Leilani Frew was appointed as the inaugural CEO of the Commonwealth Government’s Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency in 2017.
With a career spanning over 25 years, Frew is a respected and experienced infrastructure finance and advisory professional having held a number of leadership positions in both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining IPFA, Frew spent nearly five years leading NSW Treasury teams in the provision of commercial and financial advice to the NSW Government and its agencies delivering on the Government’s major infrastructure and services commissioning priorities and serving on a number of Government advisory boards and committees.
Before her public service career, Frew held senior positions in Moelis, RBS, ABN AMRO and Commonwealth Bank specialising in supporting public and private sector organisations to acquire, divest and/or raise capital for infrastructure assets around the world. Her contribution to the infrastructure industry was recognised by her peers in 2015 when she received the Women's Achievement in Infrastructure Award from Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.
David Irvine was a long-serving diplomat who was Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea from 1996-1999 and Australian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China between 2000-2003, also concurrently Australian Ambassador to Mongolia and to the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea. He subsequently became the only person to have served as the head both of Australia’s foreign intelligence collection agency and its domestic security agency – positions he held for almost twelve years.
He is currently the Chairman of the Foreign Investment review Board and a member of the Advisory Council of the National Archives of Australia. He is an Adjunct Professor at Charles Sturt University and also lectures at the National Security College within the Australian National University. He also chairs the Australian Cyber Security Research Centre, promoting industry investment into Australia’s cyber research capabilities.
Mr Irvine has published two books on Indonesian culture. He has honorary doctorates from the University of Western Australia (Letters) and Edith Cowan University (Science)
Mr Irvine was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2005 for services to the promotion of Australia’s international relations.
Mark Moseley was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the GIHub on 1 April 2017 having initially joined the GI Hub as a Senior Director in November 2015 pursuant to a secondment agreement with the World Bank. He brings extensive global legal and multilateral development bank experience to his role with the GI Hub.
During his time with the GIHub, Mark has led the work on the Hub’s ‘Leading Practices’ mandate, under which the GIHub develops tools and guidance materials for governments in both developed and emerging markets, including the PPP Risk Allocation tool.
Mark also led the team that prepared, at the request of G20 Finance Ministers, the GIHub Report on MDB Incentives for Crowding-In Private Investment in Infrastructure.
At the World Bank, Mark held the position of Lead Lawyer in the PPP Group, where his work was focused on legal, regulatory, and contractual arrangements for public-private partnership transactions. He was the Task Team Leader for the World Bank Public-Private Partnerships Infrastructure Resource Center (PPPIRC) Website Project, and for the Recommended PPP Contractual Provisions Initiative. In addition, he coordinated the World Bank Group’s interactions with the G20 in regard to infrastructure.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Mark was Practice Group Manager of the Energy, Projects and Construction Group of a major international law firm in London for twelve years. He practised as an energy lawyer in Canada for over twenty years. Mark is an occasional lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School and at the University of Dundee’s Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy.
Monique Miller is a Director in Corporate and Project Finance at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and leads the large-scale solar business platform. Miler has over 15 years’ experience in clean energy and environmental finance. Miller's team at CEFC has provided debt finance to over 1 Gigawatt of large scale solar projects throughout Australia over the past several years. Miller joined CEFC at its inception in 2013 and previously worked in Macquarie Bank’s Environmental Financial Products team in London and Sydney, trading environmental commodities and investing in clean energy projects on bank balance sheet. Prior to this, Miller was a lawyer in Baker & McKenzie’s Climate Change and Environmental Finance division.
Ross Israel co-founded QIC Global Infrastructure (GI) in early 2006. In addition to his infrastructure responsibilities, Israel is a member of QIC’s Executive Committee and the QIC Private Capital Investment Committee.
He has over 24 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, Israel 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, Israel 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.
Israel is currently a director of Lochard Energy, and an alternate director of Brisbane Airport Corporation and Port of Brisbane.
