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Infrastructure, Energy, Investment and Asset Management

FT-AIIB Summit 2019

Driving creativity and innovation in infrastructure finance

Jakarta |
Speakers include:
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Republic of Indonesia

Kennedy Simanjuntak

Kennedy Simanjuntak

Republic of Indonesia

Jin  Liqun

Jin Liqun

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank


The market for infrastructure finance is evolving at a rapid pace.  The requirement for trillions of dollars in the coming years is forging a dynamic funding landscape that offers more diverse and flexible approaches to investors.  Traditional debt, equity and blended finance options are being reimagined, and advanced structures are emerging influenced by changing risk appetites, yield expectations, and environmental, social and governance factors.   As infrastructure grows as an asset class, new innovations and strategies will be developed, presenting both opportunities and complexities.  What are the next steps to build on progress already made, and to continue to deepen markets, manage liquidity and provide a wide range of options as demanded by stakeholders?

The 3rd FT-AIIB Summit will explore how this high potential market can expand further.  This year’s event takes place in Jakarta and will bring together policy makers, investors, financiers and developers to work together on enhancing the regulatory and structural environment needed to foster creativity in infrastructure finance.

Chaired by senior FT journalists, our agenda will explore how financiers are thinking outside the box, providing the new structures, transactions and solutions needed to attract private capital into infrastructure.  Investors will share their priorities as regards risk, returns and tenor, as they look to capitalise on the value of infrastructure investment.  As the global economy shifts, discussion will focus on progress being made to accelerate capital markets development across Asia to feed investor appetite and provide alternative funding sources.  Speakers will also analyse the prospects for asset securitisation, and the innovations and challenges of ESG integration into the infrastructure investment process.

Special focus will be given to the current infrastructure expansion underway in Indonesia.  Led by President Joko Widodo, the country is in the midst of a multi-billion dollar infrastructure spending drive to boost economic growth.  A new capital city is planned, and with projects including roads, railways, bridges, power stations and more, the opportunities for investment are significant.  But challenges remain which continue to impact on investor confidence in the market.  Our speakers, including senior Government representatives, will focus on the steps being taken to enhance the environment and bankability of projects.

This year’s FT-AIIB Summit will once again connect all the stakeholders involved in infrastructure in Asia to share knowledge and plan the future direction of the finance markets in this sector.

fallback Add to my Calendar 11/26/2019 08:15:0011/26/2019 18:00:00trueFT-AIIB Summit 2019The market for infrastructure finance is evolving at a rapid pace.  The requirement for trillions of dollars in the coming years is forging a dynamic funding landscape that offers more diverse and flexible approaches to investors.  Traditional debt, equity and blended finance options are being reimagined, and advanced structures are emerging influenced by changing risk appetites, yield expectations, and environmental, social and governance factors.   As infrastructure grows as an asset class, new innovations and strategies will be developed, presenting both opportunities and complexities.  What are the next steps to build on progress already made, and to continue to deepen markets, manage liquidity and provide a wide range of options as demanded by stakeholders?The 3rd FT-AIIB Summit will explore how this high potential market can expand further.  This year’s event takes place in Jakarta and will bring together policy makers, investors, financiers and developers to work together on enhancing the regulatory and structural environment needed to foster creativity in infrastructure finance.Chaired by senior FT journalists, our agenda will explore how financiers are thinking outside the box, providing the new structures, transactions and solutions needed to attract private capital into infrastructure.  Investors will share their priorities as regards risk, returns and tenor, as they look to capitalise on the value of infrastructure investment.  As the global economy shifts, discussion will focus on progress being made to accelerate capital markets development across Asia to feed investor appetite and provide alternative funding sources.  Speakers will also analyse the prospects for asset securitisation, and the innovations and challenges of ESG integration into the infrastructure investment process.Special focus will be given to the current infrastructure expansion underway in Indonesia.  Led by President Joko Widodo, the country is in the midst of a multi-billion dollar infrastructure spending drive to boost economic growth.  A new capital city is planned, and with projects including roads, railways, bridges, power stations and more, the opportunities for investment are significant.  But challenges remain which continue to impact on investor confidence in the market.  Our speakers, including senior Government representatives, will focus on the steps being taken to enhance the environment and bankability of projects.This year’s FT-AIIB Summit will once again connect all the stakeholders involved in infrastructure in Asia to share knowledge and plan the future direction of the finance markets in this sector.FT-AIIB-Summit-201932429648ce2576006b6a243faefeb992MM/DD/YYYY

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Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Minister of Finance
Republic of Indonesia

Sri Mulyani Indrawati, an economist, is Minister of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia, a position she has held since 2016. She previously, from 2010, served as the World Bank's Executive Director.  Prior to joining the World Bank, she was Indonesia’s Minister of Finance from 2005 to 2010, in addition to being the Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs from 2008 to 2009. In 2006, Sri Mulyani was named Finance Minister of the Year by Euromoney magazine and Best Finance Minister in Asia by Emerging Market Forum. She also won the Best Minister Award at the Sixth Annual Gathering of the World Government Summit 2018 in Dubai, UAE. Her previous professional experience includes serving as the Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund  representing 12 member countries in the South East Asia Group. Sri Mulyani is a specialist in monetary economy and banking, as well as labor economics research. She holds a PhD in Economics and an MS in Economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a BA in Economics from Universitas Indonesia.

