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2nd Annual Institutional Investors’ Energy & Infrastructure Roundtables

30th September 2014, New York

Opening up the US to Private Finance – understanding the options, mapping the innovation and assessing the way forward now!

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Designed for and led by institutional investors, the IIF US roundtables will provide those invited to participate with access to high-level insight on the future of infrastructure funding

Confirmed Speakers

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    Bryan A. Kendro, Director, Office of Policy & Public Private Partnerships, PA Department of Transportation
    Bryan is the Director of the Office of Policy & Public Private Partnerships at PennDOT in charge of implementing the Commonwealth’s transportation P3 program and also advising the Secretary of Transportation and Governor’s Policy Office on state and federal transportation policy, legislation and regulation. He represents the Secretary and PennDOT on various state advisory groups and commissions dealing with a wide range of public policy issues.

    Before joining the Corbett Administration and PennDOT, Bryan was a long time aide to Congressman Jim Gerlach both in Washington D.C. and as his District Director in Pennsylvania. While in Washington he served as a senior policy advisor and liaison to the US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
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    Wendy Norris, Director or Infrastructure & Timberlands, Future Fund
    Wendy Norris joined the Future Fund in April 2010 as Director, Infrastructure and Timberland. Since that time she has been responsible for developing the infrastructure and timberland strategy and establishing and managing the portfolio. Wendy was previously an Investment Director with Hastings Funds Management where she was responsible for managing infrastructure investments and leading transactions in Australia, the UK and the US. She holds an applied science degree from the University of New South Wales and a graduate management diploma from the Australian Graduate School of Management. The Future Fund was established by the Australian Government in 2006 to assist future governments meet the cost of public sector superannuation liabilities by delivering target long term investment returns between 4.5% and 5.5% above inflation. As at 30 September 2013 the Fund’s portfolio was A$92 bn including an exposure to Infrastructure and Timberland of $7.3bn or 8.0%.
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    Chris Taylor, Executive Director, West Coast Infrastructure Exchange
    Chris Taylor is the Executive Director West Coast Infrastructure Exchange (WCX). His career spans the private, public and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining WCX, Taylor spent over a decade in the renewable energy industry. Most recently, he was Chief Development Officer and a co-founder of Element Power, a global wind and solar energy development company backed by the private equity firm Hudson Clean Energy Partners.

    He has led the successful development of over 900 MW of wind and solar projects, which have attracted over $1.5 billion worth of investment and created thousands of construction jobs. He has represented the wind energy industry nationally on numerous policy issues and testified as an expert witness before state legislatures, the U.S. House and Senate on renewable energy policy.

    Chris started his career in the Peace Corps in Cote d’Ivoire. After that, he served as Legislative Director for OSPIRG. Chris later served as Program Manager of the solid waste program for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

    Chris has served on the boards of numerous professional and non-profit groups including the Association of Washington Business, Coalition for Schools, Oregon Conservation Network, Oregon Wave Energy Trust, Renewable Northwest Project, Wind Energy Foundation and Wind PAC.

    He graduated from Amherst College and also has a MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
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    Dale Burgess, Director, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (OTPP)
    Dale Burgess is a member of the transaction team and has been involved in numerous transactions including the acquisitions of Global Container Terminal (GCT), Northern Star Generation (NSG) and Northumbrian Water. Dale currently sits on the board of Northern Star Generation. He originally joined Teachers’ finance group in 1996, and was an assistant portfolio manager in the real estate investment group before joining the Infrastructure team in 2003.

    Dale holds a BA (Accounting) from the University of Waterloo. He is a Chartered Accountant, CFA charterholder and a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors (SME Course).
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    Joseph Aiello, Chief Executive Officer, Meridiam North America
    Joseph Aiello has been a leader in the development of large scale infrastructure and real estate projects and a senior executive in business operations and development. Mr. Aiello, Board Member and Investment Committee member at Meridiam Infrastructure Managers has led the activities of Meridiam Infrastructure North America since 2007. Meridiam is an equity investor, developer and asset manager of Public Private Partnerships and has emerged as one of the global leaders in its markets. Meridiam’s 25 year funds align the interest of investors, asset life and the public interest. The firm’s equity investments have leveraged more than $30 billion of new infrastructure investment of which more than $6 billion are in North America. The firm received a variety of Global honors such as PPP Project of the Year and Sponsor of the Year for the years 2009 through 2012.

    Meridiam has reached financial close and is now building or operating seven projects in North America- the Port of Miami tunnel, the LBJ and the NTE Managed Lanes Projects, the new Long Beach Courthouse, the University of Montreal Hospital and Medical Research Center, the Presidio Pkwy Project and Northeast Anthony Hendy in Alberta San Francisco. In Europe, Meridiam has more than 15 additional assets ranging from health care, public facilities and transport.
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    Kathleen Sanchez, Program Manager – Public-Private Partnership Program, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
    As a transportation planning manager for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Kathleen has twenty five years of experience in real estate management, environmental clearance efforts, urban design and planning, multi-modal project management and joint development projects. She served as planning project manager during development, design and construction of the region’s first bus rapid transit project, the highly successful Metro Orange Line.

    In 2007, Metro recognized the need to analyze opportunities for private sector funding to accelerate delivery of its transportation projects. To accomplish this, Kathleen outlined a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Framework and Work Plan, developed a PPP program, and hired a PPP consulting team (InfraConsult LLC). The team has analyzed some 85 transit and highway projects in Metro’s Long Range Transportation Plan, identifying several as having likely potential to attract private participation in project delivery. Kathleen and her consultant team have developed business plans for some of those projects, have issued a Request for Qualifications for one of them, and are anticipating additional solicitation actions early next year.
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    Petya Nikolova, Executive Director Infrastructure, NYC Retirement System
    Petya Nikolova is an Executive Director and Head of Infrastructure with the New York City Retirement System (NYCRS) where she developed the infrastructure program and is building the infrastructure portfolio of the $130Bn pension system. Ms. Nikolova joined NYCRS from WestLB, where she was a Director in the Infrastructure Americas team originating, structuring and executing transactions across a variety of assets in transportation, social infrastructure and utilities in the Americas. Prior to this, Ms. Nikolova spent nine years with Bank of Ireland and MBIA in infrastructure origination covering a variety of sectors and geographies.

    Ms. Nikolova holds an MPA from Syracuse University and an MA/BA in Economics from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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    Rheal Ranger, Executive Vice-President, Borealis Infrastructure
    Speaker profile coming soon
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    Vonda Brunsting, Deputy Director of the Capital Stewardship Program, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
    Speaker profile coming soon

Past Speakers

  • Steve Beitler
    Steve Beitler, CEO, Chicago Infrastructure Trust
    Stephen S. Beitler is the chief executive officer of the Chicago Infrastructure Trust. The Trust’s mission is to facilitate transformative infrastructure projects in Chicago by offering the widest range of financial tools to fund those projects. The Trust will attract capital from diverse types of investors, while achieving real risk transfer, aggregating different governmental agencies within a common plan of finance and creating efficient capital structures. In other words, the Trust is an off-balance sheet, off-credit vehicle for financing, structuring and program management of projects to improve the infrastructure of the City of Chicago at the best value for its citizens.

    Prior to becoming the first employee of the Chicago Infrastructure Trust, Mr. Beitler held executive positions in venture capital, public companies and government. Mr. Beitler has extensive expertise managing, developing and implementing leading edge technologies in corporations and government. Previously, Mr. Beitler was the founder and managing partner of Dunrath Capital, which specializes in defense and security investing. He was also a managing director and general partner at Trident Capital, where he established that firm’s information security practice. Previously, he held executive and management positions at Sears, Roebuck and Co., and Helene Curtis, Inc., now a subsidiary of Unilever. At those companies, he was responsible for all facets of planning, strategy and budgeting, technology, productivity programs and acquisitions. Earlier in his career, he served as military assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition) and military assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Production & Logistics) and intelligence officer to the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Mr. Beitler also served as a Special Forces (Green Beret) officer in various intelligence, special operations, information operations, command and staff positions.

