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John Walker

Executive Chairman of Infrastructure, Utilities & Renewables Asia Undo
Macquarie Capital

John is currently Vice Chairman of Macquarie Capital, Asia in addition to Executive Chairman of Infrastructure Utilities and Renewables for Asia for Macquarie Capital and also Chairman of Macquarie Group of Companies, Korea. He has lived and worked in Asia since 2000.
In 2000, John established Macquarie’s Korean business with only five staff. It now comprises 12 businesses with 7 funds and as at April 2017 has a total value of assets invested of approximately $A32 billion in Korea and internationally. Macquarie Korea is now a leader in the infrastructure sector and a top ranking advisor and broker in Korea. Macquarie, under John’s leadership, was a trailblazer in developing the private infrastructure industry in Korea. Macquarie is now one of the largest foreign asset managers in Korea and the leading foreign investment bank.
More broadly in Asia under John’s leadership Macquarie is a leading advisor and has a rapidly growing investment presence, with pan Asia and country specific funds across a range of developed and developing markets in the area of development capital.
Much of John’s success in building businesses has been based on establishing relationships across the spectrum of corporates, financial institutions and Governments.
More recently John has lead the establishment of a number of new infrastructure platforms in Asia where Macquarie capital is a significant investor.
He is regularly consulted by Government’s in the Asian region on approaches to improving infrastructure development and management.
Prior to moving to Asia in 2000, John was based in Australia as Global Head of Government Business for Macquarie’s Investment Banking Group. Previously he was Executive Vice President at Bankers Trust, after making the transition from the public sector where he held a number of Chief Executive positions in Australia.
John began his government career in 1973 which culminated in the roles of Director General of Transport in the State of NSW and Chief Executive of the Chief Minister’s Dept in the Australia Capital Territory Government. In both these roles he introduced significant reforms enhancing the connectivity between the private and Government sectors.
John is a Permanent Resident of the Republic of Korea and was also made an Honorary Citizen in 2009. He was also the first foreigner to be appointed as a director of the Korea Securities Dealers Association. He is also a Permanent Resident of Hong Kong.

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