Following are a select group of leaders who will be joining us in London:
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
The Right Honorable Sir Danny Alexander joined the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in February 2016, two months after the bank was inaugurated. As Vice President and Corporate Secretary, he is a member of the senior management team, responsible for governance and the bank’s relations with its 57 shareholders, board of governors, and board of directors.
Prior to this, Sir Danny was one of the founders and leaders of the first UK coalition government since World War II. He has over 20 years of professional experience. From 2010 to 2015, he served as a senior minister in the UK Treasury, where he secured more than £100 billion of public-expenditure savings. He has played an active role in driving international cooperation on tax, trade, and transparency during the UK G8 presidency. A seasoned negotiator and communicator, Sir Danny has engaged with diverse stakeholders and partners on key public policies. He led the work on UK infrastructure policy and delivery, leading to the first National Infrastructure Plan, which is now embedded as an annual process. He helped to establish the Green Investment Bank in the United Kingdom and to develop and implement the UK Guarantee Scheme for infrastructure.
Sir Danny is a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University, and an Honorary Fellow at St. Anne’s College, Oxford.
Saudi Railway Company
Dr. Al Malik is currently CEO of the Saudi Railway Company (SAR) and was previously Vice President of the Saudi Railway Organization (SRO). He has a proven record of handling several infrastructure projects from planning through completion. Most of these projects were valued at several billion Saudi riyals.
Dr. Al Malik’s experience includes the governmental, academic, and business sectors. He served in the design department and land transportation department and was then appointed Traffic and Safety Manager in the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Transport. He lectured in the Civil Engineering Department of King Saud University, where he also contributed to the development of the graduate academic program of the Geotechnical Engineering Division. In 2011, he joined SAR as the Civil and Track Work Manager, after which he was promoted to Projects Director, in charge of all infrastructure-construction activities. He led several teams and managed the implementation and completion of construction projects such as tracks, structures, stations, yards, and workshops.
Dr. Al Malik has written several publications about the transportation industry. He is a board member of the first railway academy in the region (SRP). He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a master’s degree in construction management, and a PhD in geotechnical and transportation engineering from the USA.
Manchester Airports Group USA
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.
Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan
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.
Jim Barry, Managing Director, is the Global Head of BlackRock Real Assets. BlackRock Real Assets comprises the Infrastructure and Real Estate businesses, which have 375+ professionals across 25 cities globally, and manage over $40 billion in equity and debt assets and investor commitments. He is responsible for determining the overall strategic direction of the Real Assets platform, steering the implementation of the platform's investment strategies and leading platform growth initiatives.
Mr. Barry also serves as the Global Head of BlackRock's Infrastructure business, which he founded in 2011 with the launch of the Global Renewable Power group and since then has expanded the platform's strategies to include European and North American Infrastructure Debt strategies, an Infrastructure Solutions offering, and a Mexico focused Latin American infrastructure equity strategy.
Prior to joining BlackRock in 2011, Mr. Barry spent 11 years as the CEO of NTR plc, where he led the transformation of NTR from its origins as an Irish toll road developer into a leading international developer, and owner and operator of a portfolio of diverse infrastructure businesses. Prior to joining NTR, Mr. Barry worked at Bain and Company and in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley.
Mr. Barry earned a BComm from University College Cork in 1989 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1994.
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.
Institution of Civil Engineers
Nick took up the post of Director General and Secretary of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2011. He has, for the last ten years, been increasingly involved in international post-conflict reconstruction and development: roads and power stations in the Balkans and the repair and management of regional utility infrastructure, including water supply, irrigation, oil and gas, sewerage, and transport, in Iraq.
After schooling in England and France, Nick joined the British Army in 1985. His early career was spent in Germany, Northern Ireland, and the Balkans. He worked for the Director of Military Operations, was personal staff officer to the Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations), and then the Commander of NATO forces in Kosovo. He commanded Royal Engineer units at all ranks up to brigadier, deploying on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo, and Iraq, where he commanded a regiment, was Chief of Staff of coalition forces and Chief Engineer in southern Iraq.
Nick is a member of the Construction Industry Council, a non-executive director of Engineering UK, a member of the boards of Education for Engineering and of Engineering the Future, and non-executive Vice Chairman of Thomas Telford. He attended the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) before command of the Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME), leading the £3.2 billion RSME Public Private Partnership. His RCDS thesis, subsequently published, dealt with the challenges of post-conflict reconstruction.
Brick & Mortar Ventures
Mr. Bechtel founded and now manages Brick & Mortar Ventures, the leading sector-specific venture-capital fund focused on emerging technologies to improve the way we design, build, and maintain the built environment. With a portfolio of 21 built world start-ups, including early investments in PlanGrid, BuildingConnected, Rhumbix, and Fieldwire, he has been the single most active early-stage investor in AEC and FM tech over the past five years. Prior to entering venture capital, he spent more than seven years in start-up operations and management in the life-sciences industry.
Mr. Bechtel serves on the boards of seven start-ups and is a technology-innovation adviser to several industry-leading AEC and FM companies, including Autodesk, Bechtel, Cemex, FMI, Glodon, Haskell, Hilti, Knauf, Sidewalk Labs and United Rentals.
Mr. Beck brings more than 50 years of experience in the construction industry to his current position as founder and President and Chief Executive Officer of Aecon Group Inc., Canada’s premier construction and infrastructure-development company, which primarily serves the infrastructure, energy, and mining sectors. His background includes corporate leadership in numerous construction activities, including heavy civil projects, commercial and industrial projects, and public-private partnerships for the development of infrastructure, such as airports and toll roads. He was previously chairman of the board of the Ontario Power Authority, a government agency responsible for planning and procuring the Canadian province’s power needs.
Mr. Beck is a member of the board of directors of PPP Canada, the Ontario Financing Authority, and the Canadian Olympic Foundation, as well as a member of the advisory council for the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary and a member of the Business Council of Canada. In 2013, he was named P3 Champion of the Year by the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships. In recognition of his distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession, Mr. Beck was inducted as a Fellow into the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
Rider Levett Bucknall UK
As a Global Board Director of Rider Levett Bucknall, Ms. Bentley leads 560 staff in the United Kingdom and 3,600 worldwide, operating in over 40 countries. Having worked in the property and construction sector for over 35 years, she is experienced in serving commercial, public, and third-sector clients.
Ms. Bentley is a visiting professor of business management, project management, and quantity surveying at Birmingham City University and a visiting lecturer in the School of Construction Management and Engineering at Reading University. She holds an MBA from Henley Business School.
She is a member of the UK government’s Construction Leadership Council, a member of the CBI’s Construction Council, and an adviser to the Construction Industry Council. She is a member of the Institution for Civil Engineers (MICE) and a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), and is an advocate of diversity in the construction industry and of making career opportunities open to all sectors of society.
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.
100 Resilient Cities
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.
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.
Roy Brannen is the Chief Executive of Transport Scotland, the national transport agency for Scotland and part of the Scottish Government responsible for delivering Ministers transport priorities and commitments with oversight of the operation and improvement of the trunk road, ferry, inland waterway and railway networks in Scotland; prioritising future transport policy and investments, actively promoting sustainable transport and road safety, air passenger facilities in the Highlands and Islands and securing of traditional and new air routes for Scotland; national concessionary travel schemes and the provision of network traffic and travel information services.
Roy is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Chief Road Engineer at Transport Scotland, he is also a Fellow of both the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineers and The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation.
Ulrik Branner heads GenieBelt, a construction-technology company aiming to transform the way we build, through real-time project management and overview and full access to all data. GenieBelt applies transparency and accountability to serve clients and contractors in more than 35 countries.
