International Infrastructure Forum 

The Forum is aimed to be a grouping of relevant and interested Chamber members, relatively informal in both nature and operation. It will provide members interested in outbound infrastructure with a network and point of institutional focus within the Chamber; a forum for sharing information and market intelligence; opportunities for collaboration with local and international organisations so as to help ensure that Chamber members are best placed to contribute to, and benefit from the wider Hong Kong, and UK/China international infrastructure strategies, including through collaboration with the China Britain Business Council. The Forum will also provide a channel for industry voices on issues in international infrastructure with government and business bodies. 

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Vincent ConnorChairPinsent MasonsRead moreRead lessVincent Connor is Pinsent Masons’ Head of Office in Hong Kong and Head of Sectors – Asia. He specialises in Construction Law, providing clients with strategic advice during projects and representing them in mediation, arbitration and litigation. Asia-Pacific Legal 500 describes him as having "a top reputation" in Construction Law and he is recommended as a leading Construction Lawyer in Who's Who Legal. In addition to his British Chamber committee work, Vincent is a member of The Lighthouse Club's Committee; the NEC User's Group Steering Committee and the CIC’s Taskforce on NEC. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Law Faculty at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Vincent was appointed as a GlobalScot in 2007 by Scotland’s First Minister.
Catherine LiVice ChairAtkinsRead moreRead lessCatherine Li is Chief Executive Officer for Asia Pacific at Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, based in Hong Kong. Being part of the global and regional senior leadership team, Catherine leads her team to drive an ambitious growth agenda for Asia Pacific, a key strategic region for the global business. She has been involved in large infrastructure developments in UK, China and the rest of the world in Asia and Africa. Catherine is a Board Director of the China Britain Business Council (CBBC), representing the UK construction and engineering industry on trade with China. She sits also on the board of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and is the Vice-Chair of its International Infrastructure Forum (IIF). Catherine completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at Harvard Business School in 2018.
Julian VellaMemberKPMGRead moreRead lessJulian is the Asia Pacific Regional Leader for KPMG’s Global Infrastructure Practice and is a member of KPMG’s Global Infrastructure Leadership team. Julian also previously developed and led KPMG Australia’s infrastructure practice and was a Board member of KPMG Australia for 6 years. Julian was also a member of the Infrastructure Finance Working Group which reported to the Australian Federal Government on Infrastructure Finance and Funding Reform in 2012. Many of the Group’s recommendations have since been adopted by government.
Jessie YipChamber RepresentativeThe British Chamber of Commerce in Hong KongRead moreRead lessJessie is responsible for the overall operation of the Chamber. She is also the Chamber Representative for the Construction Industry Group and the International Infrastructure Forum.
Simon BookerMemberPwCRead moreRead lessSimon Booker is a Partner in PwC’s Hong Kong office. He specialises in Infrastructure advisory, due diligence, and corporate finance advisory. He has a particular sector focus in transport, healthcare and social infrastructure and the regulated utility sectors including energy and water. Simon has worked in Hong Kong and China for much of the past ten years. Simon has advised on landmark Hong Kong and China infrastructure projects, including the Hong Kong Macau Zhuhai Bridge, Hong Kong International Airport, the new Beijing International Airport, Fujian toll roads, and Hong Kong Disneyland. He has supported key Chinese outbound investors in their consideration of acquisition opportunities throughout the wider region.
Anne KerrMemberMott MacDonald Hong Kong LtdRead moreRead lessAs Chairman of the Environment and Energy Committee (2007 – 2016), Anne has assisted in the preparation of submissions to the government on climate change, air and water quality objectives, sustainable development, the CE's policy addresses and participated in the debates on a wide range of topics of interest to Committee Members and the Community at large. She took up the Vice Chair role on the General Committee in 2016 and has continued to support various Committees including Environment and Energy Committee. In recognition of the cross-cutting nature of the smart cities agenda which is being promulgated by HK Government, Anne established the Smart City Forum which draws its membership from across the Chamber with the express intent of sharing information, informing, showing leadership and providing direction in this diverse and fast growing sector of interest, too both the public and private sectors. Her Chamber priorities for 2017/18 include focused lobbying of government in terms of ensuring an integrated approach is adopted for development initiatives and particularly those around the Smart City Agenda, as well as recognition and action on climate change and energy and water resource issues. As Managing Director Greater China and Global Head of Cities at Mott MacDonald Anne has access and engages with city leaders and officials in many parts of the globe and she works as an informal “ambassador” for Hong Kong’s achievements as well as bringing examples of best practice back to Hong Kong.
