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Agenda Overview

Monday September 26th: WIES Pre-Summit PPP Leaders’ Day

Limited to 50 senior representatives from government agencies, the WIES PPP Leaders’ Day provides a rare opportunity for government PPP agencies to meet, learn from their global peers and collectively define best practices. This is an interactive workshop consisting of informative presentations and group discussion. Participants may submit particular issues for discussion to the chairman in advance.

13:00 Registration & refreshments

14:00 Chairperson’s welcome address

Bill Banks, Global Infrastructure Leader, EY

14:15 Creating the ‘right’ frameworks to enable the success of PPPs: What does it take to build a credible pipeline of bankable projects?

  • Do governments have unrealistic expectations about risk and return?
  • Is the private sector too reactive in helping governments understand what makes a bankable deal?
  • Balancing the roles of public sector vs private sector in PPP projects

Tony Clamp, PPP Expert and Managing Director, Compass Infrastructure

14:30 IISS: Tools to develop high quality early-stage project documentation for bankable PPPs

This session will provide updates to IISS, a multilateral initiative and development tool that promotes high quality, and efficient global project delivery, accessible to the public and private sector.

Vincent Piron, Knowledge Director and acting CFO, Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation - IISS

14:45 Interactive group discussion and Q&A

15:30 Networking & refreshment break

16:00 PPPs in emerging markets: Kampala Jinja Expressway & the Uganda PIM

Christopher Olobo, Investment Officer, IFC

16:45 Group discussions

Led by the workshop chairman, this discussion is an opportunity for members of the group to share their experience of recent PPPs and lessons learned from the process, to include, among other issues:

  • Setting realistic expectations
  • Implementing best practice & designing a flexible framework
  • Measuring success, value & understanding the end-user perspective
  • Establishing a framework for sharing knowledge across developing countries

17:15 WIES Welcome Drinks Reception

All workshops and conference delegates are invited to this evening’s launch of the summit.

Day One: Tuesday September 27th

08:15 Registration and refreshments

09:00 Welcome address

Sarah Tame, Editor in Chief, IJGlobal

09:05 Chairperson’s opening remarks

Phillip Hall, Head of Infrastructure & Transportation Structured Finance, MUFG

09:15 IJGlobal Market Data Presentation

Sarah Tame, Editor in Chief, IJGlobal

09:35 Presentation: Closing the global infrastructure gap through the development of effective knowledge-sharing networks

  • What are the biggest barriers to infrastructure investment at a global level?
  • How can knowledge networks help address information gaps and improve connectivity between private and public infrastructure market participants?
  • Funding gap or a bankable projects gap? Identifying the role of institutions such as the Global Infrastructure Hub in creating pipelines of quality, bankable projects


Chris Heathcote, Chief Executive Officer, Global Infrastructure Hub

Nick Merritt, Global Head of Comodities, Mining and Infrastructure, Norton Rose Fulbright

10:00 The future of energy & infrastructure finance: Looking ahead 5 years

  • Commercial banks, institutional investors, development banks, alternative debt providers, ECAS – how will the interplay between key market participants change in the next 5 years?
  • What innovation in financing mechanisms are we likely to see following new regulations and depressed commodity prices?
  • Identifying areas for structural improvement in financial markets to encourage greater private participation in infrastructure projects
  • Establishing a secondary market for sustainable infrastructure-relate securities to improve recycling of development capital and help develop more innovative financial instruments to give investors greater flexibility

Andrew Lin, Managing Director, Energy and Project Finance, DBRS

Gordon Bajnai, Group Chief Operating Officer, Meridiam

Fabrice Henry, Chief Executive Officer, Astris Finance

Laurence Monnier, Head of Strategy and Research, Alternative Income, Aviva Investors

Jordan Schwartz, Head of the Global Infrastructure Facility, World Bank Group

Moderator: Rob Dornton-Duff, Head of Infrastructure & Project Finance Advisory, Chatham Financial

10:45 Morning networking and refreshment break

11:30 International financial institutions: Filling part of the infrastructure financing gap through cooperation and collaboration

  • What new financing tools are being developed to diversify portfolios and increase IFI’s lending capabilities?
  • Gauging the success of exposure exchanges and securitizations in providing capital relief for IFIs via portfolio diversification
  • Identifying ways of optimising balance sheets to increase lending capacity without damaging credit ratings and substantially increasing risks
  • How likely are development banks to begin taking currency risk on projects they support?

Michael Ratliff, Managing Director, Renewable and Clean Energy Group, OPIC

Victor Traverso, Special Advisor to the President, CAF

Gabriel Goldschmidt, Head of Infrastructure in Latin American and the Caribbean, IFC

Christopher Marks, Senior Advisor, African Development Bank

Sven List, Vice-President and Head of Structured and Project Finance, Export Development Canada

Moderator: Carina Radford, Partner, White & Case

12:15 View from the C-suite: Delving into sponsors’ financing strategies and their outlook on the global energy & infrastructure markets in 2017

  • How are business models evolving? What impact does this have when evaluating funding options?
  • To what extent are the dynamics of the different funding sources available influencing how sponsors evaluate opportunities?  
  • How are sponsors evaluating market opportunities and what more can they do to expand the pipeline?
  • How are deal structures evolving in a buyers’ market?

