Mustapha Mokass is a globally renowned expert and impact investor in smart technologies & climate finance.

Mustapha Mokass is a globally renowned expert of smart technologies and climate finance. He is the founder of the Investment Holding Green Impact, a dedicated firm investing in smart technologies & impact business models ranging from: smart cities AI technologies, energy efficiency for datacenters, wind & solar farms, scalable waste-to-energy technology, MENA social enterprise creating the luxury of tomorrow in crafts arts, natural beauty & eco-tourism while preserving MENA culture heritage while creating sustainable jobs in rural areas.
Prior to this, Mustapha spent nearly a decade at the World Bank and the United Nations Environment Programme, in financial instruments design research for innovative risk sharing mechanisms in sustainability and clean energy (blended finance). Mustapha worked also in Europe, for the subsidiary cleantech practice firm of La Compagnie Benjamin de Rothschild. He advised in Climate Finance various stakeholders, the Government of France, Government of Morocco, Government of Gabon, multinational companies such as Veolia, BEL Group or Attijariwafa Bank.
Following his cntribution to COP21 and 22, Mustapha co-founded, the Global Climate Finance Action Coalition (GCFA) during Climate Week 2017 in New-

York, aiming to leverage private capital through blended finance vehicles dedicated to climate mitigation and adaptation projects in developing countries, one of few solutions left to still reach to 2°C global warming scenario.
Mustapha graduated in sustainability & social business innovations (specialization carbon markets) from HEC Paris Business School, holds an Master of Science in environmental technologies engineering, and Executive Education from Harvard University and Oxford Business School.
He was selected among the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum and was awarded in 2016 among the Top 100 most influential leaders in Africa. He is a visiting professor on climate finance at HEC Paris, he authored a book “Fostering a Global Clean Energy Market” L’Harmattan Paris in 2006. The WEF YGL Climate Hubs initiative, he founded, aiming to bridge the climate finance gaps in emerging countries by unlocking dealflows, was awarded during YGL Impact Lab 2016 in New-York.
Mustapha has spoken on SDGs and climate investing at Davos, COP Climate Summits, sustainable investment panels and impact events around the world.

MITIGATION VENTURES

Mustapha ventures are fulled by one conviction: to still reach the 2deg scenario we need to scale up climate technologies and de-risked climate finance worldwide. Therefore Mustapha Mitigation Ventures is involved for example in:


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CLIMATE FINANCE GROUP

Invest in disruptive technologies in climate change, fintech and AI.
Deliver advisory services in green blended finance structuring to governments, multinationals, SMEs and start-ups.

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AFRICAN EUROPEAN RENEWABLE ENERGY

AERE is a JV with German Wind Farm Developer aiming to scale-up on the African Continent the most competitive clean energy on the market: The Wind, and provide solar powered water desalination solutions.

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IMMERSION4

The aftermath of 5G, IOT, AI and Machine Learning will lead data centers to consume 20% of global electricity by 2030 vs. 3% as of today. Immersion4 is a Swiss Disruptive Technology... Red More


ADAPTATION VENTURES

United Nations 2016 Adaptation Gap Report estimates approximately $300 billion will be required annually for developing countries to address the impact of climate change (sea level rise, desertification, erosion, water scarcity, severe weather), however the Climate Policy Initiative’s 2017 report shows in recent years only $22 billion targeted adaptation, less than 16% of total public climate finance. Therefore Mustapha Adaptation Ventures is built on two main pillars : AI for smarter farming and innovative social business models able to generate more value for small farmers from their crops while preserving natural resources.


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ATLAS INCLUSIVE PARTNERS

This social enterprise “Designed for Purpose, Executed for Profit” developed an AI driven solar pumping system to help small farmers access affordable and sustainable water for irrigation and replacing fossil fuel-based pumping systems. Atlas Partners empowers young and women in cosmetic raw material farming and handcrafted art communities through income generation, social and environmental programming. The project impact more than 2000 women and young people.

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TERRES AMANAR

This social ecotourism hospitality enterprise based in the Atlas mountain near Marrakech (Morocco) has created 160 permanents jobs for rural people by promoting traditional food, construction and sport activities in the Mountains (biking, horse riding, falconry, zipline,... etc).

KEY INVOLVEMENTS IN BLENDED FINANCE VEHICULES

DATA ENERGY EFFICIENCY CARBON FUND

It is a common understanding that DATA can be considered as the 8th world “natural” resource and becoming the “new oil”. The Founder of Sofbank Vision Fund, Masayoshi Son use to say, “Whoever controls data controls the world” This vehicle is aiming at contributing to make climate friendly the 4th industrial revolution with the moto “Whoever save data energy consumption save the world”

GLOBAL SMART CITY FUND

Smart cities aim to mitigate the social challenges of urbanization and local/global environmental challenges by modernizing and integrating multiple forms of information and communication technology (ICT) and the Internet of Things (IoT) to its set of assets (e.g., transportation networks, infrastructure, government) to address environmental impact (adaptation and prevention), promote safety, increase city service delivery efficiency, drive inclusive growth and improve citizen life. This $ 300 million Smart City Fund aims at investing at Smart energy, Smart water, Smart Infrastructures and Smart Mobility


SUSTAINABLE ENERGY AFRICA FUND

The Sustainable Energy Africa Fund is a blended fund, supported by various international institutional partners, to unlock the generation and consumption of sustainable energy in Africa. This 1 billion Facility will allocate private capital in sustainable energy infrastructure projects, provide green bonds and offer technical assistance facility.

ADAPTATION INVESTMENT FUND (MICA)

MICA Fund is the first of a kind that propose to address adaptation finance in partnerships with private investors.

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CLIMATE FINANCE HUBS

The majority of existing climate finance support mechanisms focus on financing and developing projects in the later stage of the project lifecycle while ignoring or not developing tailored product to the need for early stage technical design followed by transaction mediation between financers& project developers to develop PPPs.
Without deploying capital and technical support at the earlier stages of project development, climate projects in Africa, MENA, Asia and South America run the real risk of never being implemented, making it impossible to reach a 2-degree scenario.
Climate Finance Hubs address this gap by assisting climate and renewable projects developers in the initial development stages through to bankability while building local skills in the process. This initiative has been awarded during the World Economic Forum YGL Impact Lab 2016 in New-York and since gathered partners from around the world to unlock climate dealflow.

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GLOBAL CLIMATE FINANCE ACTION SUMMIT

The GCFA Summit held during COP22, gathered leaders from the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Green Environment Facility, White House, Green Climate Fund and others DFIs to met with major asset owners such as Citibank, JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank to discuss deal flow, de-risking innovation, and opportunities for high-level collaboration with the goal of shifting trillions of dollars towards bankable climate solutions.
The GCFA Coalition goal is to de-risk climate projects by taking first loss (philanthropy or DFIs) to leverage institutional private capital for both adaptation and mitigation projects. Following recent reports released by Mercer and Blackrock, there is no question that climate risk is one of the top priorities for insurers and major financial institutions before 2020 and even more above.

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