Keynote Speakers

Hon. Inia Batikoto SERUIRATU

The Honorable Minister Mr Inia Batikoto SERUIRATU, Minister for Agriculture, Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management was sworn into Government under his current portfolio in September, 2014. He has, however held Ministerial Appointments also as the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests and Provincial Development & National Disaster Management dating back to November, 2012. He was also appointed as the Commissioner Northern Division from Dec 2007-2011. The Minister has held several Chairmanships and member of Board of Directors with Fiji Hardwood Corporation (2007/2010), Agro Marketing Authority (2010), Rewa Rice Limited (2011), Land Transport Authority (2011) and iTaukei Affairs Board (2014).

He has also held the following affiliations as Chairman and Member Technical Committee Centre of Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) in 2012, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Goodwill Ambassador for International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in 2015, Chairman UNESCAP Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) in 2015, Chairman of the Governing Council, Centre of Intergrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) in 2015, Chairman UNESCAP Disaster Risk Reduction Council and Bureau in 2015.

During the Hon. Minister’s tenure as the Min. for Agriculture since 2013, there have been major achievements attained such as Fiji being presented with Achievement Awards for the Food & Agriculture (FAO) Recognition for achieving MDG Targets, Fiji became a member of INFOFISH International in June 2014, The 2020 Fiji Agriculture Policy Agenda was launched in August 2014, The Ministry of Agriculture conducted the first Crops Forum in November, 2015 and the Hon. Minister also led negotiations with the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) culminating with the signing of the Financing Agreement between Fiji and IFAD.

Prior to joining Government, the Hon. Minister has also been a career Military Officer since 1987 when he joined the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and became a Commissioned Officer rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He has also held several senior military appointments during his term in the RFMF his last posting being the Chief of Staff Strategic Plans HQ RFMF and Commanding Officer Force Training Group.

The Hon. Minister has served also in various peacekeeping missions abroad on several occasions in the Multinational Force & Observers (MFO Sinai) for a year, United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for two years, United Nations Iraq/Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM) for a year and Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) for six months. He has also been awarded the MFO Peacekeeping Medal, UNIFIL Peacekeeping Medal, UNIKOM Peacekeeping Medal, Republic of Fiji Medal, Fiji General Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Decoration.

The Hon. Minister Inia Batikoto SERUIRATU is married to COL Litea Vulakoro SERUIRATU and they have three children.


Prof; Brendon Bradley

Brendon is a Professor of Earthquake Engineering in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand; and the Deputy Director of QuakeCoRE: The New Zealand Centre for Earthquake Resilience, which is a network of over 180 active researchers.  His areas of interest include engineering seismology, strong ground motion prediction, seismic response analysis of structural and geotechnical systems, and seismic performance and loss estimation methods.  He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in 2007 and PhD in 2009.  Prior to joining the University of Canterbury in 2010, Brendon worked at GNS Science in Wellington, New Zealand, and as a post-doctoral fellow at Chuo University in Tokyo, Japan.  Brendon is an editorial board member for EERI’s Earthquake Spectra and the Bulletin of the New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineering.

Brendon has received several notable awards for work with collaborators, including, the 2012 Ivan Skinner EQC award for the advancement of earthquake engineering in NZ; 2013 Royal Society of NZ Rutherford Discovery Fellowship; 2014 Shamsher Prakash Foundation Research Award; 2014 NZ Engineering Excellence Awards Young Engineer of the Year; 2015 University of Canterbury Teaching Award; 2015 TC203 Young Researcher Award; 2015 EERI Shah Innovation Prize; the 2016 ASCE Norman Medal; and the 2016 Prime Minister’s Emerging Scientist Prize.


Engineering aspects of the recent 14 November 2016 Mw7.8 Kaikoura. New Zealand earthquake

On 14 November 2016 at 12:02 AM local time, the magnitude Mw7.8 Kaikoura earthquake occurred along the east coast of the upper South Island, NZ. It was the largest recorded earthquake in NZ since the 1855 Mw8.2-8.3 Wairarapa earthquake. This presentation will address scientific and engineering aspects of the earthquake that have been canvased to date, as well as emerging issues that continue to surface related to the natural/built environment and societal implications.

The earthquake initiated in the Waiau Plains in North Canterbury, and involved multiple fault segments (at least 10) as the rupture generally propagated northward over 150km to Cape Campbell in Marlborough. Given the geographical proximity of the earthquake in a largely rural region of NZ, the impacts in the near-source region were largely geological and geotechnical in nature, namely surface rupture, landslides, and localized ground failure, resulting in damage to coastal transportation infrastructure and the formation of landslide dams.

