Jesper Arkil

CEO - Arkil

Welcome Adress

Jesper Arkil is the CEO of the Arkil Group and third generation in the family controlled, Danish contractor, established in 1941, with approximately 1800 employees in Denmark, Germany, Ireland and Sweden. Besides work in his business, Jesper Arkil engages himself in the activities of the Danish Construction Association as well as in other employer related activities.

Christian Günner

Director Systems Development - Hamburg Wasser

Adaptation of Hamburg’s Water Infrastructure to Climate Change

Christian Günner is a Civil Engineer and currently holds the position of Director Systems Development at Hamburg Wasser, which he joined in 2006. He is a specialist for strategic planning, conceptual planning and feasibility studies for water supply and wastewater disposal systems; new sanitary concepts; planning, design and construction of sewage plant installations involving civil, mechanical and electrical engineering and long-term urban infrastructural planning.

Morten Jespersen

Under-Secretary of State for Global Development and Cooperation - Denmark

The World 2030: Growth through Sustainable Development

Morten Jespersen is Denmark‘s Under-Secretary for Global Development and Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He previously held positions as Ambassador at the Danish Embassy in Kathmandu in Nepal, as the Head of the Development Policy Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Counsellor at the Danish Mission to the at the Danish Mission to the United Nations.

Verner Kristansen

Communications and International Development Specialist - Verner Kristiansen ApS

Workshop Moderator

Verner Kristiansen has more than 20 years of experience in strategic communication and international development. His employment record includes the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, international organisations and the Copenhagen-based think tank Monday Morning. Results-orientation of interactive conferences is a particular interest he has developed over the past ten years of advisory services to decisionmakers and practitioners in private companies, governments and civil society.

Mathieu Mazenod

Principal Policy Officer Growth and Infrastructure – Greater London Authority

Preparing for Growth in London: A Strategic Infrastructure Investment Plan

Mathieu Mazenod is the growth and infrastructure principal policy officer at the Greater London Authority since April 2016. He was previously the lead for the climate change programme at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (2010-16). He has over 15 years’ experience in project and programme management within large public and private sectors organisations in Paris and London. Mathieu has an engineering degree from Ecole des Mines and a business degree from ESSEC (France).


Roberto Ridolfi

Director for Sustainable Growth and Development DG DEVCO - European Commission

The EU’s Support to Partner Countries to tackle the Challenges of Rapid Urbanisation

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 European Investment Bank. He joined the European Commission in 1994 and worked in several delegations and offices of the EU (Malawi, Namibia, and Kosovo). Throughout Accession negotiations (2001-2004), he was the principal coordinator dealing with Environment, Transport and Public-Private-Partnerships (PPP). Twice Ambassador/Head of delegation to the European Union, he was Ambassador for the Pacific from 2005 to 2007 and in 2010 he was appointed in Uganda by the High Representative for Foreign Policy of the EU where he served until 2013.

Anders Samuelsen

Minister for Foreign Affairs - Denmark

Keynote Address

Anders Samuelsen is the founder and party leader of Denmark‘s Liberal Alliance since 2009. He was appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs on 28 November 2016 and served as Member of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2007. In this position he served as a substitute for the Committee on Foreign Affairs, a member of the Delegation for relations with Iran and a substitute for the Delegation for relations with the People‘s Republic of China.

Jeremy Skinner

Head of Economic Growth - Greater London Authority

Preparing for Growth in London: A Strategic Infrastructure Investment Plan

Jeremy Skinner is head of economic growth at the Greater London Authority. His team advises the Mayor on policies, programmes and projects to support both higher rates of growth in the capital and greater opportunities for Londoners. He led the team that produced the London Infrastructure Plan to 2050 and was the lead official on the London Finance Commission, which recommended full devolution of property taxes to the capital. He has previously worked at HM Treasury, PA Consulting Group and trained with the Audit Commission.

James Stewart

Chairman Global Infrastructure - KPMG

Climate Change and the Infrastructure Sector & the Water Sector & Developing Countries

James Stewart joined KPMG in 2011. He is Chairman of KPMG’s Global Infrastructure practice. In the past four years, he visited nearly 50 countries to discuss their infrastructure investment programmes interacting with both the public and private sectors. In his role as Chairman he supports KPMG’s infrastructure businesses all over the world operating across all stages of the asset lifecycle. He has been involved in the Infrastructure and PPP market for over 20 years and has particular experience advising governments on delivering infrastructure investment programmes. James Stewart is a member of the Infrastructure Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum and the Chairman of the Advisory Board for the UNECE PPP Centre of Excellence.