John Wisbey

Chairman of the Board

John Wisbey joined 5D Solar City as Chairman in 2018. He is also Chairman and CEO of International Lithium Corp.(TSXV:ILC) and of CONVENDIA Ltd. He has had a career as a technology entrepreneur and ex-banker. He founded two London AIM listed companies: IDOX plc, which provides software for UK Local Government, and Lombard Risk Management plc, which specialises in software for bank risk management and regulation. He more recently established CONVENDIA Ltd., a private company which specializes in software for cash flow forecasting, project valuation and M&A financial analysis. He was formerly a banker at Kleinwort Benson, where he held various roles, including a Director in the Derivatives Group, Head of Options, and corporate lending. John has acted as a public company Chairman, CEO or Director for eighteen years. He is a graduate of Cambridge University.

John believes that there is a fantastic opportunity for Africa to leapfrog more traditional power technologies, and that 5D Solar City AG can play a major part in accelerating the Continent’s development on a green basis.


Svetlana Lutay

Chief Executive Officer

Svetlana Lutay joined 5D Solar City as CEO in 2018. As well as solar energy, she has a career in Asset Management and property management, and is also CEO and founder of UK based Gryphon Asset Management Ltd. Over the past 8 years Svetlana has developed Gryphon’s asset management and real estate investment business in the UK. She is a specialist in running property development portfolios in smart city environments.

Svetlana is also a co-founder and director of 5D Gryphon Technologies Ltd, a London based startup in Blockchain Technology in the property and land title sector.

Svetlana graduated from Minsk University in Microbiology and Biochemistry and has a second degree from Moscow Academy in Economics and Risk Management.

Svetlana is keen to add education and green finance and a modern approach to ecology to the company’s mission.


Alexander Barabanov

Founder and Director on Africa

Alexander is a founder of 5D Solar City AG. He worked on the project for several years and developed a 5D Solar Concept as a symbiosis of Solar Energy, Artificial Intelligence and Financial Technologies with the aim to develop an Energy Integrated Digital Platform for Solar Smart Cities projects. The company philosophy is based on the principles of sustainability and Green Finance.

He started to work on Solar Energy in Africa in 2010 and on Solar Smart City Project in 2016 as a model project for implementation in countries of Sub-Sahara Africa. He is a Founder of the Jua-Masaki Solar Smart City Project in Tanzania.

Alexander graduated from Moscow High Technical School and has MSc in Flexible Machining Systems (CAD/CAM) specialised in Robotics and Bionics. He has Diploma in Patent Law and Intellectual Property Law. He continued his education at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London to expand his knowledge on geopolitics and economy of developing countries in Asia and Africa.

He is a passionate collector of antique African art and author of several publications on history of art.