The Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy is fortunate to have a prestigious board of leaders from industry, academia and government to guide us in our programming, teaching and research.
CPIP Advisory Board Chair Anthony Ferrari has noted, “Our remarkable experience, relationships, and global reach across the infrastructure sector including transportation, water, power and social infrastructure, positions CPIP as one of the leading academic centers of infrastructure not only in the US, but on a world stage.”
CPIP Academic Director and Founder Rick Geddes has observed, “CPIP has made tremendous gains in research and teaching since its founding. Today and looking forward, CPIP has never been in a stronger position to achieve its goal of educating the next generation of infrastructure leaders, coordinating a global network of dedicated policy researchers, and widely distributing our findings on emerging issues and best practices.”
Anthony Ferrari, CPIP Chair
Co-Founder and President of CRIMSON Asset Management
Anthony Ferrari is the Co-Founder and President of CRIMSON Asset Management. CRIMSON Asset Management is a leading infrastructure-focused consulting firm that specializes in infrastructure, P3 and infrastructure technology-related M&A; business development; and origination in the United States and Canada. Anthony has a MBA from the Ivey School of Business at Western University, an MPA from the School of Policy Studies at Queens University, and MSC from the London School of Economics. Anthony has also earned a BA from the School of Journalism at Carleton University, and during his undergraduate degree studied at both Harvard University and Georgetown University. Anthony was formerly a member of the Advisory Council for the Lawrence Center for Policy and Management at the Ivey Business School, as well as a Board Member of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs (CIIA).
Rick Geddes, CPIP Academic Director and Founder
Professor, Department of Policy Analysis & Management, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University
Rick’s research focuses on policies facilitating investment in the renovation and construction of U.S. transportation infrastructure through PPPs. He also has conducted wide-ranging research in other fields including electric utility reform, postal service policy, corporate governance, women’s property rights, and antitrust policy. Rick is affiliated with the Mineta Transportation Institute of San Jose State University and is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He was a commissioner on the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission (2008). Rick holds a Ph.D. and MA in Economics from the University of Chicago.
H. Oliver Gao, CPIP Associate Director
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
Oliver is a Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. Oliver’s research focuses on transportation systems, environment (specifically air quality and climate change), energy, and sustainable development. He is a member of Transportation Research Board Committee on Transportation and Air Quality. Oliver holds degrees from the University of California at Davis (Ph.D. in CEE, M.S. in Statistics, and M.S. in Agriculture and Resource Economics), a MS degree in Civil Engineering, and undergraduate degrees in Civil Engineering and Environmental Science from Tsinghua University, China. Before joining Cornell, Oliver was an analyst in the mathematical and econometrical modeling division of the Rohatyn Group, LLG, a Wall Street hedge fund specializing in emerging markets such as the BRIC countries.
Thomas Denis O’ Rourke, CPIP Associate Director
Thomas R. Briggs Professor in Engineering Emeritus, Cornell University and Chair of the International Advisory Group, Cambridge University
Professor Tom O’Rourke holds a Ph.D. and M.S. degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.S.C.E. from Cornell. He has been a member of the teaching and research staffs at Cornell University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His teaching and professional practice include geotechnical engineering for earth retention systems, foundations, and soil/structure interaction; earthquake engineering; underground construction technology, and engineering of large, geographically distributed systems, such as water supplies, gas and liquid fuel systems, electric power, and transportation facilities. He has authored or co-authored over 360 publications on geotechnical, underground, earthquake engineering, and impact of extreme events on civil infrastructure. He was principal or co-principal investigator on more than 75 research projects, and has supervised 24 Ph.D. and 22 M.S. theses. Since 1995 he delivered 150 invited lectures, keynote, and conference presentations worldwide. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Distinguished Member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received numerous awards from professional societies, including ASCE, Institution of Civil Engineers (United Kingdom), and the American Society for Testing and Materials. Tom has served as chair or member of the consulting boards of many large underground construction projects, as well as the peer reviews for projects associated with highway, rapid transit, water supply, and energy distribution systems. He holds US Patent #5713393 for “frictionless pipe”, Feb. 1998, and jointly holds US Patent # 8701469 for flexible substrate sensor system for environmental & infrastructure monitoring, Apr. 2014.
Richard Coyle, CPIP Executive Director
Richard Coyle is the Executive Director of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy. Prior to this, he was the founding Executive Director of the Emerging Markets Institute at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, where he established the organization as a thought leader. As Sr. Director of International Corporate Affairs for Wal-Mart Stores, he led media and government relations for the firm’s proposed market entry into Russia. He also served as corporate spokesperson for the Wal-Mart’s Global Procurement organization, which included the world’s largest supply chain. Earlier in his career, he served as the Maine State Director of International Trade and helped grow exports by 30%. During his tenure, the Maine International Trade Center won awards from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and FDI Magazine. He has held other roles in the medical device, publishing, computer peripheral and oil & gas industries.
From 1989-94, he held expatriate roles in finance and operations with Digital Equipment Corporation in Germany and the Netherlands. In 2007, he was awarded the Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz), the highest civilian honor bestowed by the Federal Republic of Germany, for his work in international trade. He speaks German and English and holds dual citizenship with the Republic of Ireland.
Mr. Coyle has a strong academic background, having earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics degree at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. He completed post-MBA coursework at Bentley University, earning an Advanced Graduate Business Certificate in international business. He also studied German language and literature at the University of Vienna in Austria.
Chris Ireland, Managing Director, Greenfield Investments and Renewables
Anne Valentine Andrews, Managing Director, Deputy Head of Real Assets within BlackRock Alternative Investors
Prior to joining BlackRock in 2014, she was Co-Head and Chief Operating Officer for the Morgan Stanley Infrastructure platform with $4 billion of assets under management. In addition to leading capital raising efforts globally, Ms. Valentine Andrews managed the operations of the platform. She also assisted investors in deploying capital for co-investment mandates alongside fund investments.
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2006, Ms. Valentine Andrews was a director at Macquarie Bank in both Melbourne and New York. She began her career as a corporate attorney in Australia.
Ms. Valentine Andrews earned a Bachelor of Economics degree and Bachelor of Law with Honors from Monash University, Australia in 1991 and 1994, respectively. She also received a Masters of Applied Finance degree from Macquarie University, Australia in 2004. In 2016, she was recognised as a Fellow of Monash University, Australia.
Dean Angelakos, Infrastructure Strategic Advisor, Infinite Consulting Corporation
Jennifer Aument, President, Transurban North America
Jennifer Aument oversees Transurban’s business in the United States and Canada, where she is responsible for the development, financing, construction and operations of major toll road infrastructure. She also serves on the global leadership team for the AUD$37 billion international toll road owner and operator recently named to Fortune’s Future 50 list.
Jennifer and her team at Transurban were among those who pioneered the use of public-private partnerships for major transportation infrastructure in the United States and were the first to use a number of innovative financing and technology strategies in the development of a $4 billion growing network of toll road projects. In addition to overseeing Northern Virginia’s 53-mile system of Express Lanes on 495, 95 and 395, Jennifer also led Transurban’s expansion into the Canadian market in 2018 with the acquisition of the A25 road and bridge in Montréal.
Under Jennifer’s tenure, these projects have won multiple industry awards for financing, innovation, safety and technology from groups such as the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, Engineering News-Record, Intelligent Transportation Society of America, the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association and The Bond Buyer.
As a leader in the transportation industry, Jennifer has advised state governments across the country on issues related to transport policy, innovative finance and public-private partnerships, and currently serves on advisory boards for the Eno Center for Transportation, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, the Highway Users Alliance, George Mason University and the University of Maryland. She has been named among the Washington Business Journal’s top 25 “Women Who Mean Business”, as an “Outstanding Woman in the Building Industry” and Commercial Real Estate Women’s “Woman of Impact.”
Jennifer has been appointed to key positions by both Republican and Democratic governors, including commissioner and executive committee member for the Virginia Port Authority – one of the largest shipping enterprises in the United States. Jennifer has also served in number of community leadership roles, including as chairman of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and a member of the board of directors for one of the region’s largest non-profit organizations, Northern Virginia Family Services.
Prior to joining Transurban in 2006, Jennifer worked for Bechtel Infrastructure to develop the Washington Metrorail Silver Line. She began her career working in the West Virginia state legislature and went on to work as a public affairs and policy advisor to energy, infrastructure and financial services companies, including major multinational corporations such as HSBC, Suez Energy and General Motors.
She holds a Masters of Business Administration from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from West Virginia University.
Brian Barlow, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners
Backed by Alphabet, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and Sidewalk Labs, Sidewalk Infrastructure applies innovative technology to urban infrastructure systems.
