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Infrastructure, Energy, Investment and Asset Management, Government/Foreign Direct Investment

FT-AIIB Summit 2018

Bridging the Bankability Gap

Hong Kong |
Speakers include:
The Hon Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor

The Hon Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Jin  Liqun

Jin Liqun

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Mark Konyn

Mark Konyn



Private finance is essential to meet Asia’s infrastructure needs. Yet, despite ample available capital, emerging markets' infrastructure plays only a marginal role in most institutional portfolios. The complex challenge facing Governments and Multilateral Development Banks is to transition infrastructure into a competitive mainstream asset class, prioritising projects that not only promote economic growth and social and environmental improvement, but that also meet the risk and return profile of international and regional investors, and financiers.

The most effective strategies to catalyse greater investment into infrastructure in Asia will be explored at the FT-AIIB Summit, which takes place in Hong Kong in October 2018. Hosted by the Financial Times (FT) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), this event, now in its second year, will bring together senior policy makers, investors, financiers and project sponsors to work together on new approaches to bridge the gulf between public and private funding, and share insights on progress made and lessons learned.

Chaired by senior FT journalists, the agenda will feature insights from international investors on the place of infrastructure in their portfolios, and the issues they face in finding and accessing investments that are suitably risk-adjusted. Senior Government and industry figures from countries including Bangladesh, India and Viet Nam will provide updates on how they are improving bankability, tackling issues around project structuring and preparation, while strengthening governance and legal frameworks. The latest pipeline of green and brownfield projects will be analysed, focusing on transport, energy and renewables, with case studies on how financing structures such as public-private-partnerships (PPPs) are evolving to attract private capital and expertise, and share risk in developments across Asia.

This year’s FT-AIIB Summit will connect all the stakeholders involved in the origination, financing and development of infrastructure in Asia to build on the progress already achieved and decide on investment priorities for 2019. 

fallback Add to my Calendar 10/23/2018 08:00:0010/23/2018 17:30:00trueFT-AIIB Summit 2018Private finance is essential to meet Asia’s infrastructure needs. Yet, despite ample available capital, emerging markets' infrastructure plays only a marginal role in most institutional portfolios. The complex challenge facing Governments and Multilateral Development Banks is to transition infrastructure into a competitive mainstream asset class, prioritising projects that not only promote economic growth and social and environmental improvement, but that also meet the risk and return profile of international and regional investors, and financiers.The most effective strategies to catalyse greater investment into infrastructure in Asia will be explored at the FT-AIIB Summit, which takes place in Hong Kong in October 2018. Hosted by the Financial Times (FT) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), this event, now in its second year, will bring together senior policy makers, investors, financiers and project sponsors to work together on new approaches to bridge the gulf between public and private funding, and share insights on progress made and lessons learned.Chaired by senior FT journalists, the agenda will feature insights from international investors on the place of infrastructure in their portfolios, and the issues they face in finding and accessing investments that are suitably risk-adjusted. Senior Government and industry figures from countries including Bangladesh, India and Viet Nam will provide updates on how they are improving bankability, tackling issues around project structuring and preparation, while strengthening governance and legal frameworks. The latest pipeline of green and brownfield projects will be analysed, focusing on transport, energy and renewables, with case studies on how financing structures such as public-private-partnerships (PPPs) are evolving to attract private capital and expertise, and share risk in developments across Asia.This year’s FT-AIIB Summit will connect all the stakeholders involved in the origination, financing and development of infrastructure in Asia to build on the progress already achieved and decide on investment priorities for 2019. FT-AIIB-Summit-2018d25bcee474dac4b64e8a0ce191f2f80fMM/DD/YYYY

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Speakers (15)

The Hon Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor

The Hon Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor

The Chief Executive
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

The Hon Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was elected as the Fifth-Term Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on March 26, 2017, and was officially appointed to this position by the Central People’s Government on March 31, 2017, assuming office on July 1, 2017.  Mrs Lam joined the Administrative Service of the Hong Kong Government in 1980 and rose to the rank of Administrative Officer Staff Grade A1 in 2006. She became a Principal Official in 2007 when she was appointed Secretary for Development. She was appointed Chief Secretary for Administration in 2012.  Mrs Lam has served the public for more than 36 years in 20 public service positions including Director of Social Welfare, Permanent Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands, Director-General of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London, Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs, Secretary for Development, and Chief Secretary for Administration.

