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John Okoro

John presently heads Project Development for CMR Group in Sub-Saharan Africa focusing on clean and renewable energy power plants and solutions.

Before joining CMR Group, John worked for 6 years at VERGNET Group and was directly involved in opening up selected new markets in Africa as well as originating and closing project deals.

John’s experience in Business and Project development spans across 15 Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, and covers a large portfolio of clean energy infrastructure projects for private and public off-takers.

Before getting involved in clean energy and infrastructure, John worked as a Project Manager in the public and private sectors in Nigeria including working at Nigeria’s Presidency between 2012 and 2013 where John was part of a project team in charge of deploying a public-private partnership project geared towards job creation amongst Nigerian youths. John also co-founded several capacity building initiatives including the “mentor-me” initiative which won a state government award for excellence in Nigeria in 2013.  

John is an international key-note speaker and panelist on topics related to clean energy,  innovation, and Africa. John has delivered various presentations and key notes at more than 15 international conferences across 10 Countries.

John is a non-executive board member of a number of companies and non-profit organizations in Africa and Europe, spanning across Engineering, Technology, and human capital development.

John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Covenant University, Nigeria and a Master Degree in Project Management and Business Development from Skema Business School, France. John is also an alumnus of the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management’s Climate and Renewable Energy FInance Program. John is a member of the Project Management Institute and holds the global Project Management Professional (PMP) certification since 2013. 

John serves as the President and Director of Administration for Friends of Nigeria, Europe. John works closely in collaboration with leaders of other African Diaspora organizations to promote the attractiveness of the African continent to foreign investors and the Diaspora community in Europe.

John has a flair for sports and music. He plays football, badminton, ping pong, tennis and is also a member of the IBB Golf and Country Club Abuja. John also plays the Piano, Drums, and Bass Guitar. John enjoys discovering new places, making new friends, and spending ample time with his family.