Mr. McCartin is a long-time leader in the Southeast Asia power sector, developing and operating power stations in the Philippines and Indonesia as well as working on the development of power stations in Thailand, India and China for the past 13 years. He is a lawyer by training who practiced in the United States as a finance attorney for 10 years and then became in-house counsel for the Asian operations of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company (a Berkshire Hathaway company) and the general manager of Indonesian operations. He thereafter joined PT Paiton Energy, the first and largest independent power producer in Indonesia where he served not only as in-house counsel but also handled shareholder, lender and governmental relations, taking a guiding role in both the restructuring of the Project after the Asian Financial Crisis and the development and financing of a new expansion project at the East Java Power complex. He has also led AES’s renewable energy development team for ASEAN, focusing on Indonesian geothermal projects, and in early 2009, he founded with two partners Asia Renewables Pte Ltd, a power development company focused on renewable energy/carbon abatement projects in Asia, mainly hydro-electric, solar and biomass projects.
Mr. McCartin is advising several multinationals regarding the development of geothermal projects in Indonesia and the Philippines and hydro-electric projects throughout South East Asia. He has also joined with a US-based consortium to develop geothermal power projects in the African Rift Valley and Chile.
He is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the UK Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is the past chair of the Power Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Jakarta, as well as a frequent advisor to governmental and industry players on power sector matters in Southeast Asia.