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BIOGRAPHIES
 
Mehdi BENJELLOUN
Project Structuring, Masen
 
Mr Mehdi Benjelloun, as Project Development Manager is in charge of the business development & project finance activity of some of Masen’s large solar projects contributing to the structuring of the financial and tax engineering as well as the procurement and transverse aspects of related transactions and raising their financing. He successfully managed in particular the first green bonds issuance in Morocco.
 
He started his career within Areva as Business Development Manager in the mining sector and Internal Auditor before acting as Finance Bid Manager for EPRs projects involved on international transactions.
 
He graduated from Arts et Métiers Paristech Engineering School (Paris, France) before enlarging its background through an Advanced Master (Strategy & Management of International Business) from ESSEC School of Management (Paris, France).
 
His diversified international experience together with a strong dual background bring added value to his project development activity.
 
 
Salim BENSMAÏL
Managing Director, Fininfra, Directorate-General of the French Treasury
 
Salim Bensmail heads the Infrastructure Finance Unit at the French Treasury Department (Mission d’Appui au Financement des Infrastructures – “Fin Infra”) and advises French public sector entities on the structuring of infrastructure projects.
 
He previously held various positions in the financial services industry and at the City of Paris, including Deputy-Director for Financial Affairs in charge of Infrastructure & PPPs and Director for Economic Development. He was involved in the structuring of a wide range of infrastructure projects, including water management, stadiums, convention centers, high speed railways and highways / toll roads.
 
Salim is a graduate of Ecole Nationale d’Administration and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and holds an MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge.   
 
Jean BEUNARDEAU
CEO, HSBC France
 
Jean Beurnardeau joined HSBC in 1997 in the Corporate Finance Department, became Managing Director in 2000 and made various M&A and ECM deals, mainly in the transport, telecom, media and technology sectors. In March 2004, he was appointed Co-head of Corporate, Investment Banking and Markets of HSBC France. In 2005, he has been General Manager. In 2007, he was appointed Head of Global Banking and Markets, HSBC France and Global Co-head of Public Sector.
 
In 2010, he was appointed as Deputy CEO, in addition to his current role as Head of Global Banking and Markets France, and Head of Global Banking, Continental Europe (since 2nd November 2010). In 2012, he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer HSBC France.
 
Prior to joining HSBC, he was high ranking civil servant at the French Ministry of Economy and Finance, then technical advisor of French Prime Minister.
 
Jean Beunardeau is graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) and from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (Paris). He has a degree in Economics (Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris).
 
Arnaud de BRESSON
CEO, Paris EUROPLACE
 
Since 1993, Arnaud de BRESSON has been Managing Director of Paris EUROPLACE, the organisation whose role is to promote the Paris financial marketplace. Paris EUROPLACE gathers the major players of the Paris financial market place, French and international issuers, investors, banks and financial institutions, as well as the market authorities. Arnaud de BRESSON is also Managing Director of the Institut Europlace de Finance (EIF), created in 2003, and of FINANCE INNOVATION, the Paris international financial services cluster launched in 2007.
 
From 1985 to 1992, he was Director of TGF (a fund management company part of the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations Group) and Managing Director of FICOM (financial communications). From 1981 to 1985, he was Project Manager for AFME (Agence française pour la maîtrise de l’énergie), after being a financial Analyst in the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations. He is Board Member of AFFINE (a listed real estate company) and France Investissement. He is also Board Member of the Investment Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), the Institut Français des Administrateurs (IFA), the Comité France-Chine and the Université d’Evry.
 
He graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, University of Paris II and University of Paris X.
 
 
Sébastien CLERC
CEO, Voltalia
 
Sébastien Clerc has specialised in the infrastructure sector, particularly in renewable energies, for over 20 years. He also has proven experience in change management and in company creation and development.
 
After 10 years in project financing at Crédit Lyonnais in Canada and New York, he returned to France in 1999 to work for Ixis, then a subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts, where he created and lead three businesses: management of infrastructure private equity funds, financial advisory, and project financing. In 2007 he actively participated in the merger of Ixis and Natexis. Sébastien Clerc was CEO of Natixis Environnement & Infrastructures from 2000 to 2011. He also headed Natixis Alternative Assets from September 2009 to November 2011.
 
In November 2011, Sébastien Clerc became CEO of Voltalia, a renewable energy company. Since then, Voltalia’s revenues have been multiplied by 10.5 while turning profitable and more international, with teams now located in 17 countries. Voltalia was introduced on the Paris stock market in 2014.
 
