Following are a select group of leaders who joined us in Montréal:
Hans-Martin Aerts is a Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure & Natural Resources, Asia Pacific at APG Asset Management, one of the largest pension fund asset managers in the world with assets under management of approximately €536 billion (as of September 2020).
In February 2007, Hans-Martin moved to Hong Kong to establish APG’s first office in Asia Pacific and has since been responsible for managing the infrastructure investments in Asia Pacific.
Prior to working for APG, Hans-Martin was a Senior Portfolio Manager at ABP. He joined ABP in 2001 and has since worked in various areas, including listed equities, structured finance, infrastructure and natural resources. Hans-Martin is a CFA charter holder, and holds an MSc in Economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Sterlite Power Pratik Agarwal is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Sterlite Power Transmission Limited, a leading energy-infrastructure company with operations in India and Brazil. Pratik is a whole-time director at Sterlite Power and is also a non-executive director at Sterlite Technologies Limited and Sterlite Investment Managers Ltd. Previously, he has held directorship positions in Sterlite Ports, Vizag General Cargo Berth Ltd, and Sterlite Networks Limited. Under his leadership, Sterlite Power has grown from a USD 150mn project in 2010 to developing 23 projects across India & Brazil, worth USD 5.6bn. In 2017 Sterlite spun-out its Indian operating assets into a yield platform called IndiGrid – India’s first power sector Invit (Infrastructure Investment Trust). IndiGrid, was subsequently acquired by a consortium of Infrastructure funds and co-investors. In 2018, Pratik was awarded the Economic Times 40 under 40 award, which recognizes young business leaders under the age of forty. Pratik is the chairman of sub-committee on Power Transmission at the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), co-chair of the committee on Infrastructure and Real Estate at IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, member of the Indian advisory board of the India Brazil Chamber of Commerce (IBCC) and the current President of Electric Power Transmission Association (EPTA) of India. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA degree from the London Business School.
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
Mr. Agrawal joined KKR in 2006 and has more than a decade of experience in infrastructure and energy private-equity investing. He is the North American head of KKR’s Infrastructure business and is a member of the Infrastructure Investment Committee. He serves on the boards of directors of the Colonial Pipeline Company, Bayonne Water JV, and Torq Energy Logistics. Prior to joining KKR, he was a vice president with Warburg Pincus, where he was involved in the execution and oversight of investments in the energy and infrastructure sector.
Mr. Agrawal’s prior experience also includes Thayer Capital Partners, where he played a role in the firm’s business and manufacturing services investments, and McKinsey & Company, where he provided strategic, merger, and acquisition advice to clients in a variety of industries. He holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Doğuş Construction & Trade
Tolga AKKAS is a graduate of Middle East Technical University, Civil Engineering in 1996, and received his Master’s degree in Structural Mechanics from the same university. He started his professional career as a Construction Manager in 1996. Then, he worked in various construction companies in construction manager, project manager roles, and then as MD in charge of technical works in his family contracting business during 1996-2004. AKKAS held various positions in Yuksel Construction during 2004-2016 including VP in charge of Business Development and served as the General Manager and Board Member of Sicim-Yuksel-Akkord JV during 2016-2018. He is serving as the CEO of Dogus Construction since December 2018 and Chairman & Board Member of several JVs that Dogus Construction is involved.
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.
Mohamed is the Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, Masdar. He spearheads the company’s development and strategic direction as it plays a prominent role in the renewable energy and clean technology sector.
Before becoming CEO, Mohamed held a number of senior management roles within Masdar, including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining the company, he was head of the Internal Audit and Risk Management Office at GASCO, a leading oil and gas company based in Abu Dhabi.
Board Positions: Member of the Masdar’s Board of Directors; Chairman of Masdar Investment Committee; Board Member of Shuaa Energy 2 PSC, the company developing phase 3 of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai; Board Member of National Central Cooling Company PJSC (Tabreed); Board Member of Medical Holding Company. Board Member of Emirates Waste to Energy Company. He is also a Board Member of the Catalyst.
Furqan is the Founder and CEO of IoT and Smart City leader, Connexin, overseeing all aspects of the business. Furqan has been nominated for several awards including Entrepreneur of the year in 2012 and was the winner in the Digital & Technology Category as part of the Inaugural Northern Asian Powerlist 2020. Appointed an ambassador to Goldman Sachs’ high growth business development programme in association with the Said Oxford University business school, Furqan also holds an MBBS and BSc from the prestigious Imperial College London.
Prior to founding Connexin, Furqan worked as a surgeon in the National Health Service, something which has led him to believe that technology can be a real force for good and of its vital role in changing how we will all live in the future.
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
The Right Honorable Sir Danny Alexander is Vice President and Corporate Secretary of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
He was the first Vice President to join the AIIB, in February 2016, one month after the Bank was inaugurated. He is a member of the Executive Committee, with responsibility for governance and the Bank’s relations with its shareholders, Board of Governors, and Board of Directors. Among other things, he leads work on the Bank’s relations with the host country; on high-level relationships with other shareholders; on developing the Bank’s culture; and on the digital transformation of AIIB. He speaks for the Bank at international forums and meetings with leaders around the world.
Prior to this Sir Danny Alexander was one of the founders and leaders of the first UK coalition government since World War II. He was the chief negotiator for his party in forming the coalition. From 2010-2015 he served as a senior Cabinet minister in the UK Treasury (State Council level). With David Cameron, Nick Clegg, and George Osborne, he was one of the four members of the political inner cabinet (known as ‘the quad’) which oversaw the coalition government. At that time. he was responsible for the post-crisis fiscal consolidation program of the UK government. He led the work on UK infrastructure policy and delivery, leading to the first National Infrastructure Plan, and established the UK Green Investment Bank. He co-ordinated the UK government’s role in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum and, with George Osborne, secured the agreement that the UK would join the AIIB. He was Member of Parliament for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey from 2005-2015.
Sir Danny is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University (School of Public Policy and Management). He is a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University, and an Honorary Fellow at St Anne’s College, Oxford. He has a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University.
Robert (Bob) E. Alger joined SNC-Lavalin as President, Infrastructure Projects on August 25th, 2020.
Prior to joining SNC-Lavalin, Mr. Alger spent almost four decades with The Lane Construction Corporation, rising through the ranks of the US-based organization until his appointment as President and Chief Executive officer in 2001. Under his leadership, Lane Construction became a national leader in the industry with yearly revenues increasing nearly six-fold during his tenure to over US$2 billion. He was also instrumental in helping the company expand its footprint from essentially a regional player in the American North-East to one with a national presence across the US.
He is also a leader in the construction industry. He helped found the Construction Industry Ethics and Compliance Initiative (CIECI) and Construction Industry Safety Initiative (CISI) group, which promotes Safety Week annually across the US. Mr. Alger has also served as President of The Moles and The Beavers organizations, Chairman of the Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT), President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Construction Institute, and First Vice Chairman of the ARTBA.
Mr. Alger has had the honour of receiving several recognitions throughout his professional career. In 2013, he was awarded the Outstanding Project and Leadership (OPAL) Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Moles Award for Outstanding Achievement in Construction in 2011, and the Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award from Penn State’s College of Engineering in 2006.
Mr. Alger holds a B.S. Civil Engineering, Pennsylvania State University.
Jose Rene Gregory D. Almendras has experience in both the private and public sector. He currently serves as President & CEO of AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation (AC Infra). Concurrently, he is a Senior Managing Director, Head of the Public Affairs Group and a member of the Ayala Corporation (AC) Management Committee. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the following companies within the Ayala Group: Light Rail Manila Holdings, Inc., MCX Tollway Inc., AF Payments Inc., and is the Chairman of the Executive Committee of Manila Water Company, Inc.
As a public servant in the Philippine government, Rene served in various positions, namely, Secretary of Energy, Cabinet Secretary and Secretary of Foreign Affairs.
Under his leadership, the Department of Energy ranked as one of the Top 10 Performers, in a survey among government agencies on government performance specifically in ensuring integrity in public service. In 2011, he became the co-chair of the high-level discussion on the Long-Term Strategy for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) held in Abu Dhabi. In the same year, the Philippines became a rotating member of the Executive Board of the International Energy Forum (IEF). Last September 2013, after stepping down as Energy Secretary, Rene was awarded ASEAN Individual Excellence in Energy Management by his fellow Energy Ministers during the 31st ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) and ASEAN Energy Awards, which was another 1st for the Philippines.
During his stint as a Cabinet Secretary, he was tasked to effectively integrate and implement the programs of the Aquino Administration and ensure the effective coordination of policies and projects of the different departments and agencies of government. In June 2013, Rene was given the rare privilege of addressing the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in Geneva and then again in December 2013 for the United Nations’ Special Meeting of the ECOSOC in New York. As Cabinet Secretary, he was responsible for the resolution of major and critical issues such as the Hong Kong 2010 incident crisis, Balintang Channel incident to the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Manila International Port Congestion.
The first 13 years of his professional life started with the Citibank group, where he started as a management trainee. Landing his first CEO position as the President of City Savings Bank of the Aboitiz Group at the age of 37, he has come to be known for his success in driving the value of the companies he has led, and his craft in honing these companies to garner national and international recognitions and awards. In 2011, he was recognized by the World Economic Forum as the new Sustainability Champion for his efforts as President of Manila Water Company, Inc. He introduced customer service quality improvements resulting to a very high satisfactory rating from the company’s customers. He was instrumental for the expansion and growth of the company beyond the East Zone. During his term, the company was awarded as one of the Best Managed Companies in Asia, the Best in Corporate Governance, one of the Greenest Companies in the Philippines and hailed as the world’s Most Efficient Water Company.
In June 2016, a Presidential Award, Order of Lakandula, Rank of Gold Cross Bayani, highest honor given to a civilian by the Republic of the Philippines, was awarded to him by President Benigno S. Aquino III, for his remarkable performance during the Aquino administration.
Rene believes in servant leadership and aims to lead to serve others. He is a passionate advocate of transformation through people development and personally champions the development programs of the people in his organization.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Dr. Christine Altendorf was appointed Director of Military Programs, United States Army Corps of Engineers, in January 2021. She is responsible for the execution of the Corps’ worldwide program for engineering, construction, real estate, and environmental activities in support of the Army, Air Force, other Department of Defense and Federal agencies, and foreign nations. Previously, he served as Chief of the Programs Integration Division, HQ USACE, including as the Corps’ leader for the Programs and Project Management Community of Practice for Military Programs.
Prior she was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in August 2009 and served as the Chief of Engineering and Construction for the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). She provided executive leadership for all technical engineering activities during planning, design, and construction for the worldwide military, civil works, environmental, support to others, and international programs within USACE with a budget influence of over $40 billion and a worldwide workforce of over 35,000.
Previously, Dr. Altendorf served as Director, U.S. Army Installation Management Command-Pacific (IMCOM-Pacific). In this capacity, she managed a regional staff that provided oversight of multi-million dollar base operation programs in 12 Garrisons located in Alaska, Hawaii, Japan, Korea, and Kwajalein Atoll. IMCOM-Pacific operations include management of active and reserve component installations providing support for approximately 180,000 service members, family members, retirees, and civilians, as well as oversight of an annual budget exceeding $1.3 billion for programs that include Appropriated Funds, Non-appropriated Funds, Defense Environment Restoration Funds, Army Family Housing funds and other appropriations. She oversaw 1.8 million acres of land, 97 million square feet of facilities, and annual contracts totaling in excess of $500 million. This area of responsibility included 12,308 Family Housing Units and 42,832 Unaccompanied Personnel Housing living spaces.
Prior to her assignment at IMCOM-Pacific, Dr. Altendorf was the Director of the Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Office. She worked with Army and DOD Senior Leaders to develop and execute short-term metrics and long-term initiatives to satisfy changing needs in a dynamic evolving environment, establishing effective strategies, developing plans, and formulating policies for continued improvement of SHARP programs.
Before being assigned as the Director of the Army's SHARP initiative, she served as Chief of the Environmental Division at Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). In this capacity, Dr. Altendorf oversaw the USACE environmental mission, and a team of professionals who enable its worldwide environmental responsibilities. The program provided technical management, design and execution of a full range of environmental protection, cleanup and sustainability activities.
She served as the Director, Joint Programs Integration Office, Headquarters, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan in Kabul from July 2011 through January 2012, where she was responsible for managing and maintaining oversight of a multi-billion dollar infrastructure program which included roads, water and power. Dr. Altendorf was also responsible for Real Estate, Environmental and Operational Energy activities in the Combined Joint Operations Area-Afghanistan.
Prior to her work in Afghanistan, Dr. Altendorf was the Programs Director for USACE, South Pacific Division in San Francisco where she was responsible for a $2.0B program that included civil works, military programs, environmental restoration, and real estate activities in CA, AZ, UT, NV, NM, and CO.
Dr. Altendorf holds a PhD and a Master’s degree in Biosystems (Water Resources) Engineering from Oklahoma State University. She also has a bachelor of arts in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering from Oklahoma State University.
Dev is the Co-Founder and CEO of nPlan, a machine learning company that learns how completed construction projects performed to predict the outcomes of future projects. nPlan delivers a new paradigm in the management of risk and uncertainty.
Dev’s experience is in delivering construction projects for the energy industry, spanning 3 continents over 9 years. Following this, Dev worked within the UK government to launch and deliver the national review on AI, which was published as part of the Industrial Strategy in 2017.
Dev has a strong passion to change the way projects are delivered through empowered decisions, enabled by data. nPlan has scaled to operate in 8 countries and has processed schedules representing over $450B of construction spend, the largest dataset of its kind in the world. nPlan is also pioneering an innovative approach that quantifies the risk of construction delays, coupled with an insurance product to mitigate these risks.
CDPQ Infra, Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec
Jean-Marc Arbaud has been President and Chief Executive Officer of CDPQ Infra since January 2021. In this role, he is responsible for the team as well as for developing and overseeing infrastructure projects, most notably the creation of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) and the development of the REM de l’Est project. Formerly, he was Deputy Managing Director, then Managing Director, of the subsidiary since its creation in July 2015.
Mr. Arbaud has over 30 years of experience developing, planning, financing, executing and operating public and industrial infrastructure projects on all continents.
Before joining CDPQ in January 2014, he was President of Infra-Diagnox, a consulting company that he founded in 2012, which provides expert advice for the acquisition of major road transport and electrical transmission infrastructure projects in Brazil, India, Mexico and the United States. From 2005 to 2011, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of InTransitBC, the Concessionaire for the Canada Line, the automated electric public transit system that connects downtown Vancouver to the Vancouver International Airport and the city of Richmond. This unique experience gave him the opportunity to oversee all phases of the project: design, financing, execution and operation.
Mr. Arbaud also worked for the engineering firm SNC-Lavalin for several years, where he held various positions from 1997 to 2005. In 2011 and 2012, he assumed the role of Vice-President of Operations for the firm’s global operations (Global Power) and Vice-President and Managing Director of its Brazilian division. He started his career in France as an engineer at Pingat Ingénierie, a firm based in Reims, France.
He holds an engineering degree from ENSIAA (France) and a specialization in applied mathematics and computer science from ISAA.
David Arena is the Head of Global Real Estate for JPMorgan Chase, responsible for managing the firm’s global real estate portfolio with over 7,000 properties worldwide, comprising over 75 million square feet of space.
Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Arena held a variety of leadership positions. Most recently, he was the President of Grubb & Ellis, NY, a real estate service and investment management company. Under his leadership, the firm became one of the top-tier managers in the NYC league tables.
Prior to this, he was the Chief Strategic Officer for Jones Lang LaSalle, NY and was responsible for advising clients such as IBM, MetLife, Goldman Sachs and The Port Authority of NY/NJ.
Earlier in his career, Arena was a Managing Director, Head of Global Real Estate and US Corporate Services for Morgan Stanley -- leading global investment and real estate strategy. And, very early on, he learned his craft at Tishman Speyer properties - a global real estate developer, owner and manager.
Arena is a graduate of Fordham University. He currently serves as the President of the Board of The Police Athletic League, NYC’s largest independent not-for-profit, youth development organization – with a 100-year track record of success. David is a former Governor of the Real Estate Board of NY.
Arena lives in Connecticut with his wife Sandy and their two children.
Mr. Atallah, CEO of Nakheel, is a seasoned executive with global expertise in real estate developments over two decades as a business and functional transformational leader. He was formerly the CEO of Dubai Properties, where he led a portfolio worth $30 billion, including residential, commercial, retail, and hospitality developments. Previously, he held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Qatari Diar, where he was in charge of an international portfolio worth over $40 billion, including the prestigious Chelsea Barracks project in London. He was also the COO of Emaar Properties, where he worked extensively on some of the world’s iconic projects, such as the Burj Khalifa, Armani Hotel, and Dubai Mall. Before that, at Solidere, he headed the development of the largest mixed-use project in Lebanon, the Beirut Souks. He was also the Program Director with Fradim, in charge of real estate development projects on the French Riviera.
Mr. Atallah is the founder of the Lebanon Chapter of the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centres. He has been a speaker and panelist in several conferences and has been listed among the “Power 50” of the most significant figures in marketing communications in the Middle East.
Mr. Atallah holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Pepperdine University. In addition, he has completed an Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD, France.
With over 25 years of senior leadership experience in the technology sector, Jim Atkinson brings an extensive record developing value-driven organizations and trusted partnerships.
In his role as President and Chief Customer Officer at Bluebeam, Jim is responsible for building the high-performing sales, operations, support, global services, marketing, and channel organizations that have maximized Bluebeam’s growth and created customer value across all market segments and key geographies.
Jim is a value-driven executive, and a family-oriented husband and father of two (mostly) grown daughters. Prior to joining Bluebeam, Jim held senior leadership positions at Avid, Line 6, Alias, Autodesk and Aspera.
Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Arizona State University.
Roger joined the Thames Tideway Tunnel project in February 2012. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and has held board level positions in both contracting businesses and engineering and planning consultancies prior to joining the project. The first 20 years of his career was in the geotechnical contracting sector (mining, piling and ground engineering) in the UK and overseas followed by over 10 years in transportation consultancy (highways, rail, aviation) for clients such as Crossrail, Network Rail, TfL, Highways Agency and the Department for Transport. Roger’s Completion & Handover Team at Tideway is responsible for technical oversight, property and commercial agreements, compliance with planning permission, system commissioning and the operational integration of the completed Thames Tideway Tunnel asset into the existing London sewer network.