Nicolas Navas, Director, Project Finance, Jenner Renewables

Javier Perez Fortea, Chief Executive Officer, Globalvia

Francisco Clemente Sanchez, Chief Financial Officer, Cintra

Moderator: Jose Guardo, Partner, Clifford Chance

13:00 Presentation: Sao Paulo State Toll Roads Concession Program

Karla Bertocco Trindade, Undersecretary of State, State Government of Sao Paulo

13:20 Lunch



14:45 Chairperson's opening remarks

Rosie Fitzmaurice, Senior Reporter, IJGlobal

14:15 What impact will the climate change agreement at COP21 have on future development of renewable energy projects across the Middle East?

  • How can policy developments, such as an improved regulatory framework, encourage private sector investment in renewable energy projects?
  • Identifying the role of  the crucial ECAs and development banks in closing greenfield power projects
  • Dubai Solar Phase 2: A success story for the IPP model in Dubai and lessons learned for future projects
  • What is holding back progress in renewable energy project developments in Saudi Arabia? Is there market appetite for utility-scale solar projects?

Erik Becker, MENA Infrastructure Manager, IFC

Moderator: Jordan Bintcliffe, Senior Reporter, IJGlobal

14:45 Chairperson's opening remarks

Bill Banks, Global Infrastructure Leader, EY

14:15 Colombia: Driving forward the fourth generation road expansion PPP program

  • How did ANI work with FDN, the government, and the private sector to ensure the success of the 4G program?
  • What parts of the program’s financing mechanisms were key in securing the support of international investors?
  • Exploring key challenges in putting together a PPP structure that aligns public sector goals with private sector interests
  • Looking at the future of transport infrastructure in Colombia, the current status of the 4G road concessions and other public-private partnerships in the pipeline
  • Lessons learned and advice for other agencies looking replicate this model

Clemente del Valle, President and Chief Executive Officer, FDN

Moderator: Fabrice Henry, Chief Executive Officer, Astris Finance

15:25  Investment opportunities in Latin America’s energy infrastructure

  • What M&A opportunities have arisen as a result of the region’s corruption scandals?
  • To what extent is an asset seen as tainted if it has Odebrecht or Petrobras involvement and how does this impact secondary market asset sales?
  • What levels of investment have flowed into the Mexican midstream infrastructure since the Energy Reforms? What new opportunities are coming up?
  • Comparing finance options for the development of midstream infrastructure in Latin America: Who is driving most activity?

Santiago Oraa, Director of Finance & Economics, Elecnor

Juan Fabregas, Vice President, Energy Project Finance, BBVA Corporate & Investment Banking

Gabriel Goldschmidt,  Head of Infrastructure in Latin American and the Caribbean, IFC

Victor Traverso, Special Advisor to the President, CAF

Moderator: Ignacio Paz, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills




15:25 European infrastructure: Developing effective financing structures for transport & PPP projects

  • How many of the Junker plan projects require state aid?
  • Has the EIB’s project bond credit enhancement scheme succeeded in addressing market needs? To what extent is it likely that the scheme will be extended to include currency risk?
  • Public budget advantages of using the project bond initiative
  • Which assets and sectors are of most interest to financial investors?
  • What can continental Europe learn from the UK’s experience with uncovered and senior/subordinated bond structures?

Pascal Mousset, Senior PPP Legal Advisor, RWS

Michela Bariletti, Senior Director, Infrastructure Ratings, S&P Global Ratings

Alex Yew, Head of Project Finance & New Markets, John Laing

Pablo Gonzalez Taberna,  Executive Director, BBVA Corporate & Investment Banking

Cormac Murphy, Head of Infrastructure Division, European Investment Bank

Moderator:  Juan Angoitia, Managing Director -  Infrastructure, Ardian


16:25 Afternoon networking & refreshment break

16:25 Afternoon networking & refreshment break

16:45 Global Project Pipeline Pitches : Government grantors rotating roundtables

Representatives from government procurement agencies will share insights into their infrastructure development pipelines, procurement process and requirements, talking to each roundtable of delegates and moving between tables every 15 minutes

France: Salim Bensmail, Director, Mission d'appui aux partenariats public-privé

Canada: Michael Mills, Vice President, Investments, PPP Canada

Colombia: Clemente del Valle, President and Chief Executive Officer, FDN

Netherlands: Marc Bollen, Strategic Advisor on PPPs, Rijkswaterstaat

Egypt: Tamer Waguih, Projects Portfolio Manager, PPP Central Unit, Ministry of Finance

