Creating Growth Through Diversity

With a growing body of research showing that more diverse teams and inclusive workplaces directly correlates with stronger business outcomes, the issue of diversity in infrastructure continues to move up the agenda.

Once again, we will be bringing together over 600 delegates for open discussion on the latest issues facing the industry, as well as the opportunity to exchange ideas, initiate deals and forge new relationships.

This year’s event will again be co-located with the Women in Private Equity Forum, in addition to the Women in Private Debt Forum and the Women in Real Estate Forum, all registered attendees will have access to all events allowing you to build your network across alternative asset classes.

Keynote: why diversity and culture are a value driver in business

Brenda Trenowden CBE

Partner, PwC UK

Global co-chair of the 30% Club

Brenda’s presentation will highlight why increasing diversity and managing culture is a business imperative, in addition to offering practical advice for professionals aiming to succeed in a competitive environment.

An expert in workplace performance, culture and communications, Brenda has a particular focus on helping clients build better performance by improving diversity and inclusiveness in their workplaces.

COVERING WOMEN IN Private Equity, PRIVATE DEBT & REAL ESTATE

One Summit: Four Forums

Now in its 6th year

New for 2019

New for 2019

Features in 2019

Dictate the narrative

Interactive panel discussions, keynote interviews, networking roundtables, think tanks and an oxford style debate allow you to put forward your thoughts and shape this important discussion.

Build your network

Hear from a world class speaking faculty and network with 600 international decision makers, featuring senior infrastructure asset owners, fund managers, developers and global investors.

Gain insights

Identify key global infrastructure opportunities and discover strategies for 2019 and beyond.

The advantages of a more diverse team

Anne Grandin, Investment Director at Whitehelm Capital discusses the importance of a diverse investment team.

Irina Frolova, Head of Asset Management at PGGM discusses the value of inclusion and diversity in infrastructure.

Investors who attended last year

Aberdeen Private Equity
Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
AMCS Privatstiftung
bcIMC
Bregal Private Equity Partners
Brunel Pension Partnership
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
CDC Group
Chatham House
CPP Investment Board
CPPIB
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
European Investment Bank
Future Fund
Hamilton Lane
Korea Investment Corporation
Lyrique Private Equity
Manulife Capital
Metlife
National Investment and Infrastructure Fund
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
PGGM
PSP Investments
Public Investment Corporation
QIC
Quadrivio SGR
Rothschild and Co
The Silferfern Group
The Wellcome Trust
UBS AG Wealth Management
Unigestion
USS

Testimonials

Kirsty Packer

Senior Analyst, I Squared Capital

It was inspiring to meet so many strong women who are excelling in this industry and raising awareness of the benefits of gender diversification.

Laura Yang

Analyst, CPPIB

The conference is very well organized, covering topics on both diversity awareness and key industry issues such as investing in emerging markets.

Anke Heinze

Director Investments & Financing, AviAlliance GmbH, Germany

It is an excellent forum for women of all levels of seniority to get to know each other, exchange views and hopefully to form professional relationships that ca…

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   Hear from last year’s featured speakers

Deborah Zurkow, Global Head of Alternatives,

Allianz Global Investors

Jane Seto, Managing Director,

DWS

Tani Burge, Director and Head of Investor Relations,

Alinda Capital Partners

Emma Haight-Cheng, Partner, Infrastructure Debt,

AMP Capital

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Day 1 Day 2
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Agenda

Day 1 - Tuesday 5th

Plenary
08:00 - 08:45

Registration & coffee

08:45 - 08:50

PEI Welcome

08:50 - 09:05

Chairperson's opening remarks

Laurie Mahon
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Laurie Mahon

Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking, CIBC World Markets

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09:05 - 09:30

Keynote speech: Why diversity and culture are a value driver in business

Brenda Trenowden CBE

Brenda helps clients with all aspects of workplace performance, culture and communication. Brenda has a particular focus on helping her clients to achieve better business performance by improving both the diversity and inclusiveness of their workforces. She is a strong advocate for women’s economic empowerment and has been recognised with several awards for her global campaigning for greater gender balance across organisations as a voluntary, business-led imperative.

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Brenda Trenowden CBE

Partner, PwC

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09:30 - 10:15

Heads of Private Markets: The themes that unify our asset classes

Clare Gaskell, Amy Aznar, Andrew Blincoe, Kirsten Bode, Melissa Li

Panel Session

  • What is driving the growth in private markets? Are we in a bubble?
  • Putting money to work in an increasingly competitive environment
  • To what extent do investors differentiate between asset classes? Where are their similarities?
  • How can working together address talent deficits across private markets?
  • What practical advice do industry leaders have for young people in the industry today?

Moderated by: Clare Gaskell, Partner, Simpson Thacher

Infrastructure: Andrew Blincoe, Head of Structured Finance, NatWest
Private Debt:Kirsten Bode, Co-Head of Private Debt, Pan Europe, Muzinch & Co
Private Equity: Melissa Li, Managing Director, CIBC Capital Markets
Real Estate: Amy Aznar, Head of Debt and Special Situations, LaSalle Investment Management

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Clare Gaskell

Partner, Simpson Thacher

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Amy Aznar

Head of Debt & Special Situations

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Andrew Blincoe

Head of Structured Finance, Natwest

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Kirsten Bode

Co-Head of Pan-European Private Debt, Muzinich & Co

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Melissa Li

Managing Director and Head - Private Capital Group, CIBC

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10:15 - 10:55

How are investor pressures driving change within the funds they invest in?

