Partnerships for the future: Reimagining Infrastructure

The inaugural Asia Infrastructure Forum (AIF) will bring together key stakeholders to share their expertise on the most effective and practical strategies to mobilise the capital and promote the innovation that will deliver high quality, sustainable and resilient infrastructure that Asia needs for the future – and discuss how partnerships can be re-energised across the region to turn ideas into reality, from inception to completion.

With growing populations and economies, demand for infrastructure in Asia continues to be significant. Governments will need to leverage public funds to mobilize commercial investments to bridge the infrastructure gap but money is not enough. 

Delivering infrastructure of tomorrow requires new approaches, innovative technology and effective collaboration between policymakers, sector agencies, financiers, and investors to fund and deliver projects to yielding financial and non-financial returns for all stakeholders. The aim however is no longer just to build more roads, water supplies, bridges, ports and power plants. The planning, financing and delivery of the next generation of projects are being transformed with a focus on designing and building resilient infrastructure that incorporates innovative technology to drive economic and social development. Infrastructure is being reimagined, and the partnerships needed to move it to the next level in Asia will have to be strengthened accordingly.

The AIF is co-organised by Enterprise Singapore, Infrastructure Asia, Ministry of Finance Singapore and Monetary Authority of Singapore, with World Bank Group as Strategic Partner, Financial Times as Conference Partner, and Singapore Business Federation as Supporting Partner. The forum is designed to build on the success and take forward the agendas of two of the region’s most important industry events – the Asia-Singapore Infrastructure Roundtable and the World Bank-Singapore Infrastructure Finance Summit.

Speakers include Government Ministers, large asset owners, leading private investors and fund managers, MDBs, developers, technology innovators, key advisors and more. AIF will feature in-depth debate on the latest developments around finance, sustainable infrastructure and the impact of new technology before drilling more deeply into specific sectors, including energy, cities and transport, with case studies showcasing ground-breaking projects, advanced technologies and emerging funding structures. Another key feature will be the “Marketplace”, a networking platform for leaders in infrastructure to pitch their ideas, projects or solutions to stakeholders across the value chain.

The AIF will become a major platform for generating innovation and partnerships that will deliver the next generation of infrastructure in Asia and help provide a sustainable, resilient future for the region.

Connect

Meet infrastructure stakeholders including developers, financiers, investors, multilaterals, technical and engineering service providers, and more to identify addressable infrastructure projects in Asia together.

Learn

Tap on the expertise of professionals from different sectors to fill knowledge gaps. Identify the key good-fitting solutions which can help to advance infrastructure projects in the region.

Collaborate

Meet the best partners to mobilise finance and advances marginally bankable infrastructure projects in the region to bankable ones
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Day One: Wednesday 2 October 2019

  • 08:00
    Registration and refreshments
  • 09:00
    Welcome remarks

    Jyoti Shukla, Director, Singapore Infrastructure and Urban development Hub, World Bank
    Png Cheong Boon, Chief Executive OfficerEnterprise Singapore

  • 09:10
    Keynote address

    Indranee Rajah, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office; Second Minister for Finance; Second Minister for Education, Republic of Singapore

  • 09:20
    MOU signings
  • 09:40
    Leaders panel: Strengthening partnerships to drive Asia’s infrastructure vision

    How Asia’s infrastructure is planned, financed and delivered in the next decade will redefine the economic and social development of the whole region. The next generation of projects will require effective collaboration across the entire infrastructure ecosystem not only to secure essential funding but also to harness emerging technological innovations, while keeping a firm focus on sustainability. What steps should be taken to increase the engagement needed between all partners to move infrastructure to the next level? How can the infrastructure network leverage its expertise to build capacity in markets with the greatest infrastructure need, and what role do regional blocs like ASEAN play in facilitating intra-regional cooperation? What role can MDBs and DFI’s play as intermediaries in re-energising infrastructure partnerships to the benefit of all stakeholders.

    Speakers

    Carlos Dominguez III, Secretary of Finance, Philippines 
    Tadashi Maeda, Governor & Representative Director, JBIC, Japan
    Victoria Kwakwa, Vice President, East Asia and Pacific RegionWorld Bank
    Vongsey Vissoth, Permanent Secretary of State (Economy and Finance), Cambodia

  • 10:30
    Networking break
  • 11:00
    Investors’ and Financiers’ Leaders’ Panel: New alliances and innovative approaches to infrastructure funding

    Evolving credit conditions, shifting interest rates, currency fluctuations, and a greater focus on sustainable long-term investment are impacting capital flows into infrastructure, prompting Governments, MDBs and project sponsors to think outside the box and develop new approaches to funding. What are the implications for sovereign debt issuance, and the use of local currency markets to raise funds? Can more be done to strengthen the project and regulatory environment for public-private-partnerships to flourish across the region? Is there appetite for the deepening of a secondary market to trade and refinance infrastructure investments, and how can this be developed further? Is now the right time for Governments to look to securitisation to free up capital for recycling? What is the potential for blended finance approaches to “crowd in” a broader universe of investors seeking long-term returns?

    Speakers

    Ang Eng Seng, Chief Investment Officer, Infrastructure, GIC

  • 11:50
    Keynote
    Makhtar Diop, Vice President, Infrastructure, World Bank
  • 12:10
    Panel discussion: Powering Asia - which trends will dominate in the next decade?