Brazil: Karla Bertocco, Undersecretary for Partnerships and Innovation,  Government of the State of Sao Paulo

Ireland: Gerard Cahillane, Deputy Director – Head of Operations & Finance, National Treasury Management Agency


17:45 Chair’s closing remarks followed by cocktail reception sponsored by S&P Global Ratings


17:45 Chair’s closing remarks followed by cocktail reception sponsored by S&P Global Ratings




























































Day 2: Wednesday 28th September

08:30 Morning refreshments

08:30 Morning refreshments

09:00 Chairperson’s opening remarks

Andreea Dinulescu, Editorial Director - Events, IJGlobal

09:00 Chairperson’s opening remarks

Sarah Tame, Editor in Chief, IJGlobal

09:15 The status of global energy investment: Drivers and challenges in financing the changing energy system

Laszlo Varro, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency

09:15 The status of global infrastructure investment and market outlook for 2017

Sarah Tame, Editor in Chief, IJGlobal

09:45 South Africa: Will local lenders continue to dominate energy deals?

  • Will the South African market open to international banks?
  • Has the government answered investors’ concerns over fuel supply for planned gas and coal-fired baseload plants?
  • Evaluating renewable energy investment opportunities against the country’s depressed economy
  • How successful has the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme been?

Mike Peo, Head, Infrastructure, Energy, Telecommunications, Nedbank

Zahed Sibda, Managing Director, Fieldstone Private Capital Group

Christopher Marks, Senior Advisor, African Development Bank

Moderator: Kirsti Massie, Partner, Global Head of Power, White & Case


09:30 What financing structures are best adapted to toll road projects?

  • Adapting road infrastructure to emerging technologies such as electric and driverless cars and the impact on toll revenues
  • How are governments evaluating different revenue models, from tolling to availability payments?
  • Public vs. private ownership structures: Which is the preferred option for toll roads?
  • How can concession regulation be improved to promote better projects?

Bruno de la Fuente, Director of Concessions, SEOPAN

Shimon Avraham, Vice President of Projects Department, Cross Israel Highway

Adrian Zambrano, Structured Finance - European Infrastructure, European Investment Bank

Moderator:  Stéphane Buemi, Senior Director, Global Infrastructure & Project Finance, Fitch Ratings


10:30 Morning networking and refreshment break

10:30 Morning networking and refreshment break

11:15 Adjusting financing strategies for renewable energy projects in highly liquid and competitive markets

  • How can banks find distribution channels for long-term debt?
  • The rise of non-utility equity groups: What do newcomers offer traditional equity partners?
  • Is capital getting recycled efficiently? Do utilities still have the balance sheet capacity for new renewables projects?

Stephen Jennings,  Executive Director, Power and Renewables, MUFG

Ingmar Wilhelm, Senior Advisor, Terra Firma Capital Partners

Moderator: Mark Loefs, Counsel, Clifford Chance


11:15 Financing the development and privatisation of aviation infrastructure

  • What do this year’s secondary market transactions tell us about the reality of asset values and pricing?
  • Why is the PPP model increasingly attractive for upgrading airport facilities?
  • Given the wave of airport privatisations this year, will we see any movement in airport privatisations in the Middle East and Eastern Europe?

Mauro Pensa, Executive Director, Infrastructure, MUFG

Bertrand Loubieres, Head of Infrastructure Finance, AXA Investment Management – Real Assets

Miguel Pena, Global Head of Infrastructure Project Finance, BBVA

Moderator: Juan Manuel Gonzalez, Partner, Greenberg Traurig


12:00 Storage, balancing and capacity: Is a market being created?

  • Is there a greenfield pipeline of bankable projects?
  • Who is likely to finance these assets?
  • Who should take the lead in resolving the balancing issues between renewable and conventional baseload power?
  • How is increasing renewables capacity destabilising global power markets?
  • How important is the co-development of storage projects and technology alongside new renewables capacity?

Matt Rennie, Global Power & Utilities Transactions Leader, EY

Michael Wilkins, Managing Director,

Infrastructure Ratings, S&P Global Ratings

Felicity Jones, Partner, Energy Storage, Everoze

Moderator: Sarah Tame, Editor in Chief,  IJGlobal


12:00 Who is funding Africa’s infrastructure spending?

  • Looking beyond aid and government spending for infrastructure debt financing: What needs to happen to unlock capital from sovereign wealth funds and pension funds?
  • At what stage are infrastructure funds looking to invest in projects and what is their preferred holding period?
  • What countries/regions are expected to be the most active in investing in African infrastructure projects in 2017?

Christopher Olobo, Investment Officer, IFC

Julia Prescot, Chief Strategy Officer, Meridiam

Philip Southwell, Chief Executive Officer, Axius Capital

Moderator: Caroline Miller Smith, Partner, White & Case

12:45 Chair’s closing remarks followed by lunch and close of conference

12:45 Chair’s closing remarks followed by lunch and close of conference