Global Energy Solutions Element Alpha SA is an independent oil trading firm founded in 2015. With its forex sub niche experienced team, Element creates trading, logistical and financial solutions for its international supplier and customer base.
The firm is operating from Geneva, Switzerland. Element sources, finances and delivers energy commodities globally. The group is supported by a strong management team, with significant expertise in commodities trading, finance, risk managment and corporate governance. Element’s fundamental corporate values are closely tied to efficiency, social responsibility, honesty, morality and partnership. About us Element was founded by seasoned trading professionals in 2015. The team executes oil trades involving complex logistics between producers, refiners and consumers. Usage of sea-going vessels, river barges, rail and trucks as means of transportation.
WE SOURCE Reliable physical supply of high quality crude oil and refined oil products. WE TRANSPORT Creation of logistical solutions utilising a combination of sea-going tankers, storage terminals, river barges, rail-tank-cars and tank trucks. WE FINANCE Providing financing and risk management solutions to our suppliers and customers thereby enhancing their liquidity profile, operative stability and ability to grow. WE DELIVER Element is majority owned by its management and employees. The team focuses on the long-term success of the business model, promoting management depth and stability and encouraging prudent risk management. Nino Mendiburu founded Element Alpha SA together with Gregor von la Valette in 2015 and was CEO of Element Alpha SA until his re-location to the United States in October 2017 to run the firm’s US subsidiary’s activities. Having founded Element Alpha SA together with Nino Mendiburu in 2015 and co-running the company as CFO for two years, Gregor was named CEO of Element Alpha’s global business in October 2017.
Gregor brings significant experience in both commodity trading and corporate finance. Christoph has a long track record of serving in top management positions in first class international companies, such as Swiss International Airlines and Deutsche Bahn AG. Strategy Officer and Member of the Management Board contributing to the successful sale of SWISS to Deutsche Lufthansa AG. He is co-founder of Turgot Ventures AG, a venture capital firm investing in and helping build innovative early stage companies. Simon has over 25 years experience in the commodities industry having held senior management positions from an early stage.
In 1995, he was General Manager of the Gerald Metals Hong Kong office after which he was promoted to become the General Manager of the Lausanne office in 2000. Simon subsequently joined Trafigura Trading Shanghai in 2006 as manager of the Greater China business. In 2009, he came back to Europe as Trafigura’s Global Head of Refined Metals. Incorporation of Element Alpha SA in Geneva, Switzerland. Opening of office in Geneva, Switzerland.