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Christelle ABOU CHEDID
Associate

Christelle joined Meridiam investment team in 2016 to support, inter alia, the launching of Meridiam Transition fund and the development of infrastructure and energy projects across Europe.

Since her joining, she has worked on the development and bid preparation of several European projects with a particular focus on the energy sector (district heating networks, biomass cogeneration plants, geothermal projects, methanization / biogas energy recovery units, electricity demand side-management).

She was notably involved in the acquisition of Dessau and Pessin biogas assets in Germany and is currently participating to the development of several infrastructure and energy projects across Europe.

Christelle holds a double degree in civil engineering from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Beyrouth as well as a master in Project Finance (Ecole des Ponts ParisTech – Université Paris Ouest La Défense).

Nebila AHMED
Analyst

Nebila joined the Meridiam team as an Analyst in November 2018. She is currently involved in the development of road infrastructure projects in Africa and Europe.

Prior to joining Meridiam, Nebila worked as a consultant in the leading consultancy firm in Ethiopia specialized in delivering effective and business-oriented solutions to the finance/investment sector. She has also worked as a junior analyst for a consulting firm specialized in M&A operations based in Toulouse (France) where she assisted in financial engineering activities.

Nebila holds a Masters in Corporate Finance from the Business Administration Institute of Toulouse and a BA in Economics & Business Administration from the University of Toulouse 1-Capitole.

Richard ASHCROFT
Senior Investment Director

Richard joined Meridiam in 2013, with a focus on Asset Management of the UK projects within Meridiam’s portfolio.

He has built a career in Developing, Building and Managing Infrastructure Assets. He has extensive experience of working with Public Sector Clients in partnership arrangements as well as a detailed understanding of the requirements of Infrastructure Fund Investors. With a strong focus on financial and operational performance, Richard also has a track record of turnaround of poorly performing Assets. A Partner with consultants EC Harris, he was responsible for its public sector business in Merseyside and North Wales, which provides construction and facilities management consultancy to the local authority, social housing and education sectors. He was also responsible for the establishment and subsequent growth and development of an award winning NHS LIFT Company, Renova Developments. Renova won LiftCo of the year in 2007 and 2008 and also Lift Area of the Year in 2009, along with the PCTs and local authorities of Halton and St Helens, Knowsley and Warrington.

Umut AYDIN
Investment Director

Umut joined Meridiam as an Analyst in 2011 with the responsibility of assisting the Investment Directors in deal origination and development through the investment process.

Umut holds a Master’s Degree in Construction Engineering and Management from Stanford University, US and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Bogazici University, Turkey.

Hazar BEKAROGLU
Associate

Hazar joined Meridiam as an Analyst in 2016 with the responsibility of supporting the team in deal origination and development through the transaction processes.

He holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from Yildiz Technical University and a MSc in International Management from Koc University.

Currently, he pursues a MSc in Civil Engineering with focus on structures from Bogazici University, Turkey.

Rami BELAID
Analyst

Rami joined Meridiam in 2017 as an Analyst in the Paris office.

Prior to this, he was on an intership at Meridiam and finished his Civil Enginneer degree at ENPC (Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées).

Marvin BELL
Investment Director

Marvin joined Meridiam in 2019 as Investment Director with a focus on project development and execution in Africa.

Prior to joining Meridiam, Marvin was an Investment Manager at CDC Group in London where he was focused on generalist and infrastructure private equity fund and co-investments in Africa. He began his career with PwC in their Banking and Capital Markets Assurance and Business Advisory unit in London.

Marvin is a Chartered Accountant of England and Wales (ACA) and holds a Bachelors of Science in Economics from Cardiff University.

Franck BENARD
Analyst

Franck joined Meridiam in 2017 as Financial Analyst in the Investment team.

Prior to joining Meridiam, he worked in the Transportation sector, mainly at the RATP Group in a PPP team and at the French Development Agency on sustainable mobility policies in developing countries. He also worked in the structuring team of Natixis CIB.

He is graduated in Civil Engineering (ESTP) and Public Transportation (Ecole des Ponts ParisTech).

Matthew BEZANSON
Senior Associate

Matthew joined Meridiam in 2014.

Prior to joining Meridiam, he worked with Glanstone Capital - a private investment company – in a business development role to identify investments in the infrastructure service sector. Before that, Matthew worked for Rummel, Klepper & Kahl as a project engineer and construction manager for various transportation projects. He was responsible for negotiating contracts with public clients as well as contractors.

He holds a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering and recently graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Master of Business Administration. He is also a licensed professional engineer.

Emmanuel BIRBA
Senior Associate

Emmanuel joined Meridiam’s investment team in 2011 as an analyst with a focus on deal origination in Europe; he has worked on several European deals and acquisitions both in the transportation and the social infrastructure sectors.

Prior to joining Meridiam, Emmanuel worked for LCL (Credit Agricole Group) providing financial and banking advisory services for a number of significant companies.

Emmanuel graduated from the University of Montpellier with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Specialized Master of Financial Engineering from EMLYON Business School.

Ginette BORDUAS
Head of ESG & Sustainability

Ginette joined Meridiam in 2016 and her expertise covers, namely, ESIAs, environmental permits and authorizations, environmental and social management plans, resettlement action plans and E&S capacity building. As Head of ESG & Sustainability, she ensures that the Funds operations observe and comply with the organization’s environmental, social and governance policies and procedures.

Prior to joining Meridiam, she has been active in the field of environmental and social studies for more than 25 years. Her involvement covered all aspects of the planning, construction and monitoring of large scale infrastructure projects in transport, energy, urban development and solid waste management. She has participated in all phases of project development, whether as the project director or coordinator, or as a human environment and institutional support expert. She also held various several management positions, leading multidisciplinary departments offering a wide range of E&S services. Ginette has managed E&S projects in Canada as well as in Africa, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

She has a bachelor degree in Urban Planning and a graduate diploma in Applied Business Management.

Doran BOSSO
Investment Director

Doran joined Meridiam in 2019 as an Investment Director in the New York office where he focuses on Asset Management in North America. In addition to the portfolio asset management role, he is also heavily involved in Purple Line Transit Partners, the project company delivering a 16-mile long light rail project between Bethesda and New Carrolton in Maryland, USA.

 

Prior to joining Meridiam, Doran spent more than 10 years working in bidding, construction, and operations of P3 projects in North America. He has held specific roles within Project Companies / SPV’s including Commercial Director, Tolling Manager, Operations and Maintenance Program Manager, and Compliance Officer. At the corporate level, his roles included Project Manager and Director of Asset Management, where he also gained experience on the Board of Directors for several assets.

 

Doran holds Masters and Bachelors degrees in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech, where he has also been a recognized as a Outstanding Young Alumni by the Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Distinguished Young Alumni by the Vecellio Construction Engineering & Management Program.

 

Olivier BRAMAUD GRATTAU
Senior Investment Director

Olivier joined Meridiam in 2013 and has led ever since a number of transactions including the ports of Boulogne-sur-Mer and Calais concession which reached financial close in July 2015, the Noor III CSP power plant project in Morocco and the concession of the Ivato and Fascene airports in Madagascar, which reached financial close in June 2017. He is currently leading Meridiam’s investment on the NeuConnect interconnector project. Apart from his development and investment tasks, he also holds board memberships in several Meridiam assets.

Olivier used to be Commercial Director at Bouygues Travaux Publics where he worked on numerous transactions including the Canal Seine Nord in France, R1 and D1 motorways in Slovakia and where he led the development and reached financial close of the L2 Marseille by-pass just before joining Meridiam. Formerly he was Managing Director of the Port of Gennevilliers (main profit centre of the Paris Port) and worked at the Ministry of Transport prior to that.

Olivier holds a Master’s in civil engineering from Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées, a Master’s in Mathematics from Ecole Polytechnique and a MPhil in Mathematics from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI). He is a certified board member.

Laura CARDENAS
Analyst

Laura joined Meridiam in 2018 in the Paris office as an Analyst.

Prior to joining, Laura was an analyst intern at Meridiam’s New York Office, supporting the investment team on transportation and environmental sectors in Latin America.

Laura is a Civil engineering from Universidad Nacional de Colombia and from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, where she has completed a master in project Finance.

Béatrice CAUSSE
Senior Investment Director

Béatrice is Senior Investment Director.

She grants a 15+ year investment experience and M&A practice with a focus on French and European SMEs and Mid-Market companies.

Béatrice has acquired her experience in France and abroad leading transactions and investments primarily for:

- PwC as Senior Manager (8 years),

- Societex Corporate Finance as Consultant & Managing Director of SBV (5 years) and

- Caisse des dépôts et consignations (CDC) as Head of Strategy & Finance (5 years).

She engaged with Meridiam GIGF end 2017 and contributed the elaboration of the investment thesis and strategy. She will ensure the implementation of the fund’s impact-and-transition-focused thesis and the respect of the multi-stage investment process.

 

 

 

Emmanuel CHALOPIN
Corporate Secretary, Chief Compliance Officer, RCCI

Emmanuel is the Corporate Secretary at Meridiam Infrastructure, in charge of managing the corporate perimeter, corporate law and the various corporate bodies within Meridiam and also Chief Compliance Officer for Meridiam globally.

Emmanuel joined Meridiam in 2006 where he first managed middle office aspects including investor relations and reporting functions

Prior to Meridiam, Emmanuel worked as an Internal Legal Counsel for Egis Projects for 6 years, in charge of corporate aspects and PPP contracts negotiation.

Emmanuel holds a degree in Law from Lyon University and a first year PhD (DEA) in Contract Law.

Papa Amadou CISSE
Analyst

Amadou joined Meridiam investment team in early 2019. He is currently involved in the development of energy and transport infrastructure projects in West and Central Africa.

Amadou started his career as a construction manager at Profils, a french startup specialized in the lean management of complex infrastructure such as hospitals. He then transitioned to advisory roles at Currie & Brown as a technical advisor to lenders and investors on PPP projects and at Mazars as a senior consultant in infrastructure finance.

Amadou holds an associate degree in Civil Engineering from Lyon University, a master's degree in general engineering from Ecole Nationale des Arts et Métiers as well as a master's degree in Project Finance from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.

Ahoua Ina COULIBALY
Senior Associate

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Thierry DEAU
Founding Partner, Chief Executive Officer

Thierry Déau founded Meridiam in 2005 with the belief that the alignment of interests between the public and private sector can provide critical solutions to the collective needs of communities.

He is currently Meridiam’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, as well as its main shareholder, along with several members of the team.

Prior to Meridiam, he worked for France’s Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations where he held several positions with its engineering and development subsidiary Egis Projects, moving up from project manager, then director for concession projects to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in 2001.

In addition to being in charge of international operations for the Egis Group executive committee and serving on its risk management committee, Thierry was a member of some of the boards or the chairman of several subsidiaries.

Thierry graduated from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées engineering school in Paris and began his career in Malaysia with the construction firm of GTM International.

Thierry is currently Chairman of the Long Term Infrastructure Investors Association (LTIIA), a board member of Fondation des Ponts, a member of the Investment Committee of the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI), a member of the Investment Committee of the European Fund for Strategic Investment, Chairman of Archery for Inclusive Leadership and founder of Africa Infrastructure fellowship program Foundation (AIFP Foundation), founding member of the Sustainable Development Investment Partnership (SDIP) of the World Economic Forum, a member of Prince of Wales’ Sustainable Markets Council for the Commonwealth and President of Finance for Tomorrow, the branch of Paris Europlace promoting green and sustainable finance on an international level.

David DELGADO
Senior Investment Director, Director for Central Europe (EU)

David joined Meridiam in 2005 and participated in the closings of Limerick Tunnel (Ireland) and LIFT portfolio (UK) and led the A5 motorway (Germany) closing in March 2009. He has also participated in the preparation of bids and undertaken due diligence for projects in France, Portugal, Belgium, Romania, Spain and Poland.

Prior to joining Meridiam, David had 10 years of experience in the transportation and infrastructure sector.

David is a Civil Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia where he also gained a Master of Science in Transportation. He also graduated from Harvard School of Government with a Master in Public Administration.

Ozde DEMIRTURK
Associate

Ozde joined Meridiam's Istanbul Office in 2013.

Prior to joining Meridiam, she worked at ENKA Construction & Industry Co. Inc. as a member of design drawing management team, and she was also responsible of architectural & structural coordination of a variety of infrastructures and residential projects, mostly located in Middle East, Russia and Europe.

Ozde holds a Bachelor Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Middle East Technical University (METU) and a second year MSc in Civil Engerneering concentrating on Construction Management in Bogazici University, Turkey.

Scott DERBY
Senior Investment Director

Scott joined Meridiam as North American Asset Management Director based in New York in 2011.

He held senior positions at RREEF Infrastructure, Earth Tech and Bechtel. He has overseen asset management, development and project finance activities on a number of infrastructure/PPP investments across the globe within the sectors of water, transportation and energy.

Scott graduated cum laude from Middlebury College with a major in Economics and Russian language and holds an MBA from the University of Virginia.

Jonathan DINGLE
Senior Investment Director

Jonathan joined Meridiam in 2012 an Associate Director in New York office where he focuses on project development and execution in North America.

Prior to joining Meridiam, Jonathan was a senior analyst within AECOM’s global P3 Advisory practice. Working across North America, Europe and Australia he provided traffic and revenue, operational and technical advice to sponsors, lenders and public authorities.

Jonathan holds a Master of International Economics and Finance and a Bachelor of Engineering both from the University of Queensland.

John DIONISIO
Business Development Director, North America

John M. Dionisio is the North America Business Development Director.  In that role John coordinates and oversees the project origination function for the North American market.

Since joining Meridiam in 2005 as one of the initial members, John has been actively engaged across a variety of infrastructure investment disciplines including business development, project development, project finance, fundraising, and corporate finance.  As an investment professional and project developer, John has played active roles in major Public Private Partnerships including the Port of Miami Tunnel Project, the IH 635/ LBJ Project in Texas, the Long Beach Courthouse Project, the Purple Line Project in Maryland, and the Central 70 Project in Denver.  John has played an active role in Meridiam’s capital raising efforts for its 25-year greenfield-focused infrastructure funds.  In addition, John previously served as the Corporate Finance Manager for Meridiam Infrastructure North America.

 

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University and a master's degree from Columbia University's School of Public and International Affairs. 

Emre ERKOVAN
Analyst

Emre joined Meridiam in July 2018 in the New York office as an Analyst supporting the investment team.

Before joining Meridiam, Emre interned at BBVA-Garanti Bank as a project finance analyst focusing on renewable energy projects and as an investment banking analyst with Pragma Corporate Finance in Istanbul.

Emre holds a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Boğaziçi University.

Massimo FIORENTINO
Director

Since joining Meridiam in 2007, Massimo has been involved in projects in both Europe and North America. He is responsible for co-ordinating and supervising Meridiam's funding strategies globally and establishing innovative solutions for Meridiam’s assets in all regions while managing the relationship with the markets and debt providers.

Prior to joining Meridiam, Massimo was Head of Infrastructure, PPP and Environment at Crédit Agricole’s investment banking arm, Calyon. In this role he was directly involved in the financing, advising and arranging of large project finance transactions, including the privatisation of Budapest Airport in Hungary, the financing of the A19 and of the A41 motorways in France, the development of the A2 Phase I in Poland and the North Brussels Waste-Water Treatment Plant in Belgium. He has been directly managing a large share of the initial acquisition financing for Autostrade SpA, and the consequent refinancing in 2002-2004. Massimo has over 35 years’ experience in the investment banking and finance sectors having started his career in 1978 with BNL and joined Crédit Lyonnais in 1983.

Massimo holds a degree in law from the Università La Sapienza in Rome and has completed post-graduate training in finance at the London Business School.

Joni FONTOURA
Senior Associate

Joni Fontoura is an investment professional at Meridiam. In that function, Joni plays an active role in the development of new projects and is currently involved in multiple bids throughout the Americas.
Since joining Meridiam, Joni has worked on the development of large infrastructure projects across different geographies and sectors. Joni was also involved in a wide variety of tasks related to the management of Meridiam’s assets, among other things, acting as a Director for multiple healthcare assets in the United Kingdom.
Joni graduated from Harvard University’s Kennedy School with a Master in Public Administration and is a Civil Engineer from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and University of Porto.

Bertrand FOURNIER MONTGIEUX
Investment Director

Bertrand joined the investment team of Meridiam in March 2018 as a Senior Associate, with a focus on project development in Africa and East Europe. He is now Investment Director

Prior to Meridiam, Bertrand worked three years in the investment team of InfraMed, an investment fund dedicated to the financing of infrastructures on the Southern and Eastern shores of the Mediterranean.