Benjamin Haan is Head of Private Infrastructure in Asia-Pacific for Partners Group, based in Sydney. He has been with Partners Group since 2007 and is a member of the Private Infrastructure Investment Committee. Since 2010 he has been responsible for AUD 1.5bn of direct infrastructure investments in the region focused on the PPP, renewables and transportation infrastructure sectors. Prior to joining Partners Group, he spent seven years at Andersen Consulting / Accenture working with clients that included British Airports Authority, British Telecom, Sandvik, UBS and the Australian Tax Office. He holds an MBA from Monash University, Australia.
Richard Lowe has over 25 years’ experience in Australian and international capital markets in mergers and acquisitions, financing and operations across the infrastructure sector. In a career spanning commercial law, project finance and investment banking Lowe has led successful bids and financed major projects and acquisitions valued at more than $100 billion. Lowe is responsible for growing TransGrid’s non-prescribed businesses including new connections and network expansion, telecommunications and property and M&A and commercialising new technology initiatives.
Paul Newfield is the Chief Investment Officer of H.R.L. Morrison & Co. As CIO, Newfield has overall responsibility for investment and portfolio management activity at Morrison & Co, including the Utilities Trust of Australia (UTA) portfolio. Paul is a Director of NZX/ASX-listed Tilt Renewables, one of the largest pure-play renewable energy developer/operators in Australia and NZ.
Kim Curtain is Head of the Infrastructure and Structured Finance Unit at NSW Treasury. In this role, Curtain is involved with all complex service enabling infrastructure projects in NSW, providing commercial and financial advice to agencies and Government. Curtain’s team are focused on providing the people of NSW with world class infrastructure and services which are value for money. Curtain has over 20 years of experience across Australia, Asia and the UK in project finance, procurement, commercial advisory and contract management. She has a passion for social infrastructure and is focused on optimising service outcomes.
Hon Phil Twyford is the Labour Member of Parliament for Te Atatu. As Minister for Housing and Urban Development and Transport, Twyford works with communities to build a better New Zealand. He is committed to fixing the housing and transport problems that affect New Zealand’s biggest city, as well as much of the rest of the country.
After studying politics at Auckland University, Twyford worked as a journalist and union organiser before becoming the founding Executive Director of Oxfam New Zealand. Twyford’s strong belief in justice led to him becoming Oxfam’s Global Advocacy Director, based in Washington DC. Upon returning to New Zealand, Twyford was elected to Parliament for the Labour Party in 2008. In Opposition, he held the portfolios of Housing, Transport,Auckland Issues, and Disarmament and Arms Control.
Andrew Pickering has a career of over 28 years as a lawyer and project developer in the energy industry in Australia & Asia. Since joining ICG in 2006, he has been responsible for many of the generation projects within EIT and is a senior spokesman in the Australian energy industry. Pickering has acted on many of Australia’s major energy privatisation projects and has an extensive knowledge of the gas and electricity industries throughout Australia.Andrew became Chairman of the ICG Board in October, 2014.
In 1997, Pickering was a partner in the law firm Blake, Dawson, Waldron (now Ashurst) followed by VP-Development for Mission Energy in Australia. Pickering moved to Hong Kong, to head up international business development for CLP with successful generation projects in India, Thailand and Australia as a director of listed Thai company EGCO. Pickering was then CEO of Yallourn Energy before being appointed as Managing Director of TRUenergy (now Energy Australia).
Ari Droga joined Global Infrastructure Partners in 2008 as head of its Australasian business and is a Partner of GIP Australia based in Sydney. During his career as a principal and adviserr, Droga has worked locally and globally on over 40 completed M&A transactions and restructurings, including over 30 completed infrastructure M&A transactions. At GIP, Droga has been closely involved in all of GIP’s deals in Australia including co-leading GIP’s successful Port of Brisbane acquisition in 2010 and sale in 2013. Droga has also led GIP’s fundraising activities in the Australian market since 2010 including for GIP’s new Australian platform, GIPA, which held its first close at A$2.75bn in February 2016. In his previous career as an investment banker, Droga served as an adviser to corporates and governments, locally and internationally, including working as a full time senior adviser to the Australian Government on its multi-stage Federal Airport privatization program (1994-1998).
