Following are a select group of leaders who will be joining us in Montréal (Virtual):
Hans-Martin Aerts is a Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure & Natural Resources, Asia Pacific at APG Asset Management, one of the largest pension fund asset managers in the world with assets under management of approximately €536 billion (as of September 2020).
In February 2007, Hans-Martin moved to Hong Kong to establish APG’s first office in Asia Pacific and has since been responsible for managing the infrastructure investments in Asia Pacific.
Prior to working for APG, Hans-Martin was a Senior Portfolio Manager at ABP. He joined ABP in 2001 and has since worked in various areas, including listed equities, structured finance, infrastructure and natural resources. Hans-Martin is a CFA charter holder, and holds an MSc in Economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Mr. Agrawal joined KKR in 2006 and has more than a decade of experience in infrastructure and energy private-equity investing. He is the North American head of KKR’s Infrastructure business and is a member of the Infrastructure Investment Committee. He serves on the boards of directors of the Colonial Pipeline Company, Bayonne Water JV, and Torq Energy Logistics. Prior to joining KKR, he was a vice president with Warburg Pincus, where he was involved in the execution and oversight of investments in the energy and infrastructure sector.
Mr. Agrawal’s prior experience also includes Thayer Capital Partners, where he played a role in the firm’s business and manufacturing services investments, and McKinsey & Company, where he provided strategic, merger, and acquisition advice to clients in a variety of industries. He holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Doğuş Construction & Trade
Tolga AKKAS is a graduate of Middle East Technical University, Civil Engineering in 1996, and received his Master’s degree in Structural Mechanics from the same university. He started his professional career as a Construction Manager in 1996. Then, he worked in various construction companies in construction manager, project manager roles, and then as MD in charge of technical works in his family contracting business during 1996-2004. AKKAS held various positions in Yuksel Construction during 2004-2016 including VP in charge of Business Development and served as the General Manager and Board Member of Sicim-Yuksel-Akkord JV during 2016-2018. He is serving as the CEO of Dogus Construction since December 2018 and Chairman & Board Member of several JVs that Dogus Construction is involved.
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
The Right Honorable Sir Danny Alexander is Vice President and Corporate Secretary of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
He was the first Vice President to join the AIIB, in February 2016, one month after the Bank was inaugurated. He is a member of the Executive Committee, with responsibility for governance and the Bank’s relations with its shareholders, Board of Governors, and Board of Directors. Among other things, he leads work on the Bank’s relations with the host country; on high-level relationships with other shareholders; on developing the Bank’s culture; and on the digital transformation of AIIB. He speaks for the Bank at international forums and meetings with leaders around the world.
Prior to this Sir Danny Alexander was one of the founders and leaders of the first UK coalition government since World War II. He was the chief negotiator for his party in forming the coalition. From 2010-2015 he served as a senior Cabinet minister in the UK Treasury (State Council level). With David Cameron, Nick Clegg, and George Osborne, he was one of the four members of the political inner cabinet (known as ‘the quad’) which oversaw the coalition government. At that time. he was responsible for the post-crisis fiscal consolidation program of the UK government. He led the work on UK infrastructure policy and delivery, leading to the first National Infrastructure Plan, and established the UK Green Investment Bank. He co-ordinated the UK government’s role in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum and, with George Osborne, secured the agreement that the UK would join the AIIB. He was Member of Parliament for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey from 2005-2015.
Sir Danny is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University (School of Public Policy and Management). He is a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University, and an Honorary Fellow at St Anne’s College, Oxford. He has a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University.
Saudi Railway Company
Dr. Al Malik is currently CEO of the Saudi Railway Company (SAR) and was previously Vice President of the Saudi Railway Organization (SRO). He has a proven record of handling several infrastructure projects from planning through completion. Most of these projects were valued at several billion Saudi riyals.
Dr. Al Malik’s experience includes the governmental, academic, and business sectors. He served in the design department and land transportation department and was then appointed Traffic and Safety Manager in the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Transport. He lectured in the Civil Engineering Department of King Saud University, where he also contributed to the development of the graduate academic program of the Geotechnical Engineering Division. In 2011, he joined SAR as the Civil and Track Work Manager, after which he was promoted to Projects Director, in charge of all infrastructure-construction activities. He led several teams and managed the implementation and completion of construction projects such as tracks, structures, stations, yards, and workshops.
Dr. Al Malik has written several publications about the transportation industry. He is a board member of the first railway academy in the region (SRP). He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a master’s degree in construction management, and a PhD in geotechnical and transportation engineering from the USA.
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 schedules representing over $450B of construction spend, the largest dataset of its kind in the world. nPlan is also pioneering an innovative approach that quantifies the risk of construction delays, coupled with an insurance product to mitigate these risks.
Mr. Atallah, CEO of Piramal Realty, is a seasoned executive with global expertise in real estate developments over two decades as a business and functional transformational leader. He was formerly the CEO of Dubai Properties, where he led a portfolio worth $30 billion, including residential, commercial, retail, and hospitality developments. Previously, he held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Qatari Diar, where he was in charge of an international portfolio worth over $40 billion, including the prestigious Chelsea Barracks project in London. He was also the COO of Emaar Properties, where he worked extensively on some of the world’s iconic projects, such as the Burj Khalifa, Armani Hotel, and Dubai Mall. Before that, at Solidere, he headed the development of the largest mixed-use project in Lebanon, the Beirut Souks. He was also the Program Director with Fradim, in charge of real estate development projects on the French Riviera.
Mr. Atallah is the founder of the Lebanon Chapter of the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centres. He has been a speaker and panelist in several conferences and has been listed among the “Power 50” of the most significant figures in marketing communications in the Middle East.
Mr. Atallah holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Pepperdine University. In addition, he has completed an Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD, France.
Bridges to Prosperity
Avery Louise Bang believes that every person has a right to safe access, and she has built an organization that embraces that belief. Under her leadership, Bridges to Prosperity has physically connected more than one million people to essential health care, education and economic opportunities by building footbridges that connect the rural last mile. Bridges to Prosperity has been recognized with the Rockefeller Foundation's Next Century Innovators Award, the Classy Award for the Most Innovative Social Enterprises, and the Ashden Award for Sustainability, the Mulago Foundation Rainer Arnhold Fellowship, and the GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group) Social Impact Fellowship.
As an active public speaker, Avery has reached varied audiences ranging from a plenary at the United Nations to the TED stage. She was featured in the IMAX film Dream Big, awarded the coveted President’s Medal by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), was named one of the world’s top 25 most newsworthy engineers by Engineering News Record (ENR), a Best Speaker at the 2018 McKinsey GII Summit, and was honored as a CauseArtist “Top 15 Women CEOs Who Have Impacted the World.” Avery is a Distinguished Young Alumni of The University of Iowa, recipient of the Recent Alumni Award from The University of Colorado at Boulder, and holds an honorary doctorate degree from Clarkson University.
Avery completed an MBA at Säid Business School at the University of Oxford, where she was selected as the Managing Director of the Oxford Seed Fund. She oversaw deal flow, due diligence, and term negotiation for high growth Oxford-led startups, while also being responsible for screening applicants for the Skoll Venture Awards. Her work won her the position of peer-selected graduation speaker. She also holds a BSc. in Civil Engineering and a BA in Studio Art from the University of Iowa, and an MSc. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder, where her graduate research was conducted with National Academy of Engineering member Bernard Amadei, which considered locally-appropriate geotechnical survey and pedestrian bridge design for rural applications. More recently, she taught Cable-Supported Pedestrian Bridge Design at the University of Colorado in the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering.
Mr. Baunkjær leads Femern A/S, a Danish state-owned company tasked with designing, constructing, and operating the 18-kilometer-long immersed tunnel for road and railway traffic across the Fehmarnbelt between Denmark and Germany. Mr. Baunkjær has extensive insight into the Fehmarnbelt project, as he was one of the main forces behind the drafting of the 2008 State Treaty between Denmark and Germany on a fixed link across the Fehmarnbelt.
Prior to joining Femern, he served as Deputy Permanent Secretary of State in the Danish Ministry of Transport, where he was involved in major road and rail construction projects. His previous appointments include Head of Division with the Danish Ministry of Finance. Mr. Baunkjær holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Copenhagen.
John M. Beck is founder and Executive Chairman of Aecon Group Inc. A graduate in Civil Engineering from McGill University, Mr. Beck has more than 50 years of experience in the construction industry in Canada and internationally. His background includes corporate leadership in numerous construction activities including heavy civil projects and public-private partnerships for the development of infrastructure, such as airports, toll roads and transit systems.
Mr. Beck is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Financing Authority, the Royal Conservatory of Music as well as Co-Chair of the Infrastructure & Urban Development Industries at the World Economic Forum. He is a member of the Advisory Council for the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary and also a member of the Business Council of Canada. He was previously Chairman of the Board of the Ontario Power Authority, a government agency with responsibility for planning and procuring all of the province’s power needs for the next 20 years. He received the LiUNA Builder’s Award at the 2018 Ontario Business Achievement Awards (OBAA) and was named P3 Champion of the Year by the Canadian Council of Public Private Partnerships in 2013. In recognition of his distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession, Mr. Beck was inducted as a Fellow into the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
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.
