2017 Participants

Following are a select group of leaders who will be joining us in Singapore:

Zoher Abdoolcarim Asia Editor TIME Magazine
Zoher Abdoolcarim Asia Editor
TIME Magazine

Based in Hong Kong, Mr. Abdoolcarim oversees Time magazine’s award-winning Asia edition. Prior to his role as Asia Editor of Time International, he was a senior editor at Time Asia, helping to shape all aspects of Time’s coverage of Asia. His cover stories include an article on the tenth anniversary of the British handover of Hong Kong to China, a lead essay comparing China and India, and a prologue on India ahead of its landmark May 2014 elections. He also writes commentary on Asian affairs for Time.

Prior to joining Time Asia, Mr. Abdoolcarim was managing editor of Asiaweek and an editor at Singapore-owned Asian Business. Over the course of his career, he has been a foreign correspondent based in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, with reporting assignments in Brunei, India, Hong Kong, and the Philippines. He has been involved in watershed Asia stories, including the Ninoy Aquino assassination, the ousters of Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines and former Indonesian president Suharto, the Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing, Hong Kong’s handover to China, the Asian financial crisis, and the continuing impact of the rise of China on the region and the world. Over the years, he has interviewed many of Asia’s leaders.

An ethnic Indian born and raised in Hong Kong, Mr. Abdoolcarim is a fluent Cantonese speaker and a British national. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib Chief Executive Officer UEM Sunrise Berhad
Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib Chief Executive Officer
UEM Sunrise Berhad

Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib was appointed to the Board of UEM Sunrise Berhad on September 1, 2014 as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London and an MBA from University of Salford, United Kingdom. He is a qualified chartered accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales as well as a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.

Anwar was formerly the Group Chief Financial Officer at MMC Corporation Berhad, a position he assumed from June 2008. He was also appointed Group Head, Ports & Logistics Division in January 2014 at MMC and was previously the Chief Financial Officer of the Port of Tanjung Pelepas from April 2006 to May 2008. Previously he was the co-owner and Managing Director of Business Associates Consulting Sdn Bhd, from 2003 to 2006 and with Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Manchester in the United Kingdom from 1998 to 2002.

Anton Affentranger Chief Executive Officer Implenia
Anton Affentrager Chief Executive Officer
Implenia

Anton Affentranger has been CEO of Implenia since October 2011. Anton Affentranger was Chairman of the Board of Directors from March 2006 to September 2011. Between 6 April 2009 and 31 August 2010 (as Chairman and CEO) he was the Executive Member of the Board. He is also the founder and was chairman of Affentranger Associates AG and chairman of various start-ups. He worked for UBS in New York, Hong Kong and Geneva, and was a member of the bank's Executive Board at its head office in Zurich. He was also partner and CEO of the private bank Lombard Odier & Cie and CFO of Roche Holding AG. In 1999 he joined the Board of Directors of Zschokke Holding AG, becoming Chairman in 2003. Anton Affentranger graduated from the University of Geneva with an economics degree. On 1 October 2011 he was appointed by the Board as the new CEO of Implenia. On the same date he stepped down from the Board of Directors and from the operational management of his private companies.

Ali Al Khalifa Chief Executive Officer Astad Project Management
Fahd Al-Rasheed Group CEO and Managing Director King Abdullah Economic City
Fahd Al-Rasheed Group CEO and Managing Director
King Abdullah Economic City

Mr. Al-Rasheed is the Group CEO and Managing Director of Emaar the Economic City (EEC), a publicly listed company leading the development of one of the largest private-sector projects in the world, King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC). KAEC is a next-generation city on the Red Sea coast of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with a planned population capacity of two million people and a total investment of over $100 billion. Under Mr. Al-Rasheed’s leadership, KAEC developed the first private deepwater container port in the region and attracted more than 120 leading global and regional companies to establish operations in the city, making KAEC the fastest-growing logistics and manufacturing hub in the Middle East. In addition, he is spearheading the development of a significant number of residential and leisure projects that will transform KAEC into one of the leading tourism destinations in the region.

Prior to joining EEC, Mr. Al-Rasheed held the post of CFO and Deputy Governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA). Previous to his work in SAGIA, he led strategic initiatives in investments and corporate finance for Saudi Aramco.

Mr. Al-Rasheed is the founding chairman of the nonprofit Red Sea Foundation, a Geneva-based nongovernmental organization set up as a think tank to support the development of the Red Sea region. He is also the vice chairman of the board of trustees of Prince Mohamed Bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship. He serves on the boards of EEC, King Abdullah Port, Harvard Kennedy School Dean’s Council, Petromin, Saudi Airlines Catering Company, the New Cities Foundation, and the Foundation Board of the Global Shapers of the World Economic Forum. He was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011. He holds an MBA from the Stanford Business School. 

Nazir Alli Resident Adviser, J&J Group Former CEO, South African National Roads Agency
Nazir Alli Resident Adviser, J&J Group
Former CEO, South African National Roads Agency

Until his retirement, Mr. Alli was Chief Executive Officer of the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL). He transformed SANRAL into a fully corporatized entity with over 355 Billion rand in assets under management. He has over 37 years’ experience as a civil engineer and in management, in both in the private and public sectors. He led the development of public-private partnerships in South Africa and oversaw the development of the national secondary bond market for toll roads, including the introduction of technological innovations such as the interoperable, multilane free-flow open-road electronic toll-collection system. He has consulted internationally to a wide range of governments on public-private partnerships, institutional reform, and change management.Nazir Alli (retired) is the former Chief Executive Officer of the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL). This is an agency of the Department of Transport responsible for the national road network of South Africa—21,946 km. It has an independent Board operating autonomously along commercial principles in accordance with its legislated mandated supplemented by a contract with its sole shareholder, the Minister of Transport.

Mr. Alli transformed a government department into a fully corporatized entity (SANRAL) with over ZAR355 billion in assets under management. He has 37 years experience as a civil engineer and in management, both in the private and public sectors. He led the development of public-private partnerships in South Africa. And oversaw the development of the national secondary bond market for toll roads including the introduction of technological innovations such as the inter-operable, multi-lane open road electronic toll collection system.

He has consulted internationally to a wide range of governments on public-private partnerships, institutional reform and change management.

Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi Minister of Transportation Republic of Nigeria
Rosemarie Andolino CEO of North American Business Manchester Airports Group
Rosemarie Andolino CEO of North American Business
Manchester Airports Group

As CEO and President of MAG USA, Ms. Andolino oversees the development of Manchester Airport Group’s North American airport-services business, which in June 2015 brought three new business lines to the US market: airport terminal and retail development, Escape Lounges (common-use airport lounges), and car-parking services.

Ms. Andolino joined MAG following more than 12 years at the Chicago Department of Aviation. As its Commissioner, she oversaw the management and operation of one of the world’s busiest airport systems, comprising both O’Hare and Midway International Airports, during a time of rapid expansion and redevelopment. She revived the airports’ focus on customer service and led the $26 million redevelopment of O’Hare’s International Terminal, driving record growth in retail and commercial revenues. In addition, she was in charge of the $8 billion O’Hare Modernization Program, which reconfigured the airport’s antiquated intersecting runways into a modern parallel-runway system. This infrastructure program was completed on time, under budget, and without disruption.

Ms. Andolino sits on several boards and was recently appointed to the US Department of Transportation National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure.

Jose E.B. Antonio Chairman & CEO Century Properties Group
Jose E.B. Antonio Chairman & CEO
Century Properties Group

Mr. Antonio is the founder, Chairman, and CEO of Century Properties Group and its subsidiaries. He served as the Philippines Special Envoy for Trade and Economics to the People’s Republic of China in 2005. He is also the founder and Chairman of the Philippine-China Business Council and is currently the Chairman of the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association–Philippines Chapter. He is the Director of the US-Philippine Society and Special Envoy of the President to the United States of America.

Mr. Antonio holds a bachelor’s degree in commercial science (major in marketing) from San Beda College, Manila, and a master’s degree in business management from Ateneo de Manila’s Graduate School of Business. He also completed Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management program.

Tas Anvaripour Partner, Energy Infrastructure The Abraaj Group
Tas Anvaripour Partner, Energy Infrastructure
The Abraaj Group

Ms. Anvaripour joined Abraaj as the Global Partner for Energy Infrastructure after serving as chairperson of THEMIS Infra. Previously, she was CEO of Africa50, Africa’s newest infrastructure-delivery initiative, and Director of Business Development at the African Development Bank, where she led the design, structuring, fund-raising, and establishment of Africa50, among other initiatives. In the past ten years, she has invested $6 billion to facilitate over $30 billion in infrastructure investments in key emerging markets. Her tireless energy and strong character have rendered her a game changer with an important track record of bringing progress and opportunity in countries from East Asia to Southern Africa. She has been recognized by African Business magazine and the Commonwealth Business Council, which nominated Ms. Anvaripour as one of the Top Five Most Outstanding Women of the Year at the African Business Awards, and by the investor platform Homestrings, which gave her the Excellence in Development Finance award, in recognition of her “dedication and innovative thinking in advancing development finance in Africa.” In 2014, she was decorated as a Commander, National Order of the Legion of Honor/National Order of Merit of the Republic of Ivory Coast.

Adil Anwar Chief Executive Officer Infrastructure Project Development Facility
Adil Anwar Chief Executive Officer
Infrastructure Project Development Facility

Mr. Anwar has been associated with Infrastructure Project Development Facility (IPDF), the public-private partnership (PPP) unit of Pakistan, from its inception by helping establish it under the Ministry of Finance in 2006. He later joined IPDF as Head of Legal Affairs and was subsequently appointed its CEO in 2008. At IPDF, he has helped in formulating a legal and regulatory framework for PPPs in Pakistan. He has succeeded in building a pipeline of viable and bankable PPP projects worth over $3 billion in diverse sectors, including the recent conclusion of three motorway BOT transactions worth $1.4 billion—the three biggest BOT projects in Pakistan.

Before joining IPDF, Mr. Anwar was an adviser to the Ministry of Finance and a Director at the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan. Previously, he practiced law at the High Courts in Pakistan and has also studied and worked in London.

Aziz Armand Chief Financial Officer Indika Energy
Naaman Atallah Chief Executive Officer Dubai Properties
Naaman Atallah Chief Executive Officer
Dubai Properties

Mr. Atallah has over 25 years of experience in property development. Before taking the helm at Dubai Properties, he was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Qatari Diar, a company owned by Qatar’s sovereign-wealth fund, where he co-led a transformation program that completely restructured the company’s business model. He was in charge of an international portfolio of over 30 projects worth around $40 billion. Prior to Qatari Diar, he was the COO of Emaar Properties in Dubai, a developer of major projects in the Menasa region, among them the Dubai Mall and the iconic Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. He also served as Group Managing Director of Hamptons International, the property-services subsidiary of Emaar, which he restructured and turned into a profitable entity before divesting it under favorable conditions. As CEO of Emaar Bawadi, a $25 billion joint venture with Dubai Holding, Mr. Atallah provided strategic leadership for the largest hospitality and leisure development in the region at the time. In his previous role as Executive Director, Business Development, his primary focus was identification of new growth opportunities and the delivery of the strategic corporate branding program. Prior to joining Emaar, he held positions at Solidere, a Lebanese company responsible for the development and reconstruction of Beirut Central District, and France Developpement Immobilier, the real estate development arm of a leading international development and contracting group. He also briefly practiced as a land developer in the United States.

Mr. Atallah previously served on the Investment Committee of Quilvest Real Estate QS REPI and REPII (real estate funds of funds) and the boards of directors of Qatari Diar Istanbul, Montenegro, New Giza and UK, as well as Ajdan, a subsidiary of Al Oula in Saudi and Emaar Lebanon. He founded the Lebanon chapter of the Middle East Council of Shopping Centers and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. He advises on real estate development strategy as owner and Managing Director of ACRES Consulting.

Naaman received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and his MBA from Pepperdine University. He also attended the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD.

Benjamin Bao Managing Director China Investment Corporation
Benjamin Bao Managing Director
China Investment Corporation

Since 2015, Mr. Bao has been overseeing investment projects in infrastructure, energy, oil and gas, minerals, and related investment funds at CIC Capital Corporation. Prior to that, he managed North American fund investments and private credit market investments in the Private Equity Department at China Investment Corporation. Previously, he was with HSBC, where he started in the Global Investment Banking Division at HSBC China, then served as Director of the China Transportation team, Manager of HSBC Northern China Area, and Vice President of HSBC’s Beijing branch. Before HSBC, he was with the Export-Import Bank of China, where he was head of the Export Credit Department, working on export credit project reviews and credit management. During his tenure there, Mr. Bao led and engaged in almost 100 financing projects on export credit. He started his career with China Construction Bank, focusing on feasibility assessment of infrastructure projects. Mr. Bao graduated from Shanghai Jiaotong University.

Dominic Barton Global Managing Partner McKinsey & Company
Dominic Barton Global Managing Partner
McKinsey & Company

In his 31 years with McKinsey, Mr. Barton has advised clients in a range of industries, including banking, consumer goods, high tech, and industrials. Prior to his current role as Global Managing Partner, he was based in Shanghai as McKinsey’s Asia Chairman from 2004 to 2009 and led the Korea office from 2000 to 2004.

Mr. Barton chairs the Canadian Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth and the Seoul International Business Advisory Council. He is also a trustee of the Brookings Institution, a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board’s International Advisory Council, and a member of the boards of Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. He serves on the board of FCLT Global (Focusing Capital on the Long Term), a non-profit organization dedicated to developing practical tools and approaches that encourage long-term behaviors in business and investment decision-making.

Mr. Barton has authored more than 80 articles on the role of business in society, leadership, financial services, Asia, history, and the issues and opportunities facing markets worldwide. He has co-authored three books: Dangerous Markets: Managing in Financial Crises, China Vignettes: An Inside Look at China, and Reimagining Capitalism. He has received multiple awards, including South Korea’s Order of Civil Merit (Peony Medal) and the Singaporean Public Service Star (Distinguished Friends of Singapore). He is a Rhodes Trustee and an honorary fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford. Mr. Barton is also an Adjunct Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing.

Claus Baunkjær Managing Director Femern
Claus Baunkjær Managing Director
Femern

Mr. Baunkjær leads Femern, a Danish state-owned company tasked with designing, constructing, and operating the 18-kilometer-long immersed tunnel for road and railway traffic across the Fehmarnbelt between Denmark and Germany. Mr. Baunkjær has extensive insight into the Fehmarnbelt project, as he was one of the main forces behind the drafting of the 2008 State Treaty between Denmark and Germany on a fixed link across the Fehmarnbelt.

Prior to joining Femern, he served as Deputy Permanent Secretary of State in the Danish Ministry of Transport, where he was involved in major road and rail construction projects. His previous appointments include Head of Division with the Danish Ministry of Finance. Mr. Baunkjær holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Copenhagen.

Greg Bentley Chief Executive Officer Bentley Systems
Greg Bentley Chief Executive Officer
Bentley Systems

Mr. Bentley heads Bentley Systems, which provides engineers, architects, constructors, geospatial professionals, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Previously, Mr. Bentley founded a financial-trading-software firm that became part of SunGard Data Systems, an S&P 500 company on whose public-company board he served from 1991 through 2005.