Laurie Mahon, Matina Papathanasiou, Imogen Richards, Erin Sarret

Panel Session

  • To what extent are investors challenging fund managers on diversity across investments?
  • How senior leaders across private markets are promoting social mobility?
  • Highlighting case studies where lack of diversity has impacted an investment decision
  • Comparing approaches to diversity across private markets, are there any differences?
  • How does diversity compare with other factors in impacting where investors put their money?

Moderator: Laurie Mahon, Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking, CIBC Capital Markets

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Laurie Mahon

Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking, CIBC World Markets

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Matina Papathanasiou

Deputy Head of Global Infrastructure, QIC

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Imogen Richards

Partner and Global Head of Investment Structuring and Strategy, Pantheon

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Erin Sarret

Director, StepStone Group

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10:55 - 11:35

Coffee & networking

Women in Infrastructure Forum 2019
11:35 - 11:40

Infrastructure chairperson's opening remarks

Laurie Mahon
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Laurie Mahon

Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking, CIBC World Markets

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11:40 - 12:20

State of Play: Have we reached peak infra?

Amy Mahon, Céline Billant, Tara Davies, Esther Peiner, Christine Leung

Panel Session

  • Where are we in the current infrastructure cycle?
  • Emerging regulatory and political risks; populism, renationalisation and more
  • Putting money to work in an increasingly competitive market

Moderated by: Amy Mahon, Partner, Simpson Thacher

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Amy Mahon

Partner, Simpson Thacher

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Céline Billant

Director - Infrastructure Investment, CDPQ

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Tara Davies

Member and Head of European Infrastructure, KKR

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Esther Peiner

Managing Director - Private Infrastructure Europe , Partners Group

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Christine Leung

Associate Director - Infrastructure Equity, AMP Capital

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12:20 - 13:00

How private infrastructure is advancing the energy transition

Lucy Heintz, Margarita Aleksieva, Olivia Breese, Thomas Buss, Marie Joyce

Panel Session

  • Where can investors get a more attractive risk/return profile?
  • The role of industrial players in developing the renewables of the future
  • Comparing opportunities in different renewable markets

Moderated by: Lucy Heintz, Partner – Energy, Actis

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Lucy Heintz

Partner - Energy, Actis

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Margarita Aleksieva

Head of Asset Management, IST Investment Foundation

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Olivia Breese

Senior Director – Head of Market Development, Ørsted

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Thomas Buss

Director, InfraRed Capital Partners

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Marie Joyce

Chief Financial Officer, NTR

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13:00 - 14:00

Networking lunch

Women in Infrastructure Forum 2019
14:00 - 14:45

Infrastructure investing in a digital world

Dan McCarthy, Margarida Leal, Manjari Govada, Rohini Pahwa, Phoebe Smith

Panel Session

  • Defining digital infra and why infrastructure funds are increasingly investing in digital assets
  • How will developments & rollout of 5G globally in the coming months or years impact investment in fibre?
  • Making smart cities investable for infrastructure investors
  • Digital disruption and what it could mean for infrastructure assets

Moderated by: Dan McCarthy, Chief Executive Officer, One Search

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Dan McCarthy

Chief Executive Officer, One Search

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Margarida Leal

Senior Associate - Infrastructure Equity, Aviva Investors

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Manjari Govada

Vice President, Digital Bridge Holdings

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Rohini Pahwa

Director - Infrastructure and Project Finance, Natwest

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Phoebe Smith

Investment Director, Whitehelm Capital

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14:45 - 15:15

Infrastructure investment and regulation: How regulation has evolved

Kalliope Gourntis, Regina Finn, Marina Gibbs

2 short presentations from regulatory experts followed by an audience Q&A

  • How can investors best engage with regulators, has regulatory risk increased?
  • How regulators are incentivising investment in fibre

Moderated by: Kalliope Gourntis, News Editor, Infrastructure Investor

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Kalliope Gourntis

News Editor, Infrastructure Investor

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Regina Finn

Director, Lucerna Partners

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Marina Gibbs

Competition Policy Director, OFCOM

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15:15 - 16:00

Delivering operational excellence: Value-creation and infrastructure assets

Irina Frolova, Anke Heinze, Allison Kingsley, Kriti Madan, Shreya Malik, Anna Sundell

Panel Session

  • Comparing value creation approaches across different sectors and asset types
  • How relevant is asset management in core infrastructure?
  • Utilising data to assist with asset management of assets
  • Bringing in consultants vs. building up inhouse expertise

Moderated by: Irina Frolova, Head of Asset Management, PGGM

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Irina Frolova

Head of Asset Management, PGGM

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Anke Heinze

Director of the Investments & Financing Department, AviAlliance

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Allison Kingsley

Founder & Partner, NOVA Infrastructure

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Kriti Madan

Vice President - Infrastructure, Northleaf Capital Partners

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Shreya Malik

Investment Manager - Private Infrastructure Europe, Partners Group

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Anna Sundell

Managing Director - Infrastructure, EQT

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16:00 - 16:30

Coffee & networking

Women in Infrastructure Forum 2019
16:30 - 17:10

Why ESG and infrastructure are such natural bedfellows

Samantha Hung, Catherine Lloyd, Sandra Lowe, Angela Roshier, Louise Stevenson

Panel Session

  • What business factors can ESG activity have a positive impact on?
  • How ESG implementation differs for debt and equity investors
  • Incorporating ESG into investment analysis, decision-making and monitoring

Moderated by: Samantha Hung, Deputy Representative, ADB

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Samantha Hung

Deputy Representative, Asian Development Bank

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Catherine Lloyd

Principal, Mercer

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Sandra Lowe

Director, Business Development, InfraRed Capital Partners

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Angela Roshier

Head of Asset Management, DIF

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Louise Stevenson

Executive Director - Commercial, IFM Investors

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17:10 - 17:45

Infrastructure debt: How are managers adjusting their strategies to attract investors?

Jane Bowes, Tavneet Baksi, Martine Légaré, Roopa Murthy

Panel Session

  • Does debt still offer an attractive risk/reward profile?
  • Comparing opportunities across this rapidly expanding asset class
  • What are the barriers for investors looking to commit capital to infrastructure debt funds?

Moderated by: Jane Bowes, Senior Vice President, Threadmark

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Jane Bowes

Senior Vice President, Threadmark

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Tavneet Baksi

Partner & Head of EMEA, First Avenue Partners

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Martine Légaré

Senior Director - Infrastructure Investments, PSP Investments

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Roopa Murthy

Principal - Infrastructure Debt, AMP Capital Investors

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17:45 - 19:30

Women in Private Markets Cocktail Reception

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Day 2 - Wednesday 6th

08:00 - 09:00

Invitation only think-tanks

Anamica Broetz, Gila Cohen, Laurie Mahon, Matina Papathanasiou, Katherine Taylor

These closed-door sessions will allow women to speak freely about the issues impacting their office and asset class. It is a closed door, open conversation where attendees can benchmark ideas and share best practices to gain solutions for common concerns.

  • Infrastructure: Matina Papathanasiou, Deputy Head of Global Infrastructure, QIC & Laurie Mahon, Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking, CIBC Capital Markets
  • Private equity: Anamica Broetz, Head of Investor Relations, DWS Private Equity
  • Private Debt: Katherine Taylor, Director – Business Development, THL Credit
  • Real Estate: Gila Cohen, Managing Director – Real Estate and Private Equity, MUFG
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Anamica Broetz

Head of Investor Relations, DWS Private Equity

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Gila Cohen

Managing Director, Real Estate and Private Equity, MUFG

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Laurie Mahon

Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking, CIBC World Markets

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Matina Papathanasiou

Deputy Head of Global Infrastructure, QIC

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Katherine Taylor

Director, THL Credit

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08:30 - 09:10

Registration & coffee

Plenary
09:10 - 09:50

Emerging Markets: Where are the most attractive opportunities in emerging markets?

Taru Oksman, Danielle Baron, Nupur Garg, Maria Pejter, Shami Nissan

Panel Session

  • Which macro trends are affecting investment in emerging markets today?
  • Key reasons to invest in Asian, LatAm & African alternative assets
  • What is the appetite for different investment strategies across emerging markets?
  • Comparing risk in EM to more developed markets

Moderated by: Taru Oksman, Managing Partner, Riverhouse Partners

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Taru Oksman

Managing Partner, Riverhouse Partners

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Danielle Baron

Global Head of Power & Utilities, Crédit Agricole CIB

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Nupur Garg

Board Member and Senior Advisor, PE Industry

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Maria Pejter

Head of HR, A.P. Møller Holding

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Shami Nissan

Head, Responsible Investment, Actis

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09:50 - 10:15

Highlights of the PEI LP Insight findings

Nicole Douglas

Presentation

The PEI Investor Research & Analytics team surveyed over 100 LPs to capture investor sentiment on asset allocation, relationships with GPs, and performance predictions. The study also features insight on gender diversity and inclusion. Investors range from established players with diverse fund portfolios, to those planning to make their first alternatives commitments in 2020.

Presented by: Nicole Douglas, Head of Investor Research, PEI Media Group

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Nicole Douglas

Head of Investor Research, PEI Media

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10:15 - 10:50

View from the deal team: What skills are required to make a successful investment partner?

Samantha Hung, Adriana Clancy, Cecile Levi, Claire Madden

Panel Session

  • Why do deal teams remain so male, pale and stale even when compared to other areas of finance?
  • Outlining the advantages of a diverse deal team
  • What advice do deal team partners have for young people aiming for a spot on the deal team?