McKinsey & Company
Jim Banaszak is an Expert Partner for Major Projects in the Capital Productivity and Infrastructure Practice at McKinsey and Company and a member of the Firm’s Global Energy/Materials, Retail, and High-Tech project delivery service lines. He advises clients on capital allocation, engineering design, procurement, contracting, and construction of large projects and project portofolios around the world.
Bridges to Prosperity
Avery Louise Bang believes that every person has a right to safe access, and she has built an organization that embraces that belief. Under her leadership, Bridges to Prosperity has physically connected more than one million people to essential health care, education and economic opportunities by building footbridges that connect the rural last mile. Bridges to Prosperity has been recognized with the Rockefeller Foundation's Next Century Innovators Award, the Classy Award for the Most Innovative Social Enterprises, and the Ashden Award for Sustainability, the Mulago Foundation Rainer Arnhold Fellowship, and the GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group) Social Impact Fellowship.
As an active public speaker, Avery has reached varied audiences ranging from a plenary at the United Nations to the TED stage. She was featured in the IMAX film Dream Big, awarded the coveted President’s Medal by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), was named one of the world’s top 25 most newsworthy engineers by Engineering News Record (ENR), a Best Speaker at the 2018 McKinsey GII Summit, and was honored as a CauseArtist “Top 15 Women CEOs Who Have Impacted the World.” Avery is a Distinguished Young Alumni of The University of Iowa, recipient of the Recent Alumni Award from The University of Colorado at Boulder, and holds an honorary doctorate degree from Clarkson University.
Avery completed an MBA at Säid Business School at the University of Oxford, where she was selected as the Managing Director of the Oxford Seed Fund. She oversaw deal flow, due diligence, and term negotiation for high growth Oxford-led startups, while also being responsible for screening applicants for the Skoll Venture Awards. Her work won her the position of peer-selected graduation speaker. She also holds a BSc. in Civil Engineering and a BA in Studio Art from the University of Iowa, and an MSc. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder, where her graduate research was conducted with National Academy of Engineering member Bernard Amadei, which considered locally-appropriate geotechnical survey and pedestrian bridge design for rural applications. More recently, she taught Cable-Supported Pedestrian Bridge Design at the University of Colorado in the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering.
Mr. Baunkjær leads Femern A/S, 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.
John M. Beck is founder and Executive Chairman of Aecon Group Inc. A graduate in Civil Engineering from McGill University, Mr. Beck has more than 50 years of experience in the construction industry in Canada and internationally. His background includes corporate leadership in numerous construction activities including heavy civil projects and public-private partnerships for the development of infrastructure, such as airports, toll roads and transit systems.
Mr. Beck is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Financing Authority, the Royal Conservatory of Music as well as Co-Chair of the Infrastructure & Urban Development Industries at the World Economic Forum. He is a member of the Advisory Council for the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary and also a member of the Business Council of Canada. He was previously Chairman of the Board of the Ontario Power Authority, a government agency with responsibility for planning and procuring all of the province’s power needs for the next 20 years. He received the LiUNA Builder’s Award at the 2018 Ontario Business Achievement Awards (OBAA) and was named P3 Champion of the Year by the Canadian Council of Public Private Partnerships in 2013. 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.
City of Columbia, South Carolina
Since being elected mayor in a record turnout election in April 2010, Mayor Steve Benjamin has made it his mission to create in Columbia the most talented, educated and entrepreneurial city in America.
His service in Columbia started back in 1990 when he served as student body president at the University of South Carolina, later becoming the Student Bar Association President at the USC School of Law.
In addition to serving as Mayor of Columbia, Mayor Benjamin also serves as President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and as Chairman for Municipal Bonds for America. He teaches a class at the University of South Carolina Honors College and Columbia College titled “Columbia, South Carolina: Building a Great City” and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi and Sigma Pi Phi fraternities.
Mayor Benjamin is married to the Honorable DeAndrea Gist Benjamin, Chief Administrative Judge (Common Pleas) for South Carolina's Fifth Judicial Circuit. The two are the proud parents of daughters Bethany (13) and Jordan Grace (11).
Founder of Studio Dror and SuperNature Labs, Dror is a designer, thinker, inventor, and futurist whose ingenuity informs a striking range of affecting, unconventional work. Dror has an award-winning 20+ year career in product design, interiors, architecture, master planning and city planning. His eponymous NY studio collaborated with top-tier companies and developers around the world, envisioning, researching and developing systems to connect people with nature through the built environment. Dror aims to foster authentic connections and improve people’s well-being with these designs.
Some of Dror’s major works include a novel structural support system named Quadror, the masterplan of Galataport in Istanbul, Turkey, and the Cappellini Peacock chair. Additionally, his first built architectural project, Nurai Island, broke the record for the most expensive residential units sold in the UAE per sq. ft.; units sold out in 72 hours, with sales totaling 976MM.
Greg Bentley joined his four brothers at Bentley Systems in 1991. Previously, he founded a financial trading software firm, which became part of SunGard Data Systems, Inc., an S&P 500 company on whose public-company board Greg served from 1991 through 2005. He holds an M.B.A. in finance and decision sciences from Wharton. Greg is a trustee of Drexel University, where he also serves as chairman of the advisory board for the Pennoni Honors College.
Resilient Cities Catalyst
Michael Berkowitz is a Founding Principal of Resilient Cities Catalyst, a global non-profit helping cities and their partners tackle their toughest challenges to reduce fragility and improve resilience.
Previously he joined the Rockefeller Foundation in August 2013 to shape and oversee the creation of 100 Resilient Cities (100RC). He served as the 100RC President from 2013 to 2019.
From 2005 to 2013 he worked at Deutsche Bank, most recently as the global head of Operational Risk Management (ORM). In that capacity he oversaw the firm’s OR capital planning efforts, served as a primary regulatory contact and connected the myriad operational risk management efforts group-wide.
He held multiple positions at DB, including Chief Operating Officer of Corporate Security, Business Continuity (CSBC) and Operational Risk Management, where he had responsibility for budgeting, operations, and global coordination across the group's six workstreams. During this time, he also served as the head of the Bank’s Protective Intelligence unit, designed to assess and analyze security and geo-political threats to the Bank, its staff, processes and information. Between 2005 and 2008 he had management roles for DB in Mumbai, India and New York, including leading the firm’s crisis management effort to the 2009 flu pandemic.
From 1998 until January 2005, he was Deputy Commissioner at the Office of Emergency Management in New York City. In this position he worked on major planning initiatives, including the New York City Coastal Storm, Biological Terrorism and Transit Strike contingency plans.
At OEM he led an initiative to create OEM’s Public-Private Emergency Planning Initiative and its Ready New York citizen preparedness campaign. He also responded to incidents including 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, as well as the 2001 anthrax incidents and the World Trade Center disaster.
From 1994-1997 he was the editor of Emergency Preparedness News.
McKinsey & Company
Aaron Bielenberg is a Partner with McKinsey’s Infrastructure practice based in Washington DC where he works with investors, developers, lenders, utilities and governments supporting infrastructure transactions and on a variety of infrastructure finance issues. Aaron has more than 14 years of infrastructure transaction advisory experience is a former investment banker and project finance and restructuring attorney and has closed over $100bn of project and corporate and project financings and refinancings in the bank and bond markets.
Aaron has worked extensively in the infrastructure sector on acquisitions, financings, developments and turnarounds involving airports, ports, power and roads with investors, financiers and public sector clients. Aaron has advised large consortiums on PPP and infrastructure bids working with equity, lenders, EPC and O&M. He has led restructurings in the infrastructure, real estate, manufacturing and construction sectors, among others.
Aaron is currently serving as the Revitalization Coordinator for the Government of Puerto Rico appointed by the Fiscal Oversight Board of Puerto Rico and the Governor of Puerto Rico, focused on accelerating critical infrastructure and energy projects
He has served as Chief Restructuring Officer at a PPP facility in the UK.
Tomas Björnsson is Vice President E-mobility and CEO of InCharge AB, part of the Vattenfall Group, one of Europe’s largest energy utilities. Tomas joined the e-mobility team in 2017 and has over the past four years led the establishment and scale-up in North-Western Europe. The company offers a full suite of connected, smart EV charging solutions to business customers, private consumers and partners, and operates one of the largest public charging networks in Europe. Tomas holds a Master’s degree in Mechatronics, Industrial Economics and Business Management from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and has almost 20 years’ experience within energy, cleantech/renewables and scale-ups as a management consultant as well as in various senior positions, including strategy, asset management, business and organizational development, energy policy, energy market design and M&A.
Klaus Blachnik is the CPO and Senior Vice President of OMV AG, a Vienna, Austria based Gas, Oil and Chemical Group and has more than 30 years of international experience mainly in Procurement and Supply Chain Management. Prior to joining OMV, Klaus held several managerial roles in leading international companies of different industries like machine building, automotive, construction and chemicals. Klaus earned a Diploma degree in mechanical engineering and business administration from Kaiserslautern University, Germany.
McKinsey & Company
Jose Luis Blanco is a Partner at McKinsey & Company’s Philadelphia office, and a leader in McKinsey’s Infrastructure and Capital Service Projects in North America. He has supported public and private clients in operational and infrastructure transformations, growth strategy and merger management efforts. Before joining McKinsey, Jose spent 10 years at ACS, Europe’s largest infrastructure conglomerate. During that time, Jose led hundreds of engineers and workers to complete some of the most technically complex and large-scale projects undertaken by the company.
McKinsey & Company
Brodie is a leader of McKinsey’s work on climate risk in the real-estate and infrastructure sectors. He serves real-estate organizations, city governments, urban technology providers, and infrastructure investors and operators. He has advised several cities on climate-adaptation strategies (including improving infrastructure resilience to flood, fire, heat, and other hazards) and on the integration of physical adaptation and mitigation measures into economic growth, mobility, and other socioeconomic objectives.
Brodie is a frequent contributor to McKinsey’s knowledge development and a regular speaker at conferences and forums. He is a coauthor of recent McKinsey Global Institute reports on climate risk and smart cities, leveraging his doctoral research on the technological, institutional, and human changes needed to help societies become more environmentally sustainable.
Port Of Melbourne
Brendan brings over 35 years of corporate experience and a wealth of infrastructure expertise.
He started his career in banking before moving into the electricity industry at a time of dynamic change when the industry was privatised and a competitive market introduced. This experience in infrastructure and customer facing operations provided valuable experience in the move to Transurban CityLink where Brendan had a 10+ year career as the business pioneered electronic tolling in Australia and expanded into the NSW and U.S. toll road markets. During this time Brendan served as the CEO of CityLink Melbourne and was the Transurban Chief Operating Officer when he left in 2011.
Brendan also served as the CEO of Queensland Motorways, where he oversaw the successful transition of the business from government to private ownership. During Brendan’s 3 year tenure the business expanded to include 3 other toll road assets prior to the sale of Queensland Motorways in 2014.
Brendan has been the CEO of Port of Melbourne since the business was privatised in 2016 and over that time the business has made a successful transition to a landlord port model that is owned by a number of leading local and global superannuation, pension and sovereign wealth funds. The business is well positioned to support the growth of Melbourne, not only over the next decade, but over the life of the 50 year lease period.
Professor Denise Bower OBE joined the Mott MacDonald Executive Board as Group external engagement director in January 2020. She is responsible for client and partner relationships, thought leadership activity and driving improvements in the delivery of major projects.
Denise has had an impressive career in the infrastructure industry. She is very well known through her role as the executive director of the Major Projects Association and as Professor in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds. Denise was a long-standing member of the Infrastructure Client Group and has worked closely with the Infrastructure and Projects Authority to improve major project preparation and delivery. She has worked with numerous sponsor and client organisations, helping to shape major projects and programmes.
Infrastructure New South Wales
Mr. Bradley is a professional company director and is currently the non-executive chairman of HSBC Bank Australia, EnergyAustralia Holdings, and Virgin Australia International Holdings. He is a director of Hongkong and Shanghai Banking and GI Dynamics. In July 2013, he was appointed chairman of Infrastructure New South Wales.
Mr. Bradley was Managing Director of Perpetual Limited from 1995 to 2003. Under his leadership, Perpetual grew to become one of Australia’s leading listed funds-management and financial-services groups. Before joining Perpetual, Graham was National Managing Partner of the law firm Blake Dawson (now Ashurst) and a partner of McKinsey & Company.
Mr. Bradley was President of the Business Council of Australia from 2009 to 2011 and was formerly Deputy President of the Takeovers Panel. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales. He is a member of the Order of Australia and in 2012 was acknowledged by the Australian Institute of Company Directors NSW as the Distinguished Fellow in recognition of his contribution to good corporate governance in Australia.
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.
Originally an air traffic controller, Ulrik has had a long commercial career in banking and telecommunications. Ulrik has experience from several startups and is a seasoned speaker at events all over the world. Prior to the merger, Ulrik was the CEO of GenieBelt.
Denis Branthonne is the CEO and Founder of Novade. Experienced business leader with a track record in building global teams, Denis grew up in France, obtained his Master's degree at MIT, and previously worked at Autodesk as Vice President, APAC & Emerging markets.
McKinsey & Company
Andreas is a Partner at McKinsey and Company's Silicon Valley Office and a leader in our Operations Practice. He advises and serves clients in on operations topics across sectors including utilities, renewables, and automotive players.
Andreas leads McKinsey’s Capital Excellence practice for the Advanced Industries in North America.
Andreas holds a PhD in operations management and studied in Germany, USA, Canada, and France
Jan is a trained Landscape Architect who went into Urban Design and since 8 years, he is working at Squint/Opera, a digital creative studio and consultancy. At Squint/Opera, Jan is overseeing creative excellence and technology. He guides the studio’s wealth of in-house talent across London and New York, working with many international clients.
Jan builds long-term relationships with leading industry partners. He is instrumental in the development of SpaceForm - a data driven, multi-user virtual platform to design, review and present projects in the built environment.
Jan’s wide network keeps him up to date on the latest technology and industry trends, which he brings back in-house, pushing the boundaries of Squint/Opera’s work. He also works to secure ambitious, exciting projects for the studio, including their latest collaboration with Toyota and BIG for the Toyota Woven City.
An expert in virtual design and communication tools, he has contributed to numerous publications including Voices from McKinsey & Co about the impact of technology on the built environment. Jan sits on industry panels, including the NLA Urban Innovation Forum in London and has spoken about technology and design at the Global Infrastructure Initiative (GII) and the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia.
As executive vice president, Architecture, Engineering and Construction Design Solutions, Amy manages product strategy and execution for Autodesk’s 3D design portfolio including the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection, AutoCAD family, Autodesk Revit, and more.
With more than 20 years’ of experience innovating software products across the architecture, engineering, and construction, manufacturing and media and entertainment industries, Amy inspires innovative strategy while driving large-scale agile software development around the globe. Amy combines her roots as a start-up co-founder with deep product management knowledge and large-scale product execution expertise to build high performing teams focused on delivering value to their customers.
Amy transformed the company’s best-selling AutoCAD product to a modern multi-platform offering that serves as the backbone of the company’s subscription business and led a global team in developing and delivering desktop, web and mobile apps that have been adopted by millions of design and engineering professionals worldwide. In her present role, she is building on her track record of modernizing beloved software across Autodesk’s broad design and creation product portfolio.
Before joining Autodesk, Amy co-founded Linius Technologies in 1996. The company delivered wire harness design software to the manufacturing industry. Its technology was integrated with Autodesk’s Inventor 3D mechanical design software when Autodesk acquired the company in 2003.
Amy holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Amy is a member of the President’s Council for Cornell Women, the Entrepreneurship Program at Cornell, and The Athena Alliance.
Clare Burgess is a partner at international law firm Clifford Chance, specialising in infrastructure and clean energy financings. Clare is an expert in green bonds, green loans and related regulatory and legislative initiatives. She has advised on a number of renewables and green energy projects in the UK and elsewhere, including offshore wind projects such as Hornsea One, Walney Extension, NNG and Beatrice, biomass and solar portfolios. Her infrastructure practice encompasses airports, ports, roads, water and utilities, and Clare was appointed to HM Treasury's expert panel to support their Infrastructure Finance Review.
The New Terminal One at JFK
Dr. Gerrard P. Bushell is the Executive Chair of The New Terminal One Development at JFK and the Chair of CAG Holdings, the airport investment platform of The Carlyle Group. Dr. Bushell brings a wealth of experience from business, government and labor to New Terminal One and CAG. He is leading the team responsible for advancing a public/private partnership with the Port Authority, valued at $7.5 billion, and promoting community engagement, labor participation, and MWBE goals beyond 30%.
In 2015, he was appointed and confirmed President and CEO of DASNY, the nation’s top issuer of infrastructure financing and infrastructure management with a yearly construction portfolio of $6 billion. Under Dr. Bushell’s leadership, DASNY became the nations number one issuer, issuing more than $38 billion of municipal debt for public and private infrastructure projects across New York State for higher education, health services, science and technology and government justice clients.
Dr. Bushell promoted innovation, growth and inclusion across DASNY. He introduced “OneDASNY” to purposefully place clients and client outcomes at the center of DASNY’s financing, procurement and project management capabilities. He also successfully advanced New York State’s MWBE goals beyond 30% across DASNY’s portfolio. He integrated the Procurement and Opportunities Program Groups into a single business designed to deliver high quality procurements with clearly defined pathways for MWBE goals. A member of Governor Cuomo’s MWBE Task Force, Dr Bushell helped advance the reauthorization of Article 15A to build capacity across New York.
Antonio Cammisecra is the Head of the Global Infrastructure & Networks business line at Enel Group since 1st October 2020.
Prior to that, he was Head of Global Power Generation since October 2019 and served as Chief Executive Officer of Enel Green Power and Head of the Africa, Asia and Oceania region since 2017. Until 2019 he was also Head of the North and Central America region.
He joined the International Department of Enel Group in 1999. He was then appointed Business Development Manager for Latin America, working in various countries in South and Central America. He joined Enel Green Power on its foundation in 2009, as Head of Business Development Italy, and in 2012 was named Head of Operations and Maintenance Hydro, Wind & Solar. In 2013, he became Head of Global Business Development, leading a team of more than 200 people, working in over 20 countries across 5 continents.
John Campbell co-founded Campbell Lutyens in 1988 with Bill Dacombe (formerly a director of N.M. Rothschild and of Royal Bank of Scotland) and the late Richard Lutyens (formerly a director of S.G. Warburg and of Merrill Lynch).
He has nearly 50 years of corporate finance and private equity experience and holds an MA in Economics from Cambridge University, where he was an Exhibitioner at Sidney Sussex College.
After an early career in corporate finance at Rothschilds, Campbell was an executive director of Noble Grossart for 15 years, representing the company in London from 1976 to 1987. Additionally, from 1979 to 1982 he was managing director of McLeod Russel plc, the international agri-business group with principal operations in Africa, Asia and Australia.
Between 2006 and 2014, Campbell was the first European-based Director and in 2018 was awarded lifetime membership of the U.S.-based Pacific Pension & Investment Institute (PPI), a global organization with members from some 50 of the leading pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, endowments and foundations in the world. Members are represented by senior-level executives who value the trusted relationships that PPI fosters inside its programs and through its network. Campbell is an advisor to the board of the Long Term Infrastructure Investors Association (LTIIA).
As VHB’s first non-founder President, Mike’s led the company through transformative and successful growth and technological advancement. He’s propelled VHB forward to evolve, embrace new technologies, improve our nation’s mobility and shape communities in a sustainable and meaningful way.
Mike’s helping to promote the inclusion and diversity conversation through his role in the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Design Professionals Council (DPC). He’s worked to enhance our cities with highly complex mobility challenges, build the ﬁrm’s transit and rail practice, and directed the transportation practice.
Mike’s active in ACEC, ACEC Foundation Board of Directors (Vice-Chair), and the ACEC DPC Executive Committee; Women’s Transportation Seminar; Design-Build Institute of America; American Public Transportation Association; American Society of Civil Engineers; and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association and former Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware, his alma mater.
Hang Seng Bank
Besides leading Hang Seng Bank, Dr. Ch’ien also serves on the boards of Hongkong and Shanghai Banking, China Resources Power Holdings, and Swiss Re. His previous positions included chairman of MTR Corporation; chairman of CDC Corporation and its subsidiary, China.com; a non-executive director of HSBC Holdings; and Group Managing Director of Lam Soon Hong Kong Group.
Dr. Ch’ien is active in public service as a member of the Economic Development Commission of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government, a member of the Standing Committee of the Tianjin Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and an honorary president and past chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries. Previously, Dr. Ch’ien was a member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong, then under British administration. He was appointed a member of the Executive Council of the Hong Kong SAR. He also served as Chairman of the Hong Kong/European Union Business Cooperation Committee and as a Hong Kong member of the APEC Business Advisory Council. He previously chaired the Advisory Committee on Corruption of the Independent Commission against Corruption, the Hong Kong/Japan Business Cooperation Committee, the Industry and Technology Development Council, and the Hong Kong Industrial Technology Centre Corporation.
Dr. Ch’ien was appointed a justice of the peace and a Commander in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He has been awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star medal and received the French honor of Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole. He received his doctoral degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as a trustee for a decade.
Kiewit Development Company
Sam Chai is president of Kiewit Development Company, responsible for managing the project investment and development business for Kiewit in North America. He oversees a team of individuals involved in the development, financing and asset management aspects of public-private partnership (P3) projects delivered in the infrastructure sector.
Heather Chalmers is the President and Chief Executive Officer for GE Canada, and President for GE Healthcare Canada. The world’s foremost Digital Industrial company, GE Canada has produced industrial solutions for over 128 years and employs thousands of Canadians across multiple sectors.
Heather Chalmers is passionately committed to leading businesses that consistently deliver Canadian innovation and outcomes to customers in Canada and globally.
As of 2018, Heather leads GE Canada as they work to serve customer needs in the Aviation, Healthcare, Power and Renewable Energy Sectors. She heads GE businesses that partner with business and government leaders to reposition the Canadian economy for the future with a focus on climate change, digital, AI and Additive Manufacturing.
Throughout her extensive 25-year career with GE, Heather has consistently developed and led high performing teams that are industry leaders in bringing innovative technology and digital solutions to solve complex challenges in both Canadian and global markets.
Heather first joined GE Plastics where she took on multiple commercial roles. In 2007 she took a leadership role at GE Healthcare and was promoted to President of the Healthcare business in 2014.
She holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Queens University, an MBA from the Rotman School of Business and is a director on the C.D. Howe Institute Board, Ontario Brain Institute Board and St. Elizabeth Health Foundation Board. She is also member of the Business Council of Canada, Rotman School of Management’s Healthcare and Life Sciences Advisory Council and is part of the GTA United Way Cabinet and former Director of the Medtech Canada Board.
San Francisco County Transportation Authority
Tilly Chang serves as Executive Director of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. The Transportation Authority’s mission is to make travel safer, healthier, and easier for all. The agency plans, funds and delivers local and regional projects to improve travel choices for residents, commuters, and visitors throughout the city.
Ms. Chang has 27 years of experience, including 17 years with the Transportation Authority where she previously served as the agency's Deputy Director for Planning. She serves on the Boards of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, the California Transportation Foundation, SPUR, and Self-Help for the Elderly. Ms. Chang is an alternate on the Transbay Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors, Co-chair of ITSA's Smart Infrastructure Task Force, and Vice-Chair of the California Self-Help Counties Coalition.
Dr. Choi, CEO of Posco ICT, is renowned for his management expertise in turning an emerging technology into a successful business.
Posco ICT focuses in industrial integration of advanced IT technologies, with excellence in the areas of Smart Works, Industrial IOT,
Energy Generation/Storage/Consumption Optimization, and Environment Solutions for industries.
He rejoined the executive team of KT in 2006 along with his years of experience in telecommunications and media. During his tenure through 2011 as President and CTO, he was in charge of new business developments and R&D. He previously served KT from 1991 to 1994 as a Managing Director in charge of fiber optic and wireless systems.
Prior to joining KT, he was a MTS at Bell Labs from 1984 to 1988, and a Distinguished MTS till 1991. After that, his career included SEVP of HanChang Group, and Founder and CEO of NeoWave, Inc.
He graduated from Seoul National University with a BS and a MS in EE, and received a Ph.D. in EE from UT-Austin in 1984.
Searchlight Capital Partners
Prior to joining Searchlight in 2019, Mr. Claerhout led Infrastructure & Natural Resources investing at the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (“OTPP”) where he worked for 13 years. Prior to running the Infrastructure & Natural Resources business, Mr. Claerhout led the private equity Consumer & Industrials sectors and spent a number of years leading the London office. Prior to OTPP, Mr. Claerhout worked at Edgestone Capital, Pacific Equity Partners, and Bain. Mr. Claerhout received an HBA from the University of Western Ontario, a degree from the Executive Program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a degree from the Directors Education Program at University of Toronto – Rotman School of Management.
Canada Infrastructure Bank
As Chief Executive Officer, Ehren is focused on the CIB’s strategic direction including implementing the $10B Growth Plan to accelerate infrastructure investment in Canada and building the CIB as a results-oriented organization.
Prior to joining the CIB, Ehren was the President & CEO of Infrastructure Ontario, a Provincial Crown Agency responsible for financing, building, and enhancing the value of the province’s infrastructure and real estate assets. In addition to his four years as CEO, he also spent four years with the Agency in executive roles responsible for the successful transaction structuring, tendering, and delivery of billions of dollars in infrastructure projects.
Prior to joining Infrastructure Ontario, Ehren was a partner at McKinsey & Company in Toronto, where he served as a leader in the Public Sector and Capital Projects practices, advising clients in both the private and public sectors.
Ehren is a graduate of the MBA program at INSEAD in Fontainebleau France, where he graduated with distinction. He also received an Honours degree in Business Administration (HBA) from the University of Western Ontario.
UK Department for Transport
Gareth Davies was appointed Director General, Aviation, Maritime, International and Security Group in the Department for Transport in May 2019
Previously Gareth was Director General, Business and Science in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). He was responsible for securing business investment, managing distressed corporate situations and £9 billion public funding for universities and business research and development.
Over his career he has worked across the private and public sectors. He led the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and was a Private Secretary in Downing Street. Recently he worked for AIA, the pan-Asian life insurance company based in Hong Kong.
Gareth spent his early career as a management consultant, specialising in privatisation, investment appraisal and competition policy.
McKinsey & Company
Antonio De Gregorio is a Partner at McKinsey & Company based out of the Madrid office, where he leads the Capital Excellence (CE) Practice for Iberia. In this context, he is also the global leader of the CE Academy, which is McKinsey’s capability building platform for clients.
He has been at the Firm since 2010 serving Engineering & Construction (E&C), Energy (Utilities, Oil & Gas, Mining), Logistics and Real Estate companies. His previous experience as part of the McKinsey & Company’s Boston and Mexico City offices has allowed Antonio to serve clients in more than 30 countries across Europe, the United States, Latin America and the Middle East.
His work is focused on advising clients achieve substantial performance improvements (across a wide variety of topics – strategy, organization, operations, digitization), doubling down on developing in-house the required capabilities to sustain the change.
Antonio holds an MSc. in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas de Madrid – ICAI. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Duke University – The Fuqua School of Business.
Arthur D. Little
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport
Sean Donohue serves as Chief Executive Officer of Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport. In his role as CEO, Mr. Donohue is responsible for the management, operation and strategic planning of the Airport.
Centered between owner cities Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW Airport connects the North Texas region with nonstop service to over 200 destinations on five continents and is consistently ranked among the best large airports for customer service.
DFW plays an instrumental role in the region, historically producing more than $37 billion in annual economic impact and generating an average of 60,000 jobs on the airport each year.
Mr. Donohue joined DFW International Airport in 2013, following a 28-year career in the airline industry in various executive roles with Virgin Australia Airlines and United Airlines.
Mr. Donohue serves on the executive committee of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), and also serves on several boards for community organizations in the Dallas Fort Worth region.
Mr. Donohue graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Economics and is a native of Massachusetts.
Mr. Donohue is married and has five children.
CBRE Caledon Capital Management
Stephen joined CBRE Caledon in 2014 and is the head of the CBRE Caledon infrastructure investment practice, and a member of the CBRE Caledon Investment Committee.
Steve has over 25 years of extensive experience in infrastructure having invested in companies and assets in Europe, Asia, Australia and North and South America.
Prior to joining CBRE Caledon, Stephen was Senior Vice-President, Infrastructure and Timberlands at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan responsible for over $11 billion of real assets. The infrastructure portfolio included direct equity ownership in power generation, pipeline, water and natural gas distribution, terminal, airport and rail assets and grew by approximately $4.5 billion during Stephen’s tenure. Stephen has been a member of numerous boards of directors in the sector, including as chair.
Previously, Stephen worked in investment banking and industry in the energy and infrastructure sectors located in the US and the UK.
Stephen received his Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Princeton University and his Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Ewan Drummond is a member of bp’s extended leadership team with accountability for bp’s capital projects activity, covering the full portfolio of hydrocarbon, low carbon energy, renewables and refinery investments.
Ewan has been with bp for 36 years and has held a range of roles in upstream including vice president global projects organization; project director for the Valhall redevelopment, Norway; and performance unit leader Java, Indonesia. Most recently, Ewan was vice president for projects in the Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey region, where he led the Shah Deniz 2 project from FID in 2013 through to start up and early operations.
Woodwell Climate Research Center
Phillip Duffy is a physicist who has devoted his career to the use of science in addressing the societal challenge of climate change. He is particularly interested in working across traditional boundaries to address climate change, building partnerships with faith leaders, business leaders, and thought leaders across the political spectrum. Prior to joining Woodwell, Dr. Duffy served as a Senior Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and as a Senior Advisor in the White House National Science and Technology Council. In these roles he was involved in international climate negotiations, domestic and international climate policy, and coordination of US global change research. Before joining the White House, Dr. Duffy was Chief Scientist at Climate Central, an organization dedicated to increasing public understanding and awareness of climate change. He was a Senior Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and has held visiting academic posts at Stanford University, at the Carnegie Institution for Science and at the University of California, Merced. Dr. Duffy serves on committees of the National Academy of Sciences and advises international, national, state and local policymakers, as well as private corporations, on climate change. He has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard magna cum laude and a Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford.
Marie-Claude Dumas was appointed to the position of Global Director, Major Projects & Programs/Executive Market Leader - Quebec in January 2020. She has more than 20 years of management and consulting experience acquired with various multinationals, including SNC-Lavalin, Bain & Company and Nortel. Marie-Claude holds a Bachelor of Engineering, a Master of Applied Science from Polytechnique Montréal and an MBA from HEC Montréal.
Jim Dunn, President and founder of Stack Modular, was born and raised outside of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. At a young age he eagerly ventured outside the borders of Alberta and found himself living in Saskatchewan, Pennsylvania, California, and Africa. His global travels, subsequent university degrees in Civil Engineering & Architecture, and professional career as an engineer all contributed to his eventual arrival into China.
It was in Shanghai, China where Jim created one of the first Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprises (WFOE) owned solely by a Canadian. After having created Stack Modular, Mr. Dunn went on to hire architects, engineers, and project managers from Canada, USA, and China to oversee the procurement, quality, and delivery of modular buildings to the rest of the world.
Cavnue, the company building the roads of the future, today announced the appointment of Tyler Duvall as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and co-Founder. Duvall, a nationally recognized leader in transportation infrastructure, was previously CEO of SH 130 Concession Company, where he oversaw the operation and maintenance of a 41-mile privately operated toll road between Austin and San Antonio. Duvall brings a depth of private and public sector experience, having served as a Principal at McKinsey & Company where he worked for a decade and as the third highest ranking official at the U.S. Department of Transportation. He will lead the Cavnue team as it designs the physical, digital, coordination, and operational infrastructure to accelerate and realize the full potential of connected and autonomous vehicles.
Danielle Dy Buncio is the Co-Founder and CEO of VIATechnik, a virtual design & construction consulting and implementation firm transforming the real estate and construction industry. Danielle and the VIATechnik team are spearheading advancement of BIM, VDC, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Artificial Intelligence. For her innovative contributions to the AEC industry, Danielle was awarded Building Design + Construction’s 40 Under 40 in 2018 and ENR Top Young Professional National 20 under 40 in 2019.
Danielle serves on the Board of Directors for Ryan Companies US, a $2B Integrated Real Estate Development, Construction, and Design firm and J.F. Brennan, a 100 year-old firm specializing in marine and heavy civil construction.
Prior to founding VIATechnik, Danielle worked for general contractors in Silicon Valley, Sydney, and Chicago. As a Civil Engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional, she has extensive commercial building, heavy civil, and marine construction experience. She holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Chad Edison was reappointed Chief Deputy Secretary for Rail and Transit in September of 2019, where he served as Deputy Secretary for Transportation since 2014. His primary emphasis is on the development and integration of California’s current and future rail and transit network. He is responsible for developing statewide rail plans and programs, as well as the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program. He also serves on the States-Amtrak Intercity Passenger Rail Committee.
Edison served as Transportation Industry Analyst at the Federal Railroad Administration from 2010 to 2014. He was a Senior Consulting Manager, Consulting Manager and Senior Transportation Consultant at AECOM from 2001 to 2010 and held several positions at the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) from 1996 to 2001, including Senior Manager of Financial Analysis.
Edison earned a Master of Public Policy degree in international trade and finance from the University of Michigan.
Ian L. Edwards was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SNC-Lavalin on October 31, 2019. On June 11, 2019, he was named Interim President and CEO and became a member of its Board of Directors. He has over 30 years of global experience in delivering complex infrastructure and resources projects and leading businesses in many sectors and across numerous geographies including North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.
As President and CEO, he is responsible for reviewing the strategic direction of the Company on an expedited basis and in developing a plan for sustainable success that de-risks and simplifies the company’s business model and generates consistent earnings and cash flow.
Before being appointed to his current role, Mr. Edwards was named Chief Operating Officer (COO) in January 2019 where he has taken the lead in executing the initiative to simplify, focus, and grow the business and implemented numerous measures to improve the operational performance of the company, ensuring that the efficiency and project oversight measures are being successfully executed.
Mr. Edwards joined SNC-Lavalin in 2014 and was later appointed President, Infrastructure in 2015. As President, Infrastructure, he led employees within SNC-Lavalin’s global Infrastructure business and oversaw the successful turnaround and transformation of the sector.
Prior to joining SNC-Lavalin, he spent six years in senior roles with the Leighton Group, where as Managing Director, Leighton Asia, India and Offshore, he led a diverse business of 20,000 employees spanning the construction, infrastructure, oil and gas and mining sectors in 14 countries.
Mr. Edwards holds Higher and Ordinary Certificates in Civil Engineering from Lancashire University in the United Kingdom. He is an incorporated Member of the Chartered Institute of Building, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and Fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Charles Emond is responsible for the strategic direction of CDPQ and the global growth of the organization. He is also Chairman of CDPQ Infra’s Board of Directors.
Prior to this, he held the position of Executive Vice-President, Québec, Private Equity and Strategic Planning. In that role he was responsible for managing the Québec and Private Equity (Québec and International) portfolios, as well as CDPQ’s global strategic planning, in collaboration with the Executive Committee.
Before joining CDPQ in February 2019, Mr. Emond worked for nearly 20 years at Scotia Bank and Scotia Capital, where he held the positions of Executive Vice-President, Financial Affairs, Head of Canadian Corporate Banking and Global Head, Investment Banking and Capital Markets. In these roles, he oversaw a wide variety of teams located in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. During this time, he also led Scotia Capital’s Québec activities. He also served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Jarislowsky Fraser following its acquisition by Scotia Bank in 2018.
Mr. Emond is a graduate of HEC Montréal and holds the CPA, CA and Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) designations.