Mr. Bentley holds an MBA in finance and decision sciences from Wharton. He is a trustee of Drexel University, where he also serves as chairman of the advisory board for the Pennoni Honors College. Mr. Bentley is a member of the National Academy of Construction.

Michael Berkowitz Chief Executive Officer, 100 Resilient Cities The Rockefeller Foundation
Michael Berkowitz Chief Executive Officer, 100 Resilient Cities
The Rockefeller Foundation

Mr. Berkowitz joined the Rockefeller Foundation in August 2013 to shape and oversee the 100 Resilient Cities, a project pioneered by the foundation. Previously, he was the Global Head of Operational Risk Management (ORM) at Deutsche Bank. In that capacity, he oversaw the firm’s operational-risk capital-planning efforts, served as a primary regulatory contact, and connected the myriad operational risk management efforts groupwide. Earlier at Deutsche Bank held operational risk management positions in New York, Mumbai, Singapore and London. Before joining Deutsche Bank, he was Deputy Commissioner at the Office of Emergency Management in New York City, where he worked on major planning initiatives, including coastal-storm, biological-terrorism, and transit-strike contingency plans. During his tenure there he was involved with the City’s responses to the 1999 outbreak of West Nile fever, Tropical Storm Floyd, major flooding in Southern Queens (1999), the crashes of SwissAir 111 and American Airlines 587, the 2003 Northeast blackout, and the 2001 anthrax incidents and World Trade Center disaster.

John Bianchini President and CEO Hatch
John Bianchini President and CEO
Hatch

As Hatch’s CEO, Mr. Bianchini is responsible for more than 9,000 employees located in 65 offices on six continents, with more than $35 billion in capital projects under management. He joined the company in 1985, and prior to assuming the position of CEO, he served as the company’s Global Managing Director, Metals.

Mr. Bianchini has worked extensively in process development and the evaluation of hydrometallurgical and chemical processes in the base-metals industry, and has implemented major metallurgical facilities for clients around the world. He has particular expertise in delivering new technology projects, as well as the design and operation of pilot plant facilities. Over the past decade, he has played an important role in the expansion and globalization of Hatch in Australia, Brazil, China, Peru, and South Africa. He is a member of the Canadian Academy of Engineers, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineers, and the Professional Engineers of Ontario.

Mark Birrell Chairman Infrastructure Australia
Mark Birell Chairman
Infrastructure Australia

An experienced non-executive director and corporate adviser, Mr. Birrell is Chairman of Infrastructure Australia, Regis Healthcare, and the Australian Payments Council. He also serves as the independent chair of PostSuper.

He recently retired as the chairman of the Port of Melbourne Corporation and served previously as deputy chairman of Australia Post, chairman of Evans & Peck, and National Leader of the Infrastructure Group at the Australian law firm MinterEllison.

Mr. Birrell has a significant public-policy background through his earlier roles as Minister for Major Projects and then Minister for Industry, Science, and Technology in Victoria. He holds degrees in economics and law and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a companion member of Engineers Australia.

Clorivaldo Bisinoto Chief Executive Officer Andrade Gutierrez Engenharia
Clorivaldo Bisinoto Chief Executive Officer
Andrade Gutierrez Engenharia

Mr. Bisinoto is CEO of the $3 billion Brazil-based engineering and construction company Andrade Gutierrez Engenharia. Under his leadership, the company recently implemented a robust governance structure and an important transformation program. Prior to assuming the CEO position, he was Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the global operation in more the 15 countries, mainly in Latin America and Africa. Mr. Bisinoto’s main experience involves project management of infrastructure heavy construction, development, and building.

Ricardo Bisordi Director of Airports CCR Group
Ricardo Bisordi Director of Airports
CCR Group

Mr. Bisordi is currently CCR’s Group Executive Officer and head of the Airport Division. Previously, he was Managing Partner of Angra Infra-estrutura, a Brazilian private-equity firm specializing in infrastructure. He is also chairman of the board of directors of BH-Airport (Belo Horizonte International Airport) and a board member of the airports of Quito, Ecuador; Curacao, Netherlands Antilles; and San José, Costa Rica. He is also Executive Officer of CCR España–Concessiones y Participaciones.

Mr. Bisordi holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo, a master’s degree in finance from the Economics Graduate School of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Graham Bradley Chairman Infrastructure New South Wales
Graham Bradley Chairman
Infrastructure New South Wales

Mr. Bradley is a professional company director and is currently the non-executive chairman of HSBC Bank Australia, EnergyAustralia Holdings, and Virgin Australia International Holdings. He is a director of Hongkong and Shanghai Banking and GI Dynamics. In July 2013, he was appointed chairman of Infrastructure New South Wales.

Mr. Bradley was Managing Director of Perpetual Limited from 1995 to 2003. Under his leadership, Perpetual grew to become one of Australia’s leading listed funds-management and financial-services groups. Before joining Perpetual, Graham was National Managing Partner of the law firm Blake Dawson (now Ashurst) and a partner of McKinsey & Company.

Mr. Bradley was President of the Business Council of Australia from 2009 to 2011 and was formerly Deputy President of the Takeovers Panel. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales. He is a member of the Order of Australia and in 2012 was acknowledged by the Australian Institute of Company Directors NSW as the Distinguished Fellow in recognition of his contribution to good corporate governance in Australia.

Armin Bruck President & CEO Siemens Singapore
Armin Bruck President & CEO
Siemens Singapore

As the Regional CEO of Siemens, Dr. Bruck oversees the company’s operations in Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. He was previously the CEO of Siemens Ltd. in India and concurrently the CEO of Siemens Cluster South Asia, which comprises Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. During his time in India, he was an active member of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) and was elected to serve as its president in 2013.

Prior to that, Dr. Bruck was based in Germany with Siemens’ Power Transmission and Distribution Division, first as the President of the Energy Management Business Unit and then as CEO of the Energy Automation Business Unit, covering more than 100 countries.

Roland Busch CTO & Member of the Managing Board Siemens AG
Roland Busch CTO & Member of the Managing Board
Siemens AG

Dr. Busch, a member of the managing board of Siemens, is responsible for the Asia/Australia region and for the infrastructure businesses, including the Energy Management, Building Technologies, and Mobility Divisions. Additionally, he is in charge of the company’s sustainability and sales activities.

James Cameron Co-Head of IRG Asia-Pacific HSBC Singapore
James Cameron Co-Head of IRG Asia-Pacific
HSBC Singapore

Mr. Cameron brings more than 20 years’ experience in the global energy and infrastructure sector to his role as Co-Head of HSBC’s Infrastructure and Real Estate Group in Asia–Pacific, responsible for providing strategic advisory and capital solutions to clients in the regional infrastructure space.  Previous roles in HSBC include Asia Pacific Head of the Infrastructure, Energy and Export Finance team as well as regional Head of Project Finance. HSBC has been a leader in financial-advisory, bond-arranging, and export credit agency products in Asia Pacific, closing over 20 transactions In 2016. In 2015 HSBC’s project-finance team was named Best MLA and Financial Adviser in Asia by Infrastructure Journal and received Asset AAA Awards for Best Project Finance House and Best Financial Adviser, as well as being recognized with deal-of-the-year awards from Project Finance International magazine, Infrastructure Journal, and FinanceAsia.

Mr. Cameron’s experience is broad, including transactions in all sectors across buy and sell side advisory, lead-arranging, and debt and equity capital-markets roles. Prior to joining HSBC in 2007, Mr. Cameron worked with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and National Economic Research Associates in London. He holds a master’s degree in economics from Manchester University and a Bachelor’s degree from Oxford University.

Bill Cashmore Deputy Mayor Auckland Council
Bill Cashmore Deputy Mayor
Auckland Council

Mr. Cashmore’s family has been farming in the shadow of the Hunua Ranges for generations. Having been actively involved in the community for many years, through Federated Farmers, school boards, and council advisory groups, Mr. Cashmore joined Auckland Council at amalgamation. In 2010, he was elected to the Franklin Local Board, where he was appointed Deputy Chair. In 2013, he was elected as Councillor, and he returned for the 2016 term to continue representing Franklin, as well as taking up the position of Deputy Mayor. In his time as Councillor, he has chaired the Rural Advisory Panel and the Audit and Risk Committee, as well as lending his wisdom in negotiations with the central government for the Auckland Transport Alignment Project and City Rail Link funding agreement.

Raymond Chi'en Chairman Hang Seng Bank
Raymond Ch'ien Chairman
Hang Seng Bank

Besides leading Hang Seng Bank, Dr. Ch’ien also serves on the boards of Hongkong and Shanghai Banking, China Resources Power Holdings, and Swiss Re. His previous positions included chairman of MTR Corporation; chairman of CDC Corporation and its subsidiary, China.com; a non-executive director of HSBC Holdings; and Group Managing Director of Lam Soon Hong Kong Group.

Dr. Ch’ien is active in public service as a member of the Economic Development Commission of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government, a member of the Standing Committee of the Tianjin Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and an honorary president and past chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries. Previously, Dr. Ch’ien was a member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong, then under British administration. He was appointed a member of the Executive Council of the Hong Kong SAR. He also served as Chairman of the Hong Kong/European Union Business Cooperation Committee and as a Hong Kong member of the APEC Business Advisory Council. He previously chaired the Advisory Committee on Corruption of the Independent Commission against Corruption, the Hong Kong/Japan Business Cooperation Committee, the Industry and Technology Development Council, and the Hong Kong Industrial Technology Centre Corporation.

Dr. Ch’ien was appointed a justice of the peace and a Commander in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He has been awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star medal and received the French honor of Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite  Agricole. He received his doctoral degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as a trustee for a decade.

    

Patrick Charbonneau Managing Director Infrastructure Investments (Europe) PSP Investments
Patrick Charbonneau Managing Director Infrastructure Investments (Europe)
PSP Investments

Mr. Charbonneau brings over 15 years of experience in the infrastructure sector to his work as Managing Director, Infrastructure Investments (Europe) at the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments). He was instrumental in building the organization’s infrastructure portfolio and team since the inception of PSP Investments’ infrastructure asset class in 2006. Recently relocated to PSP Investments’ London office, he leads the organization’s expansion efforts in the infrastructure sector in Europe and globally. His responsibilities include managing the portfolio in Europe, building strong relationships with local partners, and developing a team of top infrastructure-investment professionals. Prior to joining PSP Investments, he worked in infrastructure advisory services at PwC.

Mr. Charbonneau serves as chairman of the advisory board of AviAlliance and as a member of the management board of the Global Infrastructure Investor Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Bishop’s University and completed the High Potentials Leadership Program at Harvard University. He has been a CFA charterholder since 2002.

TC Chew President of Global Business & Operations Samsung C&T
TC Chew President of Global Business & Operations
Samsung C&T

Mr. Chew is a Chartered Engineer and a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK. He has been involved with the railway and construction industries globally for over 40 years—in particular, associated with the UK, Singapore, and Hong Kong markets.  In April 2016, he joined Samsung C&T as President, Global Business & Operations, after a period as Senior Advisor. Prior to that, he was the Projects Director with Hong Kong MTR Corporation, overseeing all the railway projects in Hong Kong as well as the MTR overseas venture. Previously, he was a divisional president for Bombardier Transport on the London Underground modernization public-private partnership program, managing an investment of over £4 billion. He also spent eight years with Singapore Land Transport Authority as the Senior Director for Projects and Engineering, overseeing all the railway and road projects.

DooWhan Choi President & CEO POSCO ICT
DooWhan Choi President & CEO
POSCO ICT

Dr. Choi, CEO of Posco ICT, is renowned for his management expertise in turning an emerging technology into a successful business.

Posco ICT focuses in industrial integration of advanced IT technologies, with excellence in the areas of Smart Works, Industrial IOT,
Energy Generation/Storage/Consumption Optimization, and Environment Solutions for industries.

He rejoined the executive team of KT in 2006 along with his years of experience in telecommunications and media. During his tenure through 2011 as President and CTO, he was in charge of new business developments and R&D. He previously served KT from 1991 to 1994 as a Managing Director in charge of fiber optic and wireless systems.

Prior to joining KT, he was a MTS at Bell Labs from 1984 to 1988, and a Distinguished MTS till 1991. After that, his career included SEVP of HanChang Group, and Founder and CEO of NeoWave, Inc.

He graduated from Seoul National University with a BS and a MS in EE, and received a Ph.D. in EE from UT-Austin in 1984.

Andrew Day Chief Executive Officer Hastings Funds Management
Andrew Day Chief Executive Officer
Hastings Funds Management

As a CEO experienced in both domestic and international markets, Mr. Day has a strong track record in leading complex businesses across diverse industries, locations, and stages of development. He is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of Hastings. He has recently joined the Infrastructure Partnership advisory board and is a director of the Hastings Management board. Prior to joining Hastings, he was CEO of investment company Eircom Holdings, where he managed the Irish telecommunications and Israeli directories businesses. Mr. Day’s previous roles included CEO and Chairman of Truvo, a European-based private-equity-owned company with a complex portfolio of businesses; CEO of Australia’s Sensis; and various managing director roles at Telstra. He has honours degrees in both Engineering and Science and a master’s degree in Engineering Science from the University of Adelaide.

Frederic de Rougemont Chief Executive Officer USG Boral
Frederic de Rougemont Chief Executive Officer
USG Boral

Mr. de Rougemont has been CEO of USG Boral since February 2014, after serving as Managing Director of the Boral Gypsum Division. Previously, he spent 20 years at Lafarge in various senior roles, including managing the cement, ready-mix concrete, and aggregates businesses in South Africa and the cement business in South Korea, as well as leading R&D. Before Lafarge, Mr. de Rougemont was a scientific researcher for the French National Research Center and a postdoctorate researcher with IBM Research Labs in the United States. He holds a PhD in physical sciences from France’s University of Orsay.

Isabel Dedring Global Transport Leader Arup
Isabel Dedring Global Transport Leader
Arup

As the Global Transport Leader at Arup, Ms. Dedring is responsible for driving the development of the firm’s business across the transport sector. She joined Arup in from London's City Hall, where she was Deputy Mayor for Transport and Deputy Chair of Transport for London. In this capacity, she was responsible for setting policy and ensuring delivery across the mayor’s transport portfolio. Key projects she initiated and delivered included the Tube Reliability Programme, which led to a 40 percent reduction in Tube delays; the £300 million Growth Fund to pay for transport infrastructure to unlock new house building; the mayor’s £1 billion cycling infrastructure programme; and London’s first-ever roads strategy and the associated £4 billion implementation program.

Prior to her transport role, Ms. Dedring was the mayor's Environment Advisor, responsible for delivering large-scale building retrofit programs, parks and trees programs, and the £100 million London Green Fund, among other initiatives. Previous roles include running the policy team at Transport for London and four years as a management consultant at McKinsey. Ms. Dedring is a qualified US lawyer.

