Founding partner of a timberland investment firm purchased from UBS Global Asset Management in 2002; Manage research, the client service and business development function, and assist in the management of the firm's Investment Committee.
Anne Valentine Andrews, Managing Director, is Global Head of Funds Management and Chief Operating Officer for the BlackRock Real Assets group within BlackRock Alternative Investors. BlackRock Real Assets comprises the Infrastructure and Real Estate platforms, which has 375+ professionals across 25 cities globally, and manages over $40 billion in equity and debt assets and investor commitments. She is responsible for strategic planning, global business management, product strategy, and team development.
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 recognized as a Fellow of Monash University, Australia.
Brian is Director of Infrastructure Investments at Sidewalk Labs, where he leads the investment, finance, and partnership activity for our infrastructure initiatives, including relationships with pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, endowments, foundations, and asset management firms. Brian is responsible for defining, designing, and implementing new funding models, infrastructure finance, and delivery methods for Sidewalk Labs and its project in Toronto—one of the largest and most complex urban development projects in North America. In addition, Brian leads the evaluation of emerging technologies and services enabling new standards of innovation, sustainability, mobility and affordability in infrastructure, including new construction materials and building and delivery methodologies.
Previously, Brian spent 11 years with the American Infrastructure Fund; he was a Managing Director and senior member of the team since its formation. He was instrumental in the development of many innovative tax efficient capital formation strategies, partnerships, and investments aimed at solving the U.S.’s complex urban infrastructure challenges.
Prior to the American Infrastructure Fund, Brian worked at Scion Capital, a Cupertino-based private investment fund investing in public, private, and structured derivative markets worldwide. Earlier in his career, Brian helped launch and manage Broadview Capital Partners, a Bay Area-based venture capital fund, where he led the fund’s communications and fiber network investments.
Brian holds an MBA in Real Estate & Finance from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Washington.
Dean is CHA's Senior Regional Business Development Leader. Prior to CHA, he was the SVP for regional planning and development at Parsons, with responsibility to develop relationships and represent the company to key stakeholders in the NY Metro area. Dean was also Director of Business Development at Jacobs Engineering, and has held positions in both New York State and City government, including the offices of 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 serves on the boards of American Council of Engineering Companies of New York, the NY Building Foundation, and the YMCA of Greater NY, and the NJ Alliance for Action, NJ's largest infrastructure advocacy organization. Dean is a graduate of Cornell University.
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 is also a member of the Revenue and Finance Committee Transportation Research Board (U.S. National Academy of Sciences).
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.
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$8bn under management). Antin has made investments in eight European countries and China in infrastructure assets including: Energy (Midstream, Generation, Renewables); Telecoms (Dark Fibre, Broadcast and Telecom Towers); Transportation (Rail, Roads, Ports, Motoring Service Areas); Social (Crematoria, Medical diagnostic laboratories, Psychiatric care homes). 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 was recently invited by SDA Bocconi, one of Europe's leading business schools, to lecture to its MBA students as part of its flagship "Leadership Series".
Ms. Davis is responsible for strategy, investment originations, portfolio management and board reporting for the organization's investments in real assets and alternatives sectors including real estate, agriculture, timber, infrastructure and energy, private equity and private debt. Ms. Davis has held a number of leadership roles at TIAA, notably overseeing the growth of the $40 billion global private markets portfolio which includes private placements, private equity, distressed investments, commercial mortgages, natural resources and infrastructure investments. Ms. Davis joined the organization in 1995 and has 32 years of investment industry experience. Prior to joining TIAA, Ms. Davis worked for Prudential Financial in a variety of roles including commercial mortgage origination, mortgage underwriting, portfolio management, and credit underwriting. In 2009, Ms. Davis created TIAA's Fruits of Employment initiative, which employs people with autism and other disabilities on TIAA farms. The program has won numerous awards for its groundbreaking work in autism employment in the farming sector. In 2014, Ms. Davis received the Athena International award for Corporate Leadership. Ms. Davis serves on the boards of Westchester Global Investment Management, Churchill Asset Management, the John M. Belk Endowment and the Carolinas Chapter of Autism Speaks. Ms. Davis holds a B.A. in economics from Cornell University and an M.B.A. in finance from Cornell University, Johnson School of Management. She serves on the Dean's Advisory Council of the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Mr. Díaz-Rato holds a degree in Economics and was awarded an MBA by the EOI. He is the CEO of Cintra, one of the leading private developers of transport infrastructure in the world in terms of number of projects and investment volume. Mr. Díaz-Rato joined Grupo Ferrovial in 2000 as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chilean toll roads. In 2004 he moved to Canada as President and Chief Executive Officer of the 407-ETR, the largest toll road in the world and Cintra´s most important asset. From April 2007, he is member of Ferrovial´s Management Committee. Mr. Diaz-Rato is a Civil Engineer with more than twenty years of experience in the transport industry, where he has developed different functions in several companies.
