Officially launched in early 2009, IPFA Asia now has 10-12 events taking place in Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, China, the Philippines and India.
Our Asia briefings involve participation at government level and include representation from the multilateral institutions, such as the World Bank, IFC, JBIC and Asian Development Bank.
The Singapore Future Leaders Network (FLN) was launched in 2016. The Singapore FLN features a dedicated pipeline of around 3-4 events a year. These sessions are specifically created for the junior/mid level members of IPFA, providing an opportunity to network and leverage experience from key industry leaders and keep up to date with the latest market developments in the infrastructure sector.
As part of our expansion in Asia, 2017 saw the launch of a Japan branch. In 2018 we will continue to grow our operations, looking at both the domestic market and outbound investment opportunities, with topics including Renewables and LNG. For more information and upcoming events see IPFA Japan branch.
James Harris is a Partner of Jones Day in Singapore. He has expertise in project finance, infrastructure privatisation and public private partnerships (PPPs). He has advised governments, corporate and lenders across Asia, the Middle East, the UK as well as Australia, on numerous greenfield and brownfield infrastructure based transactions.
James is recognized as a leading project finance lawyer in several industry publications. He is well regarded for energy/power projects (including renewables), transport (roads, ports, sea ports, airports), water/waste projects as well as being experienced in projects involving hotels, resorts, casinos, sporting stadia, health facilities/hospitals and educational facilities.
Neil is a Senior Managing Director for Macquarie Capital based in Singapore. Neil is focused on making investments into oil & gas infrastructure assets and logistics businesses across Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Neil has been with Macquarie Capital for a total of 14 years over 2 periods where he developed a deep understanding of infrastructure, project finance and PPPs across a wide range of sectors including energy, transport and social infrastructure. At Macquarie, Neil has held a number of senior positions including Head of Social Infrastructure for Europe, Head of Infrastructure for Asia, Head of Singapore and Head of Macquarie Capital Middle East & North Africa. This combination of sector and geographical expertise has enabled Neil to become a leading participant in the industry. In between each period, Neil was Co-Head of Principal Investments as Rotary Engineering Limited in Singapore focusing on investing into oil storage assets. Neil is an Actuary by qualification and holds a BSc in Actuarial Science from the London School of Economics.
Managing Director - Advisory Services, APAC
Cosette has over 20 years experience in consulting and banking. She has advised numerous government institutions, banks, and corporations in strategic planning, mergers, acquisitions and divestments, risk management, asset recovery, and loan portfolio management. She was a former partner of PwC Manila. Cosette started her career in banking.
Prior to joining Atkins, Cosette was the Executive Director of the Philippines’ Public Private Partnership (PPP) Center where she had instituted structural reforms and spearheaded policy enhancements to create an effective platform to engage private sector in infrastructure delivery. She was instrumental in building the project pipeline of the government (airports, seaport, toll roads, rails, transport hubs, hospital, school buildings, etc.) as well as in the successful bidding of 12 projects over a span of 5.5 years. She is considered as one of the prime movers of infrastructure delivery in the country.
Moody's Investors Service
Managing Director Project & Infrastructure Finance Group, Singapore
Terry has over 25 years of experience in credit ratings and bank credit
risk management. As a Managing Director, based in Singapore, he now leads Moody’s project and infrastructure finance group in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan). He assumed his position in February 2015. In this role, Terry manages ratings teams in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia, which are responsible for Moody’s extensive coverage across the infrastructure sector, including transport infrastructure, regulated utilities, power and social infrastructure. Prior to this role, Terry spent seven years as an Associate Managing Director and head of corporate, project and infrastructure finance ratings for Australasia, based in Sydney. During that period, Moody’s rating coverage for this region grew substantially to more than 100 rated issuers. In the corporate sector, the analytical team monitored ratings in a wide range of non-financial sectors, such as consumer and retail, industrial, mining, oil and gas, and property, while the infrastructure team covered power, transport, utilities and social infrastructure. Terry was also previously responsible for Moody’s coverage of the oil and gas as well as mining sectors in Asia Pacific. Before joining Moody’s in 2000, Terry worked for around 12 years in various risk management and credit origination roles at Westpac Institutional Bank in Sydney. His last position at Westpac was Senior Manager, Credit and Divisional Credit Officer, responsible for approving credit exposures to institutional clients.