John Laing Group
As CEO of John Laing, based in London, Mr. Brousse leads a business that has international operations in Europe, Asia–Pacific, and North America, including current investments in 40 different infrastructure projects at different stages of construction and operation. John Laing relisted on the London Stock Exchange in February 2015 but has a heritage dating back to the middle of the nineteenth century. The focus of John Laing today is on active investment and management of sophisticated greenfield infrastructure projects. These include major transport, social and environmental infrastructure projects awarded under governmental public-private partnership (PPP) programs, and renewable-energy projects.
Mr. Brousse started his career following his graduation from École Polytechnique and École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in France. He became Chief of Staff to the Chairman and CEO of Compagnie Générale des Eaux and then moved to London as CEO of Connex Trains. He moved to the United States in 2003 to run Veolia Transportation and later returned to France to serve as Deputy CEO of Veolia Transport Group in Paris. From 2008 to 2014, he served as CEO and then Executive Chairman of Saur, a water and waste utility company in France.
Mr. Bülow-Lehnsby leads NREP, the partnership he cofounded, and is a member of its Investment Committee. Applying his extensive experience in real estate investing within the Nordic region, he has been actively involved in identifying, designing, building, and implementing many of the NREP’s investment strategies. He also leads the day-to-day management of the company, with particular focus on business development and investor relations.
Prior to founding NREP, Mr. Bülow-Lehnsby was responsible for M&A transactions, business development, and corporate strategy within the Egmont Group, a leading Nordic media conglomerate. He began his career with Goldman Sachs, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and debt transactions, predominantly in the Nordic region.
Mr. Bülow-Lehnsby holds a BSc in international business from the Copenhagen Business School and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Combining business acumen with creativity, Mr. Bunge has expertise in creating the right setting for collaborative work in multidisciplinary teams by identifying and building on the strengths of architects, artists, designers, engineers, writers, and others. As the Managing Director of Squint Opera’s large London-based studio, he helps open a window on the future by guiding and inspiring creative architects, property developers, and others to realize their visions. Squint Opera has a large and talented team crafting extraordinary and unique work across many disciplines, including video content and animation, interactive installations, virtual-reality experiences, branding, websites, design, and placemaking.
Before joining Squint, Mr. Bunge worked as a landscape architect on many large-scale projects and developed a deep knowledge of the built environment. With two decades of experience, he has an intimate understanding of the world of architecture and urban design.
Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Investment Group
Philippe joined Goldman Sachs in 1992 in the Corporate Finance Department. In 1997 he joined the Real Estate Principal Investment Area. Since the inception of the Goldman Infrastructure Partners (GSIP) funds in 2006, Philippe became responsible for EMEA and joined the GSIP Investment Committee. In 2012 Philippe became Global Head and CIO of the Infrastructure Investing Group.
Philippe earned his finance degree at HEC Paris.
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.
Mr. Clarke is a director of the company he cofounded: Infracapital, the infrastructure investment arm of M&G Investments, which is now the European fund management business of the Prudential Group. Infracapital has four funds under management, targeting European infrastructure with over 30 current investments.
Mr. Clarke has over 25 years of infrastructure investment, funding, and advisory experience. He has made and managed investments across all sectors of infrastructure, in both brownfields and greenfields. Prior to founding Infracapital, he worked at Société Générale, where he was responsible for structuring and arranging capital markets issues to fund infrastructure projects. Before that, he was a leading member of the Hambros Bank infrastructure team, one of the pioneers of the PPP sector. During his time at Hambros, Mr. Clarke also set up its infrastructure advisory business in South Africa.
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR)
Tara Davies joined KKR in 2016 and is a Member and Head of the European Infrastructure team. Ms. Davies is currently on the board of directors of Calvin Capital, a U.K.-based gas and electricity smart metering business; Telxius, a global tower and cable company based in Spain; and X-Elio, a global solar developer based in Spain. Ms. Davies has spent over 18 years in the global infrastructure industry working in both Sydney and London. Prior to joining KKR, she was a senior managing director and head of mergers and acquisitions for Macquarie Group’s infrastructure advisory arm in London (having also spent a number of years in the infrastructure funds division). Ms. Davies commenced her career at Price Waterhouse and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Sydney.
An ASEAN engineer, structural engineer, civil engineer, project manager, construction arbitrator, and educator, Dr. Ernesto S. (“Doc”) de Castro is a product of Lehigh University and the University of the Philippines. He is the Chairman and CEO of ESCA Knowledge Academy and the President of ESCA Incorporated and ESCA International. Dr. de Castro has served as president of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, Confederation of Filipino Consultants, Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines, Society of Philippine Accredited Consultants, Construction Project Management Association of the Philippines, and Philippine Technological Council, among other organizations. He currently is the chairman of the National Building Code–Board of Consultants. With his formula of “People and technology to build sustainable infrastructure for real and shared growth,” Dr. de Castro strongly advocates for the wider adoption of BIM and other technological opportunities to digitize the Philippines’ built environment.
Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional
As President of Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN), a majority-government-owned infrastructure-development bank, Mr. del Valle is responsible for transforming the institution into a catalyst for infrastructure financing in Colombia. Before joining FDN, he worked in the World Bank group as a global expert in development of local capital markets. He was responsible for major advisory programs in this field around the world, one of them focused on linking capital-markets development and key economic sectors such as infrastructure and housing. Previously, he served as chairman of the Colombian Securities Regulator and held prominent positions in Colombia such as General Director of Public Credit of the Ministry of Finance; Managing Director of Capital Markets of Corporación Financiera del Valle, a local leading investment bank; and General Director of Foreign Trade and Deputy Vice Minister at the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
Mr. del Valle has served on the boards of directors for numerous public- and private-sector companies and worked for the Ministry of Economic Development and the National Planning Department. He earned a master’s degree in economics with emphasis in monetary economics from the London School of Economics and from Los Andes University.
McKinsey & Company
Mr. Della Rocca leads McKinsey’s global work on infrastructure mega projects, supporting clients in all asset classes throughout the entire value chain—from financing, planning, design and program management to construction and operations. He also plays a leadership role in McKinsey’s work in engineering and construction, advising leading companies and investors in the sector on growth strategy, operational improvement, and organizational structure and health.
Mr. Della Rocca’s client service builds on a 36-year career in infrastructure and engineering and construction, during which he developed deep expertise in topics including construction, design, finance, maintenance, operations, planning, and regulatory approval.
He has served as the executive in charge for some of the world’s largest infrastructure projects—for both public- and private-asset owners—and has held C-level roles at global construction, design, and professional-services firms.
Reflecting his industry leadership, Mr. Della Rocca has served as a board member for numerous professional and sector associations, including the North American Construction Industry Round Table and the American Consulting Engineers Council. He has served as vice chairman for the New Jersey Alliance for Action and the New York Building Congress and supports charitable organizations, such as the Salvadori Center, which invests in educating young people in the engineering field. Mr. Della Rocca is a frequent speaker at industry forums.
Transport for London
At Transport for London (TfL), Ms. Dix is responsible for developing Crossrail 2 and gaining funding and powers for it. She also has led TfL's strategic thinking on the future transport needs of London, testing and challenging solutions and providing clear direction on appropriate transport solutions for the future. She was responsible for the mayor’s Transport Strategy and transport requirements for the mayor’s 2050 Infrastructure Plan, coordinating the implementation of local plans and borough partnerships, and developing major scheme interchanges.
