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Mr. Paul Hinks D.

Chief Executive Officer

Symbion Power LLC

Direct Phone: (202) ***-****       

Symbion Power LLC

1919 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 775

Washington Dc, District of Columbia 20006

United States

Company Description

The Symbion management team has extensive experience in the design, procurement and construction of complex projects in the United States, the United Kingdom, as well as more than 14 countries in Africa and the Middle East. Symbion also has exclusive pa... more

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The energy panel also included Jay Wileman, President, Sub Saharan Africa, GE Energy, the Vice-President of Combustion Associate, Kusum Kavia, Paul Hinks CEO of Symbion Power, Rumundaka Wonodi, CEO of Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc and Mike Upton, CEO of Group Five Limited.


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Founded in 2005 by Paul Hinks and Lord Richard Westbury, Symbion's first project was in Iraq. Hinks had been working in the region for two years as a consultant when he observed that many American corporations were leaving the country due to the security risks associated with the conflict there. "Many large American companies were hightailing it out of the region due to escalating security issues, making business extremely problematic," explains Hinks.

During his time as a consultant, Hinks had successfully completed six large transmission contracts in Iraq. He had developed 'a formula' for working under such difficult security conditions. "When the big companies started leaving I saw a gap in the market so I established a business that combined engineering and security," he says.
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We had been contracted to build some of the most difficult projects that had been left behind by other major companies," Hinks explains.
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In order to successfully complete the work, Hinks partnered with local businesses and made agreements with Sheiks. "They supplied us with the resources we needed to complete the project including the labour, materials and equipment," says Hinks. "We trained local recruits at a purpose-built engineering school, which was very positively received. This helped us form a bond with the community and it enabled the successful completion of the project."
Symbion worked in Iraq from 2005 to 2010 where it executed nine large-scale power contracts. "Our work in Iraq truly formed a foundation for our entire business," says Hinks.
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Aiming to replicate the success of its operation in Iraq, Hinks and Symbion formed a professional partnership with the highly regarded Idaho-based Northwest Lineman College to offer a comprehensive training program to its local Afghan employees. The experience in Afghanistan was a very steep learning curve for Hinks. Despite the resounding success of the Northwest Lineman College partnership, Symbion faced extraordinary challenges associated with working as a fixed-price subcontractor to a large American JV, which had a cost plus contract with the U.S. government. While Symbion exceeded all expectations in managing a major power construction project in one of the world's most hostile and corrupt environments -- on Transparency International's World Corruption Index of 174 countries, Afghanistan shares last place with North Korea and Somalia as the most corrupt -- the company faced obstacles that would have destroyed many businesses. But with the support of its majority owners, it came out the other side stronger and wiser. "Of course, like any organization we have to make money, but we also want to do good. We achieved this in Iraq and proved at the same time we could build critical infrastructure in very difficult circumstances. In Afghanistan, I saw first-hand what can happen when bringing employment, skills and new capacities to less developed countries is made impossible by a business environment where the dominating objective is maximizing profits, and I pledged never to work under such circumstances again," says Hinks.
A new chapter
Armed with this knowledge and experience, Hinks decided to move the company forward in a positive way and by focusing this time on Africa. In 2009, Symbion bid for a project for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) - a sister organisation to USAID - and they were awarded two large contracts in Tanzania to build 2,000 kilometers of distribution lines and 26 transmission and distribution substations
Once again community outreach was top of the agenda at Symbion. "In Iraq and Afghanistan we distributed toys and clothes, including soccer kits for the kids, to local communities and we had a great relationship with the indigenous population. We decided to mirror this approach in Tanzania," says Hinks. The company developed its own training school in the region, once again working with Northwest Lineman College. "We selected three Tanzanians who had some basic line training, to travel to Idaho and receive training that enabled them to teach to U.S. standards. They learned about management and how to be trainers, while they translated training manuals and presentations into Swahili. They worked alongside the U.S. training staff of Northwest Lineman College."
It was while working in Tanzania that Hinks decided he wanted to diversify the business. "Instead of being a contractor that gets paid to build electricity infrastructure, I wanted to develop, design, build and operate it and then sell the electricity we generate and transmit it to the government and in turn to the people," Hinks says.
In East Africa there is a huge reliance on hydropower, but climate change has driven down rainfall levels. Lower rainfall resulted in power outages across the region, often for up to 18 hours per day. "This has a profound impact on economies, and of course on the living quality of the people," says Hinks.
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When we took the plant operations over it was generating just 160-megawatts; today it is producing 600-megawatts and by the end of the year capacity is expected to reach almost 1,000 megawatts," says Hinks.
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Alongside his 'day job' as the CEO at Symbion Power, Hinks is also the Chairman of the Corporate Council on Africa. "I represent the U.S. private sector and their ambitions to invest in Africa. As part of this, I have also been involved in the genesis of the Power Africa initiative, which President Obama launched in July 2013. I work very closely with private-sector businesses, the US government and with local government and local communities to ensure the initiative is a success," he says. "Power Africa is ground breaking and it will see the United States supporting Africa on a grand scale."
Hinks is still the powerhouse behind Symbion, driving it forward and seeking new opportunities for the business and for the communities in which it operates.
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Paul Hinks
Chief Executive Officer
Executive Bio
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Symbion Power, LLC, Paul Hinks is the driving force behind the company. He has spent his life in the power industry where he has been responsible for the construction of power plants, transmission lines and substations. His career spans 30 years and in that period, he has worked in the USA, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Since 2003 Paul has been at the forefront of US wartime contracting efforts.
In 2010, Symbion Power was awarded two large U.S. government-funded contracts building distribution lines and substations throughout Tanzania. The following year, Mr. Hinks successfully negotiated Symbion's acquisition of a 120MW power plant in Dar es Salaam, thereby concluding Symbion's first power asset acquisition. The company now has a pivotal position as the leading firm of its type in Tanzania and is the United States' largest owner of power assets in Africa.
Mr. Hinks continues to further the company's efforts in Tanzania and is at present focused on an expansion program of the Symbion Power Plant's capacity. He is actively working to build Symbion's operations in new markets in Africa including Kenya, Nigeria, Malawi, Ghana, and Rwanda.
Prior to bringing Symbion to Africa, under Mr. Hinks' leadership during 2005-2008, Symbion won nine contracts across Iraq, erecting hundreds of kilometers of 400kV and 132kV transmission and distribution lines and completing twelve substations. In 2007, Mr. Hinks expanded Symbion's operations into Afghanistan where Symbion won a bid to build a 100MW power plant in Kabul.
Born and raised in England, Mr. Hinks trained in Manchester as an engineering apprentice for the state power generation and transmission utility of the U.K., the Central Electricity Generating Board, with whom he obtained his college engineering qualifications in 1980.
Paul is the Chairman of the Corporate Council on Africa. When he is not in Africa or the Middle East, Mr. Hinks splits his time between Symbion headquarters in Washington, D.C., and New York City, where he lives with his wife.
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TANZANIA'S Symbion Power Chief Executive Officer Paul Hinks has been appointed chairman of Invest Africa in the United States.


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TANZANIA'S Symbion Power Chief Executive Officer Paul Hinks has been appointed chairman of Invest Africa in the United States.

Invest Africa is a private global network of decision makers at some of the world's leading investment organisations and provides its members with a multi-service platform for access and investment on the continent.
Mr Hinks, according to a press statement in Dar es Salaam, will spearhead the expansion of the network's mission to become the pre-eminent global platform dedicated to private sector connectivity in sub-Saharan Africa.
Rob Hersov, founder and Chairman of Invest Africa, said yesterday through statement that: "Paul is a great evangelist for investing in Africa and is the driving force of the success of Symbion Power ...
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The founder believes that Mr Hinks would bring his singular drive to their strategy of ensuring dynamic African entrepreneurs and companies connect with dynamic international capital. "We expect US investment in Africa to accelerate and Paul Hinks, along with Bob Diamond, are the two leading US entrepreneurs making this happen," Mr Hersov said.
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Mr Hinks retired as the Chairman of the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) in the United States in April after four years of service. He assumed his new position at Invest Africa yesterday and continues as a board member at CCA.
Mr Hinks has over 36 years of experience in the energy sector in Africa and other parts of the developing world.
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