Board of Directors
Vicente S. Pérez Jr.
Vicente Pérez (Vince) is the Founder and Current Chairman of Alternergy Holdings Corporation. He was Philippine Energy Secretary from June 2001 to March 2005. He promoted clean indigenous energy and crafted a ten-year renewable energy policy framework. Vince played a key role in President Arroyo's economic diplomacy, by forging strategic energy partnerships with several Asian countries, the UK and USA. He served briefly in early 2001 as Undersecretary at the Department of Trade and Industry. Prior to his government service, Vince had 17 years’ experience in debt restructuring, capital markets, and private equity in emerging markets. He joined Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh in 1983 as Latin American credit analyst and Mexico desk officer. In 1987, Vince joined Lazard Brothers' debt trading team in London. The following year he moved to Lazard Frères in New York and formed its emerging markets team. At 35, he became the first Asian General Partner at Lazard Frères. He was Managing Director of Lazard Asia from 1995 to 1997. Vince founded Next Century Partners in 1997, a private equity firm, and launched the Philippine Discovery Fund and the Asian Conservation Company. He assisted several investee companies with their Singapore Stock Exchange listings. He was also Chairman of Merritt Partners, an energy advisory firm focused on Asia. He has served as independent director of Energy Development Corporation and SM Investments and is currently an independent director of Banco de Oro Universal Bank and Double Dragon Properties. He is on the advisory boards of Pictet Clean Energy Fund and Yale Center for Business in the Environment. He was Chairman of WWF-Philippines and trustee of WWF-International and was Vice Chairman of National Renewable Energy Board from 2009 to 2010. Vince obtained an MBA from the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Economics from the University of the Philippines. He was a World Fellow at Yale University, where he lectured an MBA class on renewable energy in emerging countries.
Gerry P. Magbanua
Gerry Magbanua is a co-founder and President of Alternergy Holdings Corporation. Prior to joining Alternergy in June 2007, Gerry spent nine years with InterGen, a leading global green-field power developer with plants in Australia, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore and UK. Gerry worked as Commercial Manager for InterGen in the Philippines for four years, responsible for financial modeling and planning, asset management, and contracts management. He also served as Controller responsible for accounting, tax and treasury. Before joining InterGen, he spent 4 years with SGV, an affiliate company of Ernst & Young, as an auditor for the power, oil and gas industry. Gerry completed his degree in Bachelor of Science in Accountancy at the Philippine School of Business Administration and is a Certified Public Accountant. He served briefly as CFO of NorthWind in 2008 and 2009.
Knud Hedeager is a co-founder and Business Development Advisor. Prior to joining Alternergy in January 2007, he gained extensive experience in management and has worked in the wind industry for 11 years initially as Senior Vice President in NEG Micon, one of the world’s leading wind turbine manufacturers, with responsibility for its business in Southeast Asia and its worldwide hybrid power business (combining diesel and wind turbines in off-grid applications). In 2004, when he took up residence in Manila, Knud founded the Moorland Group investing in renewable energy projects primarily in Asia. Until March 2011, Moorland had a 28% equity stake in NorthWind Power which successfully developed, built and operates the first commercial wind farm in South East Asia in northern Philippines. He also developed a 1.8MW mini hydro project for Smith Bell Mini Hydro Corporation. Knud graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Aarhus Technical University in Denmark.
Eduardo Martinez-Miranda is a director of Alternergy Holdings Corporation and the CEO of Alternergy Mini Hydro Holdings Corporation. Prior to joining Alternergy in 2014, Eduardo has extensive experience in banking and management. Eduardo has more than 30 years of experience working in commercial banking, investment banking, private equity and multilateral finance firms both in the Philippines, Hong Kong and New York. He started as an Assistant Secretary at the Far East Bank and Trust Company, and then joined Irving Trust Company based in New York as a Syndications Representative where he successfully initiated analysis to restructure, securitize and price the bank’s mortgage and retail portfolios. He later joined Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc. also based in New York, as an Associate of the firm’s Capital Markets Strategies Group where he actively managed investment portfolios ranging from $25 million to $2 billion for various U.S. financial institutions. Back in Manila, he became the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of PCI Capital Corporation, Director and Head of Corporate Finance of Merrill Lynch Securities Philippines, Managing Director of NCP Advisors Philippines, and Managing Director and Head of Philippine Investment Banking operations of Macquarie Securities Philippines. He later became the Senior Investment Officer and Hub Leader for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Financial Institutions Group in the Philippines.