    Mr. Beitler currently serves on several corporate boards, the Lyric Opera of Chicago Board, the Underwriters Laboratories Security Council and the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. He was the founding chairman of the Conference Board Council on Competitive Analysis, managed the investment portfolio for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation while he was on the Board and is a former chairman and founder of the Illinois Venture Capital Association, where he remains on the Board. Mr. Beitler did his graduate work at the University of Chicago and the Defense Intelligence College, and was an undergraduate at the School of International Service, the American University.
  • Allan Marks
    Allan Marks, Partner, Milbank
    Allan Marks is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and a member of the firm’s Project Finance Group and Latin America Practice Group. He joined the firm in 1990
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    Andrew Bloom, Managing Director, Project Finance, Private Fixed Income, Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada
    Speaker profile coming soon
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    Brian Clarke, Executive Director, Business Development, North America Industry Funds Management (IFM)
    Brian joined Industry Funds Management (US) Limited (“IFM”) as Executive Director Business Development– North America in February 2011.  At IFM, Brian is responsible for managing all aspects of fundraising and client liaison across North America. This includes marketing of existing products and new product development; general business development and relationship management of new and existing investors and asset consultants; and general communications and relationship management for IFM products globally.

    Brian previously held the position of Senior Managing Director, Head of Sales, with Macquarie Capital USA, where he built a team who were responsible for raising investments to support Macquarie’s private fund offerings and private deal transactions. Prior to this, Brian worked at Refco Alternative Investments as Senior Vice President, Head of Sales where he helped create investment product platforms and was responsible for institutional and consultant sales efforts.

    Previous to this Brian was President and Founder of Cornerstone Partners, LLC a boutique financial services company that specialized in launching and building support systems for new investment funds worldwide. Brian also has experience as Vice President for Advancement and Secretary to the Board of St Mary’s College of Maryland as well as President of St Mary’s College of Maryland Foundation, Inc.

    Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland, graduating with Honors.
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    Bryan A. Kendro, Director, Office of Policy & Public Private Partnerships, PA Department of Transportation
    Bryan is the Director of the Office of Policy & Public Private Partnerships at PennDOT in charge of implementing the Commonwealth’s transportation P3 program and also advising the Secretary of Transportation and Governor’s Policy Office on state and federal transportation policy, legislation and regulation. He represents the Secretary and PennDOT on various state advisory groups and commissions dealing with a wide range of public policy issues.

    Before joining the Corbett Administration and PennDOT, Bryan was a long time aide to Congressman Jim Gerlach both in Washington D.C. and as his District Director in Pennsylvania. While in Washington he served as a senior policy advisor and liaison to the US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
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    Chee Mee Hu, Team Managing Director, Project Finance and Infrastructure Ratings Group, Moody’s Investors Service
    Chee Mee Hu is a Team Managing Director in Moody’s Global Project Finance and Infrastructure Group. Chee Mee manages the Project and Infrastructure team responsible for rating activities in the Americas including Canada, the United States and Latin America.

    Prior to joining the Global Project Finance and Infrastructure Group, Chee Mee was a Senior Vice President in the Corporate Finance Group for six years and served as the Regional Credit Officer for Latin America. Before joining the Corporate Finance Group, Chee Mee was the Team Managing Director of the Infrastructure Finance Group within Public Finance for six years. Chee Mee is involved in all facets of the rating process for all infrastructure and project finance sectors including toll roads, airports, ports, stadiums, administration buildings and electric power facilities, and public-private partnerships.

