Senior Industry Professionals
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Deanne Stewart joined Aware Super as Chief Executive Officer in 2018.
In the past three years, Aware Super has grown to become one of the largest industry funds in Australia. In that time, Deanne has overseen the fund’s strategic re-brand, its successful mergers with VicSuper and WA Super, the integration of Aware Super’s financial planning business, and the refresh of the organisation’s strategy and employee values.
Deanne has led Aware Super’s drive to do well for members through top performance, while doing good in the communities where they live, work and retire. Aware Super’s Do Well, Do Good ethos can be seen in the sustainable investments of the Fund in areas such as renewables and affordable housing, as well as in how the Fund provides members with the right education, guidance and advice to achieve a better financial future.
Deanne is passionate in her belief that a strong culture and clearly defined purpose drive business success. A champion of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Deanne in 2019 was also honoured as a Workplace Gender Equality Agency Pay Equity Ambassador.
Aside from her role with Aware Super, Deanne is a Director of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) and the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI), and on the Steering Committee of the 40:40 Vision initiative. Deanne is also an adjunct professor at UTS and on the Advisory Board of UNSW Business School.
An experienced financial services industry leader, Deanne was previously Chief Executive Officer of MetLife Australia. She has also held senior roles within BT Financial Group, Merrill Lynch Investment Management in New York, and McKinsey and Company in London.
Raised in Bathurst in country NSW, Deanne holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management as a Fulbright Scholar and she is a graduate from the University of NSW with a degree in Commerce (Finance and Marketing).
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 Pacific National, WestConnex and NorthWestern Roads Group, and is a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Cikopo-Palimanan (Cipali) toll road in West Java, Indonesia.
Tom is a Managing Director in Credit Suisse’s Investment Banking Division and is Co-Head of Resources, Energy & Infrastructure for Australia and New Zealand.
Tom has 17 years of experience and has advised on over A$100bn of transactions in the transport, power, renewables, utilities, telecoms and social infrastructure asset classes.
His experience includes strategic advice, trade sales, privatisations, public and private market M&A, principal investment, financing and debt and equity capital market issuances. Most recently Tom advised Auckland Airport on its NZ$1bn equity raising and UAC on it’s A$1.3bn bid for Infigen.
Rob Clow is Asia-Pacific Editor for SparkSpread in Sydney, covering energy mergers and acquisitions, project finance and trading in the Asia Pacific region. A financial journalist with over 20 years’ experience in London, New York and Sydney, Clow has previously worked on the staff of the Financial Times, The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, the New York Post and Institutional Investor magazine.
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.
Lachlan joined Macquarie in Sydney over 20 years ago and has since worked on advisory and investment transactions in 15 countries, based out of London, New York, Mexico City and Melbourne.
Lachlan has completed over 5,800 MW of renewables transactions and led various landmark renewable energy projects including the 226 MW Murra Warra I and 209 MW Murra Warra II wind farms, Synergy’s formation of Bright Energy Investments, the 228 MW Lal Lal wind farm and the $700m Avertas’ Waste to Energy Project. Lachlan has also led a number of international transactions including Santander’s formation of Cubico Sustainable Investments, Macquarie’s investment in a 171 MW run-of-river hydro project in Colombia, and a US$1bn 396 MW Mexican wind farm.
Lachlan holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales.
Orestes is responsible for Inframation & Sparkspread’s research coverage in the Asia-Pacific. He analyses infrastructure & energy industry trends by conducting bottom-up research on transactions, equity investors, lenders and advisors in the region. Prior to joining the company in 2018, he researched the Chinese domestic business environment for UK businesses as well as Chinese outbound investments at the China-Britain Business Council in Shanghai. He holds a BA in Chinese & Business Management and a MSc in International Relations.
Kristy joined MUFG in July 2018, and is the head of the Resources, Utilities, Infrastructure & Transport business in Australia where she oversees a total portfolio of 90 client relationships across the key sectors of resources, utilities, infrastructure and transport. Prior to MUFG, Kristy worked at ANZ. During her 18 years at ANZ, Kristy was a senior member of both the leverage finance and project finance teams, and immediately prior to joining MUFG held the role of Head of Loan Asset Management.
