GIF Team

The GIF is administered by a Management Unit, housed at the World Bank Group. The GIF Management Unit is responsible for building the facility, leading the consultation and capitalization process, managing and allocating the resources of the GIF, assuring quality of GIF project design, and providing coordinating support as projects progress, particularly with respect to liaison duties with technical and advisory partners.

Implementation of GIF project activities will be led by technical partners. GIF project teams will comprise technical staff from the World Bank Group and technical partner institutions, as well as the engineering, financial, economic, or legal firms hired with GIF resources. Project teams will be composed according to the demands of a particular project, including region and sector focus, and the skills and expertise required for the proposed activities. Joint project teams may also be formed if the GIF is supporting projects in which more than one technical partner is already closely involved, or as needed to meet the full range of demands of the project.

For further enquiries please email managementunit@globalinfrafacility.org

THE GIF TEAM

Jason Zhengrong Lu
Jason Zhengrong Lu
Head
Jason Z. Lu joined the GIF as Lead Infrastructure Finance Specialist after ten years of working at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) of The World Bank Group. While at MIGA, Jason worked on a broad range of complex energy and infrastructure projects worldwide. He has built expertise in managing and closing complex projects and advising clients on infrastructure financing, risk mitigation and credit enhancement to support their investment and financing needs in emerging markets and developing economies. Jason started his banking career with Bank of America in its Global Project Finance Group in 1996 where he was responsible for transaction structuring and execution. He also worked at ABB Energy Capital with responsibilities for renewable energy financing in the United States and State Street Bank and Trust Company in credit and portfolio management. Jason holds graduate degrees from Yale University (MBA), Central European University (Prague), and China’s Peking University.
Bayo Oyewole
Bayo Oyewole
Lead Partnership Specialist
As Lead Partnership Specialist, Bayo Oyewole manages the GIF’s relationship with its Funding, Technical, Advisory and Beneficiary Partners. Bayo, a Nigerian national, joined the GIF Management Unit at its start in 2014 and has played a key role in its establishment. Prior to joining the GIF, Bayo worked for 13 years in IFC, most recently as Principal Operations Officer in IFC’s PPP Transaction Advisory Department where he helped African governments design and implement effective public-private partnerships. Other assignments in IFC included as Acting Manager of Partnerships and Donor Relations, and as Senior Operations Officer in the SME Department, the Trust Funds Department and the Evironmental and Social Development Department. Before joining IFC, Bayo worked for several years in the World Bank as Advisor, then Senior Advisor in the Office of the Executive Director. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Bayo worked in Akintola Williams & Co, a Nigerian affiliate of Deloitte in Lagos, Nigeria. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and an MBA from the University of Maryland, College Park. Bayo is married with two boys. He serves on the board of The Advocacy Project, an international human rights advocacy non-profit organization.
David Matthew Bull
David Matthew Bull
Senior Infrastructure Finance Specialist
Matt began his career as a Transport Economist with the international consultancy firm Steer Davies Gleave, where he worked as a traffic advisor on transport PPP projects for a range of global clients including governments, sponsors, and financiers. He joined PwC’s UK Corporate Finance team in 2007, where he provided financial and deal structuring advice on both the “sell-side” and “bid-side” of a range of big ticket PPP and PFI transactions. He joined the World Bank’s Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) in 2011 as the facility’s transport sector specialist and was appointed Acting Manager of the facility in 2014. He recently joined the Global Infrastructure Facility (GIF), a major new global funding platform for infrastructure projects housed at the World Bank, within which developed country governments, major development banks, and leading infrastructure investors collaborate to finance improved infrastructure in emerging and developing economies. Matt holds an MA in Transport Economics from the University of Leeds Institute for Transport Studies.
Towfiqua S. Hoque
Senior Infrastructure Finance Specialist
Sanae Sasamori
Sanae Sasamori
Senior Infrastructure Finance Specialist
Sanae, a Japanese national, joined GIF in June 2015 after 10 years working at Mizuho Bank (Tokyo, Singapore, London) in financing and advising ECA and Project Finance for infrastructure. Prior to commercial banking, Sanae worked for the Japan Economic Research Institute for 5 years providing financial and transaction advisory services to the Japanese government and municipalities in PFI & PPP projects. Sanae holds MBA in Finance from Hitotsubashi University and MSc in Applied Environmental Economics from Imperial College, London. Currently, based in Tokyo, Sanae overseas GIF’s projects in MENA and Asia.
Edwin (Hin Lung) Yuen
Senior Infrastructure Finance Specialist
Edwin (Hin Lung) has 14 years of private sector infrastructure finance experience. He started from financial modelling, then progressed to infrastructure debt advisory at CIBC World Markets in London. In 2008, he joined HSBC Specialist Investments in London which later becomes InfraRed Capital Partners, an active global private equity infrastructure and real estate sponsor, investor and fund manager. He relocated to Sydney between 2013 and 2016 within that period, Edwin has secured over A$800m of final investment committee approved, fully committed equity for a number of major PPPs such as the East West Link, Sydney Light Rail, the unsolicited Cranbourne and Pakenham Rail Expansion Project and the High Capacity Metro Trains Project. In Singapore, he has led the team in the successful refinancing of S$1.5bn project debt for the Singapore Sports Hub PPP. Edwin was born in Hong Kong and educated in the U.K. with a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Churchill College, Cambridge where he specializes in nuclear magnetic resonance imaging. In additional to English, he can read and write Chinese and speak Cantonese and Mandarin
Robert William Pilkington
Robert William Pilkington
Infrastructure Specialist
Rob joined the GIF team in 2016 as Infrastructure Specialist with over 10 years' of experience advising on the development of infrastructure projects in over 20 countries across the globe, and with a particular emphasis on Latin America. Rob holds a Masters in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University, and is a CFA charterholder. He is a native English speaker, and having lived in both Colombia and Brazil speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Prior to joining GIF, Rob spent six years working for the infrastructure finance team of the consultancy Steer Davies Gleave, culminating with 18 months spent leading their Sao Paulo office. Subsequent to this, Rob worked for three years at the Interamerican Development Bank focusing on regional infrastructure integration in Central America and the strategic planning and pilot implementation of the IDB's PPP project development capability. Key projects included leading IDB's pre-feasibility support to the Paraguayan government for the Rutas 2 & 7 highway expansion and the strategic planning of the Corredor Pacifico logistics corridor in Mesoamerica. During this period Rob also led the technical oversight of the IDB's Spanish language online PPP knowledge sharing course.
Michael Tran
Infrastructure Specialist
Michael has over 8 years of experience in advising both public agencies and private industry on infrastructure development and public and project financing. He was most recently with KPMG Infrastructure, where he structured PPP transactions for US transportation, ports and logistics, telecommunications, and energy projects. His recent transactions include SH288, a $1bn toll-road in Texas, and the concession of the New Orleans Public Belt. Michael has advised public agencies with large infrastructure portfolios, such as California High-Speed Rail Authority, on implementing PPP programs. Before KPMG, Michael focused on infrastructure financing on World Bank Group projects in Southeast Asia and East Africa with Castalia Strategic Advisors. In his role, key projects include the development of a loan guarantee facility for energy efficiency in the Philippines and a feasibility study for a PPP of a wastewater treatment plant in Albania. Michael also contributed to the IFC's report on energy access, "From Gap to Opportunity: Business Models for Scaling Up Energy Access" in 2012.
Shuai Ren
Shuai Ren
Analyst
Shuai, a Chinese national, joined GIF in May 2016 as Analyst, based in Singapore. Shuai currently helps oversee GIF projects and business development in East Asia and South Asia. Previously, she worked with the Transport and ICT Global Practice in Beijing for four years on urban transport and highways. Shuai holds a Master of Urban Planning from New York University, a BA Urban Planning and a BA Economics from Peking University in China.
Lauren Nicole Wilson
Lauren Nicole Wilson
Operations Analyst
Lauren recently joined the Global Infrastructure Facility as an Operations Analyst. Prior to joining GIF, Lauren oversaw the global knowledge portfolio for the World Bank’s Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF). Lauren was also PPIAF’s transport sector analyst and provides support to the facility’s senior transport specialist on technical assistance activities in the sector. Lauren holds an MA in Economics and International Relations from the University of St Andrews and is completing her MBA at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Rui Ma
Operations Analyst
Rui joined the Global Infrastructure Facility in May 2017 as an Operations Analyst. Rui has been working in the World Bank for over 20 years and held various positions including most recently supporting the Climate Investment Fund (CIF) on its budget formulation and monitoring, funds management and financial reporting. Prior to that, Rui was responsible for the resource management of the Poverty GP and South Asia Region. She also worked in the World Bank’s Beijing office to provide project support to the energy team. Rui holds an MBA from the University of Maryland University College.
Neeli Shah
Neeli Shah
Consultant
Yvonne Carew
Yvonne Carew
Program Assistant
Yvonne, a U.S. national joined the World Bank in 2012, to provide administrative support and oversees all the administrative functions in the office. Previously, she worked as an Executive Assistant/Manager Washington Operations at Oto Melara North America. She directly handles all matters related to conferences, including videoconferences, meetings, travel and various other administrative tasks. Direct any administrative issues you have her way and she’d be happy to help.
Aline Sanchez
Consultant
Aline Sanchez is a Brazilian national with a Master’s degree in Business Administration, with concentration in Finance. For the past two and a half years she was working at the LCROS unit within the LCRVP front office, functioning on the monitoring and follow up of the region’s pipeline and portfolio for both lending and knowledge products. She was also responsible for the generation and analysis of performance data for regional management, including for high-level corporate requests such as ABCDQ, Risk lists, and the MOU for the Region. Previously, she has worked at the LCSSD Economics Unit since April 2012, contributing with administrative, operational and technical support to the team. She earlier worked at the Development, Trade and Tourism Department of the OAS contributing with analytical work. She has over 10 years of professional experience combining knowledge of private sector, governmental institution and international organizations.