Brian brings over three decades of executive and senior management experience in private equity, venture capital and infrastructure investing to bear in the creation, planning, and execution of the strategic direction of Sidewalk Infrastructure. Brian was previously the Director of Infrastructure Investments at Sidewalk Labs, Alphabet’s urban innovation platform, where he led all infrastructure initiatives including defining, designing and implementing new funding models and delivery methods for Sidewalk Labs and its project in Toronto. He also led the investment activities for Sidewalk Labs’ early stage investments in companies developing enabling technologies in the construction and infrastructure industries.
Previously, Brian was a Managing Director at American Infrastructure Funds, a private equity and infrastructure investor and operator, which he helped to launch in 2006. Earlier, Brian was with Scion Capital, a Cupertino-based private investment fund investing in public, private, and structured derivative markets worldwide. Prior to Scion Capital, Brian launched and ran Broadview Capital Partners, a growth equity and venture capital fund where he led the firm’s communications, networking and fiber investment activities. Brian began his career as a buy-side research analyst focused on the REIT and MLP markets.
Brian holds an MBA in Real Estate & Finance from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Washington.
Stephen Beatty, Head, Global Infrastructure, KPMG International
Steve has advised both public and private sector clients extensively in infrastructure strategy, real estate development, transportation planning, public-private partnership policy development, infrastructure investment and project financing. During his career, Steve has been involved in numerous negotiations on complex infrastructure projects and has been instrumental in delivering large infrastructure projects.
He has assisted public sector clients across the project lifecycle including scoping, design, negotiation with private developers and execution. For private sector clients, Steve has led the development of business strategies, financing approaches, preparation of bids related to mega-infrastructure projects as well as purchase and sale of operational assets.
Steve also co-leads the KPMG International’s global service offering focused on economic growth that supports clients with the relocation and expansion of private sector enterprises, and the development of strategies to accelerate economic development in cities and communities.
Darren Bechtel, Founder & Managing Director, Brick & Mortar Ventures
Jon Berger, Retired CEO, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company
Drew Campbell, Senior Editor, Institutional Investing in Infrastructure for Institutional Real Estate, Inc.
Bill Caudle, President, Bechtel Enterprises
Previously, he was head of power and energy development and was a managing director of clean energy development for Bechtel Enterprises where he was responsible for evaluation, acquisition and origination of project development opportunities in both renewable and low carbon power, gas to power and water/wastewater related technologies and infrastructure. Bill rejoined Bechtel in 2011 and led the development of the 778MW Stonewall Energy Project, a combined cycle gas turbine project in Leesburg, Virginia, and later negotiated the Project’s sale.
Bill has more than 30 years of experience in the development and financing of infrastructure projects. Prior to rejoining Bechtel, Bill worked for Invenergy where he led development of both thermal and renewable energy projects in the US and Canada and US Generating Company (a joint venture of Bechtel and PG&E) in a variety of roles in engineering, development, finance and project/construction management. Bill began his career with Bechtel Power and worked for 10 years in increasingly responsible roles on a variety of solid fuel, gas, oil and nuclear power projects, both in the US as well as projects located in Mexico and Saudi Arabia.
Bill earned a bachelor of mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a registered professional engineer in Virginia.
Mark Crosbie, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Antin Infrastructure Partners
W. Andrew Deihl, CFA Managing Director, Nuveen Real Assets Group Head – Private Infrastructure
Mr. Deihl graduated with a B.S. from Cornell University and a M.B.A. from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. He also holds the Charted Financial Analyst designation.
Raymond DiPrinzio, Senior Vice President, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
John Foote, Senior Fellow, Harvard University; Lecturer at Cornell University
Peter Ford, SVP Head of Global Infrastructure, CMA CGM Group
Judah Gluckman, Co-President, Young Professionals in Infrastructure
Prior to joining the DC government, Judah worked on telecommunications regulatory matters and appellate litigation for Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, PLLC. He also served as a Metcalf Policy Fellow and Assistant to the Chief of Staff for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. Judah is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the American University Washington College of Law. He teaches a graduate-level course on public-private partnerships at the American University School of Public Affairs.
Steve Greenberg, Partner and Chief Strategy Officer, Nexwell
Martha Gross, Commercial Director, Virginia Department of Transportation
Nuria Haltiwanger, CEO for ACS Infrastructure Development, Inc. and ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc.