Ms. Dix started her career at the Greater London Council (GLC) after completing her PhD in transport and land use planning and became a chartered civil engineer through the GLC’s transport-planning graduate scheme. She spent 15 years in the private sector with Halcrow Fox, becoming the board director for urban transport. She joined Transport for London (TfL) in 2000 as Director of Congestion Charging on a job share basis with Malcolm Murray-Clark and became Managing Director of Planning in 2007.
Ms. Dix is a visiting professor for UCL and chairs an international committee PRESCOM for the UITP, which promotes public-transport research and best practice globally. Most recently, Michele has joined the Major Projects Association as a board member and has become a trustee for the London Transport Museum.
Infrastructure Partnerships Australia
Mr. Dwyer’s career spans business, policy, and public-service roles across the private sector and the New South Wales and Australian governments, with expertise across transport, utilities, and social-infrastructure markets and wider public administration. Since March 2018, he has been the CEO of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, the nation’s leading public- and private-sector infrastructure think tank.
Mr. Dwyer served as head of policy at Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, where he led major studies on road pricing reform, contracting, and financing models, among other subjects. In 2015, he left IPA to serve as the Executive Director of Policy and Research at Infrastructure Australia, the commonwealth government’s statutory infrastructure body. At Infrastructure Australia, Mr. Dwyer led the development of the Australian Infrastructure Plan, a 15-year reform map for Australia’s infrastructure markets, alongside other major reports and studies.
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 projects for the M2, M7, Graham Farmer Freeway, Cross City Tunnel and Clem 7 Motorway. Mark started out his career as a Project Engineer working his way up the ranks in major contractors. 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.
Steve was appointed a member of the executive board of BAM Nuttall in 2007 and appointed CEO in April 2010. He strongly believes that digitisation will revolutionise the construction industry and challenges innovation to strive for industry-changing outcomes.
He is a strong supporter of trade and technician apprenticeships as routes into the industry and has recently been appointed to the Construction Industry Training Board (or CITB) to advise on current and future training needs for the industry. He established and has been actively working with BAM Nuttall's Women@BAM group to promote career opportunities for women. Steve has also led BAM Nuttall’s signature on the Time to Change pledge and has established a mental-health well-being programme independent of safety, occupational health, and personal health, which have their own specific identities.
Steve was awarded a CBE for services to civil engineering and construction in the 2015 New Year's Honours list.
Mr. Gerstmann has led Zeppelin Group as President and CEO since 2010. Prior to that, he was Managing Director of the Zeppelin Group, after serving as Managing Director of Zeppelin Systems. He joined the organization as Head of Finance and Administration, Zeppelin Silos & Systems. He has also held finance and controller positions with SMS Eumuco, Lemmerz Werke, and Battenfeld Fischer Blasformtechnik.
Mr. Gerstmann acquired a bachelor degree in business economics at the advanced technical college in Cologne.
Mr. Gibbs, as managing director of Bechtel’s UK infrastructure business, oversees all active UK projects and leads the company’s strategy to transform Bechtel into a more responsive and effective partner and contractor. He joined Bechtel in 2005 in business development within the civil business unit. He then joined the Crossrail project, where he was project manager for the design, construction, and delivery of projects. In later roles, he served as Bechtel’s region president for Africa, executive assistant to Bechtel’s CEO, President and COO, and secretary to the Group Operating Committee, Finance, and Strategy Committees. Prior to his current role, he was general manager of Bechtel’s global water business, with responsibility for strategy, development, and execution.
Before joining Bechtel, Mr. Gibbs served as finance manager for the international exploration drilling services of Anglo American in Canada; executive director for South Africa’s engineering and construction giant, Grinaker-LTA; business development manager for LTA in the United Arab Emirates; and manager of capital project donations for The Anglo American and De Beers Chairman’s Fund, the largest social investment fund in southern Africa.
Mr. Gibbs holds a master’s degree in political science and geography from Dundee University, Scotland. He studied accountancy to degree level through the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and pursued further business study at INSEAD in France and Singapore. He was commissioned into the British Territorial Army, following training at RMA Sandhurst and Warminster.
Thanks to his experience in the management and strategic development of multinational companies in the high-technology sector, Mr. Govigli was chosen by the Gavio Group to lead Sinelec.
He started his career at Siemens, first working in Munich and then returning to Italy to serve as Senior Vice President in the Sales Department of the Mobile Networks Division and then as Managing Director of the Consumer Division. After that, he was appointed CEO of BenQ Mobile Italy. From there, he moved to NEC, where he served as CEO of NEC Italy and later as Vice President of NEC Europe, with responsibility first for the Government and Public Sector Division and then for the Smart Energy Division. In 2015, he joined Thales Italia as CEO.
Mr. Govigli graduated from Politecnico of Milan with a degree in electronic engineering. He later earned a PhD in information technology at Cefriel.
Peter Kiewit Sons'
Mr. Grewcock leads Peter Kiewit Sons’, the fifth-largest general contractor in the United States, providing construction and engineering services to a variety of markets, including building; mining; oil, gas, and chemical; power; transportation; and water. The privately owned company performs work throughout Australia, Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Mr. Grewcock was first elected to the company’s board of directors in 1994 and was named President and Chief Operating Officer in 2000, CEO in 2005, and Chairman in 2013.
A leader in the community, Mr. Grewcock serves as a director of Nebraska Medicine and Creighton University and is a member of the Colorado School of Mines Foundation’s board of trustees. He earned a BS in mining engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executives Program. He is a member of Business Roundtable (an association of CEOs in the United States) and is a founding member of the Construction Industry Ethics and Compliance Initiative (CIECI).
As CEO of SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business in the United Kingdom and Europe, Mr. Hoare is responsible for leading a 10,000-person team across multiple sectors, including transportation, water, property, aerospace, defense, and security. Since joining the Atkins business in 1997, he has held several senior positions and previously led the Transportation Division, as well as operations across Europe.
Mr. Hoare is committed to collaborating with clients and partners to face the future, taking full advantage of digital transformation to improve the efficiency and productivity of infrastructure delivery through best-in-class capabilities in engineering, design, and project management. Passionate about the skills agenda and celebrating diversity and inclusion, Philip is a strong advocate of STEM and early career development. He sits on the board of the National College for High Speed and is the senior leadership sponsor of Atkins’s LGBT network.
As a proud chartered civil engineer by profession, Mr. Hoare is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. He is a member of the Rail Supply Group Council and is working on behalf of industry and with the UK government to develop a sector deal for rail as part of the industrial strategy. In addition, he is a director of the Railway Industry Association, a non-executive director of the Rail Safety and Standards Board, and a member of the Defence Growth Partnership Steering Committee.
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.
During his time as CEO, Heathrow has consistently improved service levels for passengers, while reducing costs, and it is now rated one of the best airports in the world. He has championed a third runway at Heathrow, building cross party and national support. In 2017 he launched Heathrow 2.0, a plan for the airport to become a centre of excellence in sustainable aviation. He has a keen interest in promoting diversity and social mobility and is chair of the Business in the Community Employment and Skills Leadership Team. Before becoming CEO in July 2014, he was Development Director, responsible for delivering the £2.5bn Terminal 2 on time and on budget.
Prior to joining Heathrow, John worked in housebuilding, brewing and strategy consulting in the UK, US, Australia and the Philippines.
John is married with two daughters.
Danish Road Directorate
Mr. Holmboe heads the National Road Agency in Denmark. The agency is responsible for planning, building, and operation of the national road network, which handles approximately half of the road traffic in Denmark.
He has more than 25 years of experience in building and operating major road infrastructure. During his earlier career, he especially worked in management and contracting major projects and asset management.
