Senior Industry Professionals
Cyril Cabanes is Managing Director, Infrastructure Investments, Asia Pacific at CDPQ, based in Singapore. In his role, he is responsible for all infrastructure investment activities in the Asia-Pacific region, which includes overseeing a team of investment professionals based in Singapore, Sydney and Delhi and managing a diversified portfolio including ports, electricity networks, social infrastructure, public transport and power generation.
Mr. Cabanes has 20 years of experience in global infrastructure. Before joining CDPQ, he was Senior Vice-President, Development at Marubeni Corp. where he led the Asian IPP investment team in Singapore. Previously, he was Director and Portfolio Manager at Deutsche Asset Management – Alternatives and Real Assets (formerly known as RREEF Infrastructure) in Sydney, where he was responsible for acquisitions, capital raising and product development for Asia-Pacific. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, he spent 10 years in investment banking and financial markets with RBS (where he was Head of Natural Resources, Power & Utilities for Australia and New Zealand), BNP Paribas and UBS.
Mr. Cabanes graduated with a Masters from ESCP-Europe Business School in Paris and attended the MBA programme at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and of the Advisory Board of Power-Gen Asia (PGA) as well as a member of and active contributor to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s Infrastructure Financing Facilitation Office (IFFO) and the World Bank’s Global Infrastructure Facility (GIF). He is a non-executive director of Azure Power Global and Resurgent Power Ventures.
Danny Price is a founder and Managing Director of Frontier Economics. Mr. Price is a leading expert in energy economics, with extensive experience advising governments, regulators, private utility companies and investment firms. He specialises in power sector modelling, power trading and hedging, performance assessments, industry reform, regulation, asset sales and acquisitions, and greenhouse policy. He has led major projects on energy industry regulation and reform in Australia and internationally. In addition, he has acted as an expert witness in economics in the Federal Court and the Australian Competition Tribunal.
Alex Wonhas joined AEMO in this role in January 2019, and is responsible for delivering AEMO’s expanded focus on system design, development and engineering.
Mr. Wonhas joins AEMO with over 15 years of experience in the energy sector, most recently from international engineering and advisory firm Aurecon where he was Managing Director Energy, Resources and Manufacturing and especially focused on growing energy and resources advisory services to supplement Aurecon’s traditional engineering business. Prior to Aurecon, Mr. Wonhas was the Executive Director responsible for CSIRO’s Environment, Energy and Resources research and development.
James Fraser-Smith joined the Future Fund in February 2016 as a Director in the Infrastructure and Timberland team. Prior to joining the Future Fund, James spent over 10 years at Hastings Funds Management, with senior roles across acquisitions, asset management and portfolio strategy.
Mr. Fraser-Smith represents the Future Fund as a Director on the Boards of Melbourne Airport and the Powering Australian Renewables Fund. He is also responsible for asset management, portfolio strategy and manager relationships within the infrastructure and timberland portfolio.
Mr. Fraser-Smith holds Civil Engineering and Commerce degrees from the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of FINSIA, having completed a Masters in Applied Finance. He is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mark Hector joined First State Super in May 2014 as Portfolio Manager – Infrastructure based in Sydney. He is responsible for strategy setting, origination, implementation, ongoing asset and portfolio management in relation to First State Super’s global infrastructure portfolio. This coverage includes infrastructure and infrastructure-like direct & managed investments.
Prior to First State Super, Mr. Hector was a Project Director at Leighton Contractors for almost 5 years responsible for direct equity investments in construction & PPP projects and consortium project leadership. Prior to that he was a senior member of the infrastructure team at ABN AMRO and subsequently Babcock & Brown for collectively almost 10 years where he was responsible for origination & execution of direct equity & debt investments, ongoing asset management, financial advisory, structuring & arranging roles in Sydney, San Francisco and New York.
Julia Hinwood leads both the Infrastructure and Resources platforms at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, with a particular focus on improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions in the transport sector and built environment. As part of this role, Ms. Hinwood is focused on supporting Australia’s supply chain for renewable energy and low emissions technologies. Before joining the CEFC, Ms. Hinwood worked at National Australia Bank, where she led the export credit financing team, and the Toronto Dominion Bank. Ms. Hinwood has significant experience in debt structuring, arranging and execution, both domestically and offshore, including Hong Kong. She has more than 15 years’ experience in project finance across a range of industries including resources, infrastructure, energy and utilities. Ms. Hinwood has a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts from University of Melbourne and has graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Jordan Kraiten is the Head of Infrastructure at Hostplus. In this role he reports directly to the CIO and Board of Directors contributing towards investment strategy, direct investment, asset allocation, manager selection and other investment-related decisions – with particular focus on the Australian and International Infrastructure asset class.
Mr. Kraiten has been at Hostplus since October 2012 and has over 15 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.
Mr. Kraiten has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Monash with Honours in Finance.
Jean-Étienne Leroux is Managing Director at Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and has been working for the organisation since 2001. He more recently opened the CDPQ’s office in Australia in 2015 and took over its responsibility since then.
He has developed a portfolio of infrastructure holdings in Australia, while managing specific assets within the portfolio, including the Port of Brisbane, Transgrid, and Plenary Group for which he led the acquisition processes at the end of 2013, 2015 and 2016 respectively.
In this capacity, Mr. Leroux has led transactions and managed investments, notably in the following sectors: social infrastructure and public transportation, water, energy infrastructure, utilities, toll roads, airports and ports.
Mr. Leroux is on the board of directors of Transgrid, the Port of Brisbane and Plenary Group, and has previously served on the boards of InTransit BC (British Columbia, Canada), the Budapest Airport, South East Water (United Kingdom) and on the Oversight Committee of Fiera Axium Infrastructure (Québec, Canada).
Mr. Leroux holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (with concentrations in Finance and Quantitative Methods) and a Master of Financial Engineering from HEC Montréal. He is a CFA charterholder and a member of the AICD.
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Vicki Rigg joined Palisade in 2008 and has over 10 years’ experience in infrastructure funds management. She has broad responsibilities within the Palisade team focusing on the acquisition and management of infrastructure assets and has oversight of Palisade’s funds and mandates. Ms. Rigg has a particular focus on transaction structuring and execution, risk and governance. She is a director on the board of Palisade Investment Partners and a number of Palisade’s investee companies.
Prior to joining Palisade, Ms. Rigg 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.
William Smales is Head of Private Markets and is a member of the Investment and Management Committees at Morrison & Co. Mr. Smales is responsible for Morrison & Co’s infrastructure and long-term private equity investment on behalf of Morrison & Co’s clients. Mr. Smales has extensive investment experience across a number of industry sectors. Immediately prior to joining Morrison & Co in 2013, Mr. Smales spent seven years with The Carlyle Group where he was a principal in the firm investing in Europe and North America. Mr. Smales is a director of CDC Data Centres, RetireAustralia and the New South Wales Land Registry. Mr. Smales recently led Morrison & Co’s investment into Vodafone New Zealand. He is based out of the firm’s Sydney office.
Adam Stapledon heads Allen & Overy’s Debt and Projects practice in Australia. Mr. Stapledon has extensive experience advising sponsors and lenders in the infrastructure, energy and resources sectors. He has worked on a number of landmark transactions in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region and is recognised as a leading project finance lawyer in a number of international directories.
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