Ms. Es Sabar is the founding CEO & Partner at Quark Venture LP, a venture capital firm focused on health sciences investment. She is also the founding Director of the GHS Fund (a global health technology fund), and Co-Founder and Chairman of GDCC China, a health technology company accelerator. Ms. Es Sabar Chairs the Health & Biosciences Economic Strategy Table (Government of Canada) and is a Member of the Industry Strategy Council (Government of Canada).
Ms. Es Sabar has served on numerous boards of health technology companies as well as R&D incubators, company accelerators and not-for-profit organizations. She has received multiple awards and recognitions for her leadership and pioneering work, including Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award, and Women of Distinction Award for Industry, Science and Technology. As a thought leader in life sciences and innovation ecosystems, she is frequently invited to speak and dialogue on innovation economic policy.
McKinsey & Company
Steffen leads McKinsey’s work in capital productivity globally and is a core member of our Operations Practice. He works across multiple regions, including North and South America, Asia, and Europe.
Steffen supports clients with front-end planning, design, contracting, procurement, and construction of small to large capital projects across industries such as mining, oil and gas, basic materials, and infrastructure. He also helps clients define new cost-savings opportunities by taking an integrated perspective across the extended supply chain.
An expert in capability building, Steffen helps executives design comprehensive talent strategies, transforming their organizations through a talent-led approach to best-in-class practices in operations while delivering substantial financial improvement. He has developed and market tested new learning formats and concepts to ensure that new capabilities are retained and sustained.
Before joining McKinsey, Steffen was a senior manager at DaimlerChrysler, where his role included overseeing part of the company’s global purchasing organization.
Colony Capital and Digital Colony
Marc C. Ganzi is President and Chief Executive Officer of Colony Capital, Inc. (NYSE: CLNY). Prior to becoming President and Chief Executive Officer of Colony Capital & Chief Executive Officer of Digital Colony, Mr. Ganzi founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of Digital Bridge Holdings, a leading global investor and owner of mobile and internet infrastructure that was acquired by Colony Capital in July 2019 as part of Colony’s transformation to become the premier platform for digital infrastructure and real estate investment. At the time of the acquisition, Digital Bridge managed nearly $15.0 billion of global digital infrastructure assets, directly and through Digital Colony Partners. In conjunction with the acquisition, Mr. Ganzi became CEO-Elect of Colony Capital.
Prior to Digital Bridge, Mr. Ganzi founded Global Tower Partners (“GTP”) in 2003, which grew to become one of the largest privately-owned tower companies in the U.S. under his leadership before being acquired by American Tower Corporation in 2013 for $4.8 billion. At GTP, Mr. Ganzi executed a series of strategic acquisitions, build-to-suit agreements with wireless carriers and financings in the credit markets.
Mr. Ganzi received a B.S. from the Wharton School of Business in 1993. He was a Board Member of the Wireless Infrastructure Association from 2008 to 2017 and served as Chairman from 2009 to 2011. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee of the Federal Communications Commission, and he currently serves on the board of the Aspen Valley Ski Club.
Julio is responsible for IFM Investors’ infrastructure investment business in North America and manages IFM’s infrastructure team in the United States. Julio was previously an Executive Director at IFM, based in Melbourne, Australia. Julio’s experience includes senior roles in deal sourcing, investment evaluation, transaction execution, asset management, investment banking and strategy. Julio has led several major infrastructure investments and has been a director on the boards of various infrastructure companies, including the Port of Brisbane, NSW Ports (Port Botany and Port Kembla), Ecogen Energy, Northern Territory Airports and Wyuna Water. Prior to joining IFM Investors, Julio held positions with Viant Capital, Bank of America, Robertson Stephens and Gemini Consulting. Julio holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts, Public Policy degree from Stanford University.
ARM - Harith Infrastructure Fund
Tariye Gbadegesin is an investment professional with 20 years of experience in the financial services sector and over US$ 3 billion of transaction experience.
She is the Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of ARM Harith Infrastructure Fund Managers (ARMHIIL); a Joint Venture between Asset & Resource Management Company Ltd (ARM) , a Nigerian institutional investor with US$2.3 billion of assets under management and Harith General Partners (Pty) Ltd (Harith), a South African infrastructure fund manager with over US$1 billion under management.
Tariye is a member of the Advisory Council of the Millennium Challenge Corporation in Washington D.C. She is part of The United Nations Development Program Working Group for Insurance-based Financial Instruments to support Climate Finance as well as the The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance.
She was on the founding team to establish the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), a pan African DFI with US$ 6 billion under management where she led several of AFC’s investments in the sectors of power, transport, industrials, and telecommunications infrastructure. Tariye was the head of the Industrial and Telecommunications Business at AFC, building the business into an US$ 800 million allocator of capital across Africa for the sector.
Tariye has global experience from working at the International Monetary Fund, Boston Consulting Group and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Amherst College, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Wayne Gerard is the co-founder and CEO of RedEye.
RedEye is a leading global enterprise software as a service company that develops solutions for organisations and design, build and operate critical infrastructure and large capital assets. RedEye’s clients manage over $200b worth of infrastructure using RedEye solutions.
Wayne is a member of a number of industry bodies, academic and government advisory boards, he’s an advocate for innovation and the development of local startup ecosystems that accelerate the potential and competitiveness of capital-intensive industries.
Laurent Germain, 48, is currently Chief Executive Officer of Egis.
Holding degrees from the ESSEC business school and Sciences Po Paris, he is also a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (2000).
Following several positions at the French Ministry of Economy and Finance, in 2004 he became Adviser to the Minister for Research, Mr. François d’Aubert, in charge of budgetary affairs.
The following year he was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the French National Centre of Space Studies (CNES), where he made a significant contribution to transforming project management.
He also chaired the board of CLS, a subsidiary of CNES, which he helped to develop and where he coordinated the arrival of Ardian as a private shareholder.
In 2014 he joined Segula Technologies, a global engineering and technology consulting group. As CEO, he has overseen strong growth in the Group (more than doubling its size in 6 years), in particular outside France, with a specific focus on innovation.
Azienda Trasporti Milanesi
Arrigo Giana is CEO of ATM (Azienda Trasporti Milanesi), Milan’s public transport company, since 2017.
He has 25 years of experience in the service industry, 20 of which in the Public Transport sector. He was first in ATM Milan from 2000 to 2013, when he left the company as Group CFO. In 2014 he joined as CEO Cotral, the PT operator of the Lazio Region, which he turned from a pre-bankruptcy situation to profit.
Under his leadership, ATM Group has delivered a consistently high service availability and impressive customer satisfaction and a major focus has been set on sustainable mobility through its ambitious “Full electric plan”. Moreover, the Company has consolidated its international operations in Denmark through Metro Service, the operator and infrastructure manager of the award-winning driverless metro in Copenhagen and the Light Rail in the Greater Copenhagen Area (under construction).
Mr. Giana is also Chairman of AGENS, the Association that represents the transport sector and services in Confindustria, the main association of Italian entrepreneurs.
Virgin Hyperloop One
Josh Giegel is the CEO and Co-Founder of Virgin Hyperloop where he is leading a world-class team of engineers making hyperloop a reality.
Josh founded the company in 2014, when hyperloop was an idea drawn on a whiteboard in a garage. A little over two years later, VH built a full-scale prototype capturing the attention of governments worldwide. Today, Josh is leading the development of paradigm shifting electromagnetic, high power, autonomous technology, bridging the engineering work with unparalleled passenger experience, and working at the highest levels of government to develop a regulatory framework for hyperloop technology.
In November 2020, Josh made history becoming one of the first passengers in the world to ride on a hyperloop.
Previously, at SpaceX, Josh developed the world’s first reusable rockets and led the successful testing of six different rocket engines. From the final frontier to the horizon right here on the ground, Josh shifted his focus to power the earth with revolutionary waste heat-to-power energy technology, leading research activities at Echogen Power Systems.
Josh is passionate about the power of engineering to create solutions that enable people to live their lives how they want – where they want - in a way that is sustainable. This led him to leverage his expertise in high performance rocket engines with his grasp of clean energy generation to develop the world’s first autonomous, high-performance, electric mode of mass transportation.
Josh received an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University where he was a Graduate Engineering Fellow. He holds a BSME from Penn State University where he graduated with honors and was first in his class.
Jorge Gil is the Chief Executive Officer of Ferrovial Aeropuertos, board member of Ferrovial and board member of Heathrow Airport Holdings since December 2012.
Jorge joined the Ferrovial group in 2001, as the Structured Finance Director (until 2007) and then the Corporate and Business Development Director (2007-2010) of Cintra. He was a member of the Executive Committee of Cintra and a board member of various companies (407-ETR, Chicago Skyway, Indiana Toll Road and SH-130).
In November 2010 he joined the financial department of Ferrovial as Capital Markets and Finance Director, with responsibility for the financing and treasury of the group and for the Investor Relations department.
Jorge began his career in the banking industry at The Chase Manhattan Bank in Spain, working in Corporate Finance and M&A.
Dept. of Transport and Public Works, Western Cape Government, South Africa
Ms Jacqueline Gooch has been the Head of Department of the Western Cape Provincial Department of Transport and Public Works since November 2013. She is responsible for the overall management and direction of the department with over 2 500 staff and a budget in excess of R 8.0bn per annum. The Departmental responsibilities cover (in the main) the maintenance and construction of provincial roads in the Western Cape, acting as the custodian and asset manager of all provincial immovable assets with a replacement value of almost R 200bn, constructing and maintaining all health, education and general infrastructure facilities, provincial traffic law enforcement and road safety programmes, public transport operations and traffic law administration matters including motor vehicle testing and licensing as well as driving licences.
Jacqui has worked in both the private and public sectors, but returned to the Department of Transport and Public Works in 2005 to focus on improving delivery of services to the people of the Western Cape.
She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc) in Civil Engineering from the University of Cape Town in 1998, her Masters in Engineering in traffic and transportation from the University of Stellenbosch in 2003 and her Masters in Business Administration specializing in Executive Management in 2015 from UCT’s Graduate School of Business.
Jacqui is an avid reader; enjoys gardening when she has the time, doing jigsaw puzzles and is addicted to Sudoku!
Dr. Werner Götz was born in 1962 in Munich. After working in a number of international positions for TÜV Süd-deutschland AG, Dr. Götz joined EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG in the year 2000. Here, he took up a number of management roles, including for EnBW Energy Solutions GmbH and EnBW Erneuerbare Energien GmbH. Dr. Götz subsequently became Technical Director of EnBW Erneuerbare und Konventionelle Erzeugung AG before going on to take up the role of Production and Operation Director at EnBW AG. In early 2015, Dr. Götz joined the Executive Board of TransnetBW GmbH. In 2017, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer
Pooja Goyal is based in New York and serves as the Co-Head of the Carlyle Infrastructure Group, Head of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Fund, and Co-Head of Carlyle Global Infrastructure Opportunity Fund.
Prior to joining Carlyle, Ms. Goyal was the Head of the Alternative Energy Investing Group at Goldman Sachs, where she led Goldman Sachs’ investments in the renewables sector. Ms. Goyal has been investing in the renewables sector since 2005 when she joined the Alternative Energy Investing Group as an associate. She was promoted to Managing Director in 2012 and took over as the Head of the group in 2013. Under her leadership, the group built a portfolio of investments dedicated to the renewable energy and sustainable resources sector. The portfolio consisted of investments via debt, equity, tax equity instruments and ownership of assets and portfolios of assets.
As part of her role and responsibilities, Ms. Goyal has spoken at several industry conferences including the Goldman Sachs Sustainable Finance Innovation Forum. She has held several board and committee positions including the boards of Vivint Solar and the American Council of Renewable Energy and the investment committees at Altus Power and Goldman Sachs’ Americas Special Situations Group. Prior to 2005, Ms. Goyal was part of the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs.
Ms. Goyal is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Wharton School and a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Computer and Cognitive Science from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Government of Newfoundland
Cory Grandy was appointed Deputy Minister of the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure on September 9, 2020. He began his career with the Public Service immediately following his graduation from Memorial University in 1999 with a Bachelors of Engineering (Civil). After a relatively short period in the Department of Works, Services and Transportation, Mr. Grandy spent eight years in the Department of Education in various positions such as School Planning Consultant and both Manager and Director of School Construction in acting capacities. In 2008, he took on the task of implementing the Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy as the Director of Waste Management and later Municipal Infrastructure and Planning in the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment.
In 2012 Mr. Grandy was appointed as the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Works Branch in the Department of Transportation and Works. Following a departmental reorganization in 2017, he became the Assistant Deputy Minister of the new Infrastructure Branch leading the Province’s infrastructure portfolio including the planning, design and construction of education, health and justice facilities as well as infrastructure in support of the provincial transportation system. In 2019 Mr. Grandy was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of Transportation and Works. He also spent a short but highly valued period as a Cabinet Officer with Executive Council.
Christopher R. Griffin is president and chief executive officer, USG Corporation.
Griffin is a proven business leader with more than 35 years’ experience leading multi-dimensional strategies to accelerate growth, optimize market position, and advance globalization.
Griffin’s previous roles with USG include chief operating officer; executive vice president, Operations; president, International; president of USG’s Canadian subsidiary CGC and several other roles in sales, product management, manufacturing and operations. He also previously served as chief executive officer of Knauf Insulation North America.
Griffin holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, and has completed the advanced management program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Griffin is a member of the Board of Directors of Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity and Make-A-Wish Illinois. He is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Construction Technology for Women association, a past member of the Board of Governors for George Brown Community College and has served volunteer roles with Junior Achievement.
Jan Grimbrandt is an experienced serial entrepreneur with more than 25 years in industrial clean-tech hardware. This includes co-founding and playing key roles in developing two industrial cleantech startups to global niche leaders and sell them to SIEMENS AG and Nalco respectively. With BOSON ENERGY, Jan and his team are rolling out the next generation of clean distributed waste-to-Hydrogen solutions that eliminate waste and toxicants for good. Using biomass or local solid mixed wastes and recycling refuse to produce clean, accessible, affordable Hydrogen; make them sector coupling catalysts and drivers of local autonomy and utility stress relief. Fitted with fuel cells to provide grid stability and peak supply; they are the next generation of local demand/response plants for carbon-negative Hydrogen and Power. As gasification-based technologies they benefit from photosynthesis already having released the Hydrogen from water and store it in the energy-rich hydrocarbons that make up biomass and waste.
Peter Hajdu is President & CEO of Dura-Line, Orbia’s data communications business group. Peter joined Orbia in 2018 to lead Dura-Line. Previously, he held multiple executive positions in Cisco’s EMEA and emerging markets operations.
Prior to Cisco, he was a consultant at McKinsey and Company, serving clients in the chemicals, automotive, airline and banking sectors. Peter is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where he obtained his MBA and Management of Technology degree.
Chuck Harrington is the chairman and chief executive officer of Centreville, Virgnia-based Parsons Corporation, a technology solutions provider driving the future of the defense, intelligence, and critical infrastructure markets, with annual revenues exceeding $4 billion. Chuck joined Parsons in 1982 and in 2008, he became CEO and then chairman. Chuck graduated magna cum laude from California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering, holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, and attended the Advanced Management Program at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Chuck serves on the boards of the J.G. Boswell Company and the Cal Poly SLO Foundation. He has received the Executive Mosaic’s Wash100 Award and an Industry Recognition Award from the New York Building Congress. Chuck is a member of the Aerospace Industries Association and has also served on the US President’s Council for Modernizing Government.
National Infrastructure Commission
James Heath is the Chief Executive of the National Infrastructure Commission. The NIC provides the UK Government with impartial, expert advice on major economic infrastructure challenges.
Previously, James was Director, Digital Infrastructure at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), responsible for advising Ministers on broadband, mobile and telecoms security policy, and overseeing the UK’s £200m million 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme. Prior to joining the UK Government, James was Director, Policy at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), responsible for public policy, government relations and regulatory affairs.
As President of Atkins, Philip is responsible for the company’s engineering and design services worldwide. Since joining Atkins in 1997, he has held several senior positions, including leading Atkins’ transportation division and operations across Europe.
Philip is committed to collaborating with clients and partners to deliver their objectives, taking full advantage of digital transformation to improve the efficiency and productivity of infrastructure delivery. He is passionate about the skills agenda and celebrating diversity and inclusion, as well as a strong advocate of STEM and early career development.
Philip has held a number of industry positions including roles on the Boards of the Railway Industry Association, the Rail Supply Group, the Defence Growth Partnership and the National College of High Speed Rail. A chartered civil engineer by profession, he is a member of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.
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.
As Managing Partner of ZGF, Ted Hyman has played a key role in guiding the development of the firm and oversees the firm’s strategic and overall performance. He has been responsible for many of the firm’s most challenging and technologically complex projects, encompassing a broad range of academic and research facilities, hospitals, courthouses, and other civic buildings nationally. As a LEED AP®, he has a particular passion for sustainability and played a key role in the design of a number of the greenest buildings in the United States, including the J. Craig Venter Institute La Jolla, which has achieved LEED Platinum® and was designed as the first net-zero energy biological laboratory in the world and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Headquarters, also LEED Platinum® and net-zero energy.
CDPQ Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec
Mr. Jaclot has been Executive Vice President, Infrastructure, since June 2018. In this role, he is responsible for CDPQ’s infrastructure investment strategy and oversees the teams that carry out infrastructure investment activities worldwide. The portfolio he manages includes assets of over CAN $16 billion. Mr. Jaclot sits on CDPQ’s Executive and Investment Risk Committees.
Before joining the organization, Mr. Jaclot was Senior Vice President at Schneider Electric, a global leader in energy management, in London. Prior to that, he was Deputy CEO at EDF Énergies Nouvelles, a subsidiary of EDF specialized in renewable energy, in Paris. In his previous roles, he has managed major merger and acquisition transactions around the world, through which he developed an expertise in both investing and asset management. Previously, he was an Investment Officer at private-equity firm PAI Partners. He began his career as an analyst and then became an associate at Morgan Stanley in London.
Mr. Jaclot holds an MBA from INSEAD and a master’s in engineering from the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris.