Kennedy Simanjuntak

Kennedy Simanjuntak

Deputy Minister for Infrastructure Affairs, Ministry of National Development Planning,
Republic of Indonesia

Kennedy Simanjuntak was recently appointed Deputy Minister for Infrastructure Affairs at Indonesia’s Ministry of National Development Planning.   Prior to this he served, from 2016, as Deputy Minister for Development Funding Affairs. Mr Simanjuntak started his career at the Ministry of (Bappenas) in 1998 as part of the planner staff, gradually building his expertise in the area of policy analysis and formulation. In 2007, he was promoted to Director of Bilateral Foreign Funding where his main portfolio was formulating government policy on funding sources from bilateral development partners. Throughout his career, Mr Simanjuntak has developed and nurtured strong relationships with a wide range of Indonesia’s development partners.  He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), and a Masters in Applied Economics from the University of Michigan. 

Jin  Liqun

Jin Liqun

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Jin Liqun is the inaugural President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Before being elected as the Bank’s first president, Mr. Jin served as Secretary-General of the Multilateral Interim Secretariat tasked with establishing the AIIB.  Mr Jin has rich experience across the private and public sectors, as well as with MDBs. He served as Chairman of China International Capital Corporation Limited, China’s first joint-venture investment bank, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of China Investment Corporation, and as 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 from 1987 to 1988. 

Cyril Cabanes

Cyril Cabanes

Managing Director, Infrastructure, Asia Pacific
CDPQ Singapore

Cyril Cabanes is Managing Director, Infrastructure, Asia Pacific based in CDPQ’s Singapore office. In his role, he is responsible for all infrastructure investment activities in the Asia-Pacific region, which includes building and overseeing a team of investment professionals based in Singapore, Sydney and New Delhi and managing a diversified portfolio including ports, electricity generation and distribution networks, social infrastructure and public transportation. 

Mr Cabanes has more than 20 years of experience in global infrastructure. Before joining CDPQ, he was Senior Vice-President, Development at Marubeni Corp. where he led the Asian IPP investment team in Singapore. Previously, he was Director and Portfolio Manager at Deutsche Asset Management – Alternatives and Real Assets (formerly known as RREEF Infrastructure) in Sydney, where he was responsible for acquisitions, capital raising and product development for Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, he spent 10 years in investment banking and financial markets with RBS (where he was Head of Natural Resources, Power & Utilities for Australia and New Zealand), BNP Paribas and UBS.  Mr Cabanes holds a master’s degree from ESCP Europe Business School in Paris and attended the MBA program at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and of the Advisory Board of Power-Gen Asia (PGA) as well as a member of and active contributor to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s Infrastructure Financing Facilitation Office (IFFO) and the World Bank’s Global Infrastructure Facility (GIF). He is an independent director of Azure Power Global and CLP India. 

Nan Luo

Nan Luo

Head of China
Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

Nan Luo is Head of China for the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), a role she assumed in October, a role she assumed in October 2017. She works with Chinese institutional investors and external bodies to help raise awareness of responsible investment in China. 

Before joining the PRI, Nan worked with the Department of International Trade at the British Embassy in Beijing, where she was the Head of Institutional Infrastructure Investment, leading on attracting Chinese capital investment into UK Energy and Infrastructure activities, with particular focus on renewable energy. Before that, she spent five years working in the Climate Change and Energy Section of the Embassy, focusing on green finance strategies and policy-oriented projects to address global climate change and support China’s low carbon transition. Nan also spent two years at Climate Bridge Ltd in Shanghai, where she developed and managed projects for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), one of the Flexible Mechanisms defined in the Kyoto Protocol that provides for emissions reduction projects. 

Nan holds a bachelor of Engineering from Northwest A&F University, China and an MSc In European Forestry, for which she studied at a number of European institutions.