Jin  Liqun

Jin Liqun

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Jin Liqun is the President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). He has accountability for all of the Bank’s operations and ensures its mission is carried out under the direction of the Board of Directors. Before being elected as the Bank’s first president, Mr Jin served as Secretary-General of the Multilateral Interim Secretariat tasked with establishing AIIB. He has rich experience across the private and public sectors, as well as with MDBs. He served as Chairman of China International Capital Corporation Ltd, China’s first joint-venture investment bank, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of China Investment Corporation, and Chairman of the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds. Mr Jin previously served as Vice President, and then Ranking Vice President, of the Asian Development Bank, and as Alternate Executive Director for China at the World Bank and at the Global Environment Facility. He spent nearly two decades at the Chinese Ministry of Finance, reaching the rank of Vice Minister. Mr Jin holds an MA in English Literature from Beijing Institute of  Foreign Languages (now Beijing Foreign Studies University). He was also a Hubert Humphrey Fellow in the Economics Graduate Program at Boston University.

Mark Konyn

Mark Konyn

Group Chief Investment Officer

Mark Konyn is Group Chief Investment Officer for AIA. He is responsible for providing oversight to the management of the investment portfolios of the Group, as well as supervising and supporting the many investment professionals throughout the Group. He is a director of various companies within the Group including Chairman of AIA Investment Management. He joined the Group in September 2015. Dr Konyn joined AIA from Cathay Conning Asset Management, where he was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) responsible for the company’s investment business and strategic expansion in the region. He has held senior positions at Allianz Global Investors (where he was Asia-Pacific CEO for RCM Global Investors), Fidelity Investments and Prudential UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and holds a Diploma from the London Business School in Investment Management, having previously completed his PhD in Operational Research sponsored by the UK Government.

Gautam Bhandari

Gautam Bhandari

Founding Partner
I Squared Capital

Gautam Bhandari is a Founding Partner of I Squared Capital, an independent multi-billion-dollar global infrastructure investment company based in New York, Houston, London, Delhi, Singapore and Hong Kong. The company specializes in infrastructure investments with over US$12.6 billion of assets under management in the energy, utilities, transport and telecom sectors in the U.S., Europe and select high-growth economies including China, India and Latin America.  Prior to I Squared Capital, Gautam spent 11 years at Morgan Stanley in New York and Asia. He started his career in finance in New York where he worked on debt restructurings, debt and equity financings as well as M&A for some of the firms larger and more complex clients such as General Motors, Tyco, Accenture, etc. He joined Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners (MSIP), a $4 billion global infrastructure Fund, in 2008. He was a voting member of the Investment Committee and served on several of the Review Committee’s for the Fund, globally. At MSIP he was Managing Director and the Head of Morgan Stanley Infrastructure fund in Asia. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Gautam worked at Advanced Technology Materials Inc., a semiconductor chip technology company.  Gautam holds an MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University where he was an Amerada Hess Merit Scholar, a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Delaware, where he was the University Merit Fellow and recipient of the Joel L. Silver Award for the best doctoral dissertation work and a B.Sc. (Honors) from St. Stephens College, Delhi University. Gautam also holds 20 patents in the semiconductor industry and is the author of several published academic papers. 

Sujoy Bose

Sujoy Bose

Managing Director and CEO
National Investment and Infrastructure Fund

Sujoy Bose is Managing Director & CEO of the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund of India. NIIF is a public-private partnership anchored by a significant minority investment from the Govt of India, which will leverage commercial institutional capital for investments in Indian infrastructure. Prior to this, Sujoy spent 25 years at IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, most recently as Global Co-Head and Director of Infrastructure and Natural Resources, where he oversaw IFC’s US$12.6 billion portfolio in transport, utilities, power, oil and gas and mining. Sujoy has held several senior positions at the IFC, including that of Chief Investment Officer and Head of the US$1 billion IFC African Latin American and Caribbean Fund and as the Head of IFC’s Mumbai office. He holds over 20 years of experience in emerging markets private equity and debt investments with IFC, where he has been responsible for several major emerging markets transactions, covering both debt and equity in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and MENA. Sujoy holds an MBA from Rice University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from St Xavier's College, Kolkata, India

Angela Mackay

Angela Mackay

Global Publisher, FT Live and Managing Director Asia Pacific
Financial Times

Angela Mackay is Global Publisher of FT Live and Managing Director of FT Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, she is a member of the FT’s global board. In Asia Pacific, Ms Mackay focuses on developing the group’s significant potential across the region. This includes, the mainland's leading foreign-owned, Chinese-language news site, as well as the FT's burgeoning executive education business.

