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Our People

The driving force of GIIA

GIIA is the membership body for the world's leading institutional investors. On their behalf, we work with governments and other stakeholders to boost the role of private investment in providing infrastructure that improves national, regional and local economies.

Leadership Team

Lawrence Slade

Chief Executive Officer

Lawrence became Chief Executive Officer of GIIA in January 2020. Prior to his role with GIIA, Lawrence began working with Energy UK in 2011, becoming its Chief Executive in January 2015. Additionally, he served on the boards of Eurogas and Eurelectric in Brussels. He has been involved in the energy industry since the late 1990s, working in countries all over the world. Lawrence is also a Board member of Connected Kerb, and a Board Trustee of the Money Advice Trust and the St Clare Hospice. He is also a Fellow of the Energy Institute.

Christopher Frost

Chairman

Christopher was appointed Chair of GIIA in July 2017. He is a senior executive with over 27 years of international experience investing in and managing infrastructure assets and funds. Christopher was a member of the pioneering team at Macquarie Asset Management (MAM), leading the development of the specialized infrastructure funds business and MAM's Real Assets platform, focused on investments in sustainable businesses providing essential services to our communities.

Jon Phillips

Deputy CEO & Director of Corporate Affairs

Jon joined GIIA as Director, Corporate Affairs in September 2016 with a brief to develop and implement its communications strategy and to extend its membership base. Between 2005-2016, he was Communications Director for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, a UK government agency established to run the £3 billion a year nuclear clean-up programme. Prior to that, Jon spent 12 years at airport operator BAA Heathrow which included leading on communications for the £4.2 billion T5 project during its planning and construction phases.

Executive Team

Sophie Turner

Executive Assistant to Chief Executive and Office Manager

Sophie joined GIIA as Executive Assistant to the CEO and Office Manager in December 2020. Prior to this, Sophie built a long-term career working with leading retailers across the globe. Having worked in London and Sydney, Sophie brings a wealth of experience across Operations, Account Management, Recruitment and Training.

Harvey Chandler

Policy & Public Affairs Manager

Harvey joined GIIA in April 2022 as Policy & Public Affairs Manager, focusing on EU and international infrastructure markets. He previously worked with Headland Consultancy to support clients in the energy, financial and professional services sectors.

Harvey is also a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs and received a distinction from QMUL for his masters in International Relations.

Chloe Gibbs

Policy & Public Affairs Manager

Chloe joined GIIA as a Policy and Public Affairs Manager (UK) in March 2022, having developed an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the British political system, by working for Conservative MPs as a Senior Parliamentary Assistant. Prior to this, Chloe graduated from the London School of Economics (LSE) with a First-Class BSc Government and History degree.

Vlad Benn

Policy & Research Executive

Vlad joined GIIA in March 2021 as a Policy & Research Executive having previously worked for Spencer Rose a technology recruitment consultancy operating within the finance sector. Prior, Vlad studied Politics & International Relations at Oxford Brookes University which culminated in a dissertation looking at the impact that the Warsaw Pact had on the Soviet Union and its eventual demise.

Matt Dickinson

Head of Communications and Marketing

Matt joined GIIA in August 2022 as Head of Communications and Marketing. He was previously Media Lead at the Federation of Small Businesses, the UK’s membership body for independent enterprises and sole traders. Prior to that, Matt managed digital communications for FTSE 100 real estate developer LandSec and handled a range of clients for City-based consultancy Linstock.

Elisse Funnell

Marketing and Events Executive

Elisse joined GIIA in December 2021 as the Marketing and Events Executive. With over 10 years of experience spanning London and Sydney, Elisse has gained a vast experience in managing communications and marketing engagement operations and largescale corporate events across a wide spectrum of industries.

Management Board

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

Karim Mourad
Global Head of Infrastructure

Allianz Capital Partners GmbH

Representative to be confirmed

British Columbia Investment Management Corporation

Lincoln Webb
Executive Vice President, Global Head of Infrastructure & Renewable Resource Investments

Brookfield Infrastructure Group LP

Rene Lubianski
Managing Director, Strategic Initiatives

CalPERS

Juan Gaviria
Portfolio Manager, Infrastructure & Real Assets

CDPQ

Emmanuel Jaclot
Executive Vice-President and Head of Infrastructure

Digital Bridge

Kevin Smithen
Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer

Global Infrastructure Investor Association

Lawrence Slade
Chief Executive Officer

Global Infrastructure Partners

Adebayo Ogunlesi
Chairman, Managing Partner

Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners

Scott Lebovitz
Managing Director

I Squared Capital

Gautam Bhandari
Managing Partner

IFC Asset Management

Inderbir Singh Dhingra
Chief Investment Officer, Head of Global Infrastructure Fund and Principal Emerging Asia Fund

IFM Investors

Christian Seymour
Head of Infrastructure - Europe

KKR

Tara Davies
Member and Head of European Infrastructure

Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets

Christopher Frost
Chief Commercial Officer

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure

Chris Koski
Global Head of Investment Strategy

Omers

Annesley Wallace
Executive Vice President and Global Head of Infrastructure

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

Dale Burgess
Senior Managing Director, Infrastructure & Natural Resources

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

Michael Dorrell
Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder