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Lily D’Ambrosio is a member of the Australian Labor Party and has represented the electorate of Mill Park in the Victorian Legislative Assembly since 2002. In 2016 she became Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Suburban Development, and on the recent return of the Andrews Labor Government she was appointed Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Solar Homes.
Minister D’Ambrosio is a leader in action on climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency in Australia. She oversaw the passage of the Climate Change Act, Victoria's landmark climate legislation which saw it become the first Australian state to legislate in line with the Paris Agreement for net zero emissions by 2050. The Minister has also overseen an overhaul of the Environmental Protection Act 1970, refocusing the regulatory body to focus on the prevention of harm to human and environmental health.
She is a leading advocate for a modernised Australian energy system that facilitates a smooth transition into a clean, reliable and affordable energy future.
Paul Bernath is responsible for leading CPPIB’s Infrastructure presence in the Asia Pacific region (ex-India), and for identifying, executing and managing significant infrastructure investments. Mr. Bernath is also CPPIB’s Australia Office Head and is based in Sydney, Australia, having previously been based at CPPIB’s Toronto headquarters.
Prior to joining CPPIB in 2014, Mr. Bernath spent over 10 years focusing on public and private mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and restructuring projects and large infrastructure transactions, including time as a corporate attorney at Allens Linklaters and as an M&A transaction consultant, based in Australia and the USA.
Mr. Bernath holds a BSc (Hons) (Pharm.) from the University of Melbourne and an LLB (Hons) from the Melbourne Law School; and has also studied on exchange at the University of British Columbia.
Mr. Bernath is a non-executive director of Pacific National, WestConnex and NorthWestern Roads Group, and is a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Cikopo-Palimanan (Cipali) toll road in West Java, Indonesia.
Rob Clow is a senior reporter with SparkSpread in Sydney, covering energy mergers and acquisitions, project finance and trading in the Asia Pacific region.
A financial journalist with over 20 years’ experience in London, New York and Sydney, Rob has previously worked on the staff of the Financial Times, The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, the New York Post and Institutional Investor magazine.
James is a Director at Principle Advisory Services, a leading Australian investment management advisory and distribution firm. James covers the Australasian institutional investor market and specialises in private markets investments including unlisted infrastructure, private equity/venture capital, real estate and alternative credit strategies.
James is a Director of the CFA Society Sydney and in 2020 was appointed Treasurer of CFA Society Sydney and joined the Investment Committee responsible for the management of the Society’s financial reserves.
James is a Director of the Sydney Bethel Union, a charity delivering welfare services to seafarers at major NSW ports.
Alistair leads Ironstone Capital’s renewable energy business and is also Chief Executive Officer of Warada Capital (a joint venture between Ironstone Capital and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation). Alistair has over 18 years of corporate advisory, project finance and principal investment experience across the infrastructure, energy and resources sectors in Australia, Europe and the USA.
Alistair is a specialist in the renewable energy sector having worked in the sector for the past 12 years across financing, technical, development and strategic disciplines.
Prior to Ironstone, Alistair worked at UBS and Macquarie Bank and was involved in the establishment of UBS Infrastructure Asset Management, a division of UBS focussing on direct global infrastructure and equity investments. As part of this, Alistair was Chief Executive Officer of the 206MW Collgar Wind Farm in Western Australia and led the development, financing, construction, initial operations and ultimate sale of the project.
Alistair has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (1st Class Hons) and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia.
In his role as Senior Managing Director, Asia-Pacific at OMERS Infrastructure, Christopher leads the APAC team based in Sydney and Singapore, and is responsible for OMERS Infrastructure’s strategy across the APAC region, including all investment and asset management activities. Christopher joined OMERS in 2014 and since that time has played a key role in building the presence in Australia and the APAC region, including investments in the Port of Melbourne, Transgrid, Azure Power, FRV Australia and, most recently, TPG’s mobile tower portfolio.
