Singapore | 2 November 2016

Bloomberg Nation Builders Asia

This November, Bloomberg Nation Builders Asia will convene influential ministers, mayors, investors, and builders across Asia for a one-day look at how investing in infrastructure can help nations meet sustainable development goals, secure higher GDP, and improve citizen well-being. Attendees will walk away with new insight into the innovations that promise to bring more infrastructure investments into play.

November 2 - Wednesday

8:30 am

Registration Opens & Continental Breakfast

9:20 am

Welcoming Remarks


  • Ajay Kanwal

    CEO, ASEAN & South Asia, Standard Chartered Bank

9:25 am

Opening Presenation


  • Michael Barrow

    Director General of Private Sector Operations, Asian Development Bank

  • Uwe Krüger

    CEO, WS Atkins

  • Diaan-Yi Lin

    Managing Partner, Singapore & Leader, Asia Public Sector, Private Equity, and Infrastructure Practice, McKinsey & Company

  • Francis Yeoh

    Managing Director, YTL

9:50 am

A Golden Age for National Development, or Wasted Opportunity?

With brand new MDBs, cash injections for established banks, and China’s ‘one belt, one road’ framework, we are set for a golden age of infrastructure. We identify how to secure sustainable development, improve citizen well-being and maximize investment returns.

10:20 am

Newsmaker Interview

We quiz one of Asia’s most influential in smart infrastructure…


  • Gabriel Lim

    Chief Executive, Infocommunications Media Development Authority

10:35 am

Urbanization Powering Growth: Is Infrastructure the Key?

We debate whether overweighting urban infrastructure projects will unlock faster economic growth, and identify the urban projects that power the biggest jumps in GDP and citizen well-being.


11:05 am

Networking Breaks

11:35 am

Deep Pockets Needed- Making It Easier for Institutional Investors

From increasing transparency, predictability and incentives, we identify how to attract more institutional investors to infrastructure projects, and identify how governments can help plug funding gaps.


  • Mohamad Hafiz Kassim

    Head and Senior General Manager of Private Markets, Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia

  • Mark Rathbone

    Capital Projects and Infrastructure Leader, PwC

  • Jordan Schwartz

    Director, Singapore Infrastructure & Urban Development Hub, The World Bank

12:05 pm

Private Supporting Public- Nurturing the Infrastructure Market

How can the private sector help Governments facilitate sustainable and resilient national development?


12:30 pm

GDP Growth vs. the Environment?- Infrastructure & Climate Change

Can nations activate all infrastructure projects, promote urbanization and protect the environment? We identify the best ways to reduce the per-capita environmental impact of building cities and infrastructure.


12:55 pm

Networking Lunch

2:25 pm

$ Trillions Needed, Only $Billions Spent- Is Infrastructure Too Risky?

We take a closer look at project risk mitigation to identify the cause of the funding gap, and uncover how to increase project appeal by correctly ascribing risk to all stakeholders.


  • Eugene Tan

    Managing Director, Head, Infrastructure, Power and Utilities, Asia Pacific, Scotiabank

  • Ravi Suri

    Managing Director, Global Head of Project & Export Finance, Standard Chartered Bank

  • Keith Thomas

    CEO, Global Corporate Asia Pacific, Zurich

2:50 pm

Newsmaker Interview

We quiz one of Asia’s most influential in national development…


3:05 pm

Bears vs. Bulls- What is the New Standard for Investment Returns?

Is infrastructure still a safe long-term play? Or a lengthy gamble with growing risks?


3:30 pm

More Tech, More Problems? Technology Disruption & Infrastructure

We debate whether new technology will empower the industry to bring more projects online, or will risk and cost rise exponentially?


  • Jurgen Coppens

    Managing Director, ASEAN Public Sector, Industrial & Travel Practice, Accenture Strategy

  • Luis Gonzalez

    Chief Digital Officer APAC, Power Digital Solutions, GE

  • Vidya Ramnath

    Vice President, Solutions & Lifecycle Services, Emerson Automation Solutions

3:55 pm

Closing Remarks

4:15 pm

Cocktails & Canapes Hosted by Standard Chartered Bank

5:45 pm

Close of Bloomberg Nations Builders Asia


Ajay Kanwal

Standard Chartered Bank CEO, ASEAN & South Asia

Michael Barrow

Asian Development Bank Director General of Private Sector Operations

Uwe Krüger

WS Atkins CEO

Diaan-Yi Lin

McKinsey & Company Managing Partner, Singapore & Leader, Asia Public Sector, Private Equity, and Infrastructure Practice

