Mr. Akers is part of a team that manages a multi-billion dollar portfolio of tangible assets for the State of Washington’s public pension system. In that role, he shares joint responsibility for industry analysis, manager selection, and portfolio oversight across a broad platform of tangible assets, including agriculture, energy, infrastructure, metals & mining, and timberland. He has primary oversight of approximately $4 billion of investment commitments.
Prior to joining the WSIB, Mr. Akers spent 15 years with Global Forest Partners, a global timberland advisor. His last role at GFP was Deputy Chief Investment Officer, where he was responsible for research, client service, business development, and managing a portfolio of public equities. He also assisted in the management of the firm’s Investment Committee. Prior roles at GFP included Portfolio Manager, Director of Research and Analysis, and Investment Analyst.
Mr. Akers is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He holds BS degrees in Management with a Finance option and Accounting from Purdue University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association.
Anne Valentine Andrews, Managing Director, is Deputy Head of Real Assets within BlackRock Alternative Investors. BlackRock Real Assets comprises the Infrastructure and Real Estate platforms, which have 400+ professionals across 27 cities globally, and manage $50 billion in equity and debt assets and investor commitments. Anne is responsible for setting strategic direction, leading growth initiatives and business management, product strategy, business development and the Infrastructure Solutions business.
Prior to joining BlackRock in 2014, she was Co-Head and Chief Operating Officer for the Morgan Stanley Infrastructure platform with $4 billion of assets under management. In addition to leading capital raising efforts globally, Ms. Valentine Andrews managed the operations of the platform. She also assisted investors in deploying capital for co-investment mandates alongside fund investments.
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2006, Ms. Valentine Andrews was a director at Macquarie Bank in both Melbourne and New York. She began her career as a corporate attorney in Australia.
Ms. Valentine Andrews earned a Bachelor of Economics degree and Bachelor of Law with Honors from Monash University, Australia in 1991 and 1994, respectively. She also received a Masters of Applied Finance degree from Macquarie University, Australia in 2004. In 2016, she was recognised as a Fellow of Monash University, Australia.
Dean currently is serving as a business development/strategic advisor in the infrastructure space. Most recently, Dean served as the Senior NY Metro Regional Development Leader for consulting engineering firm CHA. Prior to CHA, he was the Corporate SVP for regional planning and development at Parsons Corp., with responsibility for developing and maintaining relationships while representing the company to key stakeholders throughout the NY Metro area. Dean also was a Director of Business Development for infrastructure at Jacobs Engineering, and has held positions in both New York City and State government, including the offices of both the City and the State Comptroller, the New York City Deputy Mayor for Finance and Economic Development, the New York City Council, and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. Dean served on the board of NYS American Council of Engineering Companies, and currently serves as a Governor of the NY Building Foundation, Development Committee member of the YMCA of Greater NY, Board Member for the NJ Alliance for Action (NJ's largest infrastructure advocacy organization), and a Trustee of the NYS Trooper’s Signal 30 Orphan’s and Widow’s fund. Dean is a graduate of Cornell University (’87).
Jennifer Aument oversees Transurban’s business in the United States and Canada, where she is responsible for the development, financing, construction and operations of major toll road infrastructure. She also serves on the global leadership team for the AUD$37 billion international toll road owner and operator recently named to Fortune’s Future 50 list.
Jennifer and her team at Transurban were among those who pioneered the use of public-private partnerships for major transportation infrastructure in the United States and were the first to use a number of innovative financing and technology strategies in the development of a $4 billion growing network of toll road projects. In addition to overseeing Northern Virginia’s 53-mile system of Express Lanes on 495, 95 and 395, Jennifer also led Transurban’s expansion into the Canadian market in 2018 with the acquisition of the A25 road and bridge in Montréal .
Under Jennifer’s tenure, these projects have won multiple industry awards for financing, innovation, safety and technology from groups such as the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, Engineering News-Record, Intelligent Transportation Society of America, the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association and The Bond Buyer.
As a leader in the transportation industry, Jennifer has advised state governments across the country on issues related to transport policy, innovative finance and public-private partnerships, and currently serves on advisory boards for the Eno Center for Transportation, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, the Highway Users Alliance, George Mason University and the University of Maryland. She has been named among the Washington Business Journal’s top 25 “Women Who Mean Business”, as an “Outstanding Woman in the Building Industry” and Commercial Real Estate Women’s “Woman of Impact.”
Jennifer has been appointed to key positions by both Republican and Democratic governors, including commissioner and executive committee member for the Virginia Port Authority – one of the largest shipping enterprises in the United States. Jennifer has also served in number of community leadership roles, including as chairman of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and a member of the board of directors for one of the region’s largest non-profit organizations, Northern Virginia Family Services.
Prior to joining Transurban in 2006, Jennifer worked for Bechtel Infrastructure to develop the Washington Metrorail Silver Line. She began her career working in the West Virginia state legislature and went on to work as a public affairs and policy advisor to energy, infrastructure and financial services companies, including major multinational corporations such as HSBC, Suez Energy and General Motors.
She holds a Masters of Business Administration from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from West Virginia University.
Brian Barlow is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners (SIP) - the advanced Infrastructure development and holding company spun out of Alphabet (parent of Google)
Backed by Alphabet, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and Sidewalk Labs, Sidewalk Infrastructure applies innovative technology to urban infrastructure systems.
Brian brings over three decades of executive and senior management experience in private equity, venture capital and infrastructure investing to bear in the creation, planning, and execution of the strategic direction of Sidewalk Infrastructure. Brian was previously the Director of Infrastructure Investments at Sidewalk Labs, Alphabet’s urban innovation platform, where he led all infrastructure initiatives including defining, designing and implementing new funding models and delivery methods for Sidewalk Labs and its project in Toronto. He also led the investment activities for Sidewalk Labs’ early stage investments in companies developing enabling technologies in the construction and infrastructure industries.
Previously, Brian was a Managing Director at American Infrastructure Funds, a private equity and infrastructure investor and operator, which he helped to launch in 2006. Earlier, Brian was with Scion Capital, a Cupertino-based private investment fund investing in public, private, and structured derivative markets worldwide. Prior to Scion Capital, Brian launched and ran Broadview Capital Partners, a growth equity and venture capital fund where he led the firm’s communications, networking and fiber investment activities. Brian began his career as a buy-side research analyst focused on the REIT and MLP markets.
Brian holds an MBA in Real Estate & Finance from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Washington.
Stephen Beatty is KPMG’s Chairman of Global Infrastructure, and is based in Canada. He is also Chairman of KPMG’s Global Cities Center of Excellence. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA with honors from York University.
In a private capacity, Steve sits on advisory boards relating to the infrastructure programs at the Stanford University Business School and the Cornell University Program in Infrastructure Policy. He was a member of the Revenue and Finance Committee Transportation Research Board (U.S. National Academy of Sciences) for a decade.
With over 31 years’ experience working with KPMG, Stephen is a well-recognized expert in infrastructure projects. He has been involved in numerous negotiations, and has been instrumental to his clients in delivering large projects across six continents. Stephen has led many major infrastructure transactions and has advised both public and private sector clients extensively in infrastructure strategy, transportation planning, PPP policy development and project financing. He has assisted public sector clients in project scoping, process design, process execution, and negotiation with private developers. For private sector clients, his assistance has included business strategies, financing approaches, and preparation of bids related to highway and other infrastructure projects.
Stephen’s recent speaking engagements have included 2017, 2016 and 2015 City Age: Build the Future conferences, 2015 KPMG Island Infrastructure Summit, Hyderabad Air Show CEO Forum, National Workshop on Gas in Delhi, the WEF LATAM Summit 2017, and the WEF India Summit 2017 and the Building Nations Symposium in New Zealand.
Brick & Mortar is the leading sector-specific venture capital fund focused on emerging technologies to improve the way we design, build, and maintain our built environment. Darren has been the single most active early stage investor in AEC and FM tech over the past five years. His first four construction tech deals were seed-round investments in PlanGrid, BuildZoom, BuildingConnected, and Rhumbix. Darren holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a Product Design focus from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Jon became the Chief Executive Officer of Great Lakes in 2010. From 2002 until 2009, he was a managing director and co-head of corporate finance for Navigant Consulting, Inc. and before that was the partner in charge of the corporate finance practice of KPMG, LLP. Jon holds a BS from Cornell and a MBA from Emory University. Great Lakes Dredge and Dock is an American company providing construction services in dredging and land reclamation, the largest such provider in North America. Great Lakes is also a leader in coastal protection and restoration projects, mitigating the potential risks of flooding and land erosion from storm surges by implementing techniques such as rebuilding beaches, building protective berms and dunes, and creating natural barrier islands along coastlines.
Mark is one of the founders and is a Managing Partner at Antin Infrastructure Partners (a leading European private equity firm focused on infrastructure assets with currently approximately US$17.5bn under management). Antin has made investments in eight European countries and in North America in infrastructure assets including: Energy (Midstream, District Energy, Renewables); Telecoms (Fibre, Broadcast and Telecom Towers); Transportation (Rail, Roads, Ports, Motorway Service Areas); Social (Crematoria, Medical diagnostic laboratories, Psychiatric care homes, Clinics and Childcare). Prior to Antin, Mark held senior roles at the FTSE 100 company Centrica Plc (where he had group-wide responsibility for Strategy, Business Development and M&A and was a member of the Executive Committee), UBS and Peregrine Holdings. His international career included six years living and working in Asia and two years in North America. Mark is a Chartered Accountant and has a BA (Dual Hons) in Economics, Accounting & Financial Management from the University of Sheffield. Mark is a member of the Board of the Sutton Trust, the UK's leading Education Foundation promoting social mobility through Education. He also works closely with Bocconi, one of Europe's leading business schools, on their infrastructure programme and has lectured to its MBA students as part of its flagship "Leadership Series’’.
Mr. Deihl heads the private equity infrastructure investment team for Nuveen Real Assets. He joined TIAA in 2003 and has more than two decades of real assets consulting and investment experience across the advisory, private equity, and fixed-income sectors. For the past 10 years, Mr. Deihl has been focused on helping TIAA expand its infrastructure equity & debt portfolio where he has structured and closed investments in the transportation, digital infrastructure, transmission, power generation, utility, and renewable energy sectors. Mr. Deihl has held various advisory board positions across portfolio companies in the energy, transportation, digital infrastructure, and renewable power sectors. While at TIAA and Nuveen, Mr. Deihl has held various positions across private investments including Managing Director Head of Underwriting for TIAA Global Real Assets, Sr. Director Energy & Infrastructure equity investments, Head of the Commercial Mortgage Distressed Investments Team, Director of Institutional Markets focused on co-investments and subordinate debt origination, and Portfolio Manager for real estate private equity fund investments. Prior to joining TIAA, Mr. Deihl was employed by a subsidiary of Transamerica Finance Corporation and Ernst & Young Management Advisory Services where he focused on commercial real estate finance, banking and capital markets.
Mr. Deihl graduated with a B.S. from Cornell University and a M.B.A. from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. He also holds the Charted Financial Analyst designation.
Raymond DiPrinzio is an Executive Director and Team Leader of the Infrastructure Finance Team at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). Based in New York, Ray leads a team responsible for originating and arranging financing in the bank and capital markets for infrastructure projects in the U.S. and Canada. His experience include project lending, investment banking and financial advisory engagements for a wide range of public and private use facilities where he has provided financing for transportation, social infrastructure, environmental, energy generation, and telecommunication facilities with a particular emphasis on public-private-partnerships and Federal privatization. Recent financings include acting as Coordinating Lead Arranger for the Vista Ridge Water Supply Project, and Mandated Lead Arranger for the Long Beach Civic Center, the State Street Redevelopment Project, the Champlain Bridge, the Regina By-Pass, Ottawa Light Rail and Ohio State University Parking. Among other engagements, he has served as financial advisor to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) Program Office where he provided advisory services on seven TIFIA financings; in addition, he has successfully closed financings for the U.S. Departments of Energy, Defense, National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Prior to SMBC, Ray was Head of Project Finance at CIFG and he has held senior project financing roles at Ambac, Scully Capital and Credit Suisse. He is a Member of Advisory Board of the Cornell Program on Infrastructure Policy, the Editorial Board of the Journal of Structured Finance and the Committee on Revenue and Finance of the Transportation Research Board. Raymond holds an MBA from the Columbia Business School a BA in History, with Honors, from the University of Michigan.
Dan is Founder and CEO of GlidePath Power. Dan has over 25 years of energy sector experience, particularly in developing, building, owning, and operating traditional and renewable energy projects throughout North America. Prior to founding GlidePath Power, Dan served as COO for Lincoln Renewable Energy and CEO of ACCIONA Energy North America. His efforts have led to the construction of 1GW in power projects.
Dan earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Engineering degree from the State University of New York-Buffalo, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago.
John is a Senior Fellow at the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at Harvard's Kennedy School and a visiting lecturer at Cornell University, teaching courses in public finance and transportation policy. John has made substantial contributions to CPIP as its founding Executive Director and, over the last several years, he has been engaged in analyzing funding and pricing issues related to transportation. John was a co-founder at a transportation engineering company specializing in intelligent transportation systems and services, such as electronic toll collection. He also has twelve years of experience as a public finance banker both in the United States and Asia. John holds a Master of Public Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Engineering from Cornell University.
Currently Peter is the CEO of SkyRock Advisors, a boutique advisory and consulting firm that specializes in Transportation Investments with heavy infrastructure focus. Most recently, Peter was Chief Strategy Officer for Ports America where he headed the multi-billion-dollar group’s M&A activity among other duties. Before then he held CXO roles across the globe in the Port sector, including Global Chief Operating Officer for the Gulftainer Group, CEO Salalah Port Services, Chief Operating Officer for APM Terminals European Region, and Managing Director of Kingston Container Terminal, Jamaica. In addition to the CPIP Advisory Board, Peter serves two other international boards as non-executive director and is currently Sr. Advisor to Apollo Global Management’s Infrastructure Fund. Peter's educational background includes a number of management and leadership courses at esteemed schools, including University of Phoenix (MBA), United States Merchant Marine Academy (BS), Harvard (negotiations), University of Michigan (labor negotiations), and IMD (executive development) in Switzerland. He speaks German and Dutch in addition to English and enjoys spending his free time either high in the mountains or deep in the ocean.
Steve is a senior finance professional with 20 years of experience in private equity, infrastructure, mergers and acquisitions, and financing. He founded Fox Meadow Capital Partners, a private equity investment and advisory firm, in 2007 and currently works on infrastructure investments with some of the world's largest infrastructure funds. He also has operating experience in electric power, cellular, landline communications, and various media businesses. Mr. Greenberg has taught an advanced private equity course for Cornell's graduate engineering and business schools since 2008. He received a BS from Cornell's College of Engineering in 1989, an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management in 1990 and a JD from Stanford Law School in 1998.
Martha is currently leading commercial operations for VDOT's largest contract, the $3.8bn Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel expansion. Her prior work in Arup’s infrastructure consulting practice involved senior roles delivering numerous major projects, including the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement in New York. Previously, she worked in heavy civil construction with Skanska and taught at The Citadel as an adjunct professor. Martha is a licensed civil engineer and holds a PhD and MBA from Virginia Tech in infrastructure finance and delivery, as well as engineering degrees from Penn State. She is also a Fulbright Scholar and served as CPIP’s first Executive-in-Residence in 2014.
Ms. Haltiwanger leads the North American development and concession subsidiaries for ACS Group. ACS Group is one of the world's largest construction and infrastructure development companies, ranked #1 on ENR's Top 250 International Construction Companies, with 200,000 employees worldwide, and is also listed as the World's Largest Transportation Developer by Public Works Financing, having participated in over 150 public-private partnership projects to date. Under her direction, ACS Infrastructure in North America is currently developing over US$16 billion in PPP projects, including the recent landmark New Champlain Bridge Project in Quebec, C$5.5 billion Eglinton Crosstown light rail project in Ontario, as well as several important projects in the United States, which include the I-595 Corridor Improvement Project in Florida (the first availability payment PPP in the U.S.), the Portsmouth Bypass Project in Ohio, and in Texas, the SH-288 Managed Lanes project and the Harbor Bridge project. Prior to joining ACS, Nuria worked in the New York office of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP as part of the Project Finance group, focusing on concession-based infrastructure, as well as energy projects, including renewable energy. Ms. Haltiwanger earned her Juris Doctorate at Georgetown University Law Center, and BAs in Economics, International Studies and Political Science from the University of Miami. Patrick D. Harder Partner & Infrastructure Practice Group Chair, Nossaman LLP
Patrick Harder is widely known for leadership in public-private partnerships (P3s) and other innovative project delivery methods such as design-build and construction manager at-risk. Over the past several years, Patrick has served as the leader of the legal team advising on several of the largest, most innovative, most impactful, and most technically complex P3 projects throughout the US--projects with a combined worth of over $10 billion. The organizations he has advised include the Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the Florida Department of Transportation and the City of Los Angeles.
Since 2016, he has advised the University of California Board of Regents in achieving commercial and financial close on the $1.3 billion UC Merced 2020 Campus Expansion Project--the first university campus expansion in the country to be undertaken using the P3 availability payment model. The project was completed In June 2020 becoming the largest completed P3 social infrastructure development in US history. Additionally, Patrick serves as the lead attorney for LAWA on the Automatic People Mover (APM) and Consolidated Rental Car Center (COnRAC) projects at Los Angeles International Airport. These projects, with a collective contract value in excess of $7 billion, represent the first two P3s to be entered into by the City, and will dramatically transform the airport and significantly improve the experience for travelers at LAX.
Before joining Nossaman, Patrick served as general counsel and executive manager for two of the world's largest construction and engineering firms, both based in Japan. He also worked as legal and business advisor on dozens of public and private construction and infrastructure projects around the world including the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia--two of the world's tallest buildings. Chambers-rated nationally and globally in the field of P3s, Patrick has a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University and a J.D. from University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.
Bob Hellman is the founder and CEO of American Infrastructure Partners, the successor entity to American Infrastructure Funds which he founded in 2006. Bob has been a real asset and infrastructure investor for over 30 years, building companies in such industries as building materials, deathcare, energy distribution, fitness clubs, school buildings, and most recently transportation and last mile logistics. He holds several patents on innovative financial securities, and his most recent creations include the New American Bridges Fund, dedicated to building replacement bridge infrastructure across the U.S., and the American Postal Infrastructure Fund, focused on acquiring post offices across the U.S. in partnership with the U.S. government.
Bob began his private equity career in 1987, having previously worked as a consultant with Bain & Company, where he was one of the founding members of Bain’s Tokyo Office. His is also a member of the Board of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and Past President of Stanford’s DAPER Investment Fund. He received an MBA from the Harvard Business School with Baker Scholar honors, an MS in economics from the London School of Economics, and a BA in economics from Stanford University. He and his wife, Holly, live in Atherton with their 8 year old twin boys (Carter and Tucker) while proudly watching the careers develop for their 25 year old twins (Cady and Robert).
Keith Hennessey is the president of Bechtel Enterprises, Bechtel’s development, investment and financing services business.
Previously, he was head of public-private partnerships and was the manager of strategy and business development for Bechtel Infrastructure. He also served as the executive assistant to Bechtel’s chief executive officer, and as the chief financial officer of Bechtel Power Corporation.
Keith has over twenty years of experience in the investment banking industry. Keith worked for Morgan Stanley and Bank of America in a variety of roles including: global chief operating officer and head of the U.S. industrial group at Morgan Stanley Investment Banking, and head of Bank of America’s diversified industrial group.
Keith is a member of the advisory board of the Cornell University Program in Infrastructure Policy, a board member of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and a board member of After-School All-Stars, D.C. chapter, a non-profit organization. Keith has been a guest lecturer at Cornell and Georgetown Universities in finance and infrastructure development. Keith graduated from Georgetown University magna cum laude and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Keith is based in Reston, VA and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Jackie, and three sons.
