Strategic Communications will bring together the best expert speakers to discuss, debate and present the latest issues and updates in High Speed Rail Asia.

masaaki T C Chew
Global Rail Business Leader

TC Chew is Arup’s Global Rail Business leader. He is a chartered engineer, a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.

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Prior to his role at Arup, TC was President of Global Business Operations, leading Samsung C&T's transformation to a globally integrated, trusted Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) company.

Throughout his career, he has developed a track record in multi-modal and rail transit systems - across high speed rail, metros, and light rail - and brings a wealth of management, technical and engineering knowledge, gained from leading organisations in the rail industry.
masaaki   Bassam Mansour
International Rail Industry Advisor
HSS Engineering

Bassam Mansour is an International Railway Industry Advisor - Sponsored and trained by British Railways Board, he has held a range of positions in British Railways Board front line services at both Supervisory and Senior Management levels in all Railways disciplines.

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His experience spans over 30 years in Conventional and High Speed Rail as well as Metros. Bassam has been nominated and currently serving on the international panel of judges adjudicating on the Hyperloop High Speed technology in the USA and globally.

Bassam has a degree in Engineering from Manchester University (UK), Business degree from London University and he is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (London), and a Fellow of the Railway Signalling Engineers (London), he is internationally known and acknowledged expert in the railway Industry with proven international projects delivery track record, he has worked on Major Projects in UK (Channel Tunnel, HS1 and LUL), Ireland, Japan, China, Turkey, India, UAE, KSA and Malaysia. Bassam was the Director of Dubai Metro and later Director of Engineering and played a recognised part in the successful delivery of Dubai Metro.

Bassam has contributed to the development of many international railway standards including EN and BS, and delivered many technical papers on the design and delivery of international railway projects. He was a leading member of the GCC technical committee on the development of the GCC railways including High Speed, and led and delivered the National Transport Plan, railway law, railway regulations and railway Standards in the UAE.
masaaki   Surjit Madan
Head, Rail Systems
Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation

Position: 'Head - Rail Systems' in Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India.
  • B.E. (Hons.) in Electrical Engineering from NIT, Raipur in 1969. Fellow of Institution of Engineers (India) and Chartered Engineer.
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  • Biography included in American publication Marquis 'Who's Who in the World' in 1997, for setting up ‘Centre for Electric Transportation’ (CET) in BHEL, Bhopal and various other contributions made in the professional field.
  • More than 45 years of experience in Rail Transportation field.
  • Experience as ‘Head - Rail Systems’ in Navi Mumbai Metro & Nagpur Metro projects.
  • Experience of Project Management of Rolling Stock for Mumbai Metro Line 1 & Delhi Airport Metro Express Line projects.
  • Experience in Design of Locomotives, Rolling Stock, Traction Motors, Metro Depot design, System engineering, Testing, Failure Analysis & Service support.
  • Experience in design, manufacture, erection & commissioning of Locomotive Simulator (Roller Rig) and Vehicle Dynamics facilities in CET. The project was assisted by UNDP (United Nations Development Program).
  • Worked in various Rail projects in different countries.
  • Contributed many technical papers and also chaired sessions in National & International conferences.
masaaki   Timothy G. Galarnyk
Construction Risk Management Inc.

Timothy G. Galarnyk is the Chief Executive Officer of the international firm Construction Risk Management, Inc.

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Galarnyk, a seasoned and very rare Construction Forensic Investigator has been involved in the construction industry for more than 40 years. His field of expertise includes heavy construction, railway construction, residential and commercial construction, inspection and evaluation of highway and railway bridges and the evaluation and determination of proper construction means and methods for railway, residential, commercial and heavy construction operations. His specialty is infrastructure all over the world from oil and gas fields to bridges and dams. Galarnyk has been involved in the inspection of over 1000 bridges worldwide and in the construction, repair, replacement or renovation of over 3000 bridges since his career began in the mid 1970s.

Timothy is a pioneer in the field of Construction Work Zone Traffic Control and has over 3 decades in assisting in the development of Work Zone Safety measures, traffic control devices and Construction Work Zone Layouts and Inspections.

Timothy is actively involved in the forensic investigation of construction collapses, defects, deaths and injuries. He is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of construction analysis, construction safety, construction defects and in identifying construction problems. He is an expert in the creation of programs that manage the risks associated with railway, highway and general construction projects. Galarnyk has personally investigated more than 300 construction related fatalities and literally thousands of construction injuries in his career.

Timothy was the Host of a 2011 History Channel reality-based television program where he appears as "Inspector America" revealing the crumbling nature and the rapid decline of the American Infrastructure. Timothy is an international speaker at construction and infrastructure conferences presenting key note addresses on construction practices, means and methods, risk management and safety. He has received international attention for his straight forward approach to construction in Asia, Europe, South America, The Middle East and all over North America.
masaaki   Farizul Hazil bin Baharom
Head, Cross Border Rail
Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD)

Over 20 years' experience collectively in the public service, private sector and Government Link Entities with expertise in legal, transport projects and regulatory matters as well as policy and legislative development.

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In depth knowledge in Land Public Transport matters such as Cross Border Rail, (High Speed Rail & Rapid Transit System), E-Hailing Services, Rail Regulatory Framework with good network with Malaysia’s Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister’s Department, Ministry of Finance, Attorney General’s Chambers, Ministry of Transport and Singapore’s Ministry of Transport and Land Transport Authority.

Advisor to the Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister’s Department to establish SPAD and subsequently attached to SPAD as Secretary and Head of Legal and currently Head of Cross Border Rail.

Co-Chair for the Economic and Regulatory Joint Sub-Committee opposite the Deputy Secretary of Ministry of Transport, Singapore - under the Malaysia-Singapore Bilateral Agreement on High Speed Rail (HSR) and Rapