InfraChallenge : Innovate. Disrupt. Transform. / Partner & Mentors
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Title: Open Innovation Specialist
Beatriz is an Innovation Specialist who is passionate about discovering novel problems and solutions with the potential of challenging the status quo. She holds a Degree in Business Administration and an Executive Program in Digital Transformation from the IE Business School. Understanding both business dynamics and the role of digital technologies within them is crucial to undertake a digital transformation process.
Over her career Beatriz has advised on innovation strategy for corporates, challenging their innovation systems and processes, and helped entrepreneurs and startups leverage public funds for developing its innovative solutions. As an Open Innovation Specialist at ACCIONA she is focused on engaging with entrepreneurs and startups able to build new products and business models.
Title: Lawyer & Partner
Helga Van Peer has worked on a range of award-winning infrastructure projects across the globe for over 20 years. She advises the public and private sector, creating and supporting innovative and effective solutions for PPP tenders and contracts in the interest of all stakeholders. She contributed to Global Infrastructure Hub's PPP Risk Allocation Tool.
Title: Australasian Cities Lead
Tim is Cities Leader for Arup in Australasia and is recognised as an international urban renewal thinker. Tim was a special advisor on urban regeneration, housing and city planning to five successive senior UK ministers. Since coming to Australia, Tim has become a leading city thinker, his experience has included being CEO of the Committee for Sydney, Chair for Open Cities and is a founding member of the NSW Circular hosted by UNSW.
Title: General Manager Strategic Partnerships
Andrew has over 25 years of experience in financial services. Prior to moving to the ASX 12 months ago to work on partnerships and ASX’s distributed leger platform, Andrew worked with a small team launching RateSetter and growing it to be Australia’s largest peer-to-peer lender. Andrew has led numerous projects focusing on disruptive innovation in financial services and has served on a number of boards in the finance sector. Before the ASX and RateSetter, Andrew worked at Challenger, Qantas and Baker & McKenzie. He has an honours degree in Law and Commerce.
Title: Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner
Grayson is based in Toronto with the Australian Trade & Investment Commission (Austrade), managing a Canada-wide team that is responsible for identifying major investment opportunities in Australia for Canadian companies as well as new markets for Australian exports into the region. He is also responsible for consular operations for the Australian government in Toronto as well as managing both the Austrade Infrastructure and Resources/Energy team for the broader Americas region. Prior to his current Canadian role he was based in India for 8 years with the Australian Government (New Delhi and Chennai). Responsibilities included managing the Austrade operations in South India and Sri Lanka as well as Austrade’s South Asia Infrastructure and Agribusiness teams.
Title: Director of Scaleups
David is an experienced non-technical founder who has also contributed to the larger ecosystem launching the WeWork Labs incubator program into Australia. He is currently the Scaleup director for Coventured - a corporate innovation and procurement platform.
Title: Innovation & Digital Strategy Director
Rafael is currently the Innovation and Digital Strategy Director at Ferrovial. Previously, at Ferrovial Servicios, he held the positions of Head of Innovation and Project Director at the Centre of Excellence for Cities.
He has extensive international experience in the Technology and Urban Mobility sector, where he has held positions such as the Asia-Pacific and EMEA Business Directions in Telvent (Kapsch) as well as holding consulting positions in IDOM.
Rafael’s qualifications include as a Telecommunications Engineer from the University of Deusto, a PDD from IESE Business School at University of Navarra and a Global Management Program by ESADE Business & Law School.
Title: Program Manager
Claire Hicks leads Future Ready®, a market-leading innovation and resilience program at WSP Canada. Future Ready engages WSP’s consulting professionals and clients to deliver sustainable, people-centred project solutions. Claire’s collaborative and creative approach places innovation at the forefront of any project, coaching teams to strategically and elegantly embed a future focus into today’s solutions.
Title: Strategic Advisor
Thomas has over thirty years of experience in infrastructure delivery and finance. He is on the advisory board of Meridiam Infrastructure and an independent non-executive director in Global Ports Holding, a London Stock Exchange quoted company. He is working with International Financial Institutions on the implementation of innovative financing approaches for infrastructure delivery, including financing solutions for local public utility enterprises in emerging markets. Thomas is a Strategic Advisor to the Global Infrastructure Hub.