Patrick D. Harder, Chair of Nossaman’s Infrastructure Practice Group
Since 2016, he has advised the University of California Board of Regents in achieving commercial and financial close on the $1.3 billion UC Merced 2020 Campus Expansion Project–the first university campus expansion in the country to be undertaken using the P3 availability payment model. The project was completed In June 2020 becoming the largest completed P3 social infrastructure development in US history. Additionally, Patrick serves as the lead attorney for LAWA on the Automatic People Mover (APM) and Consolidated Rental Car Center (COnRAC) projects at Los Angeles International Airport. These projects, with a collective contract value in excess of $7 billion, represent the first two P3s to be entered into by the City, and will dramatically transform the airport and significantly improve the experience for travelers at LAX.
Before joining Nossaman, Patrick served as general counsel and executive manager for two of the world’s largest construction and engineering firms, both based in Japan. He also worked as legal and business advisor on dozens of public and private construction and infrastructure projects around the world including the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia–two of the world’s tallest buildings. Chambers-rated nationally and globally in the field of P3s, Patrick has a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University and a J.D. from University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.
Robert B. Hellman Jr., Managing Director & CEO, American Infrastructure Funds
Bob began his private equity career in 1987, having previously worked as a consultant with Bain & Company, where he was one of the founding members of Bain’s Tokyo Office. His is also a member of the Board of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and Past President of Stanford’s DAPER Investment Fund. He received an MBA from the Harvard Business School with Baker Scholar honors, an MS in economics from the London School of Economics, and a BA in economics from Stanford University. He and his wife, Holly, live in Atherton with their 8 year old twin boys (Carter and Tucker) while proudly watching the careers develop for their 25 year old twins (Cady and Robert).
Wally Hunter, Managing Director, EnerTech Capital
Prior to EnerTech, Wally was a Managing Director with RBC Capital Partners where he was responsible for the bank’s Venture Capital fund (Energy Technology and Advanced Technology Fund) which was part of RBC’s Investment Banking Division (RBC Capital Markets). He has an extensive background in the Venture Capital business which includes a series of successful IPO’s, M&A and turnaround transactions throughout his 30 year career in the finance business.
In addition to Wally’s extensive finance background, he previously produced and hosted the weekly financial television show “Money Week” which featured over 200 guest interviews from Canadian and U.S. money managers over a 14 year period. He was also involved in politics and sat as a local Councillor in the Town of Milton (three terms) and sat on the Board of the Ontario College of Pharmacists (Chair of finance).
Wally was past Chairman of the Banff Venture Forum Cleantech Stream and Chairman of the 2014 Canadian Venture Capital Association conference in Ottawa in May of 2014. He sits on the board of the Canadian Venture Capital Association (CVCA), Venture Capital Association of Alberta (VCAA), Sustainable Development Technology Canada Member Council (SDTC) and the Cleantech Group Advisory Board. Wally currently sits on the boards of EnerTech portfolio companies, N-Dimension Solutions (now IPKeys Power Partners), Western Oilfield Equipment Ltd, Vertex Sofdesk and Powerside. Wally was previously an observer on the Board of Distech Controls (sold to Acuity Brands for $318 Million CDN) and sat on the board of HPC Energy Services (sold to TriWest in 2018). In 2017 Wally was appointed to the NHL Coaches Association Advisory Board. In 2018, Wally was appointed to the Advisory Board at Cornell University/Tech’s Program in Infrastructure Policy (CPIP).
Wally received a BA from the University of Western Ontario and has completed a number of securities-related courses and programs including the Canadian Securities Institute (CSC program) and Canadian Investment Finance (CIF I, II &III).
Ross Israel, BCom, LLB, SFFin Head of Global Infrastructure
He has over 24 years of experience in the field of corporate finance and funds management with specialist skills in infrastructure; asset management, capital raisings and M&A.
On behalf of QIC’s clients, Mr Israel’s team has built diversified infrastructure portfolios across more than 10 geographies in the transport, energy utilities and public private partnership sectors with an aggregate equity value of more than $9.5 billion. Before that, Mr Israel was the Chief Operating Officer at DUET, an Australian listed utilities fund which he co-led the creation of while at AMP Capital. Mr Israel was previously in investment banking at ABN AMRO and BZN Barclays in infrastructure corporate advisory in Sydney and London. Mr Israel holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland, Australia and is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.