    Demand for energy in Asia is on the increase, thanks to rising populations and increased industrialisation. Alongside this is a growing pressure to decarbonize power sources and enable new technologies. How will supply and demand for electricity be met in the next 10 years? How close are we, in reality, to grid parity and can renewable energies – solar, wind, hydro etc – and advances in energy storage cost effectively replace fossil fuel sources? To what extent are commercial banks making the shift away from funding traditional energy projects, eg. thermal power plants, towards greener developments? Are revised policy and commercial structures required to encourage a great region wide adoption of renewables?

    Speakers

    Assaad Razzouk, Group Chief Executive Officer, Sindicatum Renewable Energy
    Sunil Gupta, Region Head of Southeast Asia and South Asia, Vena Energy
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:10
    Panel discussion: From policy to practice – delivering sustainable, resilient infrastructure

    Simply building more roads, water supplies, bridges and power plans is no longer enough. The next generation of infrastructure, influenced by growing populations, urbanization, climate change and decreasing natural resources, requires a new way of thinking to ensure it is both resilient and sustainable both now and for the long-term.

    How can this be achieved across Asia, a region which emits more than half of all global greenhouse gases, and is prone to extreme weather events? How can national and regional priorities and strategies be aligned to achieve climate resilient infrastructure and renewable efficient energy sources? What progress is being made in utilising emerging technologies and solutions in transport, energy, ICT and water systems? To what extent should policy makers be thinking ‘smart’ rather than ‘more’ and looking to maintain and improve existing infrastructure rather than new developments? What role should MDBs and DFI’s play in supporting sustainable and resilient infrastructure development?

    Speakers

    Anita George, Executive Vice President and Head of Strategic Partnerships, Growth Markets, CDPQ India
    Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Limited
    Geoffrey Tan, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, OPIC
    Paul Carrett, Group Chief Investment Officer, FWD Group

  • 14:50
    Insights: Tomorrow’s Innovation Today - what will the next generation of infrastructure look like?

    Technology is transforming infrastructure from being labour intensive, predictable and engineer-driven. Disruptive, break-through innovations are opening up new opportunities in the planning, design and delivery of capital projects across the infrastructure eco-system. As advances continue at pace, which technologies, from drones and 3d printing, to artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles, will prove game-changers for this industry? How open is the sector to adopting and mainstreaming digital developments and how will they impact on project costs and efficiencies? How far can this go - is a ‘human-less’ construction site possible in the future?

    Speakers

    Brooks Entwistle, Chief Business Officer – International, Uber
    Ong Kim Pong, Regional CEO for Southeast Asia, PSA International
  • 15:30
    Networking break
  • 15:50
    Streams

    Stream A: Smart Cities that deliver now and for the future

    15.50 - Country case study 

    16:20 - Panel: Designing bankable infrastructure projects that effectively address current and future urban challenges

    Speakers

    Allard M Nooy, Chief Executive Officer, InfraCo Asia

     

    Stream B: BRI Six Years On 

    15:50 - The Economic of Belt and Road

    16:20 - Panel: BRI - How to meet the opportunities and challenges of delivery

  • 17:00
    Concluding remarks: Next steps and action points
    A summary of the day’s discussions and outline key take-aways and action points for all stakeholders, including concrete steps that could be taken to build capacity and mobilise financing in the year ahead. These action points will be reviewed at the next AIF in 2020
  • 17:20
    Networking cocktail reception

Day Two: Thursday 3 October 2019

Highlights of Day 2 are the Infrastructure Market Place and site visits.

The Infrastructure Market Place will provide in-depth insights into Asia’s infrastructure market. Sessions will focus on new projects emerging in the pipeline, technologies and solutions being applied to developments, and funding mechanisms being adopted. Speakers will include financers, developers, innovators and entrepreneurs at the leading edge of infrastructure development. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with potential project partners, financiers and solution providers to build partnerships and further collaboration.

  • 08:30
    Refreshments
  • 09:00
    Opening address

    Jyoti Shukla, Director, Singapore Infrastructure and Urban Development Hub,World Bank
    Seth Tan, Executive DirectorInfrastructure Asia

  • 09:15
    Insights on the latest developments and additions to regional project pipelines
  • 10:15
    Networking break
  • 10:45
    Showcasing innovative technologies and solutions for infrastructure

    Luis Gonzalez, Managing Director Asia Pacific, Element AI
    Chew Men Leong, Chief Marketing Officer, Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd

  • 11.30
    Case Study
  • 11:45
    Financing Infrastructure Panel: Matching Funding with Projects

    Verena Lim, Senior Managing Director, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets
    Arun Kant, CEO, Leonie Hill Capital

  • 12:45
    Networking lunch

Site visits

Stay tuned, registrations for site visits will open soon.

Marina Bay Sands District Cooling

Marina Bay Sands District Cooling
Singapore District Cooling (SDC) operates the world’s largest underground district cooling network and has been providing reliable, round-the-clock cooling services to developments within the premium Marina Bay financial district. Visit the SDC, who currently comprises 3 interconnected plants and are controlled by a highly sophisticated in-house developed control logic system!

Sembcorp NEWater Plant

Sembcorp NEWater Plant
The Sembcorp NEWater plant is the joint largest NEWater plant in Singapore and one of the world’s largest reclaimed water plants. It was commissioned with an initial capacity of 15 Million Imperial Gallons per Day in July 2009 and fully commissioned a year later in June 2010 with the full 50 Million Imperial Gallons per Day capacity. The project is a public-private partnership venture and was awarded to Sembcorp by PUB under a 25 year Design, Build, Operate and Own contract and cost a total of USD 180 million. The plant is constructed on the roof of the PUB Changi Water Reclamation Plant which it draws its feed water from.

Tengeh Reservoir Floating Solar

Tengah Floating Solar
Floating solar is a fast-growing market segment in the global PV industry, with a cumulative installed capacity of more than 1.3GWp (end 2018). Visit the world’s largest floating solar test bed and see how this technology is contributing to a more sustainable future!
Marina Bay Sands District Cooling

Marina Bay Sands District Cooling

Sembcorp NEWater Plant

Sembcorp NEWater Plant

Tengah Floating Solar

Tengeh Reservoir Floating Solar

Marina Bay Sands District Cooling

Marina Bay Sands District Cooling

Sembcorp NEWater Plant

Sembcorp NEWater Plant

Tengah Floating Solar

Tengeh Reservoir Floating Solar

Distinguished Speakers

Indranee Rajah

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and Education

Min Indranee

Ms Indranee Rajah is the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Finance and Education.

She co-chairs the Modern Services Workstream under the Future Economy Council and provides Ministerial oversight of Infrastructure Asia.

She was in practice as a lawyer and Senior Counsel before joining Government. Under her law portfolio from 2012 – 2018, she co-chaired the Committees on Family Justice, the formation of the Singapore International Commercial Court as well as the Committee to Strengthen Singapore as an International Centre for Debt Restructuring. She also helmed the Steering Committee on the strategic direction of Singapore’s third law school at UniSIM.

Under her MOF portfolio, Ms Rajah co-chaired the Working Group on Legal and Accounting Services, a sub-committee of the 2016 Committee on the Future Economy, the recommendations of which are aimed at transforming the legal and accounting industries in Singapore and catalysing the internationalisation of such professional services.

Makhtar Diop

Vice President, Infrastructure

Makhtar Diop

Makhtar Diop leads efforts to develop sustainable solutions and help close the infrastructure gag in developing and emerging economies.

Prior to this, Mr. Diop served as the World Bank’s Vice President for the Africa Region. He enabled access to affordable and sustainable energy; boosting women’s and youth’s economic empowerment; and promoting an environment for innovation and technology adoption. An advocate for Africa’s right to clean and affordable electricity, he pushed for greater investment in renewable energy and regional interconnectivity in the power and transport sectors.

His other experience includes: Director for Finance, Private Sector & Infrastructure in Latin America and Caribbean Region, World Bank Country Director for Brazil, Bank’s Country Director for Kenya, Eritrea, and Somalia and most notably, Minister of Economy and Finance of Senegal.

Makhtar Diop is named one of the 100 most influential Africans in the world. In 2015, he received the prestigious Regents’ Lectureship Award from the University of California, Berkeley.

Mr. Diop holds degrees in economics from the Universities of Warwick and Nottingham in England.

Png Cheong Boon

Chief Executive Officer

Png Cheong Boon

Png Cheong Boon is the Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Singapore.

Prior to that, Cheong Boon was the Second Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Trade & Industry from June 2017 to May 2018. He also served as the Chief Executive Officer of JTC Corporation from 2013 to 2017 and Chief Executive of SPRING Singapore from 2008 to 2013. He began his career with the Economic Development Board in 1993 and held various portfolios in Singapore and the US before joining SPRING Singapore as its Deputy Chief Executive in 2003. Cheong Boon serves on the boards of the Economic Development Board, Employment and Employability Institute Pte Ltd, Raffles Medical Group, Singapore Cooperation Enterprise and Singapore Innovate Pte Ltd. He has also served on the boards of Surbana Jurong Pte Ltd, Jurong Port Pte Ltd, Ascendas-Singbridge Pte Ltd, the Singapore Suzhou Township Development Pte Ltd, China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park Development Group Co. Ltd, the Institute for Engineering Leadership at the National University of Singapore and the Institute of Service Excellence at the Singapore Management University.

Cheong Boon was a recipient of the EDB-GlaxoSmithKline scholarship and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and a Master of Science in Management under the Sloan Fellows Programme at Stanford University.

Cheong Boon was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2008.

Tadashi Maeda

Governor & Representative Director, Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Mr Tadashi Maeda
Graduated University of Tokyo Faculty of Law in 1980. At JBIC, he has held various positions including Director-General of Energy and Natural Resources Finance Department; Director-General of Corporate Planning Department ; Managing Executive Officer, Global Head of Infrastructure and Environment Finance Group; Senior Managing Director and CEO, Executive Managing Director. From June 2010 to December 2012 he served as Special Advisor to the Cabinet in the Government of Japan. He has also served as a member of the Steering Committee of Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund from October 2011 to October 2013. He became a member of the IISS Council from June 2014 to 2017.

Victoria Kwakwa

Vice President for East Asia and the Pacific

Victoria Kwakwa

Ms. Kwakwa is leading the World Bank’s engagement in 23-member countries in the East Asia and Pacific region, focusing on private sector led growth, human capital development and inclusion, and sustainable and resilient development. Under her leadership, the World Bank’s EAP region has given strategic priority to childhood stunting, climate actions including transitions to cleaner energy paths and more effective use of public resources to leverage private financing particularly for infrastructure development. She also focuses on deepening partnership with regional bodies such as ASEAN and development actors in the region.

Since joining the World Bank, Ms. Kwawka has had several successful assignments as economist, country manager and country director in East Asia and Africa. She has extensive field experience in Nigeria, Rwanda and Vietnam. Ms. Kwakwa has led work on a range of economic policy issues such as economic competitiveness, fiscal management notably in resource rich economies and fiscal decentralization.

Vongsey Vissoth

Permanent Secretary of State (Economy and Finance)

H.E. Vongsey Vissoth

His Excellency Vongsey Vissoth joined the Ministry of Economy and Finance in 1995, and currently serves there as Permanent Secretary of State overseeing and leading works that covers: macroeconomic and fiscal policies, budget, international cooperation, and public-private partnership (PPP). His Excellency spearheaded the formulation of many major policy papers such as Budget System Reform Strategy Revenue Mobilization Strategy, PPP Policy, and Public Debt Management Policy, among others. Currently, he is leading the preparation of Public Investment Management Framework.

His Excellency also holds the Vice Chairman position at the Supreme National Economic Council, where he was involved extensively in the development of the Rectangle Strategies of the Royal Government of Cambodia, Cambodia’s Vision 2050, and Industrial Development Policy. His other portfolios include overseeing the Skill Development Fund and Entrepreneurship Promotion Fund and serving as the Chairman of Cambodia’s Digital Economy Policy Working Group.

His Excellency obtained his Master’s degree in economics and was a PhD candidate at the Moscow Institute for International Relations.

Min Indranee

Indranee Rajah

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and Education
Makhtar Diop

Makhtar Diop

Vice President, Infrastructure
Png Cheong Boon

Png Cheong Boon

Chief Executive Officer
Mr Tadashi Maeda

Tadashi Maeda

Governor & Representative Director, Japan Bank for International Cooperation
Victoria Kwakwa

Victoria Kwakwa

Vice President for East Asia and the Pacific
H.E. Vongsey Vissoth

Vongsey Vissoth

Permanent Secretary of State (Economy and Finance)
Min Indranee

Indranee Rajah

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and Education
Makhtar Diop

Makhtar Diop

Vice President, Infrastructure
Png Cheong Boon

Png Cheong Boon

Chief Executive Officer
Mr Tadashi Maeda

Tadashi Maeda

Governor & Representative Director, Japan Bank for International Cooperation
Victoria Kwakwa

Victoria Kwakwa

Vice President for East Asia and the Pacific
H.E. Vongsey Vissoth

Vongsey Vissoth

Permanent Secretary of State (Economy and Finance)

Speakers

Allard M. Nooy

Chief Executive Officer

Allard Nooy

Allard joined InfraCo Asia in 2013 and has overall accountability for the company’s infrastructure developments and investments in 12 Asian countries.

InfraCo Asia is part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) and a commercially managed, publicly financed infrastructure development and investment company, headquartered in Singapore.InfraCo Asia funds early stage, high-risk infrastructure development activities by taking an equity stake in commercially viable infrastructure projects that contribute to economic growth and social development.

Allard has over 25 years of strategic executive leadership experience in the infrastructure sector in emerging markets in Asia, and has successfully led and acquired infrastructure, energy and environmental companies. Allard’s previous roles include CEO of Jindal Aquasource and Jindal Ecopolis in New Delhi, India; President Asia Pacific at Covanta Energy Corporation in Shanghai, China; Regional Director, Greater China at Thames Water International in Hong Kong SAR; and General Manager of Vermeer – Ballast Nedam , while based in Vietnam.

Ang Eng Seng

Chief Investment Officer, Infrastructure

Ang Eng Seng

Mr Ang Eng Seng is GIC’s Chief Investment Officer for Infrastructure and Adviser to the Integrated Strategies Group (ISG). Before this, he was President of Europe and Head of ISG.

Prior to joining GIC in 1994, Mr Ang was a Director of the Auditor-General's Office in Singapore. From 1996 to 1998, he was seconded from GIC to China International Capital Corporation in Beijing, first as the Deputy General Manager and subsequently as the General Manager of its Direct Investment Department. He was Head of the Greater China Team for GIC Special Investments from 1999 to mid 2003, before becoming the Head of Europe Private Equity Group till 2009. He was concurrently Global Head of GIC’s Direct Investment Group and Head of the Infrastructure Group from 2009 to 2012.

Mr Ang holds an MA from Cambridge University. He is a qualified Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a charter holder of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Arun Kant

CEO

Arun Kant

Arun is the founder and CEO of Leonie Hill Capital, a global investment firm. He has been instrumental in leading the funding of many transformational companies, including PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla, as well as technology giants like Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu. He is passionate about projects focused on innovation and sustainability in infrastructure, energy and healthcare.

Arun has 26 years of operational experience launching and growing companies. He is dedicated to social entrepreneurship, has participated in several successful IPOs and has led companies in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Arun has an MBA from Stanford University and a B.Tech. in electrical engineering from IIT, Madras.

Assaad W Razzouk

Chief Executive Officer

Assaad Razzouk

Assaad W Razzouk is Chairman and CEO of Sindicatum Renewable Energy, a clean energy company in Singapore, financing, building and operating renewable energy projects in India, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. He is also CEO of the Reneum Institute, a Singapore start-up intending to digitize and democratize renewable energy. In addition to hosting the podcast The Angry Clean Energy Guy, Assaad is an Advisory Board member of Eco-Business, a Board member of EB Impact, the Singaporean non-profit organisation, a member of the International Council of the National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine; and an occasional contributor to the Huffington Post, Eco-Business, Forbes, the Independent, the Ecologist and other publications.

Assaad is a graduate of Syracuse University, holds an MBA from Columbia University in New York and a Phd Honoris Causa in Climate Change, Sustainable Development and International Cooperation from Teri University in India.

Brooks Entwistle

Global Head of Business Development

Brooks Entwistle

Brooks Entwistle serves as Chief Business Officer International for Uber, responsible for business development and the firm’s relationships across Asia Pacific, EMEA and Latin America. He joined Uber in early 2017 and prior to his current role, was the Regional General Manager for Asia Pacific. He was previously the CEO of Everstone Capital, a premier India and Southeast Asia focused private equity and real estate investment firm. Prior to joining Everstone in 2014, Brooks was a Partner at Goldman Sachs where he spent 22 years in various capacities, including 15 years based in Asia. Most recently, he was Chairman of Goldman Sachs South East Asia as well as CEO of Goldman Sachs Singapore. Prior to this, he spent 5 years in Mumbai as CEO and Founder of Goldman Sachs India where he was responsible for leading and building the firm across all divisions. He also served as the Founder & Co-Head of Goldman Sachs Asia’s High Technology Group. Earlier in his career, Brooks served as a District Electoral Supervisor with the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC).

Brooks holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He is currently a Board member of The Aspen Institute, EmancipAction, Telluride Mountainfilm and Young Life.

Geoffrey Tan

Managing Director, Asia Pacific

Geoffrey Tan

Geoffrey Tan - Managing Director, Asia Pacific, for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) - is responsible for OPIC's regional business development.

Since joining OPIC in 2003, he has worked on power, energy, telecommunications, water, toll roads and port projects as well as future flow and financial institutions transactions. These projects have been across Latin America, the Middle East, Central, Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. He was involved in ground-breaking deals with innovative solutions in unique and challenging environments.

Mr Tan also has experience in oil & gas, mining, pulp & paper, and petrochemical sectors. Prior to OPIC he was with Chase Manhattan Bank (now JPMorgan Chase) in New York, Singapore and Hong Kong focusing on project and structured finance, and Emerging Markets Partnership in Singapore focusing on private equity infrastructure investments. Mr Tan is a graduate of Cornell University, University of Virginia, and Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.

Henny Sender

Chief Correspondent, International Finance

Henny Sender
Henny Sender joined the Financial Times in 2007. She was previously the Wall Street Journal's Senior Special Writer for the Money & Investing section and covered private equity and hedge funds. Before joining the Journal, Ms Sender worked in Hong Kong for nearly 10 years and covered regional finance for the Wall Street Journal Asia and the Far Eastern Economic Review. Prior to that, she was in Tokyo for five years for Institutional Investor. Ms Sender was part of a team at the Journal that won a Loeb award for coverage of the meltdown of Amaranth, a hedge fund. Her work on the overseas Chinese received a citation from the Overseas Press Club and she was a finalist for the National Magazine Awards. Her book on India, The Kashmiri Pandits, was published by Oxford University Press. Ms Sender holds an MS from the Columbia University School of Journalism. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Jyoti Shukla

Director, Singapore Infrastructure and Urban Development Hub

Jyoti Shukla

Ms Shukla is Director of the World Bank in Singapore. The Singapore Hub comprises of 200 staff form the World Bank, IFC, and MIGA, and focuses primarily on improving infrastructure services and promoting smart urban development through public-private sector partnerships.

Ms. Shukla joined the World Bank as a Young Professional in 1994 and has since held multiple positions, largely in the area of public-private partnerships in infrastructure. Her most recent position in the Bank Group has been as Director of the Global Water Practice.

Ms. Shukla holds masters’ degrees from the Delhi School of Economics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Before joining the World Bank, she held a faculty position at Princeton University and worked with a development consulting firm in India.

Michele Ruta

Lead Economist

Michele Ruta

Michele Ruta is the lead author of the World Bank Group’s study Belt and Road Economics. He is a Lead Economist in the Macroeconomics, Trade & Investment Global Practice of the World Bank, where he oversees the work program on regional integration. He had previous appointments at the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization and the European University Institute, and holds a PhD in economics from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Ruta’s research focuses on international and regional integration and has been extensively published in academic journals, including the Journal of International Economics and the Journal of Public Economics. He is currently serving as Guest Editor for the Journal of Development Economics.

Personal website: https://sites.google.com/site/michelerutasite/

World Bank website:  http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/regional-integration

Ong Kim Pong

Regional CEO of Southeast Asia

Ong Kim Pong

Ong Kim Pong is currently the Regional CEO of Southeast Asia at PSA International. He is on the Senior Management Council and has overall responsibility and accountability for PSA Group's portfolio of operating terminals, investments and expansion in Southeast Asia. This includes PSA Singapore, which has seen major productivity improvements and deployment of technology. As part of PSA’s technology and innovation transformation efforts, he sits on the board of CrimsonLogic and PSA’s corporate venture capital arm UnboXed. Kim Pong is an active member in the Maritime domain and is part of the Next Generation Port 2030 Steering Committee, International Maritime Centre 2030 Advisory Committee, Singapore Maritime Institute International Advisory Panel and Management Board of the Centre for Maritime Studies. He is also a member of the Urban Redevelopment Authority Board.

Kim Pong holds a Master of Business Administration from National University of Singapore. He is married with three children.

