Informed by decades of financial advisory, asset management and operating experience in senior roles, we are not just investors, we are business builders, providing value-add strategic support and deliver alpha to our investors with a differentiated perspective.
Axel Goldenberg - Chairman
Axel has 20 years of experience in energy with expertise in mid - downstream NG, LNG, LPG, CNG distribution, logistics and alternative fuel conversions. He started his career in 1998 as the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Dem-al Autogas, Turkey’s first auto gas station network and conversion franchise firm. Dem-al had an impact on lowering greenhouse gas emission levels as one of the world’s largest contributors to transportation industry with 4 million cars switching to gas in Turkey. Later, as a green-entrepreneur, Axel founded Naturelgaz in 2005, Turkey’s first CNG firm where he acted as the CEO for 10 years. Naturelgaz is ranked as the largest CNG firm in Europe and third largest, globally. Public at Istanbul Stock Exchange ‘’NTGAZ.E’’. He graduated from Richmond University (London) and a member of Young President Organization (YPO) & a foundation Board member of Holly Blossom Temple of Canada. Axel is fluent in English and Turkish.
Okan A. Altug - Board Member
Okan Altug throughout his 30 years of experience within investment banking and asset management, he has contributed various cross-border LBO, M&A and debt transaction.
Having graduated from Saint Michel High School, Altug holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Bogazici University and MBA from Pace University (NYC). He is fluent in English, Turkish and French.
Jeff Charles Adams - CEO
Jeff is a highly experienced professional with a strong background in the cannabis and pharmaceutical industries. Formerly the Executive VP of Business Development at Supreme Cannabis, he played a pivotal role in the company's global B2B activities. Prior to joining Supreme Cannabis, he served as CEO of Truverra Inc., where he led the company's operations and strategic direction and his contribution was instrumental within the acquisition by Supreme Cannabis. Before entering the cannabis industry, he enjoyed an accomplished eighteen-year career at Apotex Inc., Canada's largest pharmaceutical company. Holding various executive positions, including VP of Global Business Development, VP Finance and VP International Sales, he gained extensive experience in deal transactions and global pharma markets. With an International MBA from the Schulich School of Business, undergraduate degrees in Economics and Political Science from McMaster University, and a CPA designation, he brings a well-rounded skill set to his role.
Alp Guran - Board Members & Advisor
Alp has over 25 years of experience covering a wide range of advisory and consulting services on project finance, mezzanine and M&A for large, mid-size and smaller firms. He started his career in 1991 at an English-Turkish JV (BeProInt, London). In 1994, Alp became the General Manager and a shareholder of Ark Consultancy, an international management and financing firm with its divisions for investment, finance and business management. He realized projects with international banks, funds, multilaterals (EBRD, IFC, EIB) and ECA’s. Since 2015 Alp has developed renewable energy projects with his team, and made investments as angel investor. He acted as the turnaround investor and a Board Member at Hydromx, a firm manufacturing energy-saving fluid and reducing carbon footprint. Alp is acting as a Managing Partner at Simurg Energy Investment Platform (2018) and a Partner at Nuovo Capital (2019). He studied BSc. Chemical Engineering at Middle East Technical University (Ankara) and received his MBA degree from City University (London). Alp is fluent in English.
K. Akan Akkaya - Board Members & Advisors
Mr. Akkaya has 10 years of experience in banking and finance. He started his career at the audit department of GarantiBank and then moved to the project finance field at Industrial Development Bank of Turkey. Following his banking career, he joined Alantra Daruma, where he focused on M&A and structured debt transactions. He worked as a supervisor within the strategy and business development departments of Dogan Holding and Zorlu Holding. Prior to joining Cannapharma, he worked at Feronia Capital, an alternative investment management firm with a focus on managed account fund structures.. He has a BA degree in Economics from Middle East Technical University. He is fluent in English and German.