Emmanuel Beau

Investment Manager, Energy Access Ventures

Emmanuel is known by his colleagues as an “Energy Access walking Wikipedia”, and a zealous evangelist for African markets, the environment and social change.

While studying, he set up a social solar business in rural Senegal, carried out business intelligence in Africa, IT leasing in France, and consulted for public/private development projects on Cleantech, Infrastructure and SMEs development.

In 2009, Emmanuel joined SIDI, a French impact investment company, to manage microfinance investments in rural Senegal and Togo; he also kickstarted several renewable energy finance projects in African countries.

In 2012, Emmanuel joined Schneider Electric’s Energy Access Fund as an Investment Manager. There he developed a proprietary dealflow platform and invested in four start- ups.

In 2015, Emmanuel co- founded Energy Access Ventures with Michael Gera, the first corporate backed venture capital fund dedicated to energy access for low income population in Sub Saharan Africa.

Emmanuel holds a Masters degree in Territorial and Urban Strategies from Sciences Po, Paris. He also studied Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis, California. In 2014, he joined the leadership development program of Schneider Electric, in partnership with UNC Kenan – Flagler Business School, North Carolina.