Tom Butcher is a Managing Director in Credit Suisse’s Investment Banking Division and is Head of Transport, Infrastructure, Power & Utilities for Australia. Butcher has 15 years of experience and has advised on over A$110bn 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. Butcher has extensive experience across several different jurisdictions in addition to Australia, including New Zealand, Asia, the UK, Western Europe and the United States.
Grant Smith has 22 years experience at Macquarie with the majority of this time working in infrastructure, private equity and special situations investment. He is the Head of Infrastructure - Australia in the Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets (“MIRA”) division. MIRA Australia has in excess of A$10 billion of infrastructure funds under management, across listed and unlisted funds and separate managed accounts.
Smith has also taken responsibility for a range of internal/corporate matters for MIRA globally, including the internalisations of several of MIRA’s listed funds including DUET Group (Australia) and the Macquarie Power & Income Fund (Canada).
Prior to working in MIRA, Smith was Executive Director in the Principal Investment Area (PIA) at Macquarie Capital (Macquarie’s investment bank) between 2002 and 2007.
Michael Cummings is Partner, and Global Co-Head of AMP Capital Infrastructure Equity business. He is a current Director of Powerco NZ, a Director of Australian Pacific Airports Corporation (Melbourne and Launceston Airports), a Director of Endeavour Energy, and Chairman of Evergen (a cleantech startup PV solar & battery business).
Before joining AMP Capital, he was the Chief Operating Officer (Energy) at Brookfield Infrastructure. This involved investment management responsibility for a multi-$billion global portfolio of energy businesses as the Chair or Director, including NGPL and Cross Sound Cable in the US, the International Energy Group in the UK, DBP and WA Gas Networks in Western Australia, and the Tasmanian Gas Pipeline.
Prior to this, Cummings was CEO, Gas Division for the leading listed energy infrastructure company in New Zealand, where he was responsible for all aspects of the company's gas business; including processing, transmission, distribution and sales. And since commencing his career with British Gas in 1990, Michael has more than 27 years of experience in the infrastructure sector.
Jason Fonti is a Origination and Value Chain Leader in GHD Advisory’s Melbourne’s team with extensive experience in procurement and due diligence specialising in commercial and strategic advice to authorities, consortia and investors on major infrastructure transactions and service contracts. Fonti works with clients and the broader GHD business to identify market opportunities for origination and value creation through leveraging GHD’s technical depth along with Advisory’s business acumen and relationships with infrastructure financiers. Fonti's experience includes leading technical, environmental and commercial due diligence for buy/sell side on a number of major asset transactions across multiple sectors (advised on over $50bn of transaction value).
Andrew Dash is a senior executive with over 25 years’ experience in the development and operation of infrastructure projects in Australia and internationally. He has a strong commercial acumen and substantial experience in complex commercial negotiations. Dash has extensive experience in providing specialist commercial, strategic and technical advice to clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He has advised major infrastructure investors including QIC, IFM and AMP Capital. Dash previously held Executive Director roles with both ASX listed and private companies. In addition, he has held senior management roles with major energy companies APA Group and AGL.
Cameron Blanks joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2002. Prior to joining PEP, Blanks spent three years with Bain & Company in Australia and North America. Previously, he worked for seven years in the mining and construction industry in Australia, Asia and North America.
Vikram Lokur is a Managing Director with The Carlyle Group advising on Investor Relations in Asia and Australia. He is based in Singapore; focused on new business development and raising capital for Carlyle’s various investment partnerships including funds and co-investments, across the Asia Pacific region. He also serves as the Responsible Manager for Carlyle Australia Equity Management Pty Limited. Prior to joining Carlyle, Lokur was a Managing Director at MerSan Capital and Resource America Inc. in New York. He formerly served as Vice President at Credit Suisse First Boston, prior to which he worked in various capacities at Morgan Stanley, SBC Warburg Dillon Read, and Robert Fleming & Co; in New York and London.
