Senior Industry Professionals
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Phil is an Executive Adviser working in GHD’s Advisory in the Transactions, Strategy and Commercial team. Phil has 35 years’ experience, working in over 15 countries providing strategic advice across, asset acquisition, development, divestment, merger and demerger and exit.
With experience extending across multiple industry sectors, including energy generation, oil and gas production, transmission and logistics infrastructure as well as mining resources development Phil has held senior roles in industry private and public sectors, government and professionals consulting.
Andrew is the Head of Real Assets at Telstra Super Pty Ltd, a leading profit-to-member superannuation fund managing over $24 billion in funds for members.
He is responsible for determining the strategy for property and infrastructure asset classes, as well as day-to-day management of the portfolio, across both internally and externally managed investments. Specific tasks include asset acquisitions and divestments, monitoring and assessing portfolio performance, and external stakeholder management.
Prior to joining TelstraSuper, Andrew was an Associate Director in the Real Estate Advisory team at PwC, and an Investment Manager for Norges Bank Investment Management, based in New York.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Property & Construction from the University of Melbourne, a Masters of Business Administration from New York University, and is an Associate of the Australian Property Institute.
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.
Maria is an Investment Manager in Private Markets at Sunsuper, a A$70 billion profit-for-members superannuation fund in Australia. Private Markets include investments in Private Capital, Infrastructure and Property asset classes. The Private Capital portfolio is a total programme of over A$5 billion, which consists of primary and secondary fund investments, co-investments and direct investments across buyout, venture/growth, and distressed opportunities.
Maria has over 15 years of experience in public and private markets. Prior to Sunsuper, Maria was an Investment Director at AP Capital, Equity Capital Markets at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, a Senior Research Analyst at Asia Pacific Arbitrage Partnership, and an Investment Strategist at AMP Capital. Maria has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours in Finance) from the University of New South Wales, and a Masters of Applied Finance & Investment from FINSIA. Maria is also a CFA Charterholder.
Jordan is the Head of Infrastructure at Hostplus. In this role he reports directly to the CIO and Board of Directors contributing towards investment strategy, asset allocation, manager selection and other investment-related decisions – with particular focus on the Australian and International Infrastructure asset class.
Jordan has been at Hostplus since October 2012 and has over 10 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Hostplus he worked at Macquarie in a variety of roles and offices, most recently in the Risk Management Division in New York.
Jordan has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Monash with Honours in Finance.
Sandra has over 20 years experience in the investment management and financial services industry. Her experience includes infrastructure portfolio and transactional management across the transportation, utilities, timberlands, PPPs and telecommunications sectors in Australia and globally. Sandra joined UniSuper in 2008 from Perpetual Investments and prior to that, held various senior finance roles within the NAB group. At UniSuper, she has responsibilities over the Fund’s infrastructure activities comprising origination and active asset management of its unlisted Infrastructure portfolio and sector coverage of domestic and global listed infrastructure, with investments currently totalling over $15 billion.
Sandra also currently serves as a director on Plenary Health (Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre) and Aquasure (Victorian Desalination plant).
Sandra holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University, is a Certified Practising Accountant, a Fellow with the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Jean-Étienne Leroux is responsible for all infrastructure activities in Australia and New Zealand. As head of the region, he also takes an active part in positioning CDPQ as a partner of choice across all asset classes, in promoting CDPQ’s brand image in the region and in representing the organization with the financial and business community, as well as with key stakeholders. He oversees a team of professionals responsible for targeting promising opportunities for CDPQ in the region. The portfolio under his management includes assets in public transportation, water and energy distribution, utilities, toll roads, airports and ports.
Mr. Leroux is also responsible for the Sydney office, where he has been based since 2015. He joined CDPQ in 2001, first working as Director, then Senior Director, Infrastructure Investments, in the Montréal office. Prior to that, he was an Analyst, then Director, Investment in the Private Equity group.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in finance and quantitative methods, as well as a Master’s in Financial Management and Engineering from HEC Montréal. He is a CFA charterholder and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Mr. Leroux sits on the Boards of Directors of Plenary Group Holdings, the Port of Brisbane and Transgrid, the New South Wales electricity transmission network. He is also a past member of the Boards of InTransit BC, the Budapest airport, South East Water as well as the Monitoring Committee of Fiera Axium Infrastructure.