Significant damage occurred to State Highway 1 (SH1) both North and South of Kaikoura and the inland Kaikoura road (SH70) from landslides and slope instability – the northern SH1 section affected is estimated to be closed for one year, leading to substantial disruption to commercial and public transportation along the island’s main highway. Relatively significant damage also occurred to numerous structures in the capital city of Wellington (located approximately 60km to the North of the causative faults) - one structure had a partial collapse of precast floor units and is the subject of an on-going government enquiry, while another three structures are undergoing rapid demolition. As of mid-December 2016, 11% of Wellington office space was closed due to damage.


Dr. Marlene Kanga

Dr. Marlene Kanga is a chemical engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry in Australia and New Zealand and is President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), the peak body for engineering institutions internationally representing some 100 engineering institutions and approximately 30 million engineers. WFEO is working with other international institutions in science and engineering to develop global approaches to progress the UN Sustainable Development Goals through engineering.

Dr. Kanga was National President of Engineers Australia in 2013 and is also a Board member of Sydney Water Corporation Australia’s largest water utility, a member of the Australia government national Innovation and Science Australia board, a member of the AirServices Australia board providing air navigation services across Australia and the Indian Ocean and other boards involving innovation. She is a director of iOmniscient Pty. Ltd. which has developed technologies for resilient and smart cities.

Dr. Kanga is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK). She is also a Fellow of Engineers New Zealand, the Academy of Technology Science and Engineering (Australia), the ASEAN Academy of engineering and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr. Kanga has been listed among the Top 100 Women of Influence in Australia and the Top 100 Engineers in Australia. She is a Member of the Order of Australia as recognition of her leadership of the engineering profession.



Dr. Marlene Kanga Hon. FIEAust Hon FICHemE, FTSE, AM
In September 2015, the world came together at the United Nations to agree on the sustainable development goals which will shape the future of our planet for the next 15 years. These goals cover goals for people, such as health and education, for our environment and resources, including energy and water and for sustainable cities. They recognise that sustainable development is essential for our future prosperity.

A key goal is SDG 16, Good governance or the implementation of sound systems that ensure that engineering projects are well managed and that bribery and corruption are eliminated as far as possible. This presentation will discuss the international standard ISO 37001 and how it can be implemented to ensure efficient and sustainable outcomes.


Mr. Steven Hong

Steven has extensive experience as a corporate advisor, policy/regulatory expert and regulator, and has worked in almost all infrastructure industries in the Asia Pacific region. He brings insight into the practical application of economics and finance to investment, strategy, policy development, pricing, valuation and commercial due diligence. Before joining the GI Hub, Steven was a management consultant at PwC, where he worked on various problems relating to cost efficiency, optimal pricing, investment decision making, valuation, policy development and review, and commercial due diligence.

Examples of projects he has worked on include the privatisation of the Port of Newcastle and Port of Darwin, reform of Australia’s communications legislative/regulatory framework, and structuring a commercially feasible model for an education city. Prior to PwC, Steven worked at an Australian Government competition and economic regulator, working on a variety of transport infrastructure projects.


Steven will introduce who the Global Infrastructure Hub is, including its purpose, what it does and its funders and supporters. This is followed by a summary of the tools and initiatives of the Global Infrastructure Hub since commencing operations over two years ago. The summary will focus on Global Infrastructure Outlook, which forecasts infrastructure investment needs and gaps across 50 countries and 7 sectors up to 2040, and InfraCompass, which explores the capability of 49 countries’ ability to produce good quality infrastructure from planning to implementation. Steven will conclude by providing several observations around improving the supply of bankable infrastructure on topics such as infrastructure planning and credit enhancement.


Mr. Jack Whelan

Jack has been Secretariat Manager for the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) since 2013, based within the Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s Pacific regional office in Sydney.

Jack leads the governance, donor coordination, sector working groups, research and communications processes that enable PRIF development partners (ADB, World Bank, European Investment Bank, European Union, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and New Zealand of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade) to connect, collaborate and coordinate planning, financing, management and monitoring of infrastructure in the Pacific islands region.

Mr. Chris Champion

Chris Champion was Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) for 15 years from the year 2000. He has now taken on a more international role with IPWEA as Director International and Managing Director NAMS Canada.

Chris led IPWEA to become recognised internationally as leaders in the implementation of sustainable approaches to infrastructure asset management and financial planning. IPWEA researches, develops and delivers training, publications and other capacity building initiatives to public works professionals.

He was appointed Secretary General of the International Federation of Municipal Engineering in 2015. The Federation represents some 28 countries globally.

Chris has been awarded Emeritus Membership of IPWEA and is a Fellow of Engineers Australia. He has been a regular inclusion in Engineers Australia list of Top 100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia since its inception in 2004. He has recently been elected to the Board of Engineers Australia for a 3-year term (2018-2020).