Before working on the investment side, Bertrand practiced law in international top-tier law firms (Clifford Chance and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe), in Paris and Casablanca. As a lawyer, he advised sponsors, lenders and public entities in drafting and negotiating project finance documents for major infrastructure transactions.

His experience includes a wide range of public-private partnerships for the financing, construction and maintenance of essential public infrastructures such as schools, university buildings, ports, airports and high-speed railway lines. Bertrand has also a significant experience in both large and small-scale energy projects (including wind farms, solar plants and gas- and oil-fired power plants) in Europe and Africa.

Bertrand also worked for two years as an Analyst in the risk management department of Dexia Credit Local, where he reviewed counterparty risk in the granting of loans to French schools, hospitals and social institutions.

Bertrand holds a MBA from Essec Business School, a Master in Management and Public Policy from Nanterre University and a Master un public economic law from Paris Assas Univesity.

Omri GAINSBURG
Senior Investment Director, Director for Turkey & Eurasia

Omri joined Meridiam in 2010 as an Analyst with responsibility for deal origination and supporting the Investment Directors through the transaction processes.

Prior to joining Meridiam, Omri was an analyst at Lazard, where he advised on the debt and capital restructuring for a number of significant companies.

Omri graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science.

Olivier GARNIER
Global Risk Officer

Olivier is Meridiam’s Global Risk Officer, in charge of the company’s worldwide risk management, covering in particular the investment process and asset management across all Meridiam funds.

Oliver has been working in infrastructure finance since 1996. After five years in the banking sector (Credit Lyonnais and Dexia), Olivier joined Financial Security Assurance in 2001, first in their London office as a senior underwriter and, from 2006, in their NY headquarters as Managing Director in charge of FSA’s infrastructure finance operations in the Americas until he joined Meridiam in March 2010 as COO for North America. He then became Global Risk Officer in late 2013.

Jane GARVEY
North America Chairman

Jane Garvey is the North America Chairman of Meridiam, a global investor and asset manager specialized in developing, financing and managing long-term public infrastructure projects. Ms. Garvey is a recognized global thought leader in business and highly regarded former U.S. government official. 

During her career in public service, Ms. Garvey served as the 14th Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from August 1997 to August 2002. She was the first FAA administrator to serve a full five-year term and also the first female to lead the agency. As Administrator of the FAA, Ms. Garvey guided the agency through many safety and modernization milestones. She led the FAA through the extraordinarily formidable events of September 11, 2001 with compassion and assurance of mission. She also pioneered the FAA through Y2K preparation and implementation and is known for her deliberate collaboration and ability to bring all stakeholders together.

Ms. Garvey is recognized for her breadth of experience at all levels of government. Ms. Garvey served as Acting Administrator and Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Among her accomplishments at FHWA, she conceived and developed the Innovative Financing Initiative—appropriately named GARVEE bonds, enabling states to use federal highway funds more effectively. Most of the funds-management methods tested by more than 30 states under this initiative were later enacted into law and helped finance important infrastructure projects around the country. Before leading the FHWA, Ms. Garvey was director of Boston’s Logan International Airport. From 1988 to 1991, she was Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Works under Governor Michael Dukakis.

After leaving government service, Ms. Garvey led the U.S. Public/Private Partnerships advisory group at JPMorgan, where she advised states on financing strategies to facilitate much-needed project delivery for state governments.

Throughout her career, Ms. Garvey has received numerous awards of distinction and recognition for her leadership in business and public service. In 2003 she joined several pioneers in aviation who were honored as the 100 Heroes in Aviation History as part of the First Flight Centennial Celebration in Kitty Hawk. Among her achievements, Ms. Garvey has received the Eno Lifetime of Service Award for her many contributions to transportation and infrastructure policy. She has been awarded the National Air Transportation Association’s Distinguished Service Award, the Natal Council of Public-Private Partnerships Leadership Award, and the National Award of Excellence for Public Leaders. Ms. Garvey has also received the Woman of the Year Award from Women in Transportation and Women in Politics and the L. Welch Pogue Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Aviation Club Board of Governors in Washington. Most recently, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the WINiT Gala sponsored by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).

Ms. Garvey is the Chairman of the United Airlines Holdings, Inc. Board of Directors and has served on many presidential and states/local level commissions and councils.  Ms. Garvey was previously the Chairman of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Investment Advisory Council (IAC) and served on the boards of the MITRE Corporation, Skanska AB and Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC).

 

 

Christophe GEGOUT
Senior Investment Director

Christophe Gégout joined Meridiam in 2018 to strengthen the asset management team and contribute with his experience in high growth companies.

Between 2001 and 2007, he worked at various positions within the French Treasury and the Budget department. From 2007 to 2009, he was an adviser to Christine Lagarde, then Minister for Finance. Between April 2009 and December 2015, C. Gégout served as CFO of CEA, the French leading technological research institute, with €4bn revenue, ranked #1 globally for the number of patents used in commercialized products (2017). He was appointed Deputy General Director and Vice-Chairman (#2 of CEA) in September 2015. He was also President of CEA-Investment from 2010 to 2018, a new CEA launched private equity fund investing in high-tech fast-growing businesses.

Starting in 2015, Christophe Gégout is serving as the chairman of the audit committees of two growth listed companies: NEOEN (renewable energies) and SOITEC.

Christophe is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, of Sciences-Po in Paris, and of ENSAE, the French National School of Statistics and Economic Administration.

 

 

Jens GENKEL
Senior Investment Director

Jens joined Meridiam in 2005 and has played since a lead role on the Vienna ring road, the UK Lift scheme, the A2 in Poland and the A5 in Germany. Jens has recently closed Segment II of the A2 in Poland.

He was originally trained as an analyst at Deutsche Bank before joining its project finance department of Dresdner Bank. He then worked for several years in the infrastructure development departments of Phillipp Holzmann and Walter Bau before taking on the role of managing director at Egis Dorsch development. Subsequently Jens worked at Egis Projects Asia Pacific in Australia where he was involved in monitoring and developing road operation and project development in Australia.

During his 15 years of professional experience, Jens has held leading roles in various infrastructure projects such as the Berlin Airport privatisation and extension (ultimately withdrawn by the client), the Zagreb-Macelj toll motorway.

Jens holds a Diplom Wirtschaftsingenieur from the Technische Hochschule in Karlsruhe and an M.Sc in Operational Research from the London School of Economics.

Gunay GOKCEN
Internal Legal Counsel

Günay joined Meridiam İstanbul Office in 2016.

Prior to joining Meridiam, she worked as the Chief Legal Counsel of MR Management Consultancy Company where she provided legal advice to SPV’s in all aspects. She has over fifteen year expertise in Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Project Finance Law and PPP Law. She has represented Ministries and sponsors in the development and financing of many major projects in the health and energy sectors in Turkey. She worked as the internationally trained lawyer for various major banks in Canada. She provided end to end consulting on 17 PPP Projects in all aspects including project assessment, financing, and negotiation and drafting of project documents, for the last six years in Turkey.

Günay holds a Master Degree in Private Law.

Benjamin GOLDBERG
North America Chief Compliance Officer & Tax Director

Based in New York, Benjamin joined Meridiam in 2012 as a Tax Manager & Deputy CCO.

His responsibilities include the oversight of Tax Compliance in North America as well as Registered Investment Adviser Compliance with the SEC under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended. Benjamin graduated from Montclair State University with a BA in Accounting and Finance in December of 2001.

Prior to joining Meridiam, he joined Rothstein Kass, a leading Financial Services Public Accounting firm. Starting out as a Tax Generalist, he quickly shifted his focus to tax issues in the Financial Sector. The portfolio of clients he managed included Private Equity Funds, Fund of Funds, Hedge Funds and their Investment Managers. In 2007, he left the public accounting world to join Balyasny Asset Management, LP, a multibillion-dollar hedge fund, as Corporate Controller and Tax Director. In these roles, his responsibilities included the oversight and control of monthly closings, budgeting, treasury, tax structuring and tax compliance amongst other duties.

Samuel GOLDSTEIN
Investment director, business development Africa

Samuel joined Meridiam in 2019 as Investment Director with a focus on business development in Africa.

Samuel began his career in the French Ministry of Economy. Prior to join Meridiam, he was head of the Africa Division, at the French Treasury, in charge of monitoring economic relations with African countries, Zone Franc institutions and the AFD Group.

Samuel graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Studies and National School of Administration (ENA).