Port Of Melbourne
Brendan brings over 35 years of corporate experience and a wealth of infrastructure expertise.
He started his career in banking before moving into the electricity industry at a time of dynamic change when the industry was privatised and a competitive market introduced. This experience in infrastructure and customer facing operations provided valuable experience in the move to Transurban CityLink where Brendan had a 10+ year career as the business pioneered electronic tolling in Australia and expanded into the NSW and U.S. toll road markets. During this time Brendan served as the CEO of CityLink Melbourne and was the Transurban Chief Operating Officer when he left in 2011.
Brendan also served as the CEO of Queensland Motorways, where he oversaw the successful transition of the business from government to private ownership. During Brendan’s 3 year tenure the business expanded to include 3 other toll road assets prior to the sale of Queensland Motorways in 2014.
Brendan has been the CEO of Port of Melbourne since the business was privatised in 2016 and over that time the business has made a successful transition to a landlord port model that is owned by a number of leading local and global superannuation, pension and sovereign wealth funds. The business is well positioned to support the growth of Melbourne, not only over the next decade, but over the life of the 50 year lease period.
Professor Denise Bower OBE joined the Mott MacDonald Executive Board as Group external engagement director in January 2020. She is responsible for client and partner relationships, thought leadership activity and driving improvements in the delivery of major projects.
Denise has had an impressive career in the infrastructure industry. She is very well known through her role as the executive director of the Major Projects Association and as Professor in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds. Denise was a long-standing member of the Infrastructure Client Group and has worked closely with the Infrastructure and Projects Authority to improve major project preparation and delivery. She has worked with numerous sponsor and client organisations, helping to shape major projects and programmes.
Infrastructure New South Wales
Mr. Bradley is a professional company director and is currently the non-executive chairman of HSBC Bank Australia, EnergyAustralia Holdings, and Virgin Australia International Holdings. He is a director of Hongkong and Shanghai Banking and GI Dynamics. In July 2013, he was appointed chairman of Infrastructure New South Wales.
Mr. Bradley was Managing Director of Perpetual Limited from 1995 to 2003. Under his leadership, Perpetual grew to become one of Australia’s leading listed funds-management and financial-services groups. Before joining Perpetual, Graham was National Managing Partner of the law firm Blake Dawson (now Ashurst) and a partner of McKinsey & Company.
Mr. Bradley was President of the Business Council of Australia from 2009 to 2011 and was formerly Deputy President of the Takeovers Panel. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales. He is a member of the Order of Australia and in 2012 was acknowledged by the Australian Institute of Company Directors NSW as the Distinguished Fellow in recognition of his contribution to good corporate governance in Australia.
Roy Brannen is the Chief Executive of Transport Scotland, the national transport agency for Scotland and part of the Scottish Government responsible for delivering Ministers transport priorities and commitments with oversight of the operation and improvement of the trunk road, ferry, inland waterway and railway networks in Scotland; prioritising future transport policy and investments, actively promoting sustainable transport and road safety, air passenger facilities in the Highlands and Islands and securing of traditional and new air routes for Scotland; national concessionary travel schemes and the provision of network traffic and travel information services.
Roy is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Chief Road Engineer at Transport Scotland, he is also a Fellow of both the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineers and The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation.
Originally an air traffic controller, Ulrik has had a long commercial career in banking and telecommunications. Ulrik has experience from several startups and is a seasoned speaker at events all over the world. Prior to the merger, Ulrik was the CEO of GenieBelt.
Denis Branthonne is the CEO and Founder of Novade. Experienced business leader with a track record in building global teams, Denis grew up in France, obtained his Master's degree at MIT, and previously worked at Autodesk as Vice President, APAC & Emerging markets.
Jan is a trained Landscape Architect who went into Urban Design and since 8 years, he is working at Squint/Opera, a digital creative studio and consultancy. At Squint/Opera, Jan is overseeing creative excellence and technology. He guides the studio’s wealth of in-house talent across London and New York, working with many international clients.
Jan builds long-term relationships with leading industry partners. He is instrumental in the development of SpaceForm - a data driven, multi-user virtual platform to design, review and present projects in the built environment.
Jan’s wide network keeps him up to date on the latest technology and industry trends, which he brings back in-house, pushing the boundaries of Squint/Opera’s work. He also works to secure ambitious, exciting projects for the studio, including their latest collaboration with Toyota and BIG for the Toyota Woven City.
An expert in virtual design and communication tools, he has contributed to numerous publications including Voices from McKinsey & Co about the impact of technology on the built environment. Jan sits on industry panels, including the NLA Urban Innovation Forum in London and has spoken about technology and design at the Global Infrastructure Initiative (GII) and the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia.
Campbell Lutyens Hudson
John Campbell co-founded Campbell Lutyens in 1988 with Bill Dacombe (formerly a director of N.M. Rothschild and of Royal Bank of Scotland) and the late Richard Lutyens (formerly a director of S.G. Warburg and of Merrill Lynch).
He has nearly 50 years of corporate finance and private equity experience and holds an MA in Economics from Cambridge University, where he was an Exhibitioner at Sidney Sussex College.
After an early career in corporate finance at Rothschilds, Campbell was an executive director of Noble Grossart for 15 years, representing the company in London from 1976 to 1987. Additionally, from 1979 to 1982 he was managing director of McLeod Russel plc, the international agri-business group with principal operations in Africa, Asia and Australia.
Between 2006 and 2014, Campbell was the first European-based Director and in 2018 was awarded lifetime membership of the U.S.-based Pacific Pension & Investment Institute (PPI), a global organization with members from some 50 of the leading pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, endowments and foundations in the world. Members are represented by senior-level executives who value the trusted relationships that PPI fosters inside its programs and through its network. Campbell is an advisor to the board of the Long Term Infrastructure Investors Association (LTIIA).
As VHB’s first non-founder President, Mike’s led the company through transformative and successful growth and technological advancement. He’s propelled VHB forward to evolve, embrace new technologies, improve our nation’s mobility and shape communities in a sustainable and meaningful way.
Mike’s helping to promote the inclusion and diversity conversation through his role in the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Design Professionals Council (DPC). He’s worked to enhance our cities with highly complex mobility challenges, build the ﬁrm’s transit and rail practice, and directed the transportation practice.
Mike’s active in ACEC, ACEC Foundation Board of Directors (Vice-Chair), and the ACEC DPC Executive Committee; Women’s Transportation Seminar; Design-Build Institute of America; American Public Transportation Association; American Society of Civil Engineers; and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association and former Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware, his alma mater.
Hang Seng Bank
Besides leading Hang Seng Bank, Dr. Ch’ien also serves on the boards of Hongkong and Shanghai Banking, China Resources Power Holdings, and Swiss Re. His previous positions included chairman of MTR Corporation; chairman of CDC Corporation and its subsidiary, China.com; a non-executive director of HSBC Holdings; and Group Managing Director of Lam Soon Hong Kong Group.
Dr. Ch’ien is active in public service as a member of the Economic Development Commission of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government, a member of the Standing Committee of the Tianjin Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and an honorary president and past chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries. Previously, Dr. Ch’ien was a member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong, then under British administration. He was appointed a member of the Executive Council of the Hong Kong SAR. He also served as Chairman of the Hong Kong/European Union Business Cooperation Committee and as a Hong Kong member of the APEC Business Advisory Council. He previously chaired the Advisory Committee on Corruption of the Independent Commission against Corruption, the Hong Kong/Japan Business Cooperation Committee, the Industry and Technology Development Council, and the Hong Kong Industrial Technology Centre Corporation.
Dr. Ch’ien was appointed a justice of the peace and a Commander in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He has been awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star medal and received the French honor of Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole. He received his doctoral degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as a trustee for a decade.
Searchlight Capital Partners
Prior to joining Searchlight in 2019, Mr. Claerhout led Infrastructure & Natural Resources investing at the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (“OTPP”) where he worked for 13 years. Prior to running the Infrastructure & Natural Resources business, Mr. Claerhout led the private equity Consumer & Industrials sectors and spent a number of years leading the London office. Prior to OTPP, Mr. Claerhout worked at Edgestone Capital, Pacific Equity Partners, and Bain. Mr. Claerhout received an HBA from the University of Western Ontario, a degree from the Executive Program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a degree from the Directors Education Program at University of Toronto – Rotman School of Management.
UK Department for Transport
Gareth Davies was appointed Director General, Aviation, Maritime, International and Security Group in the Department for Transport in May 2019
Previously Gareth was Director General, Business and Science in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). He was responsible for securing business investment, managing distressed corporate situations and £9 billion public funding for universities and business research and development.
Over his career he has worked across the private and public sectors. He led the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and was a Private Secretary in Downing Street. Recently he worked for AIA, the pan-Asian life insurance company based in Hong Kong.
Gareth spent his early career as a management consultant, specialising in privatisation, investment appraisal and competition policy.
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport
Sean Donohue serves as Chief Executive Officer of Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport. In his role as CEO, Mr. Donohue is responsible for the management, operation and strategic planning of the Airport.
Centered between owner cities Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW Airport connects the North Texas region with nonstop service to over 200 destinations on five continents and is consistently ranked among the best large airports for customer service.
DFW plays an instrumental role in the region, historically producing more than $37 billion in annual economic impact and generating an average of 60,000 jobs on the airport each year.