    Prior to joining Moody’s, Chee Mee was a Vice President in Kidder, Peabody & Co.’s Public Finance Investment Banking Department with a focus on general infrastructure and transportation.

    Chee Mee has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia University and a Master’s degree and a Doctorate in Art History from New York University.
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    Chris Beall, Partner, Highstar Capital
    Mr. Beall joined Highstar in 2004. He serves on Highstar's Investment Committee and Executive Committee. Mr. Beall has over 15 years of experience in direct investments, investment banking and finance. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Star Atlantic, the Ports America Companies and AMTRAK. Prior to joining Highstar, he worked in the Global Natural Resources Group at Lehman Brothers, Inc., and in operations and engineering at Koch Gateway Pipeline Company, a natural gas transmission pipeline owned by Koch Industries, Inc.
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    Eugene Zhuchenko, Head of Infrastructure, Americas, APG Asset Management
    Eugene Zhuchenko, Head of Infrastructure, Americas at APG Asset Management, has been with the company since 2009. He is currently a board member of LBC tank terminals, an independent operator of liquid bulk storage in Europe and the US, Noatum Ports in Spain and North Tarrant Expressway in Texas. With more than a decade of infrastructure experience, Eugene has previously been in charge of various port and terminal investment projects in Europe with Dubai Ports World and APM Terminals. Prior to that, he was a member of transport and energy advisory practice with Tebodin Consultants & Engineers and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Eugene is a Chartered Certified Accountant and holds MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business
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    Christopher J. Leslie, Chief Executive Officer, Macquarie Infrastructure Partners Inc.
    Chris Leslie is a Senior Managing Director with the Macquarie Group in New York and CEO of Macquarie Infrastructure Partners Inc., the manager of Macquarie’s U.S.-based private infrastructure funds, MIP I and MIP II. Chris oversees $5.5 billion in investor funds committed to North American infrastructure investments.

    Chris has 20 years of experience in infrastructure and has led a number of significant transactions, including: MIP I’s 2007 take-private of Duquesne Light, a regulated electric utility in Pennsylvania; MIP I’s 2007 acquisition of Global Tower Partners, the largest private cell tower owner in the United States; and in 2009 MIP I and MIP II’s $7.9 billion take-private of Puget Energy, the largest regulated gas and electric utility in Washington state.

    Chris began his career with Macquarie in 1992 in Sydney, Australia and has been instrumental in expanding Macquarie’s business globally. In 1999 he moved to New York to build Macquarie’s infrastructure business in North America.
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    Dale Burgess, Director, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (OTPP)
    Dale Burgess is a member of the transaction team and has been involved in numerous transactions including the acquisitions of Global Container Terminal (GCT), Northern Star Generation (NSG) and Northumbrian Water. Dale currently sits on the board of Northern Star Generation. He originally joined Teachers’ finance group in 1996, and was an assistant portfolio manager in the real estate investment group before joining the Infrastructure team in 2003.

    Dale holds a BA (Accounting) from the University of Waterloo. He is a Chartered Accountant, CFA charterholder and a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors (SME Course).
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    Diloshini Seneviratne, Portfolio Manager - Infrastructure, CalSTRS
    Diloshini Seneviratne leads the CalSTRS Infrastructure program within the inflation-linked asset class. Diloshini has over 18 years of investment experience. She began her investment career in Asia and has led public IPOs, worked on public asset privatizations, and advised company boards on corporate governance. In the US, Diloshini has worked in the pension fund industry. Prior to joining CalSTRS, she worked 9 years at CalPERS, working on the real estate and natural resources assets. At CalSTRS, she worked in the private equity asset class prior to moving over to lead the infrastructure program. Ms. Seneviratne has represented the two largest public pension funds in the US, at advisory boards of some of the largest companies. Ms. Seneviratne has a B.S in Business Administration and holds a Grad. ICSA, UK
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    Emmett McCann, Partner, Highstar Capital
    Mr. McCann joined Highstar in 2009 and has over 16 years of experience in private equity, investment banking and finance. Mr. McCann currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the Ports America Companies, London City Airport and Aerostar Airport Holdings. Prior to joining Highstar, he was an executive director at Morgan Stanley, where he helped lead the firm's infrastructure effort in Europe and North America. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs.

    Mr. McCann holds a BA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago.
  • James Celestine
    James J. Celestine Jr., Senior Investment Officer, New York State Office of the State Comptroller (OSC)
    Mr. Celestine currently serves as Senior Investment Officer for the New York State Office of the State Comptroller (OSC). Mr. Celestine duties include portfolio management and trading of the New York State pension fund’s $40+ billion domestic equity portfolio. Mr. Celestine began his career in State service in 1995 as a graduate intern. He has served within the Divisions of Local Government Services & Economic Development and OSC’s Bureau of Public Finance. Prior to joining OSC, he worked as a financial analyst for Citigroup’s public finance unit and interned at the New York State Dormitory Authority’s financial analysis unit.
  • John Kjorstad
    John Kjorstad, Editor, Infrastructure Journal
    John Kjorstad was named editor of Infrastructure Journal in February 2011. He joined the UK-based publication in 2006 as the renewable energy reporter and has written extensively about global developments in energy and infrastructure. He works closely with IJ’s whole editorial team to produce breaking news, special projects – like the Infrastructure100 and Emerging Partnerships publications – and insightful analysis from IJ’s research and data team. John grew up in North Dakota in the United States and has been a journalist and writer since 1997.
  • John Tanyeri
    John Tanyeri, Head of Project/Energy/Infrastructure, MetLife
    Mr. Tanyeri is a the Head of MetLife’s Project/Energy/Infrastructure effort within the Private Securities Unit. Prior to joining MetLife in 1996, John worked in a variety of investing and finance functions at Salomon Brothers, Incorporated. He holds a BS in Finance from The College of New Jersey and an MBA in Finance from theUniversityofTennessee.
  • Julia Harris
    Julia Harris, Managing Director, Public Financial Management
    Julia Harris joined PFM Group as a Managing Director in May 2011 when PFM acquired Scott Balice Strategies. She is a key resource in the development of privatization strategies and has particular expertise in their applications for Higher Education clients. Julia brings a meaningful combination of Wall Street investment banking, rating agency and governmental experience to her work for the PFM Group.
    Previously, Ms. Harris served on former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s staff, focusing her efforts on departmental reorganizations and downsizing, service privatization and managerial efficiencies. She was a key player on the Goldman Sachs’ higher education and health care investment banking team and has provided investment banking services to a wide variety of health care and higher education institutions. After four years at Goldman, Julia was tapped to help open the Midwest office of Moody’s Investors Service.
    Ms. Harris earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, a Master’s in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. She works in PFM’s Chicago office.
  • Kent Rowey
    Kent Rowey, Partner, Allen & Overy
    Kent Rowey represents investors, credit providers, public sector entities, contractors and other participants in infrastructure and natural resources transactions and his global experience is unique among infrastructure lawyers. Kent has been involved in major infrastructure financings in North America, Asia, the Middle East, and the UK, including many first-of-their-kind transactions. He has played a leading role in the development of private finance in the transportation infrastructure sector in North America, having successfully closed many transactions now considered templates for infrastructure finance. Kent has been involved in the financial closing of more than 80 infrastructure and natural resources transactions worldwide.
  • Laurie Mahon
    Laurie Mahon, Senior Expert, McKinsey & Company
    Laurie Mahon, a senior expert with McKinsey & Company’s Infrastructure Practice, has had a multifaceted career as a public sector manager, infrastructure executive, consultant, developer and financier specializing in the development and financing of large infrastructure projects around the globe. She has advised on or closed more than $50 billion of transactions in her 30 years of infrastructure deal-making.
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    Margaret Tobin, Executive Director, New York Works Task Force
    Margaret Tobin is the Executive Director of the New York Works Task Force. With professional experience in a variety of real estate and capital investment, and project finance in the private and public sectors, she brings a strong development and management perspective to New York State government.

    Ms. Tobin is an expert in large-scale projects with complex financial, legal, and political challenges. While serving in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Finance and Economic Development, she orchestrated major redevelopment projects including the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Staten Island Homeport, and Renaissance Marriott Hotel. As the EVP & CFO of the Hudson River Park Conservancy she led the development of the Hudson River Park, which was the first new park in New York City in a generation, and negotiated the lease that enabled the creation of the highly successful Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex. As a senior real estate executive at Vornado Realty Trust and Thor Equities, Ms. Tobin developed more than 60 projects in office, hotel, retail, and mixed use developments.

    Ms. Tobin earned an M.B.A. from Stanford University, and an A.B. in American History from Vassar College.
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    Marjorie Tsang, Assistant Comptroller Real Estate Investments, New York State Common Retirement Fund (NYS-CR)
    Marjorie Tsang is the Director of Strategic Research & Solutions of the New York State Common Retirement Fund currently valued at $160.4 billion. Ms. Tsang’s responsibilities cover issues that affect the Fund’s ability to generate targeted risk adjusted returns across the portfolio, including areas of focus such as capital markets, long term and tactical investment strategies, development of new asset classes such as Real Assets and changes in existing asset classes. From September 2011 through August 2012, Ms. Tsang served as the Interim Chief Investment Officer.
  • Marietta Moshiashvili
    Marietta Moshiashvili, Managing Director, Energy and Infrastructure Investments, TIAA-CREF
    Marietta Moshiashvili is Managing Director for the TIAA-CREF organization. She is responsible for origination and portfolio management activities associated with direct private equity infrastructure investments, as well as private equity fund and private high yield debt investments in the sector. She joined TIAA-CREF in 1997 and has over 19 years of experience in infrastructure and energy investments. While at TIAA-CREF, she has held various positions across the private asset classes, including project finance, private placements, lease finance, and private equity fund investments and co-investments in energy / infrastructure and emerging markets. She is a Board member for TIAA’s owned Polar Star Canadian Oil & Gas Company and a number of infrastructure portfolio companies, including I-595 toll-road. Prior to joining TIAA-CREF, she worked at Toronto-Dominion Bank and Credit Suisse in their energy/project finance divisions. Ms. Moshiashvili holds a BS (cum laude) in economics and international finance from New York University where she was a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, an international economics honor society.
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    Mark Canavan, Senior Portfolio Manager – Real Assets, New Mexico Education Board
    Speaker profile coming soon.
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    Mark Harrington, Managing Director, Project Finance Advisory
    Mark has over 20 years’ experience leading multi-disciplinary teams and closing energy, infrastructure and property transactions. He has a practical understanding of what it takes to deliver a project from his time working internationally as a lead financial adviser with PricewaterhouseCoopers and his perspectives from client side policy and financial roles. He led the financial advice for the pathfinder Presidio Parkway in San Francisco – PFI Americas P3 Deal of the Year. He is currently advising on the Atlanta BeltLine multimodal corridor and the Innovation Square urban redevelopment at the University of Florida with sister architectural firm, Perkins+Will.
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    Dr. Martin Haran , Senior Research Fellow, University of Ulster Real Estate Initiative
    Dr Martin Haran is a Senior Research Fellow within the Real Estate Initiative at the University of Ulster. Dr Haran holds a First Class Hons Degree in Business and Financial Management and a PhD from the University of Ulster. Dr Haran’s doctoral research focused on financial modeling, real estate investment vehicles and urban renewal and was awarded best overall thesis in the School of the Built Environment in 2008.

    Dr Haran has authored a number of industry reports and academic papers comprising research collaborations with leading national and international academics and practitioners in the areas of real estate finance, financial modeling, real estate investment, infrastructure investment, urban regeneration, planning and property development. Dr Haran was a key researcher involved in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) global PPP research report, launched in 2011, and is currently working on the second phase global research on investment products and value for money in PPP.

    Dr Haran is a member of the American Real Estate Society (ARES), the European Real Estate Society (ERES), the Society of Property Researchers (SPR) and is a founder and current board member of the Ireland Chapter of Lambda Alpha International (LAI).
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    Pat Foye, Executive Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
    Patrick J. Foye became Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on November 1, 2011. Prior to joining the Port Authority, he served as Deputy Secretary for Economic Development for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Mr. Foye was a mergers and acquisitions partner at Skadden Arps and managing partner of the firm's Brussels, Budapest and Moscow offices. He was Executive Vice President of AIMCO, a real estate investment trust and a component of the S&P 500, and served as President and CEO of the United Way of Long Island.
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    Petya Nikolova, Executive Director Infrastructure, NYC Retirement System
    Petya Nikolova is an Executive Director and Head of Infrastructure with the New York City Retirement System (NYCRS) where she developed the infrastructure program and is building the infrastructure portfolio of the $130Bn pension system. Ms. Nikolova joined NYCRS from WestLB, where she was a Director in the Infrastructure Americas team originating, structuring and executing transactions across a variety of assets in transportation, social infrastructure and utilities in the Americas. Prior to this, Ms. Nikolova spent nine years with Bank of Ireland and MBIA in infrastructure origination covering a variety of sectors and geographies.

    Ms. Nikolova holds an MPA from Syracuse University and an MA/BA in Economics from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • Rick Miller
    Rick Miller, Board Chair of OMERS Administration Corporation
    Rick Miller is Chair of the OMERS Administration Corporation Board of Directors, a member of its Investments committee, as well as an ex-officio member of OMERS Audit, Member Services, Governance and Human Resources Committees. He was appointed to the OMERS Board in 1997 and reappointed in 2012 by the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association (OPFFA).

    Rick is a Captain in the Windsor Fire and Rescue Services.

    Rick received his chartered director designation from The Directors College in 2004 and graduated from the Human Resources Executive Compensation program at The Directors College in 2009. He has also successfully completed many other director education courses and programs focusing on fiduciary duty, audit, governance, ERM, finance, actuarial, global investment practices and negotiating.
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    Ross Milloy, President, Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council
    Ross Milloy is the president of the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council, a non-profit public-private partnership of cities, counties, public authorities, universities, and private businesses dedicated to long term infrastructure development, economic development, and regional cooperation in Central and South Texas. Since 1995 the Corridor Council has helped to secure more than $3 billion for studies, engineering, and construction funding for infrastructure and economic development projects along the Interstate 35 Corridor between San Antonio and Austin. The Council has also been active in international trade, clean and green energy technology, and land and greenspace planning.

    Milloy also serves as the Executive Director of Lone Star Rail, an agency created by the Texas Legislature to develop freight and passenger rail improvements in the Austin-San Antonio Corridor. To date, the agency has raised and deployed about $60 million for engineering, environmental review, and economic impact studies related to passenger and freight rail projects.

    Prior to becoming president of the Council, Milloy had co-edited four books on public policy, worked as a journalist for the New York Times and other publications, and was one of the founders of the Texas film industry. He has also worked in the Texas Legislature and as a press aide to a Texas gubernatorial candidate.
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    Ross Posner, Group Head of Infrastructure & Real Assets, Allstate Investments
    Ross Posner joined Allstate in 2006 and currently leads Allstate's Global Infrastructure & Real Assets investments. In this capacity, Mr. Posner oversees the build out of a large scale private equity business (funds and directs) as well as the Project Finance and Private Placement businesses. Prior to his current role, Mr. Posner led the Americas business for Allstate’s private equity team. Prior to joining Allstate Investments, Mr. Posner spent eleven years as a principal investor in middle market private equity. Most recently, he was a Principal at Heritage Partners, the leading firm investing in family owned businesses, with $1.4 billion of capital under management. Previously, he was a Partner at Ridge Capital leading acquisitions in the lower middle market. Mr. Posner has significant experience serving on Boards of private companies and investment funds. He started his career at JP Morgan, in New York and London. He received an MBA from Northwestern University's JL Kellogg School of Management and a BS from Syracuse University.
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    Steven Sonnenstein, Senior Director, PSP Investments, Infrastructure Investments
    Steven Sonnenstein is a Senior Director in the Infrastructure Group of PSP Investments, one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers, with over $70B in AUM. PSP invests funds for the pension plans of the Public Service, the Canadian Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Reserve Force. Steven has been with PSP since the summer of 2012 prior to which he spent a number of years working for Brookfield Asset Management in their Private Equity and Infrastructure Groups with particular focus and experience in South America. Prior to that, Steven spent several years working in M&A advisory and restructuring and distressed advisory for PwC and RSM Richter. Steven holds a bachelor degree in commerce from McGill University, and a post-graduate in Chartered Accountancy.
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    Tom Rosenfeld, President and Chief Executive Officer, CanAm Enterprises, LLC
    Mr. Rosenfeld founded CanAm in 1987 in response to the newly created Canadian Business Immigration Investor Program, originally focusing his sales efforts in the Canadian market. Actively involved in structuring and promoting private and government syndicates pursuant to the Canadian Program, CanAm eventually became the exclusive promoter of the Provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. In 2002, Mr. Rosenfeld refocused his efforts to establish CanAm’s presence in the United States, where it has become a leader in the U.S. EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.

    Mr. Rosenfeld began his career in Philadelphia at Price Waterhouse (currently PricewaterhouseCoopers), where he had income tax and audit responsibilities for major clients, and authored a number of the firm's educational publications.

    Mr. Rosenfeld is both an attorney and certified public accountant, having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Juris Doctorate from Temple University in Philadelphia. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association to Invest in the USA (IIUSA).
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    Tony Kinn, Director, Commonwealth of Virginia’s Office of Transportation Public-Private Partnerships
    Tony Kinn was appointed director of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Office of Transportation Public-Private Partnerships on July 5, 2011. He is responsible for developing and implementing a statewide program for transportation project delivery via the Virginia Public-Private Transportation Act of 1995.

    Kinn most recently served as assistant vice president and director of corporate relations for the University of Virginia’s University Engineering Foundation. He has spent most of his career in the corporate world in new business development. Kinn was principal owner in the James A. Weaver Company, which was the third largest food brokerage firm in the U.S. His company also designed Market Metrics, a store-specific marketing software program, which became the foundation for what today is Spectra Systems.

    He also was executive vice president of the Federated Group, a multi-billion dollar organization based in Chicago. At the Federated Group, Kinn was responsible for the management of new business development for all divisions west of the Mississippi River. Kinn has also served as director of the Commonwealth's Department of Economic Development’s International Division, where his main responsibility was to draw firms to the Commonwealth from the Pacific Rim and Europe.
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    Victoria Taylor, Vice President, Project Finance Advisory
    Victoria negotiates concession agreements and delivers financing solutions drawing on, bank debt, private activity bonds, TIFIA loans, multilateral loans, export credit agency and derivative products. At WestLB she led the banking group’s negotiations for High Speed Rail 1 in the UK and the Eurasia Tunnel in Istanbul, Turkey – IJ Transport Deal of the Year. At DEPFA, she advised the borrower on the Capital Beltway in Virginia, leading the financial advisory team for a bidder on the North Tarrant Express in Texas and the banking team for the South Bay Expressway in California. She is advising on the LA River revitalization project and has a background as an environmental engineer.
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    Vonda Brunsting, Deputy Director of the Capital Stewardship Program, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
    Speaker profile coming soon
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