Moderated by: Samantha Hung, Deputy Representative, European Representative Office, ADB

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Samantha Hung

Deputy Representative, Asian Development Bank

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Adriana Clancy

Partner - Research & Portfolio Management, Corbin Capital Partners

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Cecile Levi

Co-Head of Private Debt, Tikehau Capital

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Claire Madden

Managing Partner, Connection Capital

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10:50 - 11:30

How, why and when to move between alternative asset classes

Gail McManus, Yodia Lo, Merrick McKay, Jessica Otte

Panel Session

  • Building a cross-asset class network
  • Are there any significant differences in the skills required to be successful?
  • What skills are transferrable between asset classes?
  • Case studies from practitioners who have made the move

Moderated by: Gail McManus, Found and Managing Director, PER

 

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Gail McManus

Founder and Managing Director, PER

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Yodia Lo

Alternatives, Church Commissioners for England

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Merrick McKay

Head of Europe - Private Equity, Aberdeen Standard Investments

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Jessica Otte

Director, Stepstone Global

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11:30 - 12:00

Coffee & networking

Plenary
12:00 - 12:40

Meet a Mentor Session

Helen Bailey Thomas, Meg Brown, Deborah Gilshan, Emma Haight-Cheng, Anke Heinze, Keeran Kang, Merrick McKay, Jessica Otte, Imogen Richards, Harry Seekings, Katherine Taylor, Pooja Warier Hamilton, Alex Wilson

Roundtables

This unique session will split the room up into tables with a senior representative on each table offering practical career advice to the table. This will provide a unique opportunity to build your network and tables will be led by people with different areas of expertise.

Pooja Warier Hamilton, Founding Partner and Executive Director, Conduit Capital
Imogen Richards, Partner and Global Head of Investment Structuring and Strategy, Pantheon
Jessica Otte
, Director, Stepstone Global
Alex Wilson
, Managing Director and Head, Corporate Banking Europe, CIBC Capital Markets
Merrick McKay
, Head of Europe – Private Equity, Aberdeen Standard Investments
Anke Heinze, Director of the Investments & Financing Department, AviAlliance
Katherine Taylor
, Director – Business Development, THL Credit
Deborah Gilshan, Founder, The 100% Club
Keeran Kang
, Senior Vice President, Partners Group
Harry Seekings, Co-Head of Infrastructure, InfraRed
Helen Bailey Thomas, Non-Executive Director and Board Adviser
Emma Haight-Cheng, Partner – Head of Infrastructure Debt Europe, AMP Capital
Meg Brown
, Managing Director, Marketing & Business Development, Impax Asset Management

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Helen Bailey Thomas

Non Executive Director and Board Adviser

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Meg Brown

Managing Director - Marketing & Business Development, Impax Asset Management

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Deborah Gilshan

Founder, The 100% Club

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Emma Haight-Cheng

Partner - Head of Infrastructure Debt Europe, AMP Capital

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Anke Heinze

Director of the Investments & Financing Department, AviAlliance

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Keeran Kang

Senior Vice President, Partners Group

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Merrick McKay

Head of Europe - Private Equity, Aberdeen Standard Investments

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Jessica Otte

Director, Stepstone Global

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Imogen Richards

Partner and Global Head of Investment Structuring and Strategy, Pantheon

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Harry Seekings

Co-Head of Infrastructure, InfraRed

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Katherine Taylor

Director, THL Credit

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Pooja Warier Hamilton

Founding Partner and Executive Director, Conduit Capital

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Alex Wilson

Managing Director and Head, Corporate Banking Europe, CIBC Capital Markets

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12:40 - 14:15

Themed networking working lunch

Nupur Garg, Christina Han, Roxana Isaiu, Elena Kosseva, Sandra Lowe, Emília Mamajová, Deborah Okenla, Abigail Rayner, Chris Rowse, Ulyana Shtybel, Jean Sweeney

Tables discussing a variety of topics over lunch led by an expert moderator

Ulyana Shtybel (HighCastle) – Tokenisation of private equity and private debt
Emilia Mamajova (Espira Investments)
– Diversity & Impact
Abigail Rayner (HarbourVest Partners) – Infrastructure Secondaries
Roxana Isaiu (GRESB) – ESG & Real Assets
Nupur Garg (Senior Advisor PE) – Forming a women’s private equity network
Chris Rowse (Riverhouse Partners) – Recruitment: Challenges and Diversity Trends
Jean Sweeney (Citco Fund Services) – Technology and Private Markets
Elena Kosseva (LCR)- Private Investment and Urban Regeneration
Christina Han (Partners Group) – Thematic Sourcing
Sandra Lowe (InfraRed Capital Partners) – IR and Capital Raising
Deborah Okenla (YSYS) – Diversity and Startups

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Nupur Garg

Board Member and Senior Advisor, PE Industry

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Christina Han

Head of Investment Research - Industry Value Creation, Partners Group

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Roxana Isaiu

Director - Real Estate, GRESB

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Elena Kosseva

Development Manager, LCR

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Sandra Lowe

Director, Business Development, InfraRed Capital Partners

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Emília Mamajová

Founding Partner, ESPIRA Investments

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Deborah Okenla

Founder 7 CEO, YSYS

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Abigail Rayner

Vice President, HarbourVest

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Chris Rowse

Partner, Riverhouse Partners

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Ulyana Shtybel

Vice-President, Highcastle

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Jean Sweeney

Private Equity Senior Product Manager - SVP, Citco Fund Services

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14:15 - 14:25

Chairperson's closing remarks

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Margarita Aleksieva

Head of Asset Management, IST Investment Foundation

Margarita Aleksieva is leading the asset management of the IST3 Global Infrastructure Fund and is a member of the IST Private Infrastructure Equity management team. She has about 15 years of experience in the energy sector and broad expertise in buil… Read full bio

Amy Aznar

Head of Debt & Special Situations

Amy Klein Aznar is the Head of Debt Investment and Special Situations team at LaSalle Investment Management and responsible for LaSalle’s market leading debt platform as well as evaluating investments in structured debt and equity, private real estat… Read full bio

