Team


The Island team is a hand selected group of senior executives and combines extensive management, commercial and technical expertise. The team has been involved in developing, building, acquiring, operating & selling renewables, traditional energy, waste services and infrastructure businesses for the last 20 years across plc, private company and semi-state organisations. In total the team has executed transactions to a value in excess of EUR 4 billion between developing, financing, constructing and divesting assets across Europe and the US.

Michael King
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Michael spent 9 years as a Director and Chief Operating Officer of NTR plc, a Director of Airtricity and Wind Capital Group . Michael has been a Senior Executive / Director for over 25 years covering the development and deployment of infrastructure projects across a number of sectors, including PFI roads, renewable energy (wind, solar and bioenergy), water, wastewater, municipal waste, energy from waste and environmental services. Michael has a unique mix of financial, commercial, and corporate skills. Michael’s experience and knowledge extends to managing complex commercial deals across multi-jurisdictions (Europe and US). Michael has a strong track record in working with start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Michael holds an MBA from Dublin City University and a Masters in Engineering from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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Michael King 

Dave Geary
Chief Financial Officer and Co-Founder

Prior to co-founding Island, Dave spent 7 years in senior finance roles at NTR plc and Bioverda. Dave has been a Senior Finance Executive / Director for over 20 years covering Chief Financial Officer, Treasury, Corporate Finance activities (including Bank Debt and Equity) for a range of infrastructure projects across a number of sectors, including PFI roads, oil and gas, renewable energy (wind, solar and bioenergy), municipal waste, energy from waste and environmental services. Dave has a unique mix of financial, commercial, and corporate skills and has lead teams in project financing varied renewable assets. Dave’s experience and knowledge extends to managing complex financial transactions across multi-jurisdictions (Europe and US).

Dave holds both treasury (MCT) and accountancy qualifications (FCCA) as well as a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin.

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 Dave Geary 

Aidan Sweeney
Chief Technical Officer and Co-Founder

Aidan was Chief Operating Officer of Eco Wind Power (Viridian plc) prior to joining Island. Aidan’s experience has been as a Business Development Manager /Technical Director for over 30 years covering the development and deployment of conventional and renewable energy infrastructure projects in Ireland, UK, US, Middle East and the Far East. Aidan has an excellent mix of technical, commercial and corporate skills and his experience and knowledge has not only been gained working with Utilities (such as ESB in Ireland and Overseas) but also with entrepreneurial companies such as Airtricity, Treasury Holdings, and start-up companies. Aidan has extensive experience of the design, construction, commissioning and operation of energy assets (including CCGT, combined cycle, open cycle, coal, biomass and Grid).

Aidan holds an Electrical Engineering Degree from University College Dublin and is a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Engineers in Ireland.

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 Aidan Sweeney

Paulo Amante
Development Director (Southern Europe) and Co-Founder

Paulo has been a Senior Development Director at Ireland’s State Forestry Company Coillte, Mainstream Renewable Power and Airtricity prior to joining Island. Paulo has been a Senior Business Development Executive / Director for over 20 years covering the development, construction and project management of renewable energy (wind, solar) infrastructure projects across Europe, North and South America. Paulo’s ability includes his skill and experience in bringing projects from early stage development, through the permitting process, to build ready status and them managing the construction, commissioning and operation of the asset. Paulo has managed the direct construction, commissioning and operation of over 400MW of renewable assets in multi-jurisdictions. Paulo is also uniquely qualified at working with governmental and municipal authorities in Spain, Portugal, and France where he worked as an executive.

Paulo holds an Electrical Engineering Degree and commands a number of languages including Portuguese, Spanish, English and French.

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 Paulo Amante 

Francisco Mota Torres 
Technical Director (Southern Europe)

Francisco has spent the last 25 years in renewable energy and energy related fields. He started his career with EFACEC, a leading Portuguese engineering group, as an operations engineer before joining energy and environmental consultancy, INEGI, where he spent the next 20 years in various technical and management roles including Director of Energy and Environment and Interim Director General. Since 2009 Francisco has spent his time in technical director roles at a number of renewable energy developments. He joined Island in 2011 as Technical Director Iberia.

Francisco holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Porto.

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Martinho Soares
Project Director (Southern Europe)

Martinho has been working in the renewable sector for almost 20 years. Martinho has been involved in roles including development, sales contract review, bidding, construction, Health and Safety and Operation and Maintenance. During these roles Martinho has had direct and cross function responsibilities for over 1000MW during different project phases. Martinho has worked directly with developers and wind turbine manufactures' in Iberia, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Prior to joining Island in 2015, Martinho was a construction manager with Vestas and has previous management experience with RES in Portugal.

Martinho holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering as well as an MSc in Automation & Control Engineering.

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Ana Soares
Wind Analyst

Ana has been working in the renewable sector since 2009 as developer and wind energy analyst. Ana has been involved in the technical analysis of wind projects in Portugal, Canary Islands, Bulgaria and Northern Ireland. Ana has worked extensively with local developers and technical consultants regarding the production of wind reports for projects in these varied locations. Prior to joining Island in 2011, Ana was a wind project analyst at Megajoule and worked on various wind resource evaluation assignments.

Ana holds an MSc in Chemical Engineering.

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Dave Nolan
Corporate & Project Finance Analyst

Dave joined Island in 2015 having successfully completed a refined Masters degree within the energy and environmental sector. Since joining Island, Dave has been involved in the financial and valuation analysis of wind and solar projects in Portugal, Canary Islands and Northern Ireland. He has contributed toward moving projects forward while absorbing a wealth of knowledge from the team around him. 

Dave holds an MSc in Energy & Environmental Finance from UCD's Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and a Bachelor of Business Studies in Economics and Finance from Waterford Institute of Technology.

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