FOUNDER & CEO
Mr. Bensusan is CEO and founder of Karbone Group, a New York-based leading renewable energy and environmental markets firm providing capital advisory, commodity brokerage and research services to utilities, project developers and other energy-focused organizations.
Since founding Karbone in 2008, Mr. Bensusan has worked on large-scale wind, solar and biomass power plant financings where he structured equity investments. He has grown the firm by building a team of finance professionals who have extensive buy-side and sell-side experience in North American renewable energy markets.
Under Mr. Bensusan’s leadership, Karbone has received significant recognition and awards from leading industry publications and organizations. He has been asked to serve in various advisory boards such as the Environmental Markets Association, the Leadership Council of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and as a board member of the New York City Association for Energy Economics. In 2013, he was recognized as one of the Top Energy Entrepreneurs in New York by the industry news source Breaking Energy.
Mr. Bensusan is a former partner at Net2s, a global consulting firm that is now a part of British Telecom. While at Net2s, Mr. Bensusan built and managed a team of over 100 consultants and engineers servicing leading U.S. financial firms.
Mr. Bensusan holds an MBA from Columbia University and an MA and BA in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University. He is the co-founder of the Brandeis University Alumni Entrepreneurs Network in New York.
RICHARD R. WEIHE
Richard Weihe has over eighteen years experience in the energy and environmental sectors in a variety of roles including investment management, environmental credit and energy trading, and engineering consulting project management. As Managing Partner at Karbone, he spearheads business development activities and oversees the firm’s practices in renewable energy brokerage, capital advisory services, and market research. Prior to Karbone Mr. Weihe was a senior investment analyst with RNK Capital where he originated and directed investment analysis on a variety of private equity and project-related renewable energy and environmental credit transactions.
Prior to RNK Capital, Mr. Weihe held a variety of commercial and management positions in the energy and environmental risk management sectors. He holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern University, a M.S. from Ohio State University in Geology and a B.A. from Denison University. Mr. Weihe also is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University where he teaches a course in Environmental Markets through the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.
JACQUES A. POUHE
PARTNER & DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL MARKETS
Jacques Pouhe serves as a Director of REC Markets where he leads Karbone’s coverage of PJM, NEPOOL, and ERCOT Renewable Energy and Environmental Commodities. In his role, Mr. Pouhe executes Karbone’s daily market transactions and manages the firm’s buyside and sellside relationships. He also leverages his capital markets-based experience to assist in the firm’s Project Finance and Capital Sourcing practices.
Prior to joining Karbone, he served as a Vice President in Liquid Markets Financing Trading at Barclays Capital. Before Barclays, Mr. Pouhe was a trader in the Securitized Products Division at Lehman Brothers. Mr. Pouhe holds a BA in Economics from Yale University.
JONATHAN C. BURNSTON
PARTNER & DIRECTOR OF ENERGY MARKETS
Jonathan Burnston is a Partner at Karbone, where he leads the firm’s coverage of North American power commodities, WECC, MISO, ERCOT, and voluntary environmental commodities, and supports the Project Finance Desk and Research Group with project origination.
Prior to joining Karbone, Mr. Burnston co-founded and spent several years managing a project origination firm in the Clean Development Mechanism carbon market in China. He has held consulting engagements for major power industry and capital markets players in locations ranging from the US to Kazakhstan.
Mr. Burnston holds a BA from Tufts University and a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University‘s School of International and Public Affairs, where he focused on sustainable economic development.