Philippe Da Costa
Principle Consultant

Philippe joined Salience in 2018, as a financial consultant to Awasr’s Board of Directors. His academic background, work experience, and personal skills, allow him to understand key business drivers, business objectives, and be able to provide relevant solutions to the customer in defining and implementing relevant finance strategy.

About Philippe

Philippe started his professional career in France in an audit firm. Then he started his international career with Veolia (worldwide leader in environmental services) working in 3 continents in Africa, Middle East and South America. During his career he was exposed to culture of change (creation of a shared services center including all support functions, company acquisition and ERP implementation e.g Navision, Oracle and SAP).

He was Chief Financial Officer of Sharqiyah Desalination Company SAOG during its Initial Public Offer (IPO) process in 2013 floating 35% of the company’s share capital in the Muscat Security market (market capitalization 82 M USD).

He was Finance Project Director in the successful bid to design, finance, build and operate a desalination plant and project financing for an amount of 220 M USD. The project has been awarded best Middle-East Public-Private Partnership deal of the year 2015 by EMEA Finance.

His last assignment was as Chief Financial Officer in a water and waste water concession company with a turnover of 180 M with turnover €180 M, 1200 staff and 530,000 customers. Notably he negotiated a loan restructuration with the InterAmerican Development Bank for an amount of 100 MUSD.  



Project financing and debt restructuration

  • Project financing with a pool of 4 international lenders and hedging of the loan
  • Debt restructuration with multilateral agency


ERP implementation

  • SAP
  • Oracle
  • Navision



  • Strategy
  • Budgeting and planning
  • Financing model
  • Business case
  • Business development
  • Company acquisition



  • Leadership of multicultural & geographically diverse teams
  • Empathy
  • Stakeholder management


Master of Science in Sustainable Management)

Imperial College, United Kingdom.


Institut d Administrations des Entreprises, France.

Past Experience


Chief Financial Officer (Africa, Middle-East, South America)

Pole Sud Expertise