Mr. Jacobs is CEO and Co-founder of Generate Capital, a leading investment and operating platform for sustainable infrastructure in the power, transportation, waste, water and agriculture markets. Mr. Jacobs is a noted thought leader, writer and speaker on topics including novel approaches to incentive alignment; the intersection of policy, philanthropy and capital; thematic, long-term investment strategies; and on the “resource revolution” broadly — the productivity gains and economic benefits from doing more with less of our natural resources.
In 2007, Mr. Jacobs co-founded McKinsey & Company’s global CleanTech Practice, advising companies, institutional investors, nongovernmental organizations, and several national and regional governments. Mr. Jacobs served on President Obama’s transition team in 2008, advising on energy and transportation matters as well as on economic recovery in the midst of the global financial crisis. Before joining McKinsey, he spent over a decade in technology and venture capital, helping start and grow several companies, including PolyServe (acquired by HP) and Alliance Data Systems (acquired by Fiserv).
Mr. Jacobs received his MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was named a George F. Baker Scholar and his BA with honors from Dartmouth College.
European Investment Bank
As Head of the European Investment Bank’s UK office, Ms. Jardet steers the activities of the office and represents the European Investment Bank in front of stakeholders and the national authorities in the United Kingdom. In this function, she also communicates the EU Bank’s strategy and policies and plays, together with the London-based team, a key role in providing support for the activities of the EIB Group in the United Kingdom and beyond.
Since joining the EIB in 2009, she has had a number of responsibilities, including as Division Head in the Legal Directorate. As a member of the legal management team, she was in particular responsible for the bank’s operations in Germany, Central Europe (Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary), Neighborhood Region East (Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Belorussia), and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan) and managed two dedicated teams of banking and finance lawyers.
With her legal background and sound business understanding, Ms. Jardet has over the years successfully contributed to delivering EIB’s mission inside and outside the European Union. In her roles, her aim was to maximize the impact of the EIB in a sustainable manner while delivering on its mission to make a significant contribution to the future of Europe, its partners and citizens by promoting economic and social cohesion in the EU and beyond.
Before joining the EIB in 2009, she worked at French Export Credit Agency, COFACE, in Paris and practiced law with the international law firm Clifford Chance, based in Frankfurt am Main and Paris. She obtained law degrees in Germany and France and was admitted for several years at the Frankfurt am Main and Paris bar. She also studied European law at University Nancy II and recently completed the Cycle des Hautes Etudes Européennes at Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA).
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.
As the Founder and CEO of Rendeavour, Mr. Jennings manages the satellite city projects of Africa’s largest urban developer, with over 12,000 hectares (30,000 acres) of land and developments in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rendeavour transforms raw land into master-planned developments, installing the infrastructure required for large-scale communities. Rendeavour developments have Special Economic Zone status and act as major catalysts for economic and infrastructure transformation in sub-Saharan Africa.
Prior to Rendeavour, Stephen founded Renaissance Group in 1995, building investment banking, securities sales and trading, asset management, and consumer finance businesses across Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa. Before that, he worked at Credit Suisse First Boston in New Zealand and in the New Zealand Treasury. He also consulted for the governments of New Zealand and Australia on issues of privatization.
UK Ministry of Finance
As the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Mr. Jenrick leads on economic growth, productivity, infrastructure investment, and regional growth. He was elected Conservative Member of Parliament for Newark in June 2014. He sat on the Health Select Committee and served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Lord Chancellor, Rt. Hon. Michael Gove, MP, and then to the Home Secretary, Rt. Hon. Amber Rudd, MP.
Prior to joining Parliament, Mr. Jenrick had a successful business career, latterly as International Managing Director of the art business Christie’s. He trained as a corporate lawyer and practiced with US international law firms Skadden Arps and Sullivan & Cromwell in London and Moscow.
A civil engineer by training, Mr. Keen has spent his 36-year career helping to develop and deliver some of the United States’ most notable transportation infrastructure projects. Serving as HDR’s chairman as well as its CEO, he is responsible for the company’s leadership and strategic growth. Previously at HDR, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer and as Engineering Company President. He was instrumental in establishing the firm’s transportation alternative delivery practice, which has since been involved in many high-profile projects. He also oversaw acquisitions across the United States, Canada, and Australia, which expanded the firm’s capabilities and helped double the company’s size.
A graduate of the University of Iowa, Mr. Keen is active in many professional and civic groups.
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.
Mr. Knott is Chairman of GHD, an employee owned global professional services company with 10,000 people around the world and revenues of AUD 1.9 billion. He previously led the company’s operations in Asia–Pacific, spanning New Zealand, Philippines, Chile, and China. He has played a key role in mergers and acquisitions, which have diversified the company’s earnings across the United States, Canada, Asia–Pacific, and the United Kingdom. Today, approximately 60 percent of GHD’s revenues are generated outside Australia.
Mr. Knott has more than 30 years’ experience in the design and project management of major water and transport infrastructure, defense, telecommunications, and property and buildings projects.
He has been named Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia, the highest grade of membership awarded for outstanding achievement.
Dr. Krueger joined Temasek in January 2018 as Head, Business Services, and Senior Managing Director, Portfolio Management. He was most recently CEO of WS Atkins, where he was responsible for one of the world’s largest engineering firms providing professional, technology-based consultancy and support services for clients in both the private and public sectors globally. Prior to Atkins, he was President of Cleantech Switzerland. He was also an Operations Director and Senior Advisor with TPG Capital, based in London and San Francisco. Before TPG Capital, he was the CEO of Oerlikon AG and had multiple roles with Hochtief, including CEO, Central Europe, and Chairman, Turner International. He started his career as Project Manager with A.T. Kearney.
Dr. Krueger serves on the Boards of Aggreko, SUSI, and Ontex and is a member of the Swiss Federal Nuclear Commission. He holds a PhD from the University of Frankfurt and was conferred an honorary doctorate from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He also holds an Honorary Professorship of Physics at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt. In 2016, he won the ACE European CEO of the Year award.
International Finance Corporation
As Director of Global Infrastructure and Natural Resources at IFC, the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector, Mr. Landy is responsible for IFC’s investments and advisory services in energy, transport, utilities, municipal and environmental infrastructure, and extractive industries. Prior to taking this role, Mr. Landy was IFC’s Director for Environment, Social and Governance and helped lead the corporation in fulfilling its strategic commitments to sustainable development. Mr. Landy is a member of IFC’s Client Solutions Committee and chairs IFC’s Advisory Panel on Business and Sustainability.
Mr. Landy has held a series of other senior positions at IFC, including Global Head for Power and Renewable Energy. Before joining IFC, he worked on the investment banking team at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York. He holds a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He is based at IFC headquarters in Washington, DC.
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.
Mr. Loureda heads Vivenio Residencial, a specialized REIT that, with the Dutch Pension Fund APG as main sponsor, aims to become the leading provider of rental residential property in Spain. He is also founder and chairman of the board of the leading websites for commercial real estate in Spain: www.misoficinas.es, www.mislocales.es, and www.misnaves.es.
Before, he was CEO of Testa, a diversified real-estate investment trust (REIT), and CEO of Vallehermoso, the largest Spanish real-estate companies at the time. He has also been the chairman of the Association of Spanish Property Companies (ASIPA) and vice president of the European Property Federation (EPF). He began his career as Construction Manager at Dragados (now ACS) and Sacyr and later worked as a Strategy Consultant at Endesa.
Mr. Loureda, a civil engineer educated at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, has a degree in business administration from UNED, an MBA from INSEAD (Fontainebleau), and a master’s degree in soil mechanics from Imperial College in London.
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.
CIBC World Markets
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.