Mark McLean is a Managing Director and Head of Asia-Pacific for Morgan Stanley Infrastructure. He has over 20 years of experience in investment management and investment banking, including extensive experience in Australia in the investment and management of infrastructure opportunities. McLean is focused on generating opportunities for MSI in OECD counties in the Asia-Pacific region and is based in Melbourne.
Rob Clow is a senior reporter with 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.
Adam Stapledon heads Allen & Overy’s Debt and Projects practice in Australia. 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.
Laurie Walker is the Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF). Walker has extensive and varied experience in banking and law including public and private sector financing of infrastructure such as airports, roads, rail, schools and hospitals. She has held leadership roles as an Executive Director, Institutional Loans and Specialised Finance at the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) and as General Manager and Chief Operating Officer in the Institutional Banking and Markets, Corporate Finance division of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). She has also worked in Hambros Australia’s financial advisory unit and as a finance lawyer at Allen Allen& Hemsley.
Rob Ward is the Head of MUFG’s Advisory business in Australasia, with 20 years’ experience in structured finance. Prior to joining MUFG in 2012, he worked at RBS, ABN AMRO and at Bankers Trust. Ward’s key expertise is in financial structuring and project financing of large projects,having led transaction teams in all key sectors. He has extensive experience in the successful execution and delivery of PPPs, having worked on more than 12 projects. Ward has also advised clients in the infrastructure, renewables,utilities and resources sectors across Europe and Asia Pacific. He has financed LNG projects, renewable generation, gas pipelines, power stations, mines and electricity networks. Ward sits on the Australian Council of the International Project Finance Association and is an active member of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.
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. 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, 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.
Tim Foy is a founding member of the Infrastructure Team at RBC, which was established in 2006. He has successfully advised on a variety infrastructure and utility transactions in Australia including; the acquisition of NSW LPI, Sunshine Coast Airport sale, purchase of Transgrid and the defense of the Hastings’ Diversified Utilities Fund. He advises across the infrastructure and utilities sector, across all assets classes primarily for unlisted infrastructure funds.
Nick Forster is a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Resources, Infrastructure and Utilities Group for Citi. He has over 18 years Investment Banking experience completing numerous M&A assignments, both domestic and cross-border. Forster has also advised corporate, institutional investors and government clients on accessing debt, equity and structured capital markets.
Prior to joining Citi, Forster was a Managing Director and Co-Head of Natural Resources and Infrastructure at Goldman Sachs. Over the last 10 years he has advised on $45bn in completed 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, and the Transurban led acquisition of Queensland Motorways.
Susan Orr is a Senior Consultant in the Direct Investments Unit and a member of the Infrastructure and Private Equity research teams. Prior to joining JANA in 2012, Orr spent over five years at Macquarie Capital Advisers in the New York and Vancouver offices, specialising in direct infrastructure investments. Prior to this she worked at the economic consultancy ACIL Tasman as a research assistant.
Lane Crockett is head of the renewables business at the Impact Investment group, which launched its AUD 100M Solar Income Fund in 2016. The fund aggregates small utility solar farms to provide an investment opportuntiy in a diversified portfolio of contracted solar plants.
The Impact Investment Group is expanding its renewable infrastructure portfolio and currently building new solar farms in Victoria and Queensland.
Crockett is a champion of the renewable energy industry. For 10 years he was the Executive General Manager at Pacific Hydro. There Crockett was responsible for leading the Australian business, having lead the growth of the company to become a clean energy utility with a portfolio of more than 300MW of operating wind and hydro power facilities and a growing base of retail electricity customers.
In his career Crockett has over 25 years of international experience in the energy industries in Australia, Asia, the UK and New Zealand. Crockett has worked in energy regulation and risk management. His early career included engineering design and project management in the oil & gas industry.