Wally has been investing in Energy Technology for over 20 years. He runs EnerTech's Canadian operations from Toronto. His specific areas of focus include opportunities in Energy Management and Building Automation & Control, Storage, Oil & Gas Technologies (including Digital Oil Fields), Power electronics, Advanced materials, Water treatment Technologies in Energy, Software & Internet of things (IoT).
Prior to EnerTech, Wally was a Managing Director with RBC Capital Partners where he was responsible for the bank's Venture Capital fund (Energy Technology and Advanced Technology Fund) which was part of RBC's Investment Banking Division (RBC Capital Markets). He has an extensive background in the Venture Capital business which includes a series of successful IPO’s, M&A and turnaround transactions throughout his 30 year career in the finance business.
In addition to Wally’s extensive finance background, he previously produced and hosted the weekly financial television show "Money Week" which featured over 200 guest interviews from Canadian and U.S. money managers over a 14 year period. He was also involved in politics and sat as a local Councillor in the Town of Milton (three terms) and sat on the Board of the Ontario College of Pharmacists (Chair of finance).
Wally was past Chairman of the Banff Venture Forum Cleantech Stream and Chairman of the 2014 Canadian Venture Capital Association conference in Ottawa in May of 2014. He sits on the board of the Canadian Venture Capital Association (CVCA), Venture Capital Association of Alberta (VCAA), Sustainable Development Technology Canada Member Council (SDTC) and the Cleantech Group Advisory Board. Wally currently sits on the boards of EnerTech portfolio companies, N-Dimension Solutions (now IPKeys Power Partners), Western Oilfield Equipment Ltd, Vertex Sofdesk and Powerside. Wally was previously an observer on the Board of Distech Controls (sold to Acuity Brands for $318 Million CDN) and sat on the board of HPC Energy Services (sold to TriWest in 2018). In 2017 Wally was appointed to the NHL Coaches Association Advisory Board. In 2018, Wally was appointed to the Advisory Board at Cornell University/Tech's Program in Infrastructure Policy (CPIP).
Wally received a BA from the University of Western Ontario and has completed a number of securities-related courses and programs including the Canadian Securities Institute (CSC program) and Canadian Investment Finance (CIF I, II &III).
Ross Israel is the Head of Global Infrastructure at QIC and co-founded the business in 2006. QIC is a global alternatives manager head quartered in Brisbane, Australia. He is responsible for supervision of the QIC Infrastructure division’s investment program and strategy as well as development and management of the division’s investment team. Mr Israel sits on the QIC Infrastructure Investment Committee, QIC Executive Committee and the boards of portfolio companies.
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.
On behalf of QIC’s clients, Mr Israel’s team has built diversified infrastructure portfolios across more than 10 geographies in the transport, energy utilities and public private partnership sectors with an aggregate equity value of more than $9.5 billion. Before that, Mr Israel was the Chief Operating Officer at DUET, an Australian listed utilities fund which he co-led the creation of while at AMP Capital. Mr Israel was previously in investment banking at ABN AMRO and BZN Barclays in infrastructure corporate advisory in Sydney and London. Mr Israel holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland, Australia and is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.
Christopher Kouza is an American businessman and attorney. Christopher’s legal career spans over a decade and in that time frame he was an associate attorney for Cohen Lerner and Rabinovitz PC and later a partner and director of litigation for Aidenbaum, Schloff and Bloom PLLC. As an attorney Christopher handled complex litigation for privately held businesses and banking institutions. During his legal career Christopher represented banks and financial institutions such as: Citizens Bank, Comerica Bank, Flagstar Bank, Peoples State Bank, Paramount Bank, Mains Street Bank, and Chief Financial Credit Union. In 2009, Christopher was hired by Peoples State Bank as the Director of Managed Assets and First Vice President. In that capacity Christopher managed a one hundred-million-dollar portfolio.
In 2011, Christopher changed his career path and focused on real estate development. Christopher is the Co-founder and Principal of for Koucar Management LLC. Today, Christopher Kouza, through his network of real estate companies owns and manages five hundred and thirty-three multifamily units, seven hundred hotel rooms, and one million square feet of industrial property.
In 2016, Christopher Kouza desired to diversify from real estate development by purchasing I2G Technologies LLC, security company, specializing in data center security infrastructure and smart city security technologies. Christopher’s vision is to use a city’s current IT infrastructure as a cost-effective way to deploy I2G’s security technology in a city’s police central command-and-control center. With Christopher leadership, I2G systems became the prime vendor and integration company in the deployment of Project Green light in the City of Detroit. The City of Detroit’s Project Green Light was the first public-private-community partnership of its kind, blending a mix of real-time security cameras connected to strategically placed police command and control centers. Project Green Light system was aimed at improving neighborhood safety, promoting the revitalization and growth of local businesses, and strengthening Detroit Police Departments efforts to deter, identify, and solve crime.
Today, Kouza Capital is providing growth capital and other resources to his portfolio of companies, which collectively own and operate in excess of $400 Million in assets.
