Darius Li

I started my career as an engineer in the downstream division of ExxonMobil where I progressed through a range of roles from engineering technical support to project development and execution. It was there I was first confronted with the critical role energy plays in our modern world and I’ll never forget the many angry protesters outside our offices in 2008 when the price of oil was above $140 a barrel. I realized then that I wanted to dedicate my life’s work to solving our world’s energy issues, but I wanted to pursue it in a responsible manner that resonated with my personal values around sustainable development.

Since that time, I’ve gone on to pursue my graduate business studies and further develop my experience in finance with a particular focus on the clean energy sector. I’ve had the opportunity to work in a wide variety of roles across this space, from investigating innovative approaches to lowering project finance costs for wind farms through volume-based risk insurance, to analyzing the bankability challenges posed by venture-backed thin-film solar module manufacturers. With SSG, my work has concentrated primarily on raising capital for clean energy and agribusiness SMEs in developing Africa and Asia.