EIC Autumn Conference

12-13 October 2017 in Paris

Presentations & Speakers

EIC General Assembly

Paris - October 2017

Salim Bensmail

French Ministry for Economy and Finance - FIN INFRA


Qualifying the Infrastructure Gap in France 

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.

Alessandro Carano

Expert Member of Cabinet - EU Commissioner for Transport


The Infrastructure Funding Gap in France and the Eurozone in the light of the “Euro Crisis”

Alessandro Carano is Expert Member of Cabinet of the EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc: he follows the transport investment and financial instruments including the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), as well as the Trans-European-Networks (TEN-Ts). Between 2014 and 2016 he was Senior Adviser to the Deputy Director General of the European Commission's DG Economic and Financial Affairs, working on the design and start-up of the Investment Plan for the Europe to mobilize at least € 500 billion by 2020, and on the External Investment Plan to mobilise € 44 billion in EU Neighbourhood and Africa by 2020. He was previously Managerial Adviser and Head of Unit at the European Investment Bank, responsible for the institutional relationship with EU Institutions and other International Financial Institutions on policies and activities outside the EU. He led the negotiations on the new EIB External Lending Mandate for the period 2014-2020. He worked for Procter & Gamble in several business and project management positions for 8 years and holds an MBA from Vlerick Management School and an Engineering MSc degree from Turin Politechnic University.

Michel Demarre

SEFI Director General - EIC Past President


Conference Moderator

Michel Demarre is Director General of SEFI, the Association of French International Contractors. After he graduated as a civil engineer, Michel Demarre held various positions with the French government, from 1973 to 1990, including a one-year secondment with the World Bank in 1986-1987. From 1990, he held various positions in the international departments of road construction companies; his last assignment was with Colas, as International Advisor to the CEO, from 1997 to 2012. He joined SEFI in September 2012. From 2008 to 2012, he was President of EIC, Vice-President of FIEC (European Construction Industry Federation) and President of the French National Committee of PIARC (World Road Association).

Christian Jabre

Partner and Head of Structured Finance - KPMG Corporate Finance


A Short Introduction to the Global Infrastructure Funding Gap

Christian Jabre is a Partner at KPMG Corporate Finance in Paris. He leads the structured finance and infrastructure practice for France and francophone countries in Africa. He has 20 years of experience in infrastructure development and finance throughout transport, telecom, social, energy sectors, in over 20 countries. His experience ranges throughout infrastructure lifecycle from strategic advice for government bodies, deal implementation, structuring and raising finance, and, deal refinancing and exit.

Rima Le Coguic

Director Energy and Digital Transitions - Agence Française de Développement

Le Coguic

Lessons Learned on Infrastructure Finance in Developing Countries

Rima Le Coguic is Director of the Energy and Digital Transitions Department at the Agence Française de Développement (AFD). In this position, she is in charge of AFD’s projects portfolio in these sectors. She previously occupied different position within AFD as head of the infrastructure division and as energy and infrastructure project manager. Prior to joining AFD in 2005 she occupied various positions in the Digital sector. She has an engineering degree in telecommunication, a master degree in international economics, an MBA degree and a diploma from the French national administration school (école nationale d’administration).

Jorge Mas

CICA President - Past President of Cámara Chilena de la Construcción


The Infrastructure Funding Gap in Latin America

Jorge Mas studied Civil Engineering at the Universidad de Chile where he obtained his degree with a specialty in mines. He became Partner and Director of Mas Errazuriz S.A., an engineering and construction company with more than 36 years of experience, leader in underground and civil works, both in mining and energy and also infrastructure projects in Chile, Peru, Colombia and Argentina. He is also director of several companies which are related to Mas Errazuriz, both in Chile and abroad. He has been an active member of the Chilean Chamber of Construction for more than 15 years and was elected President in August 2014. He is the CICA President since January 2017.

Ian Nightingale

Procurement Advisor - Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank


The AIIB’s Role in Financing Asia’s Infrastructure Funding Gap – Opportunities for European Contractors

Ian Nightingale is Procurement Advisor for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank based in Beijing PRC. He is a procurement professional and Chartered Engineer with over 30 years of experience of procurement and contracting in the international development and private sectors. He formerly worked for the World Bank in China and in Washington DC as a Lead Procurement Specialist, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London as Deputy Director for Procurement . His experience spans over 30 years of procurement associated with infrastructure projects in China, South Asia, Central Asia, Russia, the Middle East and Africa.

Roberto Ridolfi

Director for Sustainable Growth and Development - DG DEVCO, European Commission


The EU External Investment Plan

Roberto Ridolfi is Director for Sustainable Growth and Development at DG Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid and chair of the Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund managed by the EIB. Twice Ambassador/ Head of Delegation to the European Union, Roberto Ridolfi was first in Suva, Fiji where he served from 2005 to 2007. In 2010 he was appointed in Uganda in the first batch of ambassador appointments under the Lisbon Treaty. He served in Kampala until 2013. In between, during his duty as head of unit of Europe Aid, he managed programmes dealing with Environment, Food security, migration and asylum as well as the One-Billion-Euro Food Facility in 50 countries. Mr Ridolfi joined the European Commission in 1994 in Malawi and later on in Namibia and Kosovo. He was also principal coordinator in charge of Public Private Partnership for enlargement from 2001-2004.

Michael Watson

Partner - Pinsent Masons


The Infrastructure Equaliser: Playing on all Settings – Structures, Focus and Resilience

Michael Watson is the Global Head of the Finance & Projects Group (the Business Group in Pinsent Masons specialising in Energy, Infrastructure, Construction and Energy, Infrastructure Finance, Banking, Restructuring, Pensions, Insurance, Financial Regulations & Funds across the business). He helps lead the development of the skills in those areas across the Firm to ensure the firm can respond to the Global Energy, Infrastructure and Financial Services sectors.  He recently helped lead the opening of the South African office. He specialises in energy and infrastructure finance and has experience in all areas of finance and debt related work including project finance, acquisition finance, real estate finance and restructuring. He has acted for both lenders (bank and non-bank) and borrowers. He has acted for funders, sponsors and borrowers / issuers in over 50 infrastructure and energy transactions.

Eugène Zhuchenko

Executive Director - Long-Term Infrastructure Investors Association


Private Investment in Infrastructure - Financial Investors’ Objectives, Challenges and Opportunities

Eugene Zhuchenko has 17 years of infrastructure experience. Prior to his appointment to LTIIA, he managed an infrastructure portfolio at APG Asset Management, led M&A projects at Dubai Ports World and APM Terminals and provided transport and energy advisory services at Tebodin Consultants & Engineers and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Eugene has been a board member in several private equity infrastructure companies in Europe and North America. He is a Chartered Certified Accountant and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.