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
As Managing Director for Infrastructure at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Mr. Marquet leads EBRD's engagement in infrastructure projects in 37 economies across three continents, with a particular focus on encouraging a greater role for private investment in the sector. He manages a portfolio of €11 billion spread across more than 450 active projects in a diverse range of sectors, including rail, roads, urban transport, water and wastewater, ports, logistics, airports, district heating and cooling, facilities management, and solid waste.
A French national, Mr. Marquet joined EBRD in 2001, serving first as a member of the Natural Resources team, developing oil-and-gas and mining investments from London. He then was appointed Director of the Municipal and Environmental Infrastructure team, which is part of the bank's Infrastructure group. In 2015, he became Managing Director for Turkey.
Before joining EBRD, Mr. Marquet was a project finance banker at Crédit Agricole CIB (formerly known as Crédit Lyonnais) in Paris and London, successively focusing on the property, mining-and-metals, and infrastructure sectors.
Mr. Marquet's academic background includes a master in management degree from HEC Paris and a master of law degree from the Assas International Law School at Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris.
Mr. McQuade serves as Group President of AECOM’s $8 billion Construction Services business, which encompasses over 14,000 employees in 25 countries. He is a recognized expert in the design and construction of buildings and infrastructure across a range of sectors. His leadership has resulted in significant global key market growth in such places as Vancouver, Los Angeles, Sydney, Miami, London, Rome, Moscow and Dubai. The Construction Services group is currently overseeing such landmark projects as Hudson Yards and One Vanderbilt in New York City, and Midfield Terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Mr. McQuade is a member of the Cornell University Civil Engineering School’s Advisory Board, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation Board of Directors, the China General Chamber of Commerce Advisory Council, the ACE Mentor Program Board of Directors, and has professional affiliations with the Construction Industry Round Table. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration from Fordham University.
Infrastructure and Projects Authority
Tony Meggs is the Chief Executive of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority. He was previously the Chief Executive of the Major Projects Authority.
He is a senior executive with significant experience as a functional leader in the private sector and has led collaborations with several businesses and universities. Tony set up the BP project leadership programme that was the inspiration for the Major Projects Leadership Academy. He also co-chaired a major study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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.
Before taking the helm of Tideway, Mr. Mitchell was Programme Director and board member at Crossrail. He has managed high-profile projects both in the United Kingdom and overseas. After 12 years working in the United Arab Emirates, France, and South Africa and on major developments such as Hong Kong Airport and the Hong Kong West Rail, he joined Network Rail, where he was Project Director for its Southern Power Upgrade project and Major Programme Director of the Thameslink Programme.
Mr. Mitchell is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Royal Academy of Engineering. He was awarded the CBE for his services to civil engineering.
Construction Products Association
Dr. Montgomery, who has led the Construction Products Association since 2012, has championed the importance of UK construction product manufacturing and distribution to the entire construction supply chain and the value it delivers to the wider economy. The association represents 85 percent of the £50 billion sector by value, including global multinationals and 21,000 small and medium enterprises across the United Kingdom.
Before joining the Construction Product Association, Dr. Montgomery was Deputy Chief Executive of the Chemical Industries Association, where she raised the profile of chemical manufacturing in the United Kingdom and established its pivotal role in the delivery of the UK government’s sustainability targets. Previously she headed the sustainability agendas in companies including Centrica, the AA, and Johnson Wax.
In October 2014, Dr. Montgomery was appointed by HM Treasury to chair Infrastructure UK’s Supply Chain Capacity and Skills Group. She also chairs the board of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. She has degrees from Oxford University and Imperial College in Chemistry and Environmental Management.
Turner & Townsend
As the UK Managing Director, Ms. Moore leads a team of more than 2,000 people servicing clients across real estate, infrastructure and natural resources markets. She also sits on the Turner & Townsend executive board. In addition to the UK business, she is responsible for CSR on the UK board and chairs the UK’s cross-divisional People Committee.
Ms. Moore joined Turner & Townsend in 1999 and has more than 25 years’ experience in commercial management for clients across various sectors of the construction industry. Her skills encompass the whole program life cycle; she is skilled in major program setup, business case appraisal, through to commercial close and claims resolution.
A member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Ms. Moore has an MSc in construction law and arbitration. She is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has a diploma in company direction from the Institute of Directors.
Sir Terry Morgan, CBE, is Chairman of Crossrail, a project to deliver a high-frequency, high-capacity service to 40 UK stations linking Reading and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, bringing an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes’ commuting distance of London.
Sir Terry is Chairman of Ricardo and in 2017 was appointed Chairman of London City Airport. He is past Chairman of the HS2 College Governing Body and past Non-Executive Chairman of the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry.
Sir Terry is a member of the University of Birmingham Council, a Heart of the City Council member, and a member of the HS2 Growth Delivery Board.
Besides serving as a member of the board of directors and of the executive committee of Mota-Engil, Mr. Mota is the President of Mota-Engil Latam. Mota-Engil is one of the top industrial corporations in Portugal, operating in more than 20 countries. After earning his engineering degree, Mr. Mota followed a career path through production and working in markets in central Europe and Africa. He currently serves as director of Mota-Gestão e Participações and as chairman of the boards of Mota-Engil, Ambiente e Serviços; Empresa Construção Brasil; and Mota-Engil, Engenharia e Construção. He holds an MBA from the University of Oporto
Mr. Narayan is Group Chief Financial Officer of DP World, formed by the 2005 merger of Dubai Ports Authority (DPA), Dubai Ports International (DPI), and CSX World Terminals. In 2006, DP World acquired P&O Steam Navigation Company to emerge as the world’s fourth-largest container terminal operator. As CFO, Mr. Narayan oversaw the launch of DP World’s international initial public offering (IPO), the largest in the Middle East. He also led a successful international Islamic and conventional bond issue and was instrumental in DP World’s recent acquisition of Economic Zones World (EZW), the operator of Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone, creating the leading integrated port and free zone in the Middle East region.
Mr. Narayan is a qualified Chartered Accountant with more than 28 years’ experience in the ports and international banking sectors. He has twice been named MENA CFO of the Year at Naseba’s annual CFO Strategies Forum.
McKinsey & Company
Subbu is the Capital Projects & Infrastructure Practice leader for India, and leads our global work in real estate. He also works on capital expenditure projects in Asia Pacific, supporting clients in the design and execution of megaprojects across the region.
He has helped clients significantly reduce project costs and compress timelines across a range of multibillion dollar capital-expenditure projects—including coal- and gas-based power plants, greenfield refineries, and hotels, high-rise residential buildings, and other real estate projects.
Subbu works with many large city and real estate developments and megaprojects in China, India, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and other emerging markets. His advice spans business planning, design optimisation, contracting and procurement, project management, organisation, and post-construction operations.
He has helped investors develop and implement investment strategies for Indian infrastructure, including roads, ports, airports, and metros. He supports some of Asia’s leading engineering and construction firms on strategy, project management, and design optimisation.
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.
Reporting to InfraCo Asia’s board of directors and leading the executive management team, Mr. Nooy is accountable for InfraCo Asia’s infrastructure developments and investments. InfraCo Asia is a commercially managed, publicly 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.
Mr. Nooy 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. His key focus has been on the development and implementation of growth strategies, the creation of new assets, and the financing and execution of energy and infrastructure projects.
Allard’s previous roles include CEO of Jindal Aquasource and Jindal Ecopolis in New Delhi, India; President Asia-Pacific with Covanta Energy Corporation, in Shanghai, China; and Regional Director, Greater China, at Thames Water International, in Hong Kong SAR.
