Senior Industry Professionals
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Dong-ik (Don)Lee leads Banking Department, Region-1, responsible for financialintermediaries (FI), structured financial products, capital markets, privateequity, ICT/Other productive sectors. Before joining AIIB in 2016, Lee wasCorporate Advisor for Temasek. During 2008-2013, he worked for Korea InvestmentCorporation (KIC) as Chief Investment Officer (CIO) and Head of AlternativeInvestments, responsible for managing KIC’s US$75 billion global assets. Priorto that, Lee spent five years as Head of Investments at STIC Investments, aprivate equity/venture capital firm in Korea. From 1997 to 2001, he was Head ofOverseas Investments Team at Samsung Life Insurance. From 1987 to 1997, Leeworked as Emerging Equity Market Analyst at the International FinanceCorporation (IFC). Lee has a bachelor’s degree in economics from KoreaUniversity, an MBA in finance and investments and an MS in managementinformation systems from George Washington University. Lee is a national ofKorea.
Adolfo Dindo Abueg – Managing Director and Co Head of Asia Pacific Project Finance, Korea Development Bank (KDB): Dindo Abueg is a senior banker with about 25 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 and Infrastructure 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 involved in the development of power plants and other gas-related infrastructure projects. Adolfo has a Master’s in Public and Private Management from Yale University, USA.
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 €576 billion (as at March 2021).
In February 2007, Hans-Martin moved to Hong Kong to establish APG’s first office in Asia Pacific and has since been responsible for APG’s regional infrastructure strategy and investments and as of 2019, he is also responsible for APG’s regional natural resources strategy and investments.
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.
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Paul Bernath is responsible for leading CPPIB’s Infrastructure presence in the Asia Pacific region (ex-India), and for identifying, executing and managing significant infrastructure investments. Mr. Bernath is based in Sydney, Australia, having previously been based at CPPIB’s Toronto headquarters.
Prior to joining CPPIB in 2014, Mr. Bernath spent over 10 years focusing on public and private mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and restructuring projects and large infrastructure transactions, including time as a corporate attorney at Allens Linklaters and as an M&A transaction consultant, based in Australia and the USA.
Mr. Bernath holds a BSc (Hons) (Pharm.) from the University of Melbourne and an LLB (Hons) from the Melbourne Law School; and has also studied on exchange at the University of British Columbia.
Mr. Bernath is a non-executive director of the Pacific National rail group of companies and the Frequency Infrastructure group of companies, and is a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Cikopo-Palimanan (Cipali) toll road in West Java, Indonesia.
Bruce Crane leads Ontario Teachers’ infrastructure investing activities across Asia-Pacific and currently serves on the boards of Sydney Desalination Plant, Equis Development and India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund. Bruce joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2020 as one of the initial members of its new Singapore office, its 2nd in Asia after the Hong Kong office.
Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, Bruce spent nearly 10 years at OMERS Infrastructure where he most recently led their investing efforts in Asia. Previously, he was based in New York where he focused on North & South America transport and energy related investments. While at OMERS, he served on Boards at Midland Cogeneration Ventures, Chicago Skyway, GNLQ Regas (Chile) and IndInfravit Tollroads (India). Prior to that, Bruce worked in Investment Banking at UBS (NYC) and Morgan Stanley (Houston) and earlier as a Field Engineer for Foster Wheeler (global).
Bruce holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from the Columbia Business School.
Mr Devarshi Das is the CEO, Infrastructure at Keppel Capital, which is the asset management platform of Keppel Group. Keppel Capital manages over SGD30 billion of AUM across key global markets in the real estate, infrastructure and data centre asset classes.
Mr. Das has more than twenty (20) years of infrastructure private equity, principal investment and financial services experience. Prior to Keppel Capital, Mr. Das was the CEO of CapAsia, which is an infrastructure equity fund manager specializing in mid-market energy and infrastructure companies and assets in emerging Asia. Over a tenure of twelve (12) years in CapAsia, he was involved in all aspects of fund management of multiple funds. He was also on the board of various portfolio companies representing the power, renewable energy, transportation and telecommunications sectors.
Prior to CapAsia, Mr. Das was involved in structured finance solutions for Asian infrastructure assets and in principal investments in the U.S. He worked in the U.S. energy industry for Enron Energy Services as an asset investment manager and for Sempra Energy Solutions in investments into their contracted energy assets.
Mr. Das holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B. Tech in Civil Engineering from IIT Delhi.
Stephane is the CEO and CIO of Pierfront Capital and provides the strategic leadership and vision for the company. He has been with Pierfront since its inception in 2016 and He is directly responsible for the day to day running of the firm. He has over 25 years of experience in private credit, private equity and project financing, including over 20 years of experience in Asia.
