New Zealand Infrastructure Funding

2045 funding methodologies for sustainable and resilient infrastructure

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Chairperson

Fleur Aldridge

Principal Solicitor

Auckland Council

Fleur is an infrastructure lawyer with experience in a variety of infrastructure, logistics and major projects contracts in New Zealand and worldwide, advising both contractors and governments. Former General Counsel to the United Nations’ main logistical-support services contractor. Former consultant to the world’s largest facilities management company advising on UN facilities management contracts, and former advisor to a key entrepreneur in the e-container and ‘Smart Cities’ industry. Since returning to New Zealand in 2014 Fleur was Senior Counsel to one of New Zealand’s largest infrastructure companies and is now counsel at Auckland Council advising on projects such as City Rail Link, the America’s Cup and the Downtown Waterfront Development Programme.
Local and International Keynote Speakers

Thomas Simonson

Principal Regulatory Advisor

Local Government New Zealand

Thomas has worked for Local Government New Zealand for nearly five years as a Principal Regulatory Advisor. He has managed policy and advocacy issues in the area of local government funding and financing, housing, climate change, economic development and roading and transport. Thomas is originally from Seattle and spent his early career in large scale urban planning developments. After more than a decade of working for land development companies (coordinating with dozens of councils in Northern California) he relocated to the east coast for five years to consult to the US Federal Government on infrastructure and construction projects with the Washington DC Army National Guard, the US Department of the Interior and with the Department of Defense. Thomas holds a Master of Arts in City and Regional Planning from California Polytechnic University – San Luis Obispo as well as a Master of Science in Housing from the London School of Economics.

Alex Sundakov

Executive Director

Castalia (Australia)

Alex Sundakov is Executive Director at Castalia, a specialist global infrastructure advisory firm. From his base in Sydney, Australia, he provides expert advice on financing of infrastructure projects and the setting up and operation of infrastructure investment funds. He has worked with a wide range of institutional investors, including pension funds and sovereign wealth funds from across Asia and the Pacific, the International Finance Corporation and InfraCo Asia, assisting them in pursuing infrastructure investment opportunities and developing deal pipelines. He managed Castalia’s contribution to due diligence on over US$20 billion worth of infrastructure deals throughout Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, India, Vietnam and the Philippines. Mr. Sundakov combines thorough understanding of the risk preferences and portfolio strategies of institutional investors with hands-on experience in implementing policy solutions to catalyse private investments and to overcome capital markets bottlenecks. He helped design and set up the Indonesian Infrastructure Guarantee Fund (IIGF), advised on the operation of the Indonesian Infrastructure Investment Fund (SMI) and worked on the establishment of the Philippines Contingent Liability Fund for infrastructure PPPs. Mr. Sundakov has a strong connection to New Zealand. From 2008 to 2013 he served as a member of the New Zealand National Infrastructure Advisory Board. Prior to joining Castalia in 2003, Mr. Sundakov worked as the Director (CEO) of the New Zealand Institute of Economics Research, New Zealand’s leading economic think tank. Before that, he served on the staff of the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC and worked at the New Zealand Treasury during the 1980s economic reforms. He holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Boon Chin Hau

Managing Director, Infrastructure / Head, Asia & Emerging Markets

GIC Private Limited (Singapore)

Chin Hau joined the GIC Infrastructure Group in 2008 and currently has lead coverage responsibility for the Emerging Markets. Prior to joining GIC, Chin Hau was an Investment Manager at Pulsar Energy Capital where he invested in projects across the energy sector in Europe and the Americas. Before Pulsar, Chin Hau was a member of the Infrastructure advisory team at Credit Suisse covering a range of projects in transport, logistics and aerospace. He began his career at Singapore Power where he managed natural gas pipeline projects. Chin Hau has degrees from Imperial College London and the University of Chicago.

Christopher Tan

Partner, Corporate Finance and Capital Projects & Infrastructure

PwC (China)

Christopher is our partner based in Beijing leading the Northern China practices of Corporate Finance and Capital Projects & Infrastructure. He is responsible for domestic and overseas, fund raising, asset divestiture, merger and acquisitions, as well as domestic and international greenfield and brownfield projects. Over the last few years, Christopher has been involved in a number of Belt and Road projects from port, toll road, power plants, industrial park to manufactures in the regions including Southeast Asia, South Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa. He had spent 7 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers Hong Kong and Beijing before he worked for HSBC Private Equity as a senior manager where he was responsible for direct investment projects in greater China, Southeast Asia and South Korea. After that, Chris joined Tom Group, a HK-listed media Group as vice general manager for 5 years. He re-joined PwC Beijing office in June 2005. Christopher mainly focuses in the industries of infrastructure, energy, FS, FMCG, TMT and healthcare. His clients include a large number of MNCs, SoEs and domestic private enterprises. He was awarded the best M&A Financial Adviser by China Merger and Acquisition Association in 2013.
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