Leading GPs and LPs
Patrick Charbonneau is Managing Director, Infrastructure Investments (Europe) at the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments). He has over 15 years of experience in the infrastructure sector and was instrumental in building the organization’s infrastructure portfolio and team since the inception of PSP Investments’ infrastructure asset class in 2006.
Recently relocated to PSP Investments’ London office, Patrick leads the organization’s expansion efforts in the infrastructure sector in Europe and globally. His responsibilities include managing the portfolio in Europe, building strong relationships with local partners, and developing a team of top infrastructure investment professionals.
Adolfo Dindo Abueg – Co Head of Asia Pacific Project Finance, Korea Development Bank (KDB): Dindo Abueg is a senior corporate banker with about 23 year background in Project and Structured Financing business. He is currently based in Singapore and is responsible for building the Project Finance franchise of KDB in overseas markets. Prior to KDB, he was with Natixis as Director for Structured Export Finance for South and South East Asia and with WestLB as Director for the Energy group. He also worked with Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas in various roles as a Financial Adviser or Lead MLA. Dindo started his career with Gas Ventures Advisers, a British Gas subsidiary that develops gas-related projects. Adolfo has a Master’s in Public and Private Management from Yale University, USA.
Michael Barrow is Director General for ADB’s Private Sector Operations Department handling all of the Bank’s private infrastructure and financial institutions investments, lending and guarantees. Michael is concurrently on the board of Asian Climate Partners, a climate change-focused private equity fund established in Hong Kong. He joined ADB in July 2003.
Prior to joining ADB, Mr. Barrow worked for the Deutsche Bank group over the course of 15 years in London, Tokyo and Singapore, lastly as both Director of Project Finance and Transportation, with a project finance and PPP focus. He was Senior Vice President in the Structure Finance Department of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. in Singapore handling project financing.
Michael was educated at the Lycee Internationale in Paris, France after which he obtained an MA in Oriental Studies from Oxford University England.
Mr Kanishk Bhatia is Head of Investments, Asia, of ARA Infrastructure, responsible for origination, execution and management of infrastructure investments across Asia. Mr Bhatia also serves on the investment committee of ARA Infrastructure.
Mr Bhatia has almost 15 years of global infrastructure funds and private equity experience. Prior to joining ARA, Mr Bhatia was with Hastings Funds Management, a leading infrastructure investment manager, for over 11 years. At Hastings, Mr Bhatia held various senior roles including Investment Director, Head of Asia Investments and Head of India and worked in London, Mumbai, Singapore and Sydney. In these roles, he developed extensive infrastructure investment and asset management experience across different markets and sub-sectors including energy, utilities and transport. In particular, Mr Bhatia led a number of Hastings’ acquisitions and divestments including Phoenix Natural Gas, South East Water and HOCHTIEF airports (Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Athens and Sydney). He also oversaw the launch of a US$500 million pan-Asian infrastructure fund with Maybank and managed Hastings’ portfolio companies by serving as a board director. Prior to joining Hastings, Mr Bhatia was a management consultant at L.E.K. Consulting in Chicago and London, advising private equity clients investing in various industry sectors including energy and transport.
Mr Bhatia completed the Investment Management Program at London Business School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Grinnell College, USA.
Cyril Cabanes is Vice-President and Head of Investments Transactions, Asia-Pacific at la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), based in Singapore. In his role, Cyril is responsible for the development and implementation of CDPQ’s investment strategy in infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region which includes building and overseeing investment teams in Singapore, Sydney and Delhi, developing new partnerships and deploying capital for the portfolio.
Cyril Cabanes has 18 years of global infrastructure experience. Before joining CDPQ, Cyril was Senior Vice-President, Development at Marubeni Corp. where he led the Asian IPP investment team in Singapore. Previously, Cyril was Director and Portfolio Manager at Deutsche Asset Management – Alternatives and Real Assets (formerly known as RREEF Infrastructure) in Sydney where he was responsible for acquisitions, capital raising and product development for Asia-Pacific. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Cyril spent 10 years in investment banking and financial markets with RBS (where he was Head of Natural Resources, Power & Utilities for Australia and New Zealand), BNP Paribas and UBS. Cyril graduated with a Masters in Management and Strategy from ESCP-Europe business school in Paris and attended the MBA programme at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Cyril is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a member of the Advisory Board of Power-Gen Asia (PGA).