Sébastien Clerc is a graduate of SciencesPo Paris and the University of Paris X.
 
 
Mikaël COHEN
Chief Investment Officer, CNP Assurances
 
Mikaël COHEN, 54, has been Chief Investment Officer of CNP Assurances since the beginning of 2011.  He oversees portfolios totalling more than €300 billion, mostly invested in fixed income but also large-cap equities, private equity, real estate, infrastructure and structured products. He also manages the funding operations of CNP Assurances as well as its asset/liability management and hedging strategy.
 
He was previously Chief Financial Officer of the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations ("CDC") department which manages the pool of €200 Billion of savings accounts collected for the CDC by the nationwide networks of the Post Office and the Caisses d'Epargne.  In this position, he was responsible for, asset allocation, P&L and Risk management, and reporting to Management and the Board as well as to the Regulatory Authorities.  He has more than 20 years' experience working within the Caisse des Dépôts Group.
 
Mikaël COHEN graduated from the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Economique  with an advanced degree in mathematics, statistics and economics.
 
 
Thierry DEAU
Founding Partner & CEO, Meridiam
 
Thierry Déau founded Meridiam in 2005 and has overseen its growth to become a firm of over 80 professionals in five countries with currently €5 billion of assets under management. Prior to founding Meridiam, He was the CEO of Egis Projects, a leading international project developer and operator and subsidiary of the French Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC).
 
He is also currently chairman of the Long Term Infrastructure Investor Organization (LTIIA), which he has co-founded, and an Investment Committee member for the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI). He is a board member of the World Economic Forum’s Stewardship Board on Shaping the Future of Long-Term Investing, Infrastructure and Development, and Chairman of the Archery endowment fund.
 
He is a graduate from the French Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.
 
François-Yves GAUDEUL
Director Infrastructure Debt, Allianz Global Investors
 
François-Yves Gaudeul joined Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI) as a Director in 2012, where he invests in infrastructure debt on behalf of the Allianz Group and other European institutional investors. He has extensive experience in transaction origination, structuring and remediation. Recent transactions closed by Francois-Yves include the financings of the L2 by-pass (€163 million), Seine Musicale PPP (€127 million), TIGF (€350 million), A28 motorway (€850 million), and Calais harbor expansion (€504 million) in France, and the refinancing of the A66 motorway (€185 million) in Spain.
 
Before joining AllianzGI, François-Yves worked 10 years at MBIA and 8 years at UBS and Citibank in London and Paris.
 
François-Yves graduated from HEC Business School (Paris), where he specialized in Finance, and holds a Master Degree in Transportation from Sorbonne University (Paris).
 
Gabrielle GAUTHEY
Head of Investment and Local Development, ComEx Member, Groupe Caisse des Dépôts
 
In February 2015, Gabrielle Gauthey joined the Executive Committee of the Caisse des Dépôts, heading the Investment in infrastructure, real estate, energy, ICT and business creation.
 
Gabrielle Gauthey is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole des Mines and Ecole des Telecommunications and holds a postgraduate degree in economic analysis. She began her career with France Telecom. In 1990 she founded and became General Secretary of the “Invest in France” agency. From 1995 to 1997 she was adviser to François Fillon (Space and Telecom Minister) and drafted the 1996 law opening the telecom sector to competition. From 1998 to July 2000 she was Deputy CEO of Sofirad and CEO of “Le SAT”, first video satellite bouquet to Africa. Till January 2003, she was Director of the Information and Communication Technologies at the Caisse des Dépôts.
 
From 2003 to 2008, she was Commissioner at the French Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (ARCEP).
 
From 2009 to 2015, she was Group corporate Vice President, in charge of Public sector, governmental projects and Defense for Alcatel-Lucent.
 
Emmanuel GILLET-LAGARDE
Global Head of Infrastructure & Projects at Natixis
 
Emmanuel Gillet-Lagarde is Global Head of Infrastructure & Projects at Natixis. Emmanuel has more than 22 years of experience in Infrastructure and Project Finance.
 
Emmanuel took global responsibility at Global Infrastructure & Projects (GIP), Natixis’ business unit in charge of debt advisory and structuring for Infrastructure projects, in July 2016. GIP has a global footprint through 10 international desks and covers on 4 sectors (Transport & Social Infrastructure, Power & Renewables, Telecom Infrastructure, Natural Resources).
 