Prior to Pierfront Capital, he served as Managing Director in Asia for CLSA Capital Partners for 12 years where he was in charge of Private Credit investments. He also previously served as Vice President for Dresdner Kleinwort Capital, Vice-President of the Asian Mezzanine Infrastructure Fund, and prior to that as Vice-President in the project finance division of Credit Lyonnais.
Stéphane holds a BSc in Corporate Finance from Kedge Business School and a Master’s in Financial Engineering from Lyon Business School.
John Faye is a Senior Director in CDPQ’s Infrastructure investment team, responsible for the sourcing and execution of infrastructure investments in Asia, based in Singapore.
Mr. Faye has 20 years of experience in global infrastructure, notably as an investor focused on energy infrastructure with various private equity firms. He started his career as a power & utilities investment banker.
Mr. Faye is a graduate of the University of South Wales and received his MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and of the EDHEC Infra Advisory Board which develops unlisted infrastructure indices and benchmarks.
As Executive General Manager of GHD Advisory, Richard leads a team providing strategy, commercial, economic, business case, logistics, policy, regulatory, asset management and transaction services.
He has over 30 years' experience in leadership of infrastructure development, investment and delivery across ports, agriculture, energy, government, defence, and infrastructure sectors in Australasia, USA, Europe and the Middle East and has held senior roles in the private and public sector. He has contributed to significant infrastructure and social development and investment in Australia.
This has included development of the Newcastle coal terminals in the 1990’s, to the delivery of Sydney Olympic Park and transport networks for the 2000 Olympics, and the development and later privatisation of the Sydney Desalination Plant, as well as capital recycling programs in WA, NT and in NSW. Richard has advised on over AUD 120B in infrastructure transactions in recent years.
Vinod has over 18 years of experience across investments, strategy and management consulting and project finance. Vinod has made investments across varied sectors across early stage, growth stage and platform deals. He is amongst the few investment professionals in the Indian private equity infrastructure investments landscape with full investment cycle experience.
He joined NIIF in early 2017 and is currently the Managing Partner for NIIF Master Fund. In his current role, Vinod is responsible for the overall investment strategy including setting up sectoral platforms and forging relationships with strategic operators, portfolio management and stakeholder management.
Prior to NIIF, Vinod spent 13 years with IDFC Alternatives. During his tenure, he evaluated and invested in companies across sectors including oil and gas value chain, transportation value chain, logistics, real estate, education, consumption and agri value chain. Some of the marquee deals he handled include Gujarat State Petronet Limited (GSPL), L&T Infrastructure Development Projects Limited (L&TIDPL), Gujarat Pipavav Port Limited (GPPL) and few city gas distribution companies. At IDFC, Vinod served on Boards of investee companies, helping with interventions in strategic directions, strengthening management team, assisting investee companies with access to regulators, business development and others. Vinod was also instrumental in consummating exits of investee companies through various routes - IPO, sale to strategic investors, sale to financial investors and promoter buybacks.
Prior to joining the IDFC Alternatives, Vinod worked with the infrastructure advisory vertical of Credit Analysis & Research Limited (CARE), a credit rating agency. At CARE, Vinod was involved with various advisory assignments for Ministry of Power, Disinvestment Commission (Department of Disinvestment) and various central/state PSUs including Concor, Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL), Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) Group, Power Finance Corporation (PFC) and Rural Electrification Corporation (REC).
Prior to CARE, Vinod had a short stint with Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), in their project finance division.
Vinod holds a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering degree from Sardar Patel College of Engineering (SPCE), Mumbai and has done his Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai.
Sunil is a business leader with global experience in renewable energy, new energy and digital technologies. He has more than two decades of experience with disruptive solutions and business models in semiconductors, electronics, Internet and energy.
Sunil has been involved in the renewable energy industry for more than a decade. Sunil developed renewable energy strategy at Sembcorp Industries in 2015 and grew the business to 2,600MW across five countries by end of 2018. In 2019, he transitioned to Vena Energy, which is operating and developing renewable energy assets in Asia Pacific. Current focus countries are Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Australia, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and India.
Prior to his current role Sunil was global head of cleantech banking at Standard Chartered and global head of technology and global cleantech research at Morgan Stanley. During his term, Sunil steered these institutions to win many prestigious industry awards. He has had a firsthand experience of participating in the emergence of cleantech companies in Asia, Europe and the US. Over last 15 years he has led numerous capital markets, project financing and structured credit solutions for Cleantech and renewable companies in multiple regulatory and financial markets. Sunil has extensively engaged with regulators for structuring and formulating renewable energy policies.