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For almost 20 years, Simon has represented developers, sponsors, private equity investors, banks and governments on a wide range of energy and infrastructure matters.
He has particular experience in transactions involving power plants, renewables (solar, battery energy storage, wind, energy-from-waste and biodiesel), LNG and LNG-to-power, oil and gas, commodity trading joint ventures, telecommunications towers, rail infrastructure, hotels and resorts, and sporting stadiums, helping clients to close numerous “Project Finance Deal of the Year” and “M&A Deal of the Year” transactions.
In the power sector, he has advised on 35+ project development, financing and M&A matters involving 50 GW+ of capacity. Over the past two years alone, Simon advised on US$ 8.5+ billion of energy M&A deals involving 14 GW of power assets across 187 power projects in 7 countries and 12 regional petroleum import terminals.
Simon was named a “Most Valued Player” for energy matters by Law 360, the only lawyer outside of the United States to receive this recognition in 2017. Simon is also recognized as a leading practitioner for energy matters by Chambers Global, IFLR and Expert Guides.
As Managing Director at OMERS Infrastructure, Bruce is responsible for leading infrastructure-related efforts in Asia and is based in Singapore.
He was previously based in New York, and was responsible for sourcing and leading investment opportunities in the transportation and power-related infrastructure markets in the Americas. His asset management experiences included Chicago Skyway, GNL Quintero S.A and Midland Cogeneration Venture.
Prior to joining OMERS Infrastructure, Bruce spent 10 years with UBS and Morgan Stanley, providing investment banking advisory services, and four years with Foster Wheeler as a field engineer.
Bruce holds a B.A.Sc. (Civil Engineering) from Lehigh University, and an MBA from Columbia University.
Sandiren Curthan is a Director within the Infrastructure Investments team of PSP Investments. Since joining PSP in 2011, he has been actively involved in the origination,execution and asset management of equity investments in all infrastructure asset classes across Europe, the Americas and Asia including the $1.5B acquisition of HOCHTIEF AirPort, a global airports platform. Curthan previously worked in Investment Banking and Infrastructure Advisory at BNP Paribas, PwC and Bank of Montreal in Europe and Canada.
Mr. Das has been with CapAsia since 2006 with the launch of its first infrastructure fund, SEASAF. He has more than 18 years of private equity, principal investments and other financial services experience in the United States and in Asia. Prior to joining CapAsia, Mr. Das was a member of the Project & Structured Finance Group of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group in Singapore.
Mr. Das began his career in the United States energy industry in 1996 with Sempra Energy Solutions. As a project engineer and later as a project manager, he developed and managed the implementation of energy projects for commercial and light industrial clients in the U.S. Subsequently, Mr. Das worked at Enron Energy Services in Houston and London in a principal investments role. As an Asset Investment Manager at Enron, Mr. Das invested in contracted energy projects and managed risks of capital expenditure portfolios. He also developed valuation models for energy project portfolios within the new business development pricing team.
Presently, Mr. Das is a member of the Board of Directors of three CapAsia investee companies. Mr. Das has an MBA from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, in the United States. He graduated at the top of his class with a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
Gordon Falconer is the Global Director for Smart Cities at Schneider Electric, based in Singapore. Gordon's background is as a city developer, smart city consultant, global thought leader in cities, technology clusters, property& infrastructure developer, and chartered surveyor. Before joining Schneider Electric, he worked for Cisco as Director of Urban Innovation and Head of Strategy & Real Estate at Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. He is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Australian Property Institute.
