Following are a select group of leaders who will be joining us in Montréal:
AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation
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.
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 data representing over $450B of construction spend, the largest dataset of its kind in 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.
BlackRock Alternatives Investors
Jim Barry, Managing Director, is the Chief Investment Officer of BlackRock Alternatives Investors (BAI) and Global Head of BlackRock Real Assets. BAI manages over $175 billion in total assets and client commitments with a team of over 900. As CIO, Mr. Barry is responsible for providing leadership to the alternatives investment teams in all regions across the Real Estate, Infrastructure, Hedge Funds, Private Equity and Credit businesses.
BlackRock Real Assets comprises BlackRock's Infrastructure and Real Estate businesses, which have c. 400 professionals across 27 cities globally, and manage c. $50 billion in equity and debt assets and investor commitments. He is responsible for determining the overall strategic direction of the Real Assets platform, implementing the platform's investment strategies and leading platform growth initiatives.
Mr. Barry founded BlackRock's Infrastructure business in 2011 upon joining the firm. In 2016, he took responsibility for BlackRock's Global Real Estate Investment business by integrating both Infrastructure and Real Estate to create one cohesive, scalable Real Asset operating platform with a range of client orientated strategies defined by their risk positioning. Under his leadership this business has grown from $34 billion to c. $50 billion in assets.
Prior to joining BlackRock, Mr. Barry spent 11 years as the CEO of NTR plc, where he led the transformation of NTR from its origins as an Irish toll road developer into a leading international developer, owner and operator of a portfolio of diverse infrastructure businesses. Prior to joining NTR, Mr. Barry worked at Bain and Company and in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley.
Mr. Barry earned a BComm from University College Cork in 1989 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1994.
Mr. Baunkjær leads Femern A/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.
Brick & Mortar Ventures
Darren Bechtel is the founder and Managing Director of Brick & Mortar Ventures, a SanFrancisco based sector-specific venture capital fund focused on emerging technologies to improve the way the built environment is designed, constructed, and maintained. With a portfolio of twenty-nine built world startups, including early investments in PlanGrid, BuildingConnected, Rhumbix, andFieldwire, Darren has been the single most active early-stage investor in AEC and FM tech over the past five years. Earlier this year, Brick & Mortar Ventures announced its new $100M fund backed by leading industry powerhouses in the construction value chain including Ardex, Autodesk, CEMEX, Ferguson Ventures, FMI, Glodon, Haskell, Hilti, Obayashi, Sidewalk Labs, and United Rentals.
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.
Rider Levett Bucknall UK
As a Global Board Director of Rider Levett Bucknall, Ms. Bentley leads 560 staff in the United Kingdom and 3,600 worldwide, operating in over 40 countries. Having worked in the property and construction sector for over 35 years, she is experienced in serving commercial, public, and third-sector clients.
Ms. Bentley is a visiting professor of business management, project management, and quantity surveying at Birmingham City University and a visiting lecturer in the School of Construction Management and Engineering at Reading University. She holds an MBA from Henley Business School.
She is a member of the UK government’s Construction Leadership Council, a member of the CBI’s Construction Council, and an adviser to the Construction Industry Council. She is a member of the Institution for Civil Engineers (MICE) and a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), and is an advocate of diversity in the construction industry and of making career opportunities open to all sectors of society.
Mr. Bentley heads Bentley Systems, which provides engineers, architects, constructors, geospatial professionals, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.
Previously, Mr. Bentley founded a financial-trading-software firm that became part of SunGard Data Systems, an S&P 500 company on whose public-company board he served from 1991 through 2005.
Mr. Bentley holds an MBA in finance and decision sciences from Wharton. He is a trustee of Drexel University, where he also serves as chairman of the advisory board for the Pennoni Honors College. Mr. Bentley is a member of the National Academy of Construction.
OMERS Infrastructure Europe
In his role as Executive Vice President and Global Head of Infrastructure, Ralph leads the OMERS Infrastructure team on a global basis.
Since joining OMERS in February 2013, he has been a key member of the Infrastructure investment team, playing a leadership role in overall strategy, investment origination, acquisition and asset management. Ralph is also currently on the board of directors of Bruce Power and Ellevio, having previously served on the boards of Caruna and Net4Gas.
Prior to joining OMERS Infrastructure, Ralph was a Managing Director and the Head of the European Energy & Power Team at Credit Suisse, where he spent seven years advising clients in M&A, IPO and structured finance transactions. Before that, he worked in the Energy team at Deutsche Bank in NewYork and London for almost 12 years. He has transaction and advisory experience on infrastructure investments as diverse as power generation, transmission, distribution, oil and gas exploration, production, transport, refining and distribution, as well as water and waste.
Ralph holds a Law Degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires.
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.
John Laing Group
As CEO of John Laing, based in London, Mr. Brousse leads a business that has international operations in Europe, Asia–Pacific, and North America, including current investments in 40 different infrastructure projects at different stages of construction and operation. John Laing relisted on the London Stock Exchange in February 2015 but has a heritage dating back to the middle of the nineteenth century. The focus of John Laing today is on active investment and management of sophisticated greenfield infrastructure projects. These include major transport, social and environmental infrastructure projects awarded under governmental public-private partnership (PPP) programs, and renewable-energy projects.
Mr. Brousse started his career following his graduation from École Polytechnique and École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in France. He became Chief of Staff to the Chairman and CEO of Compagnie Générale des Eaux and then moved to London as CEO of Connex Trains. He moved to the United States in 2003 to run Veolia Transportation and later returned to France to serve as Deputy CEO of Veolia Transport Group in Paris. From 2008 to 2014, he served as CEO and then Executive Chairman of Saur, a water and waste utility company in France.
Brian has significant experience across a full spectrum of publicly-procured Public-Private Partnership (P3) infrastructure projects in both Canada and the United States. He joined Plenary approximately 12 years ago, originally leading, structuring and closing project bids before taking over leadership of the North American Origination and Commercial teams in 2014. He was appointed in 2016 to succeed founder, Paul Dunstan, as President and CEO. Brian sits on the Boards of Directors for all of Plenary’s North American projects, currently representing roughly $18 billion in project value.
Under Brian’s leadership, Plenary has been recognized with awards for Most Admired Corporate Cultures (Waterstone Human Capital), Best Workplaces in Financial Services (Fortune), and Best Workplaces Overall (ranked #2 nation-wide in 2019), and has received designation in both Canada and the US as a Great Place to Work, among multiple other industry accolades.