Title: Strategic Advisor
Kyle has more than three decades of experience in international development and management. He is a Senior Advisor to BCG in its public sector and people and organizations practices, where he is advising public sector organizations on operational agility and efficiency. He is the Coordinator of the 15th Replenishment of the African Development Fund at the African Development Bank and a senior advisor to the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development. He also served on the Secretariat for the G20 Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance and the UN Reference Group formed by the UN Secretary General to guide the UNSG’s reform program. Kyle is a Strategic Advisor to the Global Infrastructure Hub.
Patrick is an InfraTech investor and mentor with 22 years of investment banking experience, including 15 years in infrastructure at Macquarie. He is passionate about innovation and climate change, focused on linking industry with tech startups. Patrick is an active investor through board/advisory roles.
Title: Advisory Leader Australia
John is an experienced executive who leads Mott MacDonald’s Advisory business in Australia delivering integrated services across Infrastructure Advisory, Project and Programme Management, Commercial Management, Environment, Sustainability, Approvals, Asset Management, and Digital Advisory. He works across the lifecycle of global infrastructure, leading projects that consistently achieve exceptional and often innovative outcomes.
Title: Strategic Advisor
Denis brings over 30 years of private sector experience as a senior executive and lead advisor in the development, financing and management of multi-sector infrastructure projects, in both developed and emerging markets. Denis is Strategic Advisor to Plan A Capital, a development and project finance advisory firm. Prior, Denis careered with the investment arm of a global engineering and construction company.
Title: Group Head Smart Grid
Jodie serves as Group Head of Smart Grid with Planair, a leading Swiss engineering consulting services provider in renewables and environment. Previously she served as CEO of the Global Solar Council. Prior to joining the Council, she was Trina Solar’s Head of Public Affairs, Europe & Africa & Latin America. She has served as Vice-President of the Board, Solar Power Europe, as member and past Chair of the Sustainable Energy Trade Initiative (SETI) & the E15 Experts Group on Clean Energy Trade Policy, as Executive Director for the trade action group, the Alliance for Affordable Solar Energy (AFASE) and on the International Energy Agency’s Energy Business Council.
Title: Director of the Infrastructure Sector
Anil is an engineer, technologist, and entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in the construction sector. He has a rich mix of industry, academic, research, and consulting experience gathered working in the United States, India, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. He worked as a technical consultant to the World Bank from 2002 to 2007 under the International Comparison Program to develop a framework for spatial and temporal comparison for the comparison-resistant construction sector.
As the founder of Shadow Ventures, a seed-stage tech investment firm, K.P. combines expertise in advanced technologies as an experienced entrepreneur. He' is a globally recognised authority in AEC, AI, robotics, and automation and the author of two books. He is passionate about launching start-ups, raising investments, and leading exits.
Title: Founder & CEO
Brindusa founded the Ground_Up Project - an impact/SDG investing intermediary based in Switzerland. Currently operating the Pipeline Builder project with the SDG Lab at the UN in Geneva, systematizing SDG-investment in emerging markets. Previously with the World Economic Forum, Brindusa designed and led a multi-country program to create public and private investment instruments for clean energy, energy efficiency and climate-smart agriculture under the G20.
Title: Director, The Engagement People and Co-founder
Kirsty has led the communication and engagement portfolios for more than $17B in transformational Australian infrastructure projects. She formed the sustainability and social license advisory firm, The Engagement People after leaving the public sector and co-founded the Next Generation Engagement Program (NextGen) shortly after. NextGen is a globally unique research program based at the Australian National University which sees researchers work collaboratively with global infrastructure leaders to better understand the bottom-line impact of engagement, social risk management and social license on project performance.
Title: Director Ticketing Solutions
Kurt is currently the Director Ticketing Solutions at Transport for NSW and has over 20 years of experience leading technology teams internationally and domestically across both the private and public sector. Kurt began his career as an Army officer, before working for Deloitte in business technology transformation. Kurt has extensive experience working in the infrastructure sector having worked previously with ASX listed infrastructure firms Leighton Group and Lendlease. Kurt has a proven track record successfully delivering customer centric digital products at extreme scale.
Title: Director, Programme Advisory, Project Finance
Sacira is a global Infrastructure & Project Finance advisory executive with a 20-year track record in economic and social infrastructure, advising public sector authorities, equity investors and lenders on all aspects of the infrastructure project life cycle, ranging from strategy, development, Project Finance, delivery, O&M and exit.