Michel started his career at Deloitte before joining the Bollore Group where he held various senior finance positions in the transport and logistics division in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. In 2005 he joined Keolis as head of Finance and Operations for the International Division where he was responsible for leading public transport operations in seven countries and held various non-executive director positions in UK and German rail franchises.
Michel was appointed CEO of Yarra Trams in 2009 and helped lead the development of Keolis Downer throughout Australia, before joining Infrastructure Victoria early 2016 as the inaugural CEO.
Michel is a graduate from the EDHEC Business School in France, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He also completed the Advanced Management Program from the Harvard Business School.
In 2017, Michel was awarded an Honourary Doctorate in Technology from Swinburne University in recognition of his contribution to shaping infrastructure in Victoria.
Michel became an Australian citizen in 2014.
Richard Romanowski is a performance-driven senior executive in the renewable energy and clean-tech sectors, delivering transformational business strategies to bring innovative ideas to market. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of eleXsys Energy.
Previously, Richard ran a management consulting business and accrued senior executive experience leading change and commercialization assignments across various organizations in Australia and Canada for over 40 years. Passionate about emerging innovative clean technologies, he invests in clean-tech companies delivering solutions that drive the transition to a clean energy future.
Currently, Richard is applying his experience to establishing eleXsys Energy in international markets including the EU, USA and the Asia Pacific, where renewable energy is displacing conventional carbon intensive energy generation. He has a Bachelor’s degree (hons) in Commerce, Marketing and Finance from the University of Manitoba and is a Graduate of the Australian Graduate School of Management.
eleXsys® is an advanced power electronics device integrating a suite of artificial intelligence (AI)proprietary software applications enabling next-generation two-way smart grids.
Anna Skarbek is the CEO of ClimateWorks Australia, working to develop the low carbon economy. A former banker and green policy adviser, Anna has led ClimateWorks since its creation in 2009, analysing emissions reduction opportunities and partnering with business and government to unblock barriers to their implementation. ClimateWorks’ independent and non-partisan approach, co-founded by The Myer Foundation and Monash University, sees her working with multiple federal government departments as well as State governments and large corporates. She works with other stakeholders including investors, business, environment and civil society leaders.
Anna was a founding director of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation from 2012-2017, and is a director of Impact Investment Group, the Green Building Council of Australia and of the Centre for New Energy Technologies. She is a member of the Blueprint Institute’s strategic advisory council and the Grattan Institute’s energy program reference panel, and is the 2020 Mission Innovation Champion for Australia . She is a former director of the Carbon Market Institute, the Linking Melbourne Authority and Amnesty International Australia. She was a member of the Australian Government’s Energy White Paper reference panel, Land Sector Carbon and Biodiversity Board and NGO Roundtable on Climate Change, and of Victoria’s Independent Review of the Climate Change Act and South Australia’s Low Carbon Economy Expert Panel.
Anna has a background as an investment banker, policy advisor and lawyer. Before ClimateWorks, she worked in London’s carbon markets as Vice President of Advisory with Climate Change Capital, an investment manager raising capital for low carbon activities. Anna’s prior career in Australia included senior policy advisor to the Victorian Deputy Premier, investment banker in Macquarie Bank’s energy and utilities team, and solicitor with Mallesons Stephen Jaques. She served on the board of The Big Issue and Amnesty International Australia including as National Treasurer.
She has a Bachelor of Commerce/Law with Honours from Monash University. She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed leadership and management programs at Oxford University’s Said Business School and Melbourne University’s Business School.
Marion is a leading transport and cities expert with a long history in public policy. She has worked on tax policy for the federal Treasury, and led the design and development of the MyGov account. She has provided expert analysis and advice on labour market policy for the Federal Government, the Business Council of Australia, and at the Australian National University.
Marion joined Grattan Institute in 2015 to establish the Transport Program, which she expanded to include Cities in 2016. At Grattan, Marion has published on a wide variety of topics, including investment in transport infrastructure, cost overruns, value capture, traffic congestion, discount rates, and the ways the COVID crisis is changing Australian cities.