Board of Management
The IPFA is governed by a Board of Management which is led by Geoff Haley (Global Executive Chairman) and consists of twelve non-executive directors who are elected or co-opted from members of the association.
IPFA Global Executive Chairman
Geoff is the founder and chairman of IPFA, the largest independent not for profit project finance trade association in the world.
He is a Solicitor with an LL.B from University of London, an MBA from Henley Business School and a Diploma in Marketing from the Charted Institute of Marketing.
Originally a construction lawyer, he has specialised in project finance and Public Private Partnerships since 1985. He has specialist experience in large and complex projects in transportation, energy, water treatment, healthcare and education. Projects include Channel Tunnel, Channel Tunnel Rail Link, DBFO Roads, PFI government hospitals and accommodation; overseas projects in Dubai, Jordan, West Africa, Ukraine, Georgia, China and US.
He is a trustee of First Initiative Resource Strategy and Technology – an Oxford based charity. He is non-executive director of Quantum and visiting Professor to Metropolitan University. He lectures extensively on project finance and designs and delivers a range of training courses for governments, public sector bodies and private companies.
Senior Consultant, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Chair TheCityUK Infrastructure and Energy Group,
Jeffery Barratt is recognised as a leading practitioner in the fields of Project Finance and Banking. He has also held a number of management positions within Norton Rose Fulbright and sits on the London Council of the Confederation of British Industry. He is heavily involved in promoting the City’s interests. He chairs the Infrastructure and Energy Executive Board of TheCityUK and sits on the Supervisory Board of UKTI’s High Value Opportunity Programme. He co-chairs the MENA Committee of the International Project Finance Association and is a non-executive Board Member. He has had a heavy involvement in numerous Infrastructure and Energy Projects in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.
Global Infrastructure Leader
Bill Banks is the Global Infrastructure Leader for EY and has been with EY in Australia since 2003. Prior to that Bill worked for over 15 years in the UK infrastructure market where he worked with The Royal Bank of Scotland and PwC infrastructure teams on major PPP transactions. Bill has significant experience in providing commercial and financial advisory services to both governments and bidding consortia for major infrastructure projects globally.
Bill is a Board Member of UNECE PPP Business Advisory Board and is on the B20 Infrastructure and Investment Taskforce. Bill is a former Board member of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and is a former member of the Advisory Council for the Australian chapter of the International Project Finance Association. Bill is also currently an Adjunct Professor at Mirvac School of Sustainable Development at Bond University, Queensland, Australia.
Some of the recent projects that Bill has lead the financial advisory team on include the Philippines Schools PPP, Tuas Desalination Project in Singapore, Mundaring Water Treatment project, New South Wales Schools PPPs, South East Queensland Schools PPP, New South Wales Housing PPP, Brisbane North South Bypass Tunnel and Brisbane Airport Link.
Head of Finance, Infrastructure and Procurement
Adrian is Head of Infrastructure Finance and Procurement within CH2M Hill, and was Director for PPP within Halcrow until the CH2M Hill takeover in 2011. Adrian has a wealth of PPP knowledge stretching over 24 years and has tended to work as a senior government advisor in several continents. His most recent project role was as Contract Director on the M25 DBFO project reporting to the Highways Agency. He has a special interest at present as head of policy for PPP Transportation in Europe. Adrian also provides strategic procurement advice, particularly within CH2M Hill’s major programme management projects.
Green Investment Bank
Chris heads up the Waste & Bioenergy team at the UK Green Investment Bank plc, a UK Government sponsored institution created in October 2012, and with capital allocation of £3.8 billion. The bank’s mission is to accelerate the transition of the UK to a ‘greener’ economy with initial investment focus being in Offshore Wind, Waste and Energy Efficiency.
Prior to this position Chris was Head of Capital Markets in the Infrastructure and Renewables team at NIBC Bank, also with responsibility for UK debt origination and advisory within these sectors. Chris was with NIBC for over 12 years working on, amongst others, a number of waste and bioenergy transactions. His last role centred on bringing capital market solutions to the NIBC European I&R franchise to facilitate long term lending products and co-investments in the wide origination activities of the Bank. He was involved in the successful structuring and placing an innovative credit enhanced debt product to institutional investors on a European PPP transaction and closing a £620m Infrastructure CLO with an institutional investor. Prior to NIBC he was with Grant Thornton in their Project Finance team and before that, ABROS (now part of Navigant Consulting). At these two firms he specialised in financial advisory mainly to public sector authorities on a wide range of infrastructure PFI/PPP projects.
