Infrastructure Asia (InfraAsia) is a facilitation office set up by Enterprise Singapore and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to support Asia’s social and economic growth through infrastructure development, working closely with both private and public sector organisations in Singapore and the region.
Singapore is home to an established ecosystem of public sector agencies and private sector firms that include developers, engineering, procurement and construction companies, professional services firms, financial institutions, and multilateral development banks.
With our understanding of regional markets and our own development experience, Singapore is well-placed to serve Asia’s infrastructure needs and unlock the region’s infrastructure potential.
We enable good-fit solutions from companies and institutions in addressable infrastructure sub-segments in Asia, catalysing project development, financing and executing opportunities to meet the region’s growing needs.
We match-make organisations that are domain experts in their respective fields with regional governments, firms and multilateral development banks. At the same time, we bring various industry stakeholders across the value chain together to explore project opportunities in Asia.
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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) estimates that developing Asia will need to invest US$1.7 trillion annually in infrastructure until 2030 to maintain its growth momentum, tackle poverty and respond to climate change.
Infrastructure Asia looks at power, transport, urban and smart cities, and water and sanitation projects. Further, given the increasing need to ensure sustainable growth as well as deal with the impacts of climate change, Infrastructure Asia also works towards advancing sustainable infrastructure in the region.
Sustainable infrastructure refers to the designing, building, and operating of structural elements in ways that do not diminish the social, economic and ecological processes required to maintain human equity, diversity, and the functionality of natural systems. Renewable energy projects, including floating solar panels, are some of the sustainable infrastructure projects that we look at.
The definitions of the focus sectors are as follows:
Energy infrastructure includes many components: generation, transmission, and various means of distribution of electricity.
Power refers to electricity generation, transmission and distribution from both conventional and renewable energy sources.
Social infrastructure can be broadly defined as the construction and maintenance of facilities which support social services. This includes healthcare and educational institutions.
Transport refers to railways, roads and bridges, ports, airports, urban public transport (metros, buses and taxis) and their supporting infrastructure (payment networks, security and surveillance etc.).
Urban and smart cities refer to a wide repertoire of technology enabled solutions ranging from urban mobility (driverless vehicles) to smart street lighting (energy saving, multi-purpose lamp posts) to smart city planning.
Water and sanitation refers to water supply pipelines, water treatment plants, desalination plants, sewage projects (sewage collection, treatment and disposal systems, water recycling plants), solid waste management, and storm water drainage systems.
A successful infrastructure project requires effective planning, coordination and implementation among multiple stakeholders from start to end. Figure 1 below illustrates the key stages undertaken by real economy service providers and financiers in the life cycle and value chain of an infrastructure project.
Figure 1: Illustrative life cycle of an infrastructure project
Singapore has a comprehensive infrastructure ecosystem which includes developers, financiers, professional services, and other supporting services. With our understanding of regional markets and our own development experience, Singapore is well-placed to serve Asia's infrastructure needs and unlock the region's infrastructure potential to support Asia's economic and social growth. As a government facilitation office, we can also leverage on our strong connections with regional counterparts.
Lavan is the Executive Director of Infrastructure Asia. He works closely with both the private and public sector in Singapore and the region, focusing on project origination and development to enable more sustainable infrastructure in the region. He has been actively involved in various initiatives on infrastructure financing including spending over a year at Clifford Capital, a specialist provider of structured finance solutions.
Lavan started his career in the Ministry of Finance overseeing fiscal policy formulation. Prior to his appointment at Infrastructure Asia in April 2021, Lavan held various leadership roles at the MAS focused on financial market development. He was most recently the Chief Representative based in the MAS New York Representative Office.
Lavan graduated with an Honours Degree in Business with a specialisation in Financial Analysis and obtained his MBA (Accountancy) from Nanyang Technological University’s Nanyang Business School.
Deputy Executive Director
Christine is the Executive Director overseeing the Urban Solutions and Infrastructure Services industry clusters, as well as the Circular Economy & Sustainability programme office at Enterprise Singapore, the government agency championing enterprise development. Christine also holds the concurrent appointment of Deputy Executive Director at Infrastructure Asia.
The Urban Solutions and Infrastructure Services industry cluster groups cover the energy, water and environmental services sub-sectors, as well as the built environment and real estate sub-sectors. Christine works with her teams to engage committed enterprises in these sectors to help them build capabilities, innovate and expand their presence internationally.
Her work in the Circular Economy and Sustainability programme office involves the formulation of sustainability programmes and initiatives, in collaboration with industry and ecosystem partners, to support local enterprises in their journey towards becoming sustainable and to seize opportunities in the green economy.
Prior to joining Enterprise Singapore, Christine was the Group Director of Industry Cluster Group at JTC Corporation, where she worked with multinationals and local enterprises on their infrastructure and real estate needs. Her teams played key roles in the planning and development of industry ecosystems, customer and stakeholder engagement, and marketing of industrial land and space to enterprises in sectors such as food manufacturing, agri-tech, aerospace, offshore and marine, biomedical sciences, electronics, info-communications and media.
Christine also spent 6 years leading JTC’s Corporate and Marketing Communications team, working in partnership with stakeholders to provide customer-centric communication services that will enhance the JTC brand.
Christine graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Real Estate from the National University of Singapore. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Devin is the Project Director at Infrastructure Asia and has over 20 years of experience in funds management, consultancy and advisory services, with a strong focus in infrastructure, real estate and investments.
Devin currently oversees the market coverage team to originate infrastructure projects and uncover opportunities in Asia (Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, India and Bangladesh). He is responsible for managing the office's project portfolio by facilitating collaborations between regional infrastructure projects and the infrastructure ecosystem in Singapore. He works closely with both the public and private sectors, including developers, operators, technology providers, debt and equity funders, professional services and other support services to ensure that the projects are delivered efficiently and effectively with the right resources and expertise.
Chris Loo is a Principal at Infrastructure Asia and heads the market coverage team which originate infrastructure projects and opportunities in Vietnam, India and Bangladesh. He is also responsible for driving developments in the energy efficiency sector (for existing buildings).
Prior to Infrastructure Asia, Chris served the government and public sector during his time with Deloitte, he was also based in China for over 6 years with a private port company and has over 15 years of experience in consulting, operations and business development in the energy, port and logistic sectors in Asia.
Chris is trained professionally in Master of Public Administration from Nanyang Technological University.
Gayle Tan is a Principal at Infrastructure Asia and leads the capital raising team, which builds relationships with the financing ecosystem, ranging from banks, funds, multilaterals and development financing institutes. She mobilises private sector capital into originated infrastructure projects by facilitating connections with financing options and best-fit partners. She is also responsible for developing and sharing thought leadership on sector specific topics, such as sustainable financing and renewable energy.
Prior to Infrastructure Asia, Gayle has more than 8 years of experience in both business development and project development of water, waste, energy and technology related projects in the ASEAN region.
Gayle holds a Master of Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST).
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