Wouter Van Wersch

Wouter Van Wersch

President & CEO, APAC
General Electric

Wouter Van Wersch is President & CEO of GE Asia Pacific (APAC), and a Vice President of the GE Company. Based in GE’s regional head office in Singapore, he is responsible for driving the company’s profitable business growth in the 13 countries of the region by leveraging the company’s presence, enhancing cross-business capabilities, building localization strategies, and optimizing resources. His 26-year career to date has involved marketing, sales, and management roles for various multinational companies, in different regions, including 15 years working in Asia. He began his career at Vivendi Universal’s international marketing department in Paris in 1994, before moving to Airbus as Sales Manager Asia. In 2000, he joined Alcatel as Business Development Director Europe before being appointed Sales Director for Asia Pacific, in Shanghai, and General Manager Indonesia, in Jakarta. In 2006, he moved to Alstom as Vice President Sales for Europe and was promoted to Senior Vice President Asia Pacific in 2011, based in Singapore. Following the completion of the Alstom acquisition in 2015, Wouter was named President & CEO of GE ASEAN. In 2018, he was appointed President and CEO of the newly combined APAC region comprising ASEAN, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Japan and Korea.  In addition, Wouter was appointed as a Board Member of the Singapore Economic Development Board. He is a graduate in Business Administration from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. 

Luky  Alfirman

Luky Alfirman

Director General, Budget Financing and Risk Management
Ministry of Finance of Government of Indonesia

Luky Alfirman is the Director General of Budget Financing and Risk Management at the Indonesian Ministry of Finance. He is responsible primarily for managing public debt, including government securities and loan, and government risks as well as fiscal support for Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects. Dr Alfirman has been working for the Indonesian Ministry of Finance (MoF) for more than 20 years. Before taking his current position, he was Assistant Minister for State Revenue Policy. Prior to that he was the Director of the Center for Policy Analysis and Harmonization, also known as Finance Minister’s Chief of Staff for almost 2 years. He has also worked for Fiscal Policy Agency and Directorate General of Taxes for many years. He has a great deal of work experience, including policy making working both from headquarter offices, and in field offices. He was also a lecturer in the University of Indonesia, teaching public finance courses for graduate school of economics. Dr Alfirman holds a PhD in economics from the University of Colorado, and a degree in industrial engineering from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). He has participated on various courses on public finance, taxation, risk management, good governance, and leadership hosted by the University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, the IMF, AuSAid and the ADB Institute. 

Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett

Head of Derivatives and Structured Finance
World Bank Group

Michael Bennett is the head of derivatives and structured finance in the Treasury Department of the World Bank. He has spent 20 years with the World Bank and has worked in both the World Bank’s Paris office and its Washington DC headquarters. Among other areas, he is responsible for the World Bank's capital markets work in the areas of financial derivatives, structured bonds, carbon finance, Islamic finance and catastrophe risk financing. Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Bennett worked for two international investment banks in New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong. He holds a doctoral degree in law from Columbia University in New York.

Joseph Bevash

Joseph Bevash

Latham & Watkins

Joseph A Bevash is a leading project development and finance lawyer who has been at the forefront of the projects market in Asia for the past 25 years.  He has advised on transactions in more than 20 markets, including many of the landmark power, oil and gas, and infrastructure projects across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. In recognition of his lead role in executing multiple novel, precedent-setting transactions over his career, Mr Bevash was presented with the “Outstanding Contribution Award” at the Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards for his individual contribution to the development of the legal practice in the region.  He serves as the Office Managing Partner of the Seoul office of Latham & Watkins. He is based jointly in Seoul, Hong Kong and Beijing.

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 with over 104 professionals based in New York, Houston, London, Delhi, Singapore and Hong Kong. The company specializes in infrastructure investments with over $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 PhD 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 BSc (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.

Isabel Chatterton

Isabel Chatterton

Regional Industry Director, Infrastructure Natural Resources, Asia Pacific
International Finance Corporation

Isabel Chatterton is the International Finance Corporation’s Regional Industry Director, Infrastructure Natural Resources, Asia Pacific, based in Singapore. For seven years prior to her current role, she was the Regional Manager for PPP, initially for South Asia based in Delhi, and subsequently in Singapore as her mandate expanded to cover APAC for the last four years.  Isabel spent four years in IFC’s Subnational Finance unit where she worked in deal origination, structuring and supervision of debt and structured finance products in more than six countries in LAC. Prior joining IFC, she held various positions in the World Bank Group (WBG) operations in the urban sector in the Middle East and North Africa region, the water sector in Latin America, and the transport, power and urban sector in South Asia.  Prior joining WBG in 2001, Isabel worked in emerging markets and Western Europe for WS Atkins in the UK as Senior Management Consultant; working on infrastructure finance in Thailand, Argentina, Barbados, Qatar, the UK, and Europe. She is a civil engineer by training, holds an MBA and a PhD from the University of Birmingham.  

Dato' Muzaffar Hisham

Dato' Muzaffar Hisham

Group Chief Executive Officer, Global Banking

Dato’ Muzaffar Hisham is the Group CEO, Global Banking of Malayan Banking Berhad. He leads Group Global Banking’s business growth and regionalisation strategies for service including corporate and transaction banking, investment banking, treasury, asset management and client coverage. Dato’ Muzaffar has collectively 23 years of experience in the banking and financial services.