Arjun Dhawan Group Chief Executive Officer HCC
Arjun Dhawan Group Chief Executive Officer
HCC

Arjun Dhawan is Group CEO and Whole-time Director of Hindustan Construction Company. With a group turnover of over Rs. 8,768 Cr ($1.3 billion), HCC’s businesses span Engineering & Construction, Infrastructure Concessions, Real Estate and Urban Development & Management. The Group has a knowledge asset of 2,000 officers, including 1,200 engineers and employs over 22,000 workers at its project sites across India. Mr. Dhawan has also led the incubation of HCC’s Infrastructure business which has successfully developed and operated large national assets through Public Private Partnership with the Indian Government. He was responsible for the acquisition of Karl Steiner AG, the second largest Swiss real estate contractor, for the HCC Group. Mr. Dhawan is an active member of the World Economic Forum and the Confederation of Indian Industry where his primary goal is increasing the supply of well-structured, bankable infrastructure projects globally. HCC’s Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability programs remain an important priority for Mr. Dhawan where his personal focus is on Water, Sanitation and Education initiatives. Prior to starting his career at HCC, Mr. Dhawan acquired global expertise in the area of investment management across various businesses and industries. As Managing Director of Arya Capital Management in Mumbai and formerly with Trellus Management Company, a New York based hedge fund, Mr. Dhawan managed diverse portfolios of equity investments. Previously with Banc of America Securities, he helped build a proprietary investment group focused on distressed strategic assets. Mr. Dhawan began his career as an Investment Banker in New York with the Leveraged Finance Groups of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Credit Suisse First Boston. His transaction experience covers leveraged buyout, high yield, M&A and equity transactions in the healthcare, media, telecom, automotive, energy and technology industries. Mr. Dhawan has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics & Economics from Middlebury College and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Sean Donohue Chief Executive Officer Dallas Fort Worth Airport
Sean Donohue Chief Executive Officer
Dallas Fort Worth Airport

In his role as CEO of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), the third-busiest airport in the world, Mr. Donohue is responsible for the airport’s management, operation, and future strategy and development. At DFW, which is one of the world’s global superhubs and consistently ranks among the best large airports for customer service, Mr. Donohue manages an organization with 1,800 employees and an annual operating budget of $900 million, as well as a $3 billion capital-improvement program.

Prior to his arrival at DFW, Mr. Donohue served for three years as the Chief Operating Officer for Virgin Australia Airlines, Australia’s second-largest air carrier. Before that, Mr. Donohue held a variety of executive roles with United Airlines, overseeing operations, sales, and commercial start-ups.

Christophe Dossarps Chief Executive Officer Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation
Christophe Dossarps Chief Executive Officer
Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation

As CEO of the Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation, Mr. Dossarps leads SIF’s efforts in collaboration with many different stakeholders to help implement the rollout of Source. SIF is the executing agency of Source, a joint effort of multilateral development banks, development-financing institutions, international organizations, companies, and long-term investors, which is intended to serve as the source of well-prepared projects and the globally endorsed standard for project preparation.

Before SIF, Mr. Dossarps joined ADB to help develop the National Infrastructure Information System (NIIS), the predecessor of Source. Previously, he was with the UN Development Programme in Geneva, where he headed up business development for the R20 initiative of California’s governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. A graduate from John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Mr. Dossarps began his career working as a project coordinator in a Canadian aerospace firm.

Frederic Dupeyron Chief Executive Officer ADP Management
Frederic Dupeyron Chief Executive Officer
ADP Management

In his role as CEO of ADP Management, Mr. Dupeyron leads Groupe ADP expansion in major airport concession projects worldwide. ADP Management currently manages a portfolio of 25 airports abroad, with a cumulated traffic of 55 million passengers in 2015. Recent asset wins include airports in Cuba, Madagascar, and Santiago de Chile (a $1 billion contract to build a new international terminal).

Prior to ADP, Mr. Dupeyron joined the French prime minister’s office to run the Invest in the Future Program, where he launched the FrenchTech initiative, a global effort to promote the French digital economy and start-ups. Before that, he held C-level positions at HubOne, a midsize fixed-line B2B telco operator, and at Masternaut France, with a subsequent buildup with Masternaut UK and Cybit to create the European leader in B2B track-and-trace solutions for trucks and vans, a company that was subsequently sold to a big California-based private-equity investor. In earlier positions, he was Finance and M&A Director for Aéroports de Paris, where he executed the €1.3 billion IPO of Groupe ADP, after setting up a robust and evolutive regulatory framework and a convincing equity story. He also negotiated the industrial alliance and cross-shareholding between Groupe ADP and Schiphol Group.

Mr Dupeyron began his career at the French Ministry of Finance. From there, he moved to the private sector, starting with a five-year tenure at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London, where he arranged multiple structured financings in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia, and Central Asia for transportation projects (motorways, railways, airports, and air-traffic control centers). He is a graduate of the École Polytechnique and École des Ponts et Chaussées (civil-engineering school) and a former student of ENA (École Nationale d’Administration).

Wolfgang Eckert SVP Critical Infrastructure & CFO Nuclear Generation EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg
Wolfgang Eckert SVP Critical Infrastructure & CFO Nuclear Generation
EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg

Mr. Eckert is currently the Senior Vice President, Critical Infrastructure, and Chief Financial Officer, Nuclear Generation, for EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg. He previously held other management positions at EnBW and its subsidiaries: Senior Vice President, Generation, Renewable and Conventional Energies; Chief Financial Officer and Vice Chairman at the EnBW Borusan joint venture in Istanbul; Chief Financial Officer of EnBW Renewable and Conventional Energies; Chairman of EnBW Holding in Ankara; and Managing Director of EnBW Waste Management in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Prior to joining EnBW, Mr. Eckert was Chief Executive Officer of U-plus Umweltservice, in Ettlingen, Germany.

Mia Egron Chief Operating Officer PT Plaza Indonesia Realty
Mia Egron Chief Operating Officer
PT Plaza Indonesia Realty

Ms. Egron is Board Director and the Chief Operating Officer of PT Plaza Indonesia Realty, the owning company of Plaza Indonesia Shopping Center, The Plaza Office Tower, Grand Hyatt Jakarta, Keraton Luxury Collection Hotel, Keraton Residences, and fX Lifestyle Center. She has been with the company for 20 years and has served on the board since 2008. Prior to her current position, she was the company’s Chief Commercial Officer. She also serves as Board Director of PT Plaza Indonesia Jababeka, a subsidiary company that is currently developing a 600,000-square-meter mixed-use complex in Jababeka City, 35 kilometers east of central Jakarta. She is also Board Director of PT Plaza Indonesia Urban, another subsidiary company.

Ms. Egron has a master’s degree in public communications from Fordham University. She is involved in various charitable activities and serves on the advisory board of Happy Hearts Fund Indonesia. 

Heinz Ehrbar Head Management Major Projects Deutsche Bahn
Heinz Ehrbar Head Management Major Projects
Deutsche Bahn

Since 2013, Mr. Ehrbar has been Head of Management for Major Projects at Deutsche Bahn (German Railway). He previously owned the consulting firm Heinz Ehrbar Partners. In prior positions, he was responsible for major construction projects, notably Chief Construction Officer for the 57-kilometer Gotthard Base Tunnel for AlpTransit Gotthard and Project Manager responsible for the design and construction of several hydropower schemes in Switzerland and other countries for Electrowatt Engineering.

Mr. Ehrbar is a member of DAUB (the German Tunneling Committee), the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects, and the Austrian Society for Geomechanics and International Society for Rock Mechanics. He is a lecturer on project organization for underground structures at RWTH Aachen University. He also served until recently as a member of the jury of the NCE Tunneling Award and member of the advisory board of Geomechanics and Tunneling. He was a member of the board of the Swiss Tunneling Society and led a working group on conventional tunneling for the International Tunneling and Underground Space Association (ITA).

Mr. Ehrbar’s leadership helped the Gotthard Base Tunnel Project win the STUVA Award (2003) and the NCE Tunnelling award (2010). Mr. Ehrbar holds a master of science from ETH Zurich and a diploma from the SKU Advanced Management Program.

Mark Elliott Chief Executive Officer Northwest Rapid Transit
Mark Elliott Chief Executive Officer
Northwest Rapid Transit

Mark is a civil engineer with over 30 years’ experience and knowledge in infrastructure engineering, construction, mining and operations and maintenance of assets.  Experience highlights include a $12 billion portfolio of rail and mining infrastructure and a program of PPP infrastructure projects in Australia. Mark has previously held executive positions at Calibre Group, Brookfield Multiplex Infrastructure Services and Conneq Infrastructure Services.   He has a proven track record of business strategy development, leading high performance teams, implementing corporate governance and ensuring compliance. As CEO of Northwest Rapid Transit (NRT), Mark has overall accountability for all aspects of NRT’s project delivery and systems operations.  This package of work is the largest Public Private Partnership (PPP) ever awarded in NSW.  It will see NRT deliver the Sydney Metro Northwest by the first half of 2019 and continue to operate and maintain the network for the next 15 years.

Christian Fingerle Chief Investment Officer and Head of Infrastructure Allianz Capital Partners
Christian Fingerle Chief Investment Officer and Head of Infrastructure
Allianz Capital Partners

Chrisitan serves as CIO and Head of Infrastructure at Allianz Capital Partners since 2015 and is a member of the board of management of ACP.

He joined Allianz in 2004 as Executive Assistnat to the board of management of Allianz SE and supported the build-up of the alternative investment business. In 2007 he joined ACP and executed transactions in the renewables and infrastructure sector.

Christian holds a master's degree in economics and finance from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and a PhD in entrepreneurial finance from Technische Universität München.

Bryn Fosburgh Senior Vice President Trimble
Bryn Fosburgh Senior Vice President
Trimble

Three years after joining Trimble as a Technical Service Manager for surveying, mining, and construction, Mr. Fosburgh was appointed Director of Development for the company’s land survey business unit,  where he oversaw the development of field and office software that enabled the interoperability of Trimble survey products. Over the past 21 years, he has held numerous roles, including Vice President and General Manager of the Geomatics and Engineering, Engineering and Construction, Mobile Resource Management, and Agriculture divisions . In 2007, his role was expanded to include a number of divisions within the construction business, as well as responsibility for several corporate functions and geographical regions. Currently, Mr. Fosburgh is responsible for Trimble’s Geospatial, Civil Engineering and Construction, and Trimble Buildings industry segments, with a strong personal focus on influencing and mentoring the next generation of Trimble leaders.

Prior to Trimble, he was a civil engineer with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, responsible for coordinating the planning, data acquisition, and data analysis for statewide GPS surveying projects in support of transportation-improvement projects. He has also held various engineering, research, and operational positions for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Defense Mapping Agency. He holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University.

Chee Kiong Goh Executive Director Singapore Economic Development Board
Chee Kiong Goh Executive Director
Singapore Economic Development Board

Goh Chee Kiong is an Executive Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and has been leading the development of the Cleantech industry in Singapore since 2003. The Cleantech industry was identified as a key economic growth area for Singapore, and includes clean energy, environment and water. He took on the concurrent role as Executive Director for Cities, Infrastructure & Industrial Solutions since 2012.

He is actively involved in shaping many national initiatives in Cleantech, Sustainability and Urban Solutions spanning related government agencies. 

Andy Goodwin Chief Executive Officer SMEC
Andy Goodwin Chief Executive Officer
SMEC

Mr. Goodwin has more than 30 years of engineering experience in Asia, Europe and South Africa within the fields of energy and urban infrastructure. He has led multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams in highly technical and complex environments on a number of projects. Andy has also developed and implemented business strategies that have led to positive growth and has been involved in mergers and acquisitions.

In 2014, Andy was appointed to the SMEC Holdings Board as Managing Director and CEO. Under his leadership, SMEC continued to expand to a multi-disciplinary infrastructure consulting business employing 5,800 professionals in more than 40 countries. Andy was instrumental in building the business towards its acquisition by Surbana Jurong. Along with his role as CEO of SMEC, Andy was appointed CEO International of Surbana Jurong in 2016 following the acquisition of SMEC Holdings by Surbana Jurong. In this role, he leads the Group’s global presence in Africa, Americas, Australia and New Zealand, and South Asia & Middle East.

Mr. Goodwin has previously held management positions with the Pöyry Group, a global consulting and engineering company. As Executive Vice President, Urban and Mobility, and President, Hydropower, he was responsible for top-line growth and associated profitability of the global transportation and hydropower businesses, respectively. As Managing Director of Poyry Energy Thailand, he had responsibility for the entire operation and the financial performance of Pöyry Energy (Thailand) and Pöyry Energy (Philippines).

Steve Gross Senior Managing Director Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets
Steve Gross Senior Managing Director
Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Steve is a Senior Managing Director in the MIRA business.  In this role, Steve leads the set up and development of MIRA’s new businesses in Asia and Australia.  He is also a member of MIRA’s Global Management Team.

Steve has led the establishment of MIRA’s Pan-Asia, China and Philippines infrastructure businesses and has overseen significant growth in the Korean infrastructure and Chinese real estate platforms. 

Steve was previously the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Macquarie European Infrastructure Funds with USD7.9bn under management.  During his time as COO, the team grew from 25 to more than 60 staff and capital invested increased to USD6.8bn including investment in the largest water and wastewater business in the UK—Thames Water.

Prior to starting his career advising the Victorian government on some of the early public private partnerships while at Price Waterhouse, Steve developed his thesis on the positive impact of government infrastructure spending on private sector growth in Australia. 

Hani Hakim Associated Consulting Engineers Chairman
Hani Hakim Associated Consulting Engineers
Chairman

After earning his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at American University of Beirut, Mr. Hakim joined Associated Consulting Engineers (ACE) at its headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon. He later transferred to Bahrain, where he established a regional office to oversee the company's business in the Persian Gulf. He then moved to Athens to chair the company’s board and assume the duties of CEO. His responsibilities extend to company operations in all the Arab countries, Africa, and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Hakim has served on the board of trustees of the Lebanese American University. He is a member of the advisory boards of the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, and Balamand University, Lebanon. He is a founder of the American University Alumni Club in Athens, Greece, and the Greek Lebanese Cultural Union, also in Greece.

Chan-Kun Han Chief Executive Officer POSCO Engineering & Construction
Chan-Kun Han Chief Executive Officer
POSCO Engineering & Construction

Mr. Han became CEO of POSCO Engineering and Construction in 2016. Before that, he led Daewoo Inter'l Machinery and Infrastructure business unit as Chief Operating Officer. In prior positions, he headed the Power Energy Infrastructure Division, Machinery and Plant Division, and Electronics Industry and Special Business Division. Previous management roles included positions in Bangladesh and Nigeria.

Mr. Han started his career at Daewoo International and later received further training at General Dynamics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Chung-Ang University in Seoul.

Tony Hansen Managing Director Global Infrastructure Initiative
Tony Hansen Managing Director
Global Infrastructure Initiative

Tony manages the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the Global Infrastructure Initiative, including the summit, roundtables, site visits and Voices publication. He has over twenty-five years of experience in implementing complex initiatives and projects with leading multi-national corporations, governments and NGOs. Specialty areas include business development, project management and stakeholder engagement.

Dominic Harvey Chief Executive Officer - Atkins Acuity Atkins Design Engineering Consultants
Dominic Harvey Chief Executive Officer - Atkins Acuity
Atkins Design Engineering Consultants

When Mr. Harvey joined Atkins Acuity to serve as its CEO, he brought 18 years of experience in leading international law firms, with the last nine years as a managing partner with Norton Rose Fulbright and with Vinson & Elkins, specializing in the infrastructure and energy sectors. He has diverse sector coverage across infrastructure; conventional, renewable, and alternative energy; real estate; hospitality; water; metals; mining; petrochemicals; transport; telecoms; and agriculture.