Senior Infrastructure Finance Specialist
Mark is currently a Senior Infrastructure Specialist within the Infrastructure and PPP unit of the World Bank Group (“WBG”) in Singapore. The unit is a team of approximately 25 staff co-located in Washington DC and Singapore. It acts as a ‘connector’ on PPP and infrastructure finance and policy issues across the WBG and wider development community, as well as providing integrated knowledge solutions and capacity building. The unit examines infrastructure finance and policy issues and provides advice, including specialized support, on projects and infrastructure development and planning. Mark has over 25 years of structured finance experience, 18 of which has been spent covering project finance. Mark’s last role before joining the WBG, was Group Head of Project Finance Asia for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, which is a leading project finance institution. Prior to that, Mark was the Regional Vice President for Project Finance for SE Asia at KBC Bank NV and Senior Vice President in the Infrastructure, Government & Utilities Practice at PwC. Mark has worked in Canada, UK, Japan and Singapore and sits on the Asia Council of the International Project Finance Association and the Project Finance Committee of the Asia Pacific Loan Markets Association. During his career, Mark has successfully negotiated, structured and financed many high profile projects across a number of jurisdictions and sectors but has particularly focused on projects within the power, infrastructure and PPP sectors. Mark holds a BA (Hons) Economics from the University of Exeter and an MBA (International Business) from the University of British Columbia.
Deloitte Consulting (DC) Southeast Asia
Ir. Raj Kannan has over 28 years hands-on experience in developing and advising on US$ 15 billion worth of transactions in infrastructure and development projects in the Asia Pacific region. He is a chartered engineer and a specialist in Public Private Partnership transactions and infrastructure M&As.
Raj has advised governments, state owned enterprises and private corporations on deals in toll roads, power, railways, ports, urban transport, water treatment, public housing, industrial townships and commercial developments in Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and The Philippines. He has led transformation of SOEs, the establishment of infrastructure coordinating agencies, infrastructure regulators and infrastructure bank and he has also led M&As for multinationals and infrastructure funds, from origination to financial closure.
Raj’s current assignments include supporting KPPIP, the Indonesian Government’s coordinating agency for national strategic and priority project. KPPIP is mandated to deliver over 200 priority and strategic projects with an estimated project value of over $300 billion. He initiated and promoted Limited Concession Scheme (LCS) or asset recycling scheme for infrastructure financing in Indonesia. He previously led the development of Indonesia’s 5-year economic development plan called RPJMN 2015-2019.
Mark Rathbone leads PwC’s South East Asia Infrastructure, Government and Utilities team and is part of the Global CP&I Leadership. Mark has advised on a range of transactions across the Project Finance and PPP market, including transactions in the Defence, Health, Accommodation, Transport, Power and Renewable Energy, and Sports sectors including secondary market transactions and debt raising. Mark advises on large infrastructure transactions that straddle the complex interface between public and private sectors. He has been integral to the development of project structures, risk allocation and the related funding solutions for large infrastructure transactions, while also leading the development and negotiation of PPP contracts and project concessions. Mark has delivered numerous training programs to clients such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Monetary Authority of Singapore and Indonesia Infrastructure Guarantee Fund. He is a regular speaker at conferences across the region. Prior to joining the IGU Practice, Mark worked in the Audit and Business Advisory Services business of PwC in UK where he was involved in both audit and transaction services work for a wide range of clients in the entertainment, media and oil and gas sectors.