Combining business acumen with creativity, Mr. Bunge has expertise in creating the right setting for collaborative work in multidisciplinary teams by identifying and building on the strengths of architects, artists, designers, engineers, writers, and others. As the Managing Director of Squint Opera’s large London-based studio, he helps open a window on the future by guiding and inspiring creative architects, property developers, and others to realize their visions. Squint Opera has a large and talented team crafting extraordinary and unique work across many disciplines, including video content and animation, interactive installations, virtual-reality experiences, branding, websites, design, and placemaking.
Before joining Squint, Mr. Bunge worked as a landscape architect on many large-scale projects and developed a deep knowledge of the built environment. With two decades of experience, he has an intimate understanding of the world of architecture and urban design.
Since taking on the role of VHB’s (1979-2019) third President & CEO in 2015, Mike has led the company in continuous success and organic growth of more than 12% per year. His vision and leadership are propelling VHB’s team of engineers, scientists, planners, and designers forward to strategically evolve and embrace new technology to meet increasing client challenges, improve our nation’s mobility, and shape communities in a meaningful way. As he helps set the course for sustained success of VHB’s Generational Company, Mike’s dedication to VHB’s 1,500 professionals—and to maintaining the firm’s unique culture—is evident in everything he does. During his 21 years at VHB, Mike founded and helped build the firm’s transit and rail practice, directed the company’s transportation practice, helped establish the Tysons office in Virginia, and led VHB’s emergence as a premier integrated services consultant in Florida.
Chloé Clair is both educated as a civil engineer and an architect from top universities in the world and has always been working in the construction industry. She started as a structural engineer or environmental engineer, moving to project design coordination and later on worked as Technical Director. She worked mostly aboard, from Poland to San Francisco, Cyprus, Miami, or Trinidad and Tobago; and recently spent six years in Bangkok, working in the South East Asia region. She headed the design for many projects around the world such as international airports, six star hotels or super-tall buildings.
Recently, she joined VINCI Construction as their Chief Technical Officer (a new role in the company), with the strong will to integrate innovation and digital transformation into design and construction. Her goal is to enhance efficiency and safety on all projects thanks to real-time information on site, auto-check and quality control with 3D scan, AR or VR, smart use of artificial intelligence for program and problem-solving on site. She thinks that using existing construction data from VINCI Construction is the best weapon against possible intermediation of her industry. She is now a strong advocate of digital acceleration inside her company and launched a global program of digital ambassadors to deploy innovation and tech to all business units within the Group.
Throughout the years, Chloé has also been a champion of diversity in the workplace, believing women should have a stronger sense of belonging in the construction and in the tech industry by believing in themselves and having a louder voice.
City of Toronto
Tracey started her career as a police officer with the Toronto Police Service. After 18 1/2 years she transitioned to the private sector as the Director of Security with Coca-Cola Canada, and then Vice President with Securitas, a security services company. In January, 2012, Tracey returned to public service when she joined the City of Toronto as the Executive Director of Municipal Licensing and Standards, the division responsible for bylaw enforcement and business regulation. In that role, Tracey directed significant policy and regulatory initiatives related to street food & food trucks, taxis & Uber, Short Term Rentals such as Airbnb, a new Apartment Building Standards program – RentSafeTO, and led the city's role in enforcement against illegal cannabis storefronts.
In January of 2019 she assumed the role of Deputy City Manager of Infrastructure and Development Services, which oversees City divisions responsible for Transportation, Water, Solid Waste, Fire, City Planning among others. In this role, she is engaged with the Province and its agencies on the implementation of transit expansion projects in the City.
Driven by a quest for innovation, Todd DeGarmo delivers carefully choreographed projects with client-driven solutions for such organizations as Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal, Sony, and IAC. Todd’s depth of experience has made him a national voice for great design, elevating design aspirations among many organizations. He is a member of the Board of the New York Restoration Project, as well as The National Building Museum and the Museum of the City of New York. In 2007, he was inducted into Interior Design Magazine's Hall of Fame, and was named as a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 2008.
At STUDIOS, we work with clients to create built environments that express the essence of their organizations. For each project, we seek to choreograph the experience in a way that is simultaneously pragmatic and inspiring. STUDIOS is as much process-driven as results-oriented: we understand that the best design comes not from a predetermined aesthetic, but reveals itself through a process of discovery. Our practice, led by 20 principals with diverse backgrounds, is managed in a non-hierarchical way that calls for the highest level of contribution from each of our staff members, capitalizing on the collective intelligence of individuals and offices.
McKinsey & Company
Mr. Della Rocca leads McKinsey’s global work on infrastructure mega projects, supporting clients in all asset classes throughout the entire value chain—from financing, planning, design and program management to construction and operations. He also plays a leadership role in McKinsey’s work in engineering and construction, advising leading companies and investors in the sector on growth strategy, operational improvement, and organizational structure and health.
Mr. Della Rocca’s client service builds on a 36-year career in infrastructure and engineering and construction, during which he developed deep expertise in topics including construction, design, finance, maintenance, operations, planning, and regulatory approval.
He has served as the executive in charge for some of the world’s largest infrastructure projects—for both public- and private-asset owners—and has held C-level roles at global construction, design, and professional-services firms.
Reflecting his industry leadership, Mr. Della Rocca has served as a board member for numerous professional and sector associations, including the North American Construction Industry Round Table and the American Consulting Engineers Council. He has served as vice chairman for the New Jersey Alliance for Action and the New York Building Congress and supports charitable organizations, such as the Salvadori Center, which invests in educating young people in the engineering field. Mr. Della Rocca is a frequent speaker at industry forums.
McKinsey & Company
Sandrine Devillard is a leader of McKinsey's North America consumer and retail sectors. For more than 25 years, she has served clients in consumer goods, retail, apparel, fashion and luxury, and commercial real estate. She is also a member of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) Council, which advises on MGI’s business, economic, and technology research agenda and publications. With the latter, she leverages her deep expertise on trends such as the impact of urbanization and technology on the evolution of global consumers and diversity issues. Her expertise includes merchandising—especially assortment and pricing, and category management—as well as organization and operations, particularly lean retailing, end-to-end supply-chain management, and sourcing. She also works with leading mall developers, owners, and investors in the Americas, China, Europe, and the Middle East.
Sandrine has helped a number of retail clients streamline their supply chains to capture efficiency gains, including global sourcing. In one case, she led an end-to-end supply chain reconfiguration for an apparel retailer that contributed to a 60 percent profit increase. To safeguard long-term impact for her clients, Sandrine also engages in capability-building efforts in these areas.
She is also the global leader of McKinsey’s Women Matter research program, which she initiated 10 years ago, having published widely on the role of women in business since then. She is an international board member of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society and is a speaker or active member within a number of international conferences on the subject. She is also a global leader of McKinsey’s internal Women Initiative, dedicated to developing women as leaders.
EDUCATION AND PRIOR WORK
Degree from l‘Ecole des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC)
Banque Indosuez Singapore (1993-94)
Amar has made a career of launching new categories of enterprise software. He has worked at companies across three countries and has been directly involved in founding five businesses along the way. It was his third idea that would make him a sought-after expert in enterprise software when he co-founded THINQ and helped create the category of Enterprise Learning Management. Today, as CEO of Atheer, he is creating the next essential category of enterprise software - The Enterprise Augmented Reality Platform.
Amar has provided senior strategic counsel and business development expertise to businesses across Canada, U.K, and the U.S., helping mentor entrepreneurs as they undertake their own journeys.
When he's not obsessing over building great workplaces, making his customers successful, and bringing the best possible product to market you find him running in the rain, strumming on his guitar, and talking about starting his novel.
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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.
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.
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.
Ray found JIDA Capital in 2012. Ray was seconded to CGNPE since 2012 and was the CEO of CGNPE from 2015 - 2019. JIDA Capital and CGN Group co-founded the RMB 3.7 billion CGN Fund III in 2015 and Ray is the CIO of the fund.
Ray has led investments in renewables, coal-fired, gas-fired power generation, energy transmission and distribution, coal bed methane gas field exploration and development, and transportation infrastructure in the PRC, ASEAN, Australia and Europe.
Ray was previously the Head of Infrastructure Investments at Ping An in Shenzhen. Prior to Ping An, he was Head of Infrastructure – Asia of Babcock & Brown, a member of Babcock & Brown’s Global Infrastructure Executive Committee, and director of the ASX listed Sydney Gas Limited in Australia.
Gonzalo has a deep professional background in the industry. He started his career at McKinsey. After that, he joined CEMEX, where he developed his long and deep career. He has had different positions in the last 21 years. He served as a Regional President for the East Region at CEMEX, Inc. until November 2016., where he was responsible for the aggregates, ready mix, concrete products and gypsum operations. Mr. Galindo served as the President of CEMEX in the UK and was responsible for marine and land-based aggregates, cement, asphalt, ready mix and building products operations. Since joining CEMEX in 1998, he has held several different leadership roles within CEMEX, including Vice President of Strategic Planning and Integrated Functions (Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia), Corporate Director of Strategic Planning (prior to the acquisition of RMC and later leading its integration process in Europe), and Vice President of Planning in the Philippines and Asia. Gonzalo leads now Cemex Ventures, the corporate venture capital and open innovation arms of Cemex.
McKinsey & Company
During more than 22 years with McKinsey, Katy has focused on operational performance improvement, operations strategy linked to business strategy, and operating model design. She now coleads the firm’s Operations Practice globally and leads the practice in North America.
Katy’s work includes programs around product launch, manufacturing network configuration and plant performance, end-to-end sourcing and supply chain optimization, and quality-system effectiveness. She has worked with companies in digitizing their sales and marketing approaches as well as their operations, making technology-platform decisions, and transforming organization structures. As the fourth industrial revolution gathers pace, her expertise in automation and digital platforms is guiding the firm’s knowledge on the future of work and the capability building required as more organizations adopt advanced technologies.
In recent years, Katy has focused on advanced technology development and adoption and the workforce development required to capture the value from these new technologies. She coleads McKinsey’s partnership with MxD, a 250-member consortium of leading government academic and corporate organizations. Her industry experience includes work in the pharmaceutical, medical-device, consumer-goods, and aerospace industries. All of her work includes a focus on capability building to support sustained performance improvement.
Prior to joining McKinsey, Katy worked as an associate analyst at an economic consulting firm. Her doctoral work focused on production system design and supply-chain improvements in assembly industries.
Katy works actively with Episcopal Relief & Development, an international relief and development agency.
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
Susan Gray is Global Head of Sustainable Finance Business and Innovation, responsible for S&P Global Rating’s ESG and sustainable finance business strategy and initiatives.
Susan joined S&P Global in 2015 to lead S&P’s new Global Infrastructure Practice. Susan’s role expanded to Global Corporates, Infrastructure and Sustainable Finance in 2017, where she led a team of 540 analysts providing credit opinions on around 5000 companies and $15t of debt. In this role, Susan led the development of S&P’s Green Evaluation and ESG Evaluation sustainability assessments.
Susan has 20 years global investment banking experience with Macquarie Capital in America, Asia and Australia focused on infrastructure, M&A, investment, financing and capital raising. As Head of Infrastructure Sponsor Coverage and Head of Airports for the Americas, she led growth of Macquarie’s third party advisory business with institutional investors. She established Macquarie’s infrastructure business in Indonesia and led major transport and airport transactions in Australia. Previously, Susan was a senior policy advisor to an Australian Federal Government Cabinet Minister on trade and industry policy.
She has been based in New York for the last 14 years. Susan graduated from the University of Sydney with Honors in Economics and a Law degree. Susan has been an active not for profit Director of publicly owned authorities and cultural institutions for almost 20 years, and is a National Association of Corporate Directors Leadership Fellow.
Jan and BOSON ENERGY develop the next generation of clean small-scale waste-to-energy solutions that relieve critical urban stress and rather build urban autonomy and resilience. BOSON’s zero-residue technology transforms local waste into power, heat, and GHG-free thermal cooling that can be stored and deployed for direct local use when it is most needed. This capability unlocks sustainable waste treatment with full lifecycle accountability also for emerging and developing markets. Eliminating waste within the ‘first-mile’; BOSON can reduce pollution stress, power grid stress, transportation stress, water stress, land stress, cooling stress, and climate stress substantially. Eliminating waste close to the source is a very effective way to prevent waste from leaking into our rivers and oceans. Jan makes a strong case for a shift towards urban ‘IMBY economies’ with more distributed infrastructure and digital-driven autonomy, sustainability, and resilience – fully aligned with the SDGs. BOSON is ‘The IMBY Company’ for 'In My Back Yard' as opposed to NIMBY – 'Not in My back Yard’. An experienced entrepreneur; Jan has already been the driving force behind two industrial clean-tech startups bought through successful development, commercialisation, and industry exits to SIEMENS AG and Nalco respectively.