Prior to joining OMERS Infrastructure, Christopher spent seven years with GIC’s infrastructure team in London, leading transaction-execution teams and holding board director roles for major investments in the regulated utilities, power generation, midstream energy and transportation sectors. Before GIC, Christopher spent eight years with PwC in Australia and the U.K., leading financial advisory mandates on numerous infrastructure projects across Australia, Asia and Europe. He also previously held roles with the Reserve Bank of Australia and National Australia Bank.
Christopher holds a Bachelor of Business (Banking & Finance) from Victoria University, a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Robin oversees Asia-Pacific coverage for Inframation. A 22-year news veteran, with 13 of them spent editing financial news, Robin has worked for the world's leading news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. He has been a regular on live television, commenting mainly on Chinese government and central bank policy. At Inframation he is responsible for daily news coverage and analysis written by a team of journalists spread across Greater China, Japan, India, Singapore and Australia.
Gary is an Investment Manager Infrastructure at HESTA. HESTA is an Australian industry superannuation fund for workers in health and community service sectors and has $56 billion in funds under management.
The infrastructure portfolio is approximately A$7 billion and includes funds, co-investments and direct investments across a range of sectors and regions.
Gary was previously a Senior Manager Infrastructure at New South Wales Treasury Corporation (TCorp)
and prior to that in the corporate transactions & strategy departments of major listed companies (Origin Energy and APA Group) as well as consulting (PwC Transaction Services, Sydney & UK).
Gary is a Chartered Accountant, holds a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University, a Masters in Computer Science and a Batchelor of Civil Engineering.
Gordon is the portfolio manager of the Morrison & Co Infrastructure Partnership (MCO IP) and Utilities Trust of Australia (UTA), with lead accountability for both funds. Gordon is a member of the Asset Management Committee and Valuation Committee.
He is a senior infrastructure professional with experience spanning investment management, corporate governance and advisory in renewable and conventional energy, regulated utilities, transport and data infrastructure.
Prior to joining Morrison & Co, Gordon was a Principal in the Queensland Investment Corporation’s (QIC) Global Infrastructure business, where he led the Energy & Utilities investment team.
Gordon is a director of TransGrid.
He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Product Design Engineering from the University of Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art and an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
Jordan Kraiten is the Head of Infrastructure at Hostplus. In this role he is responsible for all manager selection, direct investment, asset allocation, and other investment decisions related to the global infrastructure portfolio at Hostplus. In addition to developing the infrastructure strategy, Jordan contributes to the broader investment strategy of Hostplus ultimately reporting through to the Board.
Jordan has been at Hostplus since October 2012 and has over 15 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Hostplus he worked at Macquarie Bank in a variety of roles and offices, including Sydney, Houston, and New York predominantly in the Risk Management Division.
Jordan has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Monash with Honours in Finance.
Tom has been with Infrastructure Capital Group (ICG) for over 10 years and Managing Director since 2014. He is responsible for overseeing all activities of the group and has been pivotal in the group’s expansion in recent years, including launching new products and more than doubling in size.
Tom has many years of experience in the purchasing and selling of infrastructure assets in multiple jurisdictions, and has significant global infrastructure investment banking experience across roads, rail, airports, ports, regulated utilities, power generation, pipelines & PPPs. Tom has international experience having spent a decade in Canada and Europe. Tom is also an accomplished company director, sitting on numerous boards and with experience as Chair of various committees. Tom brings substantial experience across all aspects of the infrastructure industry, with advisory and fund experience. He has transactional, execution, origination, commercial, HR, risk management and strategic thinking skills.
Tom is a portfolio manager for DIT, is a member of the Investment Committee and has directorships on ICG, various trustee boards and various portfolio companies.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Commerce.
Sandra has over 20 years experience in the investment management and financial services industry. Her experience includes infrastructure portfolio and transactional management across the transportation, utilities, timberlands, PPPs and telecommunications sectors in Australia and globally. Sandra joined UniSuper in 2008 from Perpetual Investments and prior to that, held various senior finance roles within the NAB group. At UniSuper, she has responsibilities over the Fund’s infrastructure activities comprising origination and active asset management of its unlisted Infrastructure portfolio and sector coverage of domestic and global listed infrastructure, with investments currently totalling over $15 billion.
Sandra also currently serves as a director on Plenary Health (Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre) and Aquasure (Victorian Desalination plant).
Sandra holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University, is a Certified Practising Accountant, a Fellow with the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Julie-Anne has more than 30 years’ financial markets and investment management experience across real assets and listed equities in Australia and overseas.
Julie-Anne joined as the inaugural CEO of Plenary Funds Management in 2021 responsible for creating and building the boutique infrastructure investment management business from a standing start through capitalising on the strengths of the Plenary Group.
Julie-Anne worked at AMP for more than 25 years in Sydney and London in equities management, corporate strategy and M&A and for 14 years in infrastructure, most recently as AMP Capital’s Global Head of Social Care. While there, she founded and led the transformation of the Community Infrastructure Fund into the leading brownfield social infrastructure fund in Australia and New Zealand of its day, comprising 18 assets with an enterprise value of more than $8 billion.
Julie-Anne previously worked in investment management at companies including Ord Minnett / J.P. Morgan, ANZ McCaughan and NZI Investments.
She is the founder of the Australian Chapter of Women in Infrastructure (WIN) and remains a WIN Advisory Committee member at Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.
In 2015 Julie-Anne was named one of the 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac for her contribution to promoting women in infrastructure.
Julie-Anne holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Commerce degree as well as being a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She also recently completed an INSEAD course on Strategic Decision Making for Leaders.
When she is not managing infrastructure investments, Julie-Anne enjoys cooking, playing board games with her family and beating her best time in expert sudoku. She has passed AMEB 7th Grade in Piano and has a wide interest in music. She is also passionate about art and architecture and is a Governor of the Art Gallery of NSW Foundation.
Ray Neill is a Managing Director in Brookfield’s Infrastructure Group, responsible for leading business development and transaction execution in Australia.
Mr. Neill joined Brookfield in 2010, following Brookfield’s acquisition of the Australian-listed company, Prime Infrastructure, where he worked as an investment analyst. Mr. Neill serves as a board member on several of Brookfield’s operating companies including Arc Infrastructure, DBT and Patrick Corporation. Previously, Mr. Neill worked in the transport group of the strategy consulting firm Booz and Co.
Mr. Neill holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma in from the Securities Institute of Australia.
Stephen Panizza is a founding member of Federation. Previously, Stephen was the Chief Investment Risk officer at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation of Australia. Prior to CEFC, Stephen was a senior member of Macquarie Capital’s Principal Investment division, and led that division in Asia. He has over 30 years' experience in the financial services industry, including 15 years living and working in Asia.
Whilst Stephen’s recent history has been dedicated to clean energy and renewables financing, his detailed prior experience across infrastructure, resources, industrials, services and other sectors often proves useful to investee companies as they look to contract with governments and other businesses.
Stephen holds a Bachelor of Economics degree and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia.
Vicki has over 20 years’ experience in the infrastructure sector. She joined Palisade as one of the founders in 2008 and holds a senior leadership role in the business. Vicki focuses on the acquisition and management of infrastructure assets and has oversight of Palisade’s funds and mandates. She has a particular interest in risk and governance and is a director on the boards of Palisade Investment Partners, Palisade Impact and Palisade Real Assets and a number of Palisade’s investee companies.
Prior to joining Palisade, Vicki spent time with Perpetual Investments and prior to that, 10 years with Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) and Linklaters in Sydney, London and Hong Kong.
Vicki’s experience spans a broad range of sectors including PPPs, roads, airports, pipelines, renewable energy, power and gas. Her roles have included acquiring and managing assets, sitting on infrastructure boards and acting for sponsors and financiers in relation to the development, acquisition and financing of projects in Australia, Asia, India and the UK.
Vicki is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is admitted as a Solicitor in both NSW and England & Wales. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Law) and Master of Arts (Law) from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge University.
Grant has 26 years’ experience at Macquarie with the majority of this time working in infrastructure, private equity and special situations investment. He is the Head of Infrastructure - Australia in the Macquarie Asset Management Real Assets division. MAM Real Assets Australia has in excess of A$15 billion of infrastructure funds under management, managed through global, regional and country funds, and separate managed accounts.
Grant has also taken responsibility for a range of internal/corporate matters for MAM globally, including the internalisations of several of MAM’s listed funds including Macquarie ATLAS Funds (now “ALX”), DUET Group (Australia) and the Macquarie Power & Income Fund (Canada).
Prior to working in MAM, Grant was Executive Director in the Principal Investment Area (PIA) at Macquarie Capital (Macquarie’s investment bank) between 2002 and 2007.
The PIA is responsible for managing Macquarie Capital’s global principal investment portfolio. During Grant’s tenure, PIA managed the acquisition and disposal of over A$7 billion in direct equity investments and he had responsibility for a range of Macquarie Capital principal investments globally, including in toll roads, airports, telecoms, water, rail, power and regulated assets.
Significant acquisitions in which Grant played a senior role of behalf of Macquarie and/or its managed funds and affiliates include the acquisitions of Thames Water (UK), Brussels Airport, Copenhagen Airport, Arlanda Express (Sweden), Taiwan Broadband Communications (Asia), Broadcast Australia, ConnectEast tollroad (Australia), Wales & The West Utilities (UK) among others.
While in PIA, Grant was also Head of Strategy for Macquarie Capital and provided assistance to then head of Macquarie Capital, Nicholas Moore (the immediate past Chief Executive and Managing Director of Macquarie Group).
Between 1996 and 2001, Grant spent 5 years as an M&A adviser in Macquarie Corporate Finance in Sydney across both private and public M&A transactions. Grant was a key team member:
- advising publicly listed companies in the insurance, construction, chemical, consumer products and automotive sectors on defences to hostile takeover offers
- advising corporates on acquisitions, divestments, equity raisings and strategic options
- advising on the $1 billion Macquarie Bank listing on ASX (1996)
- working on Macquarie’s lead manager role for the A$9 billion IPO of Telstra Corporation (1997) (the first tranche T1).
Grant is fluent in French and at a conversational level in Spanish.
James is an Investment Manager at Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation, managing direct and indirect investments in infrastructure assets. James has 13 years experience in investing in and advising on infrastructure assets.
Vaughan Wallace is responsible for leading Amber Infrastructure’s presence in the Asia Pacific region, and for identifying, executing and managing super core, core and core plus investment opportunities. Focused on the development and long term management of investments across the infrastructure spectrum including social infrastructure, transport and digital sectors Vaughan draws on more than 23 years’ experience in the development of major infrastructure projects across the globe.
Vaughan is a member of a number of Amber’s Investment Committees and sits as a Director on several investment vehicle boards. Vaughan is a non-executive director of Reliance Rail, Gold Coast Light Rail and the Amber owned data centre platform iseek.
Prior to joining Amber Infrastructure in 2020, Vaughan was head of origination for Capella Capital, and has previously worked for Babcock & Brown, ABN AMRO and P&O Ports.
Vaughan is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Batchelor of Business from the University of Technology Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia.
Rob leads MUFG’s Project Finance and ESG Finance businesses in Oceania.
In Project Finance, he continues to expand MUFG’s market leading business in the region, spanning infrastructure, renewables, utilities and natural resources.
In the newly created ESG Finance role, Rob is responsible for all ESG financing in Oceania, contributing to MUFG’s stated target of arranging JPY 35 Trillion (~AUD 417billion) in this field by 2030.
Rob has 24 years investment banking experience covering structured finance, advisory and debt capital markets. He previously led MUFG’s Advisory business in Oceania. Prior to joining MUFG in 2012, he worked at RBS, ABN AMRO and Bankers Trust. He has worked in Australia and in London, where he specialised in emerging markets including Russia and Kazakhstan.
He is a member of the Advisory Board of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and also the Australian Council of the International Project Finance Association.