Scott Jacobs is the CEO and Co-Founder of Generate, a leading sustainable infrastructure platform delivering affordable, reliable resource solutions to companies, communities, and cities. Prior to Generate, in 2007, Scott joined McKinsey & Company to co-found its global CleanTech practice, advising companies, institutional investors, NGOs and governments around the world on the economic imperatives of resource productivity and climate solutions. Prior to that, Scott spent over a decade in technology and venture capital, helping start and grow a number of companies, including PolyServe (acquired by HP) and Alliance Data Systems (acquired by FiServ). Scott has dedicated much of his professional life to the “resource revolution” and is a regular writer, keynote speaker and conference panelist on the topics of thematic investing and risk management, climate- and resource-related innovation, and building values-based and people-centric businesses.
Scott earned his MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was named a George F. Baker Scholar, and his BA cum laude from Dartmouth College.
Raveen Jaduram is Chief Executive of Watercare Services Limited. Watercare is New Zealand’s second largest company, with assets valued at $10 Billion. He is a dedicated infrastructure leader and regarded as a global water leader with over 34 years of experience. He has held chief executive and senior roles in private and public sectors, in Australia and in New Zealand.
Raveen has Honours and Masters Degrees in Engineering from the University of Auckland. He has undertaken management studies at INSEAD (France), Stanford University (USA) Macquarie Graduate School of Management (Australia) and the University of Auckland.
Raveen is on the boards of New Zealand Infrastructure Commission and the Water Services Association of Australia. He previously was a director of the Committee for Auckland and served as Chair of the Infrastructure Research Centre at the University of Auckland. He is past President and Chair of Water New Zealand.
Gord Johnston is President & CEO of Stantec. He provides executive leadership to the company and manages its growth. He has over 30 years of private and public sector experience in the design and project management of infrastructure projects throughout North America and abroad. Having progressed through various leadership roles after joining Stantec’s Edmonton-based Water practice in 1990, including serving as the Water business line leader, as executive vice president of the Infrastructure business operating unit, and as an active participant in Stantec’s acquisition sourcing and integration efforts, Gord succeed Bob Gomes as president and chief executive officer of Stantec on January 1, 2018.
Committed to revenue growth and client management, Gord’s passion is developing new work and driving strategic initiatives. Gord builds and maintains strong client relationships by establishing a clear understanding of expectations and maintaining open and honest communications.
Gord earned bachelor of science and master of engineering degrees in civil engineering from the University of Alberta, and is a registered professional engineer, certified project management professional, and Envision Sustainability Professional. He completed the Harvard Business School's Leading Professional Services Firms program and Financial Literacy program for Directors and Executives at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
Gord has served on the board of directors for ACEC Canada, as past-President of the Consulting Engineers of Alberta, and as Chair of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association Biosolids Committee. He also served on the TELUS Edmonton Community Board.
Dr. Axel Kaufmann has been appointed Spokesman of the Executive Board and Chief Financial & Operations Officer (CFOO) of Nemetschek SE, effective January 1, 2020. In this role, he is responsible for all the main Group functions of the Nemetschek Group and its global operating and strategic positioning including M&A strategy. In addition, he is responsible for the Media & Entertainment division.
Axel Kaufmann has many years of international experience in finance and management, which he has contributed to renowned companies. After studying Business Administration and doing an apprenticeship/training at Deutsche Bank, he completed his doctorate while continuing to work. He then served at the Siemens Group for more than ten years, including in the USA and most recently in operations as the commercial head of a market-leading global software business unit. This was followed by executive roles at Nokia Networks in the finance and strategy units. He then acted as Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of the listed Koenig & Bauer AG. In his last position until the end of December 2019, Kaufmann served as Chief Financial Officer at the MDAX-listed Rational AG.
Michael Keenan was appointed Deputy Minister of Transport on March 14, 2016.
Michael has extensive experience in management, engagement, economic analysis and policy development in the Government of Canada. Michael was appointed as the Associate Deputy Minister at Natural Resources Canada in January 2013. Before that he served as Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy at Environment Canada from 2009-2013.
Michael has also served as the Vice-President of Organizational Leadership at the Canada School of Public Service, and as Director General, Economic Analysis at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Earlier in his career, he worked at the Privy Council Office and Finance Canada.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree (Honours) from Saint Francis Xavier University and a Master’s degree in Economics from Queen's University.
As the oldest son of a career United States Marine, the first ten years of John’s life was constantly in motion as his family moved every two years finally settling in Chicago. Rabid Cubs, Bears & Blackhawks fan – check.
John joined North America’s largest building materials producer, Oldcastle, in 2001 as the Vice President of Marketing for the Architectural Products Group where he was responsible for developing the Belgard® brand and implementing the first digital marketing initiative across the United States. Prior to this, John spent 15+ years with BASF in a variety of marketing and sales management roles.
In late 2007 he became the first Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Oldcastle; he created the company’s first internet marketing platform, spearheaded the early e-commerce / social media efforts across the business units, all while elevating the Oldcastle brand and overseeing 200+ local/regional branding efforts.
In early 2012, John was selected to create and organize the first of its kind enterprise-wide, business development initiative that he now leads as President of CRH - Americas Building Solutions. His group is responsible for positioning CRH / Oldcastle as the preferred building material and consultative resource for Owners, Developers, Architects, and General Contractors across the globe. John’s BA in Petroleum Geology and an MBA in Marketing allows for a more balanced approach to construction by blending both art and science, so visions actually become reality.
Shaun Kenny is president of Bechtel’s Infrastructure global business unit, with responsibility for a worldwide portfolio of power, communication, aviation, rail, and civil infrastructure projects.
Shaun has more than three decades of EPC industry experience in the infrastructure, mining, and water sectors. At Bechtel, he has held key construction, project management, strategy and business development, and executive leadership roles in the U.K., Australia, the U.S., Chile, and the Middle
East. As president of the Infrastructure business, he is based in the unit’s London headquarters.
Shaun began his career in the U.K. civil construction industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Liverpool Polytechnic. He is a chartered civil engineer in the U.K., a member of the U.K. Institution of Civil Engineers, a fellow of Engineers Australia, and a registered engineer in Australia.
Clifford Capital Holdings
Clive Kerner has been Chief Executive Officer of Clifford Capital since its inception in 2012. He has 30 years of emerging markets finance experience and a proven track record as a CEO of start-up financial institutions. Before joining Clifford Capital, he was CEO of Linq Asia Capital AG, a finance company focused on high yield and mezzanine credit investing in South East Asia. Prior to this, he worked in a prominent Asian family office in Singapore and Jakarta. He previously spent 20 years in investment banking with Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (“DrKW”), with a focus on project and structured finance in the power, utilities, infrastructure and resources sectors, primarily in Asia, where he was based in Singapore with other postings in Kuala Lumpur and London. He was latterly Head of DrKW’s Asian Utilities and Infrastructure business in Singapore. Mr Kerner is also a non-executive Director of Singapore LNG Corporation Pte. Ltd., Changi Airports International Pte. Ltd., Pierfront Capital Fund Management Pte. Ltd. and Pierfront Capital Mezzanine Fund Pte. Ltd. respectively.
Dr. Kim is a founder and Chairman of HanmiGlobal, a construction management & project management firm located in Seoul, South Korea. Within the past 20 years, HanmiGlobal has acquired 11 group companies, including 3 in the U.S., and successfully completed 373 overseas projects in 58 countries.
As an expert in construction management & 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.
Kevin Klowden is executive director of the Milken Institute's Center for Regional Economics and California Center where he also is managing economist. He focuses on issues connected to job creation, technology-based development, small business access to capital, and California's role in the global economy. Klowden is the lead author of numerous publications, including "A Hollywood Exit: What California Must Do to Remain Competitive in Entertainment and Keep Jobs" as well as "Strategies for Expanding California's Exports" and "A Golden Opportunity with China: How California Can Become an Even Bigger Destination for Chinese Foreign Investment." He has written about the importance of a skilled and educated workforce in maintaining regional competitiveness, and the need for increasing exports by small and mid-sized businesses to grow the economy. A frequent speaker, he currently serves on multiple advisory boards, including the Los Angeles Regional Export Council, and particularly as Chair of Trade Finance Advisory Council for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Klowden holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and London School of Economics, where he studied Asian financial centers and foreign direct investment.
Mr. Knott is Chairman of GHD, an employee-owned global professional services company with more than 10,000 people around the world and revenues of AUD 2.2 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.
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 building projects.
Diamond Generation Corporation
Masanori (Masa) serves as Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Generating Corporation since February 2021. He has been working in the power business area more than 25years worldwide, including Japan, Indonesia, Spain and the U.K.
Prior to joining Diamond Generating Corporation, Masa worked for Mitsubishi Corporation (head office in Tokyo) as the General Manager for Investment and Digital Strategy in the Power Solution Group CEO Office.
Masa holds a Bachelors of Civil Engineering from Kyoto University in Japan.
Since March 1st 2007, Mr. Andrés Kuhlmann Jahn is CEO of Transelec S.A., the leading power transmission company in Chile.
From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Kuhlmann was the CEO of Siemens in Chile. Previously, from 1997 to 2001, he was the CEO of Electroandina S.A. (controlled by GDF Suez and Codelco), a leading electricity generating company in Chile. He was also Commercial and Operations Vice President at EDEGEL (controlled by Endesa), an electric generation company in Peru, for two years ending in 1996.
Mr. Andrés Kuhlmann is a graduate in civil and industrial engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He is also active in the community. From March 2006 to March 2008, he chaired the Chilean-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry. From May 2015 to May 2018, Mr. Kuhlmann chaired the Chile-Canada Chamber of Commerce. Currently, he sits on the boards of Clínica Alemana de Santiago and Alemana Seguros S.A. (Chilean-German health and insurance institutions). Since November 2019, Mr. Kuhlmann sits on the board of Finning International Inc. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Engineering School of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and a Counsellor of SOFOFA, a federation of Chilean industry created in 1883.
José Antonio Labarra is a Civil Engineer from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. He began his career at Cintra, subsidiary of Ferrovial, where he held different management positions in Portugal (Norte Litoral), Canada (407ETR), Spain and the USA for 13 years. He then joined GrupoIsolux as Managing Director of Highway Concessions, where he led the team and implemented the portfolio of projects that constituted the starting point for ROADIS. Currently, he’s the CEO of ROADIS, since the establishment of the company in 2016.
Global Infrastructure Hub
Marie Lam-Frendo was appointed CEO by the Board of the Global Infrastructure Hub (GI Hub) in January 2019.
Prior to joining the GI Hub she was the Head of Asia-Pacific for Acuity, the advisory services business of the SNCL group, helping clients in regard to infrastructure project strategy and finance.
From 2011 to 2014, Marie headed the Infrastructure Initiatives department of the World Economic Forum, where she led their thought leadership activities, publishing thought leadership reports on best practices in the infrastructure sector. She led the dissemination effort of these best practices to governments and advocated to coalitions such as the B20 and the G20.
Before that, Marie worked for European utilities Essent then RWE where she drove their business development activities in the Africa and Central Asia region for various commodities, including their equity investment in LNG and hydro power plants.
She started her career in 2001 and has worked for various engineering consulting firms holding several technical and commercial positions for energy and transport projects in Africa, Middle East and Europe.
Marie holds an MSc of Civil Engineering from EPF, an MSc of Marketing and Strategy from ESCP-EAP (Paris), and an MSc of Management and Leadership from WEF - in partnership with LBS and INSEAD. She is a Global Leadership Fellow of the World Economic Forum.
International Finance Corporation
Morgan Landy is Senior Director of Global Infrastructure and Natural Resources at IFC, a member of the World Bank Group and the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. In this role, he leads IFC investment operations and advisory services in energy, transportation, water, mining, and municipal and environmental infrastructure, and oversees a $20 billion debt and equity portfolio.
Over his career at IFC, Mr. Landy has worked in Washington D.C., Ho Chi Minh City, and Istanbul in roles including Regional Infrastructure Manager for Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, and Global Head of Power and Renewable Energy. Most recently he worked as Director of IFC’s Environmental, Social, and Governance Department, leading corporate efforts to ensure that IFC grows sustainably and through advancement of the industry-leading IFC Performance Standards.
Before joining IFC, Mr. Landy worked in the investment banking team at Credit Suisse FirstBoston in New York. He holds a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in the United States.
Scott is responsible for overseeing our significant global infrastructure program. Previously, he was a Senior Principal in the Private Investments department, where he started the Infrastructure Investments group. He also launched the Relationship Investments group within the Public Market Investments department and was most recently Managing Director, Head of Fundamental Equities.
Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2005, Scott was an investment professional at Onex Corporation and held various positions in both finance and operations at GE Capital Real Estate and GE Plastics.
Scott holds a BComm (Hons) from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
He is currently the Chair of Transelec S.A. and is on the board of TORC Oil & Gas Ltd., and has previously served on numerous boards in a variety of industries.
Tom Leppert has a distinguished record in both the private and public sector. He served as the Mayor of Dallas and has led major leading major corporations in the areas of construction, financial services, homebuilding, real estate, and education. These include Chairman/CEO of The Turner Corporation, nation’s largest general building company, CEO of Kaplan, Inc., global educational services, and CEO of Castle & Cooke Properties. Earlier, he was a Principal with McKinsey.
Leppert served as a White House Fellow and holds an MBA with Distinction from Harvard.
He is the Chairman of the board of Austin Industries and View and serves on the board of Fluor.
Leppert is a noted speaker and has appeared regularly in the media. He has been recognized for his leadership, including “CEO of the Year” by D Magazine, “Texas Businessman of the Year” by Texas Association of Business, “Outstanding Director 2020” by Dallas Business Journal.
New York MTA
John (“Janno”) Lieber was appointed Chief Development Officer of the MTA by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in May 2017.
Reporting to the MTA Chairman, Lieber is also President of MTA Construction & Development, the organization responsible for capital planning and for the development and delivery of capital projects across the MTA. Lieber also oversees the MTA Real Estate Department and is responsible for integrating real estate planning and economic development into MTA infrastructure projects.
From 2003 to 2017, Lieber served as President of World Trade Center Properties LLC, where he was responsible for managing all aspects of the Silverstein organization’s efforts to rebuild at the World Trade Center site, including planning, design, and construction issues; business, financing, and legal matters; and public affairs, government, and community relations.
Earlier in his career, he held positions in the administrations of President Bill Clinton and NYC Mayor Ed Koch and worked as an attorney in private practice.
Mark Liedemann is President and CEO of Partnerships BC. He leads the executives responsible for running a team of highly specialized employees and contractors focused on the planning, procurement and implementation of large and complex infrastructure projects in B.C. and throughout Canada. Partnerships BC has completed more than 60 projects with a value in excess of $20 billion. Mark’s key responsibilities include corporate strategy as well as shareholder and stakeholder relations.
David is the CEO of VEERUM. VEERUM provides industrial clients with a full asset lifecycle digital platform which provides a 3D environment connecting CAD, GIS, Document Management and IoT data sources in one web based view. VEERUM has clients across the world and can be up and running in 48 hours with client data.
Cubic Transportation Systems
Jeffrey Lowinger is the senior vice president of Cubic Corporation and president of Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS). He will be responsible for overseeing the business’ continued growth and advancing Cubic’s NextCity™ strategic priorities.
Prior to joining Cubic, Lowinger was the president of the eMobility segment for Eaton Corporation, a new organic growth segment announced in March of 2018 to provide intelligent power electronics, power systems and advanced power distribution, in addition to circuit protection products and solutions for the automotive and commercial vehicle industry. Since the launch of the segment, the business achieved over $450 million in mature year revenue of new business. He oversaw the global profit and loss (P&L) for sales, marketing, development, production and services for all power management technologies for on- and off-road vehicles. Prior to leading eMobility, Lowinger served as the senior vice president of engineering and chief technology officer for the company’s industrial sector where he was responsible for leading the technology maturation for the aerospace, vehicle and hydraulics portfolio as well as overseeing the commercialization for new product development for specific customer applications.
Lowinger successfully completed a 25-year career at Boeing where he held several engineering leadership roles managing complex hardware/software development programs for all key rotorcraft programs. He was also the executive vice president of engineering, Xworx and commercial business at Bell Helicopter, where he oversaw the $1.5 billion global commercial business in addition to leading innovation and technology for Bell’s Xworx organization.
He is active in promoting science and technology and has served on the advisory boards at Rutgers University, Texas Christian University, Penn State University and Concordia University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers University. Lowinger also completed executive education programs at Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University and Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Prime Infra Holdings
Mr. Guillaume Lucci is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Prime Metroline Infrastructure Holdings Corporation (Prime Infra) and Prime Metro Power Holdings Corporation (Prime Power). Prime Infra is an investor, developer, and operator of water projects and currently developing the Wawa Bulk Water supply project, the largest privately-owned water supply project in the Philippines. In addition, Prime Infra is the majority shareholder of Prime BMD, a civil contractor established in the Philippines since 2017 in JV with BMD of Australia. Prime Power is an investor, developer, and operator, of power assets with currently a gas fired power plant in operation in Iraq and a number of other projects in development. Both companies are exclusively focused on emerging markets.
Guillaume also holds the role of Head of Global Project and Capital Expenditures for International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI, PSE: ICT).
Prior to joining ICTSI, Mr. Lucci served as the Infrastructure Commercial Director for CH2M HILL in Latin America and as a Director of CH2M HILL do Brasil and Halcrow Panama S.A (Halcrow). He also previously served as Halcrow’s Regional Director for the Maritime Business Group in Latin America. Before joining Halcrow, Mr. Lucci served as the Principal Vice President and Director of River Consulting’s Maritime Division, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (NYSE: KMP), the largest independent operator of liquid and dry bulk terminals in the USA.
Mr. Lucci holds a M.S. degree in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials from the University of California at Berkeley, and undergraduate degrees in Civil Engineering and in Mathematics from Florida Institute of Technology (Summa Cum Laude) and the University of Toulon et du Var, France. He is a registered Structural Engineer in Florida, USA.
Mr. Mackenzie is Head of Infrastructure, based in London. He is responsible for overseeing DWS’s investment activity in private infrastructure debt and equity globally. Hamish joined the team from Deutsche Bank's corporate and investment banking division where he was a specialist in the transport sector. Prior to that, he worked as an M&A banker at HSBC.