In his role as Policy Director, Joung Lee leads AASHTO's transportation policy, regulatory, and program finance activities. Working with Congress, executive branch agencies, and transportation industry stakeholders, Joung represents the policy interests of state departments of transportation during development, passage, and implementation of legislation. In addition, he oversees technical service programs for AASHTO's member DOTs in the areas of environment, finance, planning, transit, and rail. Prior to joining AASHTO in 2007, Joung started his career with the Federal Highway Administration in 2000. He is the founder of Young Professionals in Transportation, a national networking organization for career development, and served as the founding Chair of Young Members Council at the Transportation Research Board and as the 2014 Chairman of the Road Gang, a DC-based highway policy society. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Litman focuses on diversified infrastructure investments and is located in our New York office. Prior to joining GCM Grosvenor, Mr. Litman served as a Partner at High star Capital and a Managing Director and Co-Portfolio Manager of Infrastructure Investments at Oaktree Capital. During his time at Highstar and Oaktree Infrastructure, he gained significant direct investment experience and served in a variety of leadership capacities, including on the Executive and Investment Committees, as well as Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Head of Co-Investments. Mr. Litman joined Highstar Capital in 2004 from AIG Global Investment Group, where he served as a Deputy General Counsel for Financial Services. Prior to AIG, Mr. Litman was an attorney at Paul Hastings, focusing on a broad range of large and mid-cap M&A, fund formation and private equity transactions. He has served on numerous corporate boards, including Aerostar Airport Holdings (San Juan Airport), BlackBear Midstream (f/k/a Wildcat Midstream), Footprint Power Salem Harbor Station, InterGen, N.V., Linden Cogeneration, Morongo Transmission, and Ports America. Mr. Litman also serves on the Board of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude with General Honors, in History and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and his Juris Doctor from The Cornell Law School.
Ms. Marcos joined Vinci in September 2020 after an extensive career managing and operating toll highways. Her last role before joining Vinci was President of Cintra US, overseeing the companies operations. She started in Cintra’s headquarters in Madrid and held several positions in Chicago, Indiana and Texas. Among other roles, she was Chief Executive Officer for the North Tarrant Express and the LBJ Express projects, where she took care of all aspects of the project implementation, delivery and operations.
Chase is responsible for global business development and client service focused on publication sponsorships. He also leads the recruitment of top institutional investors who serve on the Editorial Advisory Board of i3 with the publication's sponsors. Chase has over a decade of experience in the real assets investment industry. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, receiving a B.S. in Public Policy, Planning and Development, while also winning three Pac-10 Championships and two Rose Bowls as a member of the USC Trojan football team.
Ed is a business, transportation, public affairs and government relations consultant providing corporations and trade associations with advice, guidance, operational strategies and advocacy for their business objectives. On Capitol Hill, Ed served on a number of U.S. Senate committees including the Committee on Appropriations and the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation where he was Staff Director. Ed's high-level experience in aviation, surface transportation, and telecommunications, coupled with his familiarity and facility with business operations and the legislative and public affairs process, has resulted in a wide array of consulting engagements.
Peter Nicol currently serves as Global Director of Water at Jacobs and was formerly CH2M’s Global Water Business Group President where he had full profit and loss responsibility for the $1.4 billion global water business, including leading more than 5,000 water professionals, in 175 offices, in more than 50 countries worldwide. Under Peter’s leadership, CH2M solidified its brand as the global market leader in water and wastewater design work, and he continues to lead Jacobs’ industry-leading water efforts. Peter joined CH2M in 1980 after receiving his Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Geological Engineering and Applied Earth Sciences from the University of Toronto. As Jacob’s Global Director of Water Mr Nicol is responsible for establishing and working closely with our regional business units implementing our Global Water Strategy for project development, program management, planning, engineering, design-build and operational services.
Mr. Nicol is also the Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories and a member of the Board of Directors of Canadian National Energy Alliance (CNEA) which is the operator for the Government-owned Contractor-operated contract to manage and operate Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, previously a subsidiary of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL). Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is a world leader in nuclear science and technology offering unique capabilities and solutions across a wide range of industries. Actively involved with industry-driven research and development in nuclear, transportation, clean technology, energy, defense, security and life sciences, CNL provides solutions to keep these sectors competitive internationally.
William Pappas is the Managing Director of Prudential Capital Group's Lease and Infrastructure Finance Group and oversees Prudential Capital's private placement activity in non-energy infrastructure debt and lease-related debt, with a focus on North America, Europe and Australia. He joined Prudential in 1987. Pappas received a BS and an MBA from Rutgers University.
Ms. Peer Marshall is a Managing Director in Brookfield Asset Management’s Infrastructure Group and leads the firm's infrastructure mezzanine investments in the Americas with responsibility for the origination, execution, and asset management. Brookfield is a leading global alternative asset manager with approximately $285 billion in assets under management. The company has more than a 100-year history of owning and operating assets with a focus on infrastructure, renewable power, property, and private equity. Its infrastructure group is one of the world’s largest investors, owners and operators of infrastructure assets, managing more than $80 billion across the utilities, transport, energy, communications infrastructure, renewable power, and sustainable resources sectors.
