Global Infrastructure Club

Global Infrastructure Club

GRI Club Infra is a private club of infrastructure and energy leaders who establish connections, develop business partnerships and engage in high-level strategic discussions thanks to a unique platform. It’s a place where industry leaders assess and predict market trends.

With a strong contingent of local and international infrastructure players active in India and across Latin America, and with specialisations from airports and ports to city planning and sanitation, GRI Club Infra facilitates essential relationships among infra leaders, and the government bodies critical to infrastructure developments.

Club membership is by invitation only. If you think that joining such a Club might be valuable to you please get in touch to be assessed for eligibility.

Some Latam and Indian members include

 

Advisory Board Members
Alonso García TamésAlonso García TamésDirector General LatinoaméricaCDPQ Capital Mexico
Andrés García NovelAndrés García NovelPrincipal Investment OfficerInternational Finance Corporation
Ashok AgarwalAshok AgarwalDirector & CEOEssel Infra Projects
Avinash SuleAvinash SuleDirectorQatar Investment Authority
Benjamín Torres-BarrónBenjamín Torres-BarrónPartnerBaker McKenzie
Bernardo SerafimBernardo SerafimHead for Latin America DevelopmentVinci Concessions
Boon Chin HauBoon Chin HauSenior Vice President and Head of Emerging Markets Investments – Infrastructure GroupGIC
Bruno WerneckBruno WerneckPartnerMattos Filho
Cassio Viana de JesusCassio Viana de JesusSuperintendente Nac. de Fundos EspeciaisCaixa Econômica Federal - BRAZIL
César Augusto Ramírez RojasCésar Augusto Ramírez RojasVicepresidente TécnicoGrupo ISA
Cheryl HanwayCheryl HanwayHead of Infrastructure Investments - BrazilInternational Finance Corporation
Dênio CidreiraDênio CidreiraDirectorOdebrecht Infraestrutura (CNO)
Eduardo RamosEduardo RamosCEOCKD IM
Gerardo CorrochanoGerardo CorrochanoCountry Director, Mexico & ColombiaThe World Bank
Guilherme CaixetaGuilherme CaixetaVice President, InfrastructureGIC
Hamilton AmadeoHamilton AmadeoCEOAegea Saneamento
Jean Pierre Serani ToroJean Pierre Serani ToroCEO, Investment BankingGrupo Bancolombia
Julio Fontana NetoJulio Fontana NetoChief Executive OfficerRumo
Leonardo ViannaLeonardo ViannaDiretor de Novos NegóciosGrupo CCR
Marcos AlmeidaMarcos AlmeidaManaging PartnerBrookfield Infraestructure Group
Mario BudeboMario BudeboPartner & CEOMexico Infrastructure Partners
Mauricio Ossa EcheverriMauricio Ossa EcheverriPresidente - CEOOdinsa
Miguel ToledoMiguel ToledoCIO - Colombia & PeruInternational Finance Corporation
Rajiv AgarwalRajiv AgarwalCEO and Managing DirectorEssar Ports Limited (EPL)
Renato SucupiraRenato SucupiraPresidentBF Capital
Ricardo SzlejfRicardo SzlejfSenior Principal, InfrastructureCPPIB
Roberto DeutschRoberto DeutschDiretor RI e Desenvolvimento de NegóciosConstrutora Camargo Corrêa
Saurabh AgarwalSaurabh AgarwalRegional Director, InfrastructureCDPQ - Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
Sergio Ramirez LomelinSergio Ramirez LomelinCountry DirectorACCIONA Infraestructuras de México
Sylvia CoutinhoSylvia CoutinhoCEO - UBS Group, BrazilUBS
Alonso García Tamés
Director General Latinoamérica
CDPQ Capital Mexico
Mexico
Segment: Pension Fund
Biography:
Based in Mexico City, Alonso plays a key role in developing and managing CDPQ's investments in Mexico and Latin American region. He also establishes and maintains close relationships with key public and private institutions to reinforce CDPQ’s positioning as a long-term partner and investor in the LA region. Before joining CDPQ México, since 2011, he was Corporate Managing Director, Public Sector and Capital Markets – Latin America at Citi and Banamex. Previously, Alonso worked as Chief Executive Officer of Banobras and Deputy Minister of Finance and Public Credit in the Mexican Ministry of Finance. He also held several positions at the Central Bank of Mexico over almost 20 years, including as General Director of Operations.
Andrés García Novel
Principal Investment Officer
International Finance Corporation
Mexico
Segment: Financial investor and lender
Biography:
Focused in origination, structuring and management of debt and equity investments since 2006, Andres is currently based in Mexico City, where he moved from Washington DC in November 2014 and from where he now leads IFC’s infrastructure business origination in Mexico and Central America. He has more than 12 years of emerging market investment experience, including 10 years in the energy sector with IFC globally. His responsibilities currently also include originating and structuring equity transactions comprising co- investment opportunities in Mexico for the US$1.2 billion China-Mexico Fund managed by IFC’s Asset Management Company. He received an MBA from the IESE Business School (Barcelona, Spain) in 2006.
Ashok Agarwal
Director & CEO
Essel Infra Projects
Biography:

Leading Essel Group’s Infra and Utilities business over the last 3 years, Mr. Ashok has been responsible for rapid growth of group’s new ventures & key business verticals of Smart Cities, Integrated Utilities (Power, Water, City Gas Distribution, Solid Waste Management and Cable & Broadband), Core Infrastructure and Green Solutions (Environment & Renewable Energy). With his sharp acumen, Mr.Ashok is instrumental in Essel Group’s foray in Integrated Utilities space and has lead the company in demonstrating executional capability to transform India’s mass utilities sector.

Avinash Sule
Director
Qatar Investment Authority
India
Segment: Investment Advisory
Biography:
Avinash has been associated with the Qatar Investment Authority (Advisory Pvt Ltd) for the past 9 years, heading their India Office. He leads the investment efforts in Private Equity and Public Equities across sectors and has been actively involved in Real Estate investment strategies such as residential equity, debt and commercial office.
Benjamín Torres-Barrón
Partner
Baker McKenzie
Bernardo Serafim
Head for Latin America Development
Vinci Concessions
Colombia
Segment: Infrastructure Holding Company
Biography:
Bernardo Serafim is Development Director of VINCI Concessions for Latin America and Executive Director of Vinci Highways. Holds a Civil Engineer degree from the Technical Superior Institute, a Master's Degree in Business Administration by Indeg-ISCTE Business School from Lisbon, an MBA degree from Catholic University & Nova University (Lisbon MBA) and a Diploma in Leadership Development Program from IBMEC. Before joining VINCI Concessions, he worked in several geographies and positions: Project manager in several infrastructure projects, Country Manager for Spain, Business Development Director for Mozambique, South Africa ,Tanzania and later for Europe and Euroasia. Finally served as General Manager for Colombia, Peru and Ecuador.
Boon Chin Hau
Senior Vice President and Head of Emerging Markets Investments – Infrastructure Group
Singapura | Singapura
Segment: Pension Fund / SWF / Endowment - Foundation
Biography:

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

Bruno Werneck
Partner
São Paulo | Brazil
Segment: Projects, M&A
Biography:
Bruno counsels Brazilian and foreign clients on matters related to infrastructure projects, energy, oil and gas and mining. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions transactions, concessions, public-private partnerships, including PMIs, government purchases, project financing, tax; incentives and regulatory matters. He worked as a foreign associate in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, and was a partner in the American law Firm of Mayer Brown. He is a Professor of graduate courses at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV).
Cassio Viana de Jesus
Superintendente Nac. de Fundos Especiais
São Paulo | Brasil
Segment: Bank Lender / CMBS
Biography:

Mr. Cassio Viana the Head of Alternative Investments, responsible for Private Equity, Infrastructure Funds, Real Estate Funds and FIDCs – Receivable Funds. Prior that, Mr. Viana was the head of infrastructure funds and structured credit funds at CAIXA, responding as fund manager. His academic background includes a BA in Management - Focus - International Trade at the Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, and a MBA in Financial Economics and a Master Degree in Economics from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas.

César Augusto Ramírez Rojas
Vicepresidente Técnico
Grupo ISA
Biography:

Vicepresidente de Transporte de Energía de ISA desde 2014. Ha desarrollado una carrera de 35 años en ISA. Fue Presidente de CTEEP, filial de ISA en Brasil. 

Actualmente también se desempeña como miembro de Consejo de Administración de CTEEP e ISA Capital en Brasil, Directorios de ISA Perú, REP, TRANSMANTARO en Perú, INTERCHILE en Chile, TRANSELCA en Colombia e

Interconexión Colombia Panamá en Panamá. También actúa como Vicepresidente de la Comisión de Integración Eléctrica Regional (CIER). 

Es Ingeniero Electricista de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Especialista en Gerencia de la Calidad de la Universidad EAFIT y Máster of Science en Investigación Operacional de la Universidad de Strathclyde, Escocia, UK.

Cheryl Hanway
Head of Infrastructure Investments - Brazil
International Finance Corporation
Segment: Infrastructure
Biography:

Cheryl Edleson Hanway currently heads IFC’s infrastructure investment team for Brazil. In this role, she leads IFC’s activities in the origination, structuring, execution, and asset management of debt and equity transactions across power & renewable energy, transportation & logistics, and water, sanitation & waste management sub-sectors. Cheryl has been with IFC since 2001 as an investment officer working on infrastructure investments across Latin America and the Caribbean. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of California, Berkeley and a MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Dênio Cidreira
Director
Odebrecht Infraestrutura (CNO)
São Paulo | Brazil
Segment: Infrastructure Holding Company
Biography:
Dênio Cidreira é diretor da Odebrecht Infraestrutura (CNO). É engenheiro químico formado pela UFBa e tem MBA pela FGV e Cranfield (Inglaterra). Também fez o Curso de Liderança de Inovação de Produto da Harvard Business School e o Curso para Conselheiros de Administração do IBGC. Está na Odebrecht desde 2002, onde começou como gerente de Novos Negócios da Braskem e acumulou experiência executiva e no conselho de diversas empresas do grupo: Santo Antonio Energia, Odebrecht Ambiental e Odebrecht Properties.
Eduardo Ramos
CEO
CKD IM
Mexico
Segment: Fund Manager
Biography:
Since 2015, Eduardo is the CEO of CKD Mexico Infrastructure, an infrastructure fund with US $ 1,000 AUM. Eduardo has over 20 years of experience in the execution of investment banking transactions, financing of infrastructure projects in Mexico, Europe and the United States. Eduardo received his BA in Business Administration and a Masters in International Business from the ITAM. Throughout his career, he has led the structuring and financial closure of several transactions in the market, among which stand out the largest photo voltaic-de Peru solar plant, in the amount of US $ 170 million and the securitization of toll of the Monterrey-Cadereyta highway in the amount of US $ 200 million.
Gerardo Corrochano
Country Director, Mexico & Colombia
The World Bank
Biography:
He is responsible for leading the World Bank teams in Colombia and Mexico to deliver integrated multi-practice high impact solutions that contribute to the achievement of the twin goals of eradicating extreme poverty and increasing shared prosperity in both countries. He joined the Bank in 1990 and he has since held various positions in the Latin America and Caribbean, Africa, and Europe and Central Asia Regions as well as in the Finance and Private Sector Development Network (FPD). During his time at the Bank, he has also contributed to significant reform programs in numerous countries. He holds a MBA from George Washington University as well as a Licenciate and Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Universidad del Pacifico in Peru.
Guilherme Caixeta
Vice President, Infrastructure
Biography:
Guilherme Caixeta é vice-presididente de Infraestrutura do GIC, responsável por coordenar investimentos em infraestrutura na América Latina. Antes, trabalhou na Patria Infrastructure como Investment officer (diretor) e como CEO/CFO de empresas de investimento. Previamente, atuou na Votorantim Novos Negócios e no Boston Consulting Group. É engenheiro mecânico formado pelo ITA e tem MBA pela Kellogg School of Management.
Hamilton Amadeo
CEO
São Paulo | Brazil
Segment: Hamilton Amadeo é engenheiro civil graduado pela Escola de Engenharia de Lins. Assumiu a liderança da Aegea em 2011, depois de c
Biography:
Hamilton Amadeo is a civil engineer graduated from the Lins School of Engineering. He took over Aegea's leadership in 2011 after coordinating the company's creation. With extensive experience in the infrastructure sector, he was director of C.R. Almeida and Ecovias dos Imigrantes, and also held the position of CEO of CIBE Participações e Empreendimentos. Throughout his career, he has worked closely with regulatory agencies in the design and implementation of operational models for utilities and also worked with acquisition of concessionaires’ control in the secondary market.
Jean Pierre Serani Toro
CEO, Investment Banking
Grupo Bancolombia
Segment: Are the legal and financing structures created enough to fill the country's infrastructure gap? Is the infrastructure plan reall
Biography:
Since May 2016, Jean Pierre Serani is the Head of the Investment Banking division of Bancolombia, where he is in charge of the M&A, DCM/ECM, Project, Corporate and Acquisition Finance, Merchant Banking and Special Situations teams. Previously, for three years he was the CEO of Valores Bancolombia, the bank´s brokerage unit and the Head of the Sales & Trading division. Before 2013, he held several positions on the Investment Banking division for more than eight years. Mr. Serani received his undergraduate degree in Business from Universidad EAFIT and his MBA degree from Georgia Institute of Technology as a Fulbright Scholar.
Julio Fontana Neto
Chief Executive Officer
Rumo
Curitiba | Brasil
Segment: Infrastructure Holding Company
Biography:

Engenheiro, mais de 35 anos de experiência, passagens na alta gestão de empresas como Alcan, Gerdau, MRS Logística, Rumo Logística e Rumo-ALL Logística.

Leonardo Vianna
Diretor de Novos Negócios
São Paulo | Brasil
Segment: Infrastructure Holding Company
Biography:

Natural de Belo Horizonte, 62 anos, formado em Engenharia Civil pela FUMEC(1977) e Direito pela UNIP(2004). De 1976 a 1987 executando obras de grande porte como Anel de B.Hte, Rodovia dos Bandeirantes, Ferrovia do Aço, Ferrovia dos Carajás e Expressway N0.1 no IRAQ pela Construtora Mendes Junior. De 1988 a 1995 executivo da Mendes Junior, na área de Administração de Contratos e Assessoria da Diretoria Executiva. De 1996 a 2002 Diretor de Engenharia da Concessionária Rodovia Presidente Dutra. A partir de 2002 Diretor Desenvolvimento de Novos Negócios do Grupo CCR.

Marcos Almeida
Managing Partner
São Paulo | Canadá
Segment: Asset/ Fund / Investment Manager (REIM)
Biography:

Marcos Almeida joined Brookfield Asset Management in 2003. He is a Managing Partner and the head of Brookfield Infrastructure in Brazil. Marcos has over 20 years of experience in private equity and corporate finance. His transaction experience includes hydro power plants, timber, telecom and transmission lines, toll roads, railways and Ports. Marcos has also raised private equity funds in Brazil, Peru and Colombia. Mr Almeida is a board member at Arteris, the biggest toll road company in Brazil by kilomters, VLI, a railway logistics company with over 8.000 km of railways and Vespucio Norte, an urban toll road in Santiago (Chile).

Mario Budebo
Partner & CEO
Mexico Infrastructure Partners
Mauricio Ossa Echeverri
Presidente - CEO
Odinsa
Colombia
Segment: Infrastructure holding company
Biography:
Mauricio Ossa Echeverri is president of the Odinsa Group. Previously, he worked as vice president for the Caribbean region and legal representative of Cementos Argos and as manager of Industrial Business and national manager of Marketing. He studied Business Administration and specialization in International Marketing at EAFIT University (Medellin). He also did the Advanced Management Program of the University of La Sabana (Bogotá) and the CEO's Management Program of the Kellogg School of Management (Illinois).
Miguel Toledo
CIO - Colombia & Peru
International Finance Corporation
Biography:
Mr Toledo has more than 15 years of experience structuring financing for power, gas, transport, and water projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is currently a Chief Investment Officer within IFC's Latin America Infrastructure and Natural Resources group, leading IFC's efforts in Central America, the Caribbean and the Andean regions. Prior to joining IFC in 2005, Mr. Toledo worked at CAF and Citigroup. Mr. Toledo holds a bachelor degree in civil engineering from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia and a Masters in Business Administration from McGill University in Montreal.
Rajiv Agarwal
CEO and Managing Director
Essar Ports Limited (EPL)
Renato Sucupira
President
São Paulo | Brazil
Segment: BF CAPITAL is a financial advisory engaged in the implementation of tailored financial solutions according to business and client needs.
Biography:
Civil Engineer from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and MBA in Corporate Finance from Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV-RJ). Renato worked at BNDES between 1986 and 2004, with its main role being Director of BNDES-EXIM. Over the past seven years he has led an independent financial advisory company, with operations surpassing R$ 15 billion in project financing.
Ricardo Szlejf
Senior Principal, Infrastructure
Brazil
Segment: Infrastructure Investor
Biography:
Ricardo Szlejf joined CPPIB in 2015 as a Senior Principal in the Infrastructure department. Prior to joining CPPIB, Ricardo advised energy and infrastructure clients for over 10 years, at the investment banking teams of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Santander. Ricardo currently serves on the boards of Grupo Costanera (Chile) and Arco Norte (Mexico). Ricardo holds a BS in Business Administration from Fundacao Getulio Vargas and an MBA from INSEAD.
Roberto Deutsch
Diretor RI e Desenvolvimento de Negócios
São Paulo | Brazil
Segment: Construction company & Investor
Biography:
Roberto Deutsch é diretor de Relações com Investidores e Desenvolvimento de Negócios da Construtora Camargo Corrêa e CEO do Sistema Produtor São Lourenço (PPP). É formado em Engenharia Mecânica pela Faap e em Administração de Empresas pela Universidade Mackenzie. Está no grupo Camargo Corrêa desde 2004, período em que também já ocupou as posições de diretor de Project Finance e diretor de Equity Investment e Desenvolvimento de Negócios.
Saurabh Agarwal
Regional Director, Infrastructure
CDPQ - Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
Sergio Ramirez Lomelin
Country Director
ACCIONA Infraestructuras de México
Sylvia Coutinho
CEO - UBS Group, Brazil
UBS
Vicente Javier Giorgio
CEO
AES Gener
Biography:

