about us

Delivering the confidence to invest

Infrata bridges the gap between infrastructure projects and investors. We ensure that projects get the funding they need, while giving investors the confidence to make the right decisions.

We provide ambitious support in public and private sectors.

The Infrata team provides market-leading support to some of the world’s most exciting and ambitious infrastructure projects, both public and private.

Some stats

20

Active countries

10

Working languages

30

Major projects under construction or in operation

200

Infrastructure projects over last 5 years

$100bn

Value of transactions to date

20

Active transactions

What sets us apart is our approach

Efficiency and Experience

We combine the experience and efficiency of an established company with the thirst for innovation that you’d expect from an independent boutique consultancy.

Creative and Different

We’re not afraid to do things differently – to approach familiar problems in a creative way. This has proved key to managing and mitigating factors of risk on numerous major projects.

Analytical and cutting-edge

Our process combines the use of cutting-edge analytical tools with decades of industry-specific experience. The result is a robust investment strategy that works for both investors and infrastructure, and in both public and private settings.

Meet the team

The core of our team comprises former directors and senior managers of URS Scott Wilson’s project finance advisory team. As you’ll see, we’ve also made a few valuable additions.

Alonzo Guzman

Managing Director

Alonzo Guzman

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Infrata’s Managing Director since 2016, Alonzo Guzman has more than 14 years’ of industry experience. He has advised lenders, investors and sponsors of infrastructure projects all over the world. He has served as a Director at Infrata since the company’s inception. 

As a Civil Engineer, Alonzo has undertaken a variety of roles, including Lenders’ Technical Advisor, Procurement Advisor, Project and Programme Manager, and Employer’s Agent. Alonzo has supported the management of PPP procurement internationally, as well as leading a number of LTA transactions across transportation and accommodation sectors. 

Alonzo holds a BSc in Civil Engineering, and an MSc in the Management and Implementation of Development Projects from the University of Manchester.

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Valery Olefir

Director

Valery Olefir

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Valery Olefir leads Infrata's aviation team, and is responsible for strategic advisory services across all transport sectors at Infrata. He brings more than 15 years of experience to the company, having worked on a large number of advisory and due diligence projects. These projects combine traffic forecasts, business planning and technical services for clients across Europe and globally. Valery has lead over 20 airport due diligence transactions, many for complex airport networks. 

Prior to joining Infrata, Valery was a Vice President within HSH Nordbank’s Transportation and Infrastructure team. Here, he was engaged in debt and advisory mandates on a range of transport assets across Europe. Before this, Valery was a Managing Consultant at Scott Wilson Business Consultancy.

Valery holds an MBA from London Business School.

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John Gibbon

Technical Director

John Gibbon

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John Gibbon is a Chartered Engineer and a leading transportation consultant. He specialises in railway planning, operations, multi-modal transportation systems, light rail systems, airports, and ports.

John has been involved in the financial modelling of transportation infrastructure, such that it can be reviewed for privatisation, restructuring, or investment from the public or private sector.

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Ray Powell

Technical Director

Ray Powell

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Ray Powell is a Chartered Civil Engineer with more than 35 years of project experience in transportation and social infrastructure. Ray has spent over 20 years in the PPP field, providing technical advice to public and private sector clients, including bid management/direction, technical and commercial due diligence for bidding consortia, rating agencies, and lenders.

In addition to working on bid stage due diligence, Ray has worked on monitoring construction and drawdown, operations and lifecycle reviews.

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Ian Lowden

Technical Director

Ian Lowden

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Ian Lowden is an Aviation Consultant, with 30 years’ experience in the air transport industry. Ian provides advice to airports, airlines, financial bodies, regulators and industry suppliers. His advisory expertise covers the following areas:

  • Traffic and revenue forecasting
  • Market analysis
  • Air service marketing
  • Business planning and development
  • Regulation
  • Restructuring
  • Privatisation

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Enrique Backhaus

Principal Consultant

Enrique Backhaus

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Enrique Backhaus is a Principal Consultant within Infrata. He is a Civil Engineer with more than eight years’ experience, which spans investment appraisal, commercial origination, and financial modelling.

Enrique has reviewed contractual payment mechanisms for several major civil projects, and is thoroughly versed in resulting commercial implications. In addition to his professional engineering risk analysis experience, he has obtained a double Master’s degree in the subject from TU Delft and ICAI.

Prior to his time at Infrata, Enrique worked in the Contract and Origination English division of the French utility company, EDF. A native Spanish speaker, he is also fluent in English, French and Portuguese.

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Aurea Castilla

Consultant

Aurea Castilla

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Aurea Castilla is responsible for reviewing D&C and O&M contracts, and has effectively delivered technical and commercial due diligence on a range of projects. Her areas of specialism include the management of highway PPP maintenance contracts, project management, and the control of performance indicators across long-term concessions.

Aurea holds a Master’s degree in Planning and Management of Infrastructure, with a focus on Land and PPP Management.

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Eimear Connery

Principal Consultant

Eimear Connery

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Eimear Connery is a Technical Advisor at Infrata, and works across all infrastructure disciplines, providing technical due diligence and transaction support, as well as construction monitoring services.

