Our leadership team

Martin Stanley

Head of Macquarie Asset Management, Senior Managing Director

Martin is Head of Macquarie Asset Management (MAM) and a member of Macquarie Group’s Executive Committee. Martin leads a team of approximately 1,700 people in more than 20 countries, managing over $US385 billion on behalf of investors.

Martin joined Macquarie in 2004 to support the growth of its international infrastructure funds management platform. Helping to establish and manage MIRA’s flagship European funds, Martin directed a number of landmark transactions for the business, including; the acquisition of Thames Water, the largest water and waste water company in the UK; the take-private of Techem GmBH in Germany; and the divestment of Global Towers Partners in the United States.

Martin was appointed Head of MIRA in 2010 and led the world’s largest infrastructure manager as it expanded into new sectors, markets and real asset classes. Following his appointment as Head of MAM in 2018, Martin continues to chair the Boards and Investment Committees of MIRA’s largest funds, setting the strategic direction for the business as it seeks to build, manage and enhance assets that underpin the sustainable development of economies and communities.

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.

Ben Way

Head of Global Alternatives, Senior Managing Director

Ben is the Head of Global Alternatives, based in Hong Kong. Since joining Macquarie in 2006, Ben has held several leadership positions across Macquarie’s Taiwan, Seoul and Beijing offices and has led the establishment of investment funds across sectors including utilities, renewables, communication, transport and water.

Ben sits on the investment committees and boards of a number of MIRA’s funds, including MAIF, PINAI, Macquarie Greater China Infrastructure Fund, Macquarie SBI Infrastructure Fund (India), Macquarie Korea Opportunities Fund and MIGS.

Ben has been based in Asia for more than 18 years. He was previously Chairman and CEO of Taiwan Broadband Communications and a management consultant with Bain & Company.

Along with his senior management responsibilities within MIRA, Ben is the CEO of Macquarie Group in Asia, a member of Macquarie Group’s Global Management Committee and the Macquarie Group Foundation.

Frank Kwok

Head of Asia-Pacific, Senior Managing Director

Frank is the Head of MIRA Asia-Pacific, based in Sydney. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing MIRA’s investments in the region, primarily in infrastructure.

Frank has been pivotal in MIRA’s growth in the region, including the establishment of Macquarie Asia Infrastructure Fund (MAIF), Macquarie Greater China Infrastructure Fund (MGCIF) and the Philippine Alliance for Infrastructure (PINAI).

Since joining Macquarie in 1997, Frank has worked in various offices across Asia-Pacific and has led investments across sectors including transportation, utilities, renewable energy and communication infrastructure.

Frank sits on the investment committees and boards of MIRA’s funds in the region including MAIF, PINAI, MGCIF, Macquarie SBI Infrastructure Fund (India) and Macquarie Australia Infrastructure Trust.

David Fass

Head of Americas, Senior Managing Director

David Fass was appointed as the Head of MIRA Americas in April 2019. He is responsible for overseeing the asset management activities for MIRA across the Americas and sits on the investment committees of several of MIRA’s funds. Prior to this role, David was the Chief Executive Officer of Macquarie Group’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

David’s financial services career spans over 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.

David’s 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 MIRA responsibilities, David is a member of Macquarie’s US Management Committee and the Macquarie Group Foundation.

Leigh Harrison

Head of EMEA, Senior Managing Director

Leigh is Head of MIRA EMEA, where he is responsible for overseeing MIRA’s investments in the region and is a member of the EMEA Investment Committees.

In his current role, Leigh has successfully established new European infrastructure funds, overseen the acquisition and divestment of numerous assets and the acquisition of platforms including the Green Investment Group.

Leigh joined Macquarie in 2002 where he was an integral part of a team which established the first three MIRA European infrastructure funds and played a key role in a significant number of acquisitions, including South East Water, Thames Water and Wales & West Utilities.

Prior to his current role, Leigh was Global Chief Operating Officer for MIRA, where he worked closely with senior leadership on business development initiatives, global business strategy, and other strategic initiatives including M&A activity.

Elizabeth O’Leary

Head of Agriculture, Senior Managing Director

Elizabeth is responsible for managing investments across MIRA’s Agriculture platform. In this role, Elizabeth has successfully driven growth in assets across Australia and Brazil. She sits on each Agricultural fund’s investment committee and is a board director of Paraway Pastoral Company Limited, Lawson Grains Pty Limited, Viridis Ag Pty Limited and Cruzeiro do Sul Graos Ltda.

Elizabeth joined Macquarie over 16 years ago and has held a number of senior corporate roles in Australia, Asia and the UK, including as a member of MIRA’s asset management team on several flagship European infrastructure investments. Elizabeth was also integral to the success of several transformational acquisitions for Macquarie Group including the acquisition and transition management of Delaware Asset Management from Lincoln Financial in the United States.

Raised on a rice, wheat and sheep farm in the Riverina region of Australia, Elizabeth has a long association with, and deep knowledge of, agribusiness. This includes an active investment in one of Australia’s largest Angus cattle breeding and genetics companies, and farmland ownership in three states of Australia.

Elizabeth is also a Macquarie Group Foundation committee member.

Phil Peters

Global Head of Client Solutions Group, Senior Managing Director (MAM)

Phil is responsible for Macquarie Asset Management’s (MAM) global Client Solutions Group, made up of approximately 220 professionals dedicated to new business initiatives, product development, fund formation, capital raising and client relations across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific.

Phil’s extensive experience spans 26 years and encompasses the acquisition, restructuring, disposal and on-going management of a variety of infrastructure assets and boutique investment firms.

Prior to rejoining Macquarie in 2017, Phil enjoyed a 10-year tenure at Challenger Limited in both London and Sydney and was responsible for the establishment of the Fidante Partners multi-boutique platform in Europe. Phil 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 utilities during this time.

Brett Robson

Head of Real Estate, Senior Managing Director

Brett leads MIRA’s global real estate business, which encompasses funds and asset management, platform and direct real estate investment and private capital markets transactions services.

Brett has over 27 years of experience including 16 years in corporate finance with Macquarie, providing financial advisory and capital raising services, together with merchant banking investing activities across a broad range of real estate operating platforms. Prior to Macquarie, Brett spent 12 years at Lendlease where he held senior roles spanning real estate fund, asset and development management.

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