As Global Publisher for FT Live, Ms Mackay leads business and strategy development for events, membership and communities, such as 125 Forum and the Non-Executive Directors (NED) programmes. The FT stages more than 200 events around the world annually. Ms Mackay joined the FT in 2003 on its editorial team, serving as the Asia investment editor for two years.

Before joining the FT, she was Asia editor for Sunday Business from 1998 to 2001. Her previous roles include editor at The Economist Group, supervising producer at CNBC, deputy news editor at The Times in London, and UK correspondent for the Australian Financial Review.

Ms Mackay is a non-executive director of the FT/IE Corporate Learning Alliance, and a board member of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, Asian Youth Orchestra and the Sovereign Art Foundation. She holds a BA in English Literature and an LLB, and was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia.

Shivanand  Nimbargi

Shivanand Nimbargi

Managing Director and CEO
Ayana Renewable Power

Shivanand Nimbargi is the Managing Director and CEO of Ayana Renewable Power Pvt. Ltd. Mr Nimbargi has over 29 years of experience in the infrastructure sector. He was most recently the Managing Director and CEO of L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad), one of the largest PPP projects in India, the first phase of which got commissioned in November 2017. He was previously with Green Infra (now Sembcorp Green Infra), as Managing Director and CEO during a period when the company more than doubled its operational capacity from 50 MW to ~700 MW and also built strong pipeline for future growth of the company. He spent 15 years plus with Alstom where he was instrumental in starting the Industrial Boilers and Plants Business, and the Turbo-machinery Business as MD from 2004 to 2006.  Following this he had responsibility for the Boiler business while managing the Coal Mills Product line as Vice President. He also served as a Board Director at NTPC Alstom Services Limited between 2006 and 2008. He started his career with Babcock and Wilcox of India (now part of Alstom). Mr Nimbargi is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering and has pursued the advanced Management Program at INSEAD.

Frederic Pergay

Frederic Pergay

Vice President, Infrastructure Development Asia Pacific
Bouygues Travaux Public

Frederic Pergay is Vice President Infrastructure Development Asia Pacific at Bouygues Travaux Publics and Bouygues Construction Australia Director PPP & Civil Business Development.  He joined the Bouygues Construction group in 1998, a global player in construction that designs, builds and operates projects in the sectors of building, infrastructure and industry.  His expertise encompasses all aspects of infrastructure development including dealing with procurement agencies, project management, financial structuring, project documentation, sub-contracting, commercial interfaces, understanding of construction works, services and risks as well as SPV related topics. Successful in PPPs, EPC and D&C, he has 20 years’ experience in large-scale transport infrastructure projects such as the Machang Bay Bridge 2004, the Pusan New Port Container Terminal in South Korea awarded Asia Pacific Transport deal of the Year in 2008, the Singapore Sports Hub awarded the Asia Pacific PPP 2010 Deal of the Year, and Melbourne Metro Tunnel & Stations PPP awarded Transport Deal of the Year 2017.

Theodore  Roosevelt IV

Theodore Roosevelt IV

Managing Director, Investment Banking; Chairman of Clean Tech Initiative

Theodore Roosevelt IV is a Managing Director in Investment Banking at Barclays, based in New York.  He also serves as Chairman of the firm’s Clean Tech Initiative.  Mr Roosevelt is Board Chair of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), a Trustee of The Climate Reality Project, a member of the Governing Council of the Wilderness Society, and a Trustee for the American Museum of Natural History.  He started his investment banking career at Lehman Brothers in 1972.

Mia Mary Sebastian

Mia Mary Sebastian

Deputy Executive Director
Public-Private Partnership Center of the Philippines

Mia Mary Sebastian is a Deputy Executive Director at the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center of the Philippines. She leads the development of PPP projects and the management of a revolving fund for hiring of consultants. Prior to her current role, she worked in finance and law in London and Manila. Mia holds an MBA degree from London Business School and degrees in Law and Business Economics from the University of the Philippines.