Paul Carrett

Group Chief Investment Officer

Paul Carrett

Paul Carrett is the Group Chief Investment Officer of FWD Group, leading the investment function across the Group, assisting the countries with their investment strategies and asset allocation in line with business plans. He has more than two decades of experience in financial services and was previously Head of Insurance Solutions in Asia at UBS, Head of Insurance Solutions at JP Morgan, and Executive Director for Insurance Solutions at Goldman Sachs. He also worked in Australia with Allco Finance Group, National Australia Bank, and Tillinghast.

Before joining FWD Group, Paul was Regional Director for the investment arm of Prudential Corporation Asia, as well as a member of its Regional Investment Strategy Committee. As part of his own consulting firm, Carrett & Co., he worked with Prudential’s regional investment team as a consultant before joining the company. His career started at the Office of the Australian Government Actuary and, as a pension consultant.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Economics in Actuarial Studies from the Australian National University, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

Ravi Mattu

Deputy Asia New Editor

Ravi Mattu
Ravi Mattu is the Deputy Asia News Editor of the Financial Times, helping to drive the paper's coverage across the region. Since joining the FT in 2000, he has held a number of senior positions at the FT, including Tech Editor; Editorial Director of commercial department FT2; Business Life editor, overseeing the management section of the paper; Acting Editor and Deputy Editor of the FT Weekend Magazine; and editor of Special Reports (magazines and websites), during which time he edited a number of titles, including Mastering Management, and launched FT Wealth. Ravi has interviewed leading CEOs, entrepreneurs and politicians, and is a frequent speaker and conference chair.

Seth Tan

Executive Director

Seth Tan
Seth is the Executive Director of Infrastructure Asia, which is a project facilitation office under the Singapore government. Set up by Enterprise Singapore and the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the office aims to harness the network and collective capabilities of public sector agencies and private sector firms, and partner stakeholders across the region to meet Asia’s infrastructure needs. Prior to his role as head of the Infrastructure Asia office, he has helmed leadership roles in DBS Bank, BNP Paribas, Standard Bank, and Babcock & Brown, and was based overseas in China, Australia, Hong Kong. Over his 23 years involvement in the infrastructure sector, he has worked on various opportunities across various infrastructure sub-segments.

Sunil Gupta

Regional Head – Southeast Asia and South Asia

Sunil Gupta

Sunil Gupta is the Regional Head – Southeast Asia and South Asia of Vena Energy, and oversees the group’s investment, development, management and maintenance of renewable projects in Japan, Taiwan, Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, and India. He has first-hand experience of participating in the emergence of cleantech companies in Asia, Europe and the US.

Over the last 15 years he has led numerous capital markets, project financing and structured credit solutions for cleantech and renewable companies in multiple regulatory and financial markets. He previously developed renewable energy strategy at Sembcorp Industries in 2015 and grew the business to 2,600MW across five countries by the end of 2018. Sunil was formerly global head of cleantech banking at Standard Chartered and global head of technology and global cleantech research at Morgan Stanley. An advocate for environmental sustainability, Sunil has extensively engaged with regulators for structuring and formulating renewable energy policies.

He holds a BTech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Verena Lim

Senior Managing Director, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Verena Lim

Verena is a Senior Managing Director in MIRA and has led acquisitions, management and disposal of several investments across various sectors in Asia, including building expertise in the oil and petrochemical storage sectors in South East Asia and the establishment of regional Asia infrastructure funds.

Since joining Macquarie in 2006, Verena has worked in various offices across the Asia Pacific and has been involved in landmark investments such as Taiwan Broadband Communications, Coastal Oil Storage (Philippines), Universal Terminal (Singapore), OTCS (Singapore) and Energy Development Corporation (Philippines).

Verena is currently based in Singapore and is a representative director and committee member of several investments in the region.

Allard Nooy

Allard M. Nooy

Chief Executive Officer
Ang Eng Seng

Ang Eng Seng

Chief Investment Officer, Infrastructure
Arun Kant

Arun Kant

CEO
Assaad Razzouk

Assaad W Razzouk

Chief Executive Officer
Brooks Entwistle

Brooks Entwistle

Global Head of Business Development
Geoffrey Tan

Geoffrey Tan

Managing Director, Asia Pacific
Henny Sender

Henny Sender

Chief Correspondent, International Finance
Jyoti Shukla

Jyoti Shukla

Director, Singapore Infrastructure and Urban Development Hub
Michele Ruta

Michele Ruta

Lead Economist
Ong Kim Pong

Ong Kim Pong

Regional CEO of Southeast Asia
Paul Carrett

Paul Carrett

Group Chief Investment Officer
Ravi Mattu

Ravi Mattu

Deputy Asia New Editor
Seth Tan

Seth Tan

Executive Director
Sunil Gupta

Sunil Gupta

Regional Head – Southeast Asia and South Asia
Verena Lim

Verena Lim

Senior Managing Director, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets
Allard Nooy

Allard M. Nooy

Chief Executive Officer
Ang Eng Seng

Ang Eng Seng

Chief Investment Officer, Infrastructure
Arun Kant

Arun Kant

CEO
Assaad Razzouk

Assaad W Razzouk

Chief Executive Officer
Brooks Entwistle

Brooks Entwistle

Global Head of Business Development
Geoffrey Tan

Geoffrey Tan

Managing Director, Asia Pacific
Henny Sender

Henny Sender

Chief Correspondent, International Finance
Jyoti Shukla

Jyoti Shukla

Director, Singapore Infrastructure and Urban Development Hub
Michele Ruta

Michele Ruta

Lead Economist
Ong Kim Pong

Ong Kim Pong

Regional CEO of Southeast Asia
Paul Carrett

Paul Carrett

Group Chief Investment Officer
Ravi Mattu

Ravi Mattu

Deputy Asia New Editor
Seth Tan

Seth Tan

Executive Director
Sunil Gupta

Sunil Gupta

Regional Head – Southeast Asia and South Asia
Verena Lim

Verena Lim

Senior Managing Director, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Enterprise Singapore

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ESG

Enterprise Singapore is the government agency championing enterprise development. The agency works with committed companies to build capabilities, innovate and internationalise.

It also supports the growth of Singapore as a hub for global trading and startups, and builds trust in Singapore’s products and services through quality and standards.

Visit www.enterprisesg.gov.sg for more information.

Infrastructure Asia

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IA
Infrastructure Asia supports Asia’s social and economic growth through infrastructure development.
The organisation match-make organisations that are domain experts in their respective fields with regional governments, firms and multilateral development banks. At the same time, it brings various industry stakeholders across the value chain together to explore project opportunities in Asia.

Infrastructure Asia is set up by Enterprise Singapore and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

Monetary Authority of Singapore

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MAS
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is Singapore’s central bank and integrated financial regulator. As central bank, MAS promotes sustained, non-inflationary economic growth through the conduct of monetary policy and close macroeconomic surveillance and analysis. It manages Singapore’s exchange rate, official foreign reserves, and liquidity in the banking sector. As an integrated financial supervisor, MAS fosters a sound financial services sector through its prudential oversight of all financial institutions in Singapore – banks, insurers, capital market intermediaries, financial advisors, and stock exchanges. It is also responsible for well-functioning financial markets, sound conduct, and investor education. MAS also works with the financial industry to promote Singapore as a dynamic international financial centre. It facilitates the development of infrastructure, adoption of technology, and upgrading of skills in the financial industry.

Ministry of Finance

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MOF

The Ministry of Finance aims to advance the well-being and development of Singapore through Finance. The Ministry strives to achieve a balanced budget through prudent and sustainable fiscal policies, foster a regulatory environment conducive to business and enterprise, ensure prudent investment of the Government's reserves and other public funds, and sets policies for government procurement, customs regulation, accounting standards and business regulation.

We achieve this together with our departments (Accountant-General’s Department, Singapore Customs and Vital), and statutory boards/bodies (Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority, Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore, Tote Board and Singapore Accountancy Commission).

For more information, please visit www.mof.gov.sg

Follow MOF on facebook.com/MOFsg and twitter.com/MOFsg

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Enterprise Singapore

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IA

Infrastructure Asia

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MAS

Monetary Authority of Singapore

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MOF

Ministry of Finance

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ESG

Enterprise Singapore

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IA

Infrastructure Asia

Co-organisers
MAS

Monetary Authority of Singapore

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MOF

Ministry of Finance

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World Bank Group

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World Bank Group

Established in 1944, the World Bank Group consists of five organizations: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The first two, IBRD and IDA, together make up the World Bank, which is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world.

The World Bank Group has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030: End extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.90 a day to no more than 3%; promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% for every country. In its 2018 fiscal year, the Bank Group’s commitments to developing countries hit nearly $64 billion.

The World Bank Group is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with more than 120 offices worldwide. For more information please visit https://www.worldbank.org/.

World Bank Group

World Bank Group

Strategic Partner
World Bank Group

World Bank Group

Strategic Partner

CEMS

Supporting partner

CEMS

Established since 1980, Conference & Exhibition Management Services Pte Ltd (CEMS) is a regional organiser with a global perspective. A key player in the MICE industry in Singapore, CEMS has vast knowledge and experience in organising and managing exhibitions and conferences for and with government agencies and trade associations and professional institutions.

Currently, CEMS organizes 15 industrial and lifestyle events catering to industry sectors such as Architecture, Facility Management, LED & Lighting, Glass & Machinery, Safety & Security, Fire & Disaster Management as well as the largest Jewellery show , Coffee, Tea, Bakery and Café/Restaurant industries in Singapore.

With the assistance from Enterprise Singapore, CEMS had ventured into Malaysia in 2015. Its office in Kuala Lumpur organises the Café Malaysia and Coffee Fest as well as manages the Barista championship for the Malaysia Specialty Coffee Association.

In China, CEMS organizes tourism events in Beijing, Guilin, and Chengdu.

CEMS is also a Professional Conference Organiser (PCO) for several trade associations to manage their regional and international meetings. Amongst them include Security Industry Conference 2014 for the Security Industry Institute (SII) and ASIS International – Singapore Chapter, as well as FISAC 2014, 2017 for the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

CEMS is currently a member of the International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE) of USA and a member of SACEOS, AFECA and UFI.

Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants

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ISCA Infrastructure & Project Finance Qualification (ISCA IPFQ)

The Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA) is the national accountancy body of Singapore. ISCA’s vision is to be a globally recognised professional accountancy body, bringing value to our members, the profession and wider community. There are over 32,000 ISCA members making their stride in businesses across industries in Singapore and around the world.

Established in 1963, ISCA is an advocate of the interests of the profession. Possessing a Global Mindset, with Asian Insights, ISCA leverages its regional expertise, knowledge, and networks with diverse stakeholders to contribute towards Singapore’s transformation into a global accountancy hub.

ISCA is the Designated Entity to confer the Chartered Accountant of Singapore - CA (Singapore) - designation.

ISCA is a member of Chartered Accountants Worldwide, a global family that brings together the members of leading institutes to create a community of over 1.8 million Chartered Accountants and students in more than 190 countries.

