Hari Achuthan – Chairman and CEO
Hari Achuthan is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ACO Investment Group and Convalt Energy. Prior to founding ACO and Convalt, Hari was a Director at Credit Suisse Asset Management in the Alternative Investment group, where he covered hedge fund, real estate and private equity strategies. Prior to this, he worked at Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, where he led the group’s global pension strategy and transition management business.
In 2009, Hari was selected as one of the emerging leaders at Credit Suisse Asset Management and named one of the “Rising Stars in Public Pensions” by Money Management Letter. During his tenure at Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, the firm was consistently ranked as a top provider of pension strategies and transition management services. Hari has a B.S. in Applied Economics from Hofstra University.
He has volunteered with the Jacksonville Police Athletic League and is a frequent guest lecturer at Louisiana State University School of Business. Hari has also authored a series of papers on the transition management industry which have been published in Institutional Investor and Pensions & Investments.
Todd Sandoz – Chief Financial Officer
Todd Sandoz is a partner and CFO at ACO Investment Group and CFO of Convalt Energy. Prior to joining ACO, Todd Sandoz was the Global Head of Global Equities, Execution Services and Instinet at Nomura. His responsibilities included Prime Services, Electronic Trading, Futures and Options and OTC Clearing as well as Fin Tech investments.
Todd brings a wealth of expertise and global market insight to ACO’s portfolio companies, many of which are experiencing strong growth. Mr. Sandoz joined Nomura from Credit Suisse, where he spent 17 years, while their he was Head of Global Foreign Exchange and Short-Term Interest Rates.
From 2005 to 2011, he was responsible for ECM syndicate globally and was heavily involved CS's ECM activities. Prior to that, he held a number of senior positions in Equities, including Co-Head of Americas Equities, Global Head of Cash Equity Trading and Execution, and Head of Derivatives and Equity Trading in Asia Pacific. Over the years, Mr. Sandoz has been based in Hong Kong, London, and New York. Mr. Sandoz started his career as a Convertible Bond Trader at Citadel in 1993, and has a BA in economics from Yale University.
Clas Rönnlöv – Director
Clas Rönnlov is a Director at ACO Investment Group and a Director of Corporate Finance at Convalt Energy. Clas is a former Citigroup executive who has spent more than 27 years at Citigroup as a senior banker. His experiences include being Citi Country Officer and Managing Director for Citi in Sweden from 2006 – 2014. Clas was also the Citi Corporate Officer and Managing Director with full P&L responsibility, as well as responsible for marketing, risk, compliance and control and overseeing all of Citi’s operations in Sweden.
From 2004 – 2014, Clas was head of Banking and responsible for marketing Citi’s products to Swedish clients globally while also performing the role of Risk Officer with sign off for all Swedish clients. Clas was educated at Stockholm University where he completed his degree in Macroeconomics in 1987. Clas was on the board of Swedish Banker’s Association from 2008 – 2014, American Chamber of Commerce since 2012, Ivaldi, Ivaldi Master, MSK and Armas since 2012 and GotaTraneberg Ice Hockey Club from 2008 – 2014.
Christopher Korzonkiewicz – Chief Administrative Officer
Christopher Korzonkiewicz is the Chief Administrative Officer at ACO Investment Group and Convalt Energy. Prior to joining ACO, Chris was employed at TIG Advisors as a senior trader where he was responsible for the execution of equities, futures, derivatives, commodities, and foreign exchange. He collaborated and co-built a global centralized trading desk and co-designed portfolio software that was applied throughout the firm.
Previously, Chris had worked at the New York Mercantile Exchange trading energy products where he managed an alpha generation strategy in energy futures. From 2006 to 2008, he was a global equity trader for Cotton Hall Asset Management. During the firm’s inception, he established and managed the operations and back office. Prior to joining Cotton Hall Asset Management, he was employed by Tiedemann Investment Group which he joined in August 2000.
He has vast experience in the global equity markets including arbitrage related deals. Chris has an MBA in Finance and a B.S. in Accounting from Hofstra University. He played four years of Division I Lacrosse while attending the university. Additionally, he holds a Certificate in Financial Risk Management from New York University. Chris is a dual citizen of both the United States and Switzerland.
Wins Tunnitisupawong – Senior Vice President
Wins Tunnitisupawong is a Vice President of Business Development for South East Asia at ACO Investment Group and is a Director of Convalt Energy, a subsidiary of ACO’s portfolio company. Wins will be focusing on the business growth and strategies of Convalt Energy within Southeast Asia. Prior to joining ACO Investment Group, Wins held multiple management roles within the energy and electrical distribution sectors with the most recent as General Manager of Rexel Thailand.
Initially starting his career through GE’s Commercial Leadership Program in 2002, he went on hold commercial and management positions at GE Industrial Systems, GE Energy, GE Supply and Rexel. Throughout his career Wins specialized in utilizing variable frequency drives, solar and LED lighting technologies to support utilities, architectural engineering firms, oil & gas companies and EPC companies, to maximize energy efficiency for their customers. Wins holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle, U.S.A and an MBA in International Business from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Tord Thott - Vice President
Tord Thott is responsible for Business Development at ACO Investment Group and Convalt Energy. Prior to ACO, Tord founded Corfitz Media, a digital strategy and identity firm based in Stockholm. Tord also was an intern at Volontaire, a Swedish advertising agency. Some of Tord’s designs and solutions can be seen in the award winning PR - success Curators of Sweden by Volontaire.
At the age of 16, Tord founded Symbioz SE, which offered solutions for the needs of small to medium sized companies to identify and profile technology installations. Tord graduated from Sunds Sigma Collage of Technology with a focus on Project Management and Technology and Lund University.
Emmanuel Yapo – Principal Investment Officer
Emmanuel Yapo joined Convalt Energy and its parent company ACO Investment Group as an Investment Principal. His main focus will be in deal structuring and origination. Emmanuel has been investing in infrastructure for more than 10 years. He worked at Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Inc. (MIRA), Macquarie’s US infrastructure investment platform, and Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (MIC), a NYSE-listed infrastructure fund focusing on transportation and energy infrastructure assets in the United States.
He executed more than $1.5 billion of investments and $1.0 billion of leveraged recapitalization in the aviation infrastructure sector. He also served as Director of Corporate Development at MIC’s aviation infrastructure and airport services’ portfolio company. Prior to Macquarie, he worked in financial planning and analysis at General Electric and auditing at Mazars Group. Emmanuel holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a MSc from ESCP Europe. Emmanuel graduated from General Electric’s Financial Management Program. Emmanuel also is a Senior Adviser to Aquamarine Investment Partners.
Paul Herr – Country Director, Lao PDR
Paul is the Laos PDR Country Director for ACO Investment Group and Convalt Energy. In this role, Paul is also the Country Director for ACO’s portfolio companies Convalt Energy, Oxaio Networks and DigiCollect. Convalt Energy is currently developing renewable energy projects in Lao PDR. Prior to joining ACO, Paul was the Lao PDR Country Manager for ADB, where he was leading the startup of the Small and Medium Entrepreneurs’ (SME).
Prior to this role at ADB, he was a CUSO International fellow volunteer, and an independent consultant for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue based in Switzerland. Paul also held the post as Chief Operating Officer for PMH LLC, an independent Information Technology Consultant to Telesis Corp; as Senior Consultant and Resource Manager assisting AMDEX Corp; as Program Manager at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; as Deputy Division Director at the U.S. Department of Energy; as General Manager for IBM and Merrill Lynch Corps; and as Assistance Vice-President for Chase Manhattan Bank.
Paul has received numerous Awards from the U.S. Federal Government, the U.S. Embassy in Laos, and Humanitarian organizations. He graduated with a BA (high honor) in Political Science at Columbus University, U.S.A.
