19 January 2021, London: Actis, a leading global investor in sustainable infrastructure, has appointed Neda Vakilian as Managing Director of Global Relationships within its Investor Development Group.
Neda is based in London and will be responsible for the coordination and management of strategic investor initiatives, fundraising project management, and product development for Actis. Neda will report to Neil Brown, Global Head of the Investor Development Group and her appointment follows that of Charles Daulon du Laurens, Head of EMEA Sales, who joined Actis last September.
During her 17-year career, Neda has worked across private capital markets, business development, and fundraising. Before joining Actis, Neda was Co-Head of Capital Solutions and Investor Relations for Amber Infrastructure. In this role, she was responsible for sales, client servicing, and product development, and was an investment committee member and board director across strategies. Prior to this, Neda worked at Macquarie Capital and the Green Investment Bank (now the Green Investment Group) where she was a leading member of the team responsible for raising what was, at the time, the largest renewables fund in Europe. She began her career as a solicitor, working at Clifford Chance and SJ Berwin in the private equity, fund formation teams.
Neil Brown, Head of the Investor Development Group at Actis, said: “Having recently closed our largest fund to date and against a backdrop of record investor demand for our responsible investment solutions, I am delighted to welcome Neda to our team. Her expertise and experience will be a highly-valued addition to the firm and our limited partners, as we continue to grow our presence in sustainable infrastructure globally.”
Neda Vakilian added: “Actis is a truly global infrastructure investor, with an industry-leading approach to integrating sustainability within its investment process and a proven track-record of creating long-term value. I am excited to be joining such a talented team that is supported by a diverse base of responsibly focused investors, as we invest in compelling sustainable infrastructure opportunities globally.”