Ashley HowlettMemberGammon Construction LimitedRead moreRead lessAshley is the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Gammon Construction Limited, the largest contractor in Hong Kong, and has held this position since joining the company in 2015. Ashley oversees Gammon's commercial, procurement, contract assurance, legal and insurance activities in Hong Kong, China and Southeast Asia. Gammon provides one-stop-shop services to its clients, including design, management and construction services in building, civil engineering, foundations, electrical and mechanical, infrastructure maintenance and operation, and interiors refurbishments and fit out. Ashley is involved in all aspects of the design and construction process including drafting and negotiating contract documentation, dispute avoidance and dispute resolution by way of mediation, arbitration and litigation. Prior to joining Gammon, Ashley was a partner in the international law firm Jones Day and was one of the founding partners of the Jones Day Beijing office, where he spent 10 years. Ashley led the Jones Day Asia Construction Practice overseeing lawyers in the Firm’s Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Taipei offices. Ashley is admitted to practice as a lawyer in Hong Kong, England and Wales, and New Zealand, and he has been based in China for 20 years, with 10 years in Hong Kong and 10 years in Beijing. Ashley is currently the Chair of the Society of Construction Law in Hong Kong.
Bill BanksMemberEYRead moreRead lessBill is the EY Global Infrastructure Leader and has more than 25 years of experience in advising government and private sector clients on major infrastructure projects in Australia, Asia Pacific and Europe. He serves on the Board of UNECE PPP Business Advisory Board. In addition, he is a member of the B20 Infrastructure and Investment Taskforce along with being Global Board member of the International Project Finance Association. Moreover, Bill is the EY Global Client Service Partner for the Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities initiative and is EY Australia and New Zealand Leader for Future Cities.
Gordon OrrMemberWestchelRead moreRead lessBio Pending
Ben BuryMemberHFW (Holman Fenwick & Willan)Read moreRead lessBen is qualified in England & Wales, a Registered Foreign Lawyer in HFW's Hong Kong office and a Partner in HFW's Singapore office. For more than 13 years, Ben has assisted clients to resolve disputes arising out of complex and high value construction projects. Ben has been based in Asia since 2011 and has advised on disputes arising out of some of the largest and most significant projects in the region. This includes the construction of multi-billion dollar onshore and offshore oil and gas facilities, power plants, underground railways and tunnelling projects, ports, roads, refineries, mines and processing plants, and reclamation works. Ben specialises in international arbitration and has worked for or against corporations or on projects connected to almost every country in Asia-Pacific including China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Australia. He has acted as counsel on arbitrations seated in numerous jurisdictions and subject to the institutional rules of the ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, LCIA, as well as ad-hoc arbitrations subject to the UNCITRAL rules.
Fergal WhyteMemberOve Arup & Partners Hong Kong LtdRead moreRead lessFergal Whyte is a Director of Arup based in Hong Kong. For the past 29 years, he has worked on a range of infrastructure projects in the developed and developing world from planning stage through to construction. He has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops on the impact of climate change to infrastructure and examined case studies of how cities are addressing the associated challenges. He sits on the Arup Group Board responsible for overseeing Arup’s global activities across all sectors. He is also responsible for all infrastructure projects and related activities undertaken by Arup in East Asia. His project experience spans railway, highways, water, waste, energy, planning and aviation throughout the East Asia Region and in Hong Kong, India, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Macau and the Philippines in particular.
Gavin DowMemberBreakthrough Group Read moreRead lessGavin Dow is the founder of Breakthrough Group, a boutique management consulting firm that specialises in delivering strategy through transformation programmes and building in-house change management capability. Having been based in Hong Kong for 20 years, Gavin has built on his engineering roots to work across a range of sectors including shipping, urban transportation, integrated resorts, utilities and financial services.
Ian CockingMemberCocking & CoRead moreRead lessBio Pending
Ilan FreimanMemberBerwin Leighton PaisnerRead moreRead lessIlan Freiman, Partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner in Hong Kong has over 15 years’ experience advising as a major projects and commercial construction lawyer. Ilan acts for a wide range of public and private sector project participants at all stages of the project development life-cycle including on project formation, structuring and procurement strategies, project development and regulatory issues as well as drafting and negotiating project documentation for all forms of construction and engineering procurement. He has also held senior positions at a leading international developer of integrated resort facilities where he was part of the leadership team responsible for the successful delivery of some of the region’s most recognisable and high profile projects. He is recognised in Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific for his “very quick, incisive mind and [that] he will always evaluate matters promptly and efficiently."
Ivan WongMemberHSBCRead moreRead lessIvan Wong is the Division Head for infrastructure and capital projects at HSBC Commercial Banking in Hong Kong. He is responsible for managing a portfolio of corporate customers in engineering, construction and infrastructure industries in Greater China, and supporting their needs with tailored professional banking services such as performance guarantee issuance, capital financing, global liquidity and cash management, and insurance and investments. Ivan has over 10 years of experience at HSBC Commercial Banking, including 2 years with in China to facilitate various cross-border transactions in the Greater Bay Area. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Hong Kong and a Master’s degree in Financial Management degree from the University of Durham.
Jonathan DrewMemberHSBCRead moreRead lessJonathan Drew is a Managing Director in the Infrastructure, Energy and Export Finance Group at HSBC. Jonathan graduated with an MA in Economics from Cambridge University in England and is also qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Jonathan started his banking career more than 20 years ago in London and after working in rapidly emerging Latin America and raising capital for large scale projects in the Middle East has been based in Hong Kong since 1997 witnessing first-hand the rapid growth of Asia and notably China. During this time he has been involved in successful transactions across a wide range of sectors including advising on and arranging finance for projects that produce and deliver energy (renewable and non-renewable) and transport people and resources from source to point of consumption as well as a wide range of infrastructure projects in social and education sectors with a focus on resource efficiency and sustainability. These transactions have involved supporting projects, corporates and institutions to approach various financial markets and structuring innovative and tailored products including green bonds and loans to meet the often large and specific needs of clients in markets with very distinct financial and regulatory characteristics.
Jonathan BeardMemberEYRead moreRead lessDr Beard is an Infrastructure Advisory Partner at Ernst & Young. He has advised on transportation policy and related infrastructure finance and development in over 25 countries and has guided the master-planning for some of the world’s largest and most successful ports, including Shanghai, Hong Kong and Port Klang, and the logistics development strategy for several major airports, including Hong Kong and Beijing’s New Second International Airport. Jonathan has provided market and technical advisory for M&As, PPPs and privatisations, and has worked extensively in the aviation and surface transportation sectors, advising on infrastructure investment, fare regulation, competition, the application of new mobility technologies, and economic and financial impact assessments. He was previously Head of Transportation and Logistics Consultancy in Asia for Arcadis and Vice President of ICF, responsible for the company’s greater China economic and policy consultancy. Jonathan holds a BA, MA and PhD from Cambridge University, and is a Certified Management Consultant, and a former Director of the Management Consultancies Association of Hong Kong and former President of the Hong Kong Institute of Management Consultants.
Michael CamerlengoMemberKPMGRead moreRead lessPending Bio
Jon HowesMemberClyde & Co.Read moreRead lessPending Bio
Michael DuckMemberUBM Asia LimitedRead moreRead lessMichael Duck is Executive Vice President of UBM Asia Limited which is owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange. UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and is the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia. Michael has lived in the region for 30 years. He was appointed as the first UFI (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) Chapter Chairman for Asia/Pacific in 2000. He also chaired the first UFI Sustainable Development Committee and has spoken at many fora. Michael is today Treasurer and Vice President of UFI. Michael also has been a director of the Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (HKECIA) and is a former chairman.
Neal BeattyMemberControl Risks Pacific LtdRead moreRead lessNeal Beatty is a Partner and General Manager of Control Risks’ Hong Kong office. In this role, he is responsible for client relationships in Hong Kong, developing new business with multinational clients, and advising on areas of business risk that impact their operations in Hong Kong, Greater China and the Asia Pacific region.
Peter BurnettMemberStandard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) LimitedRead moreRead lessPeter is responsible for Standard Chartered’s Greater China and North East Asian Corporate Finance business covering Greater China, Korea and Japan. This includes Project and Export Finance, Structured Trade Finance, Leverage Finance, Leasing and Asset Secured Finance, Principal Finance, Equity Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions advisory (M&A). He joined in April 2013 from UBS where he had spent a career of some 24 years, including, Head of Asian Equity Capital Markets, Head of Asian Investment Banking, Chief Executive of UBS Middle East and most recently Chairman of Global Capital Markets, Asia. Peter first came to Asia in 1994 to work on a large financing in Indonesia. He settled in Hong Kong in 1996 where, apart from three and a half years in the Middle East, he has lived ever since. He has a long association with the region and has worked with a large number of Hong Kong and Hong Kong based corporate and Government entities. He is a graduate of Oxford University and a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. Peter, who was born in India, is married with three daughters.
Peter DampierMemberJacobs China LimitedRead moreRead lessBio Pending
Wai-duen LeeMemberLee & CoRead moreRead lessWai-duen Lee is the founder of Lee & Co, an economic and business consultancy, with transportation and logistics infrastructure advisory as one of the specialties. She has advised private and public sector clients. Her projects have footprints in more than 20 countries, covering all modes of transportation: sea, air, surface / land, and new technologies, and ranging from SME initiatives to master-planning of the world’s busiest seaports and airports. Her services include: economic and financial assessment, business and market advisory, competitiveness review, tariff and fare adjustment mechanism, and policy implications. Before founding Lee & Co, Wai-duen was with ICF as a Principal Consultant, managing the consultancy’s transportation and logistics projects. She also worked at a major developer in Hong Kong, with a dual role overseeing the transport advisory department and the subsidiary public transportation companies. Wai-duen received her BSc (Hons) and BA from the University of California in Berkeley, and Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Simon QuailMemberEYRead moreRead lessSimon is a Senior Manager in EY’s Infrastructure Advisory practice. He is currently based in Hong Kong but has extensive experience in Indonesia, Singapore and Australia where he successfully applied his skills across a range of infrastructure assessments, policy reviews and financial analyses. He has also been involved in a range of feasibility studies for large scale infrastructure projects for private and public sector clients. Simon’s background in economics provides experience with applying market and non-market valuation techniques to assess the economic and social benefits that infrastructure projects provide to a region. This have been demonstrated on many studies including cost benefit and economic impact analyses for transport and social infrastructure projects. Simon has recently undertaken several large scale development projects with ADB and World Bank. This has given him the opportunity to both lead complex modelling work and also take a role in communicating outcomes to clients and stakeholders and guiding the decision making process.
Phillip YoungMemberThe Oval partnershipRead moreRead lessPending Bio