Mr. Donohue joined DFW International Airport in 2013, following a 28-year career in the airline industry in various executive roles with Virgin Australia Airlines and United Airlines.
Mr. Donohue serves on the executive committee of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), and also serves on several boards for community organizations in the Dallas Fort Worth region.
Mr. Donohue graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Economics and is a native of Massachusetts.
Mr. Donohue is married and has five children.
Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC)
Phillip Duffy is a physicist who has devoted his career to the use of science in addressing the societal challenge of climate change. He is particularly interested in working across traditional boundaries to address climate change, building partnerships with faith leaders, business leaders, and thought leaders across the political spectrum. Prior to joining Woodwell, Dr. Duffy served as a Senior Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and as a Senior Advisor in the White House National Science and Technology Council. In these roles he was involved in international climate negotiations, domestic and international climate policy, and coordination of US global change research. Before joining the White House, Dr. Duffy was Chief Scientist at Climate Central, an organization dedicated to increasing public understanding and awareness of climate change. He was a Senior Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and has held visiting academic posts at Stanford University, at the Carnegie Institution for Science and at the University of California, Merced. Dr. Duffy serves on committees of the National Academy of Sciences and advises international, national, state and local policymakers, as well as private corporations, on climate change. He has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard magna cum laude and a Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford.
Cavnue, the company building the roads of the future, today announced the appointment of Tyler Duvall as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and co-Founder. Duvall, a nationally recognized leader in transportation infrastructure, was previously CEO of SH 130 Concession Company, where he oversaw the operation and maintenance of a 41-mile privately operated toll road between Austin and San Antonio. Duvall brings a depth of private and public sector experience, having served as a Principal at McKinsey & Company where he worked for a decade and as the third highest ranking official at the U.S. Department of Transportation. He will lead the Cavnue team as it designs the physical, digital, coordination, and operational infrastructure to accelerate and realize the full potential of connected and autonomous vehicles.
Danielle Dy Buncio is the Co-Founder and CEO of VIATechnik, a virtual design & construction consulting and implementation firm transforming the real estate and construction industry. Danielle and the VIATechnik team are spearheading advancement of BIM, VDC, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Artificial Intelligence. For her innovative contributions to the AEC industry, Danielle was awarded Building Design + Construction’s 40 Under 40 in 2018 and ENR Top Young Professional National 20 under 40 in 2019.
Danielle serves on the Board of Directors for Ryan Companies US, a $2B Integrated Real Estate Development, Construction, and Design firm and J.F. Brennan, a 100 year-old firm specializing in marine and heavy civil construction.
Prior to founding VIATechnik, Danielle worked for general contractors in Silicon Valley, Sydney, and Chicago. As a Civil Engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional, she has extensive commercial building, heavy civil, and marine construction experience. She holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Chad Edison was reappointed Chief Deputy Secretary for Rail and Transit in September of 2019, where he served as Deputy Secretary for Transportation since 2014. His primary emphasis is on the development and integration of California’s current and future rail and transit network. He is responsible for developing statewide rail plans and programs, as well as the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program. He also serves on the States-Amtrak Intercity Passenger Rail Committee.
Edison served as Transportation Industry Analyst at the Federal Railroad Administration from 2010 to 2014. He was a Senior Consulting Manager, Consulting Manager and Senior Transportation Consultant at AECOM from 2001 to 2010 and held several positions at the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) from 1996 to 2001, including Senior Manager of Financial Analysis.
Edison earned a Master of Public Policy degree in international trade and finance from the University of Michigan.
With over two decades of experience in global operations, sales management and finance leadership, Jon Elliott has worked for software, hardware, and services companies ranging in size from privately-held companies with ~$25 million in annualized revenues to publicly-traded multinational corporations with $4 billion in annualized revenues across multiple industries that have experienced dramatic digital transformation (Architecture, Engineering & Construction, Media & Entertainment, Musical Instruments). Jon is currently a Chief Division Officer and Executive Board Member at the Nemetschek Group, as well as the CEO of Bluebeam. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University, Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of La Verne, California.
Ms. Es Sabar is the founding CEO & Partner at Quark Venture LP, a venture capital firm focused on health sciences investment. She is also the founding Director of the GHS Fund (a global health technology fund), and Co-Founder and Chairman of GDCC China, a health technology company accelerator. Ms. Es Sabar Chairs the Health & Biosciences Economic Strategy Table (Government of Canada) and is a Member of the Industry Strategy Council (Government of Canada).
Ms. Es Sabar has served on numerous boards of health technology companies as well as R&D incubators, company accelerators and not-for-profit organizations. She has received multiple awards and recognitions for her leadership and pioneering work, including Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award, and Women of Distinction Award for Industry, Science and Technology. As a thought leader in life sciences and innovation ecosystems, she is frequently invited to speak and dialogue on innovation economic policy.
Julio is responsible for IFM Investors’ infrastructure investment business in North America and manages IFM’s infrastructure team in the United States. Julio was previously an Executive Director at IFM, based in Melbourne, Australia. Julio’s experience includes senior roles in deal sourcing, investment evaluation, transaction execution, asset management, investment banking and strategy. Julio has led several major infrastructure investments and has been a director on the boards of various infrastructure companies, including the Port of Brisbane, NSW Ports (Port Botany and Port Kembla), Ecogen Energy, Northern Territory Airports and Wyuna Water. Prior to joining IFM Investors, Julio held positions with Viant Capital, Bank of America, Robertson Stephens and Gemini Consulting. Julio holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts, Public Policy degree from Stanford University.
Laurent Germain, 48, is currently Chief Executive Officer of Egis.
Holding degrees from the ESSEC business school and Sciences Po Paris, he is also a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (2000).
Following several positions at the French Ministry of Economy and Finance, in 2004 he became Adviser to the Minister for Research, Mr. François d’Aubert, in charge of budgetary affairs.
The following year he was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the French National Centre of Space Studies (CNES), where he made a significant contribution to transforming project management.
He also chaired the board of CLS, a subsidiary of CNES, which he helped to develop and where he coordinated the arrival of Ardian as a private shareholder.
In 2014 he joined Segula Technologies, a global engineering and technology consulting group. As CEO, he has overseen strong growth in the Group (more than doubling its size in 6 years), in particular outside France, with a specific focus on innovation.
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
Chuck Harrington is the chairman and chief executive officer of Centreville, Virgnia-based Parsons Corporation, a technology solutions provider driving the future of the defense, intelligence, and critical infrastructure markets, with annual revenues exceeding $4 billion. Chuck joined Parsons in 1982 and in 2008, he became CEO and then chairman. Chuck graduated magna cum laude from California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering, holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, and attended the Advanced Management Program at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Chuck serves on the boards of the J.G. Boswell Company and the Cal Poly SLO Foundation. He has received the Executive Mosaic’s Wash100 Award and an Industry Recognition Award from the New York Building Congress. Chuck is a member of the Aerospace Industries Association and has also served on the US President’s Council for Modernizing Government.
As President of Atkins, Philip is responsible for the company’s engineering and design services worldwide. Since joining Atkins in 1997, he has held several senior positions, including leading Atkins’ transportation division and operations across Europe.
Philip is committed to collaborating with clients and partners to deliver their objectives, taking full advantage of digital transformation to improve the efficiency and productivity of infrastructure delivery. He is passionate about the skills agenda and celebrating diversity and inclusion, as well as a strong advocate of STEM and early career development.
Philip has held a number of industry positions including roles on the Boards of the Railway Industry Association, the Rail Supply Group, the Defence Growth Partnership and the National College of High Speed Rail. A chartered civil engineer by profession, he is a member of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.
As Managing Partner of ZGF, Ted Hyman has played a key role in guiding the development of the firm and oversees the firm’s strategic and overall performance. He has been responsible for many of the firm’s most challenging and technologically complex projects, encompassing a broad range of academic and research facilities, hospitals, courthouses, and other civic buildings nationally. As a LEED AP®, he has a particular passion for sustainability and played a key role in the design of a number of the greenest buildings in the United States, including the J. Craig Venter Institute La Jolla, which has achieved LEED Platinum® and was designed as the first net-zero energy biological laboratory in the world and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Headquarters, also LEED Platinum® and net-zero energy.
Caisse de dépôt et Placement du Québec
Mr. Jaclot has been Executive Vice President, Infrastructure, since June 2018. In this role, he is responsible for CDPQ’s infrastructure investment strategy and oversees the teams that carry out infrastructure investment activities worldwide. The portfolio he manages includes assets of over CAN $16 billion. Mr. Jaclot sits on CDPQ’s Executive and Investment Risk Committees.
Before joining the organization, Mr. Jaclot was Senior Vice President at Schneider Electric, a global leader in energy management, in London. Prior to that, he was Deputy CEO at EDF Énergies Nouvelles, a subsidiary of EDF specialized in renewable energy, in Paris. In his previous roles, he has managed major merger and acquisition transactions around the world, through which he developed an expertise in both investing and asset management. Previously, he was an Investment Officer at private-equity firm PAI Partners. He began his career as an analyst and then became an associate at Morgan Stanley in London.
Mr. Jaclot holds an MBA from INSEAD and a master’s in engineering from the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris.