David Holme

David Holme

Senior Foreign Legal Advisor
Widyawan & Partners

David Holme is a Senior Foreign Legal Advisor based in Widyawan & Partners’ office in Jakarta for the past 10 years. He practices principally in the energy, resources and infrastructure, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate and commercial fields in Indonesia.  Mr Holme is ranked as a leading energy lawyer in Indonesia and the Asia-Pacific region by the current edition of Chambers Asia Pacific.  

Sajal Kishore

Sajal Kishore

Senior Director, Head of APAC, Infrastructure and Project Finance
Fitch Ratings

Sajal Kishore is the Head of Asia-Pacific Infrastructure and Project Finance Ratings and a Senior Director at Fitch Ratings, based in Singapore. Sajal’s team is responsible for credit ratings for infrastructure issuers and transactions in the Asia-Pacific region, including owners of airports, toll roads, ports, rail infrastructure, power plants, renewable energy projects, oil and gas infrastructure facilities, or Public Private Partnership. Sajal joined Fitch in Sydney in 2007 and was previously the Head of Energy & Utility ratings for South & South-East Asia. Prior to joining Fitch, he worked in senior relationship management and credit roles with various institutional banks including the ANZ Banking Group in Sydney, HSBC in India and others. Sajal has 20 years’ experience covering ratings, research and advising and managing corporate customers across a diverse range of industries and sectors.  Sajal holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School and an MA in Economics from Delhi School of Economics. 

Richard Langberg

Richard Langberg

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

Richard Langberg is S&P Global Ratings’ Analytical Manager, Infrastructure Ratings for Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong. He joined S&P in November 2016 as a Director in the Infrastructure team in New York. Prior to joining S&P, Richard spent six years in the New York branch of BBVA as Executive Director, acting as head of the execution team responsible for originating and executing transactions in all major project finance asset classes. Prior to that, he was Head of Infrastructure Finance for the Americas at the National Australia Bank, based in New York. Richard also spent 14 years at MBIA Insurance Corporation, in different positions and geographies, including Sydney, Singapore and New York. His last position at MBIA was Managing Director in the Global Transport and Infrastructure group. Richard holds na MA in Chinese Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Paul Lukaszewski

Paul Lukaszewski

Head of Corporate Debt, Asia and Australia
Aberdeen Standard Investments

Paul Lukaszewski is the Head of Corporate Debt, Asia and Australia on the Asian Fixed Income team at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Paul is also Head of Emerging Market Credit Research, the role he first assumed while based in London, and he continues to work closely with the London-based EM corporates team. Paul joined Aberdeen Standard Investments via the acquisition of SWIP in 2014 where he was a Credit Analyst on the US High Yield team in New York. Paul began his investment career with Barclays Capital in 2001 where he was a member of the proprietary special situations and distressed debt investment team for 5 years. Afterwards, Paul spent 5 years working with Claren Road Asset Management and Brownstone Asset Management, two credit hedge funds based in New York.  He holds an MBA from Yale University and undergraduate degrees in Accounting and International Business from Loyola Marymount University.

Anouj Mehta

Anouj Mehta

Unit Head, Green and Innovative Finance, ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance Facility, Southeast Asia Department
Asian Development Bank

Anouj Mehta is with the Southeast Asia Department of Asian Development Bank. He is leading an initiative on innovative finance for the department including supporting (i) ASEAN Infrastructure Fund (AIF), established by the ASEAN countries and ADB to provide financing for certain loans for infrastructure development; (ii) the ASEAN Infrastructure Centre for Excellence (AICOE), implemented through a technical assistance supporting regional PPP project development for ASEAN connectivity; and (iii) developing mechanisms and instruments for financial innovations.  He was previously the Principal Financial Management Specialist with the ADB’s Procurement, Portfolio and Financial Management Department, working on sustainable finance innovations and structuring a green finance facility for the People’s Republic of China.  Anouj led the development of ADB’s pioneering PPP and sub-sovereign initiative in India between 2007 and 2012, as well as the World Bank’s PPP support to India from 2013 to 2015. He is a former London- based investment banker and focused on corporate and project finance as well as private equity, working on transactions across Europe, as well as Asia.  In addition to over 25 years of work experience, Anouj holds an MBA from INSEAD, is a Chartered Accountant, completed a “Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance” executive program (Frankfurt School-UNEP Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance), and has published books on PPPs and green finance, most recently in 2017. 

D J Pandian

D J Pandian

Vice President and Chief Investment Officer
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Dr DJ Pandian leads the investment portfolio for AIIB, having oversight for all sovereign and non-sovereign lending. In this role, he and his team of specialists are responsible for the end-to-end management of AIIB’s project pipeline from identification to implementation. Before joining AIIB, he had an extensive career spanning 30 years with the Indian Administrative Services, holding key positions at the state, national and international levels in the energy (oil and gas, power, renewable), infrastructure and finance sectors. During his career, he served in the Government of Gujarat in various capacities including Chief Secretary; Additional Chief Secretary, Industries and Mines; and Principal Secretary, Energy and Petrochemicals Department. He holds a PhD in energy security and an MBA from the University of Madras in India. 