For more information, visit www.isca.org.sg

Singapore Business Federation

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SBF

Established on 1 April 2002, the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) is the apex business chamber championing the interests of the Singapore business community. With 25,800 member companies, SBF’s focus is to sense, prioritise, analyse and help resolve burning issues facing significant segments of businesses. All Singapore-registered companies with a share capital of S$0.5 million and above are members of SBF.

As the bridge between the Singapore business community and the Government, SBF advocates firmly on behalf of businesses and our workforce, as well as at international settings, to promote the growth and vibrancy of our business community, contributing to the prosperity of Singapore.

The Federation works closely with key local and foreign business chambers, and has inaugurated the Trade Association & Chamber (TAC) Alliance to be a better enabler for the business community.

For more information, please visit our website www.sbf.org.sg

CEMS

CEMS

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ISCA Infrastructure & Project Finance Qualification (ISCA IPFQ)

Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants

Supporting partner
SBF

Singapore Business Federation

Supporting partner
CEMS

CEMS

Supporting partner
ISCA Infrastructure & Project Finance Qualification (ISCA IPFQ)

Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants

Supporting partner
SBF

Singapore Business Federation

Supporting partner

Financial Times

Conference Partner

Financial Times

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Financial Times Live (FT Live) is the global conferences and events division of the Financial Times Group. Chaired by senior journalists from the Financial Times Group, the summits, conferences, awards and strategic forums organised by FT Live gather the world’s brightest minds and most influential decision-makers. Exclusive on-stage interviews, stimulating presentations and lively panel debates – available on multiple content platforms – provide the cutting-edge insights, unique personalities and peer audience engagement that have the power to transform finance, business, politics, society and culture.

Financial Times

Financial Times

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Financial Times

Financial Times

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Architecture & Building Services (ABS)

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The 6th Architecture & Building Services (ABS) series comprises six exhibitions and some 12 conferences or more, catering to the built environment and infrastructure sectors.

The events are: ArchXpo, featuring architectural products and services; iFaME, focussing on facilities management technologies; and LED + Light Asia, displaying the latest luminary equipment. The main focus are Architecture and FM.

Other events include: Safety & Security, highlighting the state-of-the-art technologies on security systems and solutions; Fire & Disaster Asia, presenting fire protection equipment and tools; and Work Safe Asia, promoting industrial and workplace safety. The main focus is on Safety and Security.

ISCA Infrastructure & Project Finance Qualification (ISCA IPFQ)

ISCA Infrastructure & Project Finance Qualification (ISCA IPFQ)

The demand for urban infrastructure and services is expected to grow strongly with infrastructure investments in developing Asia. Developed with inputs from industry experts and supported by Infrastructure Asia, the ISCA Infrastructure & Project Finance Qualification (ISCA IPFQ) is the first qualification leading to the conferment of the credential by a professional body in Asia.

Upon completion of all modules, ISCA IPFQ graduates who have acquired at least three years of recent and relevant work experience in infrastructure and project finance-related fields can apply for ISCA Associate membership, subject to meeting the prevailing membership admission requirements and be conferred the ISCA Infrastructure & Project Finance Professional (ISCA IPFP) Credential.

ISCA is offering a one-off grandfathering scheme until 31 December 2020 to experienced infrastructure and project finance professionals who can meet the eligibility criteria, subject to approval on a case-by-case basis. Click here to find out more.

For more information about ISCA IPFQ, visit https://isca.org.sg/ipfq

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Architecture & Building Services (ABS)

ISCA Infrastructure & Project Finance Qualification (ISCA IPFQ)

ISCA Infrastructure & Project Finance Qualification (ISCA IPFQ)

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Architecture & Building Services (ABS)

ISCA Infrastructure & Project Finance Qualification (ISCA IPFQ)

ISCA Infrastructure & Project Finance Qualification (ISCA IPFQ)

Venue
Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre
Hibiscus and Jasmine Ballroom, Level 3.

 

Address
10 Bayfront Avenue
Singapore 018956

 

Nearest MRT Station
Bayfront MRT (CE1/DT16)
Exit E(2 minute walk)

 

 

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To find out whether you need a visa, please visit the website of the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Asia Singapore Infrastructure Roundtable 2018

23 Oct 2018

The Asia-Singapore Infrastructure Roundtable is the premier platform for dialogue between government leaders, policy makers, investors and infrastructure companies on Asian infrastructure projects.

It had eight runs and since its inauguration, it has attracted more than 1600 industry practitioners, with over US$8 billion worth of projects discussed.

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World Bank - Singapore Infrastructure Finance Summit

05 April 2018

The World Bank-Singapore Infrastructure Finance Summit is an annual event organised by the World Bank Group, the Government of Singapore, and the Financial Times. The Summit is a direct response to the need for greater coordination amongst host governments, private sector players and multilateral agencies to bridge the infrastructure investment gap in Asia. It provides a forum where policymakers, industry leaders, and private sector practitioners from across the globe can discuss opportunities, address challenges and showcase new developments and initiatives in infrastructure financing.

Over the years, the Summit has discussed a variety of topics such as Connectivity and Sustainability in an Era of Volatile Markets and Disruptive Technologies, Finding New Ways to Mobilise Private Capital in Southeast Asia, among others. The Summit has gone from strength to strength each year, and helped pave the way for the many infrastructure-themed events across the region.

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Date
2 October - 3 October 2019

Location
Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre,
Singapore

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