Empowering growth on the frontline of infrastructure’s emerging economies

Join, learn from and network with a global delegation focused on investment opportunities in emerging markets.

The forum will bring together emerging market specialists with investors to push forward change and to discuss the current state of infrastructure investing in emerging economies.

 

Key themes include:

  • Accessing investment opportunities on the frontlines of innovation
  • Which developing frontiers can offer lower relative risk amidst unprecedented global geopolitical instability?
  • Assessing sector appetite and viability across regions: renewables, logistics, data infrastructure and more
  • How investors can reap long-term rewards through savvy risk-mitigation and diversification

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Advance your fundraising

Connect with a global audience of investors with an interest in emerging markets and benefit from focused networking with the right people.

Gain peer-to-peer insights

Find out how to navigate the market amidst unprecedented global geopolitical instability, how to reap long-term rewards through diversification and much more.

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Save time building your network

Create and nurture sustainable relationships with infrastructure’s elite at the event and on our sophisticated networking platform.

Part of the Global Summit

The Emerging Markets Forum is part of the industry leading Infrastructure Investor Global Summit. The Global Summit will take place across four days and include six forums. From ESG to infrastructure debt, the Summit is your best opportunity to connect with the world’s investors, learn from inspirational speakers and stay at the forefront of the infrastructure market.

Six specialist forums

Empowering growth on the frontline of infrastructure’s emerging economies

Best practice in sustainability to improve investment strategy

Driving global connectivity through investing in innovation

The private infrastructure industry’s annual general meeting

Resilience and returns: unlocking infrastructure debt’s potential in a volatile market

Investing in energy: price, security, and the transition to net zero

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Then you may be eligible for a complimentary pass, please apply here and a member of our team will be in touch.

New for 2023, the Investor Council is a space for investors to come together and share peer-to-peer insights, learn from leading investors and more.

Explore the Investor Council

Position your brand at the centre of the infrastructure community

Strengthen your market credibility, put your brand in front of your key target markets and meet your investment and business goals. Sponsorship gives you:

  • VIP access
  • Thought-leadership opportunities
  • High-profile branding
  • And much more …

For more information on available sponsorship opportunities, please contact Alexander Jakes at alexander.j@peimedia.com or call +44(0)20 3862 7498

Position your brand at the centre of the infrastructure community

Strengthen your market credibility, put your brand in front of your key target markets and meet your investment and business goals. Sponsorship gives you:

  • VIP access
  • Thought-leadership opportunities
  • High-profile branding
  • And much more …

For more information on available sponsorship opportunities, please contact Alexander Jakes at alexander.j@peimedia.com or call +44(0)20 3862 7498

For more information or if you are interested in speaking at the Emerging Markets Forum, please contact Kitty Watson.

kitty.w@peimedia.com | +44 (0)203 953 8587

Day 1
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Agenda

Emerging Markets Forum 2023 - Monday 20th

Emerging Markets Forum 2023
09:10 - 09:15

Introduction from Infrastructure Investor

09:15 - 09:30

Emerging Markets forum begins – chair’s welcome

09:30 - 10:15

Emerging markets: a prosperous opportunity in uncertain times?

Deepali Bahl, Florian Münkle, Thomas Walenta
  • How are certain markets defying the geopolitical and macroeconomic volatility that is gripping the world?
  • What levels of sophistication must investors embrace to open themselves to these prospects?
  • Avoiding complacency and adapting risk management: balancing global inflation, interest rate and security concerns with regional risk appetite
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Deepali Bahl

Managing Director, Augment Infrastructure

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Florian Münkle

Vice President, DEG - Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH 

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Thomas Walenta

Senior Investment Officer, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

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10:15 - 11:00

Sustainable infrastructure and green energy: the growing, beating heart of emerging economies

Alexandre Chavarot, Hans-Peter Egler, Olusola Lawson, Sarvesh Suri
  • How are emerging market investment opportunities increasingly becoming defined by green initiatives?
  • Regulation, government agendas and PPPs: what’s being done on the public side and how global and regional private capital is responding
  • Solving a global crisis on a regional scale: to what extent can developing markets help solve a climate problem that transcends borders and jurisdictions?
  • How well do the emerging markets perform on the climate resilience and adaptation scorecard?
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Alexandre Chavarot

Strategic Financial Adviser, CCRI, Climate Finance 2050

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Hans-Peter Egler

International Expert in Sustainable Infrastructure and Sustainable Value Chains, South Pole Group

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Olusola Lawson

Co-Managing Director, African Infrastructure Investment Managers ("AIIM")

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Sarvesh Suri

Director - Climate, Energy, Extractives, Financial & Capital Markets , MIGA

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11:00 - 11:30

Coffee & networking Digital Infrastructure & ESG & Sustainability attendees

Emerging Markets Forum 2023
11:30 - 12:15

LP discussion: Gaining exposure, selecting strategies, and measuring

Gustav Thorén, Olga Sclovscaia, Karsten Sinner
  • Where to find optimum emerging markets exposure in an increasingly complex fund market
  • Debt, equity, primaries, core and more: what strategies for what regions?
  • Demanding efficient ESG and sustainability reporting in the era of green transparency
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Gustav Thorén

Investment Manager, Swedfund

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Olga Sclovscaia

Regional Head, MIGA, World Bank Group

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Karsten Sinner

Head of Infrastructure Funds and Regional Head Funds in North Africa, the Levant and Turkey, EBRD

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12:15 - 13:00

Urban growth and development: smarter cities with smarter infrastructure

Dr. Neslihan Vural
  • How the sub-sectors of infrastructure investment intersect in these areas of rising-population dependency
  • Improving unreliability of transmission infrastructure: the key to urban development in emerging regions?
  • Making an impact: the push for greener municipalities
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Dr. Neslihan Vural

Director of Finance, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality

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13:00 - 14:00

Networking lunch with Digital Infrastructure & ESG & Sustainability attendees

Emerging Markets Forum 2023
14:00 - 14:45

Embracing frontier market risk in an uncertain environment

Helga Van Peer, Leticia Ferreras Astorqui, Tomas Janeba, Katherine Stodulka
  • Does increasing geopolitical and economic uncertainty threaten or underpin the case for emerging markets?
  • How are governments across these regions encouraging infrastructure investment in this climate with enticing policy frameworks?
  • Regional study – pricing and measuring different risks across different jurisdictions within regions
  • Risk ownership and contracting – how is risk distributed amongst stakeholders within these transitioning and ever-increasingly sustainable economies?

Moderator: Helga Van Peer, Lawyer & Non-Exec Board Member, Independent

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Helga Van Peer

Lawyer, Mediator and Non-Exec Board Member

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Leticia Ferreras Astorqui

Vice President / Portfolio Manager, Allianz Global Investors

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Tomas Janeba

President, Czech Infrastructure Association

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Katherine Stodulka

Partner, Sustainable Finance, SYSTEMIQ

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14:45 - 15:00

InvestBulgaria Agency presentation: Bulgaria – Outstanding Investment Destination

15:00 - 15:30

Coffee & networking Digital Infrastructure & ESG & Sustainability attendees

Emerging Markets Forum 2023
15:30 - 16:05

Emerging markets at the centre of the energy transition

Rajesh Hemnani, Ram Krishna Khatiwada, Jochen von Frowein
  • Supply and demand: why the demographics of these regions and green energy ambitions are the perfect match
  • How are public and private stakeholders utilising the unmatched renewable energy resource across developing markets?
  • Putting into action the international co-operation and funding frameworks that must underpin a clean energy agenda
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Rajesh Hemnani

Investment Manager, British International Investments

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Ram Krishna Khatiwada

Chief Executive Officer, Nepal Infrastructure Bank

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Jochen von Frowein

Director –Infrastructure & Energy, Global Equity, DEG

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16:05 - 16:40

Polling debate: which regions are leading the way?

Representatives from different emerging regions will argue why their respective regions are providing the most opportunity across different infrastructure assets.

  • Africa
  • Middle East
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Eastern Europe
  • Other
16:40 - 17:10

Sector-split audience roundtables:

  • Digital & data infrastructure
  • Energy & power
  • Transportation & logistics
  • Water, waste management & environmental services
  • Social infrastructure
17:10 - 17:15

Closing comments from the chair

17:20 - 17:50

Keynote Interview

Deepali Bahl

Managing Director, Augment Infrastructure

Deepali Bahl is a Managing Director at Augment Infrastructure with 20+ years of infrastructure and private equity investment experience. Previously, she was Head (2019-21) and Principal (since 2013) at the IFC Asset Management Company’s Global Infras… Read full bio

Aditi Bhattacharya

Investment Specialist, Asian Development Bank

Aditi is an Investment Specialist at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), a $30 billion multilateral financing institution focused on mobilizing private capital for sustainable infrastructure in emerging Asia. She is a seasoned investment professional w… Read full bio

Alexandre Chavarot

Strategic Financial Adviser, CCRI, Climate Finance 2050

Alexandre Chavarot is an independent finance professional focused on delivering solutions to the challenges posed by climate change and sustainable development. He has more than 25 years of experience advising clients on project & corporate acqui… Read full bio

Hans-Peter Egler

International Expert in Sustainable Infrastructure and Sustainable Value Chains, South Pole Group

Hans-Peter Egler is economist and has 30 years of experience in international cooperation in the areas of trade, production, investment and infrastructure including environment and social issues. Thereby he has worked with businesses and financial en… Read full bio

Leticia Ferreras Astorqui

Vice President / Portfolio Manager, Allianz Global Investors

Leticia Ferreras Astorqui is a portfolio manager in the Allianz Global Investors’ Development Finance team, which manages over USD 3bn of commitments. Leticia joined AllianzGI in July 2020 to help expand AllianzGI’s presence in Emerging Markets (EM)… Read full bio

Rajesh Hemnani

Investment Manager, British International Investments

Rajesh has over 13 years of investment experience in emerging markets across renewable energy, transport, urban infra & telecom sectors. He has a track record of making investments to the tune of $500m across the infrastructure sector in Asia and… Read full bio

Tomas Janeba

President, Czech Infrastructure Association

Tomas Janeba has been the President of the Czech Infrastructure Association, a private sector think-tank for the Czech public infrastructure over the past ten years, uniting interests and views of over 50 major infrastructure players – leading engine… Read full bio

Ram Krishna Khatiwada

Chief Executive Officer, Nepal Infrastructure Bank

Ram Krishna Khatiwada is a development finance professional with more than 21 years of professional experience and in providing leadership in economic development, infrastructure development, and finance, energy sectors & regulation, public-priva… Read full bio

Olusola Lawson

Co-Managing Director, African Infrastructure Investment Managers ("AIIM")

Olusola was appointed Managing Director and co-Head at AIIM, Africa's largest infrastructure equity internment manager, in August 2020. He has significant experience in corporate finance and infrastructure equity investing experience across European… Read full bio

James Meffen

Director, The AES Corporation

CFO, Son My LNG Terminal and Director of Treasury and Project Finance, AES Vietnam James is the CFO of Son My LNG Terminal a joint venture company of AES and PetroVietnam Gas. In this capacity he leads finance related functions of the company includi… Read full bio

Florian Münkle

Vice President, DEG - Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH 

Prior to DEG, Florian worked at KPMG in Corporate Finance / M&A. At DEG, he worked several years in Project Finance and then went on to head DEG’s Regional Office in Istanbul for six years, taking care of business origination in Turkey and the Mi… Read full bio

Olga Sclovscaia

Regional Head, MIGA, World Bank Group

Olga Sclovscaia is the Regional Head of Europe and Central Asia at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group. Based in Paris, Ms. Sclovscaia leads MIGA’s busin… Read full bio

Karsten Sinner

Head of Infrastructure Funds and Regional Head Funds in North Africa, the Levant and Turkey, EBRD

Karsten Sinner is responsible for EBRD's investment activity in infrastructure funds across the entire EBRD geography and for private equity funds in North Africa, the Levant and Turkey. Karsten has more than 30 years' experience in the investment in… Read full bio

Katherine Stodulka

Partner, Sustainable Finance, SYSTEMIQ

Katherine is a Partner and Head of Sustainable Finance at SYSTEMIQ – a system-change firm tackling the climate emergency and delivering the Sustainable Development Goals for people and planet. Katherine is also the Director of the Blended Finance Tas… Read full bio

Sarvesh Suri

Director - Climate, Energy, Extractives, Financial & Capital Markets , MIGA

Sarvesh Suri is Director for Operations at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group. He is responsible for leading MIGA's operations team and growing the guar… Read full bio

Gustav Thorén

Investment Manager, Swedfund

Gustav Thorén is an Investment Manager in the Energy & Climate team at Swedfund. He joined Swedfund in 2015 and focusses on investments (funds, direct equity and debt) in the renewable energy sector. He also supports the special operations team,… Read full bio

Helga Van Peer

Lawyer, Mediator and Non-Exec Board Member

Helga Van Peer is a senior lawyer specialising in transactional public law and projects. She advises public and private sector clients, creating and supporting innovative and effective solutions for PPP tenders and contracts in the interest of all st… Read full bio

Jochen von Frowein

Director –Infrastructure & Energy, Global Equity, DEG

Jochen von Frowein heads the newly established team responsible at DEG for direct equity investments in infrastructure and energy as well as commitments to infrastructure equity funds in emerging markets. Previously, he focused on Project Finance in… Read full bio

Dr. Neslihan Vural

Director of Finance, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality

Dr. Neslihan VURAL was born in 1983. She completed her undergraduate education about Public Administration at Süleyman Demirel University in 2004. She completed her master's and also her doctorate degrees in banking and finance at Marmara University.… Read full bio

Thomas Walenta

Senior Investment Officer, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

Thomas is Senior Investment Officer at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a multilateral financial institution whose mission is financing the Infrastructure for Tomorrow — infrastructure that is green, technology-enabled and promotes re… Read full bio