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"The conference was impressive both from the breadth of the experience present as well as the overall organization of it. The critical elements of P3's were present in strength; it provided useful insights to the P3 industry."
Duane Callender manages the Credit Programs Office within the Build America Bureau which houses the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) credit program and the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) credit program. Callender directs a staff responsible for all aspects of underwriting, portfolio monitoring and risk management. Callender oversees a portfolio that encompasses over USD 28bn in Federal credit assistance to intermodal, highway, transit and rail projects totaling more than USD 92bn of infrastructure investment in the U.S. Prior to his current position he held positions in DOT’s Office of Budget and Programs; where he was responsible for oversight of the Maritime Administration budget; in DOT’s Inspector General’s Office and the Budget Office of the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department.
Laureen Cook is currently with Extelcon Consulting as an Executive Adviser to the TMT industry, having recently concluded her long tenure with the IFC (World Bank), as Principal TMT Advisor, in the Global Telecommunications, Media & Technology investment sector. As a senior member of the Global TMT Team, Cook was responsible for the development of new business and evaluation of TMT investment opportunities in Emerging Markets; providing guidance on new projects and with portfolio companies including deal structure & operational improvements, from concept through to exit. Cook’s investment sectors of focus include; Mobile/MVNO’s, Towers, Broadband (Wired & Wireless), Backhaul (Sateliite & Terrestrial Fiber), Subsea Fiber, Data Centers and Fintech. Prior to joining the IFC, Cook was with Alcatel-Lucent, as Vice President 4G/LTE Strategy. At ALU, she was focused on the development of innovative, revenue generating, applications and services in order to accelerate the successful migration to 4G/LTE worldwide. Cook is a founding Director of GTWN, Global Telecommunications Woman’s Network, connecting C level women in the TMT industry on a global basis. As an industry veteran with 25+ years of telecoms experience, she has held Executive and BOD roles with some of world’s leading operators.
Jon Edwards is a Vice President on J.P. Morgan’s global Infrastructure Finance and Advisory (IFA) team. Edwards works on greenfield and brownfield financing transactions across the social, transportation, power and energy sectors in the Americas, Middle East and Asia. Most recently, he lead the debt structuring and ratings process for Core Civic’s delayed draw private placement for the Lansing Correctional Facility PPP.
Prior to IFA, Edwards worked for the Corporate Strategy group at J.P. Morgan. In this role, he was the engagement manager for a project studying the global infrastructure market and J.P. Morgan’s infrastructure finance businesses as well as designing and implementing the IFA team. Before J.P. Morgan, Edwards was an associate at Clearly Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton where he was a transaction attorney working on structured products, derivatives, bonds, IPOs and syndicated loans.
Douglas Fried is Norton Rose Fulbright's US Head of Infrastructure, Mining and Commodities. Fried’s practice focuses on the representation of sponsors, equity investors and lenders in connection with transportation, infrastructure and energy projects.
Fried has been involved in projects in the United States, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. His practice includes the representation of such entities in connection with the development and financing of new projects, public-private partnerships, the privatization of existing assets, the workout and restructuring of troubled projects, companies and transactions, and sales and acquisitions.
DJ Gribbin is the founder of Madrus, LLC, a strategic consulting firm dedicated to developing more efficient ways to develop critical infrastructure. Before founding Madrus, Gribbin served in the White House as the nation’s first Special Assistant to the President for Infrastructure. In this role, Gribbin led the effort to develop the Administration’s infrastructure policy and championed permitting reform. Gribbin has also served as General Counsel for the Department of Transportation, where he twice won the Secretary’s gold medal and Chief Counsel for the Federal Highway Administration where he created a federal P3 task force and authored a report for Congress, underscoring the advantages of alternative delivery.
In the private sector, Gribbin was Head of Governmental Advisory for Macquarie Capital where he led advisory teams structuring public-private partnership transactions for governmental clients. Gribbin has also worked for Koch Industries and HDR helping clients develop innovative ways to deliver infrastructure. For the past two decades, Gribbin has been active with the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. He has served as its P3 Division president and as a board member. Gribbin is the only person to have won ARTBA's Entrepreneur of the Year Award for both public and private sectors.
Steven Hamilton is a senior manager with Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP. Hamilton provides market/economic assessment, strategic planning, and transactions (P3) support for large-scale economic development and infrastructure projects worldwide for national and city clients. Hamilton has led projects for the World Bank/IFC, Millennium Challenge Corporation, CISCO Systems, Jebel Ali, private real estate developers/operators, and foreign governments. Steve is helping drive Deloitte’s urban development and SMART cities market focus and solutions, including developing and deploying new evidence-based approaches that support informed decision making by city leaders, citizens, and stakeholders. Hamilton’s other areas of technical focus include Special Economic Zones (SEZs), industrial zones (IZs), ports, and airport cities. Hamilton has experience in developing key performance indicators for infrastructure investment and identifying business reforms to enhance countries’ investment climates.
Kevin Li joined the DBRS Infrastructure Finance team in 2012, focusing on public-private partnerships, airports, energy projects, and other infrastructure-related credits. Prior to joining DBRS, Li spent more than five years at the Infrastructure Advisory and Project Finance Group of Deloitte & Touché LLP, Toronto Office, where he was involved with PPP project structuring, financial evaluation and business case development.
Ruth McMorrow is Executive Vice President of Parsons Enterprises, the long-term strategic investment arm of Parsons Corporation, a global leader in the development and delivery of infrastructure, providing engineering, construction, technical, and management services.
McMorrow is responsible for leading Parsons’ efforts in public-private partnerships, project financing opportunities, and project investment initiatives. McMorrow has more than 30 years of experience in the global infrastructure and U.S. public finance markets and has led teams, providing financial advisory services, debt arrangement, and equity sales and sourcing services for infrastructure projects across sectors and geographic markets. McMorrow has extensive expertise in structuring, negotiating, and executing infrastructure and municipal debt transactions.
McMorrow joined Parsons in March 2011, having held senior management positions at several global infrastructure banking institutions. Most recently, she was the managing director for Scotia Capital, Global Infrastructure Finance International, where she spearheaded the bank’s global infrastructure expansion into the United States, Europe, and Asia Pacific (Australia).
Warwick Sabin is currently serving his third term in the Arkansas House of Representatives and is ran for mayor of Little Rock in the 2018 election. In 2014, Sabin was among 24 national political leaders awarded the Rodel Fellowship by the Aspen Institute for his "outstanding ability to work responsibly across partisan divisions and bring greater civility to public discourse."
Sabin is also Senior Director for U.S. Programs at Winrock International, and before that he was the founding director of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub. Previously he was publisher of the Oxford American magazine, and in 2009 he was named to the FOLIO:40, a list of the 40 most influential people in the national magazine industry. Sabin’s additional professional experience includes serving as director of development for the Clinton Foundation, as well as working on Capitol Hill, at the White House, and at Foreign Affairs magazine.
On Dec 13, 2017, Gov. elect Ralph Northam designated Shannon Valentine as secretary of transportation for the Commonwealth of Virginia. She was sworn into office in January 2018.
As secretary, Valentine also serves as chairperson of the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB). Valentine oversees seven agencies with more than 10,000 employees and combined budgets of more than USD 5bn. Valentine was appointed to the CTB by Gov. Terry McAuliffe in May 2014, following an assignment as a director of the Transportation Policy Council for McAuliffe's transition team.
Valentine is a founding member of OneVirginia2021: Virginians for Fair Redistricting, a vice chair of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, and chair of Investor Relations for Beacon of Hope, an organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing students for post-secondary education.
During her time in the legislature, Valentine’s public policy priorities included ethics, economic development, education, and transportation. Valentine served as a member of Courts of Justice and House Transportation committees, and led the bipartisan effort to invest in intercity passenger rail service for the first time in Virginia’s history.