Hamish was responsible for establishing the European Infrastructure equity business in 2005 as well as directing the investment activity from its inception. This includes the flagship funds Pan European Infrastructure Fund (PEIF), PEIF II and PEIF III, together representing AUM in excess of €10 billion. The funds have successfully invested in a wide variety of transportation, energy and utility companies across Europe and North America. Hamish has represented DWS on the boards of Peel Ports, Yorkshire Water, Tank & Rast, Autovia del Camino and SAVE (Venice Airport). Hamish qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte & Touche.
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Laurie Mahon serves as Vice-Chair of CIBC’s U.S. Investment Banking business, a role she recently assumed after having led the Global Infrastructure and Power team since August 2013. She has spent her entire professional life in the infrastructure space, having had a multifaceted career as a banker, public sector manager, infrastructure executive, consultant, journalist and developer focusing on the development and financing of large infrastructure projects around the globe.
Before joining CIBC Capital Markets, Ms. Mahon was a senior expert in McKinsey’s infrastructure practice. Previously, she spent 12 years as an independent advisor, helping numerous public and private entities develop transportation projects in the U.S., Latin America, China and the U.K.. From 1984 until 1999, she worked on Wall Street as an investment banker, focusing on the infrastructure markets in both the U.S. and emerging markets. She started her banking career as a municipal banker.
Before entering the field of banking, Ms. Mahon spent five years working at New Jersey Transit, where she held various 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, and a B.S. summa cum laude from Boston University.
Ryan Maibach is the President and CEO of Barton Malow Holdings. A fourth-generation builder, Ryan spent time in the family business at a young age and chose to pursue a construction engineering degree at Purdue University. Upon completion, Ryan began his career at Barton Malow Company as a project engineer in 1997.
In 2011, Ryan was named President of Barton Malow Company. Since that time, he has expanded the enterprise through rapid alignment, strategic growth, and innovation. With a vision for industry transformation, Ryan leads the Barton Malow Family of Companies through a culture of empowerment and continuous improvement. His passion for making a positive impact on the industry is rivaled only by his unique ability to connect with employees and serve his community.
Ryan’s serves on leadership boards for the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Detroit Children’s Fund, and The Parade Company. Previous honors include Crain’s Detroit Business 40 under 40, 2010 Engineering Society of Detroit Young Engineer of the Year, and 2009 Building Design & Construction’s 40 Under 40.
Louis Berger Services
Dr. Jiri Maly is President & CEO of Louis Berger Services based in Washington, DC. LBS specializes in turnkey power and fueling projects, infrastructure operations, maintenance, logistics and ground support services. Prior to joining LBS, Dr. Maly was the Managing Director of CIBC’s Global Infrastructure Finance team and a member of the CIBC Global Leadership Team. Previously, he was a partner at McKinsey & Company where he was instrumental in founding and developing their Capital Projects and Infrastructure Practice. Dr. Maly has over 20 years of experience in global, regional and local leadership roles and has worked on projects throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. He earned two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Calgary in Chemical Physics and Applied Mathematics. He also holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago.
MIGA, World Bank Group
Hiroshi Matano is Executive Vice President at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and a member of the World Bank Group leadership team. He is responsible for the long-term strategic planning and development of MIGA, guiding key finance and guarantee operations, forging partnerships and developing MIGA's business.
A native of Japan, Mr. Matano, brings more than thirty years of experience in banking and finance. As Global Head of Structured Finance at MUFG, Mr. Matano managed assets across key global markets, including the world’s largest renewable energy project portfolio. During this tenure, Mr. Matano was instrumental in the issuance of MUFG’s first green bond, and MUFG was the recipient of the Global Bank of the Year award by Project Finance International.
Mr. Matano also contributed to the merger of Mitsubishi UFJ Securities and Morgan Stanley Japan, focusing on post-merger integration, and helping make the combined firm the leading investment bank in Japan.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Matano was seconded to the International Finance Corporation for three years. During this time, Mr. Matano executed long term investments in Indonesia, Thailand and Korea as part of a broader effort to support small and medium enterprises in the aftermath of the Asian currency crisis.
Mr. Matano received his Bachelor's degree from the Department of Economics at Keio University and his Master's degree from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
Global Infrastructure Partners
Michael is a founding partner of Global Infrastructure Partners based in London. He is responsible for all GIP’s transport infrastructure investments. He led GIP’s acquisition of London City Airport in 2006, London Gatwick Airport in 2009 and Edinburgh Airport in 2012. He also led the sale of London City Airport in early 2016 and a 50.01% stake in Gatwick to Vinci in 2019. He also led four investments in the ports sector including in 2010 the Port of Brisbane, in 2013 a joint venture with MSC for 42 container terminals located in five continents and in 2016, the Port of Melbourne. In 2018, he led the acquisition of NTV-Italo, a high speed train operator. He was previously Head of Credit Suisse’s Global Transportation and Logistics group from 1997 to 2006 and prior to that was Head of Transport Investment Banking at BZW from 1990. He has been the lead advisor on the privatizations of over 25 airports or airport groups, including the 22 Federal Australian airports and was lead advisor to the UK Government on the Public Private Partnership of NATS in 2001. He has advised on several airline transactions in the UK and globally.
Recently retired as Chairman of Crossrail Ltd, Europe’s largest metro rail project. Prior to that, CEO of the UK Government’s Infrastructure and Projects Authority, with oversight of the HMG’s largest and most complex projects and programmes and responsibility for building project capability within the UK government. Background in energy, with many years in conventional oil and gas exploration, development and production, followed by several years as Head of Group Technology in BP. In this role, responsible for corporate oversight of major projects groupwide, as well as technology development across the company. Focus on development of alternative energy opportunities for BP, including setting up of Hydrogen Energy. Ex-Chairman of Deepwater Wind in the US and Co-Chair of MIT study of the Future of Natural Gas.
Local Government Commission
Kate Meis is the Executive Director of the Local Government Commission (LGC)— a nonprofit supporting local policymakers through nationally recognized events, cost effective technical assistance, and policy guidance on Climate Change, Community Design, Energy, Water, and National Service. Kate is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum and has been recognized for her climate-change work by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as one of the nation’s “40 under 40 Young Leaders Who Are Solving the Problems of Today – and Tomorrow”.
Alinda Capital Partners
Jim Metcalfe has over 20 years of experience in infrastructure. As Head of Global Investments he is responsible for sourcing, acquiring, and adding value to investments globally. He also leads Alinda's investments in digital infrastructure. He is a member of the Management Committee of Alinda and he is a member of the Investment Committees of Alinda’s funds. He serves on the boards of directors of several portfolio companies, including Howard Midstream Energy Partners, LLC. Prior to joining Alinda he was Managing Director and Global Head of Power and Utilities at UBS. He was previously head of power mergers and acquisitions at Lehman Brothers and head of power and utilities mergers and acquisitions at JP Morgan in New York.
He received a B.S. degree from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and a Masters of Management degree from J.L. Kellogg School Illinois.
Bernard Michel is a French corporate executive specialized in the banking, insurance and real estate sector.
Strongly involved in the optimization and development of the companies he manages, Bernard Michel is particularly interested in the synergies between Corporate Social Responsibility and economic performance. He focuses on diversity and parity as well as for the development of innovation in the real estate industry.
He began his career at the French Ministry of Finance (Tax Administration) in 1970 before joining the General Inspection of Finance in 1983, Gan Insurance in 1987, and Crédit Agricole SA Bank in 1996. In this company, he served as a member of the Executive Committee, Chairman of Crédit Agricole Real Estate, Chief Executive Officer of Predica Life Insurance and Crédit Agricole Insurance, before joining Gecina in 2010.
He was Chairman of Gecina's Board of Directors from 2010 to 2018 and also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gecina from October 2011 to June 2013.
Since 2017 he has been Chairman of Viparis, a subsidiary of Unibail-Rodamco and the Paris Ile de France Chamber of Commerce and Industry (trade shows and conventions).
He is also active in real estate asset management consulting activities, innovation, governance and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Washington State Department of Transportation
Roger Millar was appointed Secretary of Transportation by Governor Jay Inslee in August 2016. Millar oversees a 7,000-employee agency that is the steward of a multimodal transportation system and responsible for ensuring that people and goods move safely and efficiently. Prior to joining WSDOT, Roger served for five years as vice president of Smart Growth America, a national not-for-profit organization. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Millar is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He is the Treasurer of the ASCE Transportation and Development Institute.
Douglas is Chief Executive of Scottish Water, which supplies over 5 million customers across the mainland and islands of Scotland.
Douglas has worked in the Scottish water industry for over 20 years, initially in financial and commercial roles with East of Scotland Water. Since Scottish Water was formed in 2002, he has been at the heart of the transformation of the business, serving as Finance and Regulation Director for over ten years before being appointed as Chief Executive in 2012.
Before joining the water sector, Douglas worked with Price Waterhouse in the UK and New Zealand, and with Tyco in Australia, in a variety of financial roles.
Douglas is Vice Chair of World Vision UK, part of the World Vision partnership which is the world’s largest international children’s charity.
McKinsey & Company
Detlev Mohr is a Director in McKinsey's Stuttgart office. He is the leader of the EMEA Automotive & Assembly Industry Practice, and member of the leadership of the Advanced Industries Sector. In his more than 20 years with the Firm, he has worked with automotive and industrial clients in Europe, China, and the US. His focus areas are corporate and business unit strategy, as well as transformation programs and organizational change topics.
Anglo American Platinum
Prakashim Moodliar is Executive Head Projects and Environment at Anglo American Platinum (AAP), a member of the Anglo American plc Group.
AAP is the world’s leading primary producer of refined platinum group metals (PGM’s). PGM’s make modern life possible in a safe, smart and responsible way. AAP owns and operates several mining complexes and has downstream smelting and refining operations to produce refined metals.
Prior to joining Anglo American Platinum, Prakashim worked at ABInBev Africa as the Africa Zone Projects Manager responsible for leading a large, multi-disciplinary team that focused on the development and execution of projects supporting capacity, capability and continuity across Africa. Prior to that, he worked for companies such as SABMiller, Eskom and Armscor, where he strategically led and successfully delivered large-scale projects, both locally and internationally.
Over his career, Prakashim has focused on bringing key environmental and sustainable development aspects into the delivery of projects. In his present role, he leads a multidisciplinary team that ensures delivering on the demand for minerals and metals and is executed in a safe and efficient manner to ensure the optimal and sustainable use of land, energy and water in a fully integrated manner with all stakeholders. Key deliverables include the mapping and execution of renewable energy options and energy efficiency projects on the pathway to zero carbon emissions.
Prakashim holds a BSc (Chemical Engineering) from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa and Executive Development Programme through Columbia University, New York, USA.
Turner & Townsend
Patricia Moore is the UK Managing Director.
Patricia sits on the Turner & Townsend Executive Board and as UK Managing Director leads a team of 2000+ people servicing clients across Real Estate, Infrastructure and Natural Resources markets.
Patricia’s experience encompasses the whole programme life-cycle, she is skilled in business case appraisal, major programme set up, delivery through to commercial close and claims resolution.
A Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Patricia has an MSc in Construction Law and Arbitration, is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.
ALICE Technologies / Adjunct Professor Stanford University
René Morkos founded ALICE Technologies, which has developed the world’s first Generative Construction Simulator. ALICE generates millions of construction simulations for any project simply by changing parameters such as the number of cranes or crews assigned to the job. As a result, ALICE shortens construction durations by 17% and costs by 13%.
René is a second-generation civil engineer and his professional experiences include working as a project manager in Afghanistan, underwater pipeline construction, and automation engineering on a $350 million oil and gas project in Abu Dhabi. He currently teaches construction management at Stanford University, as an adjunct professor, where he obtained his PhD and artificial intelligence applications for construction.
General Fusion Chris Mowry joined General Fusion as its Chief Executive Officer in 2017, bringing global energy industry leadership to the company during the important transition from lab-scale research to the pilot plant demonstration of its technology. With more than 30 years of experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors, Mowry has led an exceptional portfolio of businesses, including those in the power, oil and gas, energy management, automation and process industries. He has more recently focused on commercializing zero-emission energy technologies and was previously Founder and CEO of B&W mPower, one of the first grid-scale advanced reactor technology ventures. Mowry’s career focus has remained on the commercialization of innovative clean energy technologies. He earned a BS in Engineering and a BA in Astronomy from Swarthmore College, and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University. He holds numerous patents in advanced control systems for various energy technologies.
Frank Mühlon was appointed President of ABB’s E-Mobility division in 2017.
For more than a decade, the global business has provided a complete range of charging and infrastructure solutions from slow AC charging, DC fast charging and Ultra-fast charging to eBus / heavy vehicle charging... All chargers are cloud-connected, offer a lot of additional functionality for the user as well as the operator, and are easily serviceable. With charging at the center, ABB offers also a whole range of low- and medium switchgear for larger sites, battery-energy storage and site load- and energy management controls.
Prior to this role, Frank was Global Head of the Low Voltage modular devices unit and Managing Director of ABB Stotz-Kontakt GmbH in Heidelberg, which is one of the manufacturing sites of those products.
Before joining ABB in 2014, Frank had several global general management positions within the Automotive Division of Bosch and worked in Germany, China and the US.
Frank has a master's degree in mechanical engineering and business from the University of Darmstadt, Germany and lives close to Frankfurt, Germany.
Dallas Fort Worth Airport
Khaled Naja serves as Executive Vice President for the Infrastructure & Development Division of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. He oversees the Design, Code & Construction, Commercial Development, Energy, Transportation & Asset Management and Planning departments. His responsibilities include directing all aspects of development at DFW, including master planning, engineering, a multibillion dollars capital improvement program, construction work, and commercial real estate development. More specifically, Mr. Naja provides key leadership support to help guide the overall strategic planning of the Airport; the development, acquisition, leasing, and commercial property management of the Airport’s property and facilities; and the design and construction of facilities in fulfillment of the Airport Master Plan.
Mr. Naja is an experienced senior executive and professional engineer with cross-industry expertise in infrastructure operations and construction management. His professional career includes serving as Vice President in the Aviation Division for Parsons Corporation and as Chief Operating Officer of the Chicago Department of Aviation. In that role, Mr. Naja was responsible for the daily management of facilities maintenance as well as for airside and landside operations at O’Hare International Airport. He also had managerial oversight over design and construction, noise, sustainability and environmental compliance at both O’Hare and Midway International Airports, including the $6.6 billion O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP). Mr. Naja’s previous experiences include construction management responsibilities on the OMP and the Washington Dulles International Airport capital development program.
Mr. Naja is a registered professional engineer licensed in Virginia. He holds a Master of Civil Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Cross River Rail Delivery Authority
Mr. Graeme Newton has more than 25 years’ experience in the infrastructure sector. In the past 15 years, he has led large scale, high profile and complex infrastructure projects within the private and public sector.
Over the years Graeme has worked in a range of different infrastructure leadership roles including the role of Director-General for the Department of Infrastructure and Planning where he was a key decision-maker for Queensland, leading major infrastructure, investments, planning and project delivery. He has previously been the Coordinator-General and a Partner at Deloitte Australia focusing on infrastructure and major capital projects
In his current role as CEO of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority, Graeme is leading the delivery of the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project, which will transform SEQ’s public transport network once complete. This role involves extensive engagement and strategic policy advice for a range of interstate, Queensland government departments.
Allard joined InfraCo Asia in mid-2013 and has overall accountability for the company’s infrastructure developments and investments in 12 Asian countries.
Allard has been based in Asia for over 25 years and has strategic executive leadership experience in the infrastructure sector in emerging and frontier markets. He has successfully led and acquired infrastructure, energy and environmental companies.
Allard’s previous roles include CEO of Jindal Aquasource and Jindal Ecopolis in New Delhi, India; President Asia Pacific at Covanta Energy Corporation (the world’s largest energy from waste company) based in Shanghai, China; Regional Director Infrastructure Development and Country Director China, for the Leighton Group in Asia; Regional Director, Greater China at Thames Water International in Hong Kong SAR; and Country Manager of Vermeer–Ballast Nedam, while based in Vietnam.
Allard has served on the Board (as NED) of the International Project Finance Association – IPFA (headquartered in London) since 2017.
He holds a BSc (Eng) in engineering management and an MBA in international business.
Áine O’Dwyer, PE
CEO, Enovate Engineering
Áine is the Principal and CEO of Enovate Engineering, an Engineering and Construction Management Firm with offices in New York and New Jersey. Starting the company in 2017, Enovate specializes in public and private sector CM/PM, Transportation Engineering, and Surveying services. They have worked on monumental projects such as the new Moynihan Train Hall, JFK Redevelopment Project, Brooklyn Bridge, and the new New York Islanders Belmont Arena.
Prior to Enovate, Áine worked for a large privately held International infrastructure development and construction firm. There, she worked her way from a field engineer to Vice President, running Engineering globally for the firm. She has worked on both national and international development projects, such as the $2.3B Anaklia Deep Sea Port project in the Republic of Georgia.
She is a licensed Professional Engineer in eleven states. She is the recipient of the Engineering News Record (ENR) National 2018 Top 20 under 40, ENR New York 2018 Top 20 under 40, 2019 NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business and has received a Proclamation from the City of New York as well as a Citation of Merit from the Bronx Borough President for her achievements in Gaelic Football.
Hailing from her native Ireland, Áine graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from NJIT and a Master’s in Civil Engineering, also from NJIT. Whilst at NJIT, Áine played Division I basketball for 4 years and soccer for 2 years, actively involved in sports throughout all 5 of her years at NJIT. She sits on the Industry Advisory Board of the NJIT Civil Engineering Department and sits on the National Board of the Professional Women in Construction (PWC) organization. She remains active locally on a number of initiatives and actively plays soccer, basketball, hikes, and snowboards in the winter months.