Scott Jacobs is the CEO and Co-Founder of Generate, a leading sustainable infrastructure platform delivering affordable, reliable resource solutions to companies, communities, and cities. Prior to Generate, in 2007, Scott joined McKinsey & Company to co-found its global CleanTech practice, advising companies, institutional investors, NGOs and governments around the world on the economic imperatives of resource productivity and climate solutions. Prior to that, Scott spent over a decade in technology and venture capital, helping start and grow a number of companies, including PolyServe (acquired by HP) and Alliance Data Systems (acquired by FiServ). Scott has dedicated much of his professional life to the “resource revolution” and is a regular writer, keynote speaker and conference panelist on the topics of thematic investing and risk management, climate- and resource-related innovation, and building values-based and people-centric businesses.
Scott earned his MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was named a George F. Baker Scholar, and his BA cum laude from Dartmouth College.
Raveen Jaduram is Chief Executive of Watercare Services Limited. Watercare is New Zealand’s second largest company, with assets valued at $10 Billion. He is a dedicated infrastructure leader and regarded as a global water leader with over 34 years of experience. He has held chief executive and senior roles in private and public sectors, in Australia and in New Zealand.
Raveen has Honours and Masters Degrees in Engineering from the University of Auckland. He has undertaken management studies at INSEAD (France), Stanford University (USA) Macquarie Graduate School of Management (Australia) and the University of Auckland.
Raveen is on the boards of New Zealand Infrastructure Commission and the Water Services Association of Australia. He previously was a director of the Committee for Auckland and served as Chair of the Infrastructure Research Centre at the University of Auckland. He is past President and Chair of Water New Zealand.
Gord Johnston is President & CEO of Stantec. He provides executive leadership to the company and manages its growth. He has over 30 years of private and public sector experience in the design and project management of infrastructure projects throughout North America and abroad. Having progressed through various leadership roles after joining Stantec’s Edmonton-based Water practice in 1990, including serving as the Water business line leader, as executive vice president of the Infrastructure business operating unit, and as an active participant in Stantec’s acquisition sourcing and integration efforts, Gord succeed Bob Gomes as president and chief executive officer of Stantec on January 1, 2018.
Committed to revenue growth and client management, Gord’s passion is developing new work and driving strategic initiatives. Gord builds and maintains strong client relationships by establishing a clear understanding of expectations and maintaining open and honest communications.
Gord earned bachelor of science and master of engineering degrees in civil engineering from the University of Alberta, and is a registered professional engineer, certified project management professional, and Envision Sustainability Professional. He completed the Harvard Business School's Leading Professional Services Firms program and Financial Literacy program for Directors and Executives at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
Gord has served on the board of directors for ACEC Canada, as past-President of the Consulting Engineers of Alberta, and as Chair of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association Biosolids Committee. He also served on the TELUS Edmonton Community Board.
Dr. Axel Kaufmann has been appointed Spokesman of the Executive Board and Chief Financial & Operations Officer (CFOO) of Nemetschek SE, effective January 1, 2020. In this role, he is responsible for all the main Group functions of the Nemetschek Group and its global operating and strategic positioning including M&A strategy. In addition, he is responsible for the Media & Entertainment division.
Axel Kaufmann has many years of international experience in finance and management, which he has contributed to renowned companies. After studying Business Administration and doing an apprenticeship/training at Deutsche Bank, he completed his doctorate while continuing to work. He then served at the Siemens Group for more than ten years, including in the USA and most recently in operations as the commercial head of a market-leading global software business unit. This was followed by executive roles at Nokia Networks in the finance and strategy units. He then acted as Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of the listed Koenig & Bauer AG. In his last position until the end of December 2019, Kaufmann served as Chief Financial Officer at the MDAX-listed Rational AG.
As the oldest son of a career United States Marine, the first ten years of John’s life was constantly in motion as his family moved every two years finally settling in Chicago. Rabid Cubs, Bears & Blackhawks fan – check.
John joined North America’s largest building materials producer, Oldcastle, in 2001 as the Vice President of Marketing for the Architectural Products Group where he was responsible for developing the Belgard® brand and implementing the first digital marketing initiative across the United States. Prior to this, John spent 15+ years with BASF in a variety of marketing and sales management roles.
In late 2007 he became the first Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Oldcastle; he created the company’s first internet marketing platform, spearheaded the early e-commerce / social media efforts across the business units, all while elevating the Oldcastle brand and overseeing 200+ local/regional branding efforts.
In early 2012, John was selected to create and organize the first of its kind enterprise-wide, business development initiative that he now leads as President of CRH - Americas Building Solutions. His group is responsible for positioning CRH / Oldcastle as the preferred building material and consultative resource for Owners, Developers, Architects, and General Contractors across the globe. John’s BA in Petroleum Geology and an MBA in Marketing allows for a more balanced approach to construction by blending both art and science, so visions actually become reality.
Shaun Kenny is president of Bechtel’s Infrastructure global business unit, with responsibility for a worldwide portfolio of power, communication, aviation, rail, and civil infrastructure projects.
Shaun has more than three decades of EPC industry experience in the infrastructure, mining, and water sectors. At Bechtel, he has held key construction, project management, strategy and business development, and executive leadership roles in the U.K., Australia, the U.S., Chile, and the Middle
East. As president of the Infrastructure business, he is based in the unit’s London headquarters.
Shaun began his career in the U.K. civil construction industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Liverpool Polytechnic. He is a chartered civil engineer in the U.K., a member of the U.K. Institution of Civil Engineers, a fellow of Engineers Australia, and a registered engineer in Australia.
Clive Kerner has been Chief Executive Officer of Clifford Capital since its inception in 2012. He has 30 years of emerging markets finance experience and a proven track record as a CEO of start-up financial institutions. Before joining Clifford Capital, he was CEO of Linq Asia Capital AG, a finance company focused on high yield and mezzanine credit investing in South East Asia. Prior to this, he worked in a prominent Asian family office in Singapore and Jakarta. He previously spent 20 years in investment banking with Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (“DrKW”), with a focus on project and structured finance in the power, utilities, infrastructure and resources sectors, primarily in Asia, where he was based in Singapore with other postings in Kuala Lumpur and London. He was latterly Head of DrKW’s Asian Utilities and Infrastructure business in Singapore. Mr Kerner is also a non-executive Director of Singapore LNG Corporation Pte. Ltd., Changi Airports International Pte. Ltd., Pierfront Capital Fund Management Pte. Ltd. and Pierfront Capital Mezzanine Fund Pte. Ltd. respectively.
Dr. Kim is a founder and Chairman of HanmiGlobal, a construction management & project management firm located in Seoul, South Korea. Within the past 20 years, HanmiGlobal has acquired 11 group companies, including 3 in the U.S., and successfully completed 373 overseas projects in 58 countries.
As an expert in construction management & project management, Dr. Kim has extensive experience in design and construction for over 40 years, 30 of which, he managed overseas projects. He was a construction manager of Petronas Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the tallest building in the world at the time (1998-2004).
Dr. Kim is also a chairman of the CVF, Construction Vision Forum, whose members are the opinion leaders in the Korean construction industry.
He graduated from Seoul National University with a BS, then an MBA in Sogang University, and received his PhD in Architecture in Seoul National University.
Kevin Klowden is executive director of the Milken Institute's Center for Regional Economics and California Center where he also is managing economist. He focuses on issues connected to job creation, technology-based development, small business access to capital, and California's role in the global economy. Klowden is the lead author of numerous publications, including "A Hollywood Exit: What California Must Do to Remain Competitive in Entertainment and Keep Jobs" as well as "Strategies for Expanding California's Exports" and "A Golden Opportunity with China: How California Can Become an Even Bigger Destination for Chinese Foreign Investment." He has written about the importance of a skilled and educated workforce in maintaining regional competitiveness, and the need for increasing exports by small and mid-sized businesses to grow the economy. A frequent speaker, he currently serves on multiple advisory boards, including the Los Angeles Regional Export Council, and particularly as Chair of Trade Finance Advisory Council for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Klowden holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and London School of Economics, where he studied Asian financial centers and foreign direct investment.
Mr. Knott is Chairman of GHD, an employee-owned global professional services company with more than 10,000 people around the world and revenues of AUD 2.2 billion. He previously led the company’s operations in Asia–Pacific, spanning New Zealand, Philippines, Chile, and China. He has played a key role in mergers and acquisitions, which have diversified the company’s earnings across the United States, Canada, Asia–Pacific, and the United Kingdom.
Mr. Knott has more than 30 years’ experience in the design and project management of major water and transport infrastructure, defense, telecommunications, and property and building projects.
Since March 1st 2007, Mr. Andrés Kuhlmann Jahn is CEO of Transelec S.A., the leading power transmission company in Chile.
From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Kuhlmann was the CEO of Siemens in Chile. Previously, from 1997 to 2001, he was the CEO of Electroandina S.A. (controlled by GDF Suez and Codelco), a leading electricity generating company in Chile. He was also Commercial and Operations Vice President at EDEGEL (controlled by Endesa), an electric generation company in Peru, for two years ending in 1996.
Mr. Andrés Kuhlmann is a graduate in civil and industrial engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He is also active in the community. From March 2006 to March 2008, he chaired the Chilean-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry. From May 2015 to May 2018, Mr. Kuhlmann chaired the Chile-Canada Chamber of Commerce. Currently, he sits on the boards of Clínica Alemana de Santiago and Alemana Seguros S.A. (Chilean-German health and insurance institutions). Since November 2019, Mr. Kuhlmann sits on the board of Finning International Inc. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Engineering School of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and a Counsellor of SOFOFA, a federation of Chilean industry created in 1883.
José Antonio Labarra is a Civil Engineer from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. He began his career at Cintra, subsidiary of Ferrovial, where he held different management positions in Portugal (Norte Litoral), Canada (407ETR), Spain and the USA for 13 years. He then joined GrupoIsolux as Managing Director of Highway Concessions, where he led the team and implemented the portfolio of projects that constituted the starting point for ROADIS. Currently, he’s the CEO of ROADIS, since the establishment of the company in 2016.
Tom Leppert has a distinguished record in both the private and public sector. He served as the Mayor of Dallas and has led major leading major corporations in the areas of construction, financial services, homebuilding, real estate, and education. These include Chairman/CEO of The Turner Corporation, nation’s largest general building company, CEO of Kaplan, Inc., global educational services, and CEO of Castle & Cooke Properties. Earlier, he was a Principal with McKinsey.
Leppert served as a White House Fellow and holds an MBA with Distinction from Harvard.
He is the Chairman of the board of Austin Industries and View and serves on the board of Fluor.
Leppert is a noted speaker and has appeared regularly in the media. He has been recognized for his leadership, including “CEO of the Year” by D Magazine, “Texas Businessman of the Year” by Texas Association of Business, “Outstanding Director 2020” by Dallas Business Journal.
Mark Liedemann is President and CEO of Partnerships BC. He leads the executives responsible for running a team of highly specialized employees and contractors focused on the planning, procurement and implementation of large and complex infrastructure projects in B.C. and throughout Canada. Partnerships BC has completed more than 60 projects with a value in excess of $20 billion. Mark’s key responsibilities include corporate strategy as well as shareholder and stakeholder relations.
David is the CEO of VEERUM. VEERUM provides industrial clients with a full asset lifecycle digital platform which provides a 3D environment connecting CAD, GIS, Document Management and IoT data sources in one web based view. VEERUM has clients across the world and can be up and running in 48 hours with client data.
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.
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Laurie Mahon serves as Vice-Chair of CIBC’s U.S. Investment Banking business, a role she recently assumed after having led the Global Infrastructure and Power team since August 2013. She has spent her entire professional life in the infrastructure space, having had a multifaceted career as a banker, public sector manager, infrastructure executive, consultant, journalist and developer focusing on the development and financing of large infrastructure projects around the globe.
Before joining CIBC Capital Markets, Ms. Mahon was a senior expert in McKinsey’s infrastructure practice. Previously, she spent 12 years as an independent advisor, helping numerous public and private entities develop transportation projects in the U.S., Latin America, China and the U.K.. From 1984 until 1999, she worked on Wall Street as an investment banker, focusing on the infrastructure markets in both the U.S. and emerging markets. She started her banking career as a municipal banker.
Before entering the field of banking, Ms. Mahon spent five years working at New Jersey Transit, where she held various positions in planning and policy until becoming deputy Chief Financial Officer. While there, she executed several innovative public / private financing structures.
Ms. Mahon holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning from Harvard University, and a B.S. summa cum laude from Boston University.
Ryan Maibach is the President and CEO of Barton Malow Holdings. A fourth-generation builder, Ryan spent time in the family business at a young age and chose to pursue a construction engineering degree at Purdue University. Upon completion, Ryan began his career at Barton Malow Company as a project engineer in 1997.
In 2011, Ryan was named President of Barton Malow Company. Since that time, he has expanded the enterprise through rapid alignment, strategic growth, and innovation. With a vision for industry transformation, Ryan leads the Barton Malow Family of Companies through a culture of empowerment and continuous improvement. His passion for making a positive impact on the industry is rivaled only by his unique ability to connect with employees and serve his community.
Ryan’s serves on leadership boards for the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Detroit Children’s Fund, and The Parade Company. Previous honors include Crain’s Detroit Business 40 under 40, 2010 Engineering Society of Detroit Young Engineer of the Year, and 2009 Building Design & Construction’s 40 Under 40.
Louis Berger Services
Dr. Jiri Maly is President & CEO of Louis Berger Services based in Washington, DC. LBS specializes in turnkey power and fueling projects, infrastructure operations, maintenance, logistics and ground support services. Prior to joining LBS, Dr. Maly was the Managing Director of CIBC’s Global Infrastructure Finance team and a member of the CIBC Global Leadership Team. Previously, he was a partner at McKinsey & Company where he was instrumental in founding and developing their Capital Projects and Infrastructure Practice. Dr. Maly has over 20 years of experience in global, regional and local leadership roles and has worked on projects throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. He earned two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Calgary in Chemical Physics and Applied Mathematics. He also holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago.
MIGA, World Bank Group
Hiroshi Matano is Executive Vice President at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and a member of the World Bank Group leadership team. He is responsible for the long-term strategic planning and development of MIGA, guiding key finance and guarantee operations, forging partnerships and developing MIGA's business.
A native of Japan, Mr. Matano, brings more than thirty years of experience in banking and finance. As Global Head of Structured Finance at MUFG, Mr. Matano managed assets across key global markets, including the world’s largest renewable energy project portfolio. During this tenure, Mr. Matano was instrumental in the issuance of MUFG’s first green bond, and MUFG was the recipient of the Global Bank of the Year award by Project Finance International.
Mr. Matano also contributed to the merger of Mitsubishi UFJ Securities and Morgan Stanley Japan, focusing on post-merger integration, and helping make the combined firm the leading investment bank in Japan.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Matano was seconded to the International Finance Corporation for three years. During this time, Mr. Matano executed long term investments in Indonesia, Thailand and Korea as part of a broader effort to support small and medium enterprises in the aftermath of the Asian currency crisis.
Mr. Matano received his Bachelor's degree from the Department of Economics at Keio University and his Master's degree from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
Recently retired as Chairman of Crossrail Ltd, Europe’s largest metro rail project. Prior to that, CEO of the UK Government’s Infrastructure and Projects Authority, with oversight of the HMG’s largest and most complex projects and programmes and responsibility for building project capability within the UK government. Background in energy, with many years in conventional oil and gas exploration, development and production, followed by several years as Head of Group Technology in BP. In this role, responsible for corporate oversight of major projects groupwide, as well as technology development across the company. Focus on development of alternative energy opportunities for BP, including setting up of Hydrogen Energy. Ex-Chairman of Deepwater Wind in the US and Co-Chair of MIT study of the Future of Natural Gas.
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.
Washington State Department of Transportation
Roger Millar was appointed Secretary of Transportation by Governor Jay Inslee in August 2016. Millar oversees a 7,000-employee agency that is the steward of a multimodal transportation system and responsible for ensuring that people and goods move safely and efficiently. Prior to joining WSDOT, Roger served for five years as vice president of Smart Growth America, a national not-for-profit organization. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Millar is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He is the Treasurer of the ASCE Transportation and Development Institute.
Cross River Rail
Mr. Graeme Newton has more than 25 years’ experience in the infrastructure sector. In the past 15 years, he has led large scale, high profile and complex infrastructure projects within the private and public sector.
Over the years Graeme has worked in a range of different infrastructure leadership roles including the role of Director-General for the Department of Infrastructure and Planning where he was a key decision-maker for Queensland, leading major infrastructure, investments, planning and project delivery. He has previously been the Coordinator-General and a Partner at Deloitte Australia focusing on infrastructure and major capital projects
In his current role as CEO of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority, Graeme is leading the delivery of the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project, which will transform SEQ’s public transport network once complete. This role involves extensive engagement and strategic policy advice for a range of interstate, Queensland government departments.
Allard joined InfraCo Asia in mid-2013 and has overall accountability for the company’s infrastructure developments and investments in 12 Asian countries.
Allard has been based in Asia for over 25 years and has strategic executive leadership experience in the infrastructure sector in emerging and frontier markets. He has successfully led and acquired infrastructure, energy and environmental companies.
Allard’s previous roles include CEO of Jindal Aquasource and Jindal Ecopolis in New Delhi, India; President Asia Pacific at Covanta Energy Corporation (the world’s largest energy from waste company) based in Shanghai, China; Regional Director Infrastructure Development and Country Director China, for the Leighton Group in Asia; Regional Director, Greater China at Thames Water International in Hong Kong SAR; and Country Manager of Vermeer–Ballast Nedam, while based in Vietnam.
Allard has served on the Board (as NED) of the International Project Finance Association – IPFA (headquartered in London) since 2017.
He holds a BSc (Eng) in engineering management and an MBA in international business.
Áine O’Dwyer, PE
CEO, Enovate Engineering
Áine is the Principal and CEO of Enovate Engineering, an Engineering and Construction Management Firm with offices in New York and New Jersey. Starting the company in 2017, Enovate specializes in public and private sector CM/PM, Transportation Engineering, and Surveying services. They have worked on monumental projects such as the new Moynihan Train Hall, JFK Redevelopment Project, Brooklyn Bridge, and the new New York Islanders Belmont Arena.