Representing Ross at many CPIP functions will be Peggy Smyth, U.S. Senior Advisor for QIC. Peggy Smyth joined QIC in 2021 as U.S. Senior Advisor, Global Infrastructure, based in New York, and Chair of the CenTrio Board of Directors. In her Senior Advisor role, Peggy works closely with our North American infrastructure investment team on investment strategy and asset management. Peggy brings deep experience in decarbonization and sustainability as well as extensive leadership experience in guiding transformations resulting in increased productivity, engagement, and performance across the energy, manufacturing, and professional service sectors. She is the former Chief Financial Officer of National Grid U.S. – one of the world’s largest publicly owned energy companies – and is an Independent Director of Etsy and Frontier Communications. She also serves on the board of Remitly, a mobile-first provider of financial services for immigrants.
As a noted authority on the role of finance executives in driving ESG, she was recently recognized by the Energy Inclusion Conference as one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Energy” and by GreenBiz News as one of its “20 C-Suite Sustainability Champions.” She also received the United Way of New York City’s Power of Women to Make a Difference Award in 2018.
Peggy is a member of the Executive Committee of the Fordham University President’s Council and a member of the Board of Trustees and the Audit Committee of Concern Worldwide, Ireland’s largest aid and humanitarian organization.
Christopher Kouza, CEO Kouza Capital
In 2011, Christopher changed his career path and focused on real estate development. Christopher is the Co-founder and Principal of for Koucar Management LLC. Today, Christopher Kouza, through his network of real estate companies owns and manages five hundred and thirty-three multifamily units, seven hundred hotel rooms, and one million square feet of industrial property.
In 2016, Christopher Kouza desired to diversify from real estate development by purchasing I2G Technologies LLC, security company, specializing in data center security infrastructure and smart city security technologies. Christopher’s vision is to use a city’s current IT infrastructure as a cost-effective way to deploy I2G’s security technology in a city’s police central command-and-control center. With Christopher leadership, I2G systems became the prime vendor and integration company in the deployment of Project Green light in the City of Detroit. The City of Detroit’s Project Green Light was the first public-private-community partnership of its kind, blending a mix of real-time security cameras connected to strategically placed police command and control centers. Project Green Light system was aimed at improving neighborhood safety, promoting the revitalization and growth of local businesses, and strengthening Detroit Police Departments efforts to deter, identify, and solve crime.
Today, Kouza Capital is providing growth capital and other resources to his portfolio of companies, which collectively own and operate in excess of $400 Million in assets.
Joung H. Lee, Deputy Director-Chief Policy Officer, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
In advancing AASHTO’s policy agenda, Joung coordinates the implementation of AASHTO’s current strategic plan, oversees the formulation of the Association’s future strategic plans, directs and develops activities to support AASHTO presidential emphasis areas, and supports other priority initiatives identified by the association’s elected leadership, board of directors, and executive director.
Joung began his career with the Federal Highway Administration in 2000 before joining AASHTO in 2007. He founded Young Professionals in Transportation in 2008, and served as a former chair of The Road Gang, a DC-based highway policy society. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania.
Sue Lee, Senior Managing Director, Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, LLC
Prior to joining EYIA, Sue was in the Project Finance practices of Allen & Overy and Milbank, where she advised public agencies, lenders, and equity sponsors. Sue also served as Senior International Attorney with Millennium Challenge Corporation, a Federal foreign aid agency.
Sue received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania.
Scott Litman, Managing Director, Infrastructure Investments
Belen Marcos, President, Vinci Highways
Edward Merlis, Consultant, Edward A. Merlis, LLC
Peter Nicol, Global Director of Water, Jacobs Engineering Group
Mr. Nicol is also the Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories and a member of the Board of Directors of Canadian National Energy Alliance (CNEA) which is the operator for the Government-owned Contractor-operated contract to manage and operate Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, previously a subsidiary of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL). Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is a world leader in nuclear science and technology offering unique capabilities and solutions across a wide range of industries. Actively involved with industry-driven research and development in nuclear, transportation, clean technology, energy, defense, security and life sciences, CNL provides solutions to keep these sectors competitive internationally.
William C. Pappas, Managing Director, Lease and Infrastructure Finance Group, Prudential Capital Group
Javier Pérez Fortea, CEO, Globalvia
Since 1999 he has worked in the world of PPP transport infrastructure having been involved in the world’s largest projects of this nature. Javier has been responsible for the financing, construction, and operation of infrastructure projects in 14 countries in 3 different continents.