Sunil earned B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, both in India.
Del was appointed Head of External Investments & Partnerships (EIP) in 2017. In this role Del is responsible for overseeing the development of the team’s portfolio, strategy, and implementation plan. The portfolio is very broad, covering both private and public markets globally. She sits on the Investment Committee. Del joined the Guardians in 2011 as a Portfolio Manager in the EIP team. As a Portfolio Manager, Del actively managed relevant investments in the portfolio, oversaw the appointment and monitoring of external investment managers, and led the development of the Fund’s strategic partnerships programme.
Prior to joining the Guardians, Del was a Client Service Manager for Russell Investments, where she was responsible for all aspects of the institutional client relationships in New Zealand. Del also spent 5 years in London working as a Risk Manager for Pictet Asset Management, where she was involved in the establishment of a risk management function. She has worked in a variety of roles in the financial services industry over the past 25 years.
Del holds a Bachelor of Management Studies (First Class Honours) degree from the University of Waikato. She completed the Investment Management Programme at the London Business School in 2004. During 2018 Del participated in the Global Women Breakthrough Leaders programme.
Jasmine joined InfraCo Asia in February 2020 as a Business Development Manager with more than a decade of experience in infrastructure and asset finance and project development.
Prior to joining InfraCo Asia, Jasmine was a senior investment operations specialist for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, where she looked after the financing of energy and transport projects across Southeast Asia, South Asia and Central Asia. Jasmine also draws from previous experience in energy and asset finance while working with the Mitsubishi UFJ Financing Group and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Jasmine started her career with a private project developer focused on the West African market.
Jasmine holds a Master of Business Administration from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) from the National University of Singapore.
Sajal Kishore is a Senior Director at Fitch Ratings in Singapore.
Sajal heads Fitch’s Infrastructure & Project Finance ratings coverage across the Asia-Pacific. Sajal’s team is responsible for credit ratings for issuers including owners of airports, toll roads, ports, rail infrastructure, power plants, oil and gas facilities, renewable assets or Public Private Partnership.
Sajal joined Fitch in Sydney in 2007 and was previously the Head of Energy & Utility ratings for South & South-East Asia. Prior to joining Fitch, Sajal has worked in relationship management and credit roles with various commercial banks including the ANZ Banking Group in Sydney, HSBC in India and others. Sajal has 20 years’ experience covering ratings, research and advising and managing corporate customers across a diverse range of industries and sectors.
Sajal holds a MBA from Melbourne Business School and a MA in Economics from Delhi School of Economics.
Prateek joined OMERS Infrastructure in 2019 as a Managing Director based in London and leads investment efforts in transport and renewable energy infrastructure. He will be relocating to Singapore in the latter half of the year. Prateek currently serves on the boards of Associated British Ports and London City Airport.
Prior to joining OMERS, Prateek was a Senior Principal with Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) for 12 years, where he has worked in the power, energy and transport sectors across the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. Before GIP, he worked as an investment banker with Dresdner Kleinwort, Barclays Capital and ICICI Bank in M&A, leverage and project finance, debt capital markets and derivative structuring.
Prateek has a Bachelor of Engineering with a specialisation in Electrical and Industrial Electronics from Pune University. He also has a Masters in Finance from London Business School and an MBA from HEC Paris.
Mihir Nerurkar is a Managing Director and Operating Partner in Brookfield’s Infrastructure group for India. In this role, he oversees operations of all infrastructure assets and overall performance of Brookfield’s infrastructure portfolio companies in India.
Mihir joined Brookfield in 2018 and brings to this role over 20 years of experience across financial services, real estate and infrastructure sectors. He began his career as a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting in New York. He subsequently held roles as chief operating officer and senior director of areal estate firm, as well as served as an advisory board member of a boutique investment bank.
Mihir holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Pune University in India and a Masters from Syracuse University.
Charlie Reid, Managing Director, joined BlackRock in 2011 and is a founding member of BlackRock Renewable Power and BlackRock Infrastructure. Charlie is the Head of Asia Pacific for BlackRock Renewable Power and is responsible for sourcing, executing and managing renewable power and climate infrastructure investments across the APAC region. Charlie has played a leading role in building BlackRock Renewable Power into a c.$5bn global platform, in establishing the $2.2bn Renewable Income platform and has invested in over 100 renewable infrastructure assets across a range of markets.
Prior to joining BlackRock, Charlie worked in corporate and energy finance for NTR plc, the Clinton Foundation, Lazard and Goldman Sachs. Charlie earned an MA in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford with first class honours.