He has led multidisciplinary advisory teams specializing in all aspects of projects, including project finance, asset acquisitions, and restructuring across a client base of governments, corporate and financial institutions, and sovereign-wealth funds in Africa, Asia–Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. He is well regarded for his knowledge and publications in the area of specialized project finance and public-private partnerships (PPPs).

Michael Hassing President and CEO Ports America
Michael Hassing President and CEO
Ports America

Michael F. Hassing became president and CEO of Ports America in May 2010. Ports America is the largest terminal operator and stevedore in the U.S., operating in more than 42 ports and 80 locations.

Prior to joining Ports America, he was CEO of Scandlines Group. From 2005 to 2008, Hassing served as partner and CEO of the Iceland-based international logistics company Samskip Group.

Prior to Samskip, Hassing spent 25 years with A.P. Møller-Maersk, most recently as managing director in the United Kingdom. He also served in various capacities with Maersk in Singapore, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Japan, and Denmark.

Hassing graduated from the A. P. Møller Shipping University and the Copenhagen Business School of Economics, the general management course at IMD Lausanne, the senior executive course at the Wharton Business School and the advanced management program at Harvard Business School.

Christopher Heathcote Chief Executive Officer Global Infrastructure Hub
Christopher Heathcote Chief Executive Officer
Global Infrastructure Hub

Chris is one of the few Infrastructure professionals to have worked as Principal, Advisor and Debt Provider to the infrastructure sector. Starting in the mid 1990's Chris was a founder partner in one of the early Infrastructure equity funds, Hyder Infrastructure Investors. Amongst many deals financed were the Melbourne City Link and the Asian Infrastructure Fund, as well as a number of UK PFI deals.

As an advisor in the late 1990's Chris structured the N3 toll road project in South Africa, working to create financial instruments to promote local empowerment and involvement in the project equity. During this period he also worked on urban regeneration projects in the UK and the Cross Israel Highway.

After a period working in the Capital Markets with Ambac Chris moved to Partnerships UK, a PPP project set up by the UK Treasury working to advise the Public Sector in procuring Infrastructure programmes. He worked on the Wembley National Stadium and London Underground projects helping the Public Sector to get best value from their Private Sector counterparts. In 2001 he worked with the Brazilian Government advising on the process of preparing and executing a PPP programme.

Whilst at Partnerships UK he also spent some time working in the Treasury where he was one of the authors of the Government White Paper "Meeting the Investment Challenge".

Chris returned to the Private Sector in 2006 and has worked for WestLB AG, Lloyds Banking Group and most recently Macquarie. He has provided finance to projects in the U.S., Europe, Turkey, China, Abidjan and Australia.

Heng Swee Keat Minister for Finance Republic of Singapore
Swee Keat Heng Minister for Finance
Republic of Singapore

Heng Swee Keat is the Minister for Finance. He chairs the tripartite Future Economy Council, which implements national strategies in areas such as skills and capabilities development, innovation and productivity, and industry transformation.  He is also the Deputy Chairman of the National Research Foundation.

From 2011 to 2015, Mr Heng served as Minister for Education. Before entering politics in 2011, he was Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. He served as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, overseeing economic policy, trade negotiations, and the regulation and development of industry, as well as CEO of the Trade Development Board. Between 1997 and 2000, he was Principal Private Secretary to then-Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew. 

Mr Heng has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University, and also holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Gregory Hodkinson Chairman Arup Group
Gregory Hodkinson Chairman
Arup Group

Gregory Hodkinson has spent most of his professional career at Arup and is a passionate believer in Arup’s mission to ‘shape a better world’. His professional experience is primarily in the planning, design and project management of transport infrastructure, which he has undertaken throughout the world.  He has more than 40 years’ experience in large-scale projects, including the Sony Centre in Berlin; Darling Harbour Development in Sydney; Terminals 2,3,4,5 and 7 at JFK Airport, as well as the Fulton Centre and Second Avenue Subway in New York.

Gregory joined Arup in 1972, having been inspired by the firm’s work on the Sydney Opera House. He led the firm’s expansion in the USA from 1988 as a founding Principal of the New York office. He became Chairman of the Americas Region in 2004 and in 2011 moved to Milan to lead the firm’s European business. He was appointed Chairman of Arup Group in 2014.

In addition to his work with Arup, Gregory is a member of the International Advisory Board of British American Business, the Advisory Board of the China–Britain Business Council, the Infrastructure & Urban Development Industries Governors Steering Committee, and Chairman of the Future of Urban Development & Services Steering Committee at the World Economic Forum.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  Gregory is a former Trustee of WaterAid, an international charity dedicated to bringing safe drinking water and sanitation to the world’s poorest people and a former Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

Bruce Hogg Managing Director Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
Bruce Hogg Managing Director
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

As Managing Director with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), Mr. Hogg is responsible for the Toronto-based team that identifies, executes, and manages significant infrastructure investments in the Americas and Australia. [KS18] Prior to joining the CPPIB in 2007, he led the private-markets infrastructure team at OPTrust. Previously, he worked with Macquarie Bank in London and Toronto in corporate finance after having worked in investment banking at RBC Dominion Securities.

Keiko Honda Chief Executive Officer Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
Keiko Honda Chief Executive Officer
Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency

Ms. Honda is the Executive Vice President and CEO of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group. Previously, she was the first woman Senior Partner in Asia at McKinsey & Company. There, she advised financial institutions on matters related to corporate finance, corporate strategy, and business development. Prior to joining McKinsey, she worked for Bain & Company and Lehman Brothers.

Ms. Honda also served as a visiting associate professor at Hitotsubashi University’s business school and as a lecturer at Chuo University’s business school. She has served on a number of Japanese government committees under several administrations, including the Council of Regulatory Reform. She was the Vice Chair of the Committee on the Promotion of Economic Partnership Agreements and Free Trade Agreements for Keizai Doyukai, the Japanese association of corporate executives. The author and coauthor of several books, including M&A and Strategic Alliances and Turnaround, Ms. Honda holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where she was selected as a Fulbright Scholar.

Stephanie Hottenhuis Executive Board Member Arcadis
Stephanie Hottenhuis Executive Board Member
Arcadis

Ms. Hottenhuis became the first female member of the Executive Board of Arcadis NV in 2012. She is responsible for our activities in the regions Australia Pacific and Asia, the Arcadis’s Architecture and Design Activities, the Buildings activities and the Multinational Client Program. I this role she has been leading the integration of the two largest merges in the recent history of Arcadis. Besides her work at Arcadis, Ms. Hottenhuis is a member of the supervisory board of TenneT Holding.

Izzaddin Idris Group Managing Director & CEO UEM Group Berhad
Izzaddin Idris Group Managing Director & CEO
UEM Group Berhad

A Fellow of CPA Australia and a member of Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA), Mr. Idris has over 20 years of experience in the fields of investment banking and financial and general management. He was appointed Group Managing Director and CEO of UEM Group in 2009. He was previously the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President (Group Finance) of Tenaga Nasional and held senior positions in Southern Bank, Ranhill, and Malaysian Resources Corporation.

Mr. Idris currently sits on the boards of UEM Group and several of its subsidiaries, including UEM Sunrise, UEM Edgenta, PLUS Malaysia, PT Lintas Marga Sedaya in Indonesia, and India’s Uniquest Infra Ventures. He is also a board member of Axiata Group. In addition, he is a member of the board of trustees at Yayasan UEM and a director of Yayasan Putra Business School.

Ross Israel Head of Global Infrastructure QIC Limited
Ross Israel Head of Global Infrastructure
QIC Limited

Mr. Israel has over 24 years of experience in the field of corporate finance and funds management with specialist skills in infrastructure, asset management, capital raising, and M&A. He cofounded in early 2006 the QIC Global Infrastructure division. Ross provides overall leadership to the team and has had oversight of all of the team’s investments. In addition to his infrastructure responsibilities, Mr. Israel is a member of QIC’s executive committee and the QIC Infrastructure Investment Committee.

Prior to QIC, he was with AMP Capital, where he co-led the team responsible for the creation of the Diversified Utility and Energy Trusts (DUET). He then was seconded into the management joint venture between AMP Capital and Macquarie Bank, established prior to DUET’s listing on the Australian Stock Exchange in August 2004. He was DUET’s Chief Operating Officer until his departure to QIC. Prior to joining AMP Capital, he worked for ABN AMRO and BZW in their Australian Infrastructure Corporate Advisory and London M&A teams and with Ernst & Young in their Sydney Corporate Tax Division.

Mr. Israel is currently a director of Lochard Energy and an alternate director on the Port of Brisbane. He is a graduate of the University of Queensland.    

Leigh Jasper Chief Executive Officer Aconex
Leigh Jasper Chief Executive Officer
Aconex

Leigh Jasper is CEO of Aconex. Along with co-founder, Rob Philpott, he raised $86 million in private equity investment before listing Aconex on the Australian Securities Exchange in late 2014.

Prior to Aconex, Leigh worked at McKinsey & Company, where he consulted for clients in the financial services, media and information technology sectors.

Leigh is a Director of the Burnet Institute, a not-for-profit organization, which aims to improve health in poor and vulnerable communities in Australia and internationally through research, education and public health.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree with First Class Honors, a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a Diploma of Modern Languages in French from the University of Melbourne.

Kim Jonghoon Chairman HanmiGlobal
Kim Jonghoon Chairman
HanmiGlobal

Dr. Kim is a founder and Chairman of HanmiGlobal, a construction management and project management firm located in Seoul, South Korea. Within the past 20 years, HanmiGlobal has acquired seven group companies, including two in the US, and successfully completed 268 overseas projects in 50 countries.

As an expert in construction management and project management, Dr. Kim has extensive experience in design and construction for over 40 years, 30 of which, he managed overseas projects. He was a construction manager of Petronas Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the tallest building in the world at the time (1998-2004). Dr. Kim is also a chairman of the CVF, Construction Vision Forum, whose members are the opinion leaders in the Korean construction industry. He graduated from Seoul National University with a BS, then an MBA in Sogang University, and received his PhD in Architecture in Seoul National University.

Sergey Kelbakh Chairman Russian Highways State Company
Sergey Kelbakh Chairman
Russian Highways State Company

Mr. Kelbakh assumed the office of Chairman of the Russian Highways State Company in 2011. In addition, he is Senior Deputy to the Superintendent of the Government–Private Sector Partnership Department and Professor at the Finance University under the government of the Russian Federation.

For his personal achievements in the field of government administration, professionalism, and conscientious service, Mr. Kelbakh has been presented with the In Remembrance of the 300th Anniversary of St. Petersburg Medal; the Builder of St. Petersburg Award, 3rd Class; the In Remembrance of the 200th Anniversary of the Office of Maritime and Land Communication Anniversary Award; the 200th Anniversary of the Interior Forces of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation Anniversary Award; the Honorary Gratitude from the Voronezh Region Award, presented by the government of the Voronezh Region; the A. A. Nikolaev Medal, the 20th Anniversary of the Federal Council Medal; and the Order of Sergei Radonezhsky, 3rd Class, presented by the Russian Orthodox Church.

Mr. Kelbakh graduated from the Leningrad Civil Engineering Institute and earned a master’s degree in management from the Russo-German Higher School of Management of the Academy of National Economy. He is a doctoral candidate in economics.

Shaun Kenny President, Asia Pacific Bechtel Group
Shaun Kenny President, Asia Pacific
Bechtel Group

Shaun leads Bechtel’s Infrastructure business in Asia Pacific and in addition serves as the corporate Regional President for Asia Pacific. Shaun is a Senior Vice President of Bechtel Corporation Inc.

Shaun began his Bechtel career in 1997, as a construction engineer on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. Since then he has served in construction and project management roles in UK, Chile and Australia in Bechtel’s water, rail and mining businesses.

In his most recent role as President of M&M, a position he held from 2013 to 2016 Shaun led the M&M (Mining & Metals) team to improve safety performance, deliver a series of milestone projects and restructure its operations to win new work in particularly tough market conditions.

Before Shaun joined Bechtel, he worked as an engineer for the Balfour Beatty Group of Companies in the United Kingdom, including on the Heathrow Express Rail Link in the late ‘90s.

Shaun is a chartered Civil Engineer in the United Kingdom, a Fellow of Engineers Australia, a registered Engineer in Australia and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from Liverpool Polytechnic.

In his spare time, he enjoys playing and watching football (soccer) and spending time with his family. 

Clive Kerner Chief Executive Officer Clifford Capital
Clive Kerner Chief Executive Officer
Clifford Capital

Clive Kerner has been Chief Executive Officer of Clifford Capital since its inception in 2012. He has 30 years of emerging markets finance experience and a proven track record as a CEO of start-up financial institutions. Before joining Clifford Capital, he was CEO of Linq Asia Capital AG, a finance company focused on high yield and mezzanine credit investing in South East Asia. Prior to this, he worked in a prominent Asian family office in Singapore and Jakarta. He previously spent 20 years in investment banking with Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (“DrKW”), with a focus on project and structured finance in the power, utilities, infrastructure and resources sectors, primarily in Asia, where he was based in Singapore with other postings in Kuala Lumpur and London. He was latterly Head of DrKW’s Asian Utilities and Infrastructure business in Singapore. Mr Kerner is also a non-executive Director of Singapore LNG Corporation Pte. Ltd., Changi Airports International Pte. Ltd., Pierfront Capital Fund Management Pte. Ltd. and Pierfront Capital Mezzanine Fund Pte. Ltd. respectively. 

 

 

Brad Knight President and COO Katerra
Brad Knight President and COO
Katerra

In his role at the helm of Kattera, Mr. Knight draws on 30 years of hands-on experience in operations, engineering, and supply chain management. He has held executive management or board positions at Flextronics and Kymeta and served as CEO, Director, and Executive Consultant for 1-800 Contacts, Erickson Retirement Communities, Retirement Living TV, and Sandisk. He has managed operations projects within Asia, North America, and South America.

Mr. Knight has been instrumental in developing start-up infrastructure, contract negotiations, marketing, equipment selection and installation, MRP implementation, financial planning, and staffing for customer service, product management, manufacturing, and logistics. His unique vision, broad strategic thinking, and pragmatic managerial approach have been instrumental in his success with numerous start-ups and turnaround situations.

He has been recognized by Cable World magazine for creating “One of the Top Ten Places to Work.” He is a member of the Turnaround Management Association and served in the US Army Infantry as a drill instructor and master trainer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology.

Bernd Kordes Member of the Executive Board International Federation of Consulting Engineering Associations
Bernd Kordes Member of the Executive Board
International Federation of Consulting Engineering Associations

Dr. Bernd Kordes holds a Master Degree in Civil Engineering and a Ph.D. in Sanitary Engineering, both  from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. He has more than 30 years of experience in the consulting engineering industry of which more than 25 years in the position of CEO or Executive Board Member in international engineering firms, namely GKW Group (Germany), Pöyry (Finland) and Lahmeyer Group (Germany).

After ending his career as CEO of Lahmeyer Group in November 2016 he continues to work as a management consultant in the consulting engineering industry, mainly focusing on Mergers & Acquisitions. Since 2015 he is a member of the Executive Board of FIDIC – the International Federation of Consulting Engineering Associations, based in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Kow Juan Tiang Group Director, Environment and Infrastructure Solutions Group International Enterprise (IE) Singapore
Juan Tiang Kow Group Director, Environment and Infrastructure Solutions Group
International Enterprise (IE) Singapore

Mr. Kow is Group Director of International Enterprise (IE) Singapore’s Environment and Infrastructure Solutions Group. IE Singapore, the government agency driving Singapore’s external economy, spearheads the overseas growth of Singapore-based enterprises and promotes international trade. The agency also has a global network in more than 35 locations, with a presence in many emerging markets.