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.
Kirk Edelman is the chief executive officer of Siemens Financial Services' (SFS) global Energy Finance team where he leads Siemens' energy investing activities worldwide. In this role, he manages the activities of a global team that provides financial solutions throughout the capital structure - from debt to equity - in support of the energy industry. Kirk also has regional responsibility and is president and CEO of Siemens Financial Services, Inc., the legal booking entity that coordinates Siemens Financial Services' activities in the U.S. Kirk has more than 20 years of experience focusing on energy, natural resources and infrastructure finance. Prior to joining Siemens, he was senior vice president and managing director at GMAC, tasked with managing the company's Project Finance Group. Previous to that, he was the chief financial officer of Translink Transmission Company - an electric utility; a managing director in TD Securities' Energy Group; a first vice president & manager in Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstien's Energy and Utilities Department; and the department manager for Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi's New York Project Finance Department. During his career, Kirk has led numerous transactions for energy clients including El Paso, Reliant Energy, Intergen, Entergy, Phelps Dodge and Texaco. These transactions have included debt and equity capital raising, M&A advisory, privatizations, and restructurings. Kirk received a B.S. degree with distinction in civil engineering from Bucknell University and an M.B.A. in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
John E. Fenton is a well-established chief executive with a sustained record of success transforming cultures, improving margins, and leading strategic, financial, and operational turnarounds in large, complex, dynamic international transportation organizations in both the private and public sectors. He currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Patriot Rail Company, a leading provider of rail-based service solutions throughout North America. Throughout his 35-year transportation career, Mr. Fenton has developed an extensive network in the public and private sectors, as well as in academia. In 2013, Mr. Fenton was appointed by US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to sit on the prestigious "National Freight Advisory Committee" (NFAC) to assist the Secretary in shaping US transportation policy in the USA. His other significant board and appointed positions include: Member, Board of Directors Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce; METRANS/USC Transportation research board advisory position; State of California Mobility 21, 2010 board member; Churchill Gateway Development Board Member; the University of Michigan Educational Advisory Board Member; and Grand Trunk Railway Board of Directors. Mr. Fenton holds a Master of Science in Systems Management (MSSM) from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Transportation Management from Indiana University. He is also a member of the Association of American Railroad Superintendents and is a military veteran with service in the United States Navy.
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 on the Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC) providing his perspective and advice to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation on matters relating to the U.S. marine transportation system and seamless integration with other segments of the transportation system. 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.
Oliver is a Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. Oliver's research focuses on transportation systems, environment (specifically air quality and climate change), energy, and sustainable development. He is a member of Transportation Research Board Committee on Transportation and Air Quality. Oliver holds degrees from the University of California at Davis (Ph.D. in CEE, M.S. in Statistics, and M.S. in Agriculture and Resource Economics), a MS degree in Civil Engineering, and undergraduate degrees in Civil Engineering and Environmental Science from Tsinghua University, China. Before joining Cornell, Oliver was an analyst in the mathematical and econometrical modeling division of the Rohatyn Group, LLG, a Wall Street hedge fund specializing in emerging markets such as the BRIC countries.
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 the development of one of VDOT’s largest projects, the $3.3bn 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 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. Mr. Harder assists public agencies in advancing complex projects through cutting-edge approaches, including helping to create a model for the use of availability payment P3s that laid the groundwork for such transactions across the United States. Among his projects, he recently advised the University of California 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. Before joining Nossaman, Mr. Harder 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, Mr. Harder has a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University and a J.D. from University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.
Robert B. Hellman Jr co-founded American Infrastructure Funds (“AIM”) in 2006 and has been a private equity and infrastructure investor for over 25 years. He has been an investor and director in a wide variety of industries, including education, building materials, forest products, energy distribution, deathcare, health and fitness, and transportation. On behalf of AIM, he currently holds three patents on the application of the design of innovative financial security structures. Bob leads the firm’s strategy and fundraising efforts, while also heading up AIM’s efforts in infrastructure, most recently creating the New American Bridges Fund to leverage AIM’s investment in United Bridge Partners, dedicated to building replacement bridge infrastructure across the U.S.
Bob began his private equity career at McCown DeLeeuw in 1987, having previously worked as a consultant with Bain & Company, where he was one of the founding members of Bain’s Tokyo Office. Bob serves on the board of number of public and private companies. His is also a member of the Board of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and 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.