As BP’s Head of Global Projects, David is accountable for the delivery of all Upstream projects across 10 regions. He manages an annual budget of $5 billion to $6 billion, which covers onshore, offshore, and deepwater projects.
Prior to this role, he was the Vice President of Deepwater Projects. Over his extensive career spanning more than 35 years in industry, he has worked around the world in technical and managerial roles in Texas, Alaska, Algeria, the North Sea, and Egypt. David has previously served as President and General Manager for BP’s business in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
David earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority
Mr. Uche Orji is the MD & CEO of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) having been reappointed by the President of Nigeria for another 5-year term. As pioneer CEO, Uche led the operationalization of the NSIA and has been responsible for driving its growth strategy since 2012. Under his leadership, NSIA has become a highly regarded investment institution, serving as a vehicle for implementing key infrastructure projects and investing Nigeria’s savings.
Prior to joining the NSIA, Uche was an MD in the Equities Division of UBS Securities, New York. Before then, Mr. Orji spent 6 years at JP Morgan Securities, London, rising from the post of VP to MD within the Equities Division. He worked at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, London from 1998-2001. First joining as an Associate, he rose to become an ED before resigning in 2001. Previously, he was the Financial Controller at Diamond Bank Plc., Lagos, Nigeria and had also worked at Arthur Andersen & Co.
Uche has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, Massachusetts, USA.
McKinsey & Company
Robert co-leads McKinsey & Compay's Capital Projects & Infrastructure Practice. He also holds leadership positions in the Private Equity and Electric Power & Natural Gas Practices. Based in Toronto, Robert won recognition as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40, an award presented to citizens who are outstanding leaders in their chosen fields.
Robert works with investors looking to participate in infrastructure assets, either directly or through public-private partnerships. He has extensive experience with energy and transit assets, in particular. Among Robert’s clients are pension funds, private equity funds, and corporations. His recent projects have involved:
- Working with one of the fastest-growing pension funds in Canada to design infrastructure, buyout, venture capital, secondary market, and real estate strategies
- Advising a global energy infrastructure company on investment opportunities in natural gas, electric, and petroleum infrastructure assets
- Establishing a public-private partnership for a North American nuclear power plant
- Supporting a leading alternative asset manager as it designed a global infrastructure strategy
- Working with a global energy company to develop a comprehensive infrastructure strategy that addresses opportunities in ports, toll roads, airports, and asset management
- Helping a national government design the strategy and organizational structure for a public-private partnership program in North America and Southeast Asia.
He serves on the board of the Munk School of Global Affairs and the United Jewish Appeal of Toronto, where he sits on the governance, human resources, and audit committees.
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).
Pennon Group and Laing O’Rourke
Sir John Parker is currently Chairman of Pennon Group, Chairman of Laing O’Rourke, and a non-executive director of Carnival Corporation, the world’s number-one cruise ship group. He is a Senior Advisor to Spencer Stuart. Until recently, he served as Chairman of Anglo American (his fifth FTSE 100 chairmanship) and as a non-executive director of Airbus Group. He has chaired the review for Government on Ethnic Diversity on Boards and recently completed a review of UK Naval Shipbuilding Strategy for MOD. Previously, he was Deputy Chairman of DP World, the world’s third-largest container port operator; President of the Royal Academy of Engineering; and Chairman, National Grid. He also chaired the Court of the Bank of England.
Sir John has served as CEO, chairman, or non-executive director in over 20 major UK and overseas companies. These have included Harland and Wolff–Belfast; Austin & Pickersgill, Sunderland; British Shipbuilders Corporation; Babcock International Group; British Coal Corporation; BG Group; Lattice Group; Firth Rixon; GKN; Fred Olsen, Norway; Brambles, Australia; P&O Princess Cruises; RMC Group; P&O Group; Mondi; and BVT (BAe Vosper Joint Venture). He was a member of the Prime Ministers Committee of Science & Technology (CST) and a member of Davies Committee–Women on Boards.
His extensive voluntary and charitable work has included ten years of Leading Young Offenders into Work, the RNLI Council, and the White Ensign Association. He has served as president of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, chancellor of the University of Southampton, member of the Prime Minister’s Business Council, an Elder Brother of Trinity House, and a visiting fellow at the University of Oxford.
Sir John was Knighted in the New Year’s Honours List in 2001 for services to shipbuilding and the defense industry and was appointed GBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2012 for services to industry and the voluntary sector.
He studied naval architecture and mechanical engineering at the Belfast College of Technology and Queens University Belfast. He has received honorary doctorates from Queen’s University, Belfast; Trinity College, Dublin; and the Universities of Ulster, Abertay (Dundee), Surrey, Southampton, Aston, Plymouth, Imperial College, and Huddersfield.
TaKaDu, the company Mr. Peleg founded in 2009 and now leads, provides central event management solutions for water and gas utilities. TaKaDu provides utilities with a cloud-based analytics solution for managing the life cycle of all network events and incidents, changing the way utilities work to provide operational benefits and strategic insights. The TaKaDu solution is deployed in leading utilities in Australia, Europe, Israel, South America, and the United States. TaKaDu was honored as a technology pioneer by the World Economic Forum of Davos and featured as a Harvard Business School case study.
Mr. Peleg also is a cofounder and council member of SWAN, the Smart Water Networks Forum, a global industry organization in the smart water space. A serial entrepreneur, Mr. Peleg founded YaData in 2005, serving as CEO until the company’s acquisition by Microsoft in 2008. In 1999, he founded Cash-U (later named Unipier).
Mr. Peleg holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, physics, and computer science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.
Mr. Petrie’s career has focused on performance improvement challenges for clients or contractors involved in the procurement and operation of high-value physical assets. His industry sector experience is grounded in mainstream engineering and construction contracting and as a construction client. He has broad experience across a range of capital-intensive sectors, including oil and gas equipment and services, marine charter services and ship construction, airport infrastructure, building services, civil engineering, and most recently the provision of independent assurance and expert advice to companies operating high-risk, capital-intensive assets.
Mr. Petrie is an international businessman who respects and enjoys working across cultures. He has worked in Algeria, China, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Norway, Singapore, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
He is a Chartered Engineer and a fellow of the IET. He has an MBA from INSEAD, France.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Reynolds was appointed Mace’s CEO in 2013 and has been a member of the group board since 2001. He has consistently championed change within the industry. He is passionate about finding better ways of delivering major programs and projects and modernizing the industry to meet its growth opportunities while ensuring that Mace is more productive, more efficient, and a responsible company. Since 2013, he led the development of Mace’s 2020 vision and established the corporate strategy to ensure Mace remains at the forefront of its industry.
Mark gained his early experience in the commercial sector on the Broadgate and Ludgate developments in London, later moving on to projects with BAA. He was the Deputy Programme Director for the successful London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
He serves on the boards of London First, the Northern Powerhouse Partnership and the Construction Leadership Council.
Carlyle Airport Group
Mr. Rikhy heads Carlyle Airport Group, The Carlyle Group’s primary vehicle for airport infrastructure investment opportunities globally. His airport investment and management career spans over 25 years, including involvement in more than 50 airport public-private partnership (P3) transactions globally.
Mr. Rikhy is the former President and CEO of CCR USA, CCR Group’s international subsidiary. Before that, he was founder and CEO of Sigma Infrastructure Partners and Senior Vice President at Airports Worldwide. He served on the boards of all of Airports Worldwide’s assets, including as Chairman of TBI US, an airport portfolio with five management contracts at US airports (e.g., Atlanta Hartsfield, Burbank) and a long-term lease at Orlando Sanford. His experience also includes leading airport transactions in the United States and globally for Vantage Airport Group and Airport Group International. He has been directly involved in key US P3 airport transactions, as well as airport privatizations in Europe, the Americas and Caribbean, and Australasia.