Prior to Enovate, Áine worked for a large privately held International infrastructure development and construction firm. There, she worked her way from a field engineer to Vice President, running Engineering globally for the firm. She has worked on both national and international development projects, such as the $2.3B Anaklia Deep Sea Port project in the Republic of Georgia.
She is a licensed Professional Engineer in eleven states. She is the recipient of the Engineering News Record (ENR) National 2018 Top 20 under 40, ENR New York 2018 Top 20 under 40, 2019 NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business and has received a Proclamation from the City of New York as well as a Citation of Merit from the Bronx Borough President for her achievements in Gaelic Football.
Hailing from her native Ireland, Áine graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from NJIT and a Master’s in Civil Engineering, also from NJIT. Whilst at NJIT, Áine played Division I basketball for 4 years and soccer for 2 years, actively involved in sports throughout all 5 of her years at NJIT. She sits on the Industry Advisory Board of the NJIT Civil Engineering Department and sits on the National Board of the Professional Women in Construction (PWC) organization. She remains active locally on a number of initiatives and actively plays soccer, basketball, hikes, and snowboards in the winter months.
Alina is a seasoned professional in the infrastructure investment and financing sector. She has been a key player in the infrastructure sector for more than two decades. She has extensive experience and a solid track record in her field. Before joining Fiera Infrastructure, she was CEO of Aquila Infrastructure, where she oversaw the creation of the firm. Prior to that, she was CEO of the Macquarie Essential Assets Partnership (“MEAP”), North America’s first unlisted infrastructure fund. Under her leadership, MEAP pursued and assessed numerous opportunities, completed five acquisitions and one divestment. Alina went on to lead the infrastructure program at OPTrust, with a capital allocation of $2.5 billion. In this role, she was responsible for setting strategic direction, overseeing investment strategies and acquisitions, and managing an infrastructure portfolio in excess of $1 billion. Alina holds a B.Eng. from McGill University and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. She is a CFA charter holder and a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.
TaKaDu, the company Mr. Peleg founded in 2009 and now leads, provides central event management solutions for water and gas utilities. TaKaDu provides utilities with a cloud-based analytics solution for managing the life cycle of all network events and incidents, changing the way utilities work to provide operational benefits and strategic insights. The TaKaDu solution is deployed in leading utilities in Australia, Europe, Israel, South America, and the United States. TaKaDu was honored as a technology pioneer by the World Economic Forum of Davos and featured as a Harvard Business School case study.
Mr. Peleg also is a co-founder and council member of SWAN, the Smart Water Networks Forum, a global industry organization in the smart water space. A serial entrepreneur, Mr. Peleg founded YaData in 2005, serving as CEO until the company’s acquisition by Microsoft in 2008. In 1999, he founded Cash-U (later named Unipier).
Mr. Peleg holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, physics, and computer science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.
Mr. Petrie’s career has focused on performance improvement challenges for clients or contractors involved in the procurement and operation of high-value physical assets. His industry sector experience is grounded in mainstream engineering and construction contracting and as a construction client. He has broad experience across a range of capital-intensive sectors, including oil and gas equipment and services, marine charter services and ship construction, airport infrastructure, building services, civil engineering, and most recently the provision of independent assurance and expert advice to companies operating high-risk, capital-intensive assets.
Mr. Petrie is an international businessman who respects and enjoys working across cultures. He has worked in Algeria, China, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Norway, Singapore, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
He is a Chartered Engineer and a fellow of the IET. He has an MBA from INSEAD, France.
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
On January 1, 2019, Steve Poftak was appointed General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). He previously served as the Vice Chair of the Fiscal and Management Control Board and as a Director of the MassDOT Board since 2015.
Prior to his being appointed General Manager, he was Executive Director of the Harvard Kennedy School Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. He was Research Director and Director of the Center for Better Government at the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research. Prior to that, he worked at the Commonwealth’s Executive Office for Administration and Finance, where he managed the $1.3 billion capital budget, prepared the state’s quarterly cash flow reporting and monitored non-tax revenue receipts. Other experience includes service on the Commonwealth’s Finance Advisory Board and Zero-Based Budget Commission.
Steve holds an MBA from the Olin School at Babson College and a BA in Political Science from Middlebury College.
Zaha Hadid Architects
Mr. Racana is Board Director of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), one of the world’s leading practices in the field of architecture and urban design; he holds a Master’s degree in architecture and urbanism from the Architectural Association London and an MBA from the Imperial College Business School.
He has over 20 years of experience in leading international multidisciplinary teams in the planning and implementation of complex urban planning, infrastructure, and real estate projects in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East, and is highly versed in both the design and the financial drivers of infrastructure and large urban projects.
He currently is leading a range of key projects including the new iconic rail station at King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, the Rail Baltica High-speed Train and multi-modal Station in Tallinn, Estonia, and the new Nancy-Bird Walton International Airport in Sydney, Australia.
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.
Mark was appointed Mace’s Chief Executive in January 2013, and has overseen the company’s revenue growth from £1bn to £2bn in 2018. He has consistently championed change within our industry, driving innovation to improve service excellence, whilst ensuring Mace continues to be more productive, more efficient and a responsible company.
Mark gained his early experience in the commercial and aviation sectors. He was the Deputy Programme Director for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Mark is currently a member of the Construction Leadership Council, responsible for the Skills workstream, a Board Director for London First, the Northern Powerhouse Partnership and is a trustee of LandAid.
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.
Mr. William Ruh is the Chief Executive Officer for Lendlease Digital. In this role, he is building a new business to help transform the real estate industry. LendLease Digital is developing the world’s first set of Autonomous Building products to automate design, supply chain, construction and operations.
He serves on the Board of Directors of Magna International and CADMakers. He is the Vice Chair of the Board at the American Chamber of Commerce of Australia, member of the board of the Building 4.0 CRC research program in Australia, and is a founder and Chair of the Digital Twin Consortium.
Prior to joining Lendlease, Mr. Ruh was the CEO of GE Digital and the Chief Digital Officer for GE. During his tenure, Mr. Ruh led the charge to develop the first cloud-based platform for the industrial world and established the GE Digital business unit. A recognized expert in the emerging Industrial Internet of Things he helped establish the Industrial Internet Consortium and was a member of the US Dept of Commerce Digital Economy Board of Advisors.
A 35 year veteran of the software and internet industries, Mr Ruh has held executive management positions at Cisco, Software AG, Inc., The Advisory Board, The MITRE Corporation as well as founding the technology startup Concept 5 Technologies.
Mr. Ruh is an accomplished author of four books and a frequent speaker on such topics as industrial Internet, IoT, Industrial AI and ML and Digital Industrial Strategy. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Science from California State University, Fullerton. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the California State University, Fullerton School of Engineering and Computer Science.
Construction Management Association of America
Joining CMAA in 2017, Andrea S. Rutledge is a seasoned association executive with a passion for promoting the core values of the profession and the vision and mission of CMAA. Prior to joining CMAA she served as executive director of the National Architectural Accrediting Board, and as a managing director with the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Her career also includes positions at Olivet College in Michigan, and the White House. Rutledge earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado Boulder and an MFA from The Catholic University of America.
IGA Istanbul Airport
Kadri Samsunlu has been the Chief Executive Officer of IGA Airport Corporation since September 2017. Samsunlu has been leading IGA Airport Operation as well as IGA Construction since 2018 and completed the integration of the superstructure arm of IGA Construction into IGA Airport Operation at the beginning of 2019. Samsunlu, having been CFO of Akfen Holding from 2009 until 2017, led many processes in this period, ranging from the launch of the first infrastructure Eurobond, to the realization of various PPP projects, finance management in tourism, real estate, energy marine transportation and airport sectors projects and mergers & acquisitions of the Holding Co. Samsunlu also worked as part of the public offering and delisting process of Akfen Holding. Akfen Holding received many international awards during his tenure. He completed his undergraduate studies at Bosphorus University, Department of Economy in 1991. He then finalized his MBA degree in the University of Missouri, USA.
Lee Sander was appointed as President of Bombardier Transportation’s Americas Region in November 2018.
Prior to joining Bombardier, Mr. Sander was Managing Director, Global Transportation and US Infrastructure at Hatch Ltd. In addition, he held leadership roles at AECOM, notably as Group Chief Executive, Global Transportation and at HAKS Group. Credited with turning around several high-profile public-sector organizations in New York, he is a former Executive Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation and served as a Commissioner on the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. In addition, he is the founder of the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at New York University and co-founded the Empire State Transportation Alliance.
He holds a degree in Applied Science and International/Global Studies from Georgetown University.
Mr. Schramm was actively involved in the establishment and initial public offering (IPO) of BBGI in 2011 and the subsequent growth from 19 investments at IPO to 49 investments. BBGI is a London listed company and currently manages a global portfolio of infrastructure investments, located in Australia, Europe and North America, with a market capitalization of over GBP 1 billion.
As Co-CEO, he is responsible for overall strategy, leadership and management of the company. He is one of three members of the management board and sits on the Investment Committee. Additionally, he is a shareholder representative or holds directorships in key investments of BBGI.
Mr. Schramm has worked in the infrastructure sector, investment banking and advisory business for over 25 years. Prior to his current role with BBGI, he worked at Bilfinger Project Investments (BPI), where as Co–Managing Director, he led the European infrastructure operations. In this role, he was responsible for all European development, asset management, finance and divestment activities. Before joining BPI in 2003, Mr. Schramm worked at Macquarie Bank in the investment banking group, with responsibility for structured finance transactions.