Adam is responsible for Infrastructure and Energy, M&A and coverage of all EMEA clients in the infrastructure and energy sectors including all infrastructure funds, sovereign wealth funds and major institutions.
Adam joined Macquarie in 2005 and is responsible for M&A coverage of European clients in the infrastructure and energy sector. Prior to this, Adam led the Industrials, FIG and PCM teams for MacCap in Europe.
During is over 20 years in the investment banking industry, Adam has been involved in numerous major transactions across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.
Principal Global Investors
Pat is CEO and President for Principal Global Investors, the multi-boutique investment management firm within Principal’s Global Asset Management business. He is responsible for overseeing the firm’s operations, its 15 investment boutiques, and the fund and distribution teams. Pat joined the company in 1984 in commercial real estate. In 2016, he was named chief operating officer of Principal Global Investors, responsible for oversight of primary functions within the firm, including finance, strategic direction, operations, global firm relations, human resources and technology, as well as many of the investment boutiques. Today, Pat serves on the boards of the firm’s 15 investment boutiques, the Principal Mutual Fund Board. Additionally, he has served as CEO for Principal Real Estate Investors, the dedicated real estate unit of Principal Global Investors, since 2003, with responsibility for overall strategy, business development and boutique management. Pat earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing, and an MBA in finance from the University of Wisconsin.
The Haskell Company
Mr. Halverson heads the Haskell Company, a $1 billion global integrated design-build organization, with operations throughout the United States, Latin America, and Asia. He has served as CEO for 19 years.
Mr. Halverson has served as national chairman of three industry associations: the Construction Industry Roundtable, the Design Build Institute of America, and the National Center for Construction Education and Research. He also was elected to the National Academy of Construction. He currently serves as a corporate director of CSX Corporation, a $13 billion freight railroad company, and Guidewell Mutual Insurance Company, a $16 billion health solutions company.
Mr. Halverson received his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University and his JD degree from American University in Washington, D.C. He has completed executive business education at Dartmouth University and Wharton. He is coauthor of two books and numerous professional articles.
Philip Hoare is President of Atkins, SNC-Lavalin’s Engineering, Design & Project Management sector. He is responsible for the company’s infrastructure engineering and design services around the world. He is a member of the Executive Committee of SNC-Lavalin.
Philip joined SNC-Lavalin following the 2017 Atkins acquisition, but has been with Atkins since 1997. He has held several senior positions, including leading the transportation division as well as operations across Europe.
He is committed to collaborating with clients and partners to deliver their objectives today and to face the future, taking full advantage of digital transformation to improve the efficiency and productivity of infrastructure delivery through best-in-class capabilities in engineering, design and project management. He is passionate about the skills agenda and celebrating diversity and inclusion, as well as a strong advocate of STEM and early career development. He is the senior leadership sponsor for our Women’s Professional Network and the sponsor for the Diversity & Inclusion program in the UK and Europe.
Philip is a highly respected leader in the UK market having worked on behalf of the UK Government and the industry to develop a new Sector Deal for rail as part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. Philip has also held a number of positions across the industry 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. He has also held positions as the Chair of the Highways Term Maintenance Association and as a Non-Executive Director of the Rail Safety and Standards Board.
A chartered civil engineer by profession, Philip is a member of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.
Keiko Honda is Adjunct Professor and Adjunct Senior Research Scholar of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she teaches ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) Investing to graduate students.
Until the end of October 2019, Honda was the Chief Executive Officer of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group. MIGA supports cross-border equity investors and lenders by providing coverage against currency inconvertibility and transfer restriction, expropriation, war and civil disturbance, breach of contract, and non-honoring of financial obligations. MIGA is now the leading political risk insurance provider in fragile and conflict-affected countries. As part of a personal commitment to raising the visibility of female leaders, Honda launched MIGA’s first Gender CEO Award in 2016. The award acknowledges the achievements of a woman leader among MIGA’s clients, and showcases the importance of women in leading and spurring private sector activity in developing countries.
Before joining MIGA, Honda was the first woman senior partner in Asia at McKinsey & Company, where she advised financial institutions on corporate finance and strategy and business development. Honda also served as a visiting associate professor at Hitotsubashi University Graduate School and as a professor at Waseda University Graduate School. Prior to that, Honda worked for Bain & Company and Lehman Brothers.
Honda holds a bachelor’s degree in consumer economics from Ochanomizu University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where she was selected as a Fulbright Scholar.
Kirill Ignakhinwas appointed CEO of Level Group LTD in May 2016.
Level Group is a full-service, privately held commercial and residential real estate investment and development company with a distinguished resume and reputation.
Kirill joined Level Group from A101 real estate development company, where his most recent role had been Commercial Director responsible for company-wide commercial and strategic initiatives, customer experience transformation, and digital development. Before joining real estate company, Kirill spent several years working for McKinsey & Company.
Kirill holds an MBA from INSEAD business school.
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.
Dhanpal Jhaveri is Managing Partner at Everstone Capital, a premier investment group focused on India and South East Asia, with assets in excess of US$5 billion across private equity, real estate, green infrastructure and venture capital. He is also the CEO for EverSource Capital, which is a joint venture between Lightsource BP and Everstone Capital to make green and sustainable investments in India. Dhanpal’s previous experience include Director (Corporate Strategy) with Vedanta Resources Plc, Head of Investment Banking at ICICI Securities and Partner for Corporate Finance at KPMG.
Dr. Kim is a founder and Chairman of HanmiGlobal, a construction management and project management firm located in Seoul, South Korea. Within the past 20 years, HanmiGlobal has acquired seven group companies, including two in the US, and successfully completed 268 overseas projects in 50 countries.
As an expert in construction management and project management, Dr. Kim has extensive experience in design and construction for over 40 years, 30 of which, he managed overseas projects. He was a construction manager of Petronas Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the tallest building in the world at the time (1998-2004). Dr. Kim is also a chairman of the CVF, Construction Vision Forum, whose members are the opinion leaders in the Korean construction industry. He graduated from Seoul National University with a BS, then an MBA in Sogang University, and received his PhD in Architecture in Seoul National University.