Jie Gong is a Partner at Pantheon, and a member of the firm’s Asia Regional Investment Committee and the Global Co-investment Committee. Jie joined Pantheon from Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners' private equity fund of funds group, where she led Asian investment activity and was a member of the Global Investment Committee. Before that she was a Vice President at JPMorgan responsible for leverage finance deal origination, structuring and execution in Greater China. Previously she worked at the International Finance Corporation on emerging market debt and equity investments. Jie received a Masters in Finance from London Business School, an MA in Economics from University of Miami and a BA in Economics and International Trade from Shanghai International Studies University. Jie is Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (HKVCA) and serves on its board. She founded and chairs HKVCA’s ESG committee, and co-chairs its LP committee. She is also a committee member of United Nation Principle of Responsible Investment Private Equity Advisory Committee (UNPRI PEAC).
Chin Hau joined the GIC Infrastructure Group in 2008 and currently has lead coverage responsibility for the Emerging Markets. Prior to joining GIC, Chin Hau was an Investment Manager at Pulsar Energy Capital where he invested in projects across the energy sector in Europe and the Americas. Before Pulsar, Chin Hau was a member of the Infrastructure advisory team at Credit Suisse covering a range of projects in transport, logistics and aerospace. He began his career at Singapore Power where he managed natural gas pipeline projects. Chin Hau has degrees from Imperial College London and the University of Chicago.
Timothy Histed is Head of South & South East Asia at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), part of the World Bank Group, which he joined in 2013, and is based in Singapore. He is responsible for business development and client coverage in the region.
Tim was a Director in Institutional & Corporate Solutions at Standard Bank in London for 3 years, where he structured and implemented the bank’s political risk and credit insurance purchasing programme. He was a Director in Structured Credit/ART at Dresdner Kleinwort in London for 11 years, concentrating on alternative risk transfer structures in relation to infrastructure projects and utility companies as well as asset backed transactions involving public finance, corporate credit, equity and insurance assets.
Tim holds a BSc (Hons) in molecular biology and an LLB from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg and an LLM from the University of South Africa. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.
Daniel Hu is a Managing Director at China Everbright Limited responsible for overseas infrastructure investments. He has 20 years of experience in investing in the infrastructure and related industries in Asia and Europe. Prior to joining China Everbright Limited, Daniel had worked for JPMorgan, and previously Emerging Markets Partnership - which was the principal adviser to the AIG Infrastructure funds. Daniel has served on the boards and/or as Chairman of various successfully exited portfolio companies. Daniel holds an MBA degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and received his Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Hong Kong. He is a CFA Charterholder.
Yoshi Kiguchi focuses innovative strategies and products with the investment horizon structures. He has more than 25 years of experience in investment and risk management.
Before that, Mr. Kiguchi was a managing director of Russell Investments in Japan, where he supervised several teams, and delivered a wide range of consulting and solutions to the institutional clients including Toyota. He joined Russell as a consultant in 1998.
Prior to joining Russell, Mr. Kiguchi was with Sumitomo Life for ten years. He was placed in charge of equity investments, researching capital markets, including private equities, and performing quantitative risk management and ALM.
B.S., Precision Machinery (Robotics), the University of Tokyo, 1988
Daniel Mallo is responsible for Société Générale's Energy, Infrastructure and Metals & Mining practice in Asia Pacific. The team's activities include conventional and renewable power, oil & gas, LNG, base and precious metals, transportation and social infrastructure. He is based in Hong Kong. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director in Société Générale's New York-based Energy Project Finance Group, where he was responsible for originating and executing transactions in the conventional power, renewable energy, LNG and oil & gas sectors in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Daniel has over 18 years of experience in structured finance and has focused on the Energy and Natural Resources sectors for the past 15 years.
Mr. Mallo graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris.
Anthony Muh is a Partner of H.R.L. Morrison & Co and Chairman of JIDA Capital Partners, specialist investment managers and operators of infrastructure assets. An investment professional with more than 25 years experience in both traditional and alternative investment assets. He is responsible for expanding Morrison & Co’s investment capabilities outside of its core markets of Australia/New Zealand and also oversees the development of JIDA Captial Partners, an infrastructure manager and asset operator focused on China.