In his current position, Mr. Kow serves Singapore-based companies from the environment and infrastructure solutions industries by helping them venture into strategic high-growth markets such as China, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Middle East. He focuses on water and waste management, energy, and other sectors. He also champions the export of urban solutions to markets currently undergoing a high degree of urbanization.

Uwe Krueger Chief Executive Officer Atkins Global
Uwe Krueger Chief Executive Officer
Atkins Global

Prof Dr Uwe Krueger has been chief executive officer of Atkins since August 2011. He is a physicist who graduated from the University of Frankfurt with a PhD in complex system theory. He also studied at Columbia University (New York), the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris) and at Harvard (Boston). Mr Krueger has spent the majority of his career leading engineering and consulting organisations globally.

He began his career at A T Kearney, followed by leadership positions at Hochtief AG in central and eastern Europe and at Turner International in Dallas, USA. More recently he was chief executive officer of Swiss company, Oerlikon. He joined Atkins from Texas Pacific Group and Cleantech Switzerland. He is currently on the Board of Aggreko plc (Glasgow, United Kingdom), ONTEX S.A. (Aalst, Belgium), SUSI Partners (Zurich, Switzerland) and the Swiss Nuclear Commission (Zurich, Switzerland). As an honorary professor of physics, he lectures at the University of Frankfurt/Germany. 

Andres Kuhlmann Chief Executive Officer Transelec
Andres Kuhlmann Chief Executive Officer
Transelec

Since March 1st 2007, Andrés Kuhlmann Jahn is CEO of Transelec S.A., the leading power transmission company in Chile. From 2001 to 2007, Kuhlmann was the CEO of Siemens in Chile. Previously, from 1997 to 2001, he was the CEO of Electroandina S.A. (controlled by GDF Suez and Codelco), a leading company in the production and commercialization of electric energy in Chile. He was also Commercial and Operations Manager at EDEGEL (controlled by Endesa), an electric generation company in Peru, for two years ending in 1996. Kuhlmann is a graduate in civil and industrial engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He is also active in the community. From March 2006 to March 2008, he chaired the ChileanGerman Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Currently, he sits on the boards of Corporación Chileno-Alemana de Beneficencia (Chilean-German Welfare Corporation) and chairs the ChileCanada Chamber of Commerce. Kuhlmann is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Engineering School of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. 

Frank Kwok Co-Head of Asia Pacific Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets
Frank Kwok Co-Head of Asia Pacific
Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Mr. Kwok co-heads MIRA’s business in Asia–Pacific, which has equity under management of over AU $22 billion across infrastructure, real estate, and agriculture. He has worked for MIRA in Asia, Australia, and North America on transactions and the management of numerous assets in sectors including transportation, utilities, energy, and renewable energy.

Mr. Kwok has held various senior roles within MIRA, including Global Chief Operating Officer, where he was responsible for the operations across MIRA’s funds, and Chief Financial Officer of Macquarie Airports, which was an ASX 50–listed company.

Pilhoon Lee Chief Executive Officer Posco A&C
Pilhoon Lee Chief Executive Officer
Posco A&C

Mr. Lee is President and CEO of Posco A&C, an architectural and construction firm based in Korea. Prior to that, he was President of Total Environment Design Group Architects Consulting Engineers. He also held previous positions with Young Architecture and Wondoshi Architecture.

Mr. Lee is active in academia. He is Master Architect for the Song-do campus of Yonsei University, is a part-time professor at Yonsei University, and was a teaching assistant at O.S.U. In addition, he serves as chairman of the Neo Korea Institute of Registered Architects, a central judge for the Ministry of Construction and Transportation, a director of the Korea Institute of Architects, and a judge for the APEC Master Architecture Association.

Lincoln Leong Chief Executive Officer MTR Corporation
Lincoln Leong Chief Executive Officer
MTR Corporation

Mr. Leong has been the CEO and a member of the board of directors of MTR since March 2015 and a member of the Executive Directorate since 2002. He joined the company in 2002 as the Finance Director and was retitled Finance and Business Development Director in 2008. He was appointed Deputy CEO in 2012 and Acting CEO two years later. As CEO, Mr. Leong is responsible for the company’s overall performance in and outside of Hong Kong. Before joining MTR, he worked in the accountancy and investment-banking industries in Hong Kong, London, and Vancouver. He obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Cambridge and later qualified as a chartered accountant in England and Canada.

Liew Mun Leong Chairman Changi Airport Group
Mun Leong Liew Chairman
Changi Airport Group

Mr. Liew has spent 22 years in public service, developing Singapore's Changi Airport and military airports and establishments. He also served as President of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) in the late 1990s. In the private sector, he has another 24 years of experience leading ten publicly listed companies investing in and developing real estate in Asia, the Middle East, the United Kingdom, and Europe. In 2000, he was the founding Group President and CEO of CapitaLand Limited, a publicly listed real estate company, which under his watch until 2012 became one of the largest real estate groups in Asia.

He currently chairs the Changi Airport Group, which is responsible for the operation and development of Changi Airport, and Surbana Jurong Group, a large consultancy group in urban and infrastructure development. He is a Senior International Business Advisor appointed by Temasek to advise the group on long-term real estate investments in London, New York, and Tokyo.

Mr. Liew sits on the boards of Singapore Exchange, Singapore China Foundation, NUS Business School, and the Chinese Development Assistance Council. He also chairs Temasek Foundation Nurtures CLG. He is Provost’s Chair Professor (Practice) (pro bono) at the National University of Singapore Business School, Faculty of Engineering, and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Lin Yichong Chairman China Harbour Engineering Company
Yichong Lin Chairman
China Harbour Engineering Company

Mr. Lin, who was President of China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) from 2014 to 2016, has worked for CHEC and its parent company since 1985. He has been engaged in the infrastructure field for over 30 years, with responsibilities ranging from engineering and construction to management and investment. Under his leadership, a variety of famous projects were successfully conducted, such as Colombo Port City in Sri Lanka, extension work for Port Lobito in Angola, the Kribi Deep Sea Port project phase in Cameroon, and the construction of phase 1 of the Khartoum New International Airport project in Sudan.

Mr. Lin is a senior engineer with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He also holds master’s degrees in international economy and business administration.

Abhishek Lodha Managing Director Lodha Developers
Abhishek Lodha Managing Director
Lodha Developers

Mr. Abhishek Lodha has been associated with the Lodha Group for the last thirteen years, and currently serves as Managing Director of the company. Prior to this, he worked on advising Fortune 500 Companies to Business Strategy as a consultant with McKinsey & Company (in Atlanta, USA).

Abhishek Lodha has been instrumental in establishing a company that exceeds the expectations of the customer and builds a better life for them. He has a focus on creating a process-oriented organization to enable top professionals to be at the helm of decision-making within the group.

Under this leadership, Lodha Group has ranked as one of India’s ‘Best Companies to Work For’ by Great Places to Work® – for four years in a row since 2011. In a short span of time, he has been a recipient of multiple prestigious academic and other honors, including:

  • Leaders of Indian Infrastructure and Construction, Economic Times, 2009
  • Top 50 Young Marwaris, Times of India Group, 2008
  • President’s Award for highest GPA amongst the graduating class at Georgia Institute of Technology, August 2000
  • Henry Ford II Scholar Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, June 2000
  • Recipient, Inaugural Honors Recognition Program, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Member, Deans List, Georgia Institute of Technology, Fall’97 – Summer’01
  • Recipient, Faculty Honors, Georgia Institute of Technology, Fall’97 – Summer’01

Apart from his academic achievements, he has held important posts while at the University, which include being President, India Club of Georgia Tech from 1999 – 2000 and Board Member, Child Relief and You - Georgia Tech chapter from 1998 – 2000.

Brendan Lyon Chief Executive Officer Infrastructure Partnerships Australia
Brendan Lyon Chief Executive Officer
Infrastructure Partnerships Australia

Mr. Lyon is the CEO of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (IPA), the peak infrastructure policy partnership between Australia’s commonwealth and state governments and its business sector.

Joining IPA upon its formation a decade ago, Brendan initially led the policy and research team before being appointed CEO in early 2008. Through strong, evidence-based public policy, good research, and strong relationships across the business, media, and government sectors, IPA has developed into a respected and trusted voice on economic and social infrastructure policy.

Mr. Lyon serves on a range of boards, committees, and government inquiries; is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; and holds a master of business administration degree. In 2013, he was appointed an Honorary Associate Professor at the Sydney Business School

M.R. Jaishankar Chairman & Managing Director Brigade Group
Jaishankar M.R. Chairman & Managing Director
Brigade Group

Mr. Jaishankar is the Chairman and Managing Director of Brigade Group, which he established in 1986. Under his leadership, Brigade has grown from a small private enterprise to a diverse multidomain, multicity public limited company and a recognized leader in the field of property development. Its portfolio covers projects in all domains of property development—residential, office, retail, hospitality, and education, as well as property-management services.

Mr. Jaishankar has served as the president of Credai-Karnataka and of Rotary Bangalore Midtown. He was a director on the board of Public Affairs Centre, a leading nongovernmental organization in Bangalore. He has been recognized by Economic Times ACETECH as an outstanding professional in the field of construction and architecture and has received the Senior Builder Award from the Bangalore and Mysore chapters of the Builders Association of India.

Ma Yi he Chief Executive Officer Winsun 3D Printing
Laurie Mahon Managing Director CIBC
Laurie Mahon Managing Director
CIBC

At CIBC, Ms. Mahon is responsible for all infrastructure-finance activities globally. She has had a multifaceted career as a banker, public-sector manager, infrastructure executive, consultant, and developer focusing on the development and financing of large infrastructure projects around the globe. Before joining CIBC, Ms. Mahon was a senior expert in the infrastructure practice of a well-known consulting firm. Previously, she spent 12 years as an independent adviser, helping numerous public and private entities develop transportation projects in China, Latin America, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She also worked on Wall Street as an investment banker serving the infrastructure markets in the United States and abroad, concentrating on Latin America and the emerging markets and as a municipal banker.

Before entering the field of banking, Ms. Mahon spent five years at New Jersey Transit, where she held positions in planning and policy until becoming Deputy Chief Financial Officer. While there, she executed several innovative public-private financing structures. Ms. Mahon holds a master’s degree in urban planning from Harvard University.

Navin Makhija Managing Director The Wadhwa Group
Navin Makhija Managing Director
The Wadhwa Group

With over 15 years of real estate experience, Mr. Makhija aims to grow the Wadhwa Group to be a dominant player perceived as an employee-friendly and customer-focused organization. His vision for the group is that, driven by innovation and a strong focus on product development, it will expand its residential and commercial business in Mumbai and be the most preferred among all stakeholders.

Mr. Makhija has attended various international programs through his career, recently including the Owner/President Management program of Harvard Business School.

Emma Sri Martini President Director PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur
Emma Sri Martini President Director
PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur

Ms. Emma Sri Martini has served as President Director since the establishment of the Company in February 2009 pursuant to the Minister of Finance Decree No. 42/KMK.06/2009 dated 23 February 2009.

As the Company’s President Director, she is in charge of overseeing the overall operation of the Company, including the development of the Company’s long term strategy, and ensuring strict compliance to good corporate governance practices in all of the Company’s operations. Since her appointment, she has been actively involved in supporting Indonesia’s infrastructure development, among others as speakers and panelists in various domestic and international infrastructure forums.

Previously, she was Director of Finance and Support at PT Perusahaan Pengelola Aset (Persero) (2004-2009), Commissioner at PT Trans Pacific Petrochemical Indotama (2004-2009), Senior Vice President (2002-2004) and Assistance Vice President – Group Head (1998-2001) of the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA) and PT Kustodian Depositori Efek Indonesia/Indonesian Clearing and Depository System (1993-1998).

She earned her Bachelor Degree’s in Informatics from Bandung Institute of Technology in 1993 and attended the Infrastructure in a Market Economy program at the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education in 2011.

Manoj Menda Corporate Chairman RMZ
Manoj Menda Corporate Chairman
RMZ

Manoj Menda is the firm’s Co-Owner, Co-Founder and Corporate Chairman. He oversees the company’s activities, including strategy development, capital allocation, portfolio management and growth, as well as partnership development. He serves on the Investment and Advisory Committees of all RMZ private fund programs.

Founder and Trustee of RMZ Foundation whose vision is to actively contribute to the social and economic development of the communities in which we operate.

Manoj Menda is an Industry Partner at World Economic Forum playing an active role in the South Asian Regional Business Council, GAC on Shaping the Future of Urban Development and Services as well as the Council on Shaping the Future of Construction. He is also a member of Global Real Estate Institute and is on the board of India Advisory Council. He is a member of Wall Street Journal CEO Council.

Nick Merritt Partner Norton Rose Fulbright
Nick Merritt Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright

Mr Merritt is the Global Head of Infrastructure at leading international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright.  Based in Asia for the last 16 years he has advised on many of the most complex infrastructure projects to be developed in the region including the award winning SportsHub PPP Project in Singapore, the world’s largest Sport and Leisure infrastructure PPP.  He also headed the team advising last year on the development of the Global Infrastructure Hub’s online annotated risk matrix covering 13 industry sectors which has since been translated into Spanish and Chinese. Mr Merritt is currently leading the firm’s initiative, ‘Future Ready: Sustainable Cities’ which is promoting the mobilisation of capital into infrastructure along with the products and risk mitigants needed to support that investment.  This forward looking programme is designed to help clients understand the role they can play in the future development of sustainable built environments.

Rick Ness Commissioner PT Indika Energy
Rick Ness Commissioner
PT Indika Energy

Mr. Ness has been actively involved in the energy, resources, and mining sectors for more than 30 years. Besides his position as Commissioner of Indika Energy, where he previously served as a director, Mr. Ness is also President Commissioner of Petrosea and Commissioner of Tripatra Engineering and Construction. His prior roles include Commissioner of Mitrabahtera Segara Sejati, President Director of various affiliates and subsidiaries of Newmont, mining consultant at Clinton Indonesia, and Vice President of Freeport Indonesia. He also holds the position of Chairman of Mining for the American Chamber of Commerce, Indonesia.

Mr. Ness earned a degree in mechanics from Moorhead Technical Institute, Minnesota, and attended Moorhead State University, Minnesota, for additional studies in postsecondary education. He also completed the Professional Management program at Harvard Business School.

Paul Nicholas Senior Director Microsoft
Paul Nicholas Senior Director
Microsoft

Paul Nicholas leads Microsoft’s Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy Team. Paul has been deeply involved in cybersecurity and international security issues for 20 years. During his time at Microsoft, he has led policy and strategy teams focusing on the future of security, cloud computing, and international relations in cyberspace. He participates as a subject matter expert for World Economic Forum on cyber resilience and systemic risk.

Prior to joining the Microsoft in 2005, Paul served in the U.S. Government focusing on emerging threats to economic and national security. From 2002-2004, he served as the White House Director of Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection. Before joining the White House, he worked as a senior policy advisor on technology and terrorism in the U.S. Senate, an Assistant Director at the Government Accountability Office, and a Department of Defense analyst. Paul earned a B.A. from Indiana University and an M.A. from Georgetown University.

