Our People

Marie Lam-Frendo

CEO

Marie Lam-Frendo

CEO

Marie Lam-Frendo was appointed CEO by the Board of the Global Infrastructure Hub, effective January 28th 2019.

Prior to joining the GI Hub, she was the Head of Asia-Pacific for Acuity, the advisory services business of the SNCL group, helping clients in regard to infrastructure project strategy and finance.

From 2011 to 2014, Marie headed the Infrastructure Initiatives department of the World Economic Forum, where she led their thought leadership activities, publishing thought leadership reports on best practices in the infrastructure sector. She led the dissemination effort of these best practices to governments and advocated to coalitions such as the B20 and the G20.

Before that, Marie worked for European utilities Essent then RWE where she drove their business development activities in the Africa and Central Asia region for various commodities, including their equity investment in LNG and hydro power plants. She started her career in 2001, and worked for various engineering consulting firms holding several technical and commercial positions for energy and transport projects in Africa, Middle East and Europe.

Marie holds an MSc of Civil Engineering from EPF, an MSc of Marketing and Strategy from ESCP-EAP (Paris), and an MSc of Management and Leadership from WEF - in partnership with LBS and INSEAD. She is a Global Leadership Fellow of the World Economic Forum.

Rob Coffey

Chief Transformation Officer

Rob Coffey

Chief Transformation Officer

Rob has over 15 years’ experience working primarily in consulting with the public sector.

He specializes in strategy development, large scale organizational change, process redesign, policy development and review.

He has worked extensively across Europe, Asia and the Americas with governments and private organisations. He has helped to lead large scale transformations for UK Government departments, Australian Government departments and a range of retail and logistics companies.

Most recently, Rob was a Principal with BCG’s Public Sector and Technology practices, based in Canberra, Australia.

Neil Saravanamuttoo

Chief Economist

Neil Saravanamuttoo

Chief Economist

Neil brings extensive experience related to multilateral development banking, innovative financing and technology to his role at the Hub, where he is focused on data-driven insights for decision-making.

Before joining the Global Infrastructure Hub, he worked at Finance Canada for 15 years, most recently as the Director of Multilateral Institutions where he was involved in various G20 initiatives related to multilateral development banks and infrastructure finance.

Previously, Neil’s career included work at Adobe Systems, the United Nations, the European Commission and Flinders University in South Australia.

He is a graduate of Carleton University and the London School of Economics.

Katharina Surikow

Head of External Relations (Acting)

Katharina Surikow

Head of External Relations (Acting)

Katharina brings extensive experience in stakeholder engagement, policy development, political engagement and advocacy to her role at the GI Hub, where she is responsible for corporate governance, strategy and external engagement.

Before joining the GI Hub, Katharina held a number of roles with the leading advocacy body, the Property Council of Australia, most recently as National Policy Manager, Housing and Planning. There she worked with senior industry leaders on thought leadership initiatives, formulating proactive policy and advocating on behalf of the industry to government.

She has also worked in State Government in South Australia, focused on economic development and sustainability policy. During her time with the Property Council, Katharina gained valuable experience in leading negotiations on complex and politically sensitive policy areas. Katharina brings to GI Hub a strong track record and core strength in building and maintaining lasting and productive relationships with a range of diverse public and private sector stakeholders to deliver results.

Katharina holds an Honours Degree in Business and a Bachelor of International Business from the University of South Australia, and a Bachelor of European Business from the Normandy Business School in France.

Thomas Maier

Strategic Advisor

Thomas Maier

Strategic Advisor

Thomas is a Strategic Advisor to the Global Infrastructure Hub, with over thirty years of experience in infrastructure delivery and finance. He is also in the advisory board of Meridiam Infrastructure and an independent non-executive director in Global Ports Holding, a London Stock Exchange quoted company. He is working with International Financial Institutions on the implementation of innovative financing approaches for infrastructure delivery, including financing solutions for local public utility enterprises in emerging markets.

Prior, Thomas was Managing Director for Infrastructure at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, overseeing a successful private sector focused infrastructure programme with a number of ground-breaking PPP and corporate finance solutions in both commercial and social infrastructure delivery. The programme also pioneered local currency solutions and the systematic mobilisation of capital markets funding infrastructure.

Thomas has chaired the Global Infrastructure Council of the World Economic Forum and has been involved in infrastructure related workstreams of G20 since 2013.

Kyle Peters

Strategic Advisor

Kyle Peters

Strategic Advisor

Kyle is a Strategic Advisor to the Global Infrastructure Hub. He has more than three decades of experience in international development and management. He is a Senior Advisor to BCG in its public sector and people and organizations practices, where he is advising public sector organizations on operational agility and efficiency.