Eimear is a Chartered Civil Engineer with more than 12 years’ experience working on major infrastructure projects worldwide, serving in both design and technical advisory roles.

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Andrew D’Souza

Principal Economist

Andrew D’Souza

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Andrew D’Souza is a senior economist with experience throughout infrastructure project planning and operational phases. He has conducted assessments for various stakeholders, including governments, planning agencies, investors, sponsors, operators, commercial lenders, development banks, and industry groups.

Andrew’s projects have covered traffic and revenue projections, catchment area assessments, market studies, master plans, and cost benefit analyses. These projects have spanned all six inhabited continents, and have covered deliverables in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

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Howard Fawcett

Senior Consultant

Howard Fawcett

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Howard Fawcett’s civil engineering background has enabled him to advise both sponsors and lenders on a variety of transactions across Europe, Latin America, and the US.

Notable recent experience includes leading the technical delivery of three 4G highway acquisitions in Colombia, and providing lenders’ technical advisory services on several high-profile availability-based projects.

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Sharlene Hay

Principal Consultant

Sharlene Hay

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Sharlene Hay is a Chartered Engineer and certified Project Manager, with more than eight years in the industry. As one of Infrata’s Principal Consultants, Sharlene provides technical due diligence services across all types of infrastructure projects, chiefly in North and South America.

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Raul Oviedo

Analyst

Raul Oviedo

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Raul is an Analyst at Infrata and provides economic and statistical research support.  Raul has a background in engineering and finance and has been involved in different stages of advisory work on behalf of the investment community.  Raul’s skills lie in modelling and economic and financial assessments.  This includes regional/catchment area economic assessments, surface access analysis, and traffic & revenue models. Raul has been involved in a number of PPP schemes globally. Some of his recent projects include multi-stage Due Diligence and traffic forecasting projects in Latin America and Europe.

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Pedro Pires

Senior Consultant

Pedro Pires

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Pedro Pires is one of Infrata’s Senior Consultants. His vast experience includes advising lenders and investors in transportation infrastructure projects across Europe, North America, and South America.

Pedro is a Structural Engineer, with more than four years’ experience in the industry. As well as providing technical advice, Pedro carries out design, technical due diligence, construction and operations monitoring, and lifecycle reviews on behalf of rating agencies and lenders.

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Jerome Santos

Principal Consultant

Jerome Santos

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Jerome Santos is a Principal Consultant with more than ten years of London-based experience in design, construction management, and scheduling. Jerome’s most recent experience consists of advising lenders and rating agencies on a wide range of PPPs and concessions, at technical, contractual, and commercial levels.

Jerome’s portfolio of technical due diligence and construction monitoring projects covers road, rail, fluvial transportation, and waterways, spanning numerous continents. He is a fluent speaker of French, Portuguese, and English.

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Nuno Sousa

Senior Consultant

Nuno Sousa

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Nuno Sousa provides technical advisory services on behalf of financiers through bid, construction and operations phases. He works across the sectors of roads, railways, waterways, and social infrastructure.

Nuno is a native French and Portuguese speaker, allowing him to work in multiple markets worldwide, reflecting Infrata’s recognised global portfolio. He also holds a 5-year Integrated Master’s (MEng) in Civil Engineering.

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Pedro Sousa

Principal Consultant

Pedro Sousa

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Pedro Sousa is a skilled Technical Advisor and Civil Engineer, with experience in transactions across both rail and road sectors. He has a proven track record advising lenders and investors in Europe, North America, and South America.

Throughout his 13+ years in industry, Pedro has performed leading roles in some of Europe’s most challenging infrastructure projects, such as Crossrail in London, and the High Speed Line tunnel in Barcelona.

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Mirthe Wijnstra

Consultant

Mirthe Wijnstra

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Mirthe Wijnstra is an Airport Specialist working within Infrata’s Aviation team. Her experience covers traffic, commercial, and planning aspects of aviation.

Mirthe is a fluent Dutch and English speaker, and holds an MSc Degree in Airport Planning and Management from Cranfield University.

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Dion Zumbrink

Principal Consultant

Dion Zumbrink

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Dion Zumbrink is an Airport Specialist at Infrata, with extensive experience on projects ranging from masterplanning to traffic forecasting and business planning. He has acted on numerous major airport transactions, advising sponsors, vendors and lenders.

Dion holds an MSc Degree in Airport Planning and Management from Cranfield University.

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Bradley Morris

Finance Assistant

Bradley Morris

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Brad is a member of the Finance Team and has nearly 20 years Accounts and Finance experience covering a wide range of industries including Media, Insurance, Intellectual Property/Domains and the Film Industry.

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Michelle McDarmaid

Finance Manager

Michelle McDarmaid

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Michelle heads up the Accounts team for Infrata.

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Sarah Anderson

Office Manager

Sarah Anderson

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Sarah provides Infrata with effective, discreet and confidential support and assists the smooth running of the office benefiting the team members.         

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Mauricio Serrano Cabeza

Consultant

Mauricio Serrano Cabeza

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Mauricio is a Civil Engineer with over 10 year experience in the construction industry in Colombia and the UK.  He has previously been involved in project management as an independent consultant specialising in environmental and risk management areas.

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