Before becoming Global Head, Emmanuel had headed GIP’s Europe Region since 2013. Previously, he held senior positions in other GIP’s desks (Sydney, Hong Kong and Paris) where he played lead roles on arranging and advisory mandates across various sectors.
 
Emmanuel started in the Project Finance mining team at Credit Lyonnais in 1995, then moved to BNP, based first in Norway and then in France, where he had the opportunity to work across a wide range of sectors (oil & gas, power, infrastructure, telecoms) in the Structured Finance team. At the end of 1998, he moved to Entenial (Allianz Group) to develop the Structured Finance debt activities and established and headed the Telecom team. Emmanuel joined Natixis in 2005.
 
Emmanuel graduated from EDHEC business school and holds a MBA in Finance from Universidad de Deusto in Spain and a Masters in Financial Engineering from Lyon School of Management.
 
Stéphane GRANDGUILLAUME
Partner, 3i
 
Stéphane is a Partner in 3i’s Infrastructure team in Paris and joined 3i in November 2013, following 3i’s acquisition of Barclays Infrastructure Funds Management Limited. He joined BIFM in 2006.
 
Stéphane leads the origination of Infrastructure projects within 3i and also leads 3i’s Infrastructureteam in Paris.
 
Previously, Stéphane was head of Egis Investment Partners. He graduated as a civil engineer from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole National des Ponts-et-Chaussées.
 
 
 
René KASSIS
Managing Director, Head of Private Debt, La Banque Postale Asset Management
 
René Kassis has joined La Banque Postale Asset Management in 2012 to launch their private debt platform dedicated to infrastructure, real estate and corporate debt. The platform is now managing more than EUR 3 bn on behalf on institutional investors, with a team of 10 sector specialists, investing in European primary and secondary debt markets. René is also the chairman of the Infrastructure Committee of the French Asset Management Association (AFG).
 
René enjoys a 23-year experience in advising, originating and arranging of structured and project financing in Europe, North America and South East Asia, out of Paris, London and Singapore.
 
Before Joining La Banque Postale AM, René was the Global Head of Infrastructure and Deputy Global Head of Project Finance at Dexia, where he worked for 10 years. Before Joining Dexia in 2002, René has worked for 9 years at Crédit Lyonnais (now Credit Agricole CIB), where he started in 1993 in their Paris-based Infrastructure and Environment project finance team as a manager. He then spent 4 years in their Singapore-based Asian Project Finance group as associate director in charge of infrastructure, energy and telecom. In 2000, he moved to Credit Lyonnais’ London project finance team covering Public-Private-Partnerships, Infrastructure and utilities.
 
René is 49, graduate from the ESSEC Business School, and speaks French, English, Arabic and Japanese.
 
Christopher KNOWLES
Head of Cimate change and Environmental Division, European Investment Bank
 
Christopher Knowles joined EIB in 1982 and has held a number of positions inside and outside Europe. Since 2006 he has been part of an initiative by EIB to reinforce its activity in sectors of high policy priority for the EU and in which the EIB seeks to develop innovative approaches. In this capacity he has global responsibility for a portfolio of activities which includes carbon finance and equity funds for infrastructure, clean energy and the environmental sectors. He is EIB’s lead on Climate Finance, is a member of various Advisory Boards including the Climate Bond Initiative and the OECD Centre on Green Finance and Investment, and Chairs the Board of Directors of the Green for Growth Fund.
 
From 2000 to 2005 he led the lending operations team responsible for EIB’s financing in the transport and infrastructure sectors in Spain, closing €4-5 000 million of financing annually for Europe’s largest national infrastructure programme, much of it in PPP form. He spent the 1990s doing broadly similar jobs throughout the Central European region, Finland and Greece and the 1980s in the African and Caribbean regions. Prior to EIB he worked for the Lesotho National Development Corporation, the European Commission and Lazard Brothers.
 
He has degrees in Economics and Management from the University of Durham.
 
Caroline LEBOUCHER
COO Invest, Business France
 
Caroline Leboucher was named Managing Director of the Invest in France Agency (IFA) in 2014 and Chief operating officer of Business France (Invest) when it was formed on January 1, 2015.
 
After two years working in the private sector in France and abroad, Caroline Leboucher held a number of positions in central and regional government, including being a ministerial advisor and chief of staff, or working at the European Commission, where she remained in constant contact with the business world. She was also a board member at the Port Autonome de Paris and the technology transfer accelerator company Lutech between 2010 and 2012.
 