Francis Yeoh

YTL Managing Director

Gabriel Lim

Infocommunications Media Development Authority Chief Executive

Zainal Amanshah

InvestKL CEO

Omar Shahzad

Meinhardt Group Group CEO

Vikram Singh

100 Resilient Cities, Rockefeller Foundation Regional Director, Asia & Pacific

Nina Yang

Ascendas-Singbridge CEO, Sustainable Development

Mohamad Hafiz Kassim

Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia Head and Senior General Manager of Private Markets

Mark Rathbone

PwC Capital Projects and Infrastructure Leader

Jordan Schwartz

The World Bank Director, Singapore Infrastructure & Urban Development Hub

James Harris

Jones Day Partner, Global Head of Infrastructure

Dato’ Izzaddin Idris

UEM Group Berhad Group MD & CEO

Milag San Jose - Ballesteros

C40 Regional Director for Southeast Asia and Oceania

Wong Heang Fine

Surbana Jurong Group CEO

Hilda Savitri

Indonesia Infrastructure Finance CIO

Ravi Suri

Standard Chartered Bank Managing Director, Global Head of Project & Export Finance

Eugene Tan

Scotiabank Managing Director, Head, Infrastructure, Power and Utilities, Asia Pacific

Keith Thomas

Zurich CEO, Global Corporate Asia Pacific

Bambang Brodjonegoro

Indonesia Minister of National Development Planning

Aurelie Chreng

EDHECinfra Head of Portfolio Construction

M.K. Sinha M.K. Sinha

IDFC Alternatives Managing Partner & CEO

Jurgen Coppens

Accenture Strategy Managing Director, ASEAN Public Sector, Industrial & Travel Practice

Luis Gonzalez

GE Chief Digital Officer APAC, Power Digital Solutions

Vidya Ramnath

Emerson Automation Solutions Vice President, Solutions & Lifecycle Services

Presenting Sponsor

About Standard Chartered Bank
Standard Chartered Bank is a leading international banking group, with around 84,000 employees and a 150-year history in some of the world’s most dynamic markets. Our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, Here for good.

Our focus is to bank the people and companies driving investment, trade and the creation of wealth across Asia, Africa and the Middle East, which are markets where infrastructure is needed most. We pride ourselves on having a Project and Export Finance team who have been recognised as a world leader in advising, structuring and arranging on infrastructure projects and their related financing. In addition to funding these projects and fostering economic growth across our markets, our role as an international bank with a strong network and deep local knowledge of our markets is to advise investors and share best practices across multiple markets. We also help to bring in other long-term sources of finance such as export credit agencies and development banks, working alongside these partners to coordinate overall financing.

Standard Chartered PLC is listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges as well as the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges in India.


The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group connects more than 85 of the world’s greatest cities, representing more than 650 million people and one quarter of the global economy. Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens. The current chair of the C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes; three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board. C40’s work is made possible by our three strategic funders: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), and Realdania. To learn more about the work of C40 and our cities, please visit, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and like us on Facebook.

Citigate Dewe Rogerson is the leading international financial communications consultancy in Asia Pacific

With offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore, we are trusted advisors to major and emerging companies and to government bodies – whenever clear and persuasive communication will make a difference.

We offer intelligent, tailored solutions delivered by a team of high-calibre people. Our sophisticated advisors bring their experience from journalism, event management, investment banking, financial analysis and other professional disciplines.

Our practice areas are:

  • Transaction communications – helping our clients to tell their story clearly and effectively during initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions
  • Investor relations – advising listed companies on communication with analysts, shareholders and potential shareholders
  • Corporate communications – offering strategic counsel to financial services companies and other firms to improve corporate reputations and handle crisis situations

The International Project Finance Association (IPFA) is an independent, not-for-profit, professional members association dedicated to providing up-to-date information on best practice, industry trends and new developments in infrastructure and energy. IPFA operates globally across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia & the CIS and Turkey giving members access to an international network of over 570 public and private sector organisations. We host a continuous programme of over 80 industry events which are free for members to attend and offer a unique opportunity to network with senior, decision making professionals, across the industry.

For further information on IPFA and its activities around the world, please visit its website:

Founded in 2014 by investors and for investors, LTIIA works proactively with public and private stakeholders around the world to ensure that sustainable infrastructure is delivered efficiently.

Proactive engagement with policy-makers

Worked with the European Commission on shaping the new Solvency II legislation, with OECD on their infrastructure reports to G20, with the U.S. and Japanese regulators.

Delivery of investor tools

Together with EDHEC Infrastructure Institute developed benchmarking platform for long term infrastructure. Produced ESG Handbook and is now working on ESG Indicators Library for infrastructure investors.

Focus on responsible investment

Our Climate Task Force is working with several governments on the infrastructure investment component of their carbon reduction commitments.

Information exchange, education and training

Our conferences and events, in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific featured the most senior cohort in infrastructure to tackle industry’s issues.

LTIIA is a not-for-profit international association. Visit