Shaun has been a senior reporter at Inframation covering Australia and NZ for three years. Prior to that, he worked as a reporter and editor at Fairfax Media for eight years. His roles there included editor of CFO magazine, reporter on AFR Dealbook and financial services reporter for the Companies and Markets section of The Australian Financial Review.
Nick is a Managing Director and Head of the Power, Utilities & Infrastructure Group for Citi in Australia and New Zealand. He is also Head of Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory for New Zealand. He has over 20 years of Corporate Advisory experience completing numerous M&A assignments, both domestic and cross-border. Nick has also advised corporate, institutional investors and government clients on accessing debt, equity and structured capital markets.
Prior to joining Citi, Nick was a Managing Director and Co-Head of Natural Resources and Infrastructure at Goldman Sachs. Over the last 15 years, Nick has advised on over $75bn in M&A and financing transactions. Notable transactions include: the sale by BG Group of the QCLNG pipeline to APA Group, the sale of the NSW Government’s power generation assets, the defence of Envestra, the Transurban led acquisition of Queensland Motorways, capital raise for Auckland International Airport, purchase by Mercury of Tilt Renewables NZ and the pending sale of the NSW Government’s 49% stake in WestConnex.
Paul joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2017. Prior to joining PEP Paul was Head of Infrastructure, Australia & New Zealand, at AMP Capital where he was responsible for leading the investment activities of the firm's Australia and New Zealand infrastructure teams. Paul has 24 years of principal investment experience, spanning sectors including airports, toll roads, rail, energy utilities, water, health and education. Paul received a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Commerce (with merit) from the University of Wollongong.
Robin oversees Asia-Pacific coverage for Inframation. A 22-year news veteran, with 13 of them spent editing financial news, Robin has worked for the world's leading news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. He has been a regular on live television, commenting mainly on Chinese government and central bank policy. At Inframation he is responsible for daily news coverage and analysis written by a team of journalists spread across Greater China, Japan, India, Singapore and Australia.
Gary is an Investment Manager Infrastructure at HESTA. HESTA is an Australian industry superannuation fund for workers in health and community service sectors and has $56 billion in funds under management.
The infrastructure portfolio is approximately A$7 billion and includes funds, co-investments and direct investments across a range of sectors and regions.
Gary was previously a Senior Manager Infrastructure at New South Wales Treasury Corporation (TCorp)
and prior to that in the corporate transactions & strategy departments of major listed companies (Origin Energy and APA Group) as well as consulting (PwC Transaction Services, Sydney & UK).
Gary is a Chartered Accountant, holds a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University, a Masters in Computer Science and a Batchelor of Civil Engineering.
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.
Gordon is Executive Director at Morrison & Co, based in Sydney, Australia and a director of TransGrid. He is the Portfolio Director of Utilities Trust of Australia, one of Australia’s first infrastructure investment funds. Gordon is a senior infrastructure professional with experience spanning investment management, corporate governance, and corporate advisory. Prior to joining Morrison & Co in 2018, Gordon was a Principal in QIC's Global Infrastructure business, where he led the Energy & Utilities investment team, was a director of Powerco Limited, and had responsibility for managing asset performance across the firm's A$10bn infrastructure portfolio. He has also been Executive Director of BurnVoir Corporate Finance, an Australian boutique investment bank where he was responsible for origination and execution of M&A transactions, debt financings and equity raisings across the infrastructure, energy and resources sectors.
Ross co-founded QIC Global Infrastructure (‘GI’) in early 2006. Ross provides overall leadership to the team which currently manages 20 direct investments out of offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, New York and London. He has had oversight as a member of the QIC Global Infrastructure Investment Committee of all of the team’s investments. In addition to his infrastructure responsibilities, Ross is also a member of QIC’s Executive Committee Management.
Ross has over 29 years of experience in the field of corporate finance and funds management with specialist skills in infrastructure, asset management, capital raisings and M&A.
Prior to QIC, Ross was with AMP Capital from 2000 to 2005. He co-led the AMP team responsible for the creation of the Diversified Utility and Energy Trusts (DUET). After which he was seconded into the management joint venture between AMP Capital and Macquarie Bank established prior to DUET’s listing on the ASX in August 2004. He was DUET’s Chief Operating Officer until his departure to QIC. Prior to joining AMP Capital, Ross worked for ABN AMRO and BZW in their Australian Infrastructure Corporate Advisory and London M&A teams and with Ernst & Young in their Sydney Corporate Tax division.
