Board Members

John Walker, Chair

/BioPicsNew/John_crop_BWJohn Walker was appointed Chair of InfraCo Asia Development Pte. Ltd. on 15 January 2016. John is Executive Chairman of Infrastructure, Utilities and Renewables Asia for Macquarie Capital and also Chairman of Macquarie Group of Companies, Korea. In 2015 he was appointed as the Chairman of Macquarie Project Services for Middle East and Asia. In 2000, John established Macquarie’s Korean business with only 3 staff. This business now has over 300 staff and is the largest foreign asset manager in Korea. Having started with a focus on infrastructure advisory business, it now comprises 12 businesses with 7 funds, with a total value of infrastructure assets invested of over $A8 billion in Korea and Internationally. Under John’s leadership over the past two years, Macquarie has significantly expanded its presence in infrastructure throughout the region with roles in many emerging and developed market PPPs, M&A and unlisted and listed capital raisings. In this period Macquarie has advised on the largest ever hostile-takeover defence in Hong Kong and the largest cross border M&A into Australia and closed the first ever Philippines Infrastructure fund.

John has held a number of CEO positions in Government in Australia and led a number of large private infrastructure projects there. He became a Member of the Order of Australia in 1999 for services to economic reform and the design of the transportation plan for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He has also received a Presidential citation in Korea for his contribution to the development of Korean capital markets. John’s community involvement includes raising funds to support refugees and environmental organisations through his published children’s books and two music albums.

 

Robert Edgell, Non-Executive Director

/BioPicsNew/Robert_crop_BWRobert Edgell was appointed Non-Executive Director of InfraCo Asia Development Pte. Ltd on 1 July 2013. Robert is a retired private power company executive who pioneered the Edison Mission Energy Company (EME) beginning in 1982 from a small California based cogeneration developer, to a world-wide private power development and acquisition company with assets over $ 5 billion. From 1995 to 2005, Robert was President of EME Asia based in Singapore, where he and his team developed or acquired power projects in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. Mr. Edgell served as Deputy Chairman of Contact Energy, a public company in New Zealand from 2003 to 2005. In 2005, all of EME foreign assets were sold to a consortium of Mitsui of Japan and International Power of the UK and Robert retired from EME. In 2006, Mr. Edgell went to Atlanta, Georgia to become COO of Mirant Corporation, a private power company that had filed bankruptcy. During his three year contract with Mirant, Robert and the senior management team restructured and reorganised the company, sold Mirant’s foreign assets, and successfully re-listed the company on the NYSE.

At the expiration of his contract in 2009, Robert has concentrated on personal equity, alternative, and real estate investments in the U.S. and Asia. Mr.Edgell is a graduate electrical engineer with BSEE and MSEE degrees and is a Registered Professional Engineer in California. He is the Managing Director of Private Power International Development Company Pte. Ltd., a Singapore registered company, engaging in consulting services to the infrastructure development business sectors.

 

Amy Lee, Non-Executive Director

/BioPicsNew/Amy_BW_cropAmy Lee was appointed Non-Executive Director of InfraCo Asia Development Pte. Ltd. on 1 January 2016. Amy is currently a consultant with Singapore boutique law firm, Tan Kok Quan Partnership. Amy specialises in advising private and public market participants on infrastructure developments and government advisory transactions across Asia. Prior to joining Tan Kok Quan Partnership, Amy was the CEO of the Singapore office of international law firm, Hogan Lovells.

Amy’s extensive experience includes advising on the redevelopment of the Singapore National Stadium—the flagship and demonstration project under the Singapore government’s PPP initiative and the world’s largest sports infrastructure PPP project. She also advised on the first successful state-owned toll road divestment in China and the development of the Bandar Lampung water treatment and distribution PPP project—the first water PPP project under the PPP-supporting legal and regulatory framework in Indonesia, to name a few. Amy holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the National University of Singapore.