Helen Bailey Thomas

Non Executive Director and Board Adviser

A Chartered Accountant and one of the first women to be awarded IoD Chartered Director accreditation, Helen enjoyed a highly successful career in financial services and property before taking on Non Executive Director and Chair roles in financial ser… Read full bio

Tavneet Baksi

Partner & Head of EMEA, First Avenue Partners

Tavneet joined First Avenue in 2007 and is currently Partner and Head of EMEA. During her tenure, Tavneet has led fundraises across the Infrastructure and Private Debt spectrum. She currently leads a team of 15 and is based in the firm’s London offic… Read full bio

Danielle Baron

Global Head of Power & Utilities, Crédit Agricole CIB

Danielle began her career at U.S Ex-Im Bank in Washington D.C. She later joined ANZ where she held several positions in Structured Finance and Infrastructure & Utilities Coverage in Hanoi, Melbourne and London. She later joined HSBC and finally Credi… Read full bio

Céline Billant

Director - Infrastructure Investment, CDPQ

Céline Billant is responsible for developing and managing CDPQ’s infrastructure investments in Europe. Ms. Billant has 15 years of experience in finance and infrastructure investment, with a deep understanding of PPPs, airport and motorway sectors. S… Read full bio

Andrew Blincoe

Head of Structured Finance, Natwest

Andrew runs NatWest’s Structured Finance business, covering our Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance, Structured Real Estate, Leveraged Finance and Corporate and FI loans teams, as well as our Scandinavian sale and leaseback business, Nordisk Re… Read full bio

Kirsten Bode

Co-Head of Pan-European Private Debt, Muzinich & Co

Prior to joining Muzinich, Kirsten worked for six years as a Managing Director in the principal debt investing team at Macquarie, responsible for sourcing and executing transactions ranging from leveraged senior, unitranche and mezzanine debt to equi… Read full bio

Jane Bowes

Senior Vice President, Threadmark

Jane is a member of the fund distribution team and is based in London. She has over 15 years experience of capital raising. Prior to joining Threadmark, Jane was Head of Investor Relations at EMF Capital Partners and was Principal / Head of European… Read full bio

Olivia Breese

Senior Director – Head of Market Development, Ørsted

Olivia Breese is a Senior Director within Ørsted Offshore, with global responsibility for market and business development activities.

Meg Brown

Managing Director - Marketing & Business Development, Impax Asset Management

Meg leads marketing across Impax and manages the London-based sales and client service team covering UK, continental Europe and Asia. Meg also co-heads our impact investing work. She has extensive experience in sustainable investing and research, hav… Read full bio

Thomas Buss

Director, InfraRed Capital Partners

Thomas joined the InfraRed team in 2016. Thomas co-leads the team focused on the origination, structuring, execution and management of infrastructure investments in Europe. Since joining InfraRed, Thomas has taken a lead role in successfully position… Read full bio

Adriana Clancy

Partner - Research & Portfolio Management, Corbin Capital Partners

Adriana is a Partner and Portfolio Manager of Corbin Capital Partners, a New York-based independent alternative asset management firm that specializes in multi-strategy and opportunistic credit investing for pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, var… Read full bio

Gila Cohen

Managing Director, Real Estate and Private Equity, MUFG

Gila R. Cohen is a Managing Director, Real Estate and Private Equity at MUFG. In this role, she is responsible for those businesses including investments/fund Allocation, Corporate Banking and Investor Services. Most recently, Ms. Cohen was the Manag… Read full bio

Tara Davies

Member and Head of European Infrastructure, KKR

Tara Courtney Davies (London) joined KKR in 2016 and is a Member and Head of the European Infrastructure team. Ms Davies is a member of the Infrastructure Investment Committee and Infrastructure Portfolio Management Committee. Ms. Davies is currently… Read full bio

Nicole Douglas

Head of Investor Research, PEI Media

Nicole Douglas is the Head of Investor Research for PEI’s Research & Analytics department. Based in London but working across the company’s offices and products, she oversees researched content, surveys, and projects on investors globally. She is als… Read full bio

Regina Finn

Director, Lucerna Partners

Regina Finn is an experienced leader and strategic thinker in the field of regulation, competition and consumer policy in the UK and internationally. She is a Director of Lucerna Partners, a consultancy specialising in public policy, economic regulat… Read full bio

Irina Frolova

Head of Asset Management, PGGM

Irina Frolova joined PGGM in 2014 and currently oversees asset management of the EUR 8,6bln infrastructure investments portfolio as well as the (Board) governance of the portfolio companies in which PGGM is an influential investor. She is a member of… Read full bio

Nupur Garg

Board Member and Senior Advisor, PE Industry

Nupur Garg is one of India’s top 100 Women in Finance (AIWMI 2019 list) and advises large multi-billion limited partners in emerging markets. She has founded a first-of-its-kind platform designed to help women succeed in the PE industry and which is… Read full bio

Clare Gaskell

Partner, Simpson Thacher

A Corporate Partner in Simpson Thacher’s London office, Clare Gaskell advises on both private M&A and public takeovers as well as equity capital markets transactions (including IPOs) and general corporate matters. She has represented private equity f… Read full bio