Appointed CEO and President of the Strategic Business Unit ANDES (Argentina, Chile and Colombia) on June 23, 2016, he was until recently the COO for Strategic Business Unit of AES Andes since January 2012. 
Giorgio has been working for AES since 1997 for companies in Argentina, Venezuela, Panama and Chile. In 1997, he became the Commercial Director of Eden, Edes and Edelap, distribution companies in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Between 2001 and 2003, he served as General Director of Termoandes and Interandes, then continued as General Manager of AES Argentina Generation. In 2006, he became General Manager of Electricidad de Caracas, Venezuela's largest power and then CEO and Country Manager of AES in Panama.

ABOUT GRI CLUB

Membership is by invitation and reserved exclusively for investors, Banks, Infra Operators and Infrastructure Holding Companies. Qualified individuals (C / Director Level) that believe they could benefit from being part of such a global community are welcome to further details. If you want to find out on how to become a club member get in touch with Pedro Nicolau.

Pedro Nicolau

Pedro Nicolau

Global Head of Infrastructure

+55 (19) 3203-0645

[email protected]
Pedro Nicolau
+55 (19) 3203-0645
Global Head of Infrastructure
GRI Club
About:

Pedro Nicolau is the Global Head of Infrastructure at the GRI and is responsible for coordinating GRI Club Infra activities in Latin America and other locations. He previously worked at Clarion Events, headed Brazil's Transport Infrastructure division, Mobility and Sanitation. He graduated from Unesp with a degree in International Relations.

Club Partner

Grupo CCR

Sectoral Club Partners

ABBA&M - Alvarez & Marsal CaptivaBaker & McKenzieDeloitteJohn DeereStocche Forbes Advogados
Grupo CCR

CCR Group is one of Latin America’s largest infrastructure concession groups. It controls 3,265 kilometers of highways in Brazil. It’s also present in urban mobility segment, in the airport sector managing airports in Brazil and Latin America and a U.S. company that renders airport services. It’s also operates with high-capacity data transmission company. Committed to sustainable development, CCR is signatory to the UN’s Global Compact and is included the theoretical portfolio of the BM&FBovespa’s ISE (Corporate Sustainability Index) for the sixth consecutive year in 2017.

ABB

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees.

A&M - Alvarez & Marsal Captiva

As a global leader, Alvarez & Marsal is noted for its performance enhancement, restructuring and business consultancy services, which focus on boosting growth and accelerating results for clients. A&M has extensive experience in the infrastructure area and has delivered various management, restructuring and asset valuation projects for highway, port, energy and telecom ventures. A&M believes Brazil is a market that presents a range of opportunities that will help expand its service portfolio. It has therefore created the Capital Projects & Infrastructure (CP&I) department, staffed with consultants trained to offer clients a multidisciplinary approach analyzing a wide range of issues, including, strategy, finance, capital structure, tax, licensing, management and construction support, dispute resolution and asset development. A&M provides potential investors with support during the privatization process and is a one-stop-shop capable of validating underlying value-generating processes.

Baker & McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is recognized worldwide for its best-in-class client service, practices and for carrying out the most deals year-after-year through our unmatched global platform across 77 offices and 47 emerging and developed countries. Companies based in or with operations in Latin America, routinely rely on our leading cross-border and Latin America energy, mining & infrastructure attorneys for their most important transactional and disputes matters. As the largest law firm in Latin America with over 850 attorneys, we offer clients 60+ years of on-the-ground presence in the region, unique coverage in Latin America across our 15 offices and 7 countries*, and from major finance centers globally.

Deloitte

Deloitte is the leading firm in the real estate sector. It provides specialized real estate services, from transactions (advisory and comprehensive due diligence), financing, consulting, technical advisory, market research to real estate asset valuation.
Deloitte is the leading services firm in Spain, with over 8,000 employees in 20 offices. Deloitte is specialized in audit and consulting services, tax and legal advisory and transaction, financing and restructuring advisory.


John Deere

John Deere is a global leader for agricultural and forestry machines production and also a major manufacturer of heavy equipments for construction and mining. Due to the company’s vision of the future based on innovation, John Deere invests millions of dollars per day in research and development. Recently, the company launched its Parts Distribution Center and two construction factories. These and other actions shows the commitment to the brazilian agriculture and infraestructure sectors.


Stocche Forbes Advogados

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