Mr. Rikhy holds a degree in economics from University of Virginia and a master’s degree in business with a concentration in finance from Johns Hopkins University.
Global Infrastructure Investor Association
Mr. Rose is the inaugural CEO of the Global Infrastructure Investor Association (GIIA), the membership body for the world’s leading private investors in infrastructure and the leading advisers to the sector. GIIA’s role is to work with governments and other key stakeholders around the world to promote the role of private investment in helping to close the global infrastructure gap. Since his appointment as CEO in 2016, he has set about building GIIA’s relationships with policy makers, increasing its membership, and building the evidence base on which to promote the benefits of private investment in public infrastructure. Currently, GIIA’s 70 members have over $500 billion of infrastructure assets under management, spanning six continents.
Prior to joining GIIA, Mr. Rose held senior positions in both the public and private sectors in the United Kingdom and United States. For the three years prior to his current role, he was CEO of the Homes & Communities Agency, England’s housing and regeneration agency. He has also been CEO of Infrastructure UK in HM Treasury.
Mr. Rose’s private-sector roles have included Managing Director, Investment Banking at CIBC World Markets, where he established and led the Canadian bank’s European infrastructure investment-banking practice. He worked for CIBC for over 17 years in both the United Kingdom and United States. He was also a partner of AgFe, a leading debt advisory firm based in London.
Before joining WSP Global as CFO in 2016, Mr. Roy was with McKinsey & Company, where he was a Senior Partner in the Hong Kong office and Co-leader of the Private Equity service line in the Asia–Pacific region. In this role, he was responsible for advising private-equity firms, pension funds, and sovereign wealth funds on strategy, fund-raising, deal origination, due diligence, portfolio company performance improvement, and exit preparation. Alongside his work with investors, Mr. Roy also advised Fortune 500 companies on strategy, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and post-merger management. He joined McKinsey in 1999, working first in Montreal and then in Greater China, including five years in Beijing, where he was in charge of the office. He also served on McKinsey's Global Partner Review Committee. Prior to joining McKinsey, he worked for Schroders in London and AXA in Montreal.
Mr. Roy holds an MBA from the London Business School. He is a cofounder and advisory council member of the Banff Forum, one of Canada’s leading public-policy platforms. He is a board member of the Foundation of the Montreal Heart Institute, one of the largest cardiology institutes in the world.
Atlas Arteria Limited
Dr. Scheinkestel is an experienced company director, serving for over 25 years as a non-executive chairman and director in a wide range of industry sectors and in the public, government, and private spheres. She is currently Chairman of Atlas Arteria and a director of Atlas Arteria International, Telstra Corporation, Ausnet Services, and OceanaGold Corporation.
Her background is as a senior banking executive in international and project financing, responsible for the development and financing of major mining and infrastructure projects in Australasia and Southeast Asia. She is a published author of Rethinking Project Finance: Allocating and Mitigating Risk in Australasian Projects.
Dr. Scheinkestel is an associate professor at the Melbourne Business School at Melbourne University. She is also a trustee of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust. In 2003, she was awarded a centenary medal for services to Australian society in business leadership.
Co-CEO of BBGI from its inception, Mr. Schramm was actively involved in the establishment and initial public offering (IPO) of BBGI in 2011 and the subsequent growth from 19 assets at IPO to 45 assets and a market capitalisation of c. GBP 800 million currently. As Co-CEO, he is responsible for overall strategy and management of the company. He is one of three members of the management board and sits on the Investment Committee. Additionally, he is a shareholder representative or holds directorships in key assets of BBGI.
Mr. Schramm has worked in the infrastructure sector, investment banking and advisory business for over 22 years. Prior to his current role with BBGI, he worked at Bilfinger Project Investments (BPI), where as Co–Managing Director, he led the European infrastructure operations with over 60 staff. In this role, he was responsible for all European development activities and the asset management of more than 20 infrastructure investments. Prior to that role, Mr. Schramm was Finance Director of BPI’s infrastructure operations in Continental Europe, responsible for all project finance activities, including all divestment activities.
Before joining BPI in November 2003, Mr. Schramm worked at Macquarie Bank in the investment banking group, with responsibility for structured finance transactions.
Larsen & Toubro
Mr. Sen is a director as well as Senior Executive Vice President (Infrastructure) of Larsen & Toubro (L&T). He is versatile, having worked across domains including design and engineering, business development, tendering, and hardcore construction.
Mr. Sen started his tenure at L&T in 1989 as Senior Manager (Civil and Structural Design) in EDRC Kolkata and has subsequently headed various portfolios in Kolkata, Bangalore, and Mumbai. He led several marquee projects, including on-time completion of the complex Mumbai International Airport. He became Senior Vice President and Head–Transport Infrastructure in 2011 to spearhead the organization’s efforts in roads, highways, elevated corridors, and railways. Under his leadership, the business completed several projects, including India’s longest road project, the Bewar Pali Pindwara Road. He also helped establish L&T in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries by securing several landmark projects, notably the Maffraq–Ghweifat Road Project, the Abu Dhabi International Airport, the first railway job in Saudi Arabia, and other highway and urban-infrastructure development projects in Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. Prior to joining Larsen & Toubro, Mr. Sen worked for several companies, including Tata Steel in Jamshedpur and M/s. Development Consultants in Kolkata.
Mr. Sen holds additional responsibilities as chairman on the boards of L&T Infrastructure Engineering and L&T Oman and is a member of the board of L&T Qatar. He is also a member of the curriculum advisory committee of the JC postgraduate course in Infrastructure at IIT Kharagpur and the Infrastructure postgraduate course of Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. He is a civil-engineering graduate of IIT Kharagpur and has a postgraduate degree in business management from XLRI, Jamshedpur.
Profabril Consulplano Global
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.
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.
Vice Chair, ENTSOE
Mr. Slye is the Director of the UK System Operator at National Grid, covering both gas and electricity. Prior to that, he was CEO of the EirGrid Group, the electricity system and market operator in Ireland and Northern Ireland. He also spent a number of years with McKinsey, supporting companies across Ireland and the United Kingdom, and with ESB, where he held positions in Ireland and the United States.
McKinsey & Company
Kevin Sneader is the global managing partner of McKinsey & Company. He is based in Hong Kong and serves a broad range of clients in multiple industries and functions with his work in strategy, organization, and operations.
Kevin joined McKinsey in London in 1989. He later worked from the firm’s Beijing, Paris, and Hong Kong offices before moving to the United States in 2001, when he became managing partner of McKinsey’s New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, offices. He went on to become managing partner of the firm’s practice in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Most recently, he served as the regional leader of our Asian offices from 2014 to 2018.
He has been involved in research efforts on global economic and business trends, productivity growth and innovation in China and Asia, as well as gender and diversity. He is the coauthor of several reports, including The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in Asia Pacific, Overcoming global turbulence to reawaken economic growth, and China’s Choice: Capturing the $5 trillion productivity opportunity.
Kevin is a frequent speaker on business topics at events and key institutional forums across the Americas, Asia, and Europe. He has spoken at meetings of the World Economic Forum, the Milken Institute, the Singapore Summit and the World Internet Conference.
Long involved in charitable and professional causes, Kevin has served on the board of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, New York City chapter, the international advisory board of Scottish Enterprise, and was also previously president of the board of BritishAmerican Business.