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 buildings projects.
Dr. Krueger joined Temasek in January 2018 as Head, Business Services, and Senior Managing Director, Portfolio Management. He was most recently CEO of WS Atkins, where he was responsible for one of the world’s largest engineering firms providing professional, technology-based consultancy and support services for clients in both the private and public sectors globally. Prior to Atkins, he was President of Cleantech Switzerland. He was also an Operations Director and Senior Advisor with TPG Capital, based in London and San Francisco. Before TPG Capital, he was the CEO of Oerlikon AG and had multiple roles with Hochtief, including CEO, Central Europe, and Chairman, Turner International. He started his career as Project Manager with A.T. Kearney.
Dr. Krueger serves on the Boards of Aggreko, SUSI, and Ontex and is a member of the Swiss Federal Nuclear Commission. He holds a PhD from the University of Frankfurt and was conferred an honorary doctorate from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He also holds an Honorary Professorship of Physics at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt. In 2016, he won the ACE European CEO of the Year award.
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.
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.
- Executive level project leader with strong finance and transaction experience and track record of success.
- Extensive experience with infrastructure development including: strategic assessment, financial and business analysis, stakeholder management and contract negotiations.
- Strong relationship manager with experience leading large multi-disciplinary teams.
Keppel Urban Solutions
Cindy Lim is the Director of Group Corporate Development (GCD) of Keppel Corporation Limited and concurrently the Managing Director of Keppel Urban Solutions (KUS), a business unit of the Keppel Group that aims to become an end-to-end integrated master developer of smart, sustainable precincts in the Asia-Pacific region.
As the Director of GCD, she focuses on operationalizing and actualizing the Group’s goals, working closely with the various Group functions in Keppel Corporation and Business Units to jointly identify, assess and pursue opportunities for synergies, maximize value creation and optimize cost efficiencies. Cindy is also the Country Lead for China, Vietnam and Myanmar where she partners respective chief and country representatives to harness the Group’s collective capabilities, drive collaboration, coordinate business activities and accelerate the pace of synergy so as to generate new and incremental streams in these key overseas markets as OneKeppel.
As the Managing Director of KUS, she leads the unit to capture business opportunities in integrated master development, tapping on the mega trends of rapid urbanisation and the increasing global focus on sustainability. KUS also operates an open platform allowing partnership with the best-in-class technology providers to create smart infrastructure ecosystem, thereby advancing Keppel Group’s goal of being a choice solutions provider for sustainable urbanization.
Prior to her latest appointments at Keppel Corporation, Cindy had completed her secondment as Executive Director of Infrastructure Services in Keppel Infrastructure, where she steward the operation and maintenance business by driving plants efficiency and reliability, improving HSE performance and developing procurement strategies that led to cost optimization and maximization of sustainable profits.
Cindy has diverse experience and strong capabilities in her previous roles as General Manager of Group Human Resources, Keppel FELS and Keppel Offshore & Marine in Quality System, Process Excellence and Talent Management.
Cindy possesses a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical & Production) (Second Upper Honours) from Nanyang Technological University and an Executive MBA from the Singapore Management University. She has attended the General Management Programme at Harvard Business School.
She also sits on the boards of Keppel Infrastructure Services Pte Ltd and Keppel Infrastructure Fund Management Pte Ltd.
Prime Infrastructure & Prime Power
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.
As CEO of CannonDesign, a 1,100-person design firm, he realizes how critical design is in shaping and setting experiences in motion where people flourish, and businesses thrive. His curiosity doesn’t view architecture and design as a singular moment, but a continuous focus on impactful and ongoing experiences.
Today, Brad leads a firm with a rich 102-year legacy focused on integrated and diverse design solutions that impact the environment. CannonDesign combines over a century of experience with emerging technology and research methods to generate impactful solutions. The firm’s evolution has launched new business lines such as ModularDesign+, developing software for facility assessments, acquiring an integrated construction delivery company, and advancing a 50-person strategic consulting firm on change, operational and transitional services for the built environment.
Ailie MacAdam is a Senior Vice President of Bechtel Corporation and Global Operations Manager for Bechtel Infrastructure. During the over 30 years she has worked for Bechtel, Ailie has led major UK, US and Australian infrastructure projects, in addition to oil, gas and chemicals projects in Europe and Africa.
She brings an extensive background in rail mega-project delivery with one of her previous roles being Bechtel’s Global Rail Sector Lead.
As part of her career, Ailie has led several of Bechtel Infrastructure’s business lines (being responsible for profit and loss) including her most recent role as Bechtel’s Managing Director for Asia Pacific where, under her leadership, Bechtel was successful in winning the Delivery Partner role for the Australian Government’s Western Sydney Airport project.
Ailie has also served as Bechtel’s Project Director for Crossrail and Project Director for High Speed 1.
Ailie has an unwavering focus on raising levels of construction health and safety together with enabling a more inclusive and diverse culture in the infrastructure sector.
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.
Kyle joined IFM Investors in May 2007, based in Melbourne, and is responsible for IFM Investors’ global infrastructure program, including the firm’s Australian and international infrastructure funds.
Prior to joining IFM Investors, Kyle had over 20 years of investment banking experience, focused primarily in the infrastructure sector. He has held senior positions with Credit Suisse First Boston and SBC Warburg in the United States, Asia and Australia.
Kyle has been on the Boards of a number of companies including Melbourne Airport, Brisbane Airport and Ecogen Holdings.
Kyle holds a dual Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Government (Wesleyan University).
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.
Chris Mowry has 30 years of global experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors, including power, oil & gas, automation, and process industries. Through his leadership, he has revitalized businesses in GE and Babcock & Wilcox Company (BWC), founded disruptive energy technology company Generation mPower, and has overseen the transformation of complex international organizations.
Chris was most recently Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of General Synfuels International,Inc. (GSI), a privately held company developing in situ oil shale gasification technology that produces hydrocarbons in an economically competitive and environmentally responsible manner from oil shales. Prior to GSI, Chris was the Founder and CEO of Generation mPower, a company formed in 2011 to design, license, and deliver Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), the next generation of nuclear energy technology.
Previously, Chris was President of B&W Nuclear Energy, a division of The Babcock & Wilcox Company. Before joining B&W, Chris was the President and Chief Operating Officer of WSI, a private equity-backed field services and manufacturing company serving the energy and petrochemical industries.
