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.

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

A quote icon for decorating the content 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.

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Analyst, CPPIB

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

A quote icon for decorating the content 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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For more information on the agenda, please contact Charles Gould at charles.g@peimedia.com or call +44 (0) 20 7566 5444.

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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: The economic case for diversity

09:30 - 10:15

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

Andrew Blincoe, Kirsten Bode

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?
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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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10:15 - 10:55

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

Laurie Mahon, David Jeffrey, Paul Ward, Matina Papathanasiou

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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David Jeffrey

Partner, StepStone Group

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Paul Ward

Managing Partner, Pantheon

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Matina Papathanasiou

Deputy Head of Global Infrastructure, QIC

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10:55 - 11:35

Coffee & networking

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

Infrastructure chairperson's opening remarks

11:40 - 12:20

State of Play: Have we reached peak infra?

Tara Davies, Esther Peiner

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
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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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12:20 - 13:00

How private infrastructure is advancing the energy transition

Margarita Aleksieva, 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
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Margarita Aleksieva

Head of Asset Management, IST Investment Foundation

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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, Phoebe Smith

Panel Session

  • Why infrastructure funds are increasingly investing in digital assets
  • Applying data analytics to generate value from infrastructure assets
  • 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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Phoebe Smith

Investment Director, Whitehelm Capital

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14:45 - 15:15

Infrastructure investment and regulation: Has regulatory risk increased?

Regina Finn, Marina Gibbs

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

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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, 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
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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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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

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
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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?

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?
17:45 - 19:30

Women in Alternatives Cocktail Reception

Agenda

Day 2 - Wednesday 6th

08:00 - 09:00

Invitation only think-tanks

Matina Papathanasiou, Sunaina Sinha

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
  • Private equity: Sunaina Sinha, Managing Partner, Cebile Capital
  • Private Debt
  • Real Estate
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Matina Papathanasiou

Deputy Head of Global Infrastructure, QIC

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Sunaina Sinha

Managing Partner, Cebile Capital

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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, Lucy Heintz, Maria Pejter

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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Lucy Heintz

Partner - Energy, Actis

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Maria Pejter

Head of HR, A.P. Møller Holding

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09:50 - 10:30

Highlights of the PEI LP Insight findings

Nicole Douglas

Presentation

The PEI Investor Research & Analytics team surveyed LPs to capture investor sentiment, relationships with GPs, and performance predictions. Investors range from established infrastructure players with diverse fund portfolios, to those planning to make their first alternatives commitments in 2019.

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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10:30 - 11:00

Coffee & networking

Plenary
11:00 - 11:40

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

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?
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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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11:40 - 12:20

How, why and when to move between alternative asset classes

Gail McManus, Yodia Lo, Merrick McKay

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, Founder and Managing Director, PER

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Gail McManus

Founder and Managing Director, PER

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Yodia Lo

Alternatives, Church of England

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Merrick McKay

Head of Europe - Private Equity, Aberdeen Standard Investments

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12:20 - 13:00

Meet a Mentor Session

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.

13:00 - 14:30

Themed networking working lunch

Ulyana Shtybel

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

  • Tokenisation of private equity and private debt – Ulyana Shtybel (HighCastle) 
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Ulyana Shtybel

Vice-President, Highcastle

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14:30 - 14:40

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

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

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

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 is an experienced Chair, Board director, chief executive and strategic leader in sector regulation, competition and consumer policy. Regina’s sector expertise includes infrastructure, especially water, energy and telecommunications, and servic… 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

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

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 Investment Manager of Lekela and Aela, two of Actis’ renewable energy platforms i… Read full bio

David Jeffrey

Partner, StepStone Group

Mr. Jeffrey leads StepStone’s activities in Europe and is a member of the private equity team, focusing on investments in Europe and the Middle East and co-investments. He is also involved in the Firm’s ESG and diversity initiatives, as well as vario… Read full bio

Marie Joyce

Chief Financial Officer, NTR

Marie is Chief Financial Officer of NTR plc. She joined NTR in 2004 and has held executive financial and commercial roles across the Group during this time, including Deputy CFO of NTR and CFO of Wind Capital Group. Prior to NTR, Marie was Senior Dir… 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

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

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

Yodia Lo

Alternatives, Church of 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

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

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

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

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

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

A.P. Moller Holding is the investment arm of the A.P. Moller Foundation. Our purpose is to exercise the Foundation’s role as an engaged owner; in the spirit of A.P. Møller, and to ensure that the Foundation continues to contribute to society in the f… 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

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

Sunaina Sinha

Managing Partner, Cebile Capital

Sunaina Sinha is the founder and Managing Partner of Cebile Capital, a global private funds advisory group. Under her leadership, Cebile Capital has quickly become one of the leading advisors in capital raising and secondaries market advisory to both… 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

Paul Ward

Managing Partner, Pantheon

Paul Ward, Managing Partner, joined Pantheon in 2003 and has 22 years of private equity experience. Paul is a member of the Partnership Board and leads the firm’s strategic development and operational management. Paul joined Pantheon from Lehman Brot… Read full bio
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Sponsorship opportunities in 2019

The Women in Infrastructure Forum offers a unique opportunity for organisations to raise their profile as a part of the premier meeting for infrastructure professionals focused on increasing diversity within the asset class.

For more information on available sponsorship opportunities contact Christopher Wagland, chris.w@peimedia.com +44 (0) 0207 566 5475.

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