Danang Parikesit

Danang Parikesit

Head of Indonesia Toll Road Authority
Ministry of Public Works and Housing of Republic of Indonesia

Danang Parikesit is Head of the Indonesia Toll Road Authority at the Ministry of Public Works and Housing.  He is a leading infrastructure and transportation expert in the South East Asian region. Dr Parikesit is a university professor of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Indonesia, the oldest state university in Indonesia. In 2016 he was appointed as Chairman of the Transportation Technical Committee of the National Research Council. He is a chartered professional engineer of the Institution of Engineers Indonesia and an honorary fellow of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organization (AFEO). 

Hilda Savitri

Hilda Savitri

Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer
PT Indonesia Infrastructure Finance

Hilda Savitri is Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer at PT Indonesia Infrastructure Finance (IIF).  She has 20 years experience in investment banking, corporate banking, private equity and auditing. Prior to joining IIF, she was an Investment Director at TAEL Management from 2007 to 2015, a regional fund manager managing more than US$550 million fund from offshore institutional investors. Prior to that, she worked for UOB Asia Ltd from 2004 to 2007 with latest position as an Associate Director, responsible for the structuring, execution and distribution of various merger and acquisition transactions, loan syndications, project financing, shares placement and other structured financing transactions for Indonesian clients. Previously she worked for PT Danareksa (Persero), between 1995 and 1999 and again from 2001 to 2002, and PT Nusantara Securities  from 2002 to 2004 in the investment banking division. She also has worked at an accounting firm, Siddharta Siddharta & Harsono, a member of Coopers & Lybrand International from 1994 to 1995. She holds an MBA from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, and a degree in Accounting from the University of Indonesia.

Stefen  Shin

Stefen Shin

Senior FI Relationship Officer
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Stefen Shin is currently the Senior Investment Officer at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, where he looks after the debt capital market development and structured finance mandate which is part of AIIB’s infrastructure financing vision. He previously held positions at China Financial Futures Exchange in Shanghai, and leading global investment banks, including UBS, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, and JPM. He also has taught at several leading academic institutions, most recently at the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing. He began his career on Wall Street with JP Morgan, and holds a BSc from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University.

Joachim  von Amsberg

Joachim von Amsberg

Vice President - Policy and Strategy
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Dr Joachim von Amsberg 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.  

Vanessa Wang

Vanessa Wang

Managing Director, Head of Institutional Business, North Asia
Amundi Hong Kong Limited

Vanessa Wang is Managing Director and Head of Institutional Business, North Asia at Amundi Hong Kong Limited.  Amundi is the largest European Asset Manager with over $1.7 trillion AUM. Based in Hong Kong, Vanessa leads the sales and marketing teams and works with the client servicing team to provide investment solutions to Central Banks, Sovereign Wealth Funds, Pension Funds and Corporates, and is responsible for lnstitutional Business for North Asia region.  Vanessa was previously a Managing Director and Asia Pacific Head of Pensions in Citigroup. She was one of the 50 women selected globally for the ‘Women Leading Citi’ program 2014-2015. Vanessa was elected Chairwoman of the Hong Kong Retirement Schemes Association in 2017-2018. She currently serves as a Director and EXCO member of the Association. Vanessa is also the leader of the Pension and Insurance task force for the Asia Pacific Financial Forum (APFF), a public/private collaboration platform under APEC/ABAC.  She holds a Masters in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota with a Master degree. She is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA), and an Enrolled Actuary in US.

Benny Wong

Benny Wong

Head of Acquisitions and Project Finance

Benny Wong is Head of Acquisitions and Project Finance at SUEZ Asia.  He has been working with the company for more than 10 years and has been in his current position since 2015.  Prior to this he was the Chief Financial Officer of the waste division in Asia. Throughout the last few years, Benny has been managing complex projects in the region including some PPP tenders in South East Asian countries (Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia) and has first-hand experience in assessing the bankability of projects.  Prior to joining SUEZ, Benny spent more than 10 years with a multinational corporation specializing in the manufacturing and distribution of industrial products and worked in various leadership roles within the region. Benny is a qualified accountant, having trained in the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore.


Co-Chairs and Moderator (3)

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 Al-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 responsiblilty 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.

Stefania Palma

Stefania Palma

Singapore Correspondent
Financial Times

Stefania Palma is the Financial Times’ Singapore correspondent covering the city-state, Malaysia and Indonesia. Travelling extensively across these markets, she reports on local economics, politics, finance and social issues. Prior to joining the FT, Stefania was Asia Editor at The Banker magazine, of the FT group. In that role, she reported from across Asia-Pacific interviewing finance ministers, central bank governors, bank CEOs and economists. Her reporting took her to all corners of the region, from China to India, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Nepal, Brunei, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan and the Philippines, among others. She read for a MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford, during which she completed archival research and a language exchange at Peking University. She has a bachelor's degree in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, UK, where she first started studying Mandarin Chinese.