International Federation of Consulting Engineers
Dr Nelson Ogunshakin FICE OBE was appointed FIDIC Chief Executive Officer in July 2018 with overall responsibility for FIDIC global operations. He is also a Member of the Board of Transport for London (TfL) and TfL nominee Board member of Cross Rail Limited in London.
Nelson was the immediate past President and CEO of ACE for 14 years. He co-chaired the NIPEF and was appointed member of the London Infrastructure Delivery Board. He chairs the Investment Committee of ARM-Harith Infrastructure Investment Funds and has over 30 years’ experience in planning, finance, delivery and management of major property and infrastructure investment projects.
Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority
Mr. Uche Orji is the MD & CEO of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) having been reappointed by the President of Nigeria for another 5-year term. As pioneer CEO, Uche led the operationalization of the NSIA and has been responsible for driving its growth strategy since 2012. Under his leadership, NSIA has become a highly regarded investment institution, serving as a vehicle for implementing key infrastructure projects and investing Nigeria’s savings.
Prior to joining the NSIA, Uche was an MD in the Equities Division of UBS Securities, New York. Before then, Mr. Orji spent 6 years at JP Morgan Securities, London, rising from the post of VP to MD within the Equities Division. He worked at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, London from 1998-2001. First joining as an Associate, he rose to become an ED before resigning in 2001. Previously, he was the Financial Controller at Diamond Bank Plc., Lagos, Nigeria and had also worked at Arthur Andersen & Co.
Uche has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, Massachusetts, USA.
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. His recent projects have involved:
- Working with one of the fastest-growing pension funds in Canada to design infrastructure, buyout, venture capital, secondary market, and real estate strategies
- Advising a global energy infrastructure company on investment opportunities in natural gas, electric, and petroleum infrastructure assets
- Establishing a public-private partnership for a North American nuclear power plant
- Supporting a leading alternative asset manager as it designed a global infrastructure strategy
- Working with a global energy company to develop a comprehensive infrastructure strategy that addresses opportunities in ports, toll roads, airports, and asset management
- Helping a national government design the strategy and organizational structure for a public-private partnership program in North America and Southeast Asia.
He serves on the board of the Munk School of Global Affairs and the United Jewish Appeal of Toronto, where he sits on the governance, human resources, and audit committees.
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.
Lara Poloni is Chief Executive of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at AECOM (NYSE:ACM), a premier, fully integrated infrastructure firm that designs, builds, finances and operates assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries.
In this role, Ms. Poloni leads a team of over 18,000 professionals working in almost 50 countries serving public and private sector clients across key infrastructure and property sectors including defense, transportation, water, energy as well as all facets of city planning, design and construction. She is also a member of AECOM’s Executive Leadership Team at the enterprise level.
Over a career spanning more than 25 years, Ms. Poloni has predominantly worked in the planning, assessment and development of major infrastructure in the transport, energy and telecommunications sectors and until recently has been a Board Member of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.
Ms. Poloni has held several leadership positions since joining the AECOM team in 1994, including as Chief Executive of AECOM’s Australia New Zealand operations from 2014 before moving into her EMEA role in October 2017. She has a particular interest in growth initiatives aligned to AECOM’s vision of being the world’s premier fully integrated infrastructure firm. She is also passionate about AECOM’s leadership development and the firm’s client service excellence initiative.
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 Director of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), one of the world’s leading practices in the field of architecture and urban design. He joined ZHA in 2000 to lead its work on the MAXXI Contemporary Arts Centre in Rome, a project that received the RIBA Sterling Prize in 2010.
Mr. Racana has more than 18 years of experience in leading international multidisciplinary teams in the planning and implementation of complex urban planning, infrastructure, and real estate projects in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East. He is well versed in both the design and the financial drivers of infrastructure and large urban projects. He currently is overseeing a range of key projects, including the Citylife mixed-use development in Milan and the new iconic rail station at King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh.
He holds a master’s degree in architecture and urbanism from the Architectural Association London and an MBA from the Imperial College Business School.
Aidyn Rakhimbayev is the founder and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the BI GROUP construction company, which has five main business directions: industrial, oil & gas engineering projects; residential building; road infrastructure; real estate management including hotels and business centers; service for the clients of the company.
The company has built 5 mln square meters of residential and commercial area, 2 000 km of highways; and more than 700 km of railways.
Besides that, Aidyn is well-known for his patronage acts. Most of his time is spent on initiating charities: “Motherhouse” public fund, sponsored by the group of Kazakh businessmen, which is aimed to close children’s communities in the country; “IQanat” educational fund which helps students from villages to get a high-quality education; “BI-Zhuldyzai” corporate fund helps children with limited abilities.
Aidyn Rakhimbayev is in TOP-10 list of the most influential businessmen of Kazakhstan, according to Forbes Kazakhstan. In 2015, he entered the list of TOP-1o pilots of the world after “Rally Dakar 2015”. In different year he was the finisher of the international Ironman triathlon championships, and in 2017, was one of the first representatives of Kazakhstan on the Ironman Kona World Championship in Hawaii. Aidyn is the initiator of Ironman championships in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Married, has 7 children (3 sons, 4 daughters).
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.
Senseable City Lab
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.
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.
Turner & Townsend
Turner & Townsend is an independent professional services company specializing in program management, project management, cost and commercial management and advisory across the real estate, infrastructure and natural resources segments.
As Regional Managing Director of Americas Murray Rowden leads Turner and Townsend’s business in eight countries across North and South America, and manages business growth in all other regions as the firm’s Global Head of Infrastructure. He joined Turner and Townsend’s graduate program in 1990 and was appointed to its Executive Board in 2015.
Committed to contributing to the development of the industry, Murray has served as International Chairman of industry improvement body Constructing Excellence, and has worked with government and industry organizations in Asia, Australia, Canada and the UK on developing industrial strategies and improvement initiatives.
Murray graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University wi th a degree in Quantity Surveying and received an honorary doctorate alongside Sir Alex Ferguson and Harry Benson in 2018.
Mr. William Ruh is the Chief Executive Officer for LendLease Digital. In this role, he is focused on building out advanced automation and analytics capabilities, as well as driving the global strategy, operations and portfolio of digital services across all of LendLease businesses. His portfolio includes the Innovation Group, Living Utilities, Technology in Property and the IT organization.