Kamran M Khan
Millennium Challenge Corporation
Vice President of the Department of Compact Operations
Kamran Khan is Vice President of the Department of Compact Operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Mr. Khan is responsible for overseeing MCC’s $9 billion compact grant program portfolio, and manages the agency’s engagement with partner country governments and civil societies to reduce poverty and generate sustainable economic growth. Mr. Khan is responsible for ensuring rigorous stewardship of U.S. Government resources, establishing partnerships with the private sector and development partners, and promoting MCC’s principles of country ownership, accountability and achieving results.
Prior to joining MCC, Mr. Khan served as Program Director of the World Bank Global Infrastructure Finance Center of Excellence in Singapore. He established the World Bank Group (WBG) office in Singapore in 2009, and worked with Government of Singapore to create a WBG hub focused on infrastructure finance. He also led the WB’s Infrastructure Finance Practice in East Asia, and was a member of WB’s Global Expert Team on Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). He has led numerous PPP projects in developing countries to financial close. Mr. Khan was a member of the Board (Asia) of International Project Finance Association, and served as a Technical Advisor on Infrastructure Finance to APEC Business Advisory Council. He has also served as a member of the Task Force on Investment and Infrastructure for the B-20, and was Advisor to ASEAN.
Mr. Khan’s experience includes investment banking and advisory services with Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, and LEK Consulting. He also served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he was instrumental in the launch of USAID’s global project finance and guarantee facility.
Mr. Khan holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a Master of Science in International Development and Master of Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
Strategic Investment Board
Leo is a senior strategic advisor on international infrastructure development, project finance, procurement, PPP and commercial activity. Leo holds senior positions within both the public and private sectors and he has extensive international experience. His sectoral experience covers; healthcare, education, energy, transportation, student accommodation, urban regeneration and leisure.
Leo is currently Chairman of, and the UK Government’s representative on, the United Nations’ executive board of PPP specialists (UNECE TOS). He is also his government’s representative to the European Investment Bank’s European PPP Expertise Centre (EPEC), as well as being a member of the International Project Finance Association’s UK Council (IPFA).
Leo sits on a number of other boards, including one of the UK’s largest PPP hospitals as well as its largest university student accommodation PPP. He is a senior advisor to government ministers, including membership of the ministerial Health Infrastructure Board,and he is employed as Head of Project Finance at the Strategic Investment Board.
Leo’s university career was based in Ireland, England and Spain, where he read engineering and physics. He is married with three daughters.
Partner & Chief Strategy Officer
Julia has an extensive background in project funding, having acted as an investor, adviser both to Governments and to the private sector and provider of debt and junior funding in respect of a large number of PPP projects around the globe for more than 25 years. Julia’s past roles have included Head of Project Finance at Hill Samuel in London, Co-Head of Project Advisory at Charterhouse Bank to Senior Director and Head of Eurozone Infrastructure Finance at Bank of Scotland. In 2005 she moved to work on the development and realisation of Meridiam Infrastructure from its foundation. She is now Chief Strategy Officer, a Partner and a Member of the Board of Meridiam Infrastructure Managers (“Meridiam”).
Meridiam is an award winning PPP fund manager, making equity investments to date in 32 transport, environment and social infrastructure projects in Europe and North America. The team comprises an integrated team of 70 professionals spread across offices in Paris, New York, Toronto, Istanbul and London. Meridiam has some $3.5bn equivalent under management and has recently commenced raising a new fund – Meridiam Africa.
Julia has been involved in originating, managing and investing in major projects for Meridiam as well as fund raising and the focus of her role is now developing longer term strategies. She is also President of the Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation, an NGO based in Geneva supported by a number of global multilateral development banks providing enhanced improved early stage project preparation capacity. She is also a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum and lectures on infrastructure at University College, London.
Berwin Leighton Paisner
Partner, Finance Department
Mark, a partner with in the leading international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP (www.blplaw.com) within their Projects & Infrastructure Finance Team.
Mark has over 15 years of experience in providing multidisciplinary advice to public and private sector clients on a wide range of high value, innovative and complex infrastructure projects structured using PPP techniques.