Agenda - 26th Nov

  • 8:15am
    Registration and refreshments
  • 9:15am
    Opening remarks

    Jamil Anderlini, Asia Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:20am
    Keynote dialogue: Infrastructure finance now and for the future: gaps, challenges and opportunities

    Jin Liqun, President, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

    Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister for Finance, Republic of Indonesia

    In conversation with: Jamil Anderlini, Asia Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:25am
    Leaders’ Discussion: Meeting the risk challenge in developing more diverse and flexible funding approaches

    Private capital is giving a much-needed capital boost to infrastructure financing in Asia. Appetite among investors is strong, but they value stability, and remain cautious about the investment risks, relative to the prospects for yield. Though progress is being made, what are the next steps to tackle issues around inadequate project preparation, poor regulatory and transparency frameworks and inefficient pipeline management? Are political risk concerns overtaking financial fears, and can policy makers take a greater role in expanding political risk insurance? Is there room for greater cooperation between Governments, MDBs, DFIs and private financiers to develop new, investor focused
    approaches to funding, that meet expectations for risk sharing and yield across the life-cycle of green and brownfield projects?

    Joseph Bevash, Partner, Latham & Watkins
    Gautam Bhandari, Founding Partner, I Squared Capital
    Richard Langberg, Senior Director and Analytical Manager, Infrastructure Ratings, S&P Global Ratings
    Dato’ Muzaffar Hisham, Group Chief Executive Officer, Global Banking, Maybank
    Joachim von Amsberg, Vice President - Policy and Strategy, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

    Moderator: Henny Sender, Chief Correspondent, International Finance, Financial Times

  • 11:20am
    Morning break
  • 11:50am
    Panel: Integrating ESG and climate resilience considerations into infrastructure investment process – innovations and challenges

    Environmental, social and governance integration into the planning, design, construction and investment phases of infrastructure is becoming a major priority to ensure outcomes are focused not only on long-term value and returns, but also on the ever pressing requirement for resilience in the face of climate change. This is particularly important in Asia, a region which emits almost half of all
    global greenhouse gases and is vulnerable to extreme weather conditions. Though still at its early adoption, significant progress is being made in building capacity for asset owners to evaluate ESG factors, including climate risk assessment, in their investment holdings. In a world where standards and metrics are still evolving, how is the ESG finance market developing and how are sustainable factors being priced in across products from green bonds to ETFs, CLOs and more? What role can private investors and financiers play, alongside MDBs and DFIs, in supporting sustainable and resilient infrastructure across Asia? What are the next steps to deepen the financial markets to provide investors with access to companies and projects that fit with their objectives for ESG integration?

    Cyril Cabanes, Managing Director, Infrastructure, Asia Pacific, CDPQ Singapore
    Nan Luo, Head of China, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

    Stefen Shin, Senior Investment Office , Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

    Vanessa Wang, Managing Director, Head of Institutional Business, North Asia, Amundi Hong Kong

    Moderator: Henny Sender, Chief Correspondent, International Finance, Financial Times

  • 12:30pm
    Infrastructure Debt Panel: Deepening Asia’s capital markets to unlock private investment

    Accelerating debt capital markets development across Asia is a vital step to securing the private capital required to bridge the infrastructure funding gap. Investor demand for infrastructure as an investible asset class is growing, as institutions seek out diversified attractive risk adjusted returns and the ability to match long-term liabilities. What are the critical next steps for nascent local markets to further expand and capitalise on investor appetite, and what are the limitations when applied to greenfield and brownfield projects? As global markets recalibrate, what are the implications for sovereign debt issuance and the use of local currency markets to raise funds, and how is the market responding to manage exposure for senior, mezzanine and high yield investors,? Building on the AIIB’s recently launched Asia ESG Enhanced Credit Managed Portfolio, do multilateral agencies have a greater role in driving forward the development of Asia’s debt capital markets for infrastructure?

    Michael Bennett, Head of Derivatives and Structured Finance, World Bank Group
    Sajal Kishore, Senior Director, Head of APAC, Infrastructure and Project Finance, Fitch Ratings
    Paul Lukaszewski, Head of Corporate Debt, Asia and Australia, Aberdeen Standard Investments
    Anouj Mehta, Unit Head, Green and Innovative Finance, ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance Facility, Southeast Asia Department, Asian Development Bank

    Moderator: Stefania Palma, Singapore Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 1:15pm
  • 2:15pm
    Investing in Indonesia’s Transport Infrastructure Expansion.

    Indonesia is planning a massive development of its infrastructure, with transport being a key priority and US$27.64 billion allocated in the 2020 budget. The largest portion of the budget will be used for road building, with plans to expand the major road network by 837km. In addition, 6.9km of new bridges will be built in 2020. Also figuring in the transport plans will be 239km of rail links, three airports, additional housing and 49 new dams. This session will highlight the projects in the pipeline and the funding objectives underpinning the ambitious plans.