Supee Teravaninthorn

Supee Teravaninthorn

Director General, Investment Operations
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Supee Teravaninthorn oversees AIIB’s lending to sovereign-governments with a particular emphasis on building up the bank’s portfolio to ensure diversity and quality.  She is also responsible for strengthening the capacity of the Investment Operations team. Her mission at AIIB is to support the planning and financing of high priority economic infrastructure development in greater Asia. Her development perspective goes beyond country specific boundaries, expanding to a regional development corridor concept. She believes that the right kind of infrastructure investment can become an engine of growth to stimulate and unlock the hidden development potential within the region.  Prior to joining AIIB, Dr Teravaninthorn served on the management team of the World Bank from 2011 to 2016 with a specialty in infrastructure planning and development in East Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa. Dr Teravaninthorn holds a PhD in economics from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, Japan.

Stephan van Vliet

Stephan van Vliet

Chief Investment Officer
Prudential Corporation Asia

Stephan van Vliet is the Chief Investment Officer of Prudential Insurance Asia, a position he has held since May 2017.  From 2014 to 2016 he worked at Pinebridge Investments as Head of Insurance Asset Management and led the global insurance advisory practice. Mr Van Vliet began his career in 1994 at ING. He held a number of roles with ING in Europe and Asia with responsibility for the asset allocation of 10 Asian insurance companies and over 15 European insurance companies and pension funds. He worked in Hong Kong as Head of Investments for ING Insurance Asia- Pacific from 2010 to 2013 and as Director of Proprietary Asset Management for ING Investment Management Asia-Pacific from 2005 to 2008. Other positions he held at ING were Head of Insurance Asset Management Europe in The Hague and General Manager ING Investment Management Italy in Milan. He was also a Board Member of ING Life Malaysia.  Mr Van Vliet holds an MBA from Bocconi University, a MA of the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University as well as a BBA from Nijenrode University.

Joachim  von Amsberg

Joachim von Amsberg

Vice President - Policy and Strategy
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Joachim von Amsberg is Vice President for Policy and Strategy at the AIIB.  He drives the strategic direction for the Bank, including its sectoral and country priorities, its investment strategy and programming, its economic analysis and research, and its operating budget. He oversees the Bank's environmental and social policies, other operational policies, and their implementation. He previously served in a number of progressively senior roles at the World Bank where he most recently held the position of Vice President, Development Finance where he was responsible for the replenishment and stewardship of the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s fund for the poorest, and for trust fund and partnership operations.  Dr von Amsberg holds a PhD in economic policy analysis and an MBA from the University of British Columbia. He also holds a MSc in industrial engineering from the Technical University of Berlin.  

Bruce Weller

Bruce Weller

Managing Director, Head of Power and Project Finance Asia Pacific
BNP Paribas

Bruce Weller is the Head of the BNP Paribas’ Power and Project Finance business in Asia Pacific. Prior to coming to Asia he worked in the project and acquisition financing departments of the bank in London and Paris. During his 23 years in Singapore, he has been involved in numerous advisory and arranging assignments in the region for global and regional companies active in the power, infrastructure and natural resources sectors.  Bruce is a graduate of Harvard University and holds an MBA from London Business School.

Eddie Yue

Eddie Yue

Deputy Chief Executive
Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Eddie Yue is Deputy Chief Executive at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority with responsibility for reserves management, external affairs and research. He was appointed to this position in 2007. Mr Yue began his career as an Administrative Officer in the Hong Kong Government in 1986. He joined the HKMA in 1993 and has worked in a number of divisions, including Monetary Management, External Relations, and Banking Development.   Mr Yue was educated at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and at the Harvard Business School.


Chair and Moderators (2)

Jamil Anderlini

Jamil Anderlini

Asia Editor
Financial Times

Jamil Anderlini is the Financial Times’ Asia Editor, appointed in 2015. He oversees the FT’s coverage of the Asia region from Afghanistan to Australia, including China, India, Indonesia and Japan. In addition to directing the work of regional correspondents and overseeing the editing and commissioning team in Hong Kong, Mr Anderlini is an award-winning journalist and published author.  He is fluent in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese.  After a decade and a half working as an editor and journalist in China, he has cultivated a deep knowledge of the political and economic situation in that country. He regularly contributes commentary for other media, including CNN, BBC, CNBC, ABC and A1-Jazeera. He also selectively accepts speaking engagements with corporations, financial institutions, universities, government departments and agencies. Mr Anderlini joined the FT in 2007 and worked as Beijing Correspondent and Deputy Beijing Bureau Chief before he was named Beijing Bureau Chief in 2011, with overall responsible for China coverage at the FT. Mr Anderlini has won numerous reporting prizes, both individually and as part of FT teams. In 2010, he was named Journalist of the Year at the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Editorial Excellence Awards and won the Best Digital Award at the Amnesty International Media Awards. Other prizes include a UK Foreign Press Association Award in 2008, several individual SOPA awards and the inaugural Jones-Mauthner Award in 2012, which recognises outstanding reporting of international affairs by a young reporter at the Financial Times. In 2013, Mr Anderlini was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and short-listed for both Foreign Reporter of the Year at the Press Awards in the UK and also the Orwell Prize, the UK's most prestigious prize for political writing. Prior to joining the FT, he was Beijing Business Correspondent for the South China Morning Post for two years. Before that, he was Chief Editor of the China Economic Review. He is the author of the e-book The Bo Xilai Scandal, published by Penguin and Financial Times in 2012.

