About us

GFA Climate & Infrastructure (Pty) Limited or GFA C&I is a Cape Town based subsidiary of the GFA Consulting Group that focuses, primarily on climate consultancy services within the SADC region and the raising of climate finance. GFA C&I has a well-established network in the region that extends to providers of private and concessional funding, from local and international DFIs and multi-lateral agencies, government and private sector funders as well as export credit agencies.

GFA Consulting Group is a leading European consulting firm active in the development cooperation sector. GFA Group employs more than 1,500 staff and had an annual group turnover of R 2.7 billion or €148 million in 2019. Since 1982 GFA has implemented complex studies and projects in over 130 countries. GFA Group adopts a partnership model working with other like-minded experts.

Our Services

GFA C&I builds upon GFA Consulting Group’s 38-year consultancy track record and its 20 year track record in the sustainable climate and energy sector. GFA C&I provides advisory, project development and fund raising services to both public sector and private sector clients in respect of climate related infrastructure projects.

Our advisory services include the development of feasibility studies and funding structures for bankable projects/programs, the structuring of climate related funds or facilities, capacity building support and policy advice. GFA C&I is able to leverage its extensive network of funders (DFIs, multi-lateral agencies, export credit agencies, climate facilities and commercial banks) to structure bankable projects for our clients.

GFA C&I supports private sector clients with the development of climate related infrastructure projects and fund raising from various commercial and DFI sources as well as climate funders (ITMOs, GCF, etc.). We have also developed our first financial instrument that won the Global Climate Lab’s Southern African category in February 2020 and which is being developed into an implementable financial instrument with support from the Lab.


Jonathan First, Managing Director

Jonathan spent 17 years in investment banking in London, Toronto and Johannesburg and 8 years in development finance in South Africa after qualifying as a lawyer. Since 2012 Jonathan has focused on climate focused development finance and impact investment in Sub Saharan Africa. Jonathan established GFA C&I in 2018 to provide advisory services to support and fund climate focused infrastructure.

At the DBSA, Jonathan developed innovative structured finance solutions and sourced funding for large infrastructure projects in SSA. He led the DBSA’s initiative to create a green bank which culminated in the establishment of the GCF funded Climate Finance Facility in 2018. Jonathan currently serves on 2 committees of South Africa’s first Green Outcomes Fund and on the advisory committee of the Global Climate Innovation Lab. He was also part of the task team that set up the Impact Investment National Advisory Board in South Africa.

Carla Rooseboom, Associate

Carla is a chartered accountant and civil engineer with more than 17 years’ infrastructure advisory, due diligence and fund structuring experience gained in South Africa and Europe. She worked on climate finance and infrastructure investment programs/projects in Sub-Saharan Africa since 2010, starting with South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Program. She successfully raised climate finance for two of South Africa’s Climate Flagship Programs and structured two funds that seek to achieve impact.

Carla has a track record of delivering large climate focused funding and capacity building programs for international donors and SSA governments. In the last 10 years Carla also led the financial workstreams of several large PPPs in SSA, Whilst employed by KPMG in London she spent 4 years advising mainly private sector clients on secondary market PPP transactions and the listing of infrastructure funds.


Johannes Horstmann has 15 years of advisory experience in utility infrastructure assets and has advised on over 50 deals with a combined value of over $15bn.

He is a financial modelling specialist with over 10,000 hours of spreadsheet modelling experience. He regionally prepared bankable models for PPPs, capital raises of cross-border assets in SSA, privatization studies in West Africa, IFI financing facilities and for greenfield project finance deals. He is also an advisor to South Africa’s Presidential Investment & Infrastructure Office responsible for screening and selecting infrastructure projects.

He has acted as advisor to the World Bank, South Africa’s DoE, Goldman Sachs, Macquarie, EU, EBRD, and KfW in over 20 countries worldwide. Johannes is based in South Africa since 2013 and is a member of the World Energy Council.

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GFA Climate & Infrastructure (Pty) Limited
The Hudson
30 Hudson Street
De Waterkant
Cape Town 8001
South Africa



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