Panos NiniosManaging Partner, Co-founder & Chairman of the Investment Committee at True Green Capital Management LLC
Panos Ninios is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of True Green Capital Management LLC (“TGC”). He is primarily responsible for defining the firm’s investment strategy, portfolio management, risk management and capital strategy. Panos is the Chairman of the Investment Committee and contributes decades of experience investing in the North American and European renewable energy markets bringing deep regulatory and operational expertise to the TGC team.
Prior to TGC, Panos was a Managing Director for four years at Plainfield Asset Management, a special situations hedge fund based in Greenwich, Connecticut with over $5 billion in assets under management. During his tenure, he was responsible for a global $1.5 billion energy portfolio consisting of private equity, high yield debt and bank debt. While at Plainfield, Panos was a pioneer of what has now become known as the “energy transition” movement. He built and managed an approximately $250 million renewable energy private equity portfolio across a variety of technologies. In that context, Panos evaluated and invested in solar, biomass and biofuel production and power generation, bioplastics production and equipment manufacturing, and more mature technologies such as gas power generation and LNG. His experience at Plainfield informed Panos’ focus on distributed, commercial & industrial (“C&I”) solar power generation, as well as batteries and microgrids, as an actionable segment of the market that provides one of the most attractive risk/return profiles within the renewable energy sector. These areas have been TGC’s focus since the firm’s founding in 2011.
Earlier in his career, Panos was an Executive Director with the Goldman Sachs commodity business (JAron) in London, where he concentrated on European power and gas markets and distressed debt power markets. Panos also spent eight years with McKinsey & Co, where he eventually became an Associate Partner, serving major US and European energy companies on deregulation, M&A and commodity risk management. While working on his doctoral thesis, Panos acted as a consultant to the UK power sector, principally the Southern Electric PLC, and spent a year as a financial derivatives analyst at Intercapital Brokers in London.
Panos holds a Ph.D. in Electric Power Industry Deregulation Economics from the London Business School. His thesis addressed power industry deregulation in the UK, the first electric power industry to deregulate, globally. Panos’ work toward his Ph.D. laid the foundation for his professional career, providing Panos with the knowledge and skill set that has placed him at the forefront of electricity market innovation.
In addition to his Ph.D., Panos holds an M.Sc. in operations research from the London School of Economics, an M.Sc. in computer science from the University of Dundee, UK and a B.Sc. in pure mathematics from the University of Patras, Greece.
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