Mademba GUEYE
Associate

Gueye

Timothée HEDDE
Investment Director

Timothée joined Meridiam asset management team in 2012. He has primarily worked as CFO on one major French rail project and on several other deals in the transportation and the social infrastructure sectors.

Prior to joining Meridiam, Timothée experienced a 8-year experience at Bouygues Project Finance Department where he worked on the origination and structuring of several European, Asian and Middle East deals in the transportation and the social infrastructure.

Timothée graduated from HEC Paris (Masters in Finance).

Alice HENNION
Senior Associate

Alice is passionate about energy markets and energy transition. Before joining Meridiam, she was project director on electric mobility, smart grid and smart city projects at VINCI Energies, and solar project manager at Neoen.

Alice graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and holds a Master from Cambridge University business school.

Elisabeth HIVON
Senior Investment Director

Elisabeth joined Meridiam as a Senior Investment Director and is based in Meridiam’s Toronto office. She has extensive PPP experience having held senior positions at SNC-Lavalin, Dessau-Soprin and the Agence des Partenariats Public-Privé du Quebec. During her time at these organizations, Elisabeth was directly involved in numerous PPP projects including the OSM Concert Hall in Montreal, the Southeast Stoney Trail project, in Calgary and the South Fraser Perimeter Road project, in British Columbia.

In addition to her roles overseeing PPP investments and project management, Elisabeth spent the early part of her career as a technical specialist at EBA Engineering Consultants followed by a few years as a senior manager of a manufacturing company.

Elisabeth holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Alberta, a MBA from the University of Montreal and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Jad HREIBE
Senior Investment Director

Jad joined Meridiam in 2011 and is currently an investment director in our Toronto office where he covers both Canadian and American opportunities.

Prior to joining Meridiam, Jad held a number of different roles in the Canadian P3 industry including project manager for Infrastructure Ontario, the crown agency responsible of P3 procurement in the Province where he managed the procurement process for some of the first P3 deals in Ontario, VP Project Finance at PricewaterhouseCoopers advising public and private clients on their P3 transactions, and senior bid manager with Balfour Beatty Capital bidding on P3 projects.

Prior to moving to Canada, Jad was a project manager for a construction company in the UAE where he managed the construction of residential and commercial towers.

Jad has a bachelor of civil engineering from the American University of Beirut and an MBA in finance from McGill University.

Sarp ISTANBULLUOGLU
Associate

Sarp joined Meridiam in 2016 with a focus on business and project development in Eurasia. Prior to joining Meridiam, he took roles at Bechtel & Enka JV and OHL.

Sarp is a former Fulbright grantee. He holds a Master's degree in Structural Engineering from UC Berkeley and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Istanbul Technical University.

Arnaud KALIKA
Compliance & Security Officer

Arnaud joined Meridiam in 2013 as Manager of security, compliance and strategic intelligence.

Arnaud began his career in the French State Administration and Intelligence Services (General Secretary of National Defense, Directorate of Military Intelligence). He then became a journalist as a chief editor of a confidential letter specialized in arms trade and geo strategy. In 2010, he joined a consulting firm, leading business intelligence in Europe.

He is a former Officer in the Army (Reserve), Reservist for the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA), Arnaud was awarded the Bronze Medal of National Defense.

Erwan KATTER
Analyst

Erwan joined Meridiam in 2015 as Chief of staff. He is today in the EU project development team and Secretary of the Meridiam endowment fund Archery.

He has public sector and EU local government experience, having worked as advisor to the president of the Seine-Saint-Denis council on matters related to social policy and urban planning, as well as to the vice president of the Ile-de-France Region in charge of public markets.

During his time at the Ile-de-France Region, he has also served as chief of staff to the president of the Assembly of European Regions, a network of local governments from the Council of Europe area.

Erwan holds a Master’s degree in Development economics from Sciences-Po Paris, and a Licence in Philosophy from the Sorbonne. He has taught development theory at the Jamia Millia Islamia college in New-Delhi in 2007.

Jarek KHOILIAN
Analyst

Jarek joined Meridiam in September 2017 as an analyst supporting the Investment teams on a variety of transactions. Prior to joining Meridiam, he worked at Build America Mutual, providing credit coverage and market analysis across the municipal bond market. Jarek holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Southern California as well as a minor in International Relations.

Tereza KOMENDOVA
Analyst

Tereza joined Meridiam in 2016 as an Analyst with focus on both Project Development and Business Development in Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to joining Meridiam’s BD team, Tereza experienced an internship where she worked on several European deals in the transportation and environmental sectors.

Tereza holds a Master in Economics, Management and Finance from École des Ponts ParisTech and a Master in Civil Engineering from Czech Technical University in Prague. She is based in Meridiam’s office in Vienna, Austria.

Wesley KOO
Senior Investment Director, Investor Relations

Wesley joined Meridiam in January 2018 as part of the Investor Relations team.

Wesley started his career in startup venture capital investment in Softbank, worked in Goldman Sachs IBD and in the Korea National Pension Service on PE, Infra and RE projects.

Wesley has an MBA from the University of Chicago in the US and holds a BS of Electrical Engineering from POSTECH in South Korea.

Sandra LAGUMINA
Deputy CEO

Sandra joined Meridiam in December 2017, as COO Asset Management.

From January 2016 to January 2017, Sandra was Executive Vice President of ENGIE, in charge of gas infrastructure, China and real estate. Previously she held the position of CEO of GRDF (Gaz Réseau Distribution France) from 2013 to 2016. Sandra joined Gaz de France in 2005 and took over successively the functions of Deputy Strategy Director, Public Affairs Delegate, General Counsel and, Corporate and Group General Counsel.

She started her career in 1995 at the Council of State and joined in 2000, the Minister for the Economy, Finance and Industry as Legal Advisor, and than took over the role of Deputy Director of Public and International Law of the Ministry of the Economy, Finance where she was in charge of the PPP reform.

Sandra graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Studies and National School of Administration (ENA). She holds a Master of Common Market Law and of Public law.

She is member of the French Competition Authority.

Barbara LANTZ
Senior Associate

Barbara joined Meridiam in September 2019 to work within the investment team.

Before joining Meridiam, she worked on major infrastructure projects around the world. After an internship at the World Bank in Africa, she worked for VINCI first in the concessions branch in Paris, New Delhi and New York as bid analyst for PPP projects, and then in the construction branch, as site construction manager for the Tideway project in London.

Barbara graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and holds a Master in Energy Economy (Institut Français du Pétrole)

Marjorie LEMOS
Associate

Marjorie joined Meridiam in 2010, in the Asset Management department.

She has worked on several tasks related to the investments in portfolio, ranging from cash management to documentation renegotiation and quarterly reporting. She previously worked as Credit Analyst in Alcatel-Lucent France for a one-year apprenticeship.

Marjorie holds a master in Project Finance (Ecole des Ponts ParisTech – Université Paris Ouest La Défense).

Antoine LENOIR
Communication and Marketing Director

Antoine joined Meridiam in March 2019 as Communication and Marketing Director.

Prior to that, Antoine worked for ENGIE as Group Brand and External Communication for 4 years. During this period he was especially in charge of the change of Group name (GDF SUEZ to ENGIE), the launch and deployment of the new brand, and of its storytelling internally, externally and digitally.

From 2011 and 2015, Antoine was Communication Director for both France and Europe for GDF SUEZ. He was at that time responsible for transforming and developing the image and reputation of the Group within those areas. With a clear focus on energy transition, innovation and services to clients and communities. Prior to that, Antoine was SUEZ press relations Director. He handled notably media relations, crisis management and spokemanship during the merger between SUEZ and Gaz de France. And implemented 360 degree communication strategy : economical, industrial, social, political, regulatory…

Antoine started his carreer in USA as US energy sector analyst, working for the french utility EDF at that time.

Antoine is a graduate from Rennes School of Business and Management (ESC Rennes) and holds a Master Degree in Economics and Finance (Université Paris Pantheon Sorbonne)

Romain LIMOUZIN
Senior Vice President for Development in North America

Romain joined Meridiam in 2010 and has worked on the bid preparation of several major projects in France (A63 motorway, LGVs, public buildings) and abroad (UK, Spain, Finland, US). In 2011, he was notably involved in the Nottingham Tramway PFI (NET Phase II) in the UK and recently participated in the successful bid and EUR 425M financial close of the E18 Motorway PPP in Finland.

Prior to joining Meridiam, he had a first experience in Project Finance and Structured Finance at Veolia Eau in 2008 where he took part in various large wastewater treatment and desalination projects.

