Management Team

Management Team

David F. Heimhofer  | Chairman of the Board

With more than 30 years of experience in the international investment industry, mainly in Europe, the United States of America and the Middle East, David Heimhofer is an expert in alternative investments and management of institutional capital investments. He refined his experience in various banking and financial instruments during his mandate in international banks. Most of his functions were in senior management positions as Managing Director of a Swiss bank responsible for Business in the Middle-East.

For 18 years, he has been involved in consulting, development, investment and construction of government projects in the renewable energy sector in the world, particularly photovoltaics. David Heimhofer is an expert in integrated solar projects, specializing in the development of local content at the highest level, to locally produce all the equipment and components necessary for the establishment of solar power plants.

He has proven professional experience in government projects by working effectively with different international entities to create local industrialization allowing states to build their own solar and energy industry.

He has managed to create several consortia with leading international technology suppliers in the solar industry, particularly with recognized experts in Germany and around the world, covering aspects of industrialization, education and the production of local green energy.

David Heimhofer is currently Chairman and CEO of Terra Sola Group, headquartered in Switzerland, and has offices worldwide.


Dr. Ralf Zabel | Member of the Board

Ralf Zabel has comprehensive and senior-level experience in renewable energy, construction and engineering related fields.

For the past 20 years, he has been involved in major engineering projects in the Gulf region and has successfully managed and handled investments in the Middle East on behalf of major German private entities. Currently, he serves as Managing Director of Star World Leisure & Entertainment GmbH, a company specializing in European knowledge transfer to the MENA region; CEO of Matterhorn-Grillstein AG, specializing in project financing and project management; and is a Senior Partner at Terra Nex Financial Engineering AG, a Swiss-regulated wealth management company, where he has been an Executive Board Member since the company’s incorporation. Dr. Zabel is a summa cum laude (undergraduate) and magna cum laude (Ph.D.) from Dresden University of Technology. He has a doctorate degree in engineering from the Faculty of Transportation and Traffic Sciences (Friedrich List).

Dr. Peter Göpfrich| Member of the Board

Peter Göpfrich joined Terra Sola as a Member of the Board in Terra Sola Egypt and as senior advisor for Industrial Relations and Legal Affairs. He is one of the most prominent and experienced representatives of the German business community in the MENA region. For more than 30 years he was the Official Delegate of the German Industry and Commerce first for Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Libya and the Palestinian Territories and since 1986 for the Upper Gulf Region. Peter Göpfrich served many years as the Head of the Legal and Economic Department and Deputy CEO of German Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce (GACIC) in Cairo/ Egypt as well as the CEO of the German-Emirati Joint Council for Industry and Commerce (AHK) in the United Arab Emirates from 2008 until 2015. He holds a PHD in Law (mcl), from the university in Heidelberg/ Germany and is a highly reputed lecturer for law in various forums in the region.

Sylva Hagop| Member of the Board of Terra Sola Egypt

Ms. Sylva Hagop, with longstanding experience as a management consulting, currently works as Terra Sola Egypt’s primary development and business relationship expert helping maintain the company’s government and high-level relationships incl. with potential local investors. She also helps Terra Sola identify new solar opportunities in the Arab Republic augmenting the development pipeline.

As per her past experience in various companies incl. USAID and Degussa Hüls AG, since 2012 Sylva has worked as a Management Consultant for financing institutions in the Gulf region (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar & UAE). This includes working with investment authorities, wealth funds from Europe and renewable energy project financier.

As Founder and Board Member in Terra Sola Egypt, she is consistently in-charge of the planned execution of Terra Sola’s 2,000MWp Solar Program in Egypt. Sylva is a graduate in Business Administration and Mass Communication from City University in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Belkacem Haouche | Member of the Board

With many accolades amassed over the span of his impressive entrepreneurial career as the Director of International Relations with Terra Sola Group AG, Belkacem Haouche brings along a broad range of experience in business management, strategy development, investments and power generation. He has played an instrumental role in the Terra Sola’s emergence over the last decade, both as a catalyst for renewable energy with a mandate to scale up green investments and operational management activities across all regions. He is responsible for driving Terra Sola’s direction towards renewable energy initiatives, with strategic partnerships and alliances, with the aim of developing future opportunities in sustainable green power development in the MENA region and beyond


Sascha Gaede| Head of Renewable Energy

Sascha Gaede has been involved in the Renewable Energy sector for more than the past 10 years, primarily in Europe and Middle East/Northern Africa region. He served in various senior management positions with one of Germany’s biggest solar manufacturers in Berlin, was part of the management team establishing the first PV solar module factory in the U.A.E in 2013 and served as Director Communications and Strategy for a Dubai based developer and manufacturer of solar modules, inverters and generators. In addition, Sascha has been advising several innovative solar companies in Europe and the Middle East on market entry strategies and business development, served on the board of trustees of the Joint German Emirati Business Council (AHK) and is until today Director Mediterranean for Dii Desertec. Sascha has joint Terra Sola in 2015, currently responsible for Renewable Energies.

Prior to his career in the solar industry, Sascha worked for German car-manufacturer Mercedes-Benz/Daimler in various board management functions in Russia (3 years), South Africa (8 years) and Germany (2 years). Sascha has a degree in Business Administration and Psychology from Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel/Germany.

Fazya Hocine | Office Manager of SARL Terra Sola Algerie PV Production

Graduate and passionate of marketing, Fazya Hocine took a completely different path in her professional career.

She began her career as a management assistant in a geolocation company and then spent more than eight years in corporate real estate management for one of the largest real estate groups in Algeria. has made it possible to work alongside and collaborate with some thirty well-known multinationals, and to forge a leadership position and consolidate its managerial capacities, by having the management of several teams.

After these 8 successful years in the management of real estate business, she decided to change course and embark on new challenges by integrating the prestigious company Sarl Terra Sola Algeria PV Production.

Natallia Habruseva | Office Manager of Terra Sola Group AG, Switzerland

Natallia Habruseva hold a bachelor degree in History of Pedagogical University. After that she studied administration in Switzerland in the business school in Lucerne, with further education as marketing and sales assistant. After graduating she could gain experience in marketing and administration in various companies in Switzerland. Since 2016 she is employed by Terra Sola and there she is responsible for the administration of companies based in Switzerland and for the personal assistance of the Board Members.



Dr. Said HenineGeneral Manager of Sustainable Development

State Doctor in Medicine, Dr Henine has an experience over 17 years working for an important multinational pharmaceutical company, where his interest for sustainable development, HSE & security has considerably grown and became stronger by diverse training within the company, enabling him to adopt it as a core business for his own company, specialized in Health, safety & Environment, management consulting, business development and sustainable development.

Rich with this experience, Dr Said Henine has joined Terra Sola Algerie PV Production to contribute, with his knowhow and expertise, in developing and reinforcing the company’s Sustainable development.