Project development and solutions
Mr. Willms is a project manager and entrepreneur with 20 years’ experience (twelve of them with Africa) and a proven track record of international project management and start-ups. He built a European business development boutique advising German SMEs on market entry in Eastern Europe. From 2006 onwards Willms focused on Africa, especially Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. In 2009 he co-founded africa enablers GmbH, a Swiss project development and financing company, to provide European capital for African infrastructure projects, especially in the area of renewable energy. Projects developed or advised on include a 300MW wind farm in Ethiopia, a 50MW wind farm in Kenya, the masterplan for the Somalian ports of Mogadishu, Bosaso and Kismayo as well as some solar projects of different sizes. While living in Ethiopia for three years he also led a $2m public private partnership on regulatory frameworks and capacity building.
Mr. Willms studied business administration and Spanish in Bayreuth, Germany and at Complutense University in Madrid, Spain. He is fluent in Spanish, English and German.