Kiyoshi Nishimura Chief Executive Officer Credit Guarantee and Investment Facility
Kiyoshi Nishimura Chief Executive Officer
Credit Guarantee and Investment Facility

Kiyoshi Nishimura is CEO of the Credit Guarantee and Investment Facility (CGIF) and has started up this new multilateral guarantee facility which was established in November 2010 by ASEAN+3 countries and ADB to support development of local currency bond markets in the region. He has extensive experience in development banking and international finance and held senior positions at various multilateral/bilateral institutions such as European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Export-Import Bank of Japan and the International Monetary Fund before joining CGIF. CGIF is a key component of the Asian Bond Markets Initiative (ABMI) of the ASEAN+3 cooperation. 

Allard Nooy Chief Executive Officer InfraCo Asia Development
Allard Nooy Chief Executive Officer
InfraCo Asia Development

Allard Nooy has been responsible for InfraCo Asia’s strategic transformation process, leads the Executive Management Team which is overall accountable for InfraCo Asia’s infrastructure developments and investments and reports to InfraCo Asia’s Board of Directors.

InfraCo Asia is a commercially managed, publically financed infrastructure development and investment company headquartered in Singapore that funds early stage, high-risk infrastructure development activities by taking an equity stake in commercially viable infrastructure projects that contribute to economic growth and social development in 12 countries in South and South-East Asia.

Allard has over 25 years of strategic executive leadership experience in emerging markets and has successfully led and acquired infrastructure, energy and environmental companies throughout Asia. Previous roles include CEO Jindal Aquasource and Ecopolis in India; President Asia-Pacific with Covanta Energy Corporation, in Shanghai, China; Regional Director Greater China at Thames Water International, in Hong Kong SAR; and General Manager of Vermeer - Ballast Nedam, while based in Vietnam. 

Vikas Oberoi Managing Director Oberoi Realty
Vikas Oberoi Managing Director
Oberoi Realty

As the Chairman and Managing Director of Oberoi Realty, Mr. Oberoi  is involved in the formulation of corporate strategy and management and concentrates on the growth and diversification plans of the company. Headquartered in Mumbai, Oberoi Realty is one of India’s leading real estate development companies. While its primary focus is on residential projects, the company today has a diversified portfolio covering key segments of the real estate market, including office-space, retail, hospitality, and social-infrastructure verticals.

Mr. Oberoi has more than two decades of experience in the real estate industry and is the recipient of numerous awards for his contributions to the sector. He is the founder trustee of the Oberoi Foundation, which focuses on the development of educational institutions and other social infrastructure. The Oberoi International School in Mumbai, one initiative of the foundation, aims to provide world-class education focusing on the holistic development of young learners.

He is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School and serves on the school’s India Advising Board.

Edward Pallesen Head – Infrastructure Investment Group Goldman Sachs
Edward Pallesen Head – Infrastructure Investment Group
Goldman Sachs

Mr. Pallesen is head of the Infrastructure Investment Group for the Americas within the Merchant Banking Division (MBD) of Goldman Sachs. He serves as a member of the Infrastructure Investment Committee. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1999 as an associate in the Communications, Media, and Entertainment Group, which was reorganized in 2002 as the TMT Group. He then moved to the Principal Investment Area in MBD and was named managing director in 2007. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a judicial law clerk at the US Supreme Court.

Mr. Pallesen is a member of the board of directors of the Henry Street Settlement, a trustee of the University of Nebraska Foundation, and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Paul Engler Institute for Agricultural Entrepreneurship. He holds a JD from Harvard Law School and an MPhil and DPhil from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Joseph Pangalila President Director & CEO PT. Tripatra Engineers and Constructors
Joseph Pangalila President Director & CEO
PT. Tripatra Engineers and Constructors

Mr. Pangalila currently serves as President Director & CEO of PT Tripatra Engineers and Constructors and PT Tripatra Engineering, where he previously served as a Director. He started his career with Tripatra after earning a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Bandung Institute of Technology. He also holds a master of business administration degree from the University of Indonesia.

Mr. Pangalila currently serves on the board of experts of the Institution of Engineers Indonesia (PII) and board of directors of Indonesia Services Dialogue (ISD). He chairs the board of Indonesian EPC Association (GAPENRI) and the Rules and Regulation Committee of the Indonesian Contractors Association (AKI). He also is head of the Permanent Committee for Supporting Industries in Oil and Gas (KADIN).

Dmitry Pankin Chairman of the Management Board Eurasian Development Bank
Dmitry Pankin Chairman of the Management Board
Eurasian Development Bank

Mr. Pankin was appointed chairman of the management board of the European Development Bank in 2015, following two years of service as the head of the Federal Financial Markets Service and two years as Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation. Prior to that, he worked as Deputy Director and then Director of the Department for International Financial Relations, Public Debt and Public Financial Assets at the Russian Ministry of Finance. Mr. Pankin also has chaired the board of the St. Petersburg Bank for Reconstruction and Development and headed a department at RAO UES, an electric-power holding company in Russia.

A graduate of the Political Economy Department of the Leningrad State University, where he is a candidate of economics, Mr. Pankin also completed professional-development courses at Bocconi University in Milan and the City University Business School in London.

Rajesh Patil Chairman and Managing Director Kolte Patil Developers
Rajesh Patil Chairman and Managing Director
Kolte Patil Developers

Mr. Patil’s experience spans more than two decades in the real estate industry. As Chairman and Managing Director of Kolte-Patil Developers, he heads a leading real estate company with a dominant presence in the Pune and Bangalore residential market. The company has developed and constructed over 50 projects, including residential complexes, commercial complexes, and IT parks covering a salable area of about 12 million square feet across Pune and Bangalore. The company has executed projects in multiple segments—stand-alone residential buildings and integrated townships—including several projects certified by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). Mr. Patil is responsible for business development, land procurement, and fund-raising, and he plays an instrumental role in making strategic business decisions. A civil engineer, Mr. Patil graduated from the University of Mysore.

Khuong Pham Van Deputy CEO Vincom Construction Management Company - Vingroup
Lara Poloni CEO, Australia & New Zealand AECOM
Lara Poloni CEO, Australia & New Zealand
AECOM

Over a career spanning more than two decades, Ms. Poloni has had experience in the planning, assessment, and development of major infrastructure in the transport, energy, and telecommunications sectors, managing major projects from initial business-case development and feasibility through to operations. As AECOM’s CEO, Australia and New Zealand, she leads a team of around 4,000 designers, engineers, planners, scientists, economists, and project managers across 25 CBD[KS1] , regional, and project offices. Besides her overall responsibility for AECOM’s Australia and New Zealand operations, she has a particular interest in growth initiatives aligned with AECOM’s vision of being the world’s premier fully integrated infrastructure firm, as well as in AECOM’s initiatives for leadership development and client-service excellence. She is a member of the global AECOM executive committee and of the AECOM Asia–Pacific leadership team.

In 2015, Ms. Poloni became one of 78 CEOs across Australia who pledged their support to become one of the Workplace Gender Equity Authority’s Equal Pay Ambassadors. She previously developed the successful AECOM Women in Infrastructure network operating in Melbourne and Sydney, and is a member of AECOM’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She also is a member of the advisory board of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a foundation member of the Committee for Melbourne.

From 1 October 2017, Ms Poloni will relocate to London where she will assume the new role of Chief Executive, Europe, Middle East, Africa and India for AECOM.

Ashay Prabhu Chief Executive Officer Assetic
Ashay Prabhu Chief Executive Officer
Assetic

Ashay is an Assetic co-founder with over 20 years’ experience in strategic asset management. He has led the development of condition algorithms, valuation profiles and prediction analytics, and is passionate about applying this science to close the global infrastructure renewal gap. Ashay has a Directorship at the Asia Pacific Institute of Asset Management, is an adjunct professor of Strategic Asset Management at Bond University, a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), and is a chartered professional member of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

Gianluca Racana Director Zaha Hadid Architects
Gianluca Racana Director
Zaha Hadid Architects

Mr. Racana is Director of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), one of the world’s leading practices in the field of architecture and urban design. He joined ZHA in 2000 to lead the MAXXI Contemporary Arts Centre project in Rome, receiver of the RIBA Sterling Prize in 2010, and became Director in 2013.

Mr. Racana has over 18 years of experience in leading international multidisciplinary teams in the planning and implementation of complex urban planning, infrastructure, and real estate projects in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East, and is highly versed in both the design and the financial drivers of infrastructure and large urban projects. He currently is overseeing a range of key projects including the Citylife mixed-use development in Milan and the new iconic rail station at King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh. He holds a master’s degree in architecture and urbanism from the Architectural Association London and an MBA from the Imperial College Business School.

Ravi Raheja Group President K. Raheja
Ravi Raheja Group President
K. Raheja

An Entrepreneur, and an MBA from the London Business School, Ravi has 25 years of comprehensive experience across real estate, retail and hospitality, right from the grassroots level to the C-suite. His multivariate experience and an inherent acumen for judging correctly has led him to spearhead business development for the Real Estate arm of the Group, and take it to greater heights. He also plays a key role in guiding the teams of finance, corporate strategy and planning, for the retail and hospitality divisions of the Company.

Fueled by his vast experience of over two decades in the industry, Ravi is actively involved in charting the future growth of K Raheja Corp and each of its businesses and has been a catalyst in the company’s evolution from a family owned business to a professionally managed and growing corporate.

Ravi is an active contributor to the industry through premier forums such as Indian Green Building Council, where he serves as the Chairman (Mumbai chapter), and is also a member of the World Economic Forum.

Known for his benevolence and an innate need to give back to the society, Ravi plays a key role in the group’s philanthropic initiatives through K. Raheja Foundation, Sadhana Education Society and S. L. Raheja Hospital.

Having built an excellent foundation Ravi spearheads the next phase of growth for the Group.

Pete Rahn Secretary of Transportation State of Maryland
Pete Rahn Secretary of Transportation
State of Maryland

Mr. Rahn, who was appointed Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) by Governor Larry Hogan in January 2015, is the first person to have led transportation departments in three states. As Maryland’s Transportation Secretary, he oversees a $4.9 billion annual budget and leads 11,037 employees. MDOT has direct supervision of all aspects of transportation, including the state’s highway, transit, and rail networks; toll facilities; motor vehicles; Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport; and the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore.

Prior to his appointment in Maryland, Mr. Rahn held government posts as Chairman of the New Mexico State Transportation Commission, Director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, and Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department. Mr. Rahn has managed billions of dollars in multimodal transportation investments to create jobs and enhance economic development, while focusing on innovation, teamwork, accountability, and enhanced communication. In the private sector, he worked for the Kansas City, Missouri–based HNTB engineering firm.

At the national level, Mr. Rahn has served as president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and is a member of AASHTO’s board of directors. He also served on the executive committee of the Transportation Research Board and is vice president of the Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials.  Mr. Rahn has received numerous national awards.

Cesar Ramirez Martinell Chairman Barcelona Housing Systems
Cesar Ramirez Martinell Chairman
Barcelona Housing Systems

Grandson of the founder of CM&A, direct disciple of Antonio Gaudí, is nowadays the Chairman and CEO of the firm. At the age of 16 he joined the firm as an apprentice, and during his carrier has participated in a large number of residential and planning projects.

He graduated in the Barcelona School of Architecture and attended UC Berkeley for Landscape and Environmental Studies in 1983.

During his stay in UC Berkeley he was in close contact with Professor Violich. In New York he collaborated with the prestigious studio WC&A, internationally known for his work in Luxury Retail.

At the age of 26 he established his first company, Back Pack International, and shortly after he chaired AIJEC, member of EO.

Mr. Martinell is member of the board of several other companies related with construction and engineering and had the opportunity to participate in the large scale projects developed and Spain in the late 90st such as the MACBA from Richard Meier, the Olympic Village of Barcelona and the Opera House. He has also participated at the construction The Bilbao Guggenheim Museum of Frank Ghery and La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias de Valencia from Calatrava.

In addition, in 2006 CM&A established the spin-off named Barcelona Housing Systems, a company focused on building industrialized large scale high quality integral communities that are affordable, environmentally and socially sustainable.

Carlo Ratti Senseable City Lab Director
Carlo Ratti Senseable City Lab
Director

An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. He is also a founding partner of the international design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati. His work has been exhibited in several venues worldwide, including the Venice Biennale, New York’s MoMA, London’s Science Museum, and Barcelona’s Design Museum. Two of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel – were hailed by Time Magazine as ‘Best Inventions of the Year’. He has been included in Blueprint Magazine’s ‘25 People who will Change the World of Design’ and in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List: 50 people who will change the world’. He was curator for the Future Food District at Expo Milano 2015, and is currently serving as co-chair of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on the Future of Cities and Urbanization.

Krishna Reddy Chief Capital Officer Transnet SOC
Krishna Reddy Chief Capital Officer
Transnet SOC

Mr. Krishna Reddy is the Chief Capital Officer of Transnet SOC Limited and is a member of the Group Leadership Team. Transnet is a South Africa’s State-owned freight transportation and logistics company and is the custodian of the country's rail, ports and pipeline networks Mr. Reddy leads the planning and execution of Transnet’s capital expenditure programme estimated to be in excess of $22 billion over a period of seven years. In executing his role, Mr. Reddy oversee, amongst others, the following areas of excellence; Capital Planning and Advisory Services, Programme Management, Engineering and Design Services, and Project Management. Mr. Reddy is a Professional Engineer in the Civil Engineering discipline and also holds a BCom Degree specializing in Logistics. He held various positions within Transnet prior the current role and was able to acquire extensive knowledge and experience in the following areas:

  • Long term planning (30 year) of port, rail and pipeline infrastructure for South Africa
  • Leadership of EPCM business division, implementation of turnaround strategies, change management & transformation
  • Capacity planning of Ports, Rail & Pipeline Networks, integrated supply chains, innovation interventions
  • Planning and Project Management of mega scale rail, port and pipeline infrastructure capital projects
  • Programme Management of strategy implementation and benefit realization on capacity expansion programmes
  • Design and execution of governance tools, systems, processes for entire life cycle of projects and programmes
  • Strategic government and private sector stakeholder alignment, co-ordination and planning integration
David Richter Chief Executive Officer Richter Capital
David Richter Chief Executive Officer
Richter Capital

Mr. Richter is the former CEO of Hill International, whose 4,300 professionals in 100 offices worldwide provide program management, project management, construction management, and other consulting services primarily to the buildings, transportation, environmental, energy, and industrial markets. Hill was recently named by Engineering News-Record magazine as the eighth-largest construction management firm headquartered in the United States. Prior to his current position, Mr. Richter served Hill as President and COO, President of Hill’s Project Management Group, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, and Vice President and General Counsel. Before joining Hill, he was an attorney with the New York City law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Mr. Richter is a fellow of both the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) and the Chartered Institute of Building. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, the Construction Industry Round Table, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is a member of the board of directors of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and a former member of the board of the CMAA. Along with bachelor’s degrees in management and civil engineering, he earned a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master of science in major program management from the University of Oxford.