Alina is a seasoned professional in the infrastructure investment and financing sector. She has been a key player in the infrastructure sector for more than two decades. She has extensive experience and a solid track record in her field. Before joining Fiera Infrastructure, she was CEO of Aquila Infrastructure, where she oversaw the creation of the firm. Prior to that, she was CEO of the Macquarie Essential Assets Partnership (“MEAP”), North America’s first unlisted infrastructure fund. Under her leadership, MEAP pursued and assessed numerous opportunities, completed five acquisitions and one divestment. Alina went on to lead the infrastructure program at OPTrust, with a capital allocation of $2.5 billion. In this role, she was responsible for setting strategic direction, overseeing investment strategies and acquisitions, and managing an infrastructure portfolio in excess of $1 billion. Alina holds a B.Eng. from McGill University and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. She is a CFA charter holder and a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.
Robert Painter was appointed Trimble’s president and chief executive officer in January 2020. From 2016 to 2019, he served as chief financial officer, where he was responsible for Trimble’s worldwide finance operations. In 2015, Painter was appointed vice president of Trimble Buildings, a Trimble group focused on BIM-centric businesses that span the Design-Build-Operate continuum of the building lifecycle. From 2011 to 2014, he served as general manager of the Company’s joint venture with Hilti, which was created to foster collaborative development of product innovations for the building construction industry. From 2009 to 2010, he served as general manager of the Company’s Construction Services Division. Painter joined Trimble in 2006 and assumed leadership of Trimble’s business development, leading all acquisition and corporate strategy activities. Prior to joining the Company, Painter served in a variety of management and finance positions at Cenveo, Rapt Inc., Bain & Company, Whole Foods Market and Kraft Foods. In 1993, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from West Virginia University and received an MBA in Business from Harvard University in 1998.
McKinsey & Company
Robert leads McKinsey & Company's Real Estate Services. 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.
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.
Throughout his 20-plus year career at WSP, Eric Peissel has managed teams in Quebec, Ontario, and Western Canada. Since November 2020, he is providing national leadership for the Advisory & Innovation growth portfolio. He served previously as WSP’s Transportation business line leader in Canada. Eric holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from McGill University along with a B.A. in Urban Studies from Concordia University.
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 co-founder 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.
McKinsey & Company
Shannon is a leader in McKinsey’s Capital Projects & Infrastructure, Electric Power & Natural Gas, and Sustainability & Resource Productivity Practices. She brings extensive experience serving both public- and private-sector clients in infrastructure, transportation, and utilities.
Examples of Shannon’s client experience include the following:
- Helping a major US utility redesign its planning and work readiness processes—including risk prioritization, budgeting, forecasting, and job preparation—to improve efficiency and crew safety • working with another utility to redefine its frontline gas operations in order to improve safety, reliability, and affordability—including optimizing work planning, standardizing processes, and designing employee-change management initiatives
- Supporting a US state to reconfigure its disaster-recovery capability— including its performance-management system and financial strategy— across multiple sectors, including natural infrastructure, transportation, energy, and housing
- Crafting a new strategy for a transportation manufacturer to address changing emissions regulations, a shifting competitive environment, and the introduction of disruptive fuel technology
- Reviewing global public transportation systems to define the optimal design for a public transportation system in a Southeast Asian city—including identifying ways to improve service and strengthen long-term financial viability
- Helping a large public transportation agency develop a three-year strategic agenda and top-team performance-management system, covering both its operating and capital programs
- Building a transportation investment strategy for a five-, ten-, and twenty-year horizon for a state’s surface transportation network by defining and translating objectives into integrated investments Prior to rejoining McKinsey, Shannon worked in the Office of the Chairman of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Outside of McKinsey, Shannon serves on the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management Undergraduate advisory board as well as the San Francisco Center for Economic Development.
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.
Acciona Infrastructure North America
As Managing Director for North America, Carlos is responsible for the strategic direction and overall performance of the Infrastructure division for ACCIONA in North America.
With over 20 years of experience in developing and delivering large and complex infrastructure projects, Carlos brings extensive knowledge acquired in different market conditions and environments. He previously was the Managing Director of Ferrovial Agroman in Canada, where he led its successful implementation, growth strategy and operations for 9 years. Before this, he served four years in Webber LLC, a construction company based in Houston, as Director of Operations, responsible for all aspects of its performance.
Before moving to North America, Carlos assumed managing responsibilities for Budimex S.A. in Warsaw as Director of the Infrastructure Division. He was instrumental in the reorganization of the company’s project execution and bidding strategy.
Carlos holds an Executive MBA from Ivey Business School and a Master in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic University in Madrid.
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
On January 1, 2019, Steve Poftak was appointed General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). He previously served as the Vice Chair of the Fiscal and Management Control Board and as a Director of the MassDOT Board since 2015.
Prior to his being appointed General Manager, he was Executive Director of the Harvard Kennedy School Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. He was Research Director and Director of the Center for Better Government at the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research. Prior to that, he worked at the Commonwealth’s Executive Office for Administration and Finance, where he managed the $1.3 billion capital budget, prepared the state’s quarterly cash flow reporting and monitored non-tax revenue receipts. Other experience includes service on the Commonwealth’s Finance Advisory Board and Zero-Based Budget Commission.
Steve holds an MBA from the Olin School at Babson College and a BA in Political Science from Middlebury College.
AECOM Lara Poloni is President of AECOM, the world’s premier infrastructure consulting firm delivering professional services across the project lifecycle – from planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. A longstanding member of the AECOM team, Ms. Poloni has served in several key leadership roles, including as Chief Executive of AECOM’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) from 2017 to 2020, and as Chief Executive of the Australia New Zealand business from 2014 to 2017. Over a career spanning more than 25 years, Ms. Poloni has predominantly worked in the planning, assessment and development of major infrastructure projects for both public and private sector clients, across key transportation and property sectors. Ms. Poloni is passionate about AECOM’s equity diversity & inclusion strategy and leadership development initiatives and the firm’s client service excellence programs.
Mr. Prabhu, a cofounder of Assetic, has more than 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. He has a directorship at the Asia Pacific Institute of Asset Management and is an adjunct professor of Strategic Asset Management at Bond University. He has a bachelor of engineering degree and is a chartered professional member of the Institution of Engineers Australia.
Zaha Hadid Architects
Mr. Racana is Board Director of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), one of the world’s leading practices in the field of architecture and urban design; he holds a Master’s degree in architecture and urbanism from the Architectural Association London and an MBA from the Imperial College Business School.
He has over 20 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 leading a range of key projects including the new iconic rail station at King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, the Rail Baltica High-speed Train and multi-modal Station in Tallinn, Estonia, and the new Nancy-Bird Walton International Airport in Sydney, Australia.
President of MetrôRio since 2016, with more than 10 years of experience in major infrastructure projects in ports, urban mobility and airport. Guilherme Ramalho was chairman of the Board of Directors of Infraero and secretary of Civil Aviation.
Barcelona Housing Systems
Grandson of the founder of CM&A, Mr. Martinell is now the Chairman and CEO of the firm, which he joined as an apprentice at the age of 16. In addition, he chairs a CM&A spin-off he founded: Barcelona Housing Systems, a company focused on building industrialized large-scale, high-quality integral communities that are affordable and environmentally and socially sustainable.
During his career, Mr. Martinell has participated in a large number of residential and planning projects. In New York, he collaborated with the prestigious studio WC&A, internationally known for its work in luxury retail. At the age of 26, he established his first company, Back Pack International, and shortly after he chaired AIJEC, a member of EO. As a member of the board of several other companies related to construction and engineering, he had the opportunity to participate in large-scale projects developed in Spain in the late 1990s, such as the MACBA by Richard Meier, the Olympic Village of Barcelona, and the Opera House. He has also participated in the construction of the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum by Frank Gehry and La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences) in Valencia by Calatrava.
Mr. Martinell graduated from the Barcelona School of Architecture and attended University of California, Berkeley, for landscape and environmental studies.
Carlo Ratti Associati
An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Laboratory, and is a founding partner of the international design and innovation practice Carlo Ratti Associati. A leading voice in the debate on new technologies’ impact on urban life, his work has been exhibited in several venues worldwide, including the Venice Biennale, New York’s MoMA, London’s Science Museum, and Barcelona’s Design Museum. Two of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel – were hailed by Time Magazine as ‘Best Inventions of the Year’. He has been included in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List: 50 people who will change the world’. He is currently serving as co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, and as special advisor on Urban Innovation to the European Commission.
Mark was appointed Mace’s Chief Executive in January 2013, and has overseen the company’s revenue growth from £1bn to £2bn in 2018. He has consistently championed change within our industry, driving innovation to improve service excellence, whilst ensuring Mace continues to be more productive, more efficient and a responsible company.
Mark gained his early experience in the commercial and aviation sectors. He was the Deputy Programme Director for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Mark is currently a member of the Construction Leadership Council, responsible for the Skills workstream, a Board Director for London First, the Northern Powerhouse Partnership and is a trustee of LandAid.
McKinsey & Company
Ms. Ribeirinho is a Partner in McKinsey’s Lisbon office. She joined McKinsey in 2004 and has served clients in Europe, Latin America, and Africa, focusing on the infrastructure and the electric-power and natural-gas sectors. She is the global leader of our work in the engineering and construction (E&C) sector.
Ms. Ribeirinho advises her E&C clients on operational and commercial transformations, strategy, and growth. This includes helping them build competitive bidding advantage, conduct value engineering, implement new planning methodologies, improve on-site productivity, and put in place more sophisticated performance-management systems and procurement practices. More recently, she has worked with E&C companies to engage in comprehensive digital transformations to innovate project delivery. She is a frequent contributor to publications and speaking events focused on the future of construction.
In the energy sector, Ms. Ribeirinho advises utilities, renewables, and oil-and-gas companies on defining their strategic paths, growth plans, regulatory strategies, and operational transformations. She has led the planning and optimization of the construction of hydroelectric power plants for major utilities in Europe and South America and supported a major renewables company in improving capital productivity in wind-farm investments.
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.
Stephan holds a business degree of the University of Paderborn in Germany, having studied in Seville, Spain and Nottingham, UK. In 1999, he joined General Electric (GE), where he worked until 2013. Within GE, he held various management positions in GE Capital Solutions, GE Healthcare, GE Enterprise Solutions and GE Energy.
In September 2013, Stephan joined ARCADIS as CEO of ARCADIS Continental Europe. From May 2014 - March 2018 he was a Member of the Executive Board with responsibility for Continental Europe, UK, Middle East, Infrastructure, BUC, Global Design and Digital.
In March 2018 he became a member of the Executive Leadership Team as Group Executive Innovation & Transformation.
Stephan is a citizen of Germany, married and has four sons. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, sailing and soccer.
Bob has been President and Chief Executive Officer of NorthWestern Corporation since August 13, 2008. He serves on the Edison Electric Institute Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and co-chairs’ both EEI’s Institute for Electric Innovation, and its CEO Committee on State Policy and Engagement. Bob also serves on the American Gas Association Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and also on the Western Energy Institute Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
Prior to joining NorthWestern, Bob was Co-founder and Principle of Balhoff, Rowe & Williams, LLC, a national policy and financial consulting firm, focusing on technology and telecoms companies, including transactions and strategy.
Bob earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland Oregon. Bob also completed the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Advanced Management Program; and, the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Executive Program.
Mr. William Ruh is the Chief Executive Officer for Lendlease Digital. In this role, he is building a new business to help transform the real estate industry. LendLease Digital is developing the world’s first set of Autonomous Building products to automate design, supply chain, construction and operations.
He serves on the Board of Directors of Magna International and CADMakers. He is the Vice Chair of the Board at the American Chamber of Commerce of Australia, member of the board of the Building 4.0 CRC research program in Australia, and is a founder and Chair of the Digital Twin Consortium.
Prior to joining Lendlease, Mr. Ruh was the CEO of GE Digital and the Chief Digital Officer for GE. During his tenure, Mr. Ruh led the charge to develop the first cloud-based platform for the industrial world and established the GE Digital business unit. A recognized expert in the emerging Industrial Internet of Things he helped establish the Industrial Internet Consortium and was a member of the US Dept of Commerce Digital Economy Board of Advisors.
A 35 year veteran of the software and internet industries, Mr Ruh has held executive management positions at Cisco, Software AG, Inc., The Advisory Board, The MITRE Corporation as well as founding the technology startup Concept 5 Technologies.
Mr. Ruh is an accomplished author of four books and a frequent speaker on such topics as industrial Internet, IoT, Industrial AI and ML and Digital Industrial Strategy. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Science from California State University, Fullerton. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the California State University, Fullerton School of Engineering and Computer Science.
Construction Management Association of America
Joining CMAA in 2017, Andrea S. Rutledge is a seasoned association executive with a passion for promoting the core values of the profession and the vision and mission of CMAA. Prior to joining CMAA she served as executive director of the National Architectural Accrediting Board, and as a managing director with the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Her career also includes positions at Olivet College in Michigan, and the White House. Rutledge earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado Boulder and an MFA from The Catholic University of America.
IGA Istanbul Airport
Kadri Samsunlu has been the Chief Executive Officer of IGA Airport Corporation since September 2017. Samsunlu has been leading IGA Airport Operation as well as IGA Construction since 2018 and completed the integration of the superstructure arm of IGA Construction into IGA Airport Operation at the beginning of 2019. Samsunlu, having been CFO of Akfen Holding from 2009 until 2017, led many processes in this period, ranging from the launch of the first infrastructure Eurobond, to the realization of various PPP projects, finance management in tourism, real estate, energy marine transportation and airport sectors projects and mergers & acquisitions of the Holding Co. Samsunlu also worked as part of the public offering and delisting process of Akfen Holding. Akfen Holding received many international awards during his tenure. He completed his undergraduate studies at Bosphorus University, Department of Economy in 1991. He then finalized his MBA degree in the University of Missouri, USA.
Lee Sander was appointed as President of Bombardier Transportation’s Americas Region in November 2018.
Prior to joining Bombardier, Mr. Sander was Managing Director, Global Transportation and US Infrastructure at Hatch Ltd. In addition, he held leadership roles at AECOM, notably as Group Chief Executive, Global Transportation and at HAKS Group. Credited with turning around several high-profile public-sector organizations in New York, he is a former Executive Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation and served as a Commissioner on the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. In addition, he is the founder of the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at New York University and co-founded the Empire State Transportation Alliance.
He holds a degree in Applied Science and International/Global Studies from Georgetown University.
Tom has more than 40 years of experience leading the structural engineering and analysis of a wide variety of building types worldwide, from long-span sports and entertainment venues to high-rise commercial and mixed-use buildings. With the 2015 merger with Weidlinger Associates, Tom expanded the firm’s service offerings to include transportation, protective design and security, and applied sciences. He is co-chair of the New York Building Congress Council on Innovation and Best Practices and the NYBC Ascend conference. He is also active in evaluating and promoting innovative AEC technology, serving as chair of TTWiiN, an innovation accelerator that commercializes technology spun off from Thornton Tomasetti incubators, as well as driving industry innovation as a member of the BuiltWorlds’ Corporate Venture Forum and as a founding member of AEC Angels.
Mr. Schramm was actively involved in the establishment and initial public offering (IPO) of BBGI in 2011 and the subsequent growth from 19 investments at IPO to 49 investments. BBGI is a London listed company and currently manages a global portfolio of infrastructure investments, located in Australia, Europe and North America, with a market capitalization of over GBP 1 billion.
As Co-CEO, he is responsible for overall strategy, leadership 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 investments of BBGI.
Mr. Schramm has worked in the infrastructure sector, investment banking and advisory business for over 25 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. In this role, he was responsible for all European development, asset management, finance and divestment activities. Before joining BPI in 2003, Mr. Schramm worked at Macquarie Bank in the investment banking group, with responsibility for structured finance transactions.
As Trimble’s chief digital officer, Schwartz will be responsible for leading the transformation initiatives of Trimble's business systems, processes and infrastructure to better serve the customer through the transition to "as-a-service" business models.
Schwartz has served as Trimble’s vice president of Civil Construction Software Systems responsible for software solutions connecting the physical and digital worlds for project owners, civil engineers and contractors. These solutions optimize the design process, allowing customers to collaborate with both owners and contractors to deliver projects on-time and under budget. Schwartz was chief operating officer of a joint-venture between Trimble and Caterpillar as well as serving in several senior management roles in finance and technology over his 23-year career.
Profabril Consulplano Group
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.
Meinhardt Group International
Omar has been the Group CEO since 2013 where he oversees the global group’s performance, focusing on client management, group business expansion and diversification.
Under his leadership, the group has grown significantly and was the first Singapore engineering company to be conferred the International Headquarters Award by the Economic Development Board of Singapore (EDB). Meinhardt also partnered EDB to set up two Centres of Excellence in Smart Cities and Project and Construction Management in 2014. In 2012, Meinhardt set up a first-of-its-kind ‘Water Training Centre’ to provide managerial and hands-on training to private and public sector officials from across the world.
Omar joined Meinhardt as the group’s Corporate Finance Director in 2008 before becoming Deputy CEO (2010 to 2013), overseeing the Group’s financial performance, investor relations and risk management. He was instrumental in growing the Group’s Middle East business. Prior to Meinhardt, Omar was an investment banker with an international bank and involved in several landmark equity capital and fixed income transactions, mergers and acquisitions. He was an advisor for a US$2 billion sovereign bond offering for the Republic of Indonesia; a US$70 million acquisition of Advanced Interconnect Technologies by Unisem (M) Berhad; and a US$415 million acquisition of a 20% stake in EON Capital Berhad by Primus Pacific Ltd.
Omar started his career as a Management Associate and subsequently worked as a Credit Analyst for one of the major global banks in Singapore.
Global Infrastructure Investor Association
Lawrence Slade joined GIIA as CEO in January 2020, having most recently been Chief Executive of Energy UK since 2015 and its Chief Operating Officer from 2011 prior becoming CEO. He also served on the boards of Eurelectric and Eurogas in Brussels. He has been involved in the energy industry since the late 1990’s working in countries all over the world. Lawrence is a member of the UK Government’s Committee on Fuel Poverty, an Advisory Board member of Connected Kerb, a Board Trustee and Audit Committee member of the Money Advice Trust. He is also a Fellow of the Energy Institute.