Marina Gibbs

Competition Policy Director, OFCOM

Marina is a Competition Policy Director at OFCOM with responsibility for leading projects in the telecoms and post and parcels’ sectors. She has led a number of telecoms market reviews, most recently in relation to the business connectivity market an… Read full bio

Deborah Gilshan

Founder, The 100% Club

Deborah is an investment professional with expertise in corporate governance, sustainability and shareholder engagement. An Ambassador of the 30% Club, the global initiative to promote diversity in companies, Deborah was instrumental in leading the w… Read full bio

Kalliope Gourntis

News Editor, Infrastructure Investor

Kalliope is News Editor at Infrastructure Investor.com and has been writing about the infrastructure sector since 2013 when she first joined the company. Kalliope initially covered the US market when she was based in New York, but has since relocated… Read full bio

Emma Haight-Cheng

Partner - Head of Infrastructure Debt Europe, AMP Capital

Emma Haight-Cheng joined the Investment Team in the London office in March 2014. Ms Haight-Cheng is primarily responsible for sourcing, arranging and managing infrastructure debt investments in Europe and has over 13 years of infrastructure and energ… Read full bio

Christina Han

Head of Investment Research - Industry Value Creation, Partners Group

Christina Han-van der Meer leads the thematic sourcing efforts at Partners Group. She has fourteen years of investment and finance experience. Prior to joining Partners Group, she invested in global commodities and Asian mid-cap growth stocks at Capi… Read full bio

Anke Heinze

Director of the Investments & Financing Department, AviAlliance

Anke is the Director of the Investments & Financing department of AviAlliance GmbH (former HOCHTIEF AirPort). She has over 20 years of airport M&A experience gained in various buy-side and sell-side projects. Anke has also been involved in the syndic… Read full bio

Lucy Heintz

Partner - Energy, Actis

Lucy is head of Africa for the Energy team, a role she has held since March 2017. She has overall responsibility for the Actis Energy team’s activities in Africa and is Board Chair of Lekela and Aela, two of Actis’ renewable energy platforms in its t… Read full bio

Samantha Hung

Deputy Representative, Asian Development Bank

Samantha is Deputy Representative at ADB’s European Representative Office in Frankfurt, which liaises with stakeholders across 17 European member countries. Samantha is a seasoned provider of ADB management support, including for a Vice President and… Read full bio

Roxana Isaiu

Director - Real Estate, GRESB

Roxana Isaiu is Director Real Estate for GRESB. Roxana holds an Msc in Corporate Finance and is responsible for the development and implementation of the ESG standards, as well as the benchmarking methodology for the real estate sector. Since joining… Read full bio

Marie Joyce

Chief Financial Officer, NTR

Marie is Chief Financial Officer of NTR plc. NTR acquires, constructs and operates onshore wind and solar assets across Western Europe on behalf of institutional investors through regulated funds. NTR is currently in the fundraising and investment pe… Read full bio

Keeran Kang

Senior Vice President, Partners Group

Keeran Kang is part of the Private Real Estate Integrated Investments business unit responsible for European investments, based in London. Prior to joining Partners Group, she worked at Schroder Real Estate Investment Management, where she was a Fund… Read full bio

Allison Kingsley

Founder & Partner, NOVA Infrastructure

Allison Kingsley is one of the two Founders of NOVA Infrastructure, an investment firm that targets mid-market infrastructure investments in transportation, environmental services, and energy sectors in North American. Dr. Kingsley is a Partner and s… Read full bio

Elena Kosseva

Development Manager, LCR

Elena Kosseva is a development manager at LCR, with responsibility for managing planning, construction and occupation across key sites across LCR’s development portfolio. Her role encompasses working to establish partnerships with public and private… Read full bio

Margarida Leal

Senior Associate - Infrastructure Equity, Aviva Investors

Margarida Leal is a Senior Associate in the Infrastructure Equity team of Aviva Investors. Since joining the London office in 2017, her focus has been on the execution of deals across a variety of sub-sectors, with a special emphasis on the UK digita… Read full bio

Martine Légaré

Senior Director - Infrastructure Investments, PSP Investments

Martine Légaré is Senior Director, Infrastructure Investments, at the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments). With 19 years of experience in the Infrastructure sector, Martine has deep industry knowledge and expertise in mergers and… Read full bio

Christine Leung

Associate Director - Infrastructure Equity, AMP Capital

Christine Leung joined AMP Capital in March 2017 and is responsible for the origination, due diligence and execution of investment opportunities, as well as the asset management of existing businesses. Ms Leung has gained experience on a wide range o… Read full bio

Cecile Levi

Co-Head of Private Debt, Tikehau Capital

Cécile Mayer-Lévi joined Tikehau Capital in 2013 and heads the Private Debt platform of the asset management firm. She has extensive knowledge in direct lending transactions, and has worked closely with major private equity houses, investment funds a… Read full bio

Melissa Li

Managing Director and Head - Private Capital Group, CIBC

Melissa Li rejoined CIBC in 2016 as a Managing Director in the Private Capital Group at CIBC Capital Markets. In her current role, Melissa leads the global coverage strategy for pension funds, private equity firms and family offices across the consum… Read full bio

Catherine Lloyd

Principal, Mercer

Catherine is a Principal at Mercer Alternatives based in London. She joined Mercer in 2019 and is responsible for providing coverage of the Infrastructure sector in Europe. Her role encompasses sourcing, analysing and monitoring investment opportunit… Read full bio