Kevin holds a degree in law with first-class honors from his hometown University of Glasgow. He went on to graduate from Harvard Business School, where he received a master of business administration degree with highest distinction and was designated a Baker Scholar.
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.
Mr. Stanmore leads Spencer Stuart’s Real Estate and Private Equity practices in addition to the firm’s infrastructure activities in Australasia. He has worked in consulting and senior-executive roles in Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, South America, and the United States. Greg joined the Sydney office after a career in real estate, strategy consulting, and the building-materials industry.
Prior to his work with Spencer Stuart, Mr. Stanmore worked for James Hardie in a number of roles, including General Manager of Australia/New Zealand; General Manager of Finance, IT and Planning, Asia Pacific; Senior Vice President of Business Development, responsible for development of international business, focusing primarily on Europe and South America; and Vice President of Marketing for the US business. Previously, he was a manager with LEK Consulting and led strategy consulting assignments for a range of clients in various industry sectors in Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom. He launched his career in the real-estate industry, serving as a project manager with CRI Limited and as a site engineer with Lend Lease Corporation.
Mr. Stanmore has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of New South Wales and an MBA from Macquarie University. He also is a graduate of the Strategic Marketing Management Program at Stanford University.
McKinsey & Company
A native of Germany, Gernot has worked out of Munich, Cleveland and Hong Kong. He currently leads the Capital Projects & Infrastructure Practice in Western Europe, and is a co-leader of the Operations Practice. He advises clients in the infrastructure, aerospace, rail, and machinery sectors on digital transformations, operational strategy, and performance improvement.
Gernot has served clients in over 30 countries globally. His recent work includes a perspective on digitization in the construction industry and the establishment of a 5D BIM lab. Major projects include the full digital transformation of a leading global EPC, tendering for a mega mall and the turnaround of critical large projects in infrastructure, aerospace and rail. He has also supported lean transformations at aerospace, automotive and telecom companies.
Gernot earned a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Technology Munich.
Doğuş Construction and Trade
Mr. Talu currently serves on the executive board and as CEO of Doğuş Construction and Trade, which he joined in 2001 as the Business Development Coordinator, later becoming head of the Strategy and Business Development Group of Doğuş Group. Prior to this, he held positions with Harza Engineering in Chicago and with Garanti Securities. Besides his board position with Doğuş, Mr. Talu serves as a board member in the sister company Ayson Geotechnical and Marine Construction, as the vice chairman of the board of the Turkish Contractors Association, and as a member of the executive committee of the American-USA and Colombia and Eurasian-Kazakhstan Business Councils of the Foreign Economic Relations Board. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Istanbul Technical University and an MBA from Boston College.
With more than 28 years of international experience in the finance industry, Mr. Tawfiki has held positions in several countries. Currently, he is CEO of CDG Capital, the investment banking and investment management arm of CDG Group, in Morocco. Before that, he was CEO of Avenir Global Investment Advisors in Switzerland, Global Head of Commodities Sales and Structuring and Global Head of Emerging Markets at Calyon in London, Regional Head of Corporate and Investment Banking for Asia Pacific at Banque Indosuez in Hong Kong, Global Head of Marketing and Investment for Wealth Management at Banque Indosuez in Geneva, the manager in charge of international business development at Banque Indosuez in Paris, and the head of corporate planning and budgeting for Saudi French Bank in Riyadh.
Mr. Tawfiki is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee and Sherpa of the International Development Finance Club (IDFC) and the Long-Term Investors Club (LTIC). He serves as chairman of the board at Casablanca Stock Exchange, Maghreb Titrisation, CDG Capital Infrastructures, CDG Capital Gestion, and CDG Capital Private Equity.
Mr. Tawfiki holds a DEA (MPhil) in mathematics from Paris Dauphine University. He has been a speaker at many conferences, including Paris Infraweek 2017, the World Investment Conference (Marrakech), the Global Impact Economy Forum (Washington, DC), “Morocco Unlocked” (Financial Times conference, New York), and the International Asset Owners Summit (World Pensions Council, Hong Kong).
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.
Ms. Trainor is a non-executive director and adviser with more than 25 years’ experience on boards ranging from infrastructure, transport, and urban renewal to sports, arts and culture, and indigenous education and welfare. She is a director of Infrastructure Australia, the ACT City Renewal Authority, and the Major Transport Infrastructure Board.
Ms. Trainor also serves as a commissioner of the Australian Football League and of the Australian Sports Commission. She is chair of the National Film and Sound Archive and Barnardos Australia. She is a member of the boards of ANZ’s OnePath Life Insurance and OnePath General Insurance, WAM Global.
Ms. Trainor is a Churchill Fellow and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2017, she was named an Officer in the Order of Australia.
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.
Mr. Varma was pained by the problem of rework in industrial construction and decided to fix it. He cofounded VEERUM and leads the company’s business development. VEERUM uses digital twin technology to enable project teams to predict and resolve issues in the virtual world before they affect cost and schedule.
Mr. Varma has more than 20 years of entrepreneurship experience in the industries of banking, IT-enabled services, and engineering, construction, and procurement. He is an alumnus of the Indian School of Business and Kellogg School of Management.
McKinsey & Company
Jonathan Woetzel, a Senior Partner in McKinsey’s Shanghai office, has extensive experience in serving Chinese national, provincial, and city governments on economic development and urban planning. He is the McKinsey Global Institute Director based in Asia, currently leads the firm’s Cities Special Initiative globally, and serves city leaders in Brazil, India, Russia, and Saudi Arabia on new and existing city development.
Dr. Woetzel has recently designed a new central business district for one of China’s largest cities, including zoning, functional layout, benchmarking of the current situation against international examples, and development of an innovative new multifunctional concept. He developed an industry strategy for Langfang’s Airport New City around the newly planned second airport in Beijing. He supported a Chinese provincial capital in developing an integrated plan for an amusement park and associated entertainment-driven community that included functional land allocation, the marketing proposition, and investor attraction. He developed a functional plan for the launch of the world’s first “Auto City” in China. This project included developing a target value proposition, defining key success factors, developing economic models, and designing appropriate organizational structures.
Dr. Woetzel holds a PhD in political science from the University of Southern California, where his work focused on China’s political economy.
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.
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.
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.
As Vice Chair, Public Sector, Mr. Zelikow leads a team that manages JPMorgan’s business with public-sector clients and international institutions. In 2015, Mr. Zelikow cofounded Infrastructure Finance and Advisory, a global team he now co-heads, which is responsible for providing financing, structuring and advisory services to JPMorgan’s clients that sponsor and invest in infrastructure around the world.
Mr. Zelikow’s previous position was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the InterAmerican Development Bank in Washington, DC. At the IADB, he was instrumental in defining a new corporate strategy, doubling the volume of client operations, devising and executing the bank’s response to the global financial crisis, and bringing about significant management and financial reforms. Prior to IADB, he was with JP Morgan, managing a New York–based practice focused on government financial institutions, multilateral development banks, export credit agencies, and sovereigns.
Prior to joining JP Morgan for the first time, Mr. Zelikow held key positions in the US Treasury Department. As Deputy Assistant Secretary responsible for financial policy toward countries in Africa, the Americas, and Asia, he headed the task force that oversaw the $20 billion emergency financing program the United States established in 1995 to help Mexico stabilize after the peso crisis. Later, he oversaw US financial support during the Asian and Brazilian financial crises. He was the founding director of the Office of Technical Assistance, which became one of the largest providers of policy and technical advice to the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. He also served for two years as the Senior Economic and Financial Advisor to the President and Minister of Finance of Albania.
Mr. Zelikow holds a DPhil from Oxford University. He serves on several for-profit and nonprofit boards.