Elena Stepanova is a Senior Managing Director at InfraVEB (a member of VEB.RF - major development institution of the Russian Federation). Before this role, Elena was a Business Development Director (Russia) at ICA Construction - a joint venture of two international companies: IC Ictas Insaat A.S. (Turkey) and Astaldi S.p.A. (Italy).
Prior, she oversaw the Investment Department and Foreign Affairs at State-Owned Enterprise of Moscow Government – Mosinzhproekt and Business Development at Surbana Jurong - a Singaporean government-owned consultancy company focusing on infrastructure and urban development.
Elena holds a Ph.D. (Finance) from National Research University “Higher School of Economics” in Moscow, a double MBA degree from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore and Waseda University in Japan, a Master's degree in Global Public Policies from Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration and civil engineering degree with distinction from Russian University of Transport. Additionally, Elena took an Executive Course of Real Estate Finance at the National University of Singapore. She speaks fluent Russian, English, conversational Spanish, basic French, Japanese, and Mandarin.
Guthrie Stewart is Vice-Chair, Investment Committee at the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments). In this role, Guthrie uses his considerable experience and insight to act as a spokesperson and senior representative of PSP in facilitating a strong linkage between strategic goals, investment ambitions and partner relationships. Guthrie is a member of PSP Investments’ Executive Committee and Risk and Investment Committee.
Prior to his appointment in June 2020, Guthrie served as Senior Vice President and Head of Private Investments at PSP Investments, where he oversaw a growing portfolio of over $40 billion in Private Equity and Infrastructure.
Prior to joining PSP Investments in September 2015, he was a partner at one of Canada’s largest private equity buy-out and venture capital firms. He also held several executive roles in the telecommunications industry, including CEO, Teleglobe Canada; EVP, Global Development of Teleglobe Inc., and was a founding officer of what is now Bell Mobility. He also acted as a corporate director and advisor for various public and private enterprises and was an Adjunct Professor and member of the Faculty Advisory Board of the McGill Desautels Faculty of Management.
Guthrie holds an MBA from INSEAD and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. He studied Honours Science at Queen’s University and also completed ICD’s Directors Education certification program through Rotman-McGill.
Union Station Redevelopment Corporation
As Union Station Redevelopment Corporation’s President and CEO, Beverley manages Washington Union Station, one of the busiest transportation centers in the country. During her tenure she has led the efforts to restore the historic Main Hall to its early 20th Century splendor. Currently she is overseeing the ongoing rehabilitation of the station in keeping with its historic standards and managing the latest redevelopment and expansion of the station.
Prior to joining USRC, Beverley was the first woman to serve as Maryland Transportation Secretary. As Secretary, she oversaw the only state department of transportation with direct supervision over all aspects of transportation.
Previously, as Deputy Secretary, Beverley also served as Executive Director of Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport during the period which encompassed the 9/11 terrorist attack and the subsequent revolution in airport security. She has also worked for the state legislature in Maryland and for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA).
Helle is Founding Partner and CEO of Gehl. She started the company with Professor Jan Gehl in 2000. Through her leadership, strategic and organizational talent, the office has developed a knowledge base and experience portfolio that is respected internationally in the field of urban design and urban development. Over the years of its existence, Gehl has been awarded multiple prizes and recognitions for their contribution to making cities more livable and sustainable around the world.
Macky Tall has been Head of Real Assets and Private Equity since April 2020. In this role, he leads the teams responsible for infrastructure, international private equity, financing solutions and global research. He is also the President and Chief Executive Officer of CDPQ Infra, a CDPQ subsidiary whose mandate is to plan, execute and operate public infrastructure projects. CDPQ Infra is currently implementing the largest public transit project – the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) – in the Greater Montréal in the last 50 years.
Mr. Tall sits on CDPQ’s Executive Committee and Investment-Risk Committee in addition to serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ivanhoé Cambridge, CDPQ’s world-class real estate subsidiary.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Finance) from HEC Montréal and an MBA (Finance) from the University of Ottawa. He also completed an undergraduate degree in Economics at Université de Montréal.
Mr. Tall sits on the Board of Directors of The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montréal. He is also a member of the Infrastructure Advisory Board of Global Affairs Canada and the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund Investments Committee. He also served as co-chair of the Advisory Committee of the Global Infrastructure Facility of the World Bank.
Graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg South Africa in 1988 with an Honours degree in Construction Management. Kez was awarded a bursary with Grinaker Construction in 1985 and continued to work with Grinaker until 2001.
During this period he worked on contracts in South Africa, Mauritius and Zambia and established a construction business in Namibia.
Kez was transferred from Grinaker–LTA to ALEC in 2001 to establish a construction company in the United Arab Emirates. ALEC grew from a small business in 2001 to a large trusted contractor, part of ICD, delivering complex and iconic construction projects across different areas of operation. ALEC also has a presence in Africa and has a plan to expand further afield. The company builds and provides construction solutions to exceed its clients’ expectations for quality, safety, functionality and aesthetics.
ALEC has broad experience in diverse sectors including airports, retail, hotels & resorts, high-rise buildings, themed projects. ALEC currently employs 15,000 employees.
ALEC is also home to different business units offering its clients a complete turnkey solution with MEP and fit-out solutions, energy efficiency and solar opportunities, facilities management capabilities, heavy equipment rental as well as technology systems.
Kez is the Chief Executive Officer of ALEC.
Mark Thom joined MiTek as Chief Executive Officer in January 2017, and then became Chairman & CEO in January of 2018.
MiTek® is a diversified global supplier of software, engineered products, services and automated manufacturing equipment to the building industry. MiTek’s nearly 7,000 worldwide team members pride themselves on delivering breakthroughs in building that accelerate the genius of its customers. A Berkshire Hathaway company since 2001, MiTek has a record of continuous growth and innovation over the last 60 years.
For 16 years, Mark successfully led a number of large, global operating businesses at the Divisional President and Group President levels, within the former Tyco Healthcare, a nearly $12 billion diversified manufacturer of medical and pharmaceutical products.
For a decade prior to joining MiTek, Mark built an Executive Coaching practice working with leaders and their teams, across a wide range of diverse businesses and industries. During this period, he began a valued coaching partnership with MiTek’s senior executive team, eventually leading to his
decision to accept the role of Chairman & CEO.
Mark received a bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio, where he graduated with honors in 1990. He is a former Executive Board Member of Easter Seals Midwest, and a recipient of St. Louis’ “40 under 40” top business executives award. He currently serves on the Board of Refuge &
Restoration’s Springwood Project - an effort to revitalize North St. Louis.
Mark and his wife Kim have been married for nearly 30 years. They have raised their six children in Franklin County, where they currently reside.
Calgary Municipal Land Corporation
Kate joined CMLC in January 2013 to lead the delivery of the master plan vision for East Village. In January 2020, after seven years as Vice President of Development, Kate stepped into her new role as President & CEO. Today, under Kate’s leadership, CMLC is overseeing the development of the BMO Convention Centre Expansion, Event Centre, and critical infrastructure projects in east Victoria Park, delivering on the vision for Calgary’s Culture & Entertainment District.
A registered member of the Alberta Architects Association (AAA) and active Member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (MRAIC), Kate manages architectural controls for East Village, ensuring all plans for new development align with CMLC’s vision for the neighbourhood.
Kate is active in the community through her role as a member of the Dean’s Circle of Environmental Design (EVDS) at University of Calgary, where she has been an Adjunct Professor since 2014. In both teaching and practicing architecture, she continues to highlight the importance of a well-built urban fabric and support projects that strengthen Calgary’s urban spaces.
As the CEO of High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd, Mark has the privilege and ultimate responsibility for leading the company that has been charged with delivering a new high-speed railway that will connect the major cities of the UK. The vision is for HS2 to be a catalyst for growth across Britain and become the backbone of Britain’s rail network. It will better connect the country’s major cities and economic hubs and will help deliver a stronger, more balanced economy, better able to compete on the global stage. It will open up local and regional markets and will attract investment and improve job opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people across the whole country. HS2 Ltd began operations in January 2009. The company currently employs around 1,600 people, with the majority of staff working at its headquarters in Birmingham.
Mark joined HS2 Ltd in March 2017; he has some 30 years’ experience including leadership roles in engineering, project and program management and business operations. Having worked for client, consulting and delivery organizations, Mark has a successful track record across a mix of major organizations and investment programs and worked on both the London 2012 Olympics and Crossrail. He was previously the European MD of engineering and projects company CH2M.
Mark started his career as a technician apprentice on the London Underground. He is a Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at UCL and an honorary fellow of the Association for Project Management and a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. In 2019 he received an honorary doctorate of technology at the University of East London.
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
As Global CEO of RICS, Sean is responsible for direction and performance of the organisation. Sean supports the Governing Body of the profession in evolving strategic priorities and goals and is accountable to the Management Board for delivering expected performance set out in their three-year Business Plan.
Sean leads the progress of our vision which aims to ensure our professional credentials and standards continue to create trust & confidence in markets and ensure RICS is known for effecting positive change in built & natural environments. He places high priority on encouraging greater industry diversity and inclusiveness.
Prior to joining RICS, Sean was Director of financial services company, Prudential, responsible for retail and corporate marketing and distribution.
Sean holds non-executive directorships with Institute of Internal Auditors and Broadland St Benedicts. He's been awarded honorary doctorates by Heriot-Watt and Amity University, accompanied UK Prime Ministers on trade missions, and addressed political leaders at the United Nations on furthering Sustainable Development Goals.
Gabrielle Trainor is a non-executive director and advisor whose experience covers over twenty-five years on boards in the public and private sectors ranging from infrastructure, financial services, transport and urban development to sports, arts and culture, child protection and the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
She is a member of the boards of Infrastructure Australia, Zurich Australia Limited and listed investment company WAM Global. Among her other roles, she is a director of the ACT City Renewal Authority, the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (Vic) and the Western City
and Aerotropolis Authority.
She is chair of the National Film and Sound Archive and a Commissioner of the Australian Football League (AFL) and of the Australian Sports Commission (Sport Australia). She is a member of the board of trustees of Western Sydney University and of the Charlie Perkins Trust.
Her previous experience is as a lawyer, newspaper journalist, public sector executive and as a consultant in issues management, stakeholder engagement, investor relations and public policy - for twenty years with the firm she co-founded, John Connolly and Partners. She consulted to ASX for ten years including through its demutualisation and listing. She has conducted reviews and sat on various committees for governments and has been engaged as an independent expert on crisis management.
In 2017, Gabrielle was named an Officer in the Order of Australia.
Raymund Trost is the CEO of CFE Contracting and Managing Director of CLE. He is originally from the German-speaking region of Belgium. With a graduate in economics and a master's degree in international affairs, he began his professional career in several public organizations. In 1992, he joined Owens Corning, a world leader in insulation and composite materials, where he held more than 15 years in various financial, operational and general management positions, in Belgium and abroad. He then carried out various general management functions in the fields of telecommunications and construction materials. Today, he is responsible for the general management of construction activities in Belgium, Luxembourg and Poland as well as the activities of multi-technical and rail infra & utility networks.
Board member of several organizations active in the world of construction and materials.
Canadian Construction Association
Mary Van Buren is the president of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA). Mary is a proven leader with an exceptional track record in advancing member interests by introducing innovative world-class member services, promoting the value of the profession and advocating adoption of technology and standards to improve professionalism. She excels at creating and communicating a compelling vision combined with focusing on developing and empowering people to generate positive outcomes for members.
An expert in marketing, communications, strategy and digital, she has worked in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors and has held executive roles at leading associations and not-for-profits, including the Canadian Medical Association’s subsidiary, MD Financial Management, Export Development Canada and the Canadian Real Estate Association.
In addition to her broad business experience and financial acumen, Mary holds an MBA in international business from McGill and a B. Com from the University of Ottawa, is bilingual and is a Certified Association Executive.
A seasoned volunteer board member, Mary is currently the Chair of the National Capital Division, Alpine Ontario. is an ambassador for Women Get on Board and past member of the board of directors of the Canadian Society of Association Executives.
Andy Vesey is an award winning international energy executive with over 40 years of success in transforming and repositioning businesses by focusing on advanced technology and execution.
Among Andy’s recent accomplishment as CEO he led the recovery PG&E utility operations delivering event free operations in support of its emergence from bankruptcy. He co-founded Earthrise Energy Inc. creating a market based platform for accelerating the integration of large grid connected renewable energy projects.
As CEO of Australia’s largest competitive integrated energy company AGL, he repositioned the Company from being largest CO2 emitter to the leading company in the ESG space by committing to close all of its coal stations, exiting the coal bed methane extraction business, making significant investments in large scale solar and wind projects, creating the worlds first “virtual power” utilizing residential roof to p solar and residential batteries. He established the landmark $3 billion ”Powering Australian Renewables Fund. All while increasing AGL’s revenue by $2 billion and increasing share holder return by over 42%.
Andy was recognized as the Platts Global CEO of the Year, he was named Business Leader of the Year by the Australian Financial Review, he was selected as the Climate Alliance Business Leader of the Year and he was identified as one of three “Climate Heroes” by 350.Org.
Vesey holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in economics both from Union College. He also earned a master’s degree in applied science from New York University.
As the global co-head of the Structured Credit/Infrastructure & Energy Department at Deutsche Bank, Mr. Volkermann heads the project-finance business for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region, with teams in Frankfurt and London. He has more than 16 years of experience in the industry and leads the teams responsible for the origination and execution of advisory, arranging and underwriting assignments across sectors and products including privatization and tender processes as well as raising all sorts of debt—bonds, loans, ECA, multilateral—and institutional junior funds for limited and nonrecourse financing.
His major recent projects in the infrastructure sector include the €1.3 billion Budapest Airport refinancing in Hungary, the A9 Road in NL, the Zagreb Airport in Croatia, the A11 Project Bond in Belgium, the R1 Bond Refinancing in Slovakia, the Eurasia Tunnel In Turkey, concessions for tolling systems (Ecotaxe, France), and the German A-Model road program, plus ongoing transportation projects across the EMEA region. Major recent projects in the energy sector include the €2.8 billion Gemini offshore wind in NL, the Margam Biomass in the United Kingdom, Kuwait Energy Corporation in ME, gas pipeline transactions, energy grids in Turkey and Germany, and conventional as well as renewable power plants across the EMEA region.
Mr. Volkermann holds a degree in business administration from the University of Münster with majors in finance and international management.
I Squared Capital
Sadek Wahba is the Chairman and Managing Partner of I Squared Capital, an independent multi-billion-dollar global infrastructure investment company with over 145 professionals headquartered in Miami with additional offices in Hong Kong, London, New Delhi, New York and Singapore. The company specializes in infrastructure investments with almost $16 billion of assets under management in the energy, utilities, transport, telecom and social infrastructure sectors in the U.S., Europe and select high-growth economies including China, India and Latin America.
He was previously at Morgan Stanley for 14 years where he was the CEO of Morgan Stanley Infrastructure, a global platform for infrastructure investments. He is a frequent commentator on the need for more investment in infrastructure to promote economic growth and was part of the expert committee on the World Economic Forum's first report on global infrastructure investments.
He is a Senior Member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, a trustee of the American University in Cairo and a member of the board of governors of the first Egypt sovereign fund. Sadek was named Global Infrastructure Personality of the Year twice, as well as Global Infrastructure Personality of the Decade, by Private Equity International (PEI).
Sadek holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, a M.Sc. in economics from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a B.A. in economics from the American University in Cairo.
Massachusetts Port Authority
Lisa Wieland is the Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport). As CEO, Wieland leads 1,300 employees and oversees an organization with a prepandemic budget of more than $900 million and a mission of connecting Massachusetts and New England to the world to support the Commonwealth’s economic development and transportation goals, while demonstrating a commitment to neighboring communities. Massport’s portfolio includes Boston Logan International Airport, Worcester Regional Airport, Hanscom Airfield, the public facilities at the Port of Boston, as well as property in East Boston, South Boston, and Charlestown. The Authority’s facilities generate nearly $22 billion in annual economic impact.
Wieland is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Morgan Stanley Infrastructure
Jim Wilmott is a Managing Director with Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners based in New York, joining the team in London in 2008. A 30-year veteran of Morgan Stanley, Jim has been investing in principal transactions since 1996 across a range of asset classes and geographies. Jim holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School where he graduated with distinction. In addition, he received his A.B. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar.
Mr. Tom Wolf is a German entrepreneur, marketer and innovator, who serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RIB Software SE and has been a Member of the 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 which includes business construction supplies, construction technology, construction science measurement standards, ecommerce and IT industry.
Mr. Wolf is the chief pioneer and a global advocator for construction digitalization. His vision and commitment led to the development of iTWO technology - the world’s first Big Data BIM 5D enterprise solution for construction and smart city development that takes the Virtual into Physical, and created a new working method for the building and construction industries.
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.
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.
Cathy Zoi joined EVgo as CEO in 2017 and has led the company’s growth and its establishment as the preeminent public fast-charging network in the US. Zoi came to EVgo as a distinguished executive with decades of experience in the clean energy, investing, and policy communities.
She has held numerous CEO and senior executive positions in the energy industry, government, academia and non-profit sectors. She was President and co-founder of Odyssey Energy, a distributed generation software company she continues to chair. She was founding CEO of Frontier Power, a rural electrification company incubated by SunEdison. Zoi was an energy investor at Silver Lake and Bayard Capital, a board member for Ice Energy, SES, and Pacific Solar, and a management consultant at ICF and Next Energy. She served in the Obama Administration as Assistant Secretary and Acting Under Secretary at the Department of Energy, where she oversaw more than $30 billion in energy investments. Zoi was also the founding CEO of both the Alliance for Climate Protection, established and chaired by U.S. Vice President Al Gore; and the Sustainable Energy Development Authority, a $50m fund to commercialize clean energy technologies in Australia. In the early 1990s, Zoi was Chief of Staff for Environmental Policy in the Clinton White House and she pioneered the Energy Star program while at the U.S. EPA. Zoi was also an adjunct professor and Precourt Energy Scholar at Stanford University, where she taught and did research between 2012 and 2017.
Zoi has a B.S. in Geology from Duke University and an M.S. in Engineering from Dartmouth.