Keith Hennessey is the President of Bechtel Enterprises, Bechtel’s development, investment and financing services business. Keith is also responsible for corporate strategy and development. 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 CEO 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 US 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 and a board member of After-School All-Stars, DC chapter, a non-profit organization. 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.
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.
Mark began his career with Yellow Cab of Baltimore where he served as President and CEO for 20 years. The company was acquired by Veolia in 2001 and since 2006, Mark has been the CEO of Veolia Transportation North America. He serves on the executive committee of Veolia's parent company Veolia Transdev. Mark has transformed Veolia Transportation into the largest multi-modal (bus, rail, paratransit, shuttle, and taxi) transportation company in North America. He has directed Veolia's innovative public-private operating partnerships (P-POP) with the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority and the Nassau County, NY bus and paratransit system. Mark is a graduate of American University and serves on the Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.
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 is a managing director and co-portfolio manager of Oaktree's Infrastructure Investing strategy. He has over 16 years of experience in private equity, working in a variety of roles, including fundraising and fund formation, direct investing, corporate finance, and portfolio company oversight. Mr. Litman served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Highstar Capital for ten years prior to joining Oaktree in 2014 and continues to serve as a Partner of Highstar Capital for certain legacy funds not managed by Oaktree. Prior to joining Highstar in 2004, Mr. Litman worked for AIG Investments and was an attorney at Paul Hastings LLP, where he worked on a variety of private equity, mergers and acquisitions and finance matters. Mr. Litman currently serves on the boards of directors for Aerostar Airport Holdings, Footprint Power Salem Harbor Holdings, Ports America Chesapeake and Linden Cogen, as well as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He received a B.A. degree cum laude in history and economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. with a concentration in business law and regulation from Cornell Law School.
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.
Ruth McMorrow is Executive Vice President, Parsons Enterprises, the strategic investment unit of Parsons Corporation, an international engineering, construction, technical, and management services firm headquartered in Pasadena, California, with more than 11,500 employees and revenues of $3 billion in 2012. Ruth is responsible for leading Parsons' efforts in Public-Private Partnerships, project financing opportunities, and project investment initiatives. She 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. Ruth has extensive expertise in structuring, negotiating, and executing infrastructure and municipal debt transactions. Ruth 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).
Mr. Nicol, President of CH2M's Water Business Group, began his career at Gore & Storrie in 1980, which was acquired by CH2M in 1995. He brings more than 35 years of professional experience in the engineering and construction industry and has held key management, operations and technical roles in the infrastructure, and water sectors. Peter is a Professional Engineer licensed to practice in British Columbia, the Yukon Territories and Ontario. He is a Member of the Water Environment Federation and the American Water Works Association and has held numerous senior executive roles in Business Operations and Business Development at CH2M. His duties have included full P&L responsibility for the global water business, overseeing consulting, program management, design, design-build and operations solutions for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. He has also led CH2M water business outside the US, with key focus on Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Trinidad, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Kingdom, Europe, India, and Singapore.
Professor Tom O'Rourke holds a Ph.D. and M.S. degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.S.C.E. from Cornell. He has been a member of the teaching and research staffs at Cornell University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His teaching and professional practice include geotechnical engineering for earth retention systems, foundations, and soil/structure interaction; earthquake engineering; underground construction technology, and engineering of large, geographically distributed systems, such as water supplies, gas and liquid fuel systems, electric power, and transportation facilities. He has authored or co-authored over 360 publications on geotechnical, underground, earthquake engineering, and impact of extreme events on civil infrastructure. He was principal or co-principal investigator on more than 75 research projects, and has supervised 24 Ph.D. and 22 M.S. theses. Since 1995 he delivered 150 invited lectures, keynote, and conference presentations worldwide. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Distinguished Member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received numerous awards from professional societies, including ASCE, Institution of Civil Engineers (United Kingdom), and the American Society for Testing and Materials. Tom has served as chair or member of the consulting boards of many large underground construction projects, as well as the peer reviews for projects associated with highway, rapid transit, water supply, and energy distribution systems. He holds US Patent #5713393 for "frictionless pipe", Feb. 1998, and jointly holds US Patent # 8701469 for flexible substrate sensor system for environmental & infrastructure monitoring, Apr. 2014.
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.