As Trimble’s chief digital officer, Schwartz will be responsible for leading the transformation initiatives of Trimble's business systems, processes and infrastructure to better serve the customer through the transition to "as-a-service" business models.
Schwartz has served as Trimble’s vice president of Civil Construction Software Systems responsible for software solutions connecting the physical and digital worlds for project owners, civil engineers and contractors. These solutions optimize the design process, allowing customers to collaborate with both owners and contractors to deliver projects on-time and under budget. Schwartz was chief operating officer of a joint-venture between Trimble and Caterpillar as well as serving in several senior management roles in finance and technology over his 23-year career.
Profabril Consulplano Group
As Group President of PCG Profabril Consulplano Group, Dr. Serodio leads the largest international Portugal-based engineering consulting group, which provides management consulting, project management, and industrial turnkey contracts to clients in the fields of civil engineering, industry and energy, transportation, and environmental engineering. Through a series of acquisitions, PCG has grown into a global engineering group with operations in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America. Prior to joining PCG, Dr. Serodio gained professional experience through work in the public and private sectors on four continents.
Dr. Serodio serves as the president of PROFORUM, Association of Engineering Development, Portugal, as vice president of the Portuguese-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in Portugal, and the EU-China Business Association, in Belgium. He earned his master’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University and his MBA from the Institute for Management Development, in Geneva, Switzerland.
Meinhardt Group International
Omar has been the Group CEO since 2013 where he oversees the global group’s performance, focusing on client management, group business expansion and diversification.
Under his leadership, the group has grown significantly and was the first Singapore engineering company to be conferred the International Headquarters Award by the Economic Development Board of Singapore (EDB). Meinhardt also partnered EDB to set up two Centres of Excellence in Smart Cities and Project and Construction Management in 2014. In 2012, Meinhardt set up a first-of-its-kind ‘Water Training Centre’ to provide managerial and hands-on training to private and public sector officials from across the world.
Omar joined Meinhardt as the group’s Corporate Finance Director in 2008 before becoming Deputy CEO (2010 to 2013), overseeing the Group’s financial performance, investor relations and risk management. He was instrumental in growing the Group’s Middle East business. Prior to Meinhardt, Omar was an investment banker with an international bank and involved in several landmark equity capital and fixed income transactions, mergers and acquisitions. He was an advisor for a US$2 billion sovereign bond offering for the Republic of Indonesia; a US$70 million acquisition of Advanced Interconnect Technologies by Unisem (M) Berhad; and a US$415 million acquisition of a 20% stake in EON Capital Berhad by Primus Pacific Ltd.
Omar started his career as a Management Associate and subsequently worked as a Credit Analyst for one of the major global banks in Singapore.
Global Infrastructure Investor Association
Lawrence Slade joined GIIA as CEO in January 2020, having most recently been Chief Executive of Energy UK since 2015 and its Chief Operating Officer from 2011 prior becoming CEO. He also served on the boards of Eurelectric and Eurogas in Brussels. He has been involved in the energy industry since the late 1990’s working in countries all over the world. Lawrence is a member of the UK Government’s Committee on Fuel Poverty, an Advisory Board member of Connected Kerb, a Board Trustee and Audit Committee member of the Money Advice Trust. He is also a Fellow of the Energy Institute.
Francesco Starace, CEO and General Manager of Enel S.p.A. since May 2014, joined the Group in 2000 holding several positions including CEO and General Manager of Enel Green Power.
His previous work experiences were in General Electric Group, ABB Group, and in Alstom Power Corporation too.
Member of the Advisory Board of the UN’s “SE4All” initiative since 2014 and of the BoD of the UN’s Global Compact since 2015. From June 2017 to May 2019 he served as President of Eurelectric, the European association for the electricity industry.
The European Commission appointed him Member of the “Multi-stakeholder Platform on the Implementation of the SDGs in the EU” in September 2017.
Since September 2019, by invitation of Rockefeller Foundation, Mr. Starace has become a member of the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty.
Graduated in Nuclear Engineering (Polytechnic University of Milan).
Elena Stepanova is a Senior Managing Director at InfraVEB (a member of VEB.RF - major development institution of the Russian Federation). Before this role, Elena was a Business Development Director (Russia) at ICA Construction - a joint venture of two international companies: IC Ictas Insaat A.S. (Turkey) and Astaldi S.p.A. (Italy).
Prior, she oversaw the Investment Department and Foreign Affairs at State-Owned Enterprise of Moscow Government – Mosinzhproekt and Business Development at Surbana Jurong - a Singaporean government-owned consultancy company focusing on infrastructure and urban development.
Elena holds a Ph.D. (Finance) from National Research University “Higher School of Economics” in Moscow, a double MBA degree from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore and Waseda University in Japan, a Master's degree in Global Public Policies from Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration and civil engineering degree with distinction from Russian University of Transport. Additionally, Elena took an Executive Course of Real Estate Finance at the National University of Singapore. She speaks fluent Russian, English, conversational Spanish, basic French, Japanese, and Mandarin.
Guthrie Stewart is Vice-Chair, Investment Committee at the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments). In this role, Guthrie uses his considerable experience and insight to act as a spokesperson and senior representative of PSP in facilitating a strong linkage between strategic goals, investment ambitions and partner relationships. Guthrie is a member of PSP Investments’ Executive Committee and Risk and Investment Committee.
Prior to his appointment in June 2020, Guthrie served as Senior Vice President and Head of Private Investments at PSP Investments, where he oversaw a growing portfolio of over $40 billion in Private Equity and Infrastructure.
Prior to joining PSP Investments in September 2015, he was a partner at one of Canada’s largest private equity buy-out and venture capital firms. He also held several executive roles in the telecommunications industry, including CEO, Teleglobe Canada; EVP, Global Development of Teleglobe Inc., and was a founding officer of what is now Bell Mobility. He also acted as a corporate director and advisor for various public and private enterprises and was an Adjunct Professor and member of the Faculty Advisory Board of the McGill Desautels Faculty of Management.
Guthrie holds an MBA from INSEAD and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. He studied Honours Science at Queen’s University and also completed ICD’s Directors Education certification program through Rotman-McGill.
Union Station Redevelopment Corporation
As Union Station Redevelopment Corporation’s President and CEO, Beverley manages Washington Union Station, one of the busiest transportation centers in the country. During her tenure she has led the efforts to restore the historic Main Hall to its early 20th Century splendor. Currently she is overseeing the ongoing rehabilitation of the station in keeping with its historic standards and managing the latest redevelopment and expansion of the station.
Prior to joining USRC, Beverley was the first woman to serve as Maryland Transportation Secretary. As Secretary, she oversaw the only state department of transportation with direct supervision over all aspects of transportation.
Previously, as Deputy Secretary, Beverley also served as Executive Director of Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport during the period which encompassed the 9/11 terrorist attack and the subsequent revolution in airport security. She has also worked for the state legislature in Maryland and for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA).
Head of Real Assets and Private Equity, CDPQ
Macky Tall has been Head of Real Assets and Private Equity since April 2020. In this role, he leads the teams responsible for infrastructure, international private equity, financing solutions and global research. He is also the President and Chief Executive Officer of CDPQ Infra, a CDPQ subsidiary whose mandate is to plan, execute and operate public infrastructure projects. CDPQ Infra is currently implementing the largest public transit project – the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) – in the Greater Montréal in the last 50 years.
Mr. Tall sits on CDPQ’s Executive Committee and Investment-Risk Committee in addition to serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ivanhoé Cambridge, CDPQ’s world-class real estate subsidiary.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Finance) from HEC Montréal and an MBA (Finance) from the University of Ottawa. He also completed an undergraduate degree in Economics at Université de Montréal.
Mr. Tall sits on the Board of Directors of The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montréal. He is also a member of the Infrastructure Advisory Board of Global Affairs Canada and the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund Investments Committee. He also served as co-chair of the Advisory Committee of the Global Infrastructure Facility of the World Bank.
Graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg South Africa in 1988 with an Honours degree in Construction Management. Kez was awarded a bursary with Grinaker Construction in 1985 and continued to work with Grinaker until 2001.
During this period he worked on contracts in South Africa, Mauritius and Zambia and established a construction business in Namibia.
Kez was transferred from Grinaker–LTA to ALEC in 2001 to establish a construction company in the United Arab Emirates. ALEC grew from a small business in 2001 to a large trusted contractor, part of ICD, delivering complex and iconic construction projects across different areas of operation. ALEC also has a presence in Africa and has a plan to expand further afield. The company builds and provides construction solutions to exceed its clients’ expectations for quality, safety, functionality and aesthetics.
ALEC has broad experience in diverse sectors including airports, retail, hotels & resorts, high-rise buildings, themed projects. ALEC currently employs 15,000 employees.
ALEC is also home to different business units offering its clients a complete turnkey solution with MEP and fit-out solutions, energy efficiency and solar opportunities, facilities management capabilities, heavy equipment rental as well as technology systems.
Kez is the Chief Executive Officer of ALEC.
Mark Thom joined MiTek as Chief Executive Officer in January 2017, and then became Chairman & CEO in January of 2018.
