Scott Jacobs is the CEO and Co-Founder of Generate Capital, an investment and operating platform focused on sustainable infrastructure. Founded in 2014, Generate Capital has partnered with leading project developers and technology solutions to drive the “resource revolution” – doing more with less in our energy, water, waste and food systems – building and operating hundreds of millions of dollars of infrastructure in distributed generation, waste transformation, and sustainable transport. Generate’s pioneering permanent-capital structure enables a novel alignment of interests and makes it a true partner with a uniquely long-term mindset.
In 2007, Scott joined McKinsey & Company to co-found its global CleanTech practice, where he advised major corporations and leading innovators, institutional investors, NGOs and several national and regional governments around the world. Before McKinsey, Scott spent over a decade in technology and venture capital, helping start and grow a number of companies, including PolyServe (acquired by HP) and Alliance Data Systems (acquired by FiServ).
Scott received his MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was named a George F. Baker Scholar, and his BA cum laude from Dartmouth College. Scott lives in San Francisco, enjoys a range of outdoor activities and frequents the local farmers’ markets on weekends in order to create feasts for his family and friends.
Mark Prybutok is a Managing Director at GI Partners, and co-Head of the GI Data Infrastructure Fund platform. Mark has been an infrastructure private equity investor for 11 years, leading investments totaling over $2.4 billion of equity in that time. Prior to joining GI, Mark was a Partner at Alinda Capital Partners, where he led the firm’s telecom infrastructure strategy. Mark started his career as an investment banker at Citigroup, focusing on project finance and structured commodity derivatives.
Mark holds a J.D. and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University, and a B.A. from Penn State University.
John is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Energy Infrastructure. He has over 17 years of direct private equity investing experience, preceded by over 18 years of operations management. Prior to joining Capital Dynamics, John was a managing partner at Bregal Energy, where he led a team exclusively focused on power generation and natural gas-focused investments. Prior to that he spent six years as a partner at CCMP Capital in Tokyo (formerly JP Morgan Partners) where he invested in energy and industrial opportunities. John also served as Chief Operating Officer at Densei Lambda KK, a publicly-traded Japanese corporation with eight factories located around the world and over 4,000 employees. Earlier in his career he led several large divisions of Invensys and Exide Electronics in the US and held positions in engineering, sales and general management at AT&T, and StraforFacom SA. John holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont.
Robert Valentine has worked exclusively advising clients on infrastructure projects around the world since 2000. In August 2008, Valentine relocated permanently to New York City to further Macquarie’s efforts in infrastructure advisory in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Valentine has expertise in the toll road, port, airport, parking, water, conventional and renewable energy and social infrastructure sectors over the past fifteen years.
Valentine’s particular focus is in project management of complex transactions and raising capital for projects (debt and equity) in a manner which best suits the key stakeholders.
Valentine also leads Macquarie’s US and Canadian sponsor coverage team, managing Macquarie’s relationship with infrastructure and sovereign wealth funds based in the US.
Prashant is a Managing Director with Owl Rock Capital Partners in New York. He worked with companies across the energy & power, transportation & logistics, digital infrastructure, and other selected basic industrials sectors on structuring project finance, term loans and hold co debt solutions. Owl Rock is a leading alternative asset manager with approximately $15 Billion AUM, providing direct lending solutions to middle market companies.
He has over 20 years of experience on financial and engineering aspects of the Infrastructure and Real Asset sectors. He maintains a keen interest in the developing “infrastructure-as-a-service” business model that is enabled by new technology and growth of demand-side distributed assets.
Previously, he was with Macquarie for a decade, where he built and oversaw a team that originated and managed a portfolio of asset based and project finance loans for borrowers in the energy, agri-business and basic industrials sectors. Previously at Credit Suisse, he worked on structured finance transactions in the merchant energy sector, including power generation, midstream and refining sectors. Prior to that, Prashant worked at Booz Allen Hamilton and PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he worked with Fortune 500 companies in the energy and utility sectors providing advice on asset valuation, risk management and M&A diligence.
Prior to his career in the financial sector, Prashant worked as a consultant at Woods Hole Group, advising companies on quantifying and mitigating operational risk in the marine environment. Prior to business school, he founded and sold a marine communications company, which developed a device for intelligent oceanographic data collection. He holds a patent for a wave-powered sea-water pump for use in aquaculture farms. Mr. Mupparapu received a M.B.A from the Stern School of Business at New York University, where he was conferred the Stern Scholar Award and recipient of the Hans A. Vogelstein alumni scholarship. He has a M.S in Oceanography from Dartmouth College. Previously, he received a Bachelors from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
Hanno Schoklitsch is Chief Executive Officer and founder of Kaiserwetter Energy Asset Management. Schoklitsch is a civil engineer and specializes in the construction of hydro power stations, which gives him the basic understanding of energy assets. v started his career within real estate investment companies by e.g. heading the second biggest German open-ended real estate fund. Schoklitsch professional experience brought him to understand the potential of digitizing asset management. Utilizing smart data and the Internet of Things (IoT) is key to taking advantage of the digitization within the world of renewable energies. Since the creation of Kaiserwetter Energy Asset Management in 2012, Schoklitsch and his team have worked to develop its digital platform ARISTOTELES supporting investors and financing banks to maximize their returns while minimizing their investment risk.