Belen Marcos is the United States President of Cintra, a global leader in
transportation infrastructure development with U.S. headquarters in Austin,
Texas. As president, Ms. Marcos is responsible for leading Cintra’s U.S. operations, which includes over $10.3 billion in infrastructure projects and investments. Ms. Marcos has more than 15 years of international leadership experience managing and operating tolled highways in the private infrastructure development and construction sectors. Most recently, she served as the Chief Executive Officer of the highly successful LBJ Express, North Tarrant Express and North Tarrant Express 35W managed lanes projects in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. In that capacity, she was responsible for the overall management, implementation, delivery and operation of the projects. Ms. Marcos began her career in the Business Development Department at Cintra’s corporate offices in Madrid, Spain. She then went on to hold the leadership positions of Chief Operating Officer for the Chicago Skyway in Chicago, Illinois, and Chief Information Officer for the Indiana Toll Road in Granger, Indiana. Ms. Marcos earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Universitat Politècnica de València in Spain and a master’s degree in Transportation infrastructure from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in France.
Javier Pérez Fortea is a Civil Engineer who started his professional career in the world of construction. He worked firstly in Spain, and then in the USA, Indonesia, The Philippines and Jamaica as Country General Manager for several Spanish construction companies. Since 1999, he has worked in the transportation infrastructure PPP world, having been involved in the world's largest projects of this nature. He has been responsible for the construction, financing and operation of toll highways and rail projects in 11 countries on 3 different continents.
He is leading active pursuit of $7B in North American Public-Private Partnership (P3) infrastructure projects where AECOM will provide turnkey lifecycle design-build-finance-operate-maintain services including equity investment. Previously, Karl served nine years as Executive Vice President for Skanska Infrastructure Development where under his leadership the company delivered three of the four largest P3 projects in recent American history: $4.3B, 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). From 2010-12, Karl also led the company's Latin American P3 business and in 2011, won the $400M Antofagasta Highway toll road in Northern Chile. All told, Karl and his team delivered +$4B of construction volume and invested +$400M of equity for Skanska alone via P3s. Karl formerly served as a county, state and federal government executive. He served eight years as a top appointed official under the Administration of NY Governor George E. Pataki and for nearly four years, as a top appointed official under the Administration of US President George W. Bush as Regional Administrator, Chief Procurement Officer and Chief of Staff of the US General Services Administration. Karl is a 1989 graduate of the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, State University of New York - Albany, BA, Political Science.
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.
Matt Rose is the executive chairman of BNSF Railway Company after having served thirteen years as chief executive officer and eleven years as chairman--during which time BNSF became a Berkshire Hathaway-owned company in 2010. In June 1999, Mr. Rose was made president and chief operating officer. For almost two years prior to that, he served as senior vice president and chief operations officer. Mr. Rose joined Burlington Northern Railroad (BN) in 1993 and held several positions in the Merchandise Business Unit. Prior to that, he held several positions in the trucking industry. Mr. Rose obtained his Bachelor of Science in marketing with a minor in logistics from the University of Missouri. Mr. Rose is on the Board of Directors for AT&T Inc., Association of American Railroads, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Fluor Corporation. Mr. Rose serves on the Board of Trustees for Texas Christian University and Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board.
Himanshu Saxena is a Senior Managing Director & Co-Head of Starwood Energy and is jointly 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 approximately 3,700 MW of power generation and transmission projects in North America, with aggregate enterprise value of approximately $4.1 billion. Prior to joining Starwood Energy in 2008, Mr. Saxena was an investment banker with JPMorgan's global energy and utilities group, where he advised on more than $10 billion in transactions. 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 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 6 investment professionals responsible for the management and gathering of assets with a close linkage to inflation. Current commitments total $2.4 billion. Commodities, infrastructure, agriculture, timber and global-linkers are part of that mandate. Mr. Shantic has been with CalSTRS for just over 20 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 is a Managing Director within the Infrastructure and Natural Resources (INR) Group at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP). INR manages a C$25b global portfolio of direct equity investments in both Greenfield and Brownfield infrastructure assets and natural resources businesses. Since joining OTPP in 2002, Ms. Steedman has held various roles as it relates to the portfolio including leading the Asset Management function; heading the Greenfield and Renewables Group which focuses on investments in the development and construction phases; serving on multiple portfolio company boards; and overseeing the portfolio construction function. Before joining OTPP, Ms. Steedman 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 an ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
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 is the co-lead of Fitch's Transportation team. He covers a variety of transportation and infrastructure transactions including airports, seaports, toll roads, privately financed sports stadiums, and public-private partnerships (P3s). Scott's experience in infrastructure P3 projects comprises several recently rated transactions including Presidio Parkway, Mid Town Tunnel in Norfolk VA, the Carlsbad Desalination Plant, the Indiana portion of the Ohio River Bridges project and the Goethals Bridge Replacement project. Prior to joining Fitch, Scott was a First Vice President at Ambac Assurance Corporation. He began his career as a management consultant with Arthur Andersen LLP's Government Services Practice in Washington, DC. Scott received his BS from Cornell University and his Masters of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.