Romain graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and holds a Master in Project Finance (Ecole des Ponts ParisTech – Université Paris Ouest La Défense).

Josefine LUNDIN
Associate

Josefine is an economist with great experience in quantitative data analysis and preparation work. Prior to joining Meridiam, Josefine worked at the OECD on inequalities in emerging economies and the analysis of the middle class. Josefine’s early career included research assistant jobs and researcher at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. Josefin holds a Master in Economics with a major in statistics and bachelor in political science from Lund university.

Betty MANGATAL
Human Resources Director

Betty joined Meridiam in September 2005 as Human Resources Manager.

She previously worked for Egis Projects as Human Resources Manager.

Ryan MARCELO
Associate

Ryan joined Meridiam in 2017 in the New York office as an Analyst with a focus on deal origination in North America.

Prior to joining Meridiam, Ryan worked at McChrystal Group, a management consulting firm.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, USA.

Jean François MARCO
Directeur Développement France, Senior Vice President Africa

Jean François joined Meridiam in 2010 and has over thirteen years’ expertise in the infrastructure sector in Europe, North America and Africa.

Since joining Meridiam, Jean François has been involved in the South Europe Atlantic high-speed rail (Tours-Bordeaux high-speed rail), University of Hertfordshire and Nottingham Tramway PFI (NET Phase II) in the UK. He is currently in charge of the opening and development of a new office in Istanbul (Turkey), where Meridiam will invest in several hospitals PPP projects.

Prior to joining Meridiam, he was Vice President for Antin Infrastructure Partners, where he worked on a number of transactions in the energy, telecom and transport sectors.

He previously worked with Vinci Concessions and Autoroutes du Sud de la France as Structured Finance Manager and also spent four years with Bouygues Construction as Project Finance Manager.

He has taken leading roles in various infrastructure projects such as Leslys, light rail airport express link (France), A41 Motorway Concession (France), M5 Motorway PPP (Hungary), Oosterweel road link project (Belgium), Le Mans Stadium (France), Prado-Sud Tunnel (France) and Tanger-Méditerranée deepwater harbor (Morocco).

Jean-Francois began his career in 1998 with Banque Worms Capital Corporation in the syndication loan department in New York, where he was involved in numerous transactions in various sectors, including infrastructure transactions. Jean-Francois graduated from Dauphine University in Paris (Master in Banking and Finance).

Jean Michel MARTINEZ
Senior Investment Director

Jean-Michel joined Meridiam in 2012, as North American Asset Management Senior Investment Director based in New York, with a specific focus on management of Operation and Maintenance activities.

Jean-Michel Martinez started his career in 1981 with Schlumberger, and had different assignments especially in the Middle East (U.A.E., Egypt), and then carried out various responsibilities within the HAYS LOGISTICS Group from 1987 (190 locations in Europe and USA).

In 2004, Jean-Michel joined Abertis in France to set up and lead Eurotoll (an Electronic Tool Service provider) and largely contributed to a successful positioning of the group in this new European Market (28% of market share in France, 515 Meuros of turnover).

In 2010, Jean Michel worked on different projects for Vinci Autoroutes, one being the introduction of new tolling commercial policy for existing subscribers.

Jean-Michel Martinez is an engineer graduate of the Ecole Superieure d’Electronique de l’Ouest d’Angers (ESEO), and holds a Master in business and administration from I.A.E. Nantes (France) and a Master in Finance from the Institut de Haute Finance (IHFI) in Paris.

Maryame MEJDI
Senior Associate

Maryame joined the Meridiam team in 2013. Since then, she has participated in the development of infrastructure and energy projects in Europe and in Africa.

Prior to joining Meridiam, Maryame experienced internship where she assisted on the day-to-day running activities of a social housing construction site.

Maryame graduated from Ecole des Ponts ParisTech and Ecole Hassania des Travaux Publics, both engineering schools in France and Morocco respectively, as part of a double degree program. She also holds a Master in Project Finance from Ecole des Ponts ParisTech.

Melat MENGESHA
Analyst

Melat Mengesha joined Meridiam SAS Ethiopia Branch as an Analyst in January 2018. Melat is currently working on Tulu Moye geothermal project in Ethiopia, Kampala Jinja Expressway tender in Uganda and Ouagadougou Donsin International Airport project in Burkina Faso.

 

Prior to joining Meridiam Melat worked as Investment Analyst for Cepheus Capital Partners, a private equity firm in Ethiopia. She has also worked as a Junior Business Analyst at Natixis in Paris.

 

Melat has a multidisciplinary educational background. In addition to her Master degree in Financial Analysis, she also has a background in Political Science (BA), Economics (BA degree) as well as in Information Technology and Digital Media (Masters).

Vital MOUITY EKOUME
Investment Director

Vital joined Meridiam in 2019 as Investment Director with a focus on business development and project development in Africa.

He began his career in gabonese senior administration where he held various positions : Presidential Advisor, Ambassador-Director of African Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chief of staff in different Ministers and Institutions. Prior to joining Meridiam, he was Off-Counsel in a french business law firm, which he coordinated with african partners in the african continent.

Vital is a a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux (Section Service Public). He also holds a DEA in Political Sciences (African Studies, CEAN Bordeaux) and he is an alumnus of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA, France).

Emmanuel MUNDELA
Senior Associate

Emmanuel Mundela joined Meridiam in early 2015 from Turkey where he completed a bachelor degree in civil engineering at Istanbul Technical University and a master in construction management at Bogazici University (Turkey). He is actively involved in the deployment of the African funds and had helped developing both greenfield and brownfield projects in sub-Saharan Africa.

Allan MUNYUA
Senior Investment Director, Director East Africa

Allan joined Meridiam in 2016 as the East Africa Director responsible for development of the investment pipeline, investing in projects and asset management.

Allan has over 10 years in the infrastructure sector. Prior to joining Meridiam, Allan was a Division Principal at TransCentury Limited, an East Africa based infrastructure focused investment company where he led the efforts of the firm to identify, develop, finance, on‐board and support investments in the power and transport sectors in East and Central Africa. At TransCentury, Allan worked on several infrastructure investment transactions and engaged with developers, lenders, regulators and off-takers in the region, developing proprietary opportunities and successfully winning or securing preferred bidder position in public bids for various IPP and PPP projects.

Allan also worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Kenya with focus on the water and road sectors. He also worked at an Africa wide real estate finance institution, supporting project developers in a number of countries across the continent.

Allan obtained a Bachelor of Architecture degree from University of Nairobi, Kenya and subsequently a Master Degree in Settlements and Infrastructure Development from Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

Matthieu MUZUMDAR
Chief Operating Officer Europe

Matthieu Muzumdar is Chief Operating Officer Europe.

Matthieu joined Meridiam in 2011 as Investment Director with a focus on project development in Europe, and has in particular developed projects in France, Belgium and Turkey. In 2013, he took responsibility for the Investor Relations function, in charge of managing relationships with existing and potential investors globally, leading the fundraising of the past four Meridiam funds as well as co-investment activities.

Prior to joining Meridiam, Matthieu worked for the French Ministry of Transport as head of the concession operations unit. In this role he was responsible for the management of all French highway concession contracts covering a network of over 8,000 km, overseeing investment programs, pricing, contractual aspects, and leading a team of lawyers and engineers. Before that, Matthieu was project manager in charge of the development of highway projects under a concession framework.

Matthieu graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris. He has been teaching project finance at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées from 2009 to 2015 and since 2016, is the program director for the « Infrastructure Project Finance » masters program.

Emmanuelle Nasse Bridier
Executive Director Urban Resilience Initiative

Emmanuelle joined Meridiam in 2019 as Head of The Urban Resilience Initiative, to participate to the development of new sustainable and resilient urban infrastructures.

Emmanuelle brings over 20 years of structured finance and infrastructure investment experience.

Prior to joining Meridiam, Emmanuelle was AXA Group Deputy Chief Investment Officer and Chief Credit Officer, responsible for the definition and implementation of AXA Group investment strategy (fixed income and alternative credit including infrastructure).

She has experience overseeing over €5 billion of infrastructure investments across over 20 investments (debt, equity and co-investment).

 Emmanuelle also has experience with innovative blended finance solutions, having developed with the International Finance Corporation (“IFC”) a €500 million Managed Co Lending Portfolio Program (“MCPP”) to finance new infrastructure projects in developing countries.

