Ben Way is Group Head of Macquarie Asset Management and a member of Macquarie Group’s Executive Committee.
Before assuming his current responsibilities in 2021, Ben held several other senior positions across Macquarie, including CEO of Macquarie Group in Asia. Prior to joining the firm, he was Chairman and CEO of Taiwan Broadband Communications and a management consultant with Bain & Company.
Ben is a member of the Board of Directors of Mothers Choice, a Hong Kong organization whose goal it is to see every child in a safe, loving and permanent family.
Ben is a Fellow of the 2017 class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Macquarie University.
Leigh Harrison is Head of the Real Assets business within Macquarie Asset Management (MAM), a role he assumed in April 2021. Based in London, he provides global leadership to the world’s largest infrastructure manager and a major investor in renewable energy, agriculture, and natural assets – supporting the growth of the business across new sectors and markets. Prior to this role, he led the real assets business in EMEA, where he was responsible for overseeing investments in the region. In this role, he successfully established new European infrastructure funds, oversaw the acquisition and divestment of numerous portfolio companies, and acquired and developed new platforms for the MAM business. In 2002, he joined Macquarie Group, where he was an integral part of the team that established MAM’s first three European infrastructure funds and played a key role in a significant number of acquisitions for those funds. He also previously served as global chief operating officer for the business (now known as MAM’s Real Assets division) where he worked closely with senior leadership on business development initiatives, global business strategy, and other strategic initiatives including M&A activity.
Martin is Head of the Macquarie Asset Management (MAM) Real Assets team in EMEA. Based in London, Martin oversees the EMEA investment activities of the world’s largest infrastructure manager and leads a team of approximately 180 people based across eight markets.
Martin joined Macquarie Group in 2013 and since then has been heavily involved in a number of major acquisition, financing, restructuring and divestment processes in the region’s infrastructure sector. Prior to his current role, Martin led a sector investment team and oversaw debt capital across MAM’s EMEA portfolio. Martin has served on the boards of a number of MAM’s portfolio companies in EMEA, played a key role in helping to raise MAM’s decarbonisation ambitions, and helped to launch and fundraise for several key investment strategies in the region.
Having initially entered the banking industry in 1989, Martin has a wealth of prior experience in investment banking, financing and fund management from previous roles at Kleinwort Benson and JPMorgan. In these roles Martin worked on a diverse range of landmark transactions involving various corporate, private equity, and infrastructure fund management clients, in particular supporting MAM with its early activities in Europe.
Martin holds a Degree in Finance from Loughborough University, UK.
Frank Kwok is the Asia-Pacific Head of Real Assets at Macquarie Asset Management (MAM), a role he assumed in July 2019, and is based in Sydney. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the asset management activities for the business in the region. He is also a member of the investment committees of numerous funds. Since joining the firm in 1997, he has worked in various offices across the Asia-Pacific region. He has led the establishment and management of infrastructure funds across the region, including the Macquarie Asia-Pacific Infrastructure Fund (MAIF) series. He has overseen transactions and managed investments across various sectors, including transportation, utilities, renewable energy, and digital infrastructure. He was previously the global chief operating officer for the business, where he worked closely with senior leadership on business development initiatives and business strategy.
David Fass was appointed as the Head of Americas for Private Markets in April 2019. He is responsible for overseeing the asset management activities for Macquarie Asset Management (MAM) across the Americas and sits on the investment committees of several of the funds. Prior to this role, he was the chief executive officer of Macquarie Group’s operations in EMEA. His financial services career spans more than 30 years, with expertise founded in capital markets and advisory. He has had active involvement in emerging and frontier markets and takes a keen interest in the developing thematic of balancing growth opportunities with prudent risk management. His career began on Wall Street at Paine Webber (UBS) and JPMorgan (Chase Manhattan Bank) before moving to London. In London, he spent 11 years at Deutsche Bank, where he held various senior management and client-facing roles, including European head of global banking and was a member of the Global Banking Executive Committee. In addition to his MAM responsibilities, he is a member of Macquarie’s Americas Management Committee. He received his MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan.
Elizabeth O’Leary is a Senior Managing Director in Macquarie Asset Management (MAM) Real Assets. Since 2003, she has held a number of senior corporate roles across Macquarie Group and worked in Macquarie’s Australian, UK and Hong Kong offices. In her current role, which she has held since 2014, Elizabeth leads MAM’s Agriculture & Natural Asset’s platform encompassing large-scale specialised funds and related investment vehicles. She is also a member of the MAM Real Assets Executive Committee. She sits on the relevant Investment Committees and is a board director of various agricultural operating companies.
Elizabeth is committed to developing the natural assets sector into a mature and attractive asset class with growing institutional investment. Under Elizabeth’s leadership, MAM Agriculture & Natural Assets has taken a leadership position in the development of methods of measuring, reducing and removing greenhouse gas emissions across its farming operations.
Elizabeth is a keen participant in the natural assets sector as a member of the Energy, Emissions and Efficiency Advisory Committee, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Agriculture and Food Advisory Group, the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) along with not-for-profit boards focused on climate and biodiversity. She is a regular speaker and contributor at industry forums.
Elizabeth was raised on a mixed farm in the Riverina farming region of Australia and has held private interests in farming assets for over two decades.
Phil Peters is responsible for Macquarie Asset Management’s (MAM’s) global Client Solutions Group, made up of approximately 250 professionals dedicated to new business initiatives, product development, fund formation, capital raising, and client relations across the Americas, EMEA, and Asia Pacific. His extensive experience spans 28 years and encompasses the acquisition, restructuring, disposal, and on-going management of a variety of infrastructure assets and boutique investment firms (including both alternative and traditional asset classes). Prior to rejoining MAM in 2017, he enjoyed a 10-year tenure at Challenger Limited, both in London and Sydney, and was responsible for the establishment of the Fidante Partners multi-boutique platform in Europe. He was previously the head of the European Private Placements Group at Macquarie Group and played a pivotal role in the acquisition of several high-profile companies during this time.
Brett Robson leads Macquarie Asset Management’s (MAM’s) real estate business, which encompasses funds and asset management, platform and direct real estate investment, and private capital markets transactions services. He has more than 28 years of experience including 16 years in corporate finance with the firm, providing financial advisory and capital raising services, together with merchant banking investing activities across a broad range of real estate operating platforms. Prior to joining MAM, he spent 12 years at Lendlease where he held senior roles spanning real estate fund, asset, and development management.
Martin joined Macquarie in 2004 to support the growth of its international infrastructure funds management platform. Helping to establish and manage Macquarie’s flagship European infrastructure funds, Martin directed a number of landmark transactions for the business, including the acquisition of Thames Water, the largest water and wastewater company in the UK.
Martin was appointed Head of Real Assets in 2010 and led the world’s largest infrastructure manager as it expanded into new sectors, markets and real asset classes. In 2018 he was appointed Head of Macquarie Asset Management (MAM), where he led a team of more than 1,900 people managing over $US420 billion of assets on behalf of institutional and wholesale clients around the world.
In April 2021, Martin stepped down as Head of MAM and became Chairman of MAM. He remains on the Investment Committees of MAM’s regional flagship infrastructure funds and is Chairman of the NYSE listed infrastructure fund, Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (MIC).
Before joining Macquarie, Martin worked for 18-years in the utility and energy sectors. Martin was a senior director at TXU Europe Group, an energy services business involved in generation, supply and trading of electricity and gas. He started his career at Manweb, the regulated power distribution network covering the North West of the United Kingdom.
1. As at 30 September 2021