Indonesia Infrastructure Guarantee Fund
Sinthya Roesly is the Chief Executive Officer of the Indonesia Infrastructure Guarantee Fund (IIGF), an institution fully owned by the Government of Indonesia whose mission is to support acceleration of infrastructure development by providing guarantees against infrastructure project risks related to government action or inactions.Ms. Roesly previously worked with PT PLN (Persero), a state owned electricity corporation for 19 years, with various assignments ranging from corporate finance, funding, corporate planning and strategy, commerce, transmission and power system operations, as well as project construction. In PLN, Ms. Roesly heavily involved in securing the financing of more than US$ 10 billion, from multilateral and bilateral agencies, global bonds as well as bank loans involving domestic and international banks, for PLN projects including 10,000 MW Fast Track Program. Ms. Roesly also heavily involved in the development of electricity trading mechanism in Java-Bali system, setting up system for operations of the first generation of IPP in Indonesia in the late 1990s, in addition to her involvement in various process of corporate and power sector restructuring in Indonesia in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Formerly, Ms. Roesly was the Head of Energy Market Reform Working Group, Indonesia National Committee – World Energy Council, 2005-2006. Ms Roesly has an MBA from Monash University, Australia; an MEngSc in Power Systems from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Indonesia.
Deputy GM / Head of Project Finance Asia, Investment Banking Dept
Luca Tonello is Deputy General Manager and Head of Project Finance Asia at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. Luca has more than 15 years of experience in arranging transactions and advising clients in energy, natural resources and infrastructure, of which seven years were spent in the Asia Pacific region and based in
Singapore and Tokyo.
He heads the project finance team of SMBC in Asia, one of the most established and respected in the region. Before moving to Singapore in 2008, Luca was a Director in the Natural Resources team of RBS in London during 2006 to 2008 and was involved in a number of financings in the oil & gas sector in Africa and the Americas. He started his career with GE Capital in London.
Luca holds an MSc (Hons) in Energy and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Turin (Politecnico), Italy, and a Master in Finance from the London Business School. He is a member of AIPN and APLMA.
Chief Executive Officer
Guangrui Xiao is a founder and CEO of Bridata which is a new company providing big data service and whole life cycle asset management for PPP or infrastructure projects.
He used to work for Asian Development Bank (ADB) for seven years, as Senior PPP Specialist, leading PPP-related activities in the People’s Republic of China (PRC): managing ADB Technical Assistance projects to support promotion of PPP in the PRC including supports for the relevant government agencies for concession legislation, PPP institutional arrangement, PPP Fund, PPP pilot cases, government capacity building, PPP project information disclosure and capacity building for government officials; facilitating international financial organizations’ support for PPP in education, health care, and elderly care which was highlighted by leading the first ADB sovereign lending PPP project in the PRC; founding and operating WeChat public accounts “PPPwiki” which already attracted more than 120,000 followers, to build up the largest professional networking covering both state owned enterprises and private companies dedicated to project financing and PPP in China.
Prior to ADB, he worked for a Chinese design institute, Jacobs Engineering and ARUP in China and the UK with more than 8 years practical experience in planning, design, implementation, construction and procurement of large scale infrastructure projects and deep understanding of different clients’ needs for infrastructure in developing and developed countries.
He earned his Bachelor degree of Civil Engineering Tongji University and his MPhil degree of Engineering for Sustainable Development in the University of Cambridge.
Institute of Strategic & International Studies, Malaysia; PPP Resource & Advisory Centre, KL.
HK Yong is an Adviser with PPP Resource and Advisory Centre. He is currently supporting the setting up of the Commonwealth PPP Centre of Excellence, a joint project between Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management, and the Malaysian PPP Unit. He was the PPP Adviser of the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, where he provided advisory and capacity-building support to the 53 member countries. He holds a B.Eng (Hons) in Civil and Structural Engineering (UK), an MBA (UK), and a Diploma in Corporate Treasury (UK), and a PG Diploma in Islamic Studies from the International Islamic University, KL. He also qualified as a Chartered Accountant (England and Wales) and attended Harvard University Privatisation course. He has more than 30 years experience advising public and private sectors on PPP, privatisation, project financing, M&A and strategic planning.