Henny Sender

Henny Sender

Chief Correspondent, International Finance
Financial Times

Henny Sender joined the Financial Times in 2007. She was previously the Wall Street Journal's Senior Special Writer for the Money & Investing section and covered private equity and hedge funds. Before joining the Journal, Ms Sender worked in Hong Kong for nearly 10 years and covered regional finance for the Wall Street Journal Asia and the Far Eastern Economic Review. Prior to that, she was in Tokyo for five years for Institutional Investor. Ms Sender was part of a team at the Journal that won a Loeb award for coverage of the meltdown of Amaranth, a hedge fund. Her work on the overseas Chinese received a citation from the Overseas Press Club and she was a finalist for the National Magazine Awards. Her book on India, The Kashmiri Pandits, was published by Oxford University Press. Ms Sender holds an MS from the Columbia University School of Journalism. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

CPD Hours

This Summit is qualified to 6 CPD hours.



Agenda - 23rd Oct

  • 8:00am
    Registration and refreshments
  • 8:50am
    Opening Remarks

    Angela Mackay, Global Publisher, FT Live, and Managing Director Asia Pacific, Financial Times

  • 9:00am
    Welcome Address

    The Hon Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor,  The Chief Executive, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

  • 9:10am
    Opening Keynote

    Jin Liqun, President, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

  • 9:40am
    Panel – Balancing Outcomes: Infrastructure – A Public Good or an Asset Class

    Building roads, railroads, ports, water treatment plants and other essential infrastructure can be among the most productive investments a society can make, with clear links to economic growth and prosperity.  Funding, though, remains the greatest challenge, and the need for private capital requires infrastructure to become more investable to effectively compete against traditional asset classes. But this is not a black and white issue as public and private finance have different objectives.  As Governments look to make infrastructure more attractive, how are they managing the correlation between investor, sponsor and financier expectations, and the wider public good? Is the sector at risk of becoming over-financialised in the race to close the funding gap? From the investor viewpoint, is public good a motivator when considering the place of infrastructure in their portfolios?  Is there a greater role for MDBs and Development Finance Institutions (DFIs), as financial intermediaries, to use early stage investment to get less bankable but essential projects shovel-ready?

    Sujoy Bose, Chief Executive Officer, National Investment and Infrastructure Fund

    Gautam Bhandari, Founding Partner, I Squared Capital

    Theodore Roosevelt IV, Managing Director, Investment Banking, and Chairman, Clean Tech Initiative, Barclays

    Joachim von Amsberg, Vice President, Policy and Strategy, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

    Eddie Yue, Deputy Chief Executive, HKMA, Director, Infrastructure Financing Facilitation Office

  • 10:30am
    Morning Break
  • 11:00am
    Weighing up the Infrastructure Opportunity as Global Markets Recalibrate

    A stronger dollar and rising short-term US interest rates, coupled with concerns over protectionism and trade wars, and slowing growth in China, are exposing vulnerabilities in emerging markets. How are these developments impacting the capital available for infrastructure across emerging Asia?  To what extent do they open up new opportunities for investors seeking out investments uncorrelated to major asset classes such as bonds or shares?  What are the implications for sovereign debt issuance and the use of local currency markets to raise funds?

    Mark Konyn, Group Chief Investment Officer, AIA 

    Richard Langberg, Senior Director and Analytical Manager, Infrastructure Ratings, S&P Global Ratings

    Hilda Savitri, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, PT Indonesia Infrastructure Finance

  • 11:50am
    Country Focus: Public Private Partnerships in Action – Bangladesh

    The Bangladesh PPP office became operational in 2012 and has been a key component of the country’s efforts to expand the development and implementation of PPPs in key infrastructure sectors, unlocking vital growth potential.  This session will explore the Government’s vision to use PPPs as a key tool to increase investment into sustainable energy projects.