Kent Rowey is a partner in the Projects, Energy & Infrastructure practice and is based in the New York office. Rowey represents investors, credit providers, contractors, public sector entities and other participants in infrastructure transactions across all asset classes. Rowey’s global experience is unique among infrastructure lawyers. Rowey has been involved in major infrastructure financings in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, including many first-of-their-kind transactions. Rowey has played a leading role in the development of private finance in the transportation infrastructure sector in North America, having successfully closed many transactions now considered templates for infrastructure finance. Rowey has been involved in the financial closing of more than 100 infrastructure and natural resources transactions worldwide.
Bret Budenbender is a Partner and Co-Founder of Foundation Infrastructure Partners. Mr. Budenbender focuses on building long-term strategic relationships and sourcing, executing and investing in value-added diversified infrastructure assets. Prior to starting Foundation Infrastructure, Mr. Budenbender served as a Partner at Highstar Capital and Managing Director, Co-Portfolio Manager of Infrastructure Investments at Oaktree Capital. During his time at Highstar and Oaktree, he served in a variety of leadership and origination capacities including on the Executive and Investment Committees. Mr. Budenbender joined Highstar Capital as a Partner in 2012 from Barclays Capital (and formerly Lehman Brothers), where he served as a Managing Director in the Global Power and Infrastructure Group. Prior to transitioning to asset management, he spent 18 years in investment banking and advised on over $85 billion in M&A and critical financing transactions for the power, midstream and infrastructure sectors. He has served on numerous corporate boards, including Lead Director of Linden Cogeneration; Co-Lead Director of BlackBear Midstream (f/k/a Wildcat Midstream); Lead Director of Advanced Disposal (NYSE:ADSW) and a Board Observer for NGL Energy (NYSE: NGL). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Boston College.
Mark McComiskey is involved in all aspects of AVAIO’s investment and operational activities. Mark has worked in the private equity and infrastructure investing sector for more than 20 years. As a partner at AVAIO, he brings experience in the investment, development and construction, operation, acquisition and financing of private equity and infrastructure investments, including both public and private infrastructure, thermal and renewable power and midstream assets. Mr. McComiskey represents AVAIO as a board member of Mexico Pacific Limited, LLC.
Prior to founding AVAIO, Mark was a Senior Managing Director at Prostar and a Partner at its spinout, Vanwall Capital. Mark was previously Co-Head of private equity at First Reserve, then the world’s largest energy focused private equity and infrastructure investment firm. Mark was a member of the firm Executive Committee, and the investment committees for both the private equity and infrastructure funds and was responsible for revising the firm’s investment approval process, portfolio monitoring process and investor disclosure processes following the 2008 financial crisis. His investment sector responsibilities included traditional power and wind, solar and waste to energy development projects in the US and Europe, and manufacturing and services business globally. Prior to First Reserve, Mark was a principal at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.
Mark has held various board positions for public and private companies in the US, Canada and Europe, including DHT, Dresser Rand, Ansaldo Energia, CHC, Sterling Resources, Petrotal, and Cambridge Energy Research Associates.
Mark holds an AB in economics, magna cum laude, from Harvard College and a Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
Jeffrey Mathews is a Director within Barclays’ Investment Banking group focusing on energy, power and infrastructure asset transactions across multiple sub-sectors
13 years of banking experience in M&A, project advisory, leveraged finance and project finance for sponsor, corporate and government clients.
Expertise across multiple infrastructure sectors, including power, renewables, transportation, natural resources, telecom, water, and PPP/concession-structured assets (core, core-plus and value-add transaction types).
Recent successful deal experience includes advising on Ravenhall Mental Health Facility, Anemoi Wind Portfolio, Brooklyn Navy Yards Cogeneration, OSU Energy, Northwest Parkway, Central 70, Paine Field Airport and the LGA CTB Project.
Mr. Mathews is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and holds FINRA 79, 63 and 52 licenses
Steven Sonnenstein is a Managing Director at Digital Colony. Sonnenstein is an accomplished telecommunications infrastructure executive with over 20 years of global mergers and acquisitions, asset management and operations experience.
Sonnenstein was most recently a Senior Director at PSP Investments, one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers, where he created a telecommunications infrastructure asset class within the broader infrastructure group. Sonnenstein can be credited with completing PSP’s first direct investment in the telecommunications infrastructure space and was responsible for PSP Infrastructure’s inaugural direct investments in France, India, and Turkey.
During his six years at PSP, Sonnenstein put in final bids worth more than C USD 7.5bn of equity, closing on more than C USD 2.2bn - predominantly in the telecom infrastructure sector - and co-led and asset managed over C USD 1bn of additional investments.
Before joining PSP, Sonnenstein worked for Brookfield Asset Management in its Private Equity and Infrastructure Groups with particular focus and experience in South America. Prior to that, Sonnenstein spent several years working in mergers and acquisitions and distressed advisory.