Nicole Iseppi
ENGIE
Energy & Natural Resources
Associate Director
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nicole.iseppi@engie.com
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Biography

It is not often the legal and energy industry comes across a professional who in their career to date has had such a depth of unique, high calibre and leading international energy infrastructure experience as Nicole and she says she “still has a lot more she would like to be part of, contribute too and achieve within the energy industry.” 

Nicole is the only professional in the international energy and legal industry to date, who has worked directly in-house as a senior legal and strategic adviser in both the world’s largest IPP global energy company - ENGIE (formerly known as GDF Suez) and also one of the world’s largest energy project finance lenders - Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).  She assists and advises such leading international companies in the successful delivery of their respective energy related interests, strategies and infrastructure investments. Prior to joining ENGIE, Nicole was also mandated to act as the adviser for establishing and implementing, on behalf of the Japanese Ministry of Finance and JBIC - Japan Carbon Finance, Ltd (JCF) (a new financial institution created to support development of greenhouse gas reduction projects).

Nicole’s career to date specialises in providing a complete advisory & project management form of service, in relation to global energy infrastructure projects. She has had substantial experience in the strategic formulation, developmental, project financing, execution and operational phases of energy infrastructure projects within the IPP, IWPP, Renewable Energy and also LNG sectors of Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Latin America and European regions for the past 18+ years and has been with ENGIE since the beginning of 2010. 

When Nicole first joined ENGIE in 2010 she acted as the Deputy General Counsel and Head of Finance Legal for ENGIE’s South Asia, Middle East and Africa regions and shortly thereafter was also appointed to act as the Global Team Leader for ENGIE’s Structured Network for their international energy Financing Agreements (covering the United Kingdom, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and Latin America regions).  Since the beginning of 2016, Nicole has now been acting as the Associate Director of Strategy & Economic Development for the Global Centralised Generation business of ENGIE.  Where she applies her core energy and legal industry skills & knowledge in a broader business, strategic and commercial sphere with respect to risk management of global power generation – an essential part of both ENGIE’s portfolio of assets and the global energy sector. 

As a result of Nicole’s international energy and legal experience, she was also appointed in the beginning of 2016 to the management committee and as a Project & Legal Director for the global solar Terrawatt Initiative (TWI).  TWI is a global independent non-profit foundation created out of COP21 Paris Agreement, which promotes global solar development and aims to animate a high level of public & private global dialogue between core stakeholders in an open, innovative and collaborative environment, to work out how best to achieve acceleration of solar to meet the objectives set via the “Sustainable Development Goals’ and the “Paris Agreement’.

Nicole has had the privilege and rare opportunity to have advised, negotiated and managed during her career to date, the successful execution and delivery of many of the energy global ‘Deals of the Year’, within the industry over the past decade and a half. Few professionals in the industry have had such consistent regular exposure to such high calibre of international energy related deals. Not only has Nicole been part of such deals, but also at the forefront of the strategic formulation, structuring, negotiation, financing and closing of such leading energy related transactions.  Her experience, knowledge and lessons learnt from the energy and legal sectors are highly respected and recognised in the industry by both her professional peers and clients.

Nicole has worked in the past as a foreign legal practitioner in Japan and has the professional qualifications as a Solicitor in England & Wales, Practitioner of the High Court of Australia and a Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia.  She is a regular speaker at various global energy infrastructure conferences, including was asked to give a keynote address at the Global Solar Leaders’ Summit Conference for 2017 and speak at the G20 Global Infrastructure, 1st Annual Meeting for 2018.  She has also been appointed by her industry peers to be an official committee member of the IBA Global Power Law Committee.

Nicole has also been recognised in multiple ways by her legal and finance industry peers, including recently receipt of awards such as - (i) “Global Energy Lawyer – 2018” by International legal, 100 Index; (ii) “Global Energy & Natural Resources Adviser – 2018” by Global Business Magazine Award;  (iii) “Global Energy Adviser of the Year - 2017” by the Global 100 Index (which recognizes the leading individuals and companies around the globe in all sectors); (iv) “Global Energy Lawyer of the Year – 2017” by Worldwide Financial Adviser Magazine and (v)  “Global Female Energy Lawyer of the Year - 2017” by Legal Monthly Magazine Women International Awards.

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Energy & Natural Resource Adviser of the Year – Globally” for the 2018 Annual International Awards by Global Business Magazine (GBM) and the Professional Sector Network (PSN).

 

ENGIE is a global energy player and an expert operator in the business of electricity, natural gas and energy services. It develops its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation & adaptation and the rational use of resources.

The Group provides individuals, cities and businesses with highly efficient and innovative solutions largely based on its expertise in four key sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technology.

ENGIE employs 154,950 people worldwide, with operations in 70 countries around the globe.  It is the No.1 IPP in the world; has 21.5 GW renewable power production capacity installed with a further 8.1 GW in construction; No.1 importer of LNG in Europe; No.1 distributor of natural gas in Europe and No.1 supplier of energy efficiency services in the world.

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