Emmanuelle started her career at Credit Lyonnais Group where she was in charge of structuring securitised products. She joined AXA IM in 1999 to create and develop the ABS Department. In 2004 she joined Fitch Ratings as Head of Structured Products Team for Continental Europe and then returned to AXA Group in January 2009, as head of the strategic asset allocation of AXA France.

Emmanuelle has been part of various initiatives to foster the deployment of viable and sustainable projects.

She is convinced that a dedicated and pragmatic approach combining public and private sector technical expertise and financial resources will be key to unlock the implementation of sustainable infrastructure strategies.

Sharing Meridiam’s vision, she decided to join the team to take the lead of the Urban Resilience Initiative.

Amir NAYERI
Deputy Business Development Director

Amir joined Meridiam in 2017 as as Business Development Deputy Director in the Paris office.

Prior to joining Meridiam, Amir co-founded Discern Data, a technology company using drones to provide aerial data to industrial, infrastructure and government clients. Before launching that venture, Amir gained expertise advising governments and companies in a variety of organizations. His experience includes roles at strategic communications firm Richard Attias & Associates in New York, the Clinton Foundation’s Health Access Initiative in Togo, private equity fund PHI Industrials in Madrid, and merchant bank Genoa Capital Markets in Toronto.

Amir holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Karim NDIAYE
Asset Management Director for West Africa

Karim Ndiaye joined Meridiam in June 2016 as Director Asset Management based in Dakar (Senegal).

He is in charge of managing the Portfolio of participations within the Meridiam Investment Africa Fund with a focus on West and Central Africa. His responsibilities cover projects construction, ongoing management and operational phases. Karim has managed the construction of the Senergy and Ten Merina 2X 30Mw Solar plants in Senegal as well as serving in the Board of Directors of

Owendo Mineral Port in Gabon.

Prior to joining Meridiam, Karim worked for Man Turbo & Diesel, Aggreko International Power Projects, Ericsson, Cummins West Africa.

He is graduated in Business & Project Management from CNAM Paris and London Business School

Stéphane NOIRIE
Director of Portfolio Operations

Stéphane joined Meridiam in 2009 as Meridiam Director of Asset Management and is since 2020 Director of Portfolio Operations. He performs a wide variety of tasks related to the portfolio and the proactive management of participations of Meridiam Infrastructure Funds and projects owned by Meridiam worldwide.
He managed the growth of Meridiam portfolio adapting processes, governance and risk&opportunities management to foster delivery of Premium Asset Management with financial and non-financial value creation.
Before that, in 1998 he started at Suez, a major global utilities company to develop, manage or restructure infrastructure projects in South Korea, Singapore, Mexico, Australia and Europe. In 2006, he joined Vinci Concessions and largely contributed to Vinci successful positioning as a leader on the large infrastructure market with projects in Europe like Coentunnel in Netherlands, R1 in Slovakia or Liefkenshoek Rail Tunnel in Belgium and late 2008, he took the lead of Vinci Concessions for Portugal with the development of rail projects and asset management activities related to Lusoponte Tagus crossings’ road concession.
Stéphane graduated from the Ecole Nationale de l’Eau et de l’Environnement in Strasbourg and he is a certified board member from IFA&SciencesPo. 
 

Frank OPONO
Investment Director, Investor Relations

Frank joined Meridiam in 2017 as an Investor Relations Director in Paris.

Prior to joining Meridiam, Franck worked for 7 years at Allianz in France and in Germany, as well as for a couple of years with McKinsey based in Casablanca.

Franck has a Master of Science and Executive Engineering from the Ecole des Mines of Paris (Major Corporate and Quantitative Finance) and an MBA from INSEAD.

Thomas PAINEAU
Asset Management Hub Director

Thomas joined Meridiam in 2017 as Back Office Asset Management Director, within our Team in Paris Office.

Before joining us, Thomas worked in Middle East at Systra as General Manager of Systra KSA, and Director of Operations for Middle East. Thomas was also, Vice President, Engineering at Canalrail in Montreal.

Thomas holds a Master of Science of University of California, and Engineering diploma from Ecole Spécial des Travaux Publics and MBA from INSEAD.

Mathieu PELLER
Chief Operating Officer Africa

Mathieu joined Meridiam in September 2011 as part of the Asset Management team.

Mathieu started his career within Project Finance teams of industrial sponsors with two subsequent experiences, at Vinci Concessions, working on major European transport deals and in the german renewables group JUWI, working on projects in France.

Mathieu graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and holds a Master in Project Finance (Ecole des Ponts ParisTech – Université Paris Ouest La Défense).

Toriki PERIOU
Associate

Toriki joined Meridiam in 2017 as Analyst.

Prior to joining Meridiam, Toriki has done an internship at MINA as Analyst and at Roland Berger as Business analyst.

Toriki is graduated from EDHEC Business School, Lille and has a Master in Science in Strategy, Consulting and Digital transformation.

Peter PETROVSKI
Investment Director

Peter joined Meridiam in 2017 as an investment director in our Toronto office where he focuses on business and project development opportunities in both Canada and the United States.

Prior to joining Meridiam, Peter was an associate vice president at a Plenary Group in Canada working on both social and civil developments in North America.

He has worked, since 2007, on various Public Private Partnerships infrastructure projects in the US and Canada including Cook County Hospital, Waterloo LRT, Denver Airport, and Northwest Anthony Henday.

Peter is CFA® charterholder and holds a Master of Actuarial Science from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Economics Degree from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences.

Nick PHILLIPS
Investment Director

Nick joined Meridiam in 2018 as an Investment Director in the New York office.

With over 10 years’ experience in the infrastructure development space, Nick has worked within a variety of roles globally including projects in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific regions.

Prior to joining Meridiam, Nick worked in an advisory capacity with the public sector to develop pilot program infrastructure investment structures and as a Vice President at John Laing, where he led their entry into the managed lanes sector with their investment into the I-77 project in North Carolina.

Nick began his infrastructure career at Cintra working in the Austin, Madrid and Sydney offices.

Nick received his B.S. in Finance from Tulane University.

Julia PRESCOT
Chief Strategy Officer

Julia is co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Meridiam Infrastructure as well as sitting on the Executive Committee. She also sits on the investment committees of the Meridiam funds. In addition, Julia was recently named as a Commissioner on the UK’s National Infrastructure Commission. She is also a non-executive director at the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, Infraco Asia Investments based in Singapore and Infraco Africa Investments. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Glennmont Partners, a fund focussed on renewable energy and a Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School, University College London.

Previously she was the President of the Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation, a non-governmental organisation based in Geneva. Her previous roles include Head of European Infrastructure Finance for the Bank of Scotland, Head of Project Finance at Hill Samuel London and Co-Head of Project Advisory at Charterhouse Bank.

Julia holds a Master’s degree in Oriental Studies from Cambridge University.

Eric REY
Executive Director, SME

Eric Rey joined Meridiam in July 2019 as Managing Director of the SME team.

He was formerly Managing Partner at Omnes Capital and a member of the Executive Committee, responsible for the mid-cap buyout and growth capital activities.

He began his career in 1992 as an associate at Banque Hervet (HSBC Group), where he oversaw risk management and monitoring for a portfolio of SME’s. In 1995 he joined the Crédit Agricole Group, first at Unicrédit, later at Crédit Agricole Indosuez (CA-CIB) as Large Account Relationship Manager, and ultimately Crédit Agricole Private Equity in 1998. Crédit Agricole Private Equity spun out from Credit Agricole in 2012 and became Omnes Capital.

Eric Rey is a graduate in civil engineering from INSA Toulouse. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and Real Estate from Kedge Business School and an Executive Certificate in Finance from HEC Paris.

Sergio RODRIGUEZ CASADO
Senior Investment Director, Director Spain & Portugal

Sergio joined Meridiam in 2013.

He has worked for the last 15 years at BBVA including the last 7 years in the Project & Structured Finance department in Paris where he has been directly involved among other transactions in Europe, in some of the most important infrastructure landmark transactions in France: HSL Nîmes-Montpellier, APRR’s acquisition refinancing, HSL Tours-Bordeaux, HSL BPL, A63 toll road, GSM-R, Prado Sud, A19 and the APRR toll road privatisation.

Sergio graduated in Finance and Business Administration (E-2) from ICADE Business School, Comillas University (Madrid, Spain).

Thilo ROSE
Senior Investment Director

Thilo joined Meridiam in 2011 and has successfully closed the E18 Road PPP Project in Finland, the Isle of Wight road maintenance PFI and the M8 Road NPD Project, both in the UK.