Yodia Lo

Alternatives, Church Commissioners for England

Yodia Lo focuses on Hedge Funds, Alternative Credit and Co-investments at Church Commissioners, the £8b endowment arm of the Church of England. In this role she has sourced investments including Emerging Market Distressed Debt, Short Term Quant and d… Read full bio

Sandra Lowe

Director, Business Development, InfraRed Capital Partners

Sandra heads investor coverage at InfraRed, the leading investment manager in infrastructure and real estate. She manages investor relationships to drive capital raising and shape infrastructure product development or investment propositions for fund… Read full bio

Kriti Madan

Vice President - Infrastructure, Northleaf Capital Partners

Kriti is a Vice President at Northleaf Capital Partners, a global private markets investment firm. Based in London, Kriti focuses on due diligence, execution and asset management for Northleaf’s infrastructure investment program in the UK and Europe.… Read full bio

Claire Madden

Managing Partner, Connection Capital

Claire is Managing Partner of Connection Capital, a private client investment business specialising in alternative investments. Claire’s career began as a private equity investor at 3i having graduated in Banking & International Finance from Loughbor… Read full bio

Amy Mahon

Partner, Simpson Thacher

A Partner in the Firm’s London office, Amy Mahon advises a range of clients including private equity firms, infrastructure funds and corporate clients on complex domestic and cross border M&A, leveraged buyouts, private equity, infrastructure and con… Read full bio

Laurie Mahon

Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking, CIBC World Markets

Laurie Mahon serves as Vice-Chair of CIBC’s U.S. Investment Banking business, a role she recently assumed after having led the Global Infrastructure and Power team since August 2013. She has spent her entire professional life in the infrastructure sp… Read full bio

Shreya Malik

Investment Manager - Private Infrastructure Europe, Partners Group

Shreya Malik is part of the European Private Infrastructure business unit, based in London. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the firm's portfolio company Greenlink Interconnector. She has been with Partners Group since 2011 and has eleven… Read full bio

Emília Mamajová

Founding Partner, ESPIRA Investments

Emília is a Founding Partner of ESPIRA Investments, the first private equity firm in Central Europe with a gender lens investment strategy element. Prior to co-founding ESPIRA, Emília was a Head of Czech Republic and Slovakia with PineBridge Investme… Read full bio

Manjari Govada

Vice President, Digital Bridge Holdings

Manjari Govada is a Vice President at both Digital Colony and Digital Bridge. Ms. Govada is based in London and focuses on evaluating European investments and opportunities. Prior to Digital Bridge, Ms. Govada was an Associate in the BlackRock Altern… Read full bio

Dan McCarthy

Chief Executive Officer, One Search

Dan has been a specialist recruiter into the Infrastructure market since 2003, and founded One Search in 2006 to serve the very distinct group of industry investors and financiers starting to emerge at the time – firms with whom One Search has been p… Read full bio

Merrick McKay

Head of Europe - Private Equity, Aberdeen Standard Investments

Merrick joined SL Capital, now part of Aberdeen Standard Investments (“ASI”), in 2014 and is based in the Edinburgh and London offices. ASI’s European Private Equity business, with over €8bn AuM, encompasses primary and secondary fund investments and… Read full bio

Gail McManus

Founder and Managing Director, PER

Gail McManus is the Founder and Managing Director of PER, setting up the business in the late 1990s after a career in private equity at 3i. Gail is a passionate member of the private equity and alterative assets community and is actively involved in… Read full bio

Roopa Murthy

Principal - Infrastructure Debt, AMP Capital Investors

Roopa Murthy joined AMP Capital’s Infrastructure Debt team in the London office in 2015. Ms Murthy is responsible for originating, structuring and managing infrastructure debt assets in Europe. Ms.Murthy brings over 15 years’ experience to the team,… Read full bio

Shami Nissan

Head, Responsible Investment, Actis

With over 17 years’ experience in responsible investment, primarily serving the private equity, banking and development finance sectors, Shami was drawn to Actis by its leadership in responsible investing, the firm’s diverse culture and the opportuni… Read full bio

Deborah Okenla

Founder 7 CEO, YSYS

Deborah Okenla is the Founder and CEO of YSYS (Your Startup, Your Story); a startup community for founders, developers, creatives, and investors on a mission to open doors of opportunity for diverse talent within the startup ecosystem. YSYS run two p… Read full bio

Taru Oksman

Managing Partner, Riverhouse Partners

As Managing Partner, Taru oversees Riverhouse Partners and Riverhouse Advisory. She works across all practice areas on key strategic hires. At Riverhouse Partners, her remit encompasses country head roles across growth markets as well C-suite roles i… Read full bio

Jessica Otte

Director, Stepstone Global

Jessica Otte is a member of the Investor Relations Team for StepStone, responsible for managing client relationships in Germany. Prior to joining StepStone she spent 9 years at Goldman Sachs, based both in London and latterly in Frankfurt. She holds… Read full bio

Rohini Pahwa

Director - Infrastructure and Project Finance, Natwest

Rohini Pahwa joined NatWest’s market leading Infrastructure and Project Finance team in 2011. Ms. Pahwa is a Director in the team , responsible for origination and execution of deals and has worked across sectors including Digital Infrastructure, Tra… Read full bio

