SOURCE: CG/LA Infrastructure

December 01, 2008 07:00 ET

2nd Annual Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum Announces "The Five Champions Remaking Our World"

Five Are Among Hundreds of World's Most Significant Infrastructure Leaders Coming to Washington for Key Meeting Confronting Worldwide Economic Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - December 1, 2008) - Mayflower Hotel - December 10-12, 2008 - CG/LA Infrastructure LLC, the world leader in strategic infrastructure project identification and development, announced today the selection of five 'Champions who are Re-Making our World.' The five Champions -- Alfredo Elias Ayub, Eike Bautista, Quentin Kopp, Peter Barker-Homek and Peter Bezukladnikov -- will be honored at the 2nd Annual Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum, taking place from December 10-12 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

"These are the people whose imagination, hard work, creativity and professional capacity build the projects that define our world, they are truly extraordinary," says Norman Anderson, President & CEO of CG/LA Infrastructure and the Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum.

The 2nd Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum will host in Washington, DC, at a time of severe financial crisis, the top 100 global infrastructure projects, and the people behind those projects. More than 100 project sponsors will take the stage, and receive pre-scheduled private meetings with participants.

"These infrastructure champions are the men and women who are going to build us out of our current difficulties -- the people with the vision, the drive, the imagination and the persistence to get things done, around the world," said Mr. Anderson.

A Marketplace for Global Projects: The Global Forum is an infrastructure marketplace, bringing the Top 100 global projects together with 500-600 infrastructure executives -- from finance, policy, engineering/construction, and equipment/technology. Participating countries include the US, the BRIC countries, and infrastructure hot spots like Vietnam, and key countries in the Middle East and Africa. Projects have been confirmed across 17 countries, and 8 sectors, including ports & logistics ($24 billion); oil & gas ($37 billion); strategic ($48 billion); water & wastewater ($5 billion); electricity generation ($6 billion); urban mass transit ($45 billion); digital infrastructure ($3.7 billion); and highways ($6 billion). The total estimated project value will be $175 to $200 billion.

The Five Global Forum Champions: The five champions come from Russia, Mexico, Brazil, the US and Abu Dhabi.

Alfredo Elias Ayub - CEO of Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission, for the last 10 years he has overseen the steady growth in Mexico's power sector, and specifically in terms of generation matrix. CFE provides service to more than 26 million customers throughout Mexico. They have been ranked #1 in Latin America for the last three years by the AmericaEconomia-CG/LA Infrastructure Rankings.

Eike Bautista - One of the world's visionary infrastructure project developers, he is developing two major ports in Brazil, a major oil company and a series of critical power projects.

Quentin Kopp - Chairman of the California High Speed Rail Authority, he successfully negotiated the approval of a $10 billion bond approval for the project. Among key infrastructure developments is the extension of San Francisco's BART metro, including an extension to the San Francisco airport.

Peter Barker-Homek - CEO of the TAQA, the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund focused on energy and renewable energy projects. In two years he has built TAQA into a global enterprise with 2800 employees.

Peter Bezukladnikov - Director General, Group E4, the Russian Federation's largest engineering company. E4 Group comprises 13 holding companies and 50 business units employing more than 17,000 specialists in 25 regions and in all federal districts of Russian Federation.

Global Forum Sponsorship: Patriarch Partners is the Global Forum's exclusive Platinum Sponsor; Gold Global Forum sponsors include: ACEA, the Rome water utility; ACS, the Spanish infrastructure operator; Alliant (Blackstone Group); The Andean Development Corporation - CAF; ESRI, the technology behind Google Earth; Leica, the Swiss technology firm; MIGA-World Bank Group; Metro de Madrid; Sterne Agee; Trimble; and the US Department of Energy/Renewables Group.

CG/LA Infrastructure LLC, based in Washington, DC, focuses on creating opportunity in the global infrastructure marketplace by assisting countries, regions, and companies to become increasingly competitive in areas of strategic advantage.

In order to access the Leadership Forum web page please go to: http://www.cg-la.com/global2

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