  • 12:20pm
    Panel: Implementing Effective Public Private Partnership Frameworks

    PPPs have a critical role to play in addressing the huge infrastructure investment shortfall in Asia.  Bringing practical expertise, as well as finance, the private sector can transform the quality and efficiency of infrastructure assets and projects.  PPPs, however, need the right conditions to flourish, including a strong, shovel-ready pipeline and a robust regulatory framework. Which countries offer the best example of progress in creating a standardised enabling environment that attracts finance at all stages of the project life cycle, and properly regulates PPPs? What are the value drivers of PPP transactions from the investor viewpoint – is enough being done to share rather than transfer risk from public to private? Can MDBs do more to catalyse private participation, by expanding technical assistance, finance and guarantees in sovereign and non-sovereign projects?  Learning from PPPs already in the market, which sectors are best suited, and where and why have some proven a costly proposition?

    Mia Mary Sebastian, Deputy Executive Director, Public Private Partnership Centre of the Philippines

    Frederic Pergay, Director, Infrastructure PPP Development, VP Development, Asia Pacific, Bouygues Travaux Publics

    Stephan van Vliet, Chief Investment Officer, Prudential Corporation Asia

  • 1:10pm
  • 2:10pm
    Panel: Asia’s Rapidly Growing Renewable Energy Market – Is it the ‘Opportunity of the Century’ for Investors?

    Driven by population increases and economic growth, energy demand in the Asia-Pacific region is projected to almost double by 2030, creating an urgent need for innovative ways to generate power in a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable manner.  For investors, energy has been described as the opportunity of the century, particularly renewables.  However, sourcing and accessing bankable projects continues to be a challenge.  Which countries offer the best opportunity for value in this rapidly evolving market, and in which sector, from solar to wind and beyond? Have renewable projects reached maturity and scale to compete effectively with traditional energy developments in coal, oil and gas and power plants?  Going forward, what are the key project, financial and policy risks, and how should they be managed? 

    Shivanand Nimbargi, Managing Director and CEO, Ayana Renewable Power

    Fergus Smith, Partner, White & Case

    Bruce Weller, Managing Director, Head of Power and Project Finance Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas

  • 3:00pm
    Country Case Study – Investing in Viet Nam’s Transport Infrastructure Expansion

    Developing and upgrading transport infrastructure is a top priority for the Vietnamese Government.  Focused on road, rail, aviation and marine, projected investment into the sector between 2018 and 2023 is estimated at US$48 billion.  To achieve this, policy makers are addressing bankability, proactively streamlining the environment and regulatory framework, particularly around PPPs, to incentivise domestic and foreign investment.  This session will highlight the progress made to date in developing risk sharing mechanisms and guarantees, as well as provide updates on the readiness of priority projects in the pipeline including the North-South Expressway, a new high speed railway system from North to South, and the planned building of the Long Thanh International Airport.

  • 3:30pm
    Refreshments and Networking Break
  • 3:50pm
    Panel: Structuring Transport Projects to Enhance Bankability

    Estimates suggest that more than US$800 billion is required annually to develop, operate, maintain and upgrade transport infrastructure in the Asia Pacific, equivalent to approximately 3% of GDP.  This presents a huge investment opportunity across all sectors, including road and rail transportation, which are viewed as essential to efficiently link markets together.  How should projects be selected and prioritised to ensure they are attractive to private capital, whilst managing the growing requirement for sustainability and the need to be future proofed, robust to technology and demographic changes?  What steps should be taken to ensure projects are viable at all stages of development to deliver on promised and expected investment returns?  Which current and upcoming developments offer the most potential to investors and what are the most effective structures to access them?

    Supee Teravaninthorn, Director General, Investment Operations, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

    Luxmon Attapich, Deputy Secretary-General, Eastern Economic Corridor, Thailand

    Herbert Hui, Finance Director, MTR Hong Kong

  • 4:50pm
    Keynote Interview: Finding Yield in Renewables in India – Rewards and Challenges

    The renewable energy industry is booming in India driven by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal focus on the sector and his goal of surpassing the target of 175 GW by 2022.  What are the most effective approaches for investors to tap into the potential of this vast and potentially lucrative market? How is the Government working to facilitate and bring together public and private infrastructure investment, and is the end in sight for project delays and bottlenecks?