She graduated from the École des Mines and École Polytechnique engineering schools. She has been awarded the French National Order of Merit, as well as the French National Order of Merit for Agriculture.
 
Thierry de LONGUEMAR
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer - AIIB (Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank)

The primary responsibilities of the Vice President, Chief Financial Officer is to provide strategic and technical leadership in financial and treasury management, to ensure sustainable financial strength and steady growth in financial resources, and to help establish excellent credit ratings in support of AIIB’s overall mission.
 
Thierry de Longuemar has been serving as Vice President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) since 2011, during which time he has been responsible for Finance, Administration and Risk Management. He has spent more than three decades working in both the multilateral and private sectors, including as Vice President Finance at the African Development Bank between 2004-2010 and as Global Head of Central Banks and Supra-nationals at the investment bank ABN Amro.
 
He received his Masters’ Degree in Business Administration from the Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) in Paris.
 
Emmanuelle MATZ
Head of the Energy and Infrastructure Division, Proparco
 
Emmanuelle Matz, has developed an extensive experience in structured financing for more than 25 years. She started her professional life developing a tax leased department at Crédit Lyonnais dedicated to the financing of energy efficiency and waste to energy programs in France. Through different positions in the French banking group and then, with Barclays Capital, she structured and led many financing transactions in emergent countries in the infrastructure and energy sectors. Since 2008, Emmanuelle has been expanding Proparco’ debt and equity’s investments in the energy and infrastructure sectors, mainly in Latin America and, Asia.  Among all, she financed the first solar plant in Latin America, for T Solar, in Peru in 2011 and have supported since then the expansion of renewable energy projects (Solar, wind, hydro & biomass) in Central America, the Andean countries and more recently in Africa. She’s leading a team of 20 experts in infrastructure project financing, with the aim of developing solutions contributing to limit the impacts of Climate Changes.
 
 
Martin MERLIN
Director, DG FISMA, Regulation & Financial Supervision of financial institutions, European Commission
 
Martin Merlin joined the Commission in 1997, initially working on insurance and pension funds issues; progressing in 2000 to the position of Assistant to the Director General before joining the Cabinet of Commissioner Charlie McCreevy in 2004.  
 
From 2008-2014 he was Head of Unit responsible for Financial Services Policy and Relations with the Council, within DG MARKT.  The unit was responsible, inter alia, for defining and implementing the European Commission‘s policy in the area of financial supervision and the response to the global financial crisis.
 
In the re-organised DG for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union Martin Merlin was appointed Director of Financial Markets 2014-2016, responsible for Capital Markets Union, Financial Markets Infrastructure, Securities Markets and Asset Management.  In May 2016 he was moved to become Director of Regulation and Prudential Supervision of Financial Institutions.  He manages Bank Regulation and Supervision, Banks and Financial Conglomerates, Retail Financial Services and Payments and Insurance and Pensions dossiers.
 
M. Merlin holds Masters Degrees in Political Sciences and Philosophy.
 
Christopher MILLWARD
Head of Europe, MIGA
 
Christopher Millward, a UK national, is a Senior Underwriter and Acting Head of Europe at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group. Millward joined MIGA in 2004 as an Investment Officer responsible for designing and implementing MIGA's business development and outreach activities in Europe and Asia. Now based in Paris, Millward develops and executes MIGA’s involvement in projects throughout Europe, Central Asia, and Africa, especially in Infrastructure. He has led MIGA's participation in a number health PPP projects in Turkey, Konan Bedie Toll Bridge Project in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; an innovative cross-currency swap solution in Senegal; and several metro and port financings in Turkey.
 
Prior to joining MIGA, Millward worked as an investment banker at Credit Suisse in London. Millward holds a master’s degree from St. Andrews University and an MBA from Georgetown University.
 
Matthew NORMAN
Global Head of Infrastructure, Crédit Agricole CIB
 
Matthew Norman joined Credit Agricole CIB in 2000 and is now Global Head of Infrastructure.  He has been actively engaged for over 14 years in arranging finance and advising clients on large scale energy and infrastructure transactions.  He has been actively involved and leading the bank’s involvement in some of the most prominent schemes in the market including: National Grid, SMART Energy, TIGF, Gatwick, Open Grid, Eversholt, Porterbrook, Copenhagen Airport, M25, FSTA, Topolino, Net4gas.
 
