Modest has served as the CEO of EDF Renewables Morocco since 2020, where he has overseen, notably, the successful construction of the Taza Phase 1 Wind Farm, the Financial Closing of the Koudia al-Baida Wind Farm, as well as the development of numerous projects in the wind, solar, and storage segments.   

Modest is an American-trained lawyer that began his career in the International Arbitration practice group in White & Case’s Washington DC office. He joined the US Department of Justice in 2010, serving as the Legal Advisor based in American embassies in Congo (Kinshasa), Senegal, Tunisia, and finally in charge of all of North Africa, including Morocco. He has also worked at the World Bank, the International Criminal Tribunal for ex-Yugoslavia, and at the UN Security Council in New York. He joined EDF Group’s Legal Department in 2014, becoming EDF Renewables’ Chief Compliance Officer in 2016, and Project Director in the Middle East and Africa team of the International Division in 2019. He holds degrees in Economics from the University of Florida, and in Law from the University of Florida and Georgetown University in Washington, DC.