    Danang Parikesit, Head, Indonesia Toll Road Authority, Ministry of Public Works and Housing of Republic of Indonesia

    Introduced by: Jamil Anderlini, Asia Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:45pm
    Panel: Making Indonesian Public Private Partnerships work for all stakeholders

    Indonesia has, in recent years, systematically implemented a series of critical building blocks to enhance the environment and bankability of public private partnership financing. The model is seen as key to delivering both the private capital and technical expertise required to realise President Widodo’s infrastructure plans. But challenges remain which continue to impact investor confidence in the market. Is enough progress being made by policy makers on project bankability, and in streamlining the complex regulatory and approval process? To what extent do the Government and private sector need to collaborate towards equitable risk allocation on key developments? How important will consistency in policy, and transparent procurement processes be to attracting the much needed infrastructure funding and expertise to Indonesia?

    Luky Alfirman, Director General of Budget Financing and Risk Management, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia
    Isabel Chatterton, Director, Infrastructure Natural Resources, Asia Pacific, International Finance Corporation
    David Holme, Senior Foreign Legal Advisor, Widyawan & Partners
    Benny Wong, Head of Acquisitions and Project Finance, SUEZ Asia

    Moderator: Henny Sender, Chief Correspondent, International Finance, Financial Times

  • 3:30pm
    Leaders’ Panel: Exploring investor appetite for financing Indonesia’s new city

    President Joko Widodo’s plan to build a brand new national capital for Indonesia is ambitious and exciting, as he looks to turn a peripheral region into a new core of economic activity, and ease the pressure on Jakarta. Estimated at costing about US$33 billion, the development is expected to be partfunded by the state and State Owned Enterprises, with the balance coming from private capital. From the investor point of view, how attractive is this new project and what are the most effective approaches for investors to tap into its potential? Where are the key risks, from project profitability to environmental and social impact, and how can they be addressed by policy makers and MDBs?
    How will plans for the new city align with existing and sometimes competing infrastructure and connectivity initiatives such as China’s BRI, and how will this impact on investment returns and project delivery?

    D.J. Pandian, Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
    Hilda Savitri, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, PT Indonesia Infrastructure Finance
    Wouter Van Wersch, President and CEO, GE APAC

    Moderator: Stefania Palma, Singapore Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:10pm
    Ministerial Address: Relocating the Indonesian capital – next steps

    Kennedy Simanjuntak, Deputy Minister for Infrastructure Affairs, Ministry of National Development Planning, Republic of Indonesia

    Introduced by: Jamil Anderlini, Asia Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:30pm
    Closing remarks from the Chair
  • 5:00pm
    Drinks 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)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Founding Partner (1)

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is a specialized 21st century multilateral financial institution with a mission to improve social and economic development in Asia, and beyond, by investing in infrastructure and other productive sectors. Its establishment is grounded in the belief that infrastructure
investment lays a strong foundation for long-term economic growth. By investing in high quality, financially viable and environmentally friendly infrastructure projects, AIIB will better connect people, services and markets to promote sustainable development, growth and prosperity. Headquartered in Beijing, the Bank commenced its operation in January 2016 and has now grown to 100 members from around the world.

Silver and Networking Sponsor (1)

Widyawan & Partners is one of Indonesia’s leading full-service law firms; specialising in Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate M&A and Projects & Infrastructure. The firm currently comprises five partners and more than 20 other lawyers.

Linklaters is recognised as 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.

Linklaters and Widyawan & Partners have a formal association in Indonesia and we work closely together to provide our clients with a seamless market-leading international and Indonesian law capability.

Silver sponsors (6)

Aberdeen Standard Investments is a global asset manager dedicated to creating long-term value for our clients. We are the asset management business under Standard Life Aberdeen plc headquartered in Scotland, with over 1 million shareholders and listed on the London Stock Exchange. We manage US$669.1 billion* of assets worldwide.

We have over 1,000 investment professionals and over 40 offices globally to ensure we are close to our clients and the markets in which we invest. We are a high-conviction, long-term investor who believes teamwork and collaboration are the key to delivering repeatable, superior investment performance.

*as of June 2019

Amundi is Europe’s largest asset manager by assets under management and ranks in the top 101 globally. It manages 1.487 trillion2 euros of assets across six main investment hubs3 . Amundi offers its clients in Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas a wealth of market expertise and a full range of capabilities across the active, passive and real assets investment universes. Clients also have access to a complete set of services and tools. Headquartered in Paris, Amundi was listed in November 2015.

Thanks to its unique research capabilities and the skills of close to 4,500 team members and market experts based in 37 countries and territories, Amundi provides retail, institutional and corporate clients with innovative investment strategies and solutions tailored to their needs, targeted outcomes and risk profiles. 