Amit Rikhy President & CEO CCR USA
Amit Rikhy President & CEO
CCR USA

During an airport investment and management career spanning 25 years, Mr. Rikhy has worked on more than 50 airport public-private partnership transactions globally. Currently, he is President and CEO of CCR USA, a division of CCR Group that was formed to further the investment, development, and management capabilities of CCR Group. Prior to joining CCR, Amit was founder and CEO of Sigma Infrastructure Partners and Senior Vice President of Business Development and Asset Management at ADC & HAS Airports Worldwide (now Airports Worldwide), where he was responsible for leading and executing the company’s asset-management, business-development, and acquisition efforts for a portfolio of 11 airports. While at Airports Worldwide, Amit served as Chairman of TBI US Operations, a portfolio of management and lease contracts at six US airports. His experience also includes serving in senior management positions and leading airport transactions globally for Vantage Airport Group and Airport Group International.

Mr. Rikhy has served as a board director for airports in Europe and Latin America. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from University of Virginia and a master's degree in business from Johns Hopkins University.

Mark Romoff President & CEO The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships
Mark Romoff President & CEO
The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships

Mr. Romoff heads the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP), whose mission is to promote innovative approaches to infrastructure development and service delivery through public-private partnerships with all levels of government. Previously, he was founding President and CEO of the Ontario Centres of Excellence, Canada’s leading innovation, technology-commercialization, and entrepreneurship-development organization. Over his 25-year career with the government of Canada, he served as Executive Director in the Department of Industry and as a senior diplomat in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, serving in Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, and the United States.

Mr. Romoff is a member of the board of directors of the Central Canadian Public Television Association (PBS-WNED), the Empire Club of Canada, and the i-CANADA Governors Council. He also serves on the World Economic Forum’s Strategic Infrastructure Initiative Advisory Committee and is Vice Chair of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Team of Specialists on Public-Private Partnerships Governing Council.

Mr. Romoff earned a master’s degree in applied science from the University of Waterloo. He is a graduate of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives Program and the Directors Education Program of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors, and he holds the ICD.D (Certified Director) designation. Mark is also a recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Sinthya Roesly Chief Executive Officer Indonesia Infrastructure Guarantee Fund
Sinthya Rosely Chief Executive Officer
Indonesia Infrastructure Guarantee Fund

Ms. Roesly has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Indonesia Infrastructure Guarantee Fund since December 2009. Prior to her current position, Ms. Roesly served 19 years in PT PLN (Persero), Indonesian state-owned electricity corporation. Her various positions ranged from corporate finance, funding, corporate planning and strategy, commerce, transmission and power system operations, as well as project construction. In PLN, Ms. Roesly was involved in securing the financing from multilateral and bilateral agencies for PLN Projects, as well as for the 10,000 MW Fast Track Program, domestic and global bonds issuance as well as bank loans involving domestic and international banks. She was also actively involved in the development of the electricity trading mechanism in the Java-Bali system, setting up system for operations of the first generation of IPP in Indonesia in the late 1990s, in addition to overseeing corporate and power sector restructuring in Indonesia in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Ms. Roesly was formerly the Head of the Energy Market Reform Working Group, Indonesia National Committee – World Energy Council, 2005-2006. She holds a Master of Management degree from IPMI Business School and an MBA from Monash University, Australia; an MEngSc in Power Systems from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Diploma in English Literature from the University of Indonesia. Currently she is a Council Member of International Project Finance Association – Asia Branch and Board Member of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) PPP Business Advisory Board.

Lyndon Rowe Chairman Synergy
Lyndon Rowe Chairman
Synergy

Mr. Rowe has served since August 2014 as the chairman and director of Synergy, Western Australia’s largest electricity generator and retailer, which has a diverse range of power-generating assets located throughout the South West Interconnected System and more than one million residential and business customers. Before joining Synergy, he was the executive chairman of the Western Australian Economic Regulation Authority.

Mr. Rowe is a former CEO of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia and a former senator of the University of Western Australia. He is a former director of Westscheme and a current director of Perth Airport.

Bruno Roy Chief Financial Officer WSP Global
Michael Sabia President & CEO Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
Michael Sabia President & CEO
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Michael Sabia has been President and CEO of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec since March 2009. CDPQ is a long-term institutional investor that manages funds primarily for public and parapublic pension and insurance plans. As at June 30, 2016, it held CA$254.9 billion in net assets.

Prior to joining CDPQ, from 2002 to 2008, Mr. Sabia was President and CEO of BCE, Canada’s largest telecommunications company. From 1999 to 2002, he was successively CEO of Bell Canada International and Executive Vice-President and COO of BCE.

From 1993 to 1999, he was CFO of CN where he was a key architect of the company’s turnaround and its successful privatization. During the previous decade, he led senior positions in the Department of Finance and the Privy Council Office of the Government of Canada.

Mr. Sabia was educated in economics and politics at the University of Toronto and at Yale University.

Jordan Schwartz Director, Singapore Infrastructure & Urban Development Hub The World Bank Group
Jordan Schwartz Director, Singapore Infrastructure & Urban Development Hub
The World Bank Group

Besides heading the Global Infrastructure Facility, an open platform housed at the World Bank Group that is focused on the design, preparation, and financial structuring of complex infrastructure public-private partnerships (PPPs), Mr. Schwartz also is serving as the acting Director of the World Bank’s Singapore hub, a growing center of excellence focused on infrastructure finance and urban development. He has been working in economic development—primarily in the areas of infrastructure planning and finance, PPP design, and sustainable development—since 1991. In his prior capacity, Mr. Schwartz served as the World Bank’s manager for infrastructure policy and, previously, as lead infrastructure economist for the World Bank’s Latin America and Caribbean region and head of the economics unit of that region’s sustainable-development department.

Mr. Schwartz has led operations and advisory work in every sector of infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean, East Asia, the Pacific Islands, Central Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining the World Bank in 1998, he worked in management consulting, first at Booz Allen’s transport-strategy consulting group, and later as the senior manager for utility and infrastructure consulting at Deloitte Emerging Markets.

Goktug Seckiner Chief Strategy Officer Doğuş Construction and Trade Incorporation
Goktug Seckiner Chief Strategy Officer
Doğuş Construction and Trade Incorporation

Mr. Seckiner started his career as a Design Engineer at Dolsar Engineering Turkey in 1995, later working for Laing Management in the UK for Mutuals.com, and CP&Y in the United States. In 2002, he joined Doğuş Construction and Trade Incorporation, where he currently holds the position of Chief Strategy Officer (CSO). He also is a board member of the Qatar, Oman and Sweden Business Council of the Foreign Economic Relationship Council.

Mr. Seckiner holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a graduate degree in water resources engineering from the Middle East Technical University. Later, he earned an MBA from the University of Texas and attended a training program, “Infrastructure in a Market Economy,” at Harvard University.

Ilídio de Ayala Serôdio Group President Profabril Consulplano Gestão
Ilídio Serôdio Group President
Profabril Consulplano Gestão

As Group President of PCG Profabril Consulplano Group, Dr. Serodio leads the largest international Portugal-based engineering consulting group, which provides management consulting, project management, and industrial turnkey contracts to clients in the fields of civil engineering, industry and energy, transportation, and environmental engineering. Through a series of acquisitions, PCG has grown into a global engineering group with operations in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America. Prior to joining PCG, Dr. Serodio gained professional experience through work in the public and private sectors on four continents.

Dr. Serodio serves as the president of PROFORUM, Association of Engineering Development, Portugal, as vice president of the Portuguese-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in Portugal, and the EU-China Business Association, in Belgium. He earned his master’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University and his MBA from the Institute for Management Development, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Omar Shahzad Group Chief Executive Officer Meinhardt Group
Omar Shahzad Group Chief Executive Officer
Meinhardt Group

As Group CEO, Mr. Shahzad manages over 4,300 employees across 45 offices and oversees the performance of all Meinhardt offices around the globe, including client management, expansion, and the diversification of the group’s international business.

He previously held the role of Deputy CEO and was also in charge of setting up the Water and Environmental Division and heading the Group’s Middle East and Africa business. Prior to joining Meinhardt, Mr. Shahzad had gained extensive experience in the financial-services industry as an investment banker and research analyst for two international banks in Singapore.

 

Amit Sharma Managing Director & CEO Tata Consulting Engineers
Amit Sharma Managing Director & CEO
Tata Consulting Engineers

Mr. Sharma is a member of the Committee on Mergers and Acquisitions at Tata Cconsulting Engineers and also serves as a director on the board of Ecofirst Services. He has more than 22 years of experience in various industries. Prior to joining TCE, he was the Resident Director and Head of WS Atkins India. He also worked for Infosys and Tata Motors.

Mr. Sharma holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from National Institute of Technology, Surat, and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Arizona State University.

Eva Skira Former Chairman Water Corporation of Western Australia
Eva Skira Former Chairman
Water Corporation of Western Australia

Ms. Skira has held positions as an economist and finance professional in corporate banking, institutional stockbroking, capital markets, and derivatives. She is currently a non-executive director at two ASX-listed entities, RCR Tomlinson and Macmahon Contractors. She is also immediate past Chairman of the Water Corporation of Western Australia. Her previous positions include Chairman at Westscheme, where she oversaw the merger with AustralianSuper and the Forest Products Commission; Deputy Chairman at Metrobus (formerly Transperth); and a non-executive director of Doric Construction Group. Ms. Skira started her career with the Commonwealth Bank and subsequently worked with BZW Australia, a stockbroking subsidiary of Barclays Bank. Her clients included major Australian and Asian institutions.

Ms. Skira is also chairman of the board of trustees of St John of God Health Care, and a member of the inaugural board for the WA Parks Foundation. She was Deputy Chancellor of Murdoch University, and a director of MDA National Insurance. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economic history from the University of New South Wales and an MBA from IMD International, an internationally ranked tier-one business school based in Switzerland.

Fintan Slye Chief Executive EirGrid
Fintan Slye Chief Executive
EirGrid

Fintan Slye was appointed Chief Executive of EirGrid on 1 October, 2012. He had previously held the position of Director of Operations of EirGrid, in which he had responsibility for the operation of the power system in Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as for managing EirGrid and SONI’s programme of work to facilitate the integration of world-leading levels of renewables on the power system. Before his appointment to that position, Fintan worked for McKinsey & Co in their Dublin office, supporting companies across Ireland, UK and Europe. Prior to that, he held a number of project and management roles in ESB National Grid and ESB International. Fintan completed a Masters in Business Administration from UCD in 2001 and a Masters in Engineering Science in 1993. 

James Stamatis Chief Executive Officer Louis Berger
James Stamatis Chief Executive Officer
Louis Berger

In his current role as CEO of Louis Berger, Mr. Stamatis is responsible for the company’s growth and strategic direction. He most recently served as president of Louis Berger International, and prior to that led the company’s US operation. Stamatis joined the firm more than 25 years ago and has held a number of leadership roles, helping to develop and expand the firm’s US practice and serving in succeeding roles of responsibility from project manager and client manager to principal-in-charge for a range of complex infrastructure, facilities, and environmental projects. Mr. Stamatis is a licensed professional engineer and is active in several industry associations.

Martin Stanley Global Head Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets
Martin Stanley Global Head
Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Martin joined Macquarie Group in 2004 and has held the position of Global Head of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) since 2010. He is a member of the Macquarie Group Management Committee, Chairman of NYSE listed Macquarie Infrastructure Company (MIC), Chairman of FCA regulated Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Europe Ltd (MIRAEL) and chairs the investment committees of the MIRA managed funds around the world. Martin is also a trustee of the East London Business Alliance (ELBA) – a charity focused on promoting social inclusion and mobility within London.

Martin is based in London and joined Macquarie Group following an 18-year career in the utility and energy sector, including as a director at TXU Europe Group plc, a diversified energy services company with interests in power generation, upstream gas, energy retail and electricity distribution.

Martin holds an MPhil in Energy Economics from the University of Loughborough.

Elena Stepanova Head of Investment JSC Mosinzhproekt
Elena Stepanova Head of Investment
JSC Mosinzhproekt

Elena Stepanova – Russian economist, civil engineer and public figure. Born in Moscow. Elena has received her education in Russia, UK, Canada, France, Spain, Japan and Singapore. She has graduated with distinction in civil engineering from Moscow State University of Railway Engineering (MIIT) and attained a double MBA degree from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore and Waseda University in Japan. Speaks fluent Russian, English, Spanish, conversational Japanese, basic French and Mandarin. Her career started as civil engineer in one of the leading property development companies in Russia – The Sawatzky Group of Companies, continued in business development of Singapore international consultancy firm – Jurong International, making a shift into real estate and infrastructure investment in 2012. Elena has received additional training from National University of Singapore in Real Estate Finance and from 2014 has undertaken Ph.D. research in National Research University “Higher School of Economics” in Moscow. Elena’s current permanent position is Head of Investment Department and Foreign Affairs at State Owned Enterprise of Moscow Government – JSC “Mosinzhproekt.”

Tang Jun Chief Executive Officer Beijing Capital Land
Jun Tang Chief Executive Officer
Beijing Capital Land

Mr. Tang was appointed Executive Director and CEO of Beijing Capital Land in 2002. Before Joining BCL, he served Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Planning and Beijing Comprehensive Investment Company. Prior to that, he worked as the legal representative and General Manager of Beijing Sunshine Real Estate Comprehensive Development. He also served as Chairman of Yangguang Xinye Real Estate and Director of Huayuan Real Estate. Mr. Tang graduated from Hefei University of Technology and the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Tang Xiuguo President Sany Group
Xiuguo Tang President
Sany Group

Mr. Tang leads Sany Group, which he and three others cofounded in 1991. In previous positions at Sany Group, he was Executive General Manager, Vice General Manager, and Director of SANY Heavy Industry. He began his career doing research and development of special welding materials, and he participated in the start-up of the Hunan Lianyuan Special Welding Material Plant.

For eight consecutive years, Mr. Tang has received the award for Excellent Contributor to SANY Group. He is Councilor of the China Institute for Quality Excellence and received the Hunan Governor Quality Award in 2013. Mr. Tang holds a bachelor’s degree in metal materials science from Central South University in Changsha, China, and is certified as a Senior Engineer.

 

Tang Tat Kwong Deputy Chief Executive Officer Sembcorp
Tat Kwong Tang Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Sembcorp

Mr. Tang is Deputy CEO of Sembcorp’s urban-development business, responsible for business development, and commercial strategy and investment promotion. He is also a board member of Sembcorp’s joint venture, PT Kawasan Industri Kendal. Mr. Tang holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the National University of Singapore.

Teo Eng Cheong CEO, International Surbana Jurong
Eng Cheong Teo CEO, International
Surbana Jurong

Mr. Teo joined Surbana Jurong Group as CEO (International) in January 2016. He spearheads Surbana Jurong’s efforts to expand its international footprint in Singapore, Southeast Asia, and North Asia. Surbana Jurong is a planning, design, and engineering consultancy that provides total solutions for urbanization, industrialization and infrastructure development in Africa, Asia, and Australia. Major projects have included Jurong Island in Singapore, Snowy Mountain mega-dams in Australia, Suzhou Industrial Park, Tianjin Eco City, Chongqing Connectivity Initiative in China, Andhra Pradesh capital city in India, Hanthawaddy Airport in Myanmar, and many others.

