfolio manager for investment trust Ecofin Global Utilities & Infrastructure plc that launched in September 2016. Previously, he was senior portfolio manager for Ecofin Water & Power Opportunities plc. Prior to joining Ecofin, Mr. de Lamaze co-founded UV Capital LLP and served as chief investment officer. Previously, he oversaw the Goldman Sachs European Utilities research team and previously was a senior European analyst and head of French Research & Strategy at Credit Suisse First Boston. His professional career began at Enskilda Securities. He is a non-executive Board member of Direct Energie S.A. Mr. de Lamaze is a CFAF certified analyst and a member of the French Financial Analysts Society SFAF. He completed the INSEAD International Executive Programme, graduated from the Paris based business school Institut Supérieur de Gestion and earned a LLB in Business Law from Paris II-Assas University. He was voted Top 10 Buy-Side Individual – All Sectors and Top 3 in the Utilities category in the 2018 Extel survey.
Ms. Lisa Anderson
Chief Compliance Officer & Counsel – Tortoise UK
Ms. Lisa Anderson joined Ecofin, now part of Tortoise, in 2007. She is a solicitor of England and Wales, and a non-practicing barrister. Prior to joining Ecofin, Ms. Anderson was a partner at the U.S. law firm, Jones Day, where she specialized in tax and investment funds. Previously, she worked at the UK law firm, Freshfields, specializing in cross-border tax planning. Whilst in private practice with Jones Day and Freshfields, Ms. Anderson structured and established a number of investment funds using UK and U.S. limited partnerships, and Irish and Luxembourg investment vehicles; these included investment funds for CBRE Investors and LaSalle Investment Management. Lisa earned her Masters in Laws (LLM) in Tax and International Finance from the London School of Economics.
Senior Operations Specialist
Ms. Lisa Corbett joined Ecofin, now part of Tortoise, in 2007 and currently serves as a senior operations specialist. Prior to joining Ecofin, she was Operations Manager at Cambrian Capital Partners, a long/short European equity hedge fund company, where she was responsible for all aspects of the operations area. Prior to Cambrian, Lisa spent three years at Merrill Lynch Asset Management in operations and ten years at Axa Framlington Investment Management in operations and systems implementation roles.
Elspeth Dick, CFA®
Investor Relations Specialist
Ms. Elspeth Dick joined Ecofin, now part of Tortoise, in 2011 and is responsible for investor relations for closed-end funds. Previously, Ms. Dick spent the majority of her career with Mercury Asset Management plc in London as a fund manager on the North American equity team, with its affiliate Warburg Investment Management as vice president responsible for client relationships and building the firm’s business in Canada, and latterly as a director of MAM responsible for client relations with large institutions in the UK and business development. Elspeth served for several years on the Advisory Committee of BlackRock’s common investment funds designed for UK charities. She earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and is a CFA® charterholder.
Mr. Michael Hart has worked with Ecofin, now part of Tortoise, since 2017 as a financial investor relations advisor primarily for the Ecofin Global Utilities & Infrastructure Trust. He has more than 30 years’ experience of investment banking and asset management and during his career has worked for Citigroup, HSBC and Man Group. Mr. Hart earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Business Studies from the University of Westminster, is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments (Level 4), and is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Investment Analyst– Infrastructure & Energy Transition
Mr. Flavien Hias joined Ecofin, now part of Tortoise, in 2017 and is an investment analyst covering the utilities and infrastructure sectors. Before joining Ecofin, Mr. Hias was an analyst at Berenberg covering mid-cap companies in France and the Benelux. He has also worked at Tourmaline, a global long/short equity fund, covering mainly the industrial and oil & gas sectors. Mr. Hias graduated from the engineering school Les Mines de Saint Etienne, France and he holds a MSc in Actuarial Science.
Mr. McKerchar joined Ecofin, now part of Tortoise, in 2009 and serves as a corporate accountant. Previously, he was chief financial officer of Ecofin responsible for the financial management of the company. Prior to being named CFO, he held the role of financial director of Ecofin. Before joining Ecofin, Mr. McKerchar spent four years with the Man Investment Group in London as an accountant and financing analyst. He qualified as an ACA with Mazars LLP in London and earned a degree in Economics from the University of Edinburgh.
Ms. Negre joined Ecofin in September 2017, now part of Tortoise, and is responsible for Investor Relations for Ecofin Vista Long/Short Fund Limited and Ecofin Global Renewables Infrastructure Fund Limited. Ms. Negre earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Boston University, Boston and completed the accelerated Graduate Diploma in Law (commendation) at the University of Westminster, London.
Personal Assistant & Office Administrator
Ms. Ria Schirmer joined Ecofin, now part of Tortoise, in May 2006. She supports the London office leadership team as well as being responsible for all aspects of the office’s daily administrative activities. Previously Ms. Schirmer was a personal assistant at Star Capital for a year and prior to that, a personal assistant at Morgan Stanley for 10 years.
Senior Risk Manager
Mr. Gilles Schlutig joined Ecofin, now part of Tortoise, in 2014 and serves as a senior risk manager. Before joining Ecofin, he was a quantitative portfolio manager for IKOS, where he focused on systematic strategies. Previously he was head of exotic equity derivatives trading for Credit Suisse in London and prior to that started his career as an equity derivatives trader for Bank of America in New York. Mr. Schlutig earned a MSc in Engineering from Ecole Centrale Paris.
Portfolio Manager/Investment Analyst– Infrastructure & Energy Transition
Mr. Max Slee joined Ecofin, now part of Tortoise, in 2010. He is a portfolio manager and investment analyst working on sustainable, impact and ESG strategies, both long only and long/short. Before joining Ecofin, Mr. Slee was a member of the clean energy team of the Clinton Foundation, a global non-profit organization founded by President Clinton, where he was involved in setting up and developing carbon capture & storage (CCS) projects around the world. Previously he was an investment banker at Lazard in London where he was a specialist in the energy sector, working on mergers and acquisitions. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University
Michel Sznajer, CFA®
Portfolio Manager/Investment Analyst – Infrastructure & Energy Transition
Mr. Sznajer joined Ecofin, now part of Tortoise, in 2016 and is a portfolio manager/analyst focused on Ecofin’s sustainable products. Before joining Ecofin, he was a partner and portfolio manager at Silvaris Capital Management. Previously Mr. Sznaier was employed at Wellington Management Co. as an industrial/Infrastructure analyst and portfolio manager. Prior to this, he worked at Goldman Sachs and Indosuez W.I. CARR covering the telecom sectors in Asia. Mr. Sznajer started his career as a management consultant at Bain & Company, covering technology, media and telecom and financial sectors in Asia and Europe. He earned a MSc in business and engineering from Brussels University and is a CFA® charterholder.
Senior Operations Specialist
Ms. Trueman joined Ecofin, now part of Tortoise, in July 2007 and serves as a senior operations specialist. Prior to joining Ecofin, she was the hedge fund operations manager at Dalton Strategic Partnership where she worked for three years overseeing the firm’s macro and long/short equity fund operations. Previously, Ms. Trueman worked in the hedge fund operations department at Schroders Investment Management for six years. She also worked for The Industrial Bank of Japan for six years in the Futures and Options team. Ms. Trueman holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC).
Mr. Vollant joined Ecofin, now part of Tortoise, in 2000. He is a senior trader and is responsible for trading Europe and North America as well as Australasia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and other emerging markets equities. Mr. Vollant attended Université Panthéon Assas in Paris and earned a degree in international business from the Institut Supérieur de Gestion in Paris/New York/Tokyo.