MiTek® is a diversified global supplier of software, engineered products, services and automated manufacturing equipment to the building industry. MiTek’s nearly 7,000 worldwide team members pride themselves on delivering breakthroughs in building that accelerate the genius of its customers. A Berkshire Hathaway company since 2001, MiTek has a record of continuous growth and innovation over the last 60 years.
For 16 years, Mark successfully led a number of large, global operating businesses at the Divisional President and Group President levels, within the former Tyco Healthcare, a nearly $12 billion diversified manufacturer of medical and pharmaceutical products.
For a decade prior to joining MiTek, Mark built an Executive Coaching practice working with leaders and their teams, across a wide range of diverse businesses and industries. During this period, he began a valued coaching partnership with MiTek’s senior executive team, eventually leading to his
decision to accept the role of Chairman & CEO.
Mark received a bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio, where he graduated with honors in 1990. He is a former Executive Board Member of Easter Seals Midwest, and a recipient of St. Louis’ “40 under 40” top business executives award. He currently serves on the Board of Refuge &
Restoration’s Springwood Project - an effort to revitalize North St. Louis.
Mark and his wife Kim have been married for nearly 30 years. They have raised their six children in Franklin County, where they currently reside.
Gabrielle Trainor is a non-executive director and advisor whose experience covers over twenty-five years on boards in the public and private sectors ranging from infrastructure, financial services, transport and urban development to sports, arts and culture, child protection and the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
She is a member of the boards of Infrastructure Australia, Zurich Australia Limited and listed investment company WAM Global. Among her other roles, she is a director of the ACT City Renewal Authority, the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (Vic) and the Western City
and Aerotropolis Authority.
She is chair of the National Film and Sound Archive and a Commissioner of the Australian Football League (AFL) and of the Australian Sports Commission (Sport Australia). She is a member of the board of trustees of Western Sydney University and of the Charlie Perkins Trust.
Her previous experience is as a lawyer, newspaper journalist, public sector executive and as a consultant in issues management, stakeholder engagement, investor relations and public policy - for twenty years with the firm she co-founded, John Connolly and Partners. She consulted to ASX for ten years including through its demutualisation and listing. She has conducted reviews and sat on various committees for governments and has been engaged as an independent expert on crisis management.
In 2017, Gabrielle was named an Officer in the Order of Australia.
Raymund Trost is the CEO of CFE Contracting and Managing Director of CLE. He is originally from the German-speaking region of Belgium. With a graduate in economics and a master's degree in international affairs, he began his professional career in several public organizations. In 1992, he joined Owens Corning, a world leader in insulation and composite materials, where he held more than 15 years in various financial, operational and general management positions, in Belgium and abroad. He then carried out various general management functions in the fields of telecommunications and construction materials. Today, he is responsible for the general management of construction activities in Belgium, Luxembourg and Poland as well as the activities of multi-technical and rail infra & utility networks.
Board member of several organizations active in the world of construction and materials.
Canadian Construction Association
Mary Van Buren is the president of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA). Mary is a proven leader with an exceptional track record in advancing member interests by introducing innovative world-class member services, promoting the value of the profession and advocating adoption of technology and standards to improve professionalism. She excels at creating and communicating a compelling vision combined with focusing on developing and empowering people to generate positive outcomes for members.
An expert in marketing, communications, strategy and digital, she has worked in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors and has held executive roles at leading associations and not-for-profits, including the Canadian Medical Association’s subsidiary, MD Financial Management, Export Development Canada and the Canadian Real Estate Association.
In addition to her broad business experience and financial acumen, Mary holds an MBA in international business from McGill and a B. Com from the University of Ottawa, is bilingual and is a Certified Association Executive.
A seasoned volunteer board member, Mary is currently the Chair of the National Capital Division, Alpine Ontario. is an ambassador for Women Get on Board and past member of the board of directors of the Canadian Society of Association Executives.
As the global co-head of the Structured Credit/Infrastructure & Energy Department at Deutsche Bank, Mr. Volkermann heads the project-finance business for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region, with teams in Frankfurt and London. He has more than 16 years of experience in the industry and leads the teams responsible for the origination and execution of advisory, arranging and underwriting assignments across sectors and products including privatization and tender processes as well as raising all sorts of debt—bonds, loans, ECA, multilateral—and institutional junior funds for limited and nonrecourse financing.
His major recent projects in the infrastructure sector include the €1.3 billion Budapest Airport refinancing in Hungary, the A9 Road in NL, the Zagreb Airport in Croatia, the A11 Project Bond in Belgium, the R1 Bond Refinancing in Slovakia, the Eurasia Tunnel In Turkey, concessions for tolling systems (Ecotaxe, France), and the German A-Model road program, plus ongoing transportation projects across the EMEA region. Major recent projects in the energy sector include the €2.8 billion Gemini offshore wind in NL, the Margam Biomass in the United Kingdom, Kuwait Energy Corporation in ME, gas pipeline transactions, energy grids in Turkey and Germany, and conventional as well as renewable power plants across the EMEA region.
Mr. Volkermann holds a degree in business administration from the University of Münster with majors in finance and international management.
I Squared Capital
Sadek Wahba is the Chairman and Managing Partner of I Squared Capital, an independent multi-billion-dollar global infrastructure investment company with over 145 professionals headquartered in Miami with additional offices in Hong Kong, London, New Delhi, New York and Singapore. The company specializes in infrastructure investments with almost $16 billion of assets under management in the energy, utilities, transport, telecom and social infrastructure sectors in the U.S., Europe and select high-growth economies including China, India and Latin America.
He was previously at Morgan Stanley for 14 years where he was the CEO of Morgan Stanley Infrastructure, a global platform for infrastructure investments. He is a frequent commentator on the need for more investment in infrastructure to promote economic growth and was part of the expert committee on the World Economic Forum's first report on global infrastructure investments.
He is a Senior Member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, a trustee of the American University in Cairo and a member of the board of governors of the first Egypt sovereign fund. Sadek was named Global Infrastructure Personality of the Year twice, as well as Global Infrastructure Personality of the Decade, by Private Equity International (PEI).
Sadek holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, a M.Sc. in economics from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a B.A. in economics from the American University in Cairo.
Virgin Hyperloop One
Jay H. Walder has enjoyed a distinguished international career, which includes more than 35 years of working in transport, property and infrastructure in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Mr. Walder joined Virgin Hyperloop (VH) as Chief Executive Officer in November 2018. VH is the world’s leading company for the development of this revolutionary transportation technology. Designed to be safe, energy-efficient and reliable, it will serve passengers and freight at speeds up to 1,000 km/hr.
Previously, he was the President and CEO of Motivate International, the largest bike-sharing company in the United States. Mr. Walder joined Motivate as new investors took over the struggling company at the end of 2014 and led a dramatic turnaround before its sale to Lyft. Immediately prior, Mr. Walder was the Chief Executive Officer of the MTR Corporation in Hong Kong. He led the company to build a portfolio of rail and property-related operations in Hong Kong, the Mainland of China, Europe and Australia. MTR Corporation shares are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Before joining MTR, Mr. Walder was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where he led the company through the 2009 economic crisis. From 2007 to 2009, he was a Partner at McKinsey&Company London where he was the Global
Leader of the firm’s Infrastructure Practice. Prior to that, he was Managing Director, Finance and Planning at Transport for London, Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore.
Currently, Mr. Walder is on the Board of Advisors of the Taubman Center at the Harvard Kennedy School, on the Members Committee of Transit Wireless, an Advisor to Lyft and a Member of the Dubai Council for the Future of Logistics Services.
Previously, he was on the Executive Board of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), the Executive Committee of the American Public Transit Association (APTA), a member of the Visiting Committee, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a Fellow of the Hong Kong Management Association, and a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.
Mr. Walder holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University and BS in Economics and Political Science with Honors from Binghamton University. He completed the Executive Programme in Strategic Leadership from Templeton College at Oxford University.
Mr. Walder has dual citizenship in the USA and the United Kingdom and currently resides in Los Angeles.
Nick is an English law qualified partner. He is the co-head of the Worldwide Projects Group at Clifford Chance. He has over 20 years experience advising on project development and financing, energy regulation, bankability of project structures, joint ventures, PPP and procurement.
Nick acts for sponsors, banks, export credit agencies, multilateral financial institutions and development banks on projects around the world in the oil and gas, energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors.
Mr. Wong joined Temasek as Corporate Advisor in November 2014 with the task of overseeing the merger of Surbana International Consultants and Jurong International Holdings. The following February, he was appointed Group CEO of Surbana Jurong, the merged entity, which provides sustainable urban life-cycle solutions globally.
Prior to this, Mr. Wong was the CEO of Residential, CapitaLand Singapore, and the president of the Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore (REDAS). He also served as the President and CEO of Sembcorp Engineers and Constructors (now known as Sembawang Engineers and Constructors) and the President and CEO of Cathay Organisation Holdings. Mr. Wong’s previous appointments included senior positions with L&M Group Investments, Singapore Technologies Industrial Corporation, SAFE Bintan Resort, Bintan Industrial Estate Management, InterIsland Marketing Service, and the Economic Development Board.
Mr. Wong holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Leeds and a master’s degree in engineering production and management from the University of Birmingham.