Nguyen Trong Nguyen – Country Representative, Vietnam
Mr. Nguyen Trong Nguyen(pronounced Win Win) has more than 35 years of professional experience in architectural design and planning, industrial design, social services, community development, mainstream politics, policy formulation, business strategy, real estate, infrastructure, aviation navigation, aviation infrastructure, renewable energy, high technology solution development, finance and investment project development of which 20 years are dedicated for the development of businesses and projects in Vietnam.
Nguyen Nguyen is currently the Vietnam Representative for ACO Investment Group focused on development of renewable energy projects and “Smart City” infrastructure development via its portfolio companies Convalt Energy, Oxaio Networks and DigiCollect. Nguyen Nguyen is also the Vietnam Representative of The MITRE Corporation, a non-profit corporation specializing in aviation technology and air traffic solutions. Since 2009, Nguyen Nguyen has been the Vietnam partner responsible for Asia operations at AIRIS International Holdings, LLC headquartered in Houston, Texas, a private corporation specializing in aviation infrastructure development. Nguyen Nguyen is also the founder of Anson Limited and Cando Co., Ltd. in Vietnam with business activities in trading, investment consulting service, real-estate, project development and government relations. Mr. Nguyen was the former Executive Officer of the Overseas Vietnamese Business Club (OVBC) with offices in Ho Chi Minh, Ha Noi, Can Tho and Vung Tau cities of Viet Nam, and is a member of the Business Association of Overseas Vietnamese / BAOOV with activities spanning globally. Nguyen Nguyen also served on the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hanoi for the 2012 term.
Before returning to Viet Nam to live and work, Mr. Nguyen was the first appointed Vietnamese-American Commissioner on Community &Economic Development in the USA for the City & County of San Francisco and a Senior Consultant policy staff to the California State Senate as well as Director of several community-based organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA.
Nguyen Nguyen is trained in architecture, industrial design, mental health and youth counseling at the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University and Presbyterian Pacific Medical Center (Dr. Don Cohon) in San Francisco, USA respectively. He is fluent in English, Vietnamese and French.
Chufeng Vachoima – Project Coordinator
Chufeng is the Project Coordinator at ACO Investment Group and Convalt Energy based in Lao PDR. Chufeng received a Bachelor degree in Economics from Australia. After graduating from University, he began working as a project officer at the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime Project on ‘Increasing food security and promoting small farmer enterprise development’. In this role, he had a considerable amount of responsibilities. He actively participated in and assisted the implementation of activities to ensure its success. He also contributed to the design and evaluation of project’s activities including establishing micro finance, forming small business and production groups, and linking the groups to market.
Previously, he joined the United Nations World Food Programme as a Programme Assistant where he collaborated with local government agencies in designing and implementing the School Meals Programme. Apart from working with the United Nations agencies, Chufeng also has experience working for the government when he joined the National Statistic center in 2005. There, he contributed to the 2005 population census where he was responsible for data modification.
Chufeng is a Lao citizen and will be supporting Convalt Energy LLC’s office in Laos.
Thirumoorthy Ramachandran – Managing Director
Thirumoorthy Ramachandran is a Managing Director of ACO Investment Group and head of Convalt Energy’s India operations. Thiru has over 30 years of experience in the power sector in India. He also serves as a renewable sector advisor for Larsen & Toubro, one of the largest EPC firms in India.
He has sourced more than 15 solar transactions for his previous employer, Sterling & Wilson, a company owned by the Shapoorji Pallonji Group. He has developed an extensive network across India in the power sector and has delivered power solutions for corporate and government entities.
Noah Wijkstrom - Analyst Intern
Noah Wijkstrom is an Analyst Intern at ACO Investment Group. Noah is currently based between Vientiane, Laos and Yangon, Myanmar and primarily focused on serving the clients of DigiCollect and ACO Investment Group. Prior to joining ACO in September 2017, Noah graduated high school with a degree in Social Science at Sundsgymnasiet, Sweden.
Noah also spent his last year of high school at the Swedish School of Nairobi in Kenya. Noah’s graduation paper was a report regarding sustainable agriculture and forestry for Vi-Agroforestry, a NGO based in East Africa, that works with projects helping farmers build up an economic growth and stability.