Hadley joined Brookfield in 2015 from Goldman Sachs in New York where she had been Co-Head of the Project Finance and Infrastructure Group, responsible for originating, structuring and executing as well as advising on infrastructure and project financings for clients in the capital markets. Hadley holds a Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mr. Perez Fortea is a Civil Engineer with over thirty years’ experience who joined GLOBALVIA in 2011 as Corporate Managing Director and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 2013. He is a Member of UNECE PPP Business Advisory Board since April 2016 and Member of the Advisory Board of Cornell University's Program in Infrastructure Policy (CPIP) since October 2016.
Since 1999 he has worked in the world of PPP transport infrastructure having been involved in the world’s largest projects of this nature. Javier has been responsible for the financing, construction, and operation of infrastructure projects in 14 countries in 3 different continents.
Regarded as a global infrastructure leader, Karl actively led and participated in the full lifecycle (develop-bid-win-close-finance-invest-design-build-operate-divest) of 50+ Public Private Partnership (P3) projects in 10 countries, 14 US states, across 7 main infrastructure sectors including 17 different asset classes.
Karl led major private consortiums delivering +$20B CAPEX in greenfield P3 projects representing +$2B in private equity investments – including among the largest P3s in North American history:
- $1B, I-75 Modernization/Managed Lanes Project, Detroit, Michigan (2018)
- $2.5B, LAX Automated People Mover, Los Angeles, CA (2016)
- $5.1B, LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal Building, New York, NY (2015)
- $2.4B, I-4 Ultimate Managed Lanes Project, Orlando, Florida (2014)
- $2.2B, Midtown/Downtown Tunnels/MLK Freeway Project, Norfolk, Virginia (2012)
Since March 2019, Karl is Bombardier Transportation’s Sales & P3 lead for the Americas region, responsible for $3B in annual sales as well as BT’s North American P3 business. He held prior senior executive positions with AECOM Corp., AECOM Capital and Skanska Infrastructure Development – a business unit he founded in 2006.
Karl is a former county, state and federal government executive:
- Served 8 years as an appointee under the Administration of NY Governor George E. Pataki, including leading recovery efforts following 9/11
- Top appointee under the Administration of US President George W. Bush as Regional Administrator, Chief Procurement Officer and Chief of Staff for the US General Services Administration
Mr. Reynolds, along with Albert R. Grace, Jr., founded Loop Capital in 1997 with a simple motto as a guide: "To provide client service beyond expectations." The motto still serves as the foundational driving force of the firm. Mr. Reynolds currently oversees all aspects of Loop Capital, including investment banking, brokerage and financial advisory services. A 30-year veteran of the financial services industry, Mr. Reynolds held senior-level positions at several global Wall Street firms prior to founding Loop Capital-then a municipal bond firm. Since, Loop Capital has grown into one of the most dynamic and diversified investment banking firms in the country, expanding into corporate finance, global equity trading, taxable fixed income trading, tax-exempt fixed income trading, mergers and acquisitions, public finance, infrastructure investment and financial consulting. As Chairman and CEO, Mr. Reynolds spearheaded the accelerated growth and diversification of the firm, which is now one of the largest privately-held investment banks in the United States. A passionate advocate of giving back to the community, Mr. Reynolds currently serves on the boards of BuildOn, Chicago Community Trust, Chicago United, Get IN Chicago, Illinois Business and Economic Development Corporation and The University of Chicago Medical Center. Additionally, Mr. Reynolds is Vice-Chair of the board for the Chicago Urban League and a member of the CFA Institute. In February 2013, he was chosen by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to co-chair the board of Get IN Chicago, which aims to prevent violence through intensive mentorship and intervention in the lives of at -risk youth. Previously, he was appointed to serve on the boards of World Business Chicago and the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority by the Mayor Emanuel in 2011. Mr. Reynolds holds a Masters of Management in Finance from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. He received his Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the AIMR in 1991 and holds series 7, 24, 53 and 63 licenses.
Himanshu Saxena is Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Energy and is responsible for supervision of the Firm’s investment program and strategy, as well as overall management of the Firm. Mr. Saxena sits on both the Investment Committee and the boards of portfolio companies. Mr. Saxena is also responsible for the development and management of the investment team. In addition, he maintains responsibilities for origination, structuring, execution, monitoring and exiting investments across the energy industry. Mr. Saxena has led the acquisition and development of numerous power generation and transmission projects and midstream and downstream assets in North America, with aggregate enterprise value of more than $13 billion.
Prior to joining Starwood Energy in early 2008, Mr. Saxena was an investment banker with JPMorgan’s global energy and utilities group. Before that, Mr. Saxena worked at American Electric Power, where he focused on managing financial risks in the power trading business and on optimizing a power generation portfolio. Mr. Saxena was previously a Chemical Engineer at industrial gas company Praxair, where he filed for several patents.
Mr. Saxena currently serves on the Advisory Board at Cornell University’s Program in Infrastructure Policy (CPIP), as a Board Member for the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), and on the Advisory Council of Cornell Energy Systems Institute.
Mr. Saxena earned an MBA from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, and a Bachelor’s of Technology in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (“IIT”) in Bombay, India.
