Wednesday afternoon's three sessions will be devoted to discussions on aging U.S. infrastructure, including an overview of the American Society of Civil Engineers National Report Card presented by former ASCE President Andrew Herrmann; a discussion of national transportation infrastructure with former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters; and a look at financing strategies to address growing infrastructure needs from Samara Barend, senior vice president and public-private partnership director for AECOM Capital and founder of the Performance Based Building Coalition.
Ryan Brady, Director of Public Private Partnerships at Faithful+Gould; Samara Barend, Development Director, Public Private Partnerships at AECOM; John Dionisio, Corporate & Finance Manager and Investment Director at Meridiam Infrastructure;Thomas Mulvihill, Managing Director of KPMG, LLP; Harry Seekings, Director of Infrastructure at InfraRed Capital Partners LLC; Gavin Smyth, Senior Vice President at RBS Infrastructure Banking; Michael E. Pikiel, Jr., Partner in the Global Infrastructure and Public Finance Group at Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP; and Anne Rabin, Senior Vice President at HOCHTIEF PPP Solutions North America.
Experts, such as Samara Barend, public-private partnership development director for the engineering firm Aecom, say the pacts can be game-changers for struggling airports without the capital to invest in infrastructure improvements.
NEW YORK - Samara Barend, a founding member of the Performance Based Buildings Coalition (PBBC) and an AECOM Vice President for P3 Development, is warning that the strategic ability of public private partnerships (P3s) to strengthen the nation's infrastructure could be harmed if there is continued confusion on Capitol Hill and elsewhere over its fundamental role.
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