Matthew holds a first class honours degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Economics and Mathematics.
 
 
 
 
Denis de PAILLERETS
Global Co-Head of the Technology, Media & Telecom Finance Group, Société Générale - CIB
 
Denis has 23 years of corporate & investment banking experience with Paribas, BNP Paribas and Société Générale. Denis is graduated summa cum laude from IEP-Sciences Po Paris and holds a Master in International Management from Paris-Dauphine University.
 
SG CIB TMT Finance Group is a global business line responsible for advising and structuring tailor-made solutions for clients active in the Technology, Media & Telecom Industries. This includes Acquisition Finance/LBOs, Project Finance/Export Finance, Debt, Equity Capital Markets and Derivatives solutions. SG CIB TMT Finance Group is present in EMEA (London, Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid) and Americas (New York). SG CIB TMT Finance Group’s most recent awards include 2016 TMT IPO of the Year –Mediawan- and 2016 # 3 EMEA TMT Financing Bank (TMT Finance), 2016 Telecom Deal of the Year by Project Finance International (Axione-Nord Pas de Calais Broadband).
 
Sébastien PEJOAN
Managing Director, Project Finance Department, Bouygues Construction
 
Sébastien PEJOAN, 47 years old, graduated from the Paris Dauphine University (Master in Corporate Finance), is Deputy Head of the Bouygues Construction Project & Real Estate Finance Department.

Bouygues Construction is a global player in construction and services operating in 80 countries, with over 100 large infrastructures projects closed under a PPP/concession format for the past 15 years.
 
Latest landmark transactions include in 2016, inter alia, the French Broadband Infrastructure Project of Nord Pas de Calais.
 
 
 
 
Jérémie PELLET
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
 
Jérémie Pellet, 38, was until now advisor for financing the economy at the Office of the Prime Minister. He graduated from the Strasbourg Institute of Political Studies and started his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, prior to joining the National School of Administration (ENA – Léopold Sédar Senghor class). When he left, he joined the Ministry of the Economy and Finance. After having spent 3 years at the Office of the Control of Concentrations and Aid of the General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control, he joined CDC Entreprises, a venture capital subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts Group, as Investment Director, where he followed investment funds operating in the South of France, Corsica, Overseas France and the Maghreb region. His work included following CDC’s acquisition of a stake in Proparco and managing, with AFD, their mutual venture capital fund in the French overseas departments.
 
In 2009, Jérémie joined BNP Paribas as Director of the corporate and investment bank’s regulatory affairs, and was responsible for the implementation of Basel 3, prior to joining the bank’s market Fixed Income Department, where he was in charge of structuring financial solutions for European banks and insurance companies. He joined the French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, when he was appointed in 2014, to follow economic and financial issues, including the Macron Law, the creation of Business France and, more recently, the plans to establish closer ties between AFD and CDC.
 
 
Jean-Pascal PHAM-BA
Secretary General and spokesperson of Terrawatt Initiative
 
Jean-Pascal Pham-Ba, 47, is Secretary General and spokesperson of Terrawatt Initiative, a global non-profit association focused on accelerating the Energy Revolution which will see a triple shift (i) modernization of our energy systems, (ii) universalization of the access to power and (iii) decarbonization of the power generation sector, for the benefit of all humanity. He advocates internationally for facilitating the massive deployment of solar power generation globally as a fundamental factor of the Energy Revolution. Jean-Pascal particularly focuses on alleviation of the structural barriers (regulatory frameworks, outdated market practices and structural risks) to cost reduction of solar power generation to make it the most competitive source of electricity globally and to open economic spaces for digital, storage, energy efficiency, IoT, H2...
 
Jean-Pascal is also a co-founder of Solairedirect (now Engie Solar), a leading international solar power developer, where he held senior/executive positions as General Counsel, member of the executive committee and of which he is now an advisor.
 
He was previously a lawyer with the global firm Gide, where he developed a financial, corporate, energy and dispute resolution practice for utilities and energy companies as well as financial institutions. He started his career with the legal department of Paribas.
 
He holds one LLM in Banking Law and Finance and one in Business Law and Economics, and was admitted to the Paris Bar.
 
Alain QUINET
Chief Operating Officer, SNCF Réseau
 
Alain Quinet, an Inspecteur Général des Finances, has been Chief Operating Officer at SNCF Réseau since 2011.
 
