The Age of Asian Infrastructure: Transformational Opportunity or Hollow Vision?

Scott Dunn, Vice President, Southeast Asia, AECOM; Timothy Histed, Head – Singapore and Hong Kong, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, Word Bank Group; Mark Houghton, Regional Manager, Political Risk and Trade Credit, XL Catlin; Kim Odhner, Executive Director, International Council for Capital Formation; and Tony Nash Chief Economist and Managing Partner, Complete Intelligence (Moderator)

Venue : AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, Shaw Centre #23-03 S(228208) - Stamford American Auditorium

Date : May 27, 2016

Time : 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Price : $25.00

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Asia’s rapid economic and demographic growth has begged infrastructure investment for years. In recent years, China, Japan, Korea and others have come forward with large commitments to invest in the region’s infrastructure, along with both traditional and new multilateral banks including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. This session will explore the viability of the region’s  visionary infrastructure plans and the capacity to turn visions into reality.

About the Panelists

Scott Dunn 
Vice President, Southeast Asia

Scott Dunn is Vice President for Southeast Asia at AECOM. He is also part of the Urban Land Institute Singapore Council and past Chairman.  

Scott drives strategic growth for South East Asia to advance the regional growth agenda of AECOM’s APAC Executive Leadership Team through identification, development and support of strategic initiatives that drive profitable growth for AECOM in South East Asia. Core business areas include Design Consulting services in Buildings & Places, Civil & Infrastructure, Oil Gas Chemical Industrial & Power and Environmental, Construction and Management Services.

Scott also leads cross-functional teams in providing integrated services and sustainable solutions for large, complex and multidisciplinary projects across Asia, among them high-density masterplans for new towns and regeneration of existing urban landscapes that have drawn on sustainable and smart themes.
  Major works in Singapore include customizing a sustainability assessment framework tool that analyses the optimum master plan for the Jurong Lake District and the Marina Bay – Greater Southern Waterfront district. 

Scott has co-authored two publications with the Singapore Center of Liveable Cities; 10 Principles for Liveable High-Density Cities Lessons from Singapore and Creating Healthy Places through Active Mobility.
  His papers on sustainability and livability issues are frequently published with local and international print media and he is highly regarded as a thought leader in the planning community. He actively lectures on land development and smart cities and has given speeches at conferences across Asia and North America and has appeared on a variety of local and international TV and radio programs.

Timothy Histed
Head – Singapore and Hong Kong
Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, Word Bank Group

Timothy Histed is Head of Singapore & Hong Kong at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), part of the World Bank Group which he joined in 2013, and is based in Singapore. He is responsible for business development and client coverage in the region.

Prior to joining MIGA, Tim was a Director in Institutional & Corporate Solutions at Standard Bank in London for 3 years, where he structured and implemented the bank's political risk and credit insurance purchasing program. He was a Director in Structured Credit/ART at Dresdner Kleinwort in London for 11 years, concentrating on alternative risk transfer structures in relation to infrastructure projects and utility companies as well as asset backed transactions involving public finance, corporate credit, equity and insurance assets. Tim started his career as a lawyer and qualified as an attorney at King-Essack & Associates in Durban, South Africa in 1998 and is also admitted as a solicitor in England.

Tim holds a BSc (Hons) in molecular biology and an LLB from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg and an LLM from the University of South Africa. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

Mark Houghton
Regional Manager
Political Risk and Trade Credit, XL Catlin

Mark is currently the Asia Pacific Regional Manager for XL Catlin’s Political Risk & Trade Credit business based in Singapore focusing on cross border trade and investment into emerging markets. Having spent 15 years in banking including roles in origination and client coverage, project and export finance, syndications, securitization, portfolio management and alternative risk distribution before joining XL Catlin in June 2012. Starting his career with the National Australia Bank, he moved to London where he worked for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). Mark established SMBC’s global insurance distribution function as an alternative risk management tool to supplement other non-functioning markets. In this role he coordinated the purchase of political risk and trade credit insurance globally for SMBC. Returning to Asia Mark joined Standard Chartered where he was responsible for managing the political and credit risk insurance requirements for Transaction Banking on a global basis. Having worked intimately with the insurance market from a client perspective, Mark brings to XL Catlin a unique understanding of a client’s need for, and perspective of, political risk and trade credit insurance.

Kim Odhner
Executive Director
International Council for Capital Formation

Mr. Kim Anders Odhner –
has more than 20 years of direct investment and board-level operations experience in Vietnam and the region. In addition to International Council for Capital Formation, Mr. Odhner has worked with numerous firms in the Region, such as Navis Capital, Blackhorse Asset Management, Prudential Fund Management, Sycamore Ventures, Cairnwood Capital, and Epsilon Capital.  

Mr. Odhner brings to the discussion
extensive experience relevant to the topic of infrastructure in Asia.  Over the years – as investor, operator or advisor to project promoters – Mr. Odhner has had direct experience with telecom, real estate, hospitality, transportation, logistics and shipping, energy, and education/training.  Between 1994 and 1997 Mr. Odhner also invested in and developed two of the very first international office buildings in post-war Vietnam.  

Mr. Odhner
holds a Masters Degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Boston, where he is also serves on the Fletcher Asia Advisory Group.  He also serves as NED on several boards. 

About the Moderator: 

Tony Nash
Chief Economist and Managing Partner
Complete Intelligence

Tony Nash is Chief Economist and CEO at Complete Intelligence. Tony also serves as Senior Advisor for International Economic Policy at the American Council for Capital Formation, based in Washington, DC.

As a thought leader on economics and risk, Tony is a frequent public speaker and a facilitator of strategic discussions with business and government leaders. He is a contributor to leading global media which include regular sessions on CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC, Nikkei and Al Jazeera. He is a key facilitator for regional economic and industry forums and closed-door corporate executive dialogues.

Tony has a longstanding track record of creating, inspiring, motivating and leading culturally diverse teams in developed and developing markets across EMEA, North America and Asia. He has worked with multinational clients on management consultancy engagements including national economic transformation plans, market entry strategies, due diligence and cross border transactions. Previously, Tony built and led the global research and consulting business for The Economist (EIU) where he managed revenue targets, built the global brand, restructured the operation and initiated their first Asia acquisition (ClearState). He has also been a social entrepreneur, media entrepreneur, writer and consultant.

Tony has a Masters degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BA in Business Management from Texas A&M University.

This event is supported by the Property Committee

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