Ross is currently a director of Pacific Energy and Generate Capital.
Ross holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law from the University of Queensland.
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.
Malcolm is the Managing Director of Capella Capital, one of Australia’s leading infrastructure developers and financiers having financed over $20bn of infrastructure projects in recent years. Malcolm brings nearly 30 years’ experience of infrastructure development in both Australia and North America. Recent projects that Malcolm been heavily involved with include North East Link, Melbourne Metro Tunnel and Stations PPP, Sydney Light Rail PPP and the International Convention Centre in Sydney. Today Malcolm manages a team of approximately 60 infrastructure professionals delivering progress in the communities we operate in across Australia.
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.
Josie is Senior Advisor, Infrastructure for the New Zealand Superannuation Fund (NZ Super). NZ Super is a sovereign wealth fund with NZ$60 billion in assets under management. Josie is responsible for the infrastructure strategy of the fund, and advising on new and existing investment activity in infrastructure across manager relationships, co-investment opportunities and direct investment.
Prior to joining the Guardians, Josie was Strategy Manager with Actis, a growth markets investor, and previously worked with IHS Investments in South Africa, and the World Bank, based in Indonesia.
Josie is currently completing a Global Executive MBA from INSEAD. She has degrees from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Harvard University and the University of Auckland.
An joined the Department of Treasury and Finance in 2006, providing commercial and risk management advice on major commercial transactions to Victorian government departments, agencies and government business enterprises. In Partnerships Victoria, the Victorian Government flagship Public Private Partnership (PPP) specialist group, she works on a range of social and economic infrastructure projects. An has recently lead the negotiations of Transurban’s market-led proposal for the $6.7 billion Western Gate Tunnel, and the development and delivery of the first ever program of arterial roads upgrades and maintenance PPPs in Victoria. As well as playing a leading role in closing a number of PPP transactions for the State, including the $1.3 billion CityLink – Tulla Widening and the $1 billion Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, An has had a central role in PPP policy framework development for the public service.
Prior to joining the Department of Treasury and Finance, An worked in a range of business development initiatives in South East Asia. She started her career with BP Australia, working in treasury and corporate finance areas where she was involved in a number of capital project finance raisings in Australia and Asia.
An holds a Master of Finance and a Bachelor of Business in Economics and Finance. She was the winner of the National Infrastructure Award for Women's Achievement in Infrastructure in 2017 and the Individual Contribution of the Year PPP Awards 2018 for her outstanding contribution to the infrastructure industry in the last decade.
Bede Noonan is the Chief Executive Officer and a significant shareholder of ACCIONA’s infrastructure business in Australia and New Zealand, with projects under construction of approximately $5.5 billion.
Prior to ACCIONA, Bede ran Geotech Group, an Australian diversified civil engineering business, where he oversaw growth in annual revenue from $5 million to more than $300 million before ACCIONA acquired a majority shareholding in March 2017. In September 2020, Bede finalised the transaction to purchase the Engineering business of Lendlease, such that the proud project history of Abigroup and Baulderstone Hornibrook are now part of the ACCIONA story. This rich history includes iconic Australian landmarks such as Anzac Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Story Bridge, Legacy Way Tunnel, Bolte Bridge and Docklands Stadium.
Bede is an experienced business leader with a passion for innovation and a focus on corporate strategy, business development and financial and systems management.
His entrepreneurial approach to business through a combination of disciplined organic growth and carefully timed strategic acquisitions has positioned ACCIONA well to cement itself as the leading sustainable, reliable and trusted infrastructure partner in Australia and New Zealand.
Bede is a board member of the Australian Constructors Association and was a board member of Master Builders Association of Victoria and the Piling and Foundation Specialists Federation.
Maria is an Executive Director in the Infrastructure and Project Finance branch of Transport for NSW. She leads a team responsible for developing and executing high value, complex commercial transactions across the Transport for NSW involving PPPs, unsolicited proposals and other innovative funding and financing models.