He is the Coordinator of the 15th Replenishment of the African Development Fund at the African Development Bank and a senior advisor to the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), advising on the IFAD12 consultations and the operations for excellence for results (OpEx) program, and is a member of the President’s Board of Eminent Advisers. He also served on the Secretariat for the G20 Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance and the UN Reference Group formed by the UN Secretary General to guide the UNSG’s reform program.

Previously, Kyle had three decades of experience at the World Bank. In his last position as Senior Vice President, Operations, and interim Managing Director and COO, Kyle led the World Bank’s worldwide operations, overseeing annual financial commitments of about US$50 billion and the effective implementation of 1,500 ongoing development operations, and managed the World Bank’s six Regional Vice Presidents, three Practice Group Vice Presidents and the Vice President of Operational Policy.

He co-chaired the IDA18 Replenishment that involved a catalytic policy and financing package and increased IDA’s resources by about 50 percent. Over the course of his career, he has accumulated more than two decades of experience on economic and development issues, with exposure to all regions, especially East Asia and Eastern Europe. Kyle has an advanced degree in economics.

Morag Baird

Director

Morag Baird

Director

Morag joined the Global Infrastructure Hub on secondment from the UK Department of International Development (DFID). Morag is a senior infrastructure adviser with over 25 years of experience working on infrastructure issues particularly in developing countries. She brings extensive international experience at both policy and project level including worked based in DFID Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh and Central Asia.

During her overseas postings she has led on the development of infrastructure programmes and the relationship with partner government Ministries, private sector and NGOs.

Prior to joining the GI Hub she worked at the European Investment Bank (EIB) focusing on Africa strategy, blended finance and infrastructure project preparation facilities, impact finance and results measurement. Prior to joining DFID, Morag worked with a UK engineering consultancy and her expertise as a chartered civil engineer spans all main infrastructure sectors especially energy, water and transport.

She holds a Masters degree in Engineering from Cambridge University.

Marco Dounis

Head of Digital Products

Marco Dounis

Head of Digital Products

Marco joined the team in 2017 to head up Digital Product Management and Innovation for Global Infrastructure Hub. Responsible for the digital transformation of the Global Infrastructure hub, Marco has worked to create a strategy that encompasses a seamless online experience across all products, reports and platforms, while also ensuring the development of world class websites that are extendable, flexible and reusable.?

Marco has over 11 years’ experience in the IT Industry specialising in both Project and Product Management across the areas of Product Design, Digital Transformation, Digital Strategy, User Experience, Experience Design, Search Engine Optimisation, Ecommerce, Blockchain, IT Infrastructure and Web Development.

Prior to joining GI Hub Marco has worked in both Australia and the UK, managing and designing digital projects for Coca Cola, nine.com.au, Canon, and Turkcell to name a few.

Cleyton Barros

Senior Policy Specialist

Cleyton Barros

Senior Policy Specialist

Cleyton Barros joined the GI Hub in 2016 as a secondee from the Ministry of Finance in Brazil where he had worked for the previous five years. His role as Chief General Coordinator of Logistics provided Cleyton with a wealth of knowledge and experience in various infrastructure sectors including rail, ports, roads and airports. During his time with the Ministry of Finance, Cleyton monitored both the implementation of regulation and management models as well as formulating the public policy for infrastructure projects.

Prior to working for the Ministry of Finance, Cleyton served as an advisor in the Ministry of Transport in Brazil on various transportation logistics programs. In this capacity, Cleyton was involved in the planning, monitoring and valuation of these programs.

Maud de Vautibault

Senior Policy Specialist

Maud de Vautibault

Senior Policy Specialist

Maud de Vautibault is a senior infrastructure policy and legal advisor with over 18 years of experience in France both in the public and private sectors, in governmental frameworks and the procurement, execution and implementation of quality infrastructure projects.?

She joined the Global Infrastructure Hub in January 2019 under a cooperation agreement with the French Treasury where she had worked for the previous four years as a Project Manager and Head of Legal Affairs at the Infrastructure Finance and PPPs Unit. During her time in the Ministry of Finance, she developed advanced expertise in procurement policy and prior assessment analysis, focusing on advising the public procurement authorities on the best contractual options between concession, traditional public procurement and PPP contractual structures.

Maud worked on various concessions projects under a civil law system, including most recently on the €2,3bn refinancing of the Paris-Bordeaux High Speed Rail (with a French State Guarantee) and a major light rail project in SubSaharan Africa. Prior to that, Maud worked as an in-house legal advisor at Bouygues, a worldwide infrastructure contractor, where she was in charge of leading the contractual documentation for a large panel of infrastructure projects from the inception to the closing, with a focus on social infrastructure buildings under partnerships contracts (including public buildings, universities, court of justice…).

Maud has also served on various boards of directors representing the Ministry of Finance in State owned Public Infrastructure establishments. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Economic Law from University of Paris Pantheon Assas.