Chris has a passion for the opportunities provided by association management. He is a regular invited chair, speaker and panelist at national and international association management & engineering conferences. His expertise includes corporate strategy, governance, internet marketing & communications, the use of technology to drive growth & engagement and international online learning and mentoring programs.

Chris holds formal qualifications in Engineering, Management and Internet Marketing. In 2009, he was awarded the James Hill Prize from the Institution of Civil Engineers in London.

He is a Past President (2006-2009) and a Director (since 2004) of the International Federation of Municipal Engineering. He was previously appointed by the US Federal Highways (FHWA) to their Asset Management Expert Task Group (2011-2016). Chris is also Managing Director of Chris Champion Consulting Pty Ltd.


Globally our community infrastructure is under strain yet quality services from infrastructure are critical to our economies. Insufficient resources are often provided to renew our infrastructure to sustainably manage our services.

This presentation will present the three pillars for sustainable management of community infrastructure:
- Stewardship: Understanding our long-term responsibilities
- Asset Management: Managing the existing as well as the new
- Financial Planning & Reporting: An essential part of business.

Sustainability is about maintaining financial capital (money in the bank) and infrastructure capital (the condition of our assets) for the long term.

There is an essential need to prioritize our budgets, our risks and the levels of service that we deliver.

It involves strategic allocation of resources to ensure maintenance and renewal of our infrastructure (not just building new) to ensure long term sustainable delivery of services.


Mr. Marco Yamaguchi

Marco is a Principal Investment Specialist at Green Investment Services Department and Green Climate Fund (GCF) Liaison based in Songdo, Korea. His main mission is to originate green investment projects, financial instruments and National Financing Vehicles in member developing countries worldwide. Prior to joining GGGI, Marco spent +17years in climate change/infrastructure finance both at public and private sectors such as Sustainable Energy Finance project development in Latin America and the Caribbean at International Finance Corporation, The World Bank Group, energy efficiency and ESCO financing in Asia at Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance under Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, clean-tech infrastructure Privat Equity fund management in China/Asia at Asuka Asset Management (Beijing) and infrastructure and renewable energy project finance at Mitsubishi Corporation.

Marco holds an MBA in entrepreneurial management and international studies with Latin America focus by The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (Fulbright Scholar) with exchange programs at INSEAD (France) and Fundação Getulio Vargas (Brazil).

Expertise: Project finance, structured finance, development finance, PE investment, corporate finance, leasing, cross border M&A and fundraising. Sectors: climate change (energy efficiency, renewable energy and cleaner technologies) and infrastructure (ports, airports, railways, roads and water).


Infrastructure Financing Of Green Investment Projects And Public Private Partnership

Currently the size of global infrastructure investment is roughly $1.7 trillion/year, which leaves financing gap of more than $1 trillion/year. In order to fill such a huge gap and bring enough funding to the ground, we need to make a transformational change by making a stronger institutional arrangement, designing sustainable financing mechanisms/instruments and developing high quality pipeline projects.

This presentation will show how structured finance will take a critical role in sustainable infrastructure development and how Public-Private Partnership is critical to make such a transformational change. While studying some relevant PPP cases, we will learn the roles of Green Climate Fund, an example of global fund, to help achieve such a transformational impact and sustainable infrastructure development.


Mr Peter Kelly

Banks and Infrastructure Finance Branch | Multilateral Development and Finance Division; Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Government of Australia

Peter Kelly is a Professional Engineer who has been with DFAT since January 2002. With a Bachelor Degree of Engineering (Civil- 1984), Peter has had over 25 years of experience with economic and social infrastructure delivery in the international development arena. He has worked with many South Pacific Nations since joining DFAT as well as undertaking long term technical assistance assignments in Cambodia (1992-96), Papua New Guinea (97), Sri Lanka (1999-2000), Samoa (2001) and Vanuatu (2009-2012).

Peter’s current responsibilities within DFAT include provision of technical advice throughout the activity delivery cycle on all infrastructure investment initiatives supported by Australia’s development assistance program throughout the Asia Pacific region.


Enhancing Pacific Infrastructure Sustainability through Technical Standards

Peter Kelly, Infrastructure Specialist, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Government of Australia

This paper explores the contribution that better technical standards, and stronger enforcement of them, could make to the climate resilience and consequent sustainability of infrastructure in the South Pacific. This includes how application of appropriate standards make financing and insurance more affordable for all.

A general view is offered on the current level of compliance with available technical standards across the built environment and related enforcement approaches. Some assessment focus is placed on the key constraints and challenges to better compliance with building codes and standards across urban population centres in the region. These include the opportunity to enhance professional competency through increased training, licensing and fellowship. The paper also identifies some of the practical actions that can be taken by public and private stakeholders to improve the safety of structures in response to the impacts of both climate change and ongoing changes in the construction industry.