Leading GPs and LPs
Neil McGregor is Group President & CEO of Sembcorp Industries. He is a member of the board’s Executive Committee and Technology Advisory Panel. He also sits on the board of Sembcorp Marine, a listed subsidiary of Sembcorp Industries, as a non-executive director.
Mr. McGregor brings to Sembcorp a unique and varied background spanning business, operations and investment in the energy and infrastructure sectors across Europe, USA, Asia and Oceania. His rich international experience includes over a decade spent in Singapore serving markets in the region. Previously, he also headed companies in India and Singapore as CEO, including Singapore LNG Corporation and PowerSeraya Group. Prior to joining Sembcorp, Mr McGregor was the Head of Temasek International’s Energy and Resources Group, Head of Australia and New Zealand and Senior Managing Director of its Enterprise Development Group.
He is a fellow of the Singapore Institute of Directors.
Mr. McGregor holds a BEng (Honours) from the University of Auckland and an MBA in International Finance from the University of Otago in New Zealand. He also completed the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD, France.
Hans-Martin Aerts is a Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure Investments, Asia Pacific at APG Asset Management, one of the largest pension fund asset managers in the world with assets under management of approximately €483 billion (as at February 2019)
In February 2007, Mr. Aerts 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, Mr. Aerts was a Senior Portfolio Manager at ABP. He joined ABP in 2001 and has since worked in various areas, including infrastructure, structured finance and global equities. Mr. Aerts is a CFA charter holder, and holds an MSc in Economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
For almost 20 years, Simon Cowled has represented private equity investors, developers, sponsors, 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, Mr. Cowled has advised on 40+ project development, financing and M&A matters involving 50GW+ of capacity. In the past 3 years alone, Mr. Cowled advised on US$9+ bn of energy M&A deals involving 14GW of power capacity across 200+ power projects and 12 regional import terminals in 10 countries.
Mr. Cowled was named a “Most Valued Player” for energy matters by Law 360, the only lawyer outside of the United States to receive this recognition last year. Mr. Cowled is also recognized as a leading practitioner for energy matters by Chambers Global, IFLR and Expert Guides.
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.
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Mr Grant Dooley is Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of ARA Infrastructure. He oversees the infrastructure division and is responsible for growing ARA’s infrastructure funds management business globally.
Mr Dooley has over 25 years of experience in Asia‐related investment and trade issues, strategic planning, business development and diplomatic relations. Prior to joining ARA, he was Head of Asia at Hastings Funds Management from 2012 to 2017, where he was responsible for leading Hastings’ operations in Asia, with a specific focus on market‐entry strategy, institutional investor relationship building and fundraising activities. During his tenure, he successfully formulated and implemented a new strategic business plan to establish Hastings as the partner‐of‐choice for Asian institutional investors seeking access to global infrastructure investment opportunities. Prior to Hastings, he had a successful career as one of Australia’s senior diplomats and trade officials in Asia, including serving as Australia’s Consul‐General in Guangzhou and stints in Australian diplomatic missions in Jakarta, Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong.
Mr Dooley was recently elected to the Board of the Asia Society Australia, and was previously a board member of both the Australia China Business Council (Victoria) and Williamstown Football Club, one of Melbourne’s oldest and most successful football clubs. Mr Dooley holds a Master of International Affairs and Bachelor of Asian Studies, both from the Australian National University.
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.
Kian Min is responsible for business development for energy projects in Asia for JERA.
He brings with him two decades of experience in the power industry. Prior to joining JERA, Kian Min was Head of Business Development for ASEAN, Sembcorp Industries. At Sembcorp, he led the company’s expansion into Myanmar with the Myingyan IPP – the first internationally tendered and project financed power transaction in that country. He was also formerly the CEO of PT Paiton Energy – Indonesia’s largest IPP, during which he led the development, construction and operation to the 815MW coal fired Paiton III project. He has previously served as Deputy Regional Director (Asia), Head of Business Development (Australia) and General Counsel (Australia), for International Power plc (now part of Engie).
He is a graduate of The Australian National University with Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) degrees.
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David Perl has over 15 years of experience across principal investing, merchant and investment banking. Mr. Perl earned a MSc in Finance and Accounting from the London School of Economics and a BSc from the University of Toronto. Currently, Mr. Perl is a Director on the Infrastructure & Timber direct investment team at the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo). His focus is originating, analyzing, executing and managing investments in infrastructure assets primarily in the Americas. Investments he has led while at AIMCo include Howard Energy Partners (midstream), SPower (renewables), a midstream joint venture with WPX, and IGUA (a water sanitation company in Brazil).
Prior to joining AIMCo's Infrastructure & Timber private investments team, he was a Vice-President on the Investment Team at Bastion Infrastructure Group, where he was heavily involved in Bastion's purchase of an interest in a portfolio of rail infrastructure assets in Spain. Prior to Bastion, David was a Senior Vice President at Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd. in Toronto where he led or worked on several large transactions that were valued in excess of CAD $5 billion. Mr. Perl led the capital raising and financial advisory teams on the 407 ETR East Extension, CHUM Research Centre, Windsor-Essex Parkway, Southeast Stoney Trail Project, the Toronto South Detention Centre, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Pedestrian Tunnel and Bridgepoint Hospital.
With 20 years’ experience in technical services consultancy, Carl Willis is the Market Leader for Asia at GHD. He works actively to expand GHD's presence in Southeast Asia, while also setting strategy and business development activities. Prior to this role, he was Country Manager of GHD's Philippines Operation which provided him with valuable insights into consultancy in Asia. He has also worked as Project Director for the Biliran Geothermal Project in the Eastern Visayas of the Philippines and as the Project Manager for the South Road Superway Design in Adelaide, which at the time was South Australia's largest ever investment in transport infrastructure.
He has a passion for effective team leadership, client-focused delivery and ethical involvement in nation-building projects within the Philippines and Southeast Asia.