LN is Founder and Managing Partner of Lensbridge Capital, a leading Singapore based technology focused private equity / venture capital investment and corporate advisory firm. In this capacity, he serves as the Investment Partner for Cisco Systems’ (Nasdaq: CSCO) global digital infrastructure funds in Asia Pacific, Japan & China. He also serves as Venture Partner for Novo Tellus Capital Partners, a leading Asian technology sector focused private equity firm.
LN has held several leadership roles in the private equity, venture capital, infrastructure and real estate investments sector over the last two decades and overseen capital raise, deployment and exits of assets of over US$ 5.0b across Europe and Asia Pacific. As such, he has developed deep personal connects with some of the leading c-suite decision makers at leading private equity / venture capital firms and within management teams of their portfolio companies. His leadership roles have included co-founder/Head of Asian office of Ardian Investments (formerly known as AXA Private Equity), Chief Investment Officer for Asian private equity/infrastructure at the Nomura Group and Global Head of Capital Solutions/Business Development at Terra Firma Capital Partners. He has also worked within the European Leveraged Buyouts team of Apax Partners in London and the Asian direct investments team at Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (“GIC”) Special Investments in Singapore.
Prior to his career in private equity/infrastructure investments, LN worked for several years in management consulting with Arthur D Little in N. America and Asia Pacific. He has worked as a strategic consultant to Fortune 500 companies, including IBM, HP, Exxon-Mobil, Citibank, etc.
LN holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MS in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a B Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He is a citizen of Singapore and a recipient of the coveted National Talent Scholar award from the Government of India.
Geoffrey Tan is a Managing Director at U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). As DFC’s representative based in Singapore, he is responsible for business development in Malaysia, the Philippines and the Pacific as well as overall coordination across DFC’s Bangkok, Jakarta and Mumbai offices. Mr. Tan has worked in emerging markets investment financing for over 20 years. Since joining Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) – now DFC - in 2003, he has worked primarily on power, renewable energy and infrastructure projects, but has also diversified into financial institutions transactions. These 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 focusing on private equity infrastructure investments. Mr. Tan is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Virginia, and attended Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.
Jason is Market Leader for Asia at GHD Advisory and has been involved in infrastructure development across the Asia-Pacific region for almost two decades. Jason has led numerous infrastructure advisory engagements covering energy, water, resources, industrial and transportation sectors. He has extensive experience advising both government and private sector clients across the project life cycle, from origination through to procurement, implementation and performance improvement.
More recently, Jason has been focusing on helping utilities transition their existing businesses towards green energy options, providing technical and environmental due diligence on both green and brownfield renewable energy developments, as well as advising on the feasibility of augmenting transportation systems. He is passionate about the role infrastructure plays in economic development and the need to plan and design infrastructure for an increasingly resilient future.
Prior to his infrastructure advisory roles, Jason worked as an economist at the Australian Energy Regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and the Australian Federal Treasury. He holds a Master of Commerce in Finance and a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from the University of Sydney, Australia. He also has a Master of Public Policy from the Australian National University.
Cecilio Velasco joined KKR in 2012 and is Director on the Asia Pacific Infrastructure team based in Singapore, he covers the infrastructure sector across the Asia Pacific region. During his time at KKR, Mr. Velasco has worked with the Americas and European infrastructure teams and has been involved in KKR's investments globally including Pinnacle Towers, Eco Solutions Group, First Gen, Nitrogen Renewables, NextEra Energy Partners, Acciona Energia Internacional, Bayonne Water, Middletown Water and SSM Solar, among others. Prior to joining KKR, he worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York in the natural resources investment banking division, where he was involved in a variety of merger, acquisition and other corporate advisory transactions. He holds a B.S.B.A. in Finance and Accounting, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University.
Mason has over 20 years’ experience supporting renewable energy and power-related assets and portfolios of investments through the development life cycle. Over this period, he has supported over US$70 billion dollars of successful debt and equity transactions.
Mason is a recognized and committed leader in the energy industry, frequently sought out for his views and market insights.
Mason previously founded Infunde Development and led the company as Chief Executive Officer. During this period, Infunde Development was awarded an exclusive development services agreement by InfraCo Asia to provide development services across Southeast Asia (excluding Myanmar), resulting in a portfolio of over 1GW of renewable capacity under development. Prior to Infunde Development, Mason founded Infunde Capital. Infunde Capital has provided due diligence and advisory support for over US$14 billion of successful energy and infrastructure developments in Asia Pacific on behalf of utility investors, lenders, and financial investors.
Mason held positions of increasing responsibility and leadership at recognized consulting firms, a hedge fund, and an investment bank before founding Infunde Capital and Infunde Development. Mason holds a Masters of Science in Mineral Economics as well as a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering, both from the Colorado School of Mines.