[1] Source IPE “Top 400 asset managers” published in June 2019 and based on AUM as of end December 2018
[2] Amundi figures as of June 30, 2019
[3] Investment hubs: Boston, Dublin, London, Milan, Paris and Tokyo

Fitch Ratings is a leading provider of credit ratings, commentary and research. Dedicated to providing value beyond the rating through independent and prospective credit opinions, Fitch Ratings offers global perspectives shaped by strong local market experience and credit market expertise. The additional context, perspective and insights we provide has helped investors fund a century of growth and make important credit judgments with confidence.

Fitch Group is a global leader in financial information, providing critical insights that inform better decision-making in financial markets. With operations in more than 30 countries, Fitch Group is comprised of: Fitch Ratings, a global leader in credit ratings and research; Fitch Solutions, an authority in credit and macro intelligence providing fixed-income products and services to the global financial community; and Fitch Learning, a preeminent source of training and professional development. Fitch Group is owned by Hearst, a leader in diversified media, information and services.

Maybank is one of Asia's leading banking group and Southeast Asia’s fourth largest bank by assets. Maybank Group is present in 18* countries globally including all 10 ASEAN countries, with Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia being our home markets. The Group offers an extensive range of products and services, which includes consumer and corporate banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, stock broking, insurance and takaful and asset management.

Maybank’s Group Global Banking (GGB) provides a wide range of financing and investment solutions to large corporates and institutions. GGB aspires to be the Leading ASEAN Wholesale Bank Linking Asia as part of the Maybank Group’s strategic objectives. We are to be our clients’ trusted financial partner through our client-centric business model and key product groups: Investment Banking, Corporate Banking, Transaction Banking, Global Markets and Treasury, and Asset Management. GGB combines both local expertise with regional capabilities to provide consistent and integrated financial solutions to our clients anywhere in the world. 

* We are also present in other international financial centres such as London, New York and Hong Kong.

Latham & Watkins is a global law firm with more than 2,700 lawyers around the world. The firm has internationally recognised practices across a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation and trial, and regulatory areas spanning the major sectors driving the global economy. The firm’s global platform is comprised of a single, integrated partnership focused on providing the most collaborative approach to client service. Its lawyers are well versed and experienced in advising clients on high-profile and enterprise-transforming matters.

Latham is consistently ranked among the leading law firms in project development and finance. The team is known for its expertise in structuring and executing complex, multi-sourced project developments and financings across the energy, infrastructure, mining, transport, and telecommunications sectors.

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

Associate Partner (1)

BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment management and investment services in 35 countries. As of Sept. 30, 2019, BNY Mellon had US$35.8 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and US$1.9 trillion in assets under management. BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of
New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK). Additional information is available on Follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon or visit our newsroom at for the latest company news.

Supporting Partners (6)

Asia-Pacific Structured Finance Association (APSA) was founded in 2006. APSA seeks to 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 IMN, CSF, HKIB, ASIFMA, HKSI, TMA, IFLR (with corresponding benefits to our members). 

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.

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. 

ASIFMA is delighted to present our 9th China Capital Markets Conference on Friday, 29 November 2019 in Hong Kong. This event brings together high-level regulators, ASIFMA members and their clients, issuers and treasurers, invited guests of both sell side and buy side to discuss key China capital market developments. For more details of the event, please visit:

IPFA is the global professional association that connects and promotes the collective interests of both public & private sector organisations, and professional individuals involved in infrastructure and energy project financing.

We are independent and don’t exist to make a profit. We are funded and guided by our members,which include the industry’s leading investors, lenders, advisors, developers, sponsors and government institutions active in infrastructure and energy markets around the world.

For more than 20 years IPFA has provided the infrastructure and energy industry with a home for thought leadership, networking and professional development.

The Hong Kong Association of Banks (“HKAB”) was established in 1981 under the Hong Kong Association of Banks Ordinance. All fully licensed banks approved by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority to operate in Hong Kong are legally required to be members of HKAB.

Key Roles of HKAB:

  • Promote the interests of members and create an environment to support further development of the banking sector.
  • Act as a focal point for consultation and liaison among members, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, regulators and other stakeholders.
  • Promote the continual competitiveness of Hong Kong as an international financial centre, the premier offshore RMB centre and Asia’s private wealth management hub.

Nikkei Asian Review brings insights from Asia, from the inside out. As part of Nikkei, Asia’s largest independent business media group, Nikkei Asian Review offers credible, comprehensive pan-Asian reporting that is vital to our readers’ decision-making.  

Media Partner (1)

Nikkei is a trusted media brand in Asia, known for its quality journalism and capability in providing business news and information. Founded as a market news media in Japan in 1876, Nikkei has grown to be one of the largest media conglomerates with 37 foreign editorial bureaus and approximately 1500 journalists worldwide, with another global media brand, the Financial Times, joining in our group in 2015. Nikkei are continually deploying new technology to find new ways to deliver news as a reliable source of information for the global community.


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