As the Director of the Inflation Sensitive asset class for the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS), Paul Shantic is the lead for a team of 10 investment professionals responsible for the management of assets with a close linkage to inflation. Current commitments total $9.0 billion. Infrastructure, commodities, agriculture, timber and U.S. TIPS are part of that mandate. Mr. Shantic has been with CalSTRS for just over 25 years. He has served as Acting Co-Director of Fixed Income and also served as the Portfolio Manager for the $7.2 billion Investment Grade and High Yield portfolios along with a team of five trader/analysts. Mr. Shantic has also managed the System's MBS and Liquidity Portfolios. He assisted with the start-up of the System's Credit Enhancement Program and has worked as a public funds manager for a number of public agencies throughout the State of California. Mr. Shantic holds advanced degrees in Business, Portfolio Management, Public Administration, Conflict Resolution, and Government. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Redlands.
Kevin Shuba serves as the Chief Executive Officer for OmniTRAX, Inc., one of North America's largest privately-held transportation service companies. As CEO he oversees the daily operations of the companies 21 Short Line Railroads, Port and Terminal Operations, The Great Western Industrial Park, GEOTRAC Industrial Hub, OmniTRAX Energy Services, and OmniTRAX Logistics Services. Prior to joining OmniTRAX and The Broe Group, Kevin had a sixteen year career with Brambles Limited, the $6 billion dollar logistics services company. While at Bramles he served as a Brambles Corporate Officer, and held several senior leadership roles including Brambles Group Senior Vice President, Group President, CHEP Americas, and President, CHEP USA. Prior to joining Brambles, Kevin held several senior sales and management positions with Baxter Healthcare Corporation. Additionally, he served in the United States Army for six years obtaining the rank of Captain. Kevin is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and continued his business education at Stanford and INSEAD.
Olivia Steedman leads the Teachers’ Innovation Platform (TIP) at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP). An investing department within OTPP, TIP focuses on late-stage venture and growth equity investments in companies that use technology to disrupt incumbents and create new sectors. TIP invests both directly and through funds.
Olivia joined Ontario Teachers' in 2002 as a founding member and senior leader of the Infrastructure and Natural Resources group, most recently as head of both the Greenfield & Renewables and the Value Creation & Analytics teams. She was involved in a number of acquisitions and served on a number of portfolio company boards across the portfolio.
Before joining Ontario Teachers’, Olivia was an Assistant Vice-President in the project finance and privatization group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She also practiced civil engineering at Marshall Macklin Monaghan.
A Professional Engineer and Chartered Professional Accountant, Olivia earned a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Queen's University and has ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors. In 2018 she was recognized by Women's Executive Network as one of Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women.
Sharon Tennyson is Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management (PAM) at Cornell University. Her professional interests center on economic and policy issues in financial markets, and the impact of risk and its regulation on firms, consumers and markets. She has published widely in economics, insurance and finance journals and in prestigious edited collections. Her research has received numerous awards and she has provided influential public policy consultations on issues in insurance regulation. Sharon’s current research focuses on disaster risk financing and resilience, and she will study disaster risk financing in the Caribbean as a 2020-2021 Fulbright U.S. Scholar,
Sharon is Senior Editor of the Journal of Risk and Insurance, Editor of the International Review of Financial Consumers, and sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Insurance Regulation and the Journal of Consumer Affairs. Within Cornell, she is a faculty fellow of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, and faculty coordinator of the Working Group on Disaster Risk Research. She is former Director of the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA) and a past president of the Risk Theory Society.
Sharon holds a Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University with a specialization in industrial organization and regulation, and a B.A. in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). At Cornell, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in economic policy and risk management. Prior to her appointment at Cornell she was a faculty member of the Department of Insurance and Risk Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Rick has been Watco's Chief Executive Officer since 1998 with primary responsibility for the growth and strategic direction of Watco. Prior to being named CEO, Rick learned the business by working alongside his father Dick Webb, founder of Watco Companies. Rick has held various management and leadership positions within the company including operations, purchasing, marketing, accounting, and financial management. Rick has always been an active participant in efforts to improve rail transportation for Customers; he serves on the Board of Directors for both the Association of American Railroads and National Industrial Transportation League. Rick is also a vigorous supporter of his community and advocates for Pittsburg State University and many local schools and community organizations. He is a member of the Pittsburg State University Foundation Board of Trustees, Community National Bank's (CNB) Advisory Board of Directors and U.S. Bank's Market Board of Directors. Rick earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from Pittsburg State University.
Scott Zuchorski is a Managing Director in Fitch’s Global Infrastructure and Project Finance Group where he serves as Head of the North American Infrastructure. The team covers a multitude of infrastructure project financings including Transportation, Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Energy & Industrials (E&I), as well as Sports Stadiums.
Prior to joining Fitch, Scott was a First Vice President at Ambac Assurance Corporation where he was responsible for the credit oversight and remediation of a $250 billion municipal bond portfolio.
He began his career as a management consultant with Arthur Andersen LLP’s Government Services Practice in Washington DC.
Scott received his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and his Masters of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Scott serves on the Advisory Council for Cornell University’s Program in Infrastructure Policy (CPIP) and is member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Economics and Finance Committee. He is also a member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts (NFMA).