Karl H. Reichelt, Senior Advisor, Equitix North America
Karl led major private consortiums delivering +$20B CAPEX in greenfield P3 projects representing +$2B in private equity investments – including among the largest P3s in North American history:
- $1B, I-75 Modernization/Managed Lanes Project, Detroit, Michigan (2018)
- $2.5B, LAX Automated People Mover, Los Angeles, CA (2016)
- $5.1B, LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal Building, New York, NY (2015)
- $2.4B, I-4 Ultimate Managed Lanes Project, Orlando, Florida (2014)
- $350M, Antofagasta Highway, Northern Chile (2013)
- $2.2B, Midtown/Downtown Tunnels/MLK Freeway Project, Norfolk, Virginia (2012)
Karl currently serves as Senior Advisor to Equitix North America – an infrastructure fund management firm. He has held senior executive positions with Bombardier Transportation, AECOM & AECOM Capital, and Skanska where he found the Infrastructure Development business unit in 2006.
Karl is a former county, state and federal government executive:
- Served eight years as an appointee under the Administration of NY Governor George E. Pataki, including leading recovery efforts following 9/11
- Top appointee under the Administration of US President George W. Bush as Regional Administrator, Chief Procurement Officer and Chief of Staff for the US General Services Administration
Karl serves as a Board Member for the Cornell Program on Infrastructure Policy, the Himalayan Climate & Science Institute, and is a frequent lecturer a top American Universities & industry events.
Himanshu Saxena, Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Energy
Prior to joining Starwood Energy in early 2008, Mr. Saxena was an investment banker with JPMorgan’s global energy and utilities group. Before that, Mr. Saxena worked at American Electric Power, where he focused on managing financial risks in the power trading business and on optimizing a power generation portfolio. Mr. Saxena was previously a Chemical Engineer at industrial gas company Praxair, where he filed for several patents.
Mr. Saxena currently serves on the Advisory Board at Cornell University’s Program in Infrastructure Policy (CPIP), as a Board Member for the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), and on the Advisory Council of Cornell Energy Systems Institute.
Mr. Saxena earned an MBA from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, and a Bachelor’s of Technology in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (“IIT”) in Bombay, India.
Paul V. Shantic, Director, Inflation Sensitive, CalSTRS
Kevin Shuba, Senior Advisor, Private Equity Infrastructure / Board Member
Raman J Singh, CEO & Chief Architect, IN4.OS US LLC, Washington DC
Sharon Tennyson, Professor, Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University
Sharon is Senior Editor of the Journal of Risk and Insurance, Editor of the International Review of Financial Consumers, and sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Insurance Regulation and the Journal of Consumer Affairs. Within Cornell, she is a faculty fellow of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, and faculty coordinator of the Working Group on Disaster Risk Research. She is former Director of the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA) and a past president of the Risk Theory Society.
Sharon holds a Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University with a specialization in industrial organization and regulation, and a B.A. in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). At Cornell, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in economic policy and risk management. Prior to her appointment at Cornell she was a faculty member of the Department of Insurance and Risk Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mariana Torres, Associate Director, Investments, John Laing; Co-President, Young Professionals in Infrastructure
Rick Webb, CEO, Watco Company
Scott Zuchorski, Managing Director, Head of North American Infrastructure
Prior to joining Fitch, Scott was a First Vice President at Ambac Assurance Corporation where he was responsible for the credit oversight and remediation of a $250 billion municipal bond portfolio.
He began his career as a management consultant with Arthur Andersen LLP’s Government Services Practice in Washington DC.
Scott received his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and his Masters of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Scott serves on the Advisory Council for Cornell University’s Program in Infrastructure Policy (CPIP) and is member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Economics and Finance Committee. He is also a member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts (NFMA).
Emeritus Board of Advisors
Olivia Steedman, Senior Managing Director, Teachers’ Innovation Platform (TIP), Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan (OTPP)
Olivia joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2002 as a founding member and senior leader of the Infrastructure and Natural Resources group, most recently as head of both the Greenfield & Renewables and the Value Creation & Analytics teams. She was involved in a number of acquisitions and served on a number of portfolio company boards across the portfolio.
Before joining Ontario Teachers’, Olivia was an Assistant Vice-President in the project finance and privatization group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She also practiced civil engineering at Marshall Macklin Monaghan.
A Professional Engineer and Chartered Professional Accountant, Olivia earned a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University and has ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors. In 2018 she was recognized by Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women.