Prior to joining LendLease, Mr. Ruh was the CEO of GE Digital and the Chief Digital Officer for GE. He grew the overall GE digital sales 2.5x and established the GE Digital business unit. During his tenure, Mr. Ruh led the charge to develop the first cloud-based platform for the industrial world. A recognized expert in the emerging Industrial Internet of Things he helped establish the Industrial Internet Consortium, was a member of the US Dept of Commerce Digital Economy Board of Advisors, Executive Board member of the Bay Area Council as well as the Co-Chair of the Bay Area Council India Initiative and is a member of the board of the Magna Corporation.
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 and Concept 5 Technologies. Mr. Ruh is an accomplished author of four technical books and a frequent speaker on such topics as industrial Internet, IoT, Industrial AI and ML and Digital Industrial Strategy. He serves on Advisory Boards for the California State University, Fullerton School of Engineering and Computer Science and the University of Virginia Department of Systems Engineering. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Science from California State University, Fullerton.
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.
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
Mr. Sabia is President and CEO of Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec. Before joining CDPQ, he was President and CEO of Bell Canada Enterprises. Previously, he was CFO of Canadian National Railway and was a senior official in the Department of Finance and the Privy Council Office of the Canadian government.
Mr. Sabia was educated at the University of Toronto and Yale University. He is a member of the Canadian government’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth, the Foreign Policy Association of New York, the Canada-Mexico Leadership Group, and the Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council.
Co-CEO of BBGI from its inception, Mr. Schramm was actively involved in the establishment and initial public offering (IPO) of BBGI in 2011 and the subsequent growth from 19 assets at IPO to 45 assets and a market capitalisation of c. GBP 800 million currently. As Co-CEO, he is responsible for overall strategy and management of the company. He is one of three members of the management board and sits on the Investment Committee. Additionally, he is a shareholder representative or holds directorships in key assets of BBGI.
Mr. Schramm has worked in the infrastructure sector, investment banking and advisory business for over 22 years. Prior to his current role with BBGI, he worked at Bilfinger Project Investments (BPI), where as Co–Managing Director, he led the European infrastructure operations with over 60 staff. In this role, he was responsible for all European development activities and the asset management of more than 20 infrastructure investments. Prior to that role, Mr. Schramm was Finance Director of BPI’s infrastructure operations in Continental Europe, responsible for all project finance activities, including all divestment activities.
Before joining BPI in November 2003, Mr. Schramm worked at Macquarie Bank in the investment banking group, with responsibility for structured finance transactions.
Heiko Schupp is the Global Head of Infrastructure Investments at Columbia Threadneedle Investments with responsibility for establishing and managing our global unlisted infrastructure business including our European Sustainable Infrastructure Strategy.
Prior to joining the firm, Heiko worked at Hastings Funds Management Ltd, where he was the Portfolio Manager of the Core Infrastructure Income Fund. Heiko is a first generation investment professional in the infrastructure asset class. He has extensive experience in originating and closing international infrastructure transactions, managing assets at board level as well as portfolio management. For the last decade, he has been part his organisations’ investment committees. Prior to Hastings, his roles included Investment Director at the ABN AMRO Infrastructure Fund, Head of Infrastructure for Europe at HBOS and Head of Urban and Light Rail at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He graduated in 1996 from the FH Koblenz (University) in Germany as Diplom Betriebswirt FH (Masters Degree in Economics).
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.
Mr. Slye is the Director of the UK System Operator at National Grid, covering both gas and electricity. Prior to that, he was CEO of the EirGrid Group, the electricity system and market operator in Ireland and Northern Ireland. He also spent a number of years with McKinsey, supporting companies across Ireland and the United Kingdom, and with ESB, where he held positions in Ireland and the United States.
InstarAGF Asset Management
Gregory Smith brings more than 20 years of unparalleled experience in the investment, operation, acquisition and financing of public and private infrastructure, real estate, power, and utility businesses. Prior to founding InstarAGF, Gregory was Managing Partner and head of Brookfield Financial’s Global Infrastructure Advisory Group. He was also the President of Macquarie Capital Funds Canada Ltd. where he was responsible for the establishment, growth and operations of Macquarie's unlisted and listed funds business in Canada along with the active management of Macquarie's Canadian assets owned by offshore funds. Prior to Macquarie, Gregory was Managing Director and Co-Head of RBC Capital Partners - Mezzanine Fund and a Managing Director at Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance.
Gregory has acted as a director or observer/advisor to the Board of Directors for several reporting issuers, including 407ETR International, AltaLink Management Ltd. and Leisureworld Senior Care GP Inc. as well as private companies such as Sea-to-Sky Highway Investment Limited Partnership and Erie Shores Wind Farm. Gregory currently sits on the advisory boards of the Canadian Council of PublicPrivate Partnerships, a national not-for-profit non-partisan organization, Lighthouse Equity Partners, a private equity provider, and Avrio Ventures, an agriculture technology fund. Active in the private equity and venture capital sector since 1994, Gregory previously served for a number of years on the Board of Directors of Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association, including as Chair and President.
Gregory is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator, and holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen's University.
In his current role as CEO of Louis Berger, Mr. Stamatis is responsible for the company's growth and strategic direction. He most recently served as president of Louis Berger International, and prior to that led the company’s U.S. operation. Mr. Stamatis joined the firm more than 25 years ago and has held several leadership roles, helping to develop and expand the firm’s U.S. practice as he served in succeeding roles of responsibility, from Project Manager to Client Manager to Principal-in-Charge for a range of complex infrastructure, facilities, and environmental projects.
Mr. Stamatis attended Pennsylvania State University and completed his undergraduate studies at NJIT. He is a licensed professional engineer and is active in several industry associations.
Mr. Stanmore leads Spencer Stuart’s Real Estate and Private Equity practices in addition to the firm’s infrastructure activities in Australasia. He has worked in consulting and senior-executive roles in Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, South America, and the United States. Greg joined the Sydney office after a career in real estate, strategy consulting, and the building-materials industry.
Prior to his work with Spencer Stuart, Mr. Stanmore worked for James Hardie in a number of roles, including General Manager of Australia/New Zealand; General Manager of Finance, IT and Planning, Asia Pacific; Senior Vice President of Business Development, responsible for development of international business, focusing primarily on Europe and South America; and Vice President of Marketing for the US business. Previously, he was a manager with LEK Consulting and led strategy consulting assignments for a range of clients in various industry sectors in Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom. He launched his career in the real-estate industry, serving as a project manager with CRI Limited and as a site engineer with Lend Lease Corporation.