 

Tantra Narayan Thakur, Non-Executive Director

/BioPicsNew/Thakur_crop_BWTantra Narayan Thakur was appointed Non-Executive Director of InfraCo Asia Development Pte. Ltd. on 11 November 2010.  Until his retirement in October 2012, T N Thakur was Chairman and Managing Director of PTC India Ltd, a Government of India initiated Public-Private Partnership which is leading the development and implementation of power trading in India and thereby seeks to develop a commercially vibrant power market in the country.  Prior to that, from 1995 to 2000, he was Director (Finance & Financial Operations) at Power Finance Corporation Ltd., which provides financing to Indian power projects in the public sector (both state and central) as well as in the private sector.

T N Thakur has over 30 years of extensive experience, as a member of the Indian Audit & Accounts Service (India’s civil service), including seven years in the offices of the Accountants General of three states in India, four years in the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, three years as Deputy Secretary/Director in the Government of India, one year as Secretary to Chief Minister of a major State, and five years as Principal Director of Audit under the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.  He was also deputed to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at Geneva during 1994-95, for the audit of UNHCR on behalf of the United Nations Board of Auditors.

Since his retirement from PTC India Ltd, Mr. Thakur has primarily engaged himself in advisory services individually and/or through his company, Kristan Advisors Private Limited. Besides, he is Non-Executive Director on the Board of some companies.

 

Clive Turton, Non-Executive Director

/BioPicsNew/Clive_crop_BWClive Turton was appointed Non-Executive Director of InfraCo Asia Development Pte. Ltd. on 1 September 2014. Clive is currently President Asia Pacific for Vestas AS based in Singapore. Prior to this, Clive was Chief Executive Officer of Asia Power Development Platform, a power development company formed by Macquarie Capital and STEAG. Clive was previously Managing Director of APR Energy Asia Pacific, a fast-track IPP development company and Head of Corporate Finance and Head of the Utilities and Infrastructure sector for ING Bank in Asia.

Clive is highly regarded as an infrastructure sector professional in Asia and possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience across project development, financing and capital markets transactions. He has been responsible for the establishment and management of a number of Asia Pacific infrastructure development businesses focussed on development, construction and operation of power generation assets across the region. Clive has been also involved in a large number of Asia’s major power transactions and privatizations as advisor, financier or developer during his 20-year career, including some of Asia’s largest cross-border M&A transactions. Clive previously worked as Business Development Director for Mirant Asia Pacific, as a lawyer for Clayton Utz in Sydney and for Gide Loyrette Nouel in Paris. He has Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) degrees from the Australian National University. 

 

Keith Palmer, Founder, Former Chairman 

/BioPicsNew/Keith_crop_BWKeith is the "intellectual architect" of the InfraCo model and was founder Chairman of InfraCo Africa and InfraCo Asia Development.  Keith previously held the position of Vice Chairman of Rothschild, the international investment bank.  He was formerly founder Chairman of  the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund and a board member of GuarantCo, both facilities within the Private Infrastructure Development Group.  Keith is founder of CEPA, a consulting company that is active in infrastructure development in Africa and he also served as its Chairman.  He is also founder and Chairman of AgDevCo, an agriculture project development company. 

Earlier in his career, he worked at the World Bank, the IMF, as a contract public servant in the Ministry of Finance in Papua New Guinea and as an advisor to the Ministry of Water, Energy and Minerals in Tanzania.  He has particular expertise in restructuring and privatisation, public-private partnerships and public sector reform.  He has worked extensively in the natural resources and utilities, physical infrastructure, education and health sectors.

Keith is also the founder and Chair of Trustees of Enterprise for Development (EfD), a charity established to support socially and environmentally responsible private enterprise and social enterprise with the aim of reducing poverty in low-income developing countries.  He was awarded an OBE for contributions to economic development overseas and an Honorary Doctorate honoris causa by the University of Birmingham for contributions to public life.

 

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(Last update: March, 2017)