  • 5:20pm
    Summation and Closing Remarks

    Jamil Anderlini, Asia Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:30pm
    Close of Summit followed by Cocktail Reception

Who Attends?

The FT AIIB Summit will be attended by senior decision-makers from the following sectors:

  • Policy makers & Regulators
  • Energy & Power Companies
  • Infrastructure Developers
  • Institutional Investors 
  • Export Credit Agencies
  • Multilateral Development Banks
  • Investment Banks
  • Investment and Asset Management Firms
  • Legal and Consultancy Firms

Presented by (1)

Financial Times Live (FT Live) is the global conferences and events division of the Financial Times Group. Chaired by senior journalists from the Financial Times Group, the summits, conferences, awards and strategic forums organised by FT Live gather the world’s brightest minds and most influential decision-makers.

Exclusive on-stage interviews, stimulating presentations and lively panel debates – available on multiple content platforms – provide the cutting-edge insights, unique personalities and peer audience engagement that have the power to transform finance, business, politics, society and culture.

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. In 2016 the FT passed a significant milestone in its digital transformation as digital and services revenues overtook print revenues for the first time. The FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of more than 910,000 and makes 60% of revenues from its journalism.

Founding Partner (1)

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is a multilateral development bank with a mission to improve social and economic outcomes in Asia and beyond. Headquartered in Beijing, we commenced operations in January 2016 and have now grown to 87 approved members from around the world. By investing in sustainable infrastructure and other productive sectors today, we will better connect people, services and markets that over time will impact the lives of billions and build a better future.

Gold sponsor (1)

Barclays is a transatlantic consumer, corporate and investment bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management, with a strong presence in our two home markets of the UK and the US.

With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs approximately 80,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

Silver and Networking Sponsor (1)

Linklaters is a leading global law firm, supporting clients in achieving their strategies wherever they do business. We use our expertise and resources to help clients pursue opportunities and manage risk across emerging and developed markets around the world. Linklaters has offices in 30 major business and financial centres in 20 countries. Linklaters is recognised as a market leader on energy and‎ infrastructure transactions and our experts regularly support leading developers, investors, finance providers and governments ‎with a deep knowledge and understanding of the most important issues affecting the sector.

Silver sponsors (3)

In Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas is one of the best-positioned international financial institutions with an uninterrupted presence since 1860. Currently with over 16,000 employees and a presence in 14 markets, BNP Paribas provides corporates, institutional and private investors with product and service solutions tailored to their specific needs. It offers a wide range of financial services covering corporate & institutional banking, wealth management, asset management, insurance, as well as retail banking and consumer financing through strategic partnerships.

S&P Global Ratings is the world’s leading provider of independent credit ratings. Our ratings are essential to driving growth, providing transparency and helping educate market participants so they can make decisions with confidence. We have more than 1 million credit ratings outstanding on government, corporate, financial sector and structured finance entities and securities. We offer an independent view of the market built on a unique combination of broad perspective and local insight. We provide our opinions and research about relative credit risk; market participants gain independent information to help support the growth of transparent, liquid debt markets worldwide.

S&P Global Ratings is a division of S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI), which provides essential intelligence for individuals, companies and governments to make decisions with confidence. For more information, visit

White & Case advises on the most significant and complex infrastructure projects and transactions in the world. We advise sponsors, lenders, pension funds, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, infrastructure funds, commercial banks, corporations, developers and governmental entities involved in the development and acquisition of large-scale projects globally, including transportation infrastructure, energy & power infrastructure and social infrastructure.
Our Asia-Pacific infrastructure and energy team of more than 70 lawyers form part of an integrated global practice of more than 250 lawyers, providing a highly effective one-stop-shop for infrastructure and energy projects. In addition to our infrastructure development and finance expertise in the development of greenfield assets, we have market-leading M&A, and arbitration practices, which assist in "through life" support on infrastructure transactions as well as the financing, purchasing, refinancing or restructuring of existing assets.