Mr. Muh previously spent over a decade with Citigroup Global Asset Management and Salomon Brothers Asset Management as regional Chief Investment officer. He was a member of its global assset management committee and a member of Citigroup’s Hong Kong country board. Anthony also previously head up the proprietary investment activities in Asia Pacific with Alliance Trust PLC.
Mr. Muh is a Non Executive Director of London listed Utilico Emerging Markets Limited and was a former Board of Director of Infratil, a NZ listed infrastructure company. Mr. Muh is the current Chairman and a Council Member of Asian Corporate Governance Association and an Advisory Board member of Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc. He is a past Chairman and Fellow of Hong Kong Securities and Investments Institute and a past Chairman and Fellow of New Zealand Society of Investment Analyst (now known as INFINZ).
Jerome has over 13 years of experience in investment banking, project finance and advisory in the power & renewables sector.
Prior to joining 8minutenergy, Jerome was Senior Vice President and acting Head of Power & Renewables at MUFG in Singapore, where he was leading project finance deals in the conventional power and renewables sector across Asia. Prior to that, Jerome spent 11 years at Standard Chartered Bank as a Senior Director in London and Singapore, where he led several project finance and corporate finance transactions in Asia and Africa, particularly in the renewables sector.
At 8minutenergy, Jerome spearheads project finance for our in Asian operations, and leads all our equity and debt financing activities there, working very closely with the US Finance team.
Jerome holds a Master’s degree from Grenoble university and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from Nantes university.
Mr. Danny Samuel is the Chief Executive Officer (Asia Pacific) for IL&FS Transportation Networks Limited, India ("ITNL"). He has been with the IL&FS Group for more than 12 years. He has been associated with the infrastructure sector throughout his career especially power, telecom and transportation infrastructure sectors. In his current capacity, he handles expansion of IL&FS business in the Asia Pac including inward investments and collaborations into India. In Asia Pac, IL&FS Transportation has built its presence in Singapore, China, Vietnam and Laos and is looking at opportunities to enter into the Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand and Brunei markets as well. Prior to taking over as CEO (Asia Pac), he was heading the investor relations, business strategy and structured finance departments of ITNL. He has led many landmark transactions in the infrastructure finance segment including the first rated and listed domestic project bond in India for road projects, first RMB issuance by any Indian Corporate in the offshore market, first high yield RMB issuance in the offshore market by an Indian sponsor, structuring of the largest single PPP project in India. He also led the initial public offering of ITNL as also a private equity investment before its listing. He is an associate member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and has a master’s degree in economics and financial management.
Prabaljit Sarkar as Director of Business Development at InfraCo Asia has the primary responsibility for originating, developing, structuring and implementing co-investments under the InfraCo Asia Co-Development and Investment programs in South and South-East Asia.
Prabaljit has over 25 years of experience of Power and Infrastructure development activities in Asia. He spent over 12 years at AES Corporation (NYSE: AES), a Fortune 200 global power company.
He has been based in Vietnam and India managing AES business developments and deal closures. He played an instrumental role on capital structuring for credit enhancement and syndication of US$ 1.6 billion debt facility in a club deal of two export credit agencies and twelve major international commercial banks for AES Mong Duong power plant. This was a classic non-recourse project finance transaction that achieved several international recognitions including IFR Asia awards 2011.
In the earlier part of his career Prabaljit, as a management consultant of PricewaterhouseCoopers, supported state utilities of Orissa State Government during India’s first massive path-breaking power sector-reform program in 1990s. More recently at Castlerock Consulting, Singapore, Prabaljit provided project implementation support to government, state-owned and private enterprises and development financial institutions in the infrastructure space in Asia and the Pacific region.
Prabaljit received Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Jadavpur University, MBA from University of Calcutta, Diploma in Business Finance from Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India.
Sharad leads the Infrastructure & Project Finance practice of KPMG based in Singapore covering the ASEAN and Middle East Region.
Sharad has over 20 years of experience in power including renewable energy, water, waste to energy, transport, broadband and urban / industrial infrastructure with focus on Project Finance. His skill set includes bid advisory, business planning, financial modeling, contract structuring, regulatory advisory, risk mitigation, project appraisal and fund syndication.
Sharad has been advising various government and private sector clients in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. He was previous with Enron and worked on power , transport and LNG projects in South Asia. He has worked on infrastructure projects in Singapore, Myanmar, Vietnam, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. He has also advised clients on gas regulations and transportation issues in the SE Asian market. Sharad’s main thrust has been on privatization advisory, PPP structuring, transaction process management, contract structuring and arranging financing for Water & waste, power, and infocomm projects in the region.
Some of the key public sector clients Sharad has advised include ADB; EVN (Vietnam); NEA, PUB and IMDA (Singapore); Pertamina, PLN, AP1 (Indonesia); various private sector players in ASEAN.
Sharad is electronics engineer with an MBA in Finance.
Bin Chye is currently Director, Finance for the High Speed Rail Group within LTA and is in charge of the financing of the KL-SG HSR Project.
Bin Chye previously worked for Standard Chartered Bank, IFM Investors and Bechtel Enterprises, where he led and managed infrastructure investments totalling more than US$10 billion enterprise value in the transport and utilities sectors across Europe and Asia. He started his career with Bechtel in London, managing the delivery of large scale infrastructure projects including High Speed 1. Bin Chye is a CFA charterholder, and holds a Master's degree in Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor's degree in Engineering with Business Finance from University College London.
Geoffrey Tan is a Managing Director at Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and is OPIC’s Asia-Pacific regional representative based in Thailand.
Mr. Tan has worked in emerging markets financing for over 20 years. Since joining OPIC in 2003, he has worked primarily on power, infrastructure and access to finance. These projects have been across Latin America, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia.
Prior to OPIC Mr. Tan worked for the Chase Manhattan Bank (now JPMorgan Chase) in New York, Singapore and Hong Kong focusing on project and structured finance, and for Emerging Markets Partnership in Singapore on private equity infrastructure investments.
Mr. Tan is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Virginia, and also attended the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.
Wen Tan is a senior investment professional and investment committee member in Aberdeen Standard Investments’ Asia Pacific private markets division, which encompasses infrastructure, private equity and real assets. Mr. Tan started his career as a chartered accountant with KPMG's financial services division in London where he worked primarily with Asia Pacific banking groups including HSBC and Standard Chartered. He subsequently moved into investment banking as an M&A banker with Lazard, initially as an execution specialist across a range of sectors and then as a specialist in the financial institutions group. Mr. Tan moved to the alternative assets buyside in 2004 when he joined a Hong Kong family office, Search Investment Group, and has since focused purely on investing in illiquid alternatives. Mr. Tan was a Partner at FLAG prior to joining Aberdeen Standard Investments via the firm’s acquisition in 2015. Mr. Tan is conversant in Mandarin, Cantonese and Bahasa Malaysia, and holds a BA from Cambridge University.
Harold Tjiptadjaja joined IIF in 2011 as Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer. Currently, Mr. Tjiptadjaja manages IIF’s loan and equity portfolio of IIF amounting more than USD 500 million, across different sectors, e.g. power, oil & gas, telecommunication, toll road, seaport, and airport. Leading the team of 20+ investment professionals, Mr. Tjiptadjaja is responsible for business development and portfolio management within IIF. Prior to joining IIF, Mr. Tjiptadjaja was Vice President at Earth Investment Group (2010 – 2011) and Corporate Finance Partner of Indoconsult Prima (2009 – 2011) after working with Sinarmas Group (2007 – 2008) and Northstar (2006). Prior to working in Indonesia, Mr. Tjiptadjaja spent more than 12 years working experience in the Netherlands, among others with PwC, KPMG and Indover Bank. Mr. Tjiptadjaja obtained a Master of Science degree in Financial Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands in 1997.
Mason has been involved in the development,due diligence, debt financing, and equity funding of over US$40 billion of infrastructure investments across Asia, the Americas, Middle East, Africa, and Australia on behalf of globally recognised financial institutions and advisory firms. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering as well as a Master of Science in Mineral Economics, both from the Colorado School of Mines.