Innovation in infrastructure funding and finance

Constructing Excellence

This report summarises key insights that emerged from discussions with two groups of subject-matter experts organised by the Centre for Infrastructure Development (CID) in November 2011:
a) A dinner discussion on Global Project Finance with invited guest speaker and ‘provocateur’ Dr. Ryan Orr from Stanford University, also founder of Zanbato, a technology platform for the infrastructure asset class. The dinner brought together around 20 people including senior practitioners from private sector finance and consulting firms working in infrastructure delivery, Paul Skinner, non-executive Chairman of Infrastructure UK, a division of HM Treasury, the MBS Dean and the CID Academic Director, and the chairman and chief executive of Constructing Excellence. The dinner was hosted by Oriel Securities at its London headquarters on November 14 (details in annex).
b) A half-day workshop on Innovation in capital funding: the local authority perspective. Four speakers led the workshop discussion: Professor Michael Luger, Dean of Manchester Business School, on infrastructure finance; Ryan Orr, on global project finance and infrastructure investment; Madoc Batcup, Synaps, on innovative infrastructure investment and management vehicles, and Neil Jarrett, CWC, on business efficiency and reducing the need for finance. Some 20 people from the local authority finance community attended the workshop, which was hosted by the Corporation of London at the City Marketing Suite, Guildhall, on November 15 (details in annex).

CID report on infrastructure funding and finance 2011