Chris joined the PRI in October 2016. He oversees outreach and signatory relations in North and South America.
Chris previously served as the Vice President of Investor Initiative for CDP, the former Carbon Disclosure Project, for North America. Chris has a background in finance, having worked at firms in New York and Tokyo including JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and the former Lehman Brothers.
He holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BBA in Finance from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) recently announced that it has developed a new infrastructure workstream in response to the growing demand for sustainable infrastructure solutions in both developed and emerging markets.
The new PRI workstream will focus mainly on private debt and equity investments in infrastructure, both direct and via funds. It will also ensure consideration of material ESG factors in investment decision making, and provide guidance on integrating responsible investment throughout the investment process from origination to exit.
Andrew Marino is the Co-Head of Carlyle Global Infrastructure Opportunity Fund ("CGI") and is based in Washington, D.C. Previously, Mr. Marino was the Chief Operating Officer of the Natural Resources group, focusing on Carlyle’s investments and strategy in the Energy and Natural Resources sectors. Mr. Marino serves on the investment committee of Carlyle International Energy Partners, Carlyle Power Partners II and NGP Natural Resources XI.
Lars is a Principal on Hamilton Lane’s Real Assets Investment Team, where he is responsible for due diligence of primary fund opportunities in infrastructure and real assets. Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2010, Lars was a portfolio manager at American Beacon Advisors, Inc., where he oversaw a $1 billion portfolio of private equity investments. Previously, Lars was a Financial Analyst with American Airlines Inc. and Ford Motor Company. Lars received an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from Duke University.
Deborah Spalding is the Managing Director & Investment Officer at Commonfund, an investment manager for endowments, foundations, and public pension investors. Prior to that, Spalding was the Chief Investment Officer of the State of Connecticut’s $30 billion Retirement Plans and Trust Funds. Before joining the Office of the State Treasurer, Spalding co-founded Working Lands Investment Partners, LLC, of New Haven, an independent investment management firm that invests in rapidly growing environmental markets for wetlands mitigation credits, water quality and quantity instruments, habitat banking, and carbon.
Sid Vittal is responsible for providing coverage of the Infrastructure sector in North America. Sid is an infrastructure specialist having worked in various capacities in the infrastructure and energy sector including as a principal investor, developer, financier and advisor. Prior to his current role, Sid was a Director in Private Debt at Canada's largest institutional investor in the infrastructure sector. Prior to this, Sid worked in M&A and project finance at one of North America's largest renewable energy companies and has also provided financial/commercial advisory on Public Private Partnerships across North America. In aggregate, Sid has worked on over $10 billion dollars’ worth of infrastructure and energy transactions across North America and Europe. Sid holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) degree from the Schulich School of Business, York University and a Master's Degree in Finance (with Merit) from the London School of Economics.