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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 gas-related 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.