Steven Hong

Senior Economist

Steven Hong

Senior Economist

Steven has extensive experience as a corporate advisor, policy/regulatory analyst and regulator, and has worked in almost all infrastructure industries in the Asia Pacific region. He brings insight into the practical application of economics and finance to strategy, policy development, pricing, valuation and commercial due diligence.

Before joining the GI Hub, Steven was a management consultant at PwC, where he worked on various problems relating to cost efficiency, optimal pricing, investment decision making, valuation, policy development and review, and commercial due diligence. Examples of projects he has worked on include the privatisation of the Port of Newcastle and Port of Darwin, reform of Australia’s communications legislative/regulatory framework, and structuring a commercially feasible model for an education city. Prior to PwC, Steven worked at an Australian Government competition and economic regulator, working on a variety of transport infrastructure projects.

Katrina Yu

Economist

Katrina Yu

Economist

Katrina is an economist with over 7 years' experience working in Australia and the UK.

She started her career with The Commonwealth Treasury of Australia, producing macroeconomic forecasts and analysis for a range of sectors in the Australian economy. She was most recently an Economic Advisor at the UK Office for National Statistics, leading the production of analysis and commentary relating to UK GDP and National Accounts statistics. She also has experience conducting economic evaluations in the education sector, having worked at the NSW Department of Education’s Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE), where her focus was on Aboriginal education policy.

Katrina holds a Masters in Development Theory and Policy from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, as well as a Masters of International Economics and Finance from Université Paris 13.

Jack Handford

Infrastructure Specialist

Jack Handford

Infrastructure Specialist

Jack Handford is an experienced infrastructure and PPP practitioner working as a manager in the GI Hub’s leading practices team. Under the leading practices mandate, the GI Hub develops tools and guidance materials for governments in both developed and emerging markets aimed at supporting the delivery of high quality infrastructure. Jack is an Australian qualified solicitor and brings several years of experience from a variety of perspectives across the public and private sectors.

Jack has been with the GI Hub since 2017 and, prior to joining the GI Hub, worked as a project finance lawyer at international law firm King & Wood Mallesons and, prior to that, for international contractor CIMIC Group on PPPs and infrastructure transactions.

Stephanie Barker

Analyst

Stephanie Barker

Analyst

Stephanie joined the Hub in May 2017 as an Analyst. She recently graduated from the University of Sydney after completing a double Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and Arts.

During her studies, she undertook two international exchanges; one at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and the second at Sciences Po Institute of Political Studies in Paris, France. She has also completed an internship with consulting firm ALTIOS International in Paris, France.

Lucas Happe

Analyst

Lucas Happe

Analyst

Lucas Happe joined the GI Hub in August 2017 after graduating in International Business Administration from the BSP Business School in Berlin. During his studies he undertook an international exchange at the International College of Management in Sydney, completing?two internships, one of them with the Hub in 2016.

Lucas is part of the GI Hub Project Pipeline team, he is responsible for growing the scale of both the number of infrastructure projects and the countries participating?on the Project Pipeline platform. He also liaises with project sponsors and other interested private parties to promote the initiative globally.?

Angelique Dingle

Communications Lead

Angelique Dingle

Communications Lead

Angelique is a creative communications leader with 13 years' global experience in media relations, issues and crisis management, strategy, storytelling and digital and social content creation.

She has extensive experience developing and executing communications strategy for various Government sectors and business events, hospitality and arts and tourism brands, having specialised in these industries since 2006, across private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Prior to joining the Global Infrastructure Hub in February 2019 she headed up corporate and brand communications at Sydney Opera House.

Jordana Beattie

Events Manager

Jordana Beattie

Events Manager

Jordana joined the GI Hub in April 2017 after relocating from the UK to?Australia. She works as part of the communications team to implement and develop the overall communications and marketing strategy with a focus on digital communications as well as managing the Hub's busy event schedule.?

Jordana has an events background with over seven years’ experience in the sector. The role included budget management, creating design concepts as well as on the day management and strategy and operations. Jordana has managed a wide spectrum of events from corporate and private events, charity fundraisers and brand launches. Throughout these roles, Jordana held responsibility for internal and external communications with a focus on brand management and social media marketing.

Jordana graduated from the University of Stirling with a BA degree in Business Studies and Marketing.

Amir Hatami

IT Manager

Amir Hatami

IT Manager

Amir Joined Global Infrastructure Hub in October 2018 as IT Manager to work on ICT contracts, procurements and projects. He brings 18 years of experience across IT Infrastructure, Operations, Project management and Cloud computing.

In addition to Industry certificates in IT, Amir also holds a master’s degree in Technology and Innovation Management from UNSW, where he developed an advanced understanding of business and technology alignment and applications of digital technologies.

Amir manages multiple service providers to ensure IT services and technologies are delivered to meet the objectives of the GI Hub.

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