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AIMA, the Alternative Investment Management Association, is the global representative of the alternative investment industry, with more than 1,900 corporate members in over 60 countries. AIMA’s fund manager members collectively manage more than $2 trillion in assets. AIMA draws upon the expertise and diversity of its membership to provide leadership in industry initiatives such as advocacy, policy and regulatory engagement, educational programmes and sound practice guides. AIMA works to raise media and public awareness of the value of the industry. AIMA set up the Alternative Credit Council (ACC) to help firms focused in the private credit and direct lending space. The ACC currently represents over 80 members that manage $500 billion of private credit assets globally.  AIMA is committed to developing skills and education standards and is a co-founder of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation (CAIA) – the first and only specialised educational standard for alternative investment specialists. AIMA is governed by its Council (Board of Directors). For further information, please visit AIMA’s website,

The Asia Pacific Loan Market Association (APLMA) is the only pan-Asian association that is dedicated to promoting growth and liquidity in the primary and secondary loan markets of the Asia-Pacific region. The Association was founded in August 1998 by a core group of founding member banks including: ABN AMRO, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bank of China, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, BNP Paribas, Barclays, Citigroup, DBS, HSBC, JP Morgan Chase, National Australia Bank, Société Générale, Standard Chartered Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and WestLB. The APLMA is headquartered in Hong Kong, with branch in Australia and management committee in Singapore, and is active throughout Asia through offshore committees across Asia Pacific.

The Asia-Pacific Structured Finance Association (APSA) seeks to be a provide a platform for the views of the structured finance industry to be communicated to policy makers, regulators, standards-setters, market participants and investors. Our membership consists of regulators, investors, originators, banks, trustees, rating agencies, accountants, lawyers, academics and students. Our nominal membership fee ensures APSA retains a wide and independent membership representation within the structured finance industry. APSA collaborates closely with other organisations with similar interests, including ASIFMA, ASF, Boyuan Foundation, CUAAFA, HKSI, IFLR and TMA (with corresponding benefits to our members).

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ASIFMA is an independent, regional trade association with over 100 member firms comprising a diverse range of leading financial institutions from both the buy and sell side, including banks, asset managers, law firms and market infrastructure service providers.  Together, we harness the shared interests of the financial industry to promote the development of liquid, deep and broad capital markets in Asia.  ASIFMA advocates stable, innovative and competitive Asian capital markets that are necessary to support the region’s economic growth.  Through the GFMA alliance with ‎SIFMA in the United States and AFME in Europe, ASIFMA also provides insights on global best practices and standards to benefit the region. 

The Hong Kong Association of Banks (“HKAB”), was established in 1981 under the Hong Kong Association of Banks Ordinance to replace the Exchange Banks’ Association. The Ordinance provides a framework for the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China to exchange views with the banking sector for the further development of the industry and Hong Kong as a major financial centre.

All fully licensed banks approved by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority to operate in Hong Kong are required to be a member of HKAB. The members of HKAB are the banks, not their employees. As of end-August 2018, HKAB had 153 member banks. 

The Hong Kong Investment Funds Association (“HKIFA”) is a non-profit-making organization that represents the asset management industry in Hong Kong.  We have two major roles, namely consultation and education.   On consultation, we work closely with the authorities to relay the views of our members on issues that have implications for the asset management industry.  On education, we spearhead initiatives to enable Hong Kong people to understand more about the risk/return characteristics of mutual funds; and to use them effectively for retirement investment and other financial planning purposes.

The International Capital Market Association (ICMA) is a trade association and a unique organisation that is a highly influential voice for the global capital market. ICMA represents members worldwide, who are active in the international capital market on a cross border basis; and is distinct from other trade associations in representing both the buy-side and the sell-side of the industry. ICMA has its head office in Zurich, where it was founded in 1969, with a subsidiary in London and representative offices in Paris and Hong Kong.

ICMA’s market conventions and standards have been the pillars of the international debt market for almost 50 years. While ICMA has been most active in the international debt market, it takes full account of the increasing integration between the debt and equity, cash and derivatives markets, working with other trade associations where it makes sense to do so.

Membership continues to grow with currently around 500 members based in approximately 60 countries. ICMA members include global investment banks, commercial and regional banks, brokers, private banks, institutional asset managers, pension funds, central banks, sovereign wealth funds and other institutions with a pronounced interest in the securities market, such as supranational institutions, infrastructure providers, rating agencies, leading law firms and medias.

IPFA is an independent, not-for-profit, professional members’ association dedicated to providing up-to-date information on best practice, industry trends and new developments in infrastructure and energy.

IPFA hosts a continuous programme of 100+ industry events, webinars and working groups, which are free for members to attend and offer a unique opportunity to network with senior decision-making professionals across the industry. Other benefits include access to discounted project finance training courses, facilitated introductions, plus a wide range of industry documents and publications.

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