About the Authors and Contributors to Cross-Sector Infrastructure Sharing Toolkit
Richard Keck is a founding partner of Macmillan Keck, based in New York. Since 1985, he has advised clients on telecommunications business strategy and legal matters. He has cross-sector infrastructure sharing experience in Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chile, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Papua New Guinea, Nigeria, Peru, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States and Zambia. His experience includes telecommunications use of roadways, railways, steam pipes, pipelines, duct systems, and electricity infrastructure. Richard guided many US utilities into the telecommunications sector, including 25 investor-owned utilities and several government-owned utilities and membership cooperatives. He received a JD cum laude from Harvard in 1985 and a BA/BS in Economics and Mathematics from Emory University in 1982.
Jason Blechman is of counsel at Macmillan Keck, based in New York. He has advised governments, regulators and operators on telecommunications and competition law and regulation in developing countries. His work includes advising on large telecom infrastructure projects as well as drafting and interpreting telecommunications and competition laws and regulations. Jason earned a JD in 2003 from New York University Law School and a BA in Biological Basis of Behavior in 1998 from the University of Pennsylvania.
Rory Macmillan is a founding partner of Macmillan Keck, based in Geneva. For 20 years, Rory’s work has focused on attracting private investment to major telecom infrastructure projects in the developed and developing World. In addition to structuring individual transactions, Rory has designed government policies, drafted laws and prepared regulations and licenses establishing a favorable environment for private investment, and mediated and arbitrated regulatory disputes involving infrastructure operators, service providers and governments. Rory received his LLM from Yale Law School in 1994, where he was a Fulbright Scholar and Rotary Scholar. He was awarded his LLB with First Class Honors from the University of Edinburgh in 1992. He has authored numerous articles on telecommunications investment, law and policy and dispute resolution.
Nicolas Maennling is a Senior Economics and Policy Researcher at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI). His focus at CCSI is to develop the quantitative economics research area within the extractive industries work stream including financial and fiscal modeling, project and company valuations, and economic impact assessments. Prior to joining CCSI he worked one year in Timor-Leste and three years in Mozambique as a government advisor. He earned an MSc in Economics from Warwick University in 2007.
Sophie Thomashausen is a Senior Legal Researcher at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), where she undertakes research and provides advice on issues related to resource-related infrastructure, public-private partnerships, and large-scale investments. Prior to joining CCSI, she was a Law Fellow at the Public International Law and Policy Group. She also spent seven years in the Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Group of Allen & Overy LLP in London and São Paulo. Sophie received an A.B. from Princeton University, a B.A. and M.A. in law from Cambridge University, England, and an LL.M. from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. She is admitted to the Bar in New York State (2013) and England and Wales (2007).
Perrine Toledano is the head of the Extractive Industries focus area of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), where she leads research, training and advisory projects on fiscal regimes, financial modeling, leveraging extractive industry investments in rail, port, telecommunications, water and energy infrastructure for broader development needs, local content, revenue management, and optimal legal provisions for development benefits. Before joining CCSI, Perrine worked for several years as a consultant for various non-profit organizations (Natural Resource Governance Institute, Carter Center), Development institutions (World Bank) and private firms (Ernst and Young and Natixis Investment Bank) Perrine earned an MBA from Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales in Paris in 2005 and a Masters of Public Administration from Columbia University in 2008.
Peter Silarszky is a Senior Economist with the World Bank’s Transport and ICT Global Practice based in Washington, DC where he is managing policy dialogue and telecommunications infrastructure investment projects in several countries in Africa and East Asia. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2003, Peter worked as Associate with A.T. Kearney based in Prague, Czech Republic advising leading European telecommunications operators, financial institutions, and electric utilities on strategy development, business planning, post-merger integration, restructuring, and complex project management. Peter holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of the State of New York and CERGE, Charles University, Prague.
Natalija Gelvanovska joined the World Bank in 2012 as a Senior ICT Policy Specialist and a secondee from the Communications Regulatory Authority of the Republic of Lithuania where she was holding a position of a Deputy Director for Electronic Communications Department. Natalija is leading World Bank’s (WB) ICT portfolio in Western Balkans and is engaged in WB’s operations in Caucasus and Central Asia. Prior joining the Bank, Ms. Gelvanovska was a Chair of the Working Group on Technical Regulatory Issues at the European Conference for Post and Telecommunications (CEPT) bringing together over 20 European countries to discuss and develop common approach for policy and regulation applicable to technical aspects of networks and service provision. Ms. Gelvanovska has an extensive experience of advisory services under the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange instrument of the European Commission on the harmonization of national regulatory frameworks with EU aquis. Natalija studied Physics and holds a Master of Science from Vilnius University, Lithuania.
Siddhartha Raja is Senior Specialist with the World Bank's Jobs Group. From 2007 until 2015, he worked in the World Bank's ICT Practice managing policy dialogue and investment programs in Afghanistan, Georgia, Moldova, and Central Asia on broadband connectivity development, cross-sector infrastructure sharing, ICT-enabled employment, and on using technology for ubiquitous service delivery. Mr. Raja has a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications engineering from the University of Bombay, a master’s degree in infrastructure policy studies from Stanford University, has studied media law and policy at the University of Oxford, and has a doctorate in telecommunications policy from the University of Illinois.