Before joining the private sector, Mr. Teo was a senior government official with the Singapore Administrative Service. He was CEO of International Enterprise Singapore, the lead government agency responsible for spearheading the overseas growth of Singapore-based companies through trade and investments. Under his leadership, IE Singapore established itself as the go-to agency for Singapore companies interested in various markets such as China, India, and Myanmar, and offshore trading hit new records.

Hugh Thorneycroft Managing Partner Spencer Stuart
Hugh Thorneycroft Managing Partner
Spencer Stuart

Mr. Thorneycroft manages Spencer Stuart’s UK business and leads the firm’s Industrial Practice in London, along with co-leading the Infrastructure Practice worldwide. He conducts search assignments for general management and senior-level functional leadership roles for companies in the oil and gas, utilities, renewable energy, and infrastructure sectors.

Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Mr. Thorneycroft spent seven years with ICI Chemicals and Polymers, working in a series of sales and marketing roles. This was followed by a three-year assignment to ICI Australia (now Orica) in Melbourne, where he was business manager for the industrial markets business of the Orica Chemnet Division. After leaving Australia to study in Switzerland, Mr. Thorneycroft joined Marakon Associates, the strategy consultancy, for seven years, working for clients across Europe in multiple sectors. The assignments, grounded in “value-based management” disciplines, covered portfolio and business-unit strategy, business planning, performance management, channel management, shared services, investor relations and organization design.

Mr. Thorneycroft holds a BA in History from Durham University, UK and an MBA from IMD, the International Institute for Management Development, in Switzerland.

Louise Thurgood-Phillips Director Clearview
Louise Thurgood-Phillips Director
Clearview

Ms. Thurgood has more than 20 years of experience in complex, fast-growing global companies in the banking, finance, and infrastructure sectors. She has led or been a crucial member of diverse, critical teams in often-distressed, high-pressure corporate circumstances. Her extensive risk management experience extends across a wide range of industries, including infrastructure, agriculture, construction, renewable energy, mining, and consumables. She currently serves as a non-executive director of Clearview Life Nominees and Ultimate Soccer. She also is the chair of the Jewish Communal Appeal (JCA) Allocation Committee and JCA Executive Committee and was the President of Emanuel Synagogue.

Sean Tompkins Chief Executive Officer Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
Sean Tompkins Chief Executive Officer
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

As CEO of RICS, Mr. Tompkins leads the world’s largest professional body covering land, real estate, construction, and infrastructure. RICS operates out of 30 offices around the world, and today over 100,000 people hold its professional qualifications. Mr. Tompkins has transformed RICS from a traditional, trusted UK mark of professionalism built on high standards and ethics to one of international recognition, influence, and thought leadership. People in organizations from governments to financial institutions respect and recognize RICS’s standards, qualifications, and thought leadership. Besides advancing RICS’s strategy and goals, Mr. Tompkins champions greater diversity and inclusion within the profession.

Vipul Tuli CEO, Country Head India & Global Strategy Head Sembcorp
Vipul Tuli CEO, Country Head India & Global Strategy Head
Sembcorp

Vipul Tuli has recently joined Sembcorp Industries as CEO & Country Head India & Global Head of Strategy. Sembcorp is a Temasek-owned Singaporean listed utility that develops, builds, owns and operates thermal power plants, renewables, water treatment plants and multi-utilities such as Jurong Island. Sembcorp is one of India's largest foreign investors in energy with over 3500MW of capacity on the ground so far.

Before joining Sembcorp, Vipul was a senior partner with McKinsey & Company, where he worked across the energy sector and helped build and lead the Asian energy practice. He has also advised government institutions on issues of energy policy, organisation, industry structure, and regulation.

Vipul received his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and his B.Tech. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi. 

Jorge Unda Chief Executive Officer Sener Ingenieria Y Sistemas
Jorge Unda Chief Executive Officer
Sener Ingenieria Y Sistemas

Dr. Unda has been with Sener Ingeniería y Sistemas since 1986. Now CEO, he previously served as Managing Director and Deputy Managing Director. Before that, he was a Project Manager, mainly in the aerospace business area, focused on electromechanical systems onboard scientific, earth-observation, and telecommunication satellites. Before Sener, Dr. Unda was Research Engineer at the Applied Mechanics Department of the research center CEIT in San Sebastián and Lecturer in Kinematics and Dynamics of Mechanisms at the Superior Engineering School of San Sebastián.

Dr. Unda had his undergraduate education in mechanical engineering at Superior Engineering School of Bilbao, University of de Basque Country. He earned his PhD in mechanical engineering at the Superior Engineering School of San Sebastián, University of Navarra. He is a member of the CEIT research center’s advisory board and the author or coauthor of more than 20 papers, presented at congresses and published in scientific journals, resulting from his research activities at Superior Engineering School of San Sebastián, CEIT, and later at Sener.

Stewart Upson Managing Partner, Head of Asia Brookfield Asset Management
Stewart Upson Managing Partner, Head of Asia
Brookfield Asset Management

As a Managing Partner in Brookfield’s Infrastructure Group, Mr. Upson is responsible for evaluating Asia–Pacific investment opportunities. He joined Brookfield in 2010 from Prime Infrastructure, where he held several roles, including General Manager Business Development and Group Treasurer. He also worked as Treasurer at Powerco and in the Corporate Finance Division of Deloitte, Auckland. He holds a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Auckland and is a CFA charterholder.

Wouter Van Wersch President & CEO GE ASEAN
Wouter Van Wersch President & CEO
GE ASEAN

Mr. Van Wersch became President and CEO of Singapore-based GE ASEAN following GE’s acquisition of Alstom, where he was Senior Vice President Asia Pacific. He had joined Alstom as Vice President Sales for Europe and then was promoted to the SVP position. When GE and Alstom formed a merger integration team, Mr. Van Wersch became its Growth Leader.

He has worked in a number of large multinational companies and has more than 20 years of international leadership experience in marketing, sales, and general management. Of his entire career, he has spent more than 13 years embracing market dynamics and successfully growing businesses in ASEAN. He started his career in 1994 at Vivendi Universal’s international marketing department in Paris, then moved to Airbus as Sales Manager Asia. Next, he joined Alcatel, where he was successively Business Development Director Europe, Sales Director Asia Pacific based in Shanghai, and General Manager Indonesia based in Jakarta.

A native of the Netherlands, Wouter grew up in France and is a graduate in business administration from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Werner von Guionneau Chief Executive Officer InfraRed Capital Partners
Werner von Guionneau Chief Executive Officer
InfraRed Capital Partners

Mr. von Guionneau is CEO of InfraRed, a leading global investment manager focused on infrastructure and real estate. InfraRed operates worldwide from offices in Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris, Seoul, and Sydney. With over 120 professionals, it manages in excess of $9 billion of equity capital in multiple private and listed funds, primarily for institutional investors around the globe. Besides focusing on the development of InfraRed’s strategy, Mr. von Guionneau is involved in the selection and monitoring of investments. He joined InfraRed’s predecessor company, Charterhouse Bank, in 1995 and worked with some of the senior InfraRed team members to restructured the bank into a private-equity investment business focusing on infrastructure and real estate. He studied business administration and economics at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and subsequently worked as a research fellow at Harvard Business School.

Bernard Wee Executive Director Monetary Authority of Singapore
Bernard Wee Executive Director
Monetary Authority of Singapore

Bernard heads the Financial Markets Development Department and Payments and Technology Solutions Office in the Monetary Authority of Singapore. The Financial Markets Development Department aims to build a vibrant financial market in Singapore, bringing together sell-side capital market products and solutions with buy-side asset managers and insurers. The Payments and Technology Solutions Office is part of the Financial Technology and Innovation Group. It aims to foster a sound and innovative payments and technology ecosystem through partnership and a progressive, risk-based regulatory framework. From 2013 to 2015, Bernard headed the International Department, which oversees MAS’ international and regional co-operation. From 2007 to 2013, Bernard headed the Monetary Management Division, and was responsible for Singapore dollar foreign exchange and money market operations, and the government securities market. Bernard graduated from Columbia University in New York with a Bachelor of the Arts in Political Science (2000) and Master of Public Administration (2001).

Simon Williams Founder & Director QuantumBlack
Simon Williams Founder & Director
QuantumBlack

Mr. Williams founded QuantumBlack, a technology firm focused on helping clients make the most of data, analytics, and visualization to be the best they can by improving asset, operations, and human performance. To achieve this QuantumBlack purposely blends a mix of strategy, analytics, engineering, and design skills to help clients gain new intelligence from data and craft their strategic response to that new intelligence. QuantumBlack works internationally with some of the world’s most interesting organizations, including aerospace businesses, hospitals, urban infrastructure projects, and Formula One racing teams.

Prior to QuantumBlack, Mr. Williams led SmithBayes, a data-driven software firm spun out from the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula One racing team. He started his career in real-time trading systems at Reuters and then worked in product management at ABN AMRO Bank.

With over 20 years of experience, Mr. Williams has spoken on data-driven adaptive strategy at universities including Cambridge, Harvard, IMD, London Business School, and Wharton. He lives in London with his wife, young family, and a rather eclectic music collection. He has a keen interest in architecture, cartography, and (as an Arsenal fan) a love of beautiful yet frustrating sport.

Thomas Wolf Chief Executive Officer RIB Software
Thomas Wolf Chief Executive Officer
RIB Software

A German entrepreneur, marketer, and innovator, Mr. Wolf acts as CEO of RIB Software and has been a member of its executive board since December 2009. He is responsible for vision, strategy, and thought leadership in support of international subsidiaries and investor relations. He has over 30 years of experience and profound knowledge in the construction-related industries, including business construction supplies, construction technology, construction science measurement standards, and e-commerce, as well as 15 years of experience in construction IT.

Mr. Wolf is the chief pioneer and a global advocate for construction digitization. His vision and commitment led to the development of iTWO, the world’s first 5D end-to-end construction enterprise solution that takes the virtual into physical and created a new working method for the construction industry.

Wong Heang Fine Group Chief Executive Officer Surbana Jurong Group
Heang Fine Wong Group Chief Executive Officer
Surbana Jurong Group

Mr. Wong joined Temasek as Corporate Advisor in November 2014 with the task of overseeing the merger of Surbana International Consultants and Jurong International Holdings. The following February, he was appointed Group CEO of Surbana Jurong, the merged entity, which provides sustainable urban life-cycle solutions globally.

Prior to this, Mr. Wong was the CEO of Residential, CapitaLand Singapore, and the president of the Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore (REDAS). He also served as the President and CEO of Sembcorp Engineers and Constructors (now known as Sembawang Engineers and Constructors) and the President and CEO of Cathay Organisation Holdings. Mr. Wong’s previous appointments included senior positions with L&M Group Investments, Singapore Technologies Industrial Corporation, SAFE Bintan Resort, Bintan Industrial Estate Management, InterIsland Marketing Service, and the Economic Development Board.

Mr. Wong holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Leeds and a master’s degree in engineering production and management from the University of Birmingham.

Nicholas Wong Co-Head of Worldwide Projects Group Clifford Chance
Nicholas Wong Co-Head of Worldwide Projects Group
Clifford Chance

Nick is an English law qualified partner. He is the co-head of the Worldwide Projects Group at Clifford Chance. He has over 20 years experience advising on project development and financing, energy regulation, bankability of project structures, joint ventures, PPP and procurement.

Nick acts for sponsors, banks, export credit agencies, multilateral financial institutions and development banks on projects around the world in the oil and gas, energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors. 

Tom Wright President Regional Plan Association
Tom Wright President
Regional Plan Association

Tom Wright is president of Regional Plan Association, an independent urban planning think tank focused on improving the prosperity, infrastructure, sustainability and quality of life of the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region. Building on RPA’s 90-year history of advancing innovative policy prescriptions to solve difficult problems, Tom guides the organization’s work on government reform, transportation modernization, environmental challenges and the need to offer opportunity to all the region’s residents.

Vladimir Yakunin Founder & Chairman of the Supervisory Board Dialogue of Civilisation Research Institute
Vladimir Yakunin Founder & Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Dialogue of Civilisation Research Institute

Vladimir Yakunin, born in 1948 in Zakharovo, Russian. Engineer, graduate of Leningrad Mechanical University (1972), Doctor of Political Science.

Mr. Yakunin was first secretary of the Soviet Diplomatic Mission to the United Nations, then headed the North-Western Inspectorate of the Presidential Control Directorate of the Russian Federation. Since 2000, Mr. Yakunin served as Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation. He was first Deputy Minister of Railway Transport and first Vice-President of Joint Stock Company Russian Railways. Between 2005 and 2015, Mr. Yakunin was President of JSC Russian Railways. Today, Mr. Yakunin is Founder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute headquartered in Berlin and Co-President of the French-Russian Dialogue Association. He also currently chairs the State Policy Department at the Politology Faculty at Lomonosov Moscow State University and is a visiting professor at the Stockholm School of Economics and at Beijing University.

Max Yang President & CEO CFLD Indonesia
Max Yang President & CEO
CFLD Indonesia

Dr. Max Yang graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with Ph.D. degree.

He led to set up CFLD Indonesia since 2015, and is operating 2 New Industry Cities in Greater Jakarta area.

Before that, he worked as GM of Industry Development Center in CFLD HQ, in charge of industrial planning, development, promotion and service for all CFLD New Industry Cities.  Prior to CFLD, he was Engagement Manager at McKinsey.

Joseph Yau Managing Director, Asia Pacific DPR Construction
Joseph Yau Managing Director, Asia Pacific
DPR Construction

Mr. Yau spent a year setting up the DPR office in Seoul, South Korea, prior to relocating to Singapore to start up operations. He has managed large projects in Silicon Valley for 13 years, leading successful project teams working with clients such as Apple, VMware, Sutter Health, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Genentech, and Roche. He was a founding leader of DPR’s Innovation Team and has been recognized in Engineering News Record’s Top 20 Professionals under 40. Having leadership experience with large-project Integrated Project Delivery, he is an industry leader in design management, target value design, BIM coordination processes, and lean project-delivery methods. He holds a master’s degree in construction engineering and management from Stanford University.

Alex Yew Managing Director, Strategy & Partnerships John Laing Group
Alex Yew Managing Director, Strategy & Partnerships
John Laing Group

Alex is Managing Director for Strategy and Partnerships at John Laing, a greenfield equity investor focusing on infrastructure and energy projects. Its core markets are Europe, North America and Australia. 

Alex works with the company leadership to develop John Laing's strategy for investments, funding, and new markets. In addition, Alex is responsible for developing John Laing’s relationships with its key partners such as other sponsors, co-investors, banks, institutional lenders and advisors.

Alex has been with John Laing for 9 years and prior to his current role Alex headed up the Project Finance team at the company.

Before joining John Laing, Alex worked at an investment bank in London focusing on infrastructure.

Alex trained and practiced as a lawyer in Singapore. He also has degrees from National University of Singapore and London Business School.

Zhao Hongjing Vice President China Fortune Land Development
Hongjing Zhao Vice President
China Fortune Land Development

Since 2015, Mr. Zhao has been President of CFLD International. In previous roles at the same organization, he was Vice President of China Fortune Land Development and General Manager of the Research and Development Center of CFLD’s Industrial New City Group. Prior to CFLD, he held positions at RK Properties Group and Chia Tai Land Development. Born in Shandong, China, Mr. Zhao holds an MBA from the University of Stirling, United Kingdom.

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