Thilo started his project finance career in 1997 in London with Commerzbank before working as Assistant Commercial Director for the PT Jawa Power IPP project company in Jakarta, Indonesia. Following his Master’s Degree in 2000 he joined ABN AMRO Bank’s Infrastructure Group in London, where he worked on a number of social, defence, and transportation PPPs across Europe.

In 2003 Thilo joined KPMG’s projects group in London where he advised both governments and private bidders on a range of road, electronic tolling and defence projects in a number of European countries. Thilo advised ASFINAG in Austria on its first PPP tender for the A5 Autobahn.

Thilo then moved on to lead the Transportation team at Siemens Project Ventures GmbH (“SPV”) in Germany from 2005 to 2011. He took a leading role in a number of transportation PPP projects around the world, most notably Colombia’s Bogota Airport PPP, the Intercity Express Programme in the UK, the Sydney Metro PPP, and the Denver FasTrack PPP Project. Thilo also led SPV’s successful bid for the Thameslink Rolling Stock PPP project in the UK.

Thilo holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Business Academy Karlsruhe and an MSc in Finance and Engineering from Technical University Berlin.

Marco ROSSO
Global Business development Director

Marco joined Meridiam in 2011 and has over 15 years of experience in the construction and infrastructure sector.

Previously he worked at Alpine Bau GmbH, a major Austrian construction company, where he was involved in leading or consultant roles in PPP’s in Austria (A5), Russia (M1 Moscow-Minsk), and Slovakia (D1.3).

As CFO of the Swiss subsidiaries of Alpine he worked on the Gotthard NEAT project and several projects in countries like Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Rumania and Turkey. As CFO of the Italian branch of the company he was involved in projects in transportation infrastructures (airports, railways, highways) and civil engineering (courthouses, hospitals).

Marco started his career in the construction sector in 1994, working for Italian companies during the “German Reconstruction” in Munich and Leipzig.

He holds a degree in Business Administration.

Emmanuel ROTAT
Chief Financial Officer

Currently Partner and global CFO at Meridiam, in charge of all corporate, administrative and financial activities of the Meridiam Funds and its management companies.

As one of Meridiam founders, he was involved in the setting up of the firm and initiated the company’s earliest investments in the United States and Europe.

Emmanuel holds an engineering degree from Ecole Centrale de Nantes and an Executive MBA from HEC Paris business school, and began his career at the Centre for Transport Studies at University College London.

Prior to Meridiam, he spent 8 years as project director at Egis Projects, where he managed a number of infrastructure projects from the Tender stage to financial close throughout Europe and the Asia/Pacific region. In particular, he closed the Daejeon Expressway in South Korea in 2001 and subsequently became the CEO of the Concession Company in charge of starting up its activities. he also supported the Business development activities of Egis in Australia in 2004.

Jamie RUBIN
Chief Executive Officer, North America

From May 2015 until January 2017, Jamie was Commissioner of NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), the agency that finances the development and preservation of affordable housing statewide. Before that, Jamie headed the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) where he served as the founding Executive Director, overseeing and creating programs to disburse USD 4.4 billion in disaster recovery funds allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Prior to being tapped to lead GOSR, Jamie was New York Director of the US President’s Hurricane Sandy Recovery and Rebuilding Task Force and a Senior Advisor to then-HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. Jamie was previously a Non-Resident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program.

Jamie’s experience in the private sector includes Partner roles at BC Partners and One Equity Partners, JP Morgan’s private equity fund, where he was one of the founding partners in 2001.

Jamie graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1989 and holds a law degree from Yale University.

METE SARACOGLU
Senior Vice President Development West Africa

Mete joined Meridiam's Istanbul Office in 2013.

Prior to joining Meridiam, he worked at ENKA Construction & Industry Company where he was responsible for material quantity take-off in various infrastructure and residential projects based in Middle East, Africa and Europe.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Bogazici University, Turkey and currently he pursues a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering with focus on construction Management from the same university.

Guyve SARDARI
Investment Director

Guyve Sardari joined Meridiam in 2015 as a Senior Associate Director in the European Investment Team based in Paris. He is involved on European infrastructure projects in all sectors of interest to Meridiam with a strong focus currently on energy transition projects (district heating, waste, renewable energy, smart grids, interconnectors, electric mobility).

Prior to Meridiam, Guyve was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs where he worked for 10 years initially in London and then in Hong Kong. Guyve has specialized over the years at Goldman Sachs in the financing of illiquid assets, particularly in the hard asset space (ships, aircrafts, infrastructure projects and oil rigs).

Guyve graduated from Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC).

Martin SCHLOR
Senior Investment Director, Director for Balkans

Martin is working as a Director for South-Eastern Europe and leads the Vienna office. He joined Meridiam in 2014 as a CEO of the Austrian A5 motorway project and CFO of the Slovakian R1 motorway, and also engages into Business Development in the wider region.

Before joining Meridiam, he was working for the Austrian Chamber of Commerce in Vienna and Brussels, and was heading the PPP/Concession business in the Austrian developer PORR for more than 10 years. Martin was studying in Austria, France and Spain and holds a Bachelor of law and Master of International Management degree.

He is a passionate mountaineer and serves as volunteer mountain-guide for the Austrian Alpine Federation.

Balthazar SCHLUMBERGER
ESG Analyst

Balthazar is ESG Analyst.

Exposed to a bilingual environment in his childhood, education and work experiences, Balthazar benefits from his various experiences in evaluating the extra-financial impact of projects in developed and developing countries.

He introduced the first set of ESG KPIs at MIGA, participated in the implementation of the long-term responsible investment strategy of the Caisse des Dépôts Group, and now supports the different teams within Meridiam in streamlining ESG at all levels of the organization.

He recently supervised the environmental and social impact evaluation of the Nouakchott Container Terminal in Mauritania and the implementation of the required environmental and social action plans.

He is also part of the collaborative effort to integrate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals at all layers of Meridiam’s investment and asset management processes.

Thibault SIMON
Investment Director

Thibault joined Meridiam in 2011 as an Analyst in the investment team. He has been working on several bid preparations for major projects in Europe (public buildings, transportation and waterways) as well as on deal origination, notably in Northern Europe.

Prior to that, he worked at Fortis Bank (BNP Paribas group) focusing on small-cap/midcap corporates development in Paris.

Thibault holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Technology of Sydney (2010) and a Specialized Master in Finance from ESCP Europe (2011). He is a graduate from Cesem (Reims Management School).

Jean-Baptiste SIMON
Senior Associate

Jean-Baptiste joined Meridiam asset management team in January 2018 following more than five years occupying finance officer roles in Meridiam sponsored project companies based in Slovakia (R1 Expressway PPP project as Deputy CFO) and the United Kingdom (Isle of Wight and NET Phase 2 PFI projects as CFO).

In 2018, he actively participated in the €2.2bn commercial debt refinancing of SEA (Sud Europe Atlantique) high speed line concession project. Prior to joining Meridiam projects in 2012, Jean-Baptiste worked as an intern in audit at KPMG and in Private Equity at Eolfi Asset Management (renewable energy sector).

Jean-Baptiste is a graduate from ESCP Europe (Finance Master in Management) and Carlos III University of Madrid.

Amadou SY
Senior Associate

Amadou joined Meridiam in 2017. He is an infrastructure passionate with technical and financial expertise applied to large scale infrastructure and energy projects.

After spending nearly a decade working internationally in the field of infrastructure project preparation and management consulting, Amadou developed a depth knowledge of infrastructure development and investment.

Prior to joining Meridiam he conducted various transport infrastructure projects (airport, rail, road, highway, port ...) for Egis International.

Amadou also work for Deloitte where he acted as Senior Manager in charge of Infrastructure, Capital Projects and Public Sector Consulting dedicated to Africa

Amadou is a civil engineer graduate from the École Polytechnique de Montréal and a Registered Professional Engineer in Canada. He is also a graduate in Management and Public Policy from Paris Institute of Political Studies.

Lindsay TAYLOR
Senior Associate

Lindsay joined Meridiam in 2014.

Prior to Joining Meridiam, Lindsay was an Analyst at Firebrick Consulting — where she was responsible for gathering, organizing, and analyzing large sets of data—. In addition she helped manage junior analysts. She also worked on creating algorithms and methodologies based on data and combined them with other qualitative research to make recommendations to clients. Prior to Firebrick Consulting she worked for Instream Partners as an Investment banking research analyst.

Lindsay graduated from Stanford University (USA).