Mark has been involved in some of the most high profile PPP and infrastructure deals both in the UK and overseas, including advising on equity (including secondary market trades), debt structures, infrastructure fund trades, leasing/structured finance and concession based structures.
Mark is recognised as a leading PFI/PPP adviser and is rated as a PFI/PPP expert in the latest edition of Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession.
He regularly writes, chairs and addresses audiences on Global PPP structures.
Mark is qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales and also a New York State Attorney.
Head of Infrastructure Finance Advisory
John is the head of the Mott MacDonald infrastructure finance advisory business in the Europe, Russia and Africa regions. He supports PPP and private finance advisory teams in London, Paris, Arnhem, Warsaw, Istanbul, Prague, Moscow, Kampala, Nairobi and Johannesburg. John and his 60+ colleagues from these teams also support Mott MacDonald technical teams elsewhere in the world where such advisory services are required.
John’s PPP experience includes all types of social infrastructure such as hospitals, schools and housing as well as waste, transportation and railway infrastructure. He regularly presents at conferences and seminars and runs training and knowledge sharing workshops on PPP procurement and was responsible for the drafting of several UK standard PPP procedures and guidelines including the 4ps PPP Project Directors Guide and PPP Contract Management Guide. John is also a work stream lead for the UNECE initiative to draft a new Healthcare PPP policy.
The advisory teams that John manages provide cross-sector technical, transactional and commercial advisory services to governments, sponsors and lenders. In 2013 alone, Mott MacDonald infrastructure finance advisors were involved in over 350 PPP projects in 62 different countries around the world making them the number one global provider of PPP technical advisory services.
Standard & Poor’s
Managing Director, Infrastructure Finance Ratings,
Michael Wilkins is a Managing Director in the Infrastructure Finance Ratings group of Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services based in London and also has responsibility for the firm’s global carbon and environmental finance sectors.
Michael experience at Standard & Poor’s includes seven years as Head of Infrastructure Finance Ratings, the analytical group within Standard & Poor’s which covers utilities, project finance, PPPs and transportation in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Michael was also co-head of the Corporate Securitisation group. He joined Standard & Poor’s in London in January 1994 and has also worked in the Melbourne and Hong Kong offices. Michael’s expertise encompasses the European power, water, environmental, transportation and social infrastructure sectors.
Previously, Michael worked for Water UK, the trade body representing the UK water industry. He also worked for four years as a journalist on various UK daily regional newspapers and global business publications.
Michael is a frequent guest lecturer including at the London Business School MBA programme, Judge Business School, Cambridge University, MFin programme and Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise & the Environment. He sits on the advisory board of Cass Business School’s MSc in Management. He is also a member of the Climate Markets & Investment Association, the UK Government’s Capital Markets Climate Initiative, a board member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Green Growth Action Alliance and the Climate Bonds Initiative. Michael has a Bachelor of Arts degree within Modern Languages at Bristol University. He also holds an MBA in Finance from the Cass Business School and additionally has a Certificate of Carbon Finance & Analytics from the London Business School.
Head of Infrastructure Debt
Deborah is the CIO and Head of the Infrastructure Debt Team at Allianz Global Investors. The team was established in September 2012 to develop the institutional investor debt market in infrastructure and to secure investments in the sector for Allianz Global Investor’s parent, Allianz SE and third party investors. Since its inception, the team has made over €2 billion of debt investments in a variety of infrastructure sectors, including greenfield PPPs, utility financings and re-financings, including various landmark transactions, such as the L2 Marseille bypass and the M8 in Scotland.
Before joining AGI she was CEO of Trifinium Advisors Limited, and head of Public Finance EMEA for MBIA UK Insurance Limited. She was responsible for the oversight for new business efforts in infrastructure, including government-supported entities, transportation, utilities and Public Private Partnerships/Private Finance Initiative financings. She also previously served as a Director of MBIA UK Insurance Limited, and as President of MBIA Assurance S.A. Previously, she managed MBIA’s Paris office, where she was responsible for both structured and public sector business, and worked on a variety of transactions including French securitisations and European local government financings.
Deborah holds an MBA from Yale School of Management, and a BA from Wellesley College. She’s a member of the International Project Finance Assoc. (IPFA) Council of Management.