Prior to joining Transport for NSW in 2017, Maria spent over 15 years as a senior project and leverage finance lawyer, advising on a range of large scale complex infrastructure and M&A transactions in Australia, UK and Russia, including roads, rail, mining and energy.
Sam Reynolds is Managing Director, of Octopus Australia and has overall responsibility for the strategic direction of the company. Octopus is a global leader in renewable energy investment, with $7 billion in energy assets under management. Mr. Reynolds joined Octopus in 2012, and was previously Head of Investment for Octopus Renewables in London, where he was responsible for investment into UK, European and Australian renewable energy assets. Mr. Reynolds relocated back to Australia in January 2018 to focus on structuring investments for institutional investors into Australia’s renewable energy sector. Octopus’s local reach has expanded rapidly with 25 dedicated energy professionals in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland. Octopus Australia has recently joined forces with the Clean Energy Finance Corp, to build out $200m in renewables in Gippsland and Octopus currently has $1 billion of assets in operation or under construction in Australia across solar, wind and storage.
Vicki has over 20 years experience in the infrastructure sector. She joined Palisade as one of the original team members in 2008 and holds a senior leadership role in the business. Vicki focuses on the acquisition and management of infrastructure assets and has oversight of Palisade’s funds and mandates. She has a particular interest in risk and governance and is a director on the board of Palisade Investment Partners and a number of Palisade’s investee companies.
Prior to joining Palisade, Vicki spent time with Perpetual Investments and prior to that, 10 years with Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) and Linklaters in Sydney, London and Hong Kong.
Vicki’s experience spans a broad range of sectors including PPPs, roads, airports, pipelines, renewable energy, power and gas. Her roles have included acquiring and managing assets, sitting on infrastructure boards and acting for sponsors and financiers in relation to the development, acquisition and financing of projects in Australia, Asia, India and the UK.
Vicki is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is admitted as a Solicitor in both NSW and England & Wales. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Law) and Master of Arts (Law) from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge University.
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.
Jo Spillane is an Executive Director and Global Head of Private Capital Markets (PCM) for Macquarie Capital.
In her role, Jo advises government, corporate and financial sponsor clients on access to equity capital for significant private capital transactions across sectors such as infrastructure and energy, telecommunications, healthcare and transport. Since 2015, PCM has raised over AUD$81b of equity for these deals.
Jo is responsible for Macquarie Capital’s relationships with many of the worlds’ largest institutional investors, including pension funds, superannuation funds, sovereign wealth funds and asset managers. She provides advice and guidance to these investors on deal flow and investment opportunities that meet individual mandates and strategic objectives.
Jo leads a global team of executives covering North America, UK/Europe, Japan, Korea and China and is responsible for the global connectivity of capital flows for transactions across these regions.
Jo has been with Macquarie for over 24 years in a range of leadership roles and businesses spanning both listed markets and private capital.
She is also a proud Non-Executive Director of the Aurora Education Foundation where she Chairs the Fundraising Committee. She is a member of Chief Executive Women and the Hawthorn Club and sits on the Hawthorn Club Membership Committee for APAC.
Jo is passionate about diversity and inclusion and is a proud parent to three children.
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.
Stewart Upson is a Managing Partner in Brookfield’s Infrastructure Group and Regional Head of Asia Pacific, with responsibility for overseeing the Firm’s business activities in the region. Mr. Upson also has direct responsibility for the infrastructure group in Asia Pacific.
Mr. Upson joined Brookfield in 2010, following Brookfield’s acquisition of the Australian-listed company, Prime Infrastructure, where he held a number of roles, including General Manager Business Development and Group Treasurer. He previously served as Treasurer at Powerco, a New Zealand-based utility, and worked in the corporate finance division of Deloitte, Auckland.
Mr. Upson holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Auckland and is a CFA charterholder.
Ken Wong joined EQT Partners in October 2018 and is the Head of Asia Pacific, Infrastructure and Head of Australia.
Prior to joining EQT, Ken worked at Affinity Equity Partners focusing on private equity investments in the technology, media, telecommunications and consumer sectors. Prior to Affinity, Ken worked at Macquarie Capital, based in Melbourne.
Ken holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from The University of Melbourne.