He was previously an economist in French public institutions (French Treasury, Banque de France) and in OECD (1998-2002), then Economic and Financial Advisor at the Prime Minister’s Office (2002-2007), and Chief Financial Officer at Caisse des Dépôts (2008-2010).
 
He is a Professor of Economics in Sciences Po and EPFL, and the author of numerous articles and reports on Climate change, Long-term investing, and Infrastructure. He graduated from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration.
 
 
Pierre SORBETS
Managing Director, Head of Public Sector - HSBC France
 
Pierre Sorbets has worked in the French Ministry of economy and finance (in the department of foreign economic relationship) in Paris and abroad (Economic and commercial counselor in Brazil). He has also been head of the medium and long term department at Coface (the French export credit agency).
 
Having joined the private sector at Crédit Commercial de France in the 90s, he has been head of the international finance department, in charge of export finance, project finance, aircraft and shipping finance, trade finance and correspondent banking with emerging markets.Further to the acquisition of CCF by HSBC, he has created the FIG sector for France then became – and currently is - head of Public Sector for French and European Institutions. He is also “climate champion” for HSBC France.
 
Pierre Sorbets is graduated from HEC, Sciences Politiques Paris, ENA and Master in Economic Sciences (University Paris X). He teaches at Sciences Politiques Paris (in “risk analysis”) and at Panthéon Assas University (in ”bank, finance and project financing”).
 
Philippe SOURLAS
Deputy Director of the Asset Management Directorate, Autorité des Marchés Financiers
 
Philippe Sourlas began his career at the Inspection Générale des Finances in 2006, before joining the Autorité de Contrôle des Assurances et des Mutuelles (ACAM), which has since become the Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution (ACPR). He served in a number of roles there, working as an international expert and supervisor, deputy head of a supervision unit, and then head of an insurance supervision unit from 2011 to 2013. He then took over one of ACPR’s banking supervision divisions in 2014.
 
Mr Sourlas joined the AMF in July 2016, and works alongside Xavier Parain as deputy director of AMF’s Asset Management directorate.
 
Philippe Sourlas is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique.
 
Julien TOUATI
Corporate Development Director, Meridiam
 
Julien Touati joined Meridiam in March 2011. He is responsible for Meridiam corporate development, covering key initiatives of the company. He has been in particular leading the strategic development of Meridiam in Africa and is a member of the investment committee of Meridiam Infrastructure Africa Fund. He is now responsible for Meridiam activities in the energy transition, leading the deployment of Meridiam Transition, a €485m investment fund dedicated to the transition towards a low carbon economy across Europe. Julien also acted within Meridiam as Senior Investment Director with a focus on deal origination in Europe. He led the closing of the Nimes Montpellier French HSL in 2012 and University of Hertfordshire Student Accommodation project (1st unwrapped bond financing of a greenfield project in Europe).
 
Julien has infrastructure and public sector experience, having previously worked at the French Ministry of Finance’s Agence des Participations de l’Etat (APE), where he was responsible for managing the French State’s shareholding in Electricité de France. Prior to APE, Julien was Deputy Head of the European Affairs Division of the French Treasury in charge of the European financial instruments, including the monitoring of EIB’s activities inside and outside the European Union on behalf of the French member of the Bank’s Board of Directors. Julien also worked for Veolia Transport and for the infrastructure division of Proparco, the French Development Finance Institution.
 
He holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the Ecole des Ponts in Paris, a Master’s Degree in Energy Economics and a Master of Public Affairs from the Ecole des Ponts in Paris. He teaches Energy Regulations at Sciences-Po Paris.
 
Romain VERZIER
Heading the Structured Finance Department, Vinci Concessions
 
Romain Verzier is heading the Structured Finance Department of Vinci Concessions. He joined VINCI in 2000. Under his management, the Stuctured Finance Department has raised more than €15 billion of non-recourse debt for various infrastructure projects worldwide.
 
Romain started his career in the banking industry, and was then seconded to the French Ministry of Finance for 3 years. After that, he joined the construction & concession industry, spending 5 years with a competitor, before joining VINCI.
 
 
Thomas WILLIAMS
Global Editor in Chief, Inframation Group

Tom Williams has worked in financial journalism for 15 years, taking over overall responsibility for all of Inframation’s content and events in 2013. He was previously group editor of Inframation’s European service InfraNews having worked as deputy editor and Germany and industrials correspondent for Mergermarket in Europe, and as a reporter for PRWeek and Euromoney.