Matina Papathanasiou

Deputy Head of Global Infrastructure, QIC

Matina is currently the deputy head of QIC Global Infrastructure, a business she co-founded in early 2006. QIC Global Infrastructure has directly invested over $10billion in global infrastructure covering toll roads, airports, ports, water and energy… Read full bio

Esther Peiner

Managing Director - Private Infrastructure Europe , Partners Group

Esther Peiner is part of the European Private Infrastructure business unit, based in Zug. She is a member of the Private Infrastructure Investment Committee and of the PG LIFE Impact Committee. She is a member of the Board of Directors of firm's port… Read full bio

Maria Pejter

Head of HR, A.P. Møller Holding

Maria Pejter is an international HR Leader with extensive experience and core competencies in areas such as Talent Management and Organizational Development. She has been with A.P. Moller-Maersk since 1997 in various HR positions including Senior Dir… Read full bio

Abigail Rayner

Vice President, HarbourVest

Abigail Rayner joined the HarbourVest team in 2018 as a product specialist focused on global real assets investments and works closely with the investor relations team. Abigail joined the Firm from Octopus Investments, a UK focused renewable energy m… Read full bio

Imogen Richards

Partner and Global Head of Investment Structuring and Strategy, Pantheon

Imogen Richards is a Partner and Global Head of Investment Structuring and Strategy in Pantheon’s Global Investment team with 18 years of private equity experience. She is also closely involved in key strategic and corporate development projects. Imo… Read full bio

Angela Roshier

Head of Asset Management, DIF

Angela Roshier is Partner and Head of Asset Management. She joined in 2010 and oversees the asset management of all DIF’s Investments. Prior to DIF, Angela was a member of 3i Plc and Actis’s Infrastructure teams. With more than 20 years experience sh… Read full bio

Chris Rowse

Partner, Riverhouse Partners

Chris is a Partner of the firm and leads the Private side investment practice specialising in private equity, private debt, and impact investing. Working with the investment management and financial investor practices, Chris advises his investor clie… Read full bio

Erin Sarret

Director, StepStone Group

Ms. Sarret is a member of the Business Development team and the ESG Committee, responsible for managing client relationships in France, Belgium, and Monaco. Prior to StepStone, Ms. Sarret worked in investor relations across public and private markets… Read full bio

Harry Seekings

Co-Head of Infrastructure, InfraRed

Harry joined InfraRed in 1998. Harry is Co-Head of Infrastructure business and has the day-to-day responsibility for leading the InfraRed team in relation to HICL. Harry returned to London in July 2015, almost seven years after relocating to New York… Read full bio

Ulyana Shtybel

Vice-President, Highcastle

Ulyana is a Vice President and Chief Capital Officer at the HighCastle.co, the UK blockchain-based investment marketplace and share registrar. Ulyana co-founded and led two fintech incubation programmes, Fintech Master and Open Banking Lab in partner… Read full bio

Phoebe Smith

Investment Director, Whitehelm Capital

Phoebe Smith is an Investment Director in the equity team of Whitehelm Capital, based in London. She is involved in the origination and execution of infrastructure transactions as well as the asset management of the existing portfolio. Phoebe has exp… Read full bio

Louise Stevenson

Executive Director - Commercial, IFM Investors

Louise joined IFM Investors in January 2016 and focuses on infrastructure transactions and asset management. Before joining IFM Investors, Louise worked for 10 years in legal private practice in Europe and Asia advising sponsors and lenders on the de… Read full bio

Anna Sundell

Managing Director - Infrastructure, EQT

Prior to joining EQT Partners, Anna worked at Nordea Corporate Finance in Stockholm, where she was engaged in M&A and ECM transactions. Prior to Nordea, Ms Sundell worked at HSH Nordbank in Stockholm. Anna holds a M.Sc. degree in Business Administrat… Read full bio

Jean Sweeney

Private Equity Senior Product Manager - SVP, Citco Fund Services

Jean Sweeney is the European Head of Private Equity Product with Citco Fund Services (Ireland) Limited, responsible for overseeing the private equity service offering. Ms. Sweeney led the development and rollout of PE-specific process development and… Read full bio

Katherine Taylor

Director, THL Credit

Ms. Taylor is a Director for THL Credit’s Direct Lending and Tradable Credit platforms. Her responsibilities include business development, product development, strategic relationships and fund marketing. She is responsible for the development and man… Read full bio

Brenda Trenowden CBE

Partner, PwC

Brenda Trenowden CBE, Global co-chair of the 30% Club, is a Partner in PwC UK within the people consulting practice. Brenda helps clients with all aspects of workplace performance, culture and communication. Brenda has a particular focus on helping h… Read full bio

Pooja Warier Hamilton

Founding Partner and Executive Director, Conduit Capital

Pooja is the Founding Partner and Executive Director of Conduit Capital, with an aim to grow high impact solutions that are solving pressing issues globally, by deploying the knowledge, networks and capital available within the Conduit community. Pri… Read full bio

Alex Wilson

Managing Director and Head, Corporate Banking Europe, CIBC Capital Markets

Alex Wilson is responsible for CIBC Capital Market’s Corporate & Institutional Client Business in Europe and the Middle East. Alex is a seasoned Investment Banker with 20 years’ experience in London, New York, Los Angeles and Toronto, advising corpor… Read full bio
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