Chartered Civil Engineer with 20 years' experience in the infrastructure sector, of which 15 have been in the field of PPPs. Passionate entrepreneur and practitioner in the field of infrastructure. Technical advisor to government and private sector clients. Advocate of good governance and innovation, including critical infrastructure management, systems thinking and resilience.
Received the International Medal of the UK Institution of Civil Engineers in 2016, and my clients include prestigious lenders, investors and operators of infrastructure globally.
I have worked in the infrastructure consultancy business as an advisor to national and sub-national governments, project sponsors, lenders and investment funds in over 50 PPP project deals. My work spans multiple regions including the US, Central and South America, Western Europe and Southeast Asia, with project investment values ranging from USD 10m to USD 4bn.
Well familiarised with the cross-discipline working environment of PPP projects on both the public and the private sector, engaging with different types of clients and partner advisors, which has given me a broad understanding of the economic, financial, legal, commercial and technical implications of PPP projects.
Between 2013 and 2015 I worked as Team Leader of IRSDP (Infrastructure Reform Sector Development Program), a PPP Project Development Facility (PDF) of the Government of Indonesia established under the Indonesian Planning Agency. The PDF was financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), with a total value of US$ 36 million. The program started in 2007 and ended in December 2015.
The facility supported the central government and the contracting agencies in the identification, screening, preparation, structuring, tendering and contracting of PPP projects in a number of sectors: transport, water, sanitation, waste, tourism, health and urban regeneration. The program also had extensive policy/regulatory reform and capacity building components.
During my time as Team Leader of IRSDP I was responsible for a team of 30+ international and national consultants, and for the procurement and supervision of consulting firms that were contracted ad-hoc for specific projects. Our outputs included identification and screening criteria, value for money assessments, feasibility studies, project structuring, business cases, market sounding and public consultations, tender documents, procurement advice, preparation and negotiation of PPP agreements. The project pipeline during my term included 5 water, 3 waste management, 7 transport and 2 urban development projects with a combined capital investment of US$6bn.
Our team provided direct support to the central government and local authorities in PPP policy and regulatory reform, including the revision and updating of the PPP law and its implementing regulations, supporting policies and toolkits. I supported the Director of PPPs in the Ministry as an interlocutor with ADB development partners such as the World Bank, the Islamic Development Bank, JICA and IIF, sponsors, lenders and investment funds. I had a major role in the preparation of the PPP Book in 2013 and 2014 and also provided recommendations to the government in the process of joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Knowledge products produced by my team included capacity building materials, toolkits, guides, presentations and concept papers.
Upon finalisation of the IRSDP loan in 2015 I was responsible for preparing and discussing the project completion report with the ADB and the Planning Agency, identifying lessons learned and making key recommendations for future project development facilities in the country.
At the end of 2015 I moved back to Madrid and resumed my work as partner of Solvere, where I provide technical advisory services to governments, lenders and investors, mainly in project preparation and transaction, PPP policy and due diligence processes. I continue to advise the Indonesian government in policy and project development matters.