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LÁSZLÓ ZSEMBERI

CEO

Built EBP into a €3m turnover business from a zero base; developed a strategic plan to increase revenues to over €10m per annum. Directed two major Bioethanol power plant projects for SEKAB/EBP with a combined capital value exceeding €500m. Led all aspects of the process including initial feasibility studies, technical design and negotiations with key commercial and government stakeholders. Developed other renewable energy projects in biomass, waste to energy and geothermal

Pioneered the development of the Hungarian Bioethanol industry and the sustainable energy sector in general, encompassing Biomass, Geothermal and other renewable sources. Led the formation of the Hungarian Bioethanol Association (former Chairman), actively lobbying senior government and commercial stakeholders to create awareness and drive development of major opportunities in the sector. Participated in the preparation of the National Renewable Energy Action Plan.

Managed many highly strategic energy sector assignments for major international organizations, including three with a total capital value of over €300m. These encompassed a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine project for Alstom, a 120 MWe Cogeneration plant for British Gas and a 200 MWe power plant on behalf of El Paso. Provided technical assistance, project leadership and financial advice including the creation of a JV for El Paso.

Built BKZ Developments from start-up into a €3m turnover operation; creating a strong partner base and personally securing major contracts with leading client organizations. Established a reputation for quality and expertise across the industry, culminating with a trade sale to Sekab International; joined the new venture as CEO/Chairman.

 Played a leading role in the €20m greenfield warehouse development for P&O Trans European GmbH in collaboration with Bovis International. Similarly, led the investigation and feasibility study as partner of Winston & Strawn LLc, Washington for a World Bank financed road development project in Ghana; projected capital investment exceeded €100m.

Directed the first ever World Bank project awarded to a Hungarian company, the $20m Mauritius ‘First Highway’ project. This encompassed the establishment of a range of new facilities (e.g offices, stores, workshops, etc), staff recruitment, equipment procurement and the leadership of the entire operation