Michael J. Lichtenfeld
Michael J. Lichtenfeld is the Co-Founder of Solar Pacific, Alternergy’s solar partner company. Since 2012, he has been responsible for growing Alternergy’s solar power capabilities and capacity. His work at Solar Pacific has been defined by ‘firsts’, including conceptualizing and developing the 12.5MW Kirahon Solar Power Project – the first large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) project in the Philippines to be built under a bilateral power supply agreement with a local utility, and the first bilateral solar agreement to be approved by the country’s Energy Regulatory Commission. Mr. Lichtenfeld has managed a portfolio of over 300MW of solar development assets, and has closed more than $250 million in solar project financing. Prior to Alternergy, he served as Director of Utility Solar Development at SunEdison, LLC until 2012. He has also held leadership positions in U.S. solar company MMA Renewable Ventures and Spanish solar firm IPP Fotowatio SL (FRV). Mr. Lichtenfeld started out in the financial industries, working in investment banking at UBS, private equity investing at Blue Wolf Capital Management in New York, and conservation finance at The Nature Conservancy – Indonesia. He holds an MBA and Master of Environment Management from Yale University.
Maria Theresa Dela Peña Marcial
Maria Theresa Dela Pena Marcial was elected Independent Director of Alternergy Holdings Corporation in June 2022. She is a seasoned banker and has 27 years of experience in banking and finance. Ms. Marcial is President & CEO of BPI Asset Management & Trust Corporation, providing a wide range of investment, trust and wealth management solutions to corporate, institutional, high net worth, mass affluent, and retail client segments. Ms. Marcial has held senior leadership positions in BPI. From April 2017 to May 2022, Ms. Marcial served as BPI’s Chief Finance Officer, responsible for driving the bank’s strategic planning and budget process, performance management, capital structure and sustainability agenda, and was concurrent Chief Sustainability Officer of the bank. She is currently a Board Director of BPI Europe Plc. Prior to her banking career, Ms. Marcial worked at the Agricultural Policy Credit Council and the National Economic and Development Authority. In 2014, Ms. Marcial was recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Women in Asset Management in Asia by Asian Investor, Most Outstanding Alumnus of the University of the Philippines Los Baños in 2006, and received the CEM Centennial Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of the Philippines Los Baños in 2019. Ms Marcial is an advocate of marine conservation and renewable energy. She is a Trustee and Treasurer of WWF Philippines, a member of WWF Asia Pacific Council, a Board Director of Philippines Inter-Island Sailing Federation and a fellow of the Foundation for Economic Freedom. She obtained the Royal Yachting Association Skipper Certification in Sydney, Australia in 2015. In 2018, she participated in the Rolex Middle Sea Race, a 606-nautical mile Category 2 offshore yacht race around Sicily organized by the Royal Malta Yacht Club. She obtained her master’s degree in economics from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 1994 and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of the Philippines Los Baños in 1990. She completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2010 and the CFA Institute Investment Management Workshop at the Harvard Business School in 2006.
Gregory L. Domingo
Mr. Domingo was elected Independent Director of AHC in June 2022. He served as Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) from July 2010 to December 2015 and previously was the DTI Industry and Investments Group Undersecretary and Board of Investments Managing Head from May 2001 to April 2004. Mr. Domingo is currently Senior Adviser to SM Investments Corporation and is a director of BDO Private Bank and a few other companies. He has served as director of Belle Corporation, Pico de Loro Beach & Country Club, Pampanga Sugar Development Company, Carmelray JTCI Corp, and Manila Electric Company. He has a distinguished banking career for over 15 years, with Chase Manhattan Bank (Manila), Chemical Bank (New York), and other financial institutions in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and New York including First Boston, Drexel Burnham Lambert, and Mellon Bank. He finished his Bachelor of Science in Management Engineering at the Ateneo de Manila University, graduated with distinction at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) with his Master’s in Business Administration, and completed his diploma for Master of Science in Operations Research at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. To better understand digitalization, in 2016 he took a 12-week data science bootcamp in New York.
Anna Melissa Rosario-Lichaytoo
Ms. Rosario-Lichaytoo is Corporate Secretary of Alternergy Holdings Corporation since 2021. She is the Founding Partner and Managing Partner of Roxas de los Reyes Laurel Rosario & Gonzales Law Offices, established in 1996. Ms. Rosario-Lichaytoo has been engaged for more than 30 years in the general practice of corporate law such as: corporate restructuring, securities registration, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, commercial and information technology contracts, proxy contests, and intra corporate disputes. She has acted as Counsel for various companies engaged in energy, information technology, manufacturing, real estate, insurance, pharmaceutical, banking and environment conservation. A member of the Philippine Bar Association, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, and Shareholders Association of the Philippines, Ms. Rosario-Lichaytoo graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Major in Legal Management from Ateneo de Manila University and a Bachelor of Laws from Ateneo Law School.