Mr. Stanmore has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of New South Wales and an MBA from Macquarie University. He also is a graduate of the Strategic Marketing Management Program at Stanford University.
Elena Stepanova – Russian economist, civil engineer and public figure. Born in Moscow. Elena has received her education in Russia, UK, Canada, France, Spain, Japan and Singapore. She has graduated with distinction in civil engineering from Moscow State University of Railway Engineering (MIIT) and attained a double MBA degree from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore and Waseda University in Japan. Speaks fluent Russian, English, Spanish, conversational Japanese, basic French and Mandarin. Her career started as civil engineer in one of the leading property development companies in Russia – The Sawatzky Group of Companies, continued in business development of Singapore international consultancy firm – Jurong International, making a shift into real estate and infrastructure investment in 2012. Elena has received additional training from National University of Singapore in Real Estate Finance and from 2014 has undertaken Ph.D. research in National Research University “Higher School of Economics” in Moscow. Elena’s current permanent position is Head of Investment Department and Foreign Affairs at State Owned Enterprise of Moscow Government – JSC “Mosinzhproekt.”
McKinsey & Company
Gernot advises clients in the infrastructure, real estate, construction, aerospace, rail, and machinery sectors on digital transformations, operational strategy, and performance improvement. He leads the Capital Projects & Infrastructure Practice globally and in Europe, and is a co-leader of the Operations Practice.
A native of Germany, Gernot has worked out of Munich, Cleveland and Hong Kong. He has served clients in various industry sectors, with most of his recent work focused on digital transformations, operational strategy, and performance improvement in infrastructure, construction, real estate, aerospace, rail and transportation.
Gernot has served clients in over 30 countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and many of Gernot’s projects are international in nature. His recent work includes a perspective on the strategic implications of digitization in the construction and infrastructure industries, the development of smart cities and infrastructure. Gernot is a leader of McKinsey’s Global Infrastructure Initiative (GII) and regularly gives keynote presentations at global infrastructure and technology conferences.
Gernot earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kaiserslautern before pursuing a master’s in aeronautical engineering and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Technology Munich. Before joining McKinsey in 1993, he spent five years as a scientific researcher in the field of applied laser diagnostics in combustion engineering, working under international government contracts and for leading automotive and aerospace companies.
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.
Graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg South Africa in 1988 with a Honours degree in Construction Management, Mr. Taylor was awarded a bursary with Grinaker Construction in 1985 and continued to work with Grinaker until 2001.
During this period, Mr. Taylor worked on contracts in South Africa, Mauritius and Zambia and established a construction business in Namibia. Mr. Taylor was transferred from Grinaker–LTA to ALEC in 2001 to establish a construction company in the United Arab Emirates. ALEC grew from a small company in 2001 to a US$ 1 Billion/ year turnover in less than 10 years – working in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Oman. ALEC currently employs 15000 employees.
ALEC has diversified into various related businesses – MEP, Fit Out, Smart4Power–Energy Efficiency, ALEC Energy–Solar Energy, AJI Rentals–Aerial Work Platforms, Hestia–Facility Management.
British Columbia Investment Management Corporation
Mr. Webb is Senior Vice President of Private Markets at bcIMC, a multiasset-class investment organization with over C $120 billion under management. Based in Victoria, British Columbia, and supported by industry-leading expertise, bcIMC invests in all major asset classes. The Private Markets group, managing C $12 billion in capital, has been investing globally in private markets since 1995. Mr. Webb is responsible for overall management of the firm's infrastructure and private-equity programs and setting strategic direction for the Private-Markets Group. He also serves on the boards of Open Grid Europe, the Corix Group of companies, TimberWest Forest, and Thames Water Utilities, Britain’s largest water and wastewater company. He is also a past director of Puget Energy in Washington State, DBCT Ports of Australia, Aquarian Water of Connecticut, and Transelec, Chile’s largest transmission utility. Mr. Webb holds an MBA in international business and an MCP (Architecture). He holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
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.
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.
Regional Plan Association
Tom Wright is president of Regional Plan Association, an independent urban planning think tank focused on improving the prosperity, infrastructure, sustainability and quality of life of the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region. Building on RPA’s 90-year history of advancing innovative policy prescriptions to solve difficult problems, Tom guides the organization’s work on government reform, transportation modernization, environmental challenges and the need to offer opportunity to all the region’s residents.
Saar Yoskovitz is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Augury - a Digital Machine Health company building a future where people can always rely on the machines that matter. Since co-founding Augury in 2011 he has been working with customers and partners to transform how they work to make products, deliver services and improve lives through real-time insight into the health and performance of industrial equipment and systems. Saar holds a dual bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and physics from the Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology. Before launching Augury, Saar worked at Intel as an Analog Architect.
As Vice Chair, Public Sector, Mr. Zelikow leads a team that manages JPMorgan’s business with public-sector clients and international institutions. In 2015, Mr. Zelikow cofounded Infrastructure Finance and Advisory, a global team he now co-heads, which is responsible for providing financing, structuring and advisory services to JPMorgan’s clients that sponsor and invest in infrastructure around the world.
Mr. Zelikow’s previous position was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the InterAmerican Development Bank in Washington, DC. At the IADB, he was instrumental in defining a new corporate strategy, doubling the volume of client operations, devising and executing the bank’s response to the global financial crisis, and bringing about significant management and financial reforms. Prior to IADB, he was with JP Morgan, managing a New York–based practice focused on government financial institutions, multilateral development banks, export credit agencies, and sovereigns.
Prior to joining JP Morgan for the first time, Mr. Zelikow held key positions in the US Treasury Department. As Deputy Assistant Secretary responsible for financial policy toward countries in Africa, the Americas, and Asia, he headed the task force that oversaw the $20 billion emergency financing program the United States established in 1995 to help Mexico stabilize after the peso crisis. Later, he oversaw US financial support during the Asian and Brazilian financial crises. He was the founding director of the Office of Technical Assistance, which became one of the largest providers of policy and technical advice to the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. He also served for two years as the Senior Economic and Financial Advisor to the President and Minister of Finance of Albania.
Mr. Zelikow holds a DPhil from Oxford University. He serves on several for-profit and nonprofit boards.