Bernardo T. Fernandes is an expert in the independent power business with over 35 years of experience throughout numerous regions of the world. Bernardo has promoted creative ventures across five continents and contributed significantly to the launching of privatized electrical sectors in both Europe and Latin America. In the 1980’s, Bernardo developed his first private generation project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and has since added over two dozen independent power projects, using gas-fired combined cycle, hydro and wind turbines, to his achievements. His experience in project financing, bolstered by his broad experience serving as an advisor to several major investment banks, combined with contract negotiations and risk assessment skills, offer solid support for Enventure’s project development activities. Bernardo has raised significant amounts of debt and equity for facilities in operation and under construction and has revived stalled projects through his creative financial structuring. The portfolio of financial closings where he has taken a lead role exceeds USD$8 billion.
Bernardo performs a range of other professional services including global business development and marketing activities. In addition, he has extensive involvement in legal, regulatory and contractual matters. Beyond his professional achievements, another facet of his distinguished career entails the training of other professionals through his role as a university lecturer, seminar instructor and speaker at business conferences around the globe. His fluency in Portuguese, Spanish, English and French, in conjunction with his professional experience throughout the world, afford Bernardo a rare cultural perspective and serve as a base from which Enventure can promote and expand its international horizon.
Bernardo has a Mechanical Engineering (B.Sc) degree from the Instituto Superior Técnico (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal) (1970), a Diploma and a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Thermal Power Engineering from Imperial College University of London, England