Thilo TECKLENBURG
Director

Thilo joined Meridiam in 2013 as Chief Operating Officer North America.

Before joining Meridiam, Thilo was the head of Bilfinger Project Investments’ Development Team in North America, where he was responsible for business development and pursuits of P3 projects within the North American marketplace. He has extensive experience with availability type P3 projects and has led consortia for projects in several Canadian provinces and U.S. states, totaling a committed finance volume of over $5 billion. Thilo played an active role in securing Bilfinger’s first P3 project in the United States, the East End Crossing Project in Indiana, and was also instrumental in the company’s efforts to enter new sectors.

Prior to coming to North America in early 2007, Thilo worked on transportation and social building P3 projects in Continental Europe and Australia, where his role included project finance structuring, project management and coordination with all stakeholders for the successful tendering and closing of major infrastructure projects. He was involved in several successful projects, such as Royal Women’s Hospital in Australia, M6 Motorway in Hungary and E18 Motorway in Norway.

Thilo holds an engineering degree and a Ph.D. from the Technical University in Brunswick, Germany.

Julien TOUATI
Corporate Development Director

Julien joined Meridiam in 2011. He serves as a Partner and Corporate Development Director, with current responsibility over the development and deployment of Meridiam Transition, a €485m large low carbon energy transition and Europe-focused investment fund.

At the global level, he is responsible for the operational strategy of the group, in charge of designing and implementing new developments as well as monitor the group’s operational performance. In this capacity, he led the strategic development of Meridiam in Africa and sits at the investment committee of Meridiam Africa Infrastructure Fund.

Prior to joining Meridiam, Julien worked at the French Ministry of Finance’s Agence des Participations de l’État, where he was responsible for managing the French Government’s shareholding in Électricité de France (EDF). Prior to this, Julien was the Deputy Head of the European Affairs Division of the French Treasury. He also worked for Veolia Transport and the infrastructure division of Proparco, the French Development Finance Institution.

He teaches Energy Regulations at Sciences-Po Paris and is a Millenium Fellow of the Atlantic Council. He is also a contributor to several international think tanks or public organizations in the energy transition and infrastructure sectors.

Julien holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Environmental and Energy Economics and a Master of Public Affairs from the École des Ponts in Paris.

Valeria TRAVAGLINI
Senior Investment Director

Valeria joined Meridiam at the end of 2018, as Eurasia Asset Management Senior Investment Director based in Istanbul, with a specific focus on management of assets in the region.

Valeria started her career in 1998 with Astaldi on a DBFO project on Motorway sector, and on 2001 she moved to the head office in Italy with the role of Concession and PPP Projects coordinator. She managed different projects on healthcare, motorways, parking and metro sectors form bidding stage to financial close including start-up activities of SPVs.

In 2007, Valeria joined Steer Davies Gleave to set up the office in Rome and open/lead the Technical Due Diligence and Financial Advisors sectors in Italy largely contributed to a successful positioning of the company in this new Markets.

In 2011, Valeria joined Salini to set up the PPP and Concession Dept. and worked for the acquisitions of new projects in Australia, Costa Rica, Nigeria, Russia, Turkey, Romania, Italy, etc. At the beginning of 2014 she moved to Turkey with the position of SPV COO in a PPP Project in the Health Sector managing the company to the financial close and during construction period.

Valeria is an engineer graduate of University of L’Aquila and holds a Master in Finance Management.

 

Stephania VASILIEVA
Analyst

Stephania joined Meridiam in 2017 as an analyst in the Asset Management team.

Prior to joining Meridiam, Stephania interned at a start-up as an analyst where she put in place monitoring processes. Before that, she was a student researcher for the NASA project, Osiris-ReX, involved with the systems engineering management of the project.

She holds a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona and a Specialized Master of International Project Management from ESCP Europe.

Michel-André VOLLE
Global Head Investor Relations and Funding Solutions

Michel-André Volle joined Meridiam in 2019 to become global head of investor relations and funding solutions.

He is in charge of managing relationships with existing and potential investors globally, as well as fundraising and co-investment activities.

He is also responsible for co-ordinating and supervising Meridiam's funding strategies globally and establishing innovative solutions for Meridiam’s assets in all regions while managing the relationship with the markets and debt providers.

Prior to joining Meridiam, he was a managing director at HSBC, in charge of infrastructure finance for continental Europe. During his 15-year time in investment banking, he was directly involved in the financing and advisory of more than 30 project finance transactions successfully closed across Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. He started his career as an investment officer at Suez in France and in Latin America.

Michel-André graduated from the ESCP Business School in 1998.

Peter WAART
Senior Investment Director

Peter is Asset Management Director North America for Meridiam and is currently acting as the CEO of Purple Line Transit Partners, delivering a 16-mile long light rail project between Bethesda and New Carrolton in Maryland, USA.

Peter has 28 years of professional experience in project management, business management, project controls, engineering, operations and maintenance of large capital Infrastructure projects, with international work experience in the Netherlands, Germany, and United States, including three large P3 projects: Purple Line Light Rail in Maryland, Presidio Parkway in San Francisco and the Dutch High Speed Rail superstructure, in the Netherlands.

Prior to joining Meridiam, Peter was the CEO of Golden Link Concessionaire, a private consortium consisting of Meridiam and Hochtief PPP Solutions North America to deliver the San Francisco Presidio Parkway concession.

From 1996 until 2014, Peter worked for Fluor, one of the world's largest publicly traded engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction and maintenance companies. Over his 18-year career with Fluor, Peter held several positions in project management, project controls, contract management, and engineering.

Prior to the Presidio Parkway, Peter was responsible as Fluor’s Project Director of the nearly $ 2 billion San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge construction project, and prior to that, Peter was the acceptance manager on the Dutch High Speed Rail project, a € 2.9 billion PPP involving construction of a 62-mile rail line, and a 25-year infrastructure maintenance period.

Peter is a graduate of the Technical University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands with a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Emmanuel WALLISER
Senior Investment Director

Emmanuel joined Meridiam in 2009, and performs a wide range of asset management activities related to Meridiam’s investment portfolio, working in close relationship with the management team of the projects companies.

Emmanuel began his career with Crédit Lyonnais based in Asia working on corporate finance transactions for large multinationals before joining Calyon’s Aircraft Structured Finance department in Paris and then Singapore where he managed a portfolio of aircraft assets. In addition to originating and delivering aircraft-based structured financing for airlines, Emmanuel developed tools for rating assets based on their future residual values and liquidity.

Emmanuel holds a Master’s Degree from the ICN Nancy Graduate School of Business Administration and a Master in International Finance from the University of Bradford.

Stephan WEHRMANN
Business Development Director Germany

Stephan joined Meridiam in 2018 as Business Development Director Germany.

Before joining Meridiam, Stephan worked at Gazprom Germania GmbH as Head of Subsidiary Management and Strategic Business Development where he was involved in large M&A Transactions and business development activities, in particular in the energy infrastructure sector. Prior to that, Stephan acted as Head of Corporate Strategy for Deutsche Bahn AG, where was involved in the envisaged Initial Public Offering of DB AG as well as a large number of Corporate Development projects.

Stephan started his career in the Investment Banking division of Citi where he advised large corporate clients on M&A - and other Corporate Finance transactions.

He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Cologne.

Jean WINCKLER
Investment Director

Jean Winckler joined the corporate development and SME team of Meridiam in 2018.

He previously worked with the “Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives” (CEA), France’s largest applied Research and Technology Organization (RTO), notably to develop its Venture Capital arm, CEA-Investissement and its in-house Strategy department. Jean was a member of CEA-Investissement’s board and investment committee for 5 years. In his role, he supported the development of several portfolio companies and acquired in-depth knowledge of the environment of highly innovative companies operating in the energy and digital transition.

Prior to joining the CEA, Jean Winckler had served for two years as the economic advisor of the French Minister for agriculture and as a strategy consultant for ten years in the financial and high-tech/media sectors.

Jean Graduated from HEC Paris

Ran YEHEZKEL
Associate

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Sabri YOUCEFI
Associate, Investor Relations

Sabri joined Meridiam in 2013. A member of the Investor Relations team, he is actively involved in various activities with a particular focus on fundraising, co-investments, secondary transactions, fund valuations and performances.

Sabri has also spearheaded the creation and the development of the Meridiam Foundation, whose main objective is to foster and nurture young and talented individuals.

Sabri holds a Master Degree in Corporate Finance from the Paris Dauphine University.

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