INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM
Vincent 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 Li is Director for Strategy and Business Development for Asia Pacific, for Atkins, one of the world’s most respected advisory, design, engineering and project management consultancies in transportation, infrastructure, energy and urban development. Atkins is a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group with 53,000 people globally, and one of the largest design and engineering consultancies in the UK. Catherine joined Atkins in 2013 and leads strategy, business development and key client and partner relationships in the region. She maintains a close association with major Chinese companies and government bodies in China as well as many other countries in Asia and Europe. Catherine has been involved in large scale infrastructure and city developments, and Chinese infrastructure outbound activities around the world. She has been active in supporting infrastructure export to China, the rest of Asia and Africa. Prior to joining Atkins, Catherine was the global alliances leader at Arup based in London, involved in negotiations of large Chinese investments into major UK infrastructure schemes. Catherine has been board director of the China Britain Business Council (CBBC) since July 2017. She is the Vice-Chair of the International Infrastructure Forum (IIF) at the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and a steering committee member of the CBBC Infrastructure/Belt & Road Business Group.
Hugo's role is to facilitate, monitor and coordinate the development of the Chamber’s business policy activities, and promote the best interests of the Chamber. Hugo is the point of contact between overseas British Chambers of Commerce, as well as British business organisations. He also looks after the Financial Markets Committee, China Committee, Environment & Energy Committee, Infrastructure Forum, Smart Cities Forum, and Business Policy Unit.
Alison is a partner of KPMG China and is the Head of KPMG’s Deal Advisory practice in Hong Kong. Alison joined KPMG in London and has been living and working in Asia Pacific for 14 years and in Hong Kong since 2009. Alison is a Chartered Accountant (England and Wales) and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Accounts in Hong Kong. Alison has over 20 years’ M&A experience, advising investors and leading some of the landmark transactions in the region including in Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Japan and significant inbound and outbound investment activity with China. Alison has a strong interest in promoting and furthering the interests of the Chamber and its members in Hong Kong and China as well as with businesses in the UK and looks forward to chairing the China Committee and supporting the the British Chamber’s strategy.
Dr Anne Kerr, Director for Mott MacDonald Hong Kong Limited, has over 25 years experience in water engineering and environmental assessment and management. Anne is a key member of the firm's successful water and environment division in Hong Kong and one of the most experienced environment and sustainable development professionals in the SAR. Anne participated in and contributed to the development of the Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment processes in Hong Kong, and has developed the associated legislation and assessment criteria now embedded in the EIA Ordinance. Anne works on diverse range of projects including Lenders Technical Advisory roles for airport, port and maritime projects, hotel, recreational and luxury development projects, developments leading to carbon neutrality for towns, transport strategies or mixed use developments, and for the energy and power section.
Bill 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.
David Watt is Senior Advisor to InfraRed Capital Partners with over $7 billion AUM worldwide in both infrastructure and real estate. Their China real estate funds are in JV with Nan Fung. He is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of The Link REIT, the largest REIT in Asia by capital value holding over 180 assets in Hong Kong. He is also Strategic Advisor to Macdonald & Company, a real estate and construction recruitment specialist. Mr Watt is Overseas Senior Advisor of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Guangzhou Committee and on the Chamber’s General, China and Real Estate committees.
Edmond Chung is the Division Head of HSBC Commercial Banking and his team focuses on serving corporate clients in the infrastructure, construction and engineering industries based in Greater China. In his current role, Edmond is driving the business development of infrastructure sector in order to capture the enormous business opportunities from mega infrastructure projects in Hong Kong and China’s Belt & Road. His team coordinates to provide a comprehensive range of banking solutions including global trade & receivables finance, global liquidity & cash management, capital financing, insurance and investment services. Edmond has been working in the commercial banking industry for over two decades, taking up various relationship management roles in both Corporate and Business Banking segments. He holds a Master degree in Business Administration from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Bachelor degree in Economics from The University of Hong Kong.
Fergal 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 Dow is a Partner with Breakthrough Group, a transportation and infrastructure advisory firm. Gavin specialises in strategy development, realisation and monetisation for clients across Asia. Until recently, Gavin spent 10 years heading up the strategy function at Modern Terminals, a Hong Kong based container terminal operator with substantial terminal investments in China. Gavin lead the strategic review, business planning and project delivery work across all the company's business units, as well as corporate affairs and lobbying efforts in Hong Kong. Gavin was latterly also accountable for growth and expansion projects globally, engaging with terminal operating peers, financial institutions, local industry participants and governments to develop partnerships and new terminals. Prior to joining Modern Terminals in 2006, Gavin spent over a decade working in management consultancy, leading business change projects for transport and infrastructure clients in Europe and then across Asia, moving to Hong Kong in 2000. Gavin is a Chartered Engineer (IMechE) and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, with a degree in mechanical engineering from Edinburgh University.
Helen Cochrane, Director, Meinhardt Infrastructure and Environment Ltd, manages Meinhardt’s environmental and sustainability services. Helen has over 28 years of experience in all aspects of environmental assessment, management, monitoring, audit, sustainability and green building assessments and has over 22 years of experience in Hong Kong. Helen has notable expertise in directing complex multi-disciplinary environmental assessments of large infrastructure projects for both public and private clients and guiding projects through the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance process and is an active and prominent figure in the environmental services industry in Hong Kong.
Ian heads Clyde & Co's Hong Kong and China Construction Group. He has taken a key role in a diverse range of construction and project development matters, regularly advising contractors, financiers and consultants on their ongoing contractual relationships and risk management strategies. With over 26 years' experience in project and dispute management, Ian has a comprehensive understanding of how the construction industry works in Hong Kong and across the Asia Pacific region. Ian is recognised as one of the leading practitioners in the construction industry. APAC Legal 500 2017 ranks Clyde & Co Hong Kong's construction practice as tier 1 and states, "Ian Cocking is ‘a standout lawyer, whose arrival in 2011 catapulted the firm’s construction practice into the Premier League’."
Ilan 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.”
Jeremy came to Hong Kong in 1992 after working in the UK, Saudi Arabia and Myanmar in the building, rail and airport sectors. A chartered quantity surveyor and married with two children, both born in Hong Kong, he has over 40 years of experience in construction. He broadened his firm’s outlook from QS/cost management into project and facilities management, guiding it to become the first such consultancy in Hong Kong to attain ISO 9001 and later 14001. In addition to cost management, he advises lending institutions on project finance schemes in the infrastructure and hospitality sectors. He is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Hong Kong and currently serves the Club in its environmental and sustainability projects.
Julian 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.
Kelly currently heads up the JLT Hong Kong Construction team. Kelly is responsible for the management, placement and servicing of both local and international construction clients in Hong Kong and the Asia region. Kelly is on the Board of JLT Hong Kong and has over 14 years of dedicated construction insurance experience, working within both the London and Asia insurance markets. Kelly commenced her career at JLT London as a graduate trainee, within the Construction department. For the first 5 years of her career Kelly was responsible for the development, placement and servicing of large construction projects within the London insurance market and in particular specialized in PPP/PFI private financed projects. Kelly was personally involved in the negotiations, placement and advisory services of large infrastructure projects, such as the 2012 London Olympic Games. Most recently, Kelly was responsible for the placement of the Hong Kong Airport Authority’s Three Runway System Project – 3RS (USD20bn), Leighton Asia’s Lam Tin Tunnel (USD1bn), the MTR’s Shatin to Central Link Project (USD9bn) and MGM New Cotai Casino (USD3bn) in Macau. She continues to provide innovative insurance solutions for major civil works and contractors in Asia, including Gammon Construction and Leighton Asia. Kelly has worked closely, and continues to work closely, with many international insurers as well as other specialist construction teams within the global network.
As the owner of Cranborne Consulting Lee provides strategic project advice to a variety of stakeholders in the construction industry in Asia and Europe using his knowledge gained in thirty years in the international infrastructure industry. Lee studied civil engineering at the College of West Anglia and Salford University, Leadership in Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Imperial College London (Business School), and Construction Law & Arbitration at the University of Hong Kong. An Incorporated Engineer (IEng) Lee is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE), member of the City & Guilds of London Institute (MCGI), fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (FHKIE), Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), and a Registered Professional Engineer (RPE (CVL)). Passionate about Engineering Lee began his career with Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering in 1990, before joining Laing O’Rourke in 2001 where he went on to become Project Director on mega infrastructure projects after being their Head of Project Controls in Europe. More recently, Lee was General Manager for Alfasi Constructions (HK) covering Asia.
Michael 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 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.
Nigel joined Gammon Construction in 2004 from Balfour Beatty. An Executive Director, Nigel 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 our 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. Nigel's extensive experience over three decades in the construction industry has spanned work in the UK, the United States, the Caribbean and, since 1995, Hong Kong and Asia. He has been involved in many standard and bespoke forms of construction contract and projects and has solid experience in contract management, procurement, claim management, project insurance, and arbitration and mediation. Nigel was elected Chairman of the BCC Construction Industry Group in December 2013. He is a member of the RICS and Fellow of the CIArb.
Peter 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.
Simon 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.
Simon 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.
Steve Root, Director, The Contracts Group, provides clients with a wide range of project management consultancy services. He has notable expertise throughout the whole project lifecycle, from business case to post completion settlement and advises private and public sector clients in business cases, planning, scheduling, risk management, project management and training, including acting as an expert programming witness. With 30 years project experience in construction, I.T., business change and capital markets clearing, Steve is passionate in raising project management standards and developing upcoming project managers and is very active in the local project management community through his Chairmanship of the Hong Kong Branch of the Association for Project Management, the UK’s Chartered Body for the Project Profession.
Stuart is a Senior Consultant with ERM, the global sustainability consultancy in Hong Kong. Stuart has over ten years’ experience waste management and environmental consultancy sectors in both the United Kingdom and Asia. He has undertaken projects in Hong Kong, Mongolia, Malaysia, China and the Philippines working on a range of Waste Management, Sustainable Finance and Environmental and Social Due Diligence projects. In the UK Stuart worked with commercial and local government organizations to help them address their sustainability challenges. This included their recycling strategies and waste management infrastructure projects. Stuart also co-ordinates the ERM Foundation for the Hong Kong Business Unit; ERM donates 1% of profits globally to projects that address the following sustainability issues Low carbon development; Conservation and biodiversity; Water, sanitation and hygiene; Environmental education; and Empowering women and girls.
Tim has lived and worked in Hong Kong for the last seven years, and was here earlier from 1996 to 2001. He also spent over three years working in mainland China as British Consul-General, Chongqing. Tim now runs his own "micro enterprise", a consultancy specialising in research and advisory work on China, with a particular focus on macro and policy issues. He also engages in research for Chatham House and teaches part time at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Tim has been actively engaged in the Chamber since his return to Hong Kong in 2007, and currently Chairs the Chamber's China Committee. Tim speaks Cantonese and Mandarin.