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Joule Africa strengthens advisory board

Appointments include Ken Costa, General Lord Richard Dannatt and Lord David Triesman.

LONDON - (5 December 2011)- Joule Africa, the British-American alternative energy developer partnering with the Government of Sierra Leone to build the second phase of the Bumbuna Hydroelectric power station, announced today the appointment of three new members to its Advisory Board: Ken Costa, General Lord Richard Dannatt and Lord David Triesman. The development of Bumbuna Phase II by Joule Africa and the Government of Sierra Leone will more than quadruple the West African country's power generation capacity by 2017.

Ken Costa was most recently Chairman of Lazard International and previously Vice-Chairman of UBS Investment Bank. He has advised numerous landmark transactions including the sale of Harrods to Qatar Holdings. Mr Costa has more than 30 years of senior investment banking experience, including large infrastructure and investment projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.

General Lord Richard Dannatt is the former Chief of the General Staff and the incumbent Constable of the Tower of London. He has also served as the Commander-in-Chief, Land Forces; and the Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps. In addition to his considerable experience in geopolitical and logistical matters, he has direct experience of Sierra Leone, both professionally and via his status as a patron of the charity, Street Child of Sierra Leone.

ord David Triesman is the former UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with responsibility for Africa under Tony Blair. Among his other responsibilities, he is now Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the boutique merchant bank, Templewood, whose investors and clients have a strategic interest in Africa. Lord Triesman maintains close relationships with a number of heads of state in Africa and brings an understanding of the political issues involved in progressing projects of this nature.

Mark Green, Managing Partner, Joule Africa comments: “We are delighted to have attracted all three of these men to join our Advisory Board. All of them bring world-class experience in complimentary areas that will help us move forward on an even stronger footing in Sierra Leone and elsewhere in the region. We have been informally working with each of them individually for varying periods of time and are delighted to formalize the relationships.”