Clare Back is the Legal Director at AMEA Power, a Dubai-based company that develops, constructs and operates renewable energy projects across Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Clare has over 20 years’ experience as an international commercial and projects lawyer. She undertook her legal training at Norton Rose and qualified into the Project Finance team in London, where she acted on a range of infrastructure projects in the UK including CCGT power projects and renewables. Whilst at Norton Rose, she spent two years on secondment to Sumitomo Corporation in Tokyo, acting on a number of international energy projects, and also worked at Norton Rose in Hong Kong.
She then turned her focus to working on high-developmental infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, spending 10 years advising the developer eleQtra in London. Here she worked closely on the development, construction and operation of a range of projects, from solar, wind and hydro-power projects to transportation and irrigation projects.
She continues to be involved with and advise a conservation charity that manages the Virunga National Park in DR Congo, which as part of a programme of creating sustainable development opportunities in the region has built a number of low-impact, run-of-river hydro-power plants outside the Park to bring electricity to surrounding communities.
Clare has been involved in a number of firsts including advising on the funding of the first private hydropower project in the DR Congo, and the first private mixed utility project in Uganda.
Clare has an LLB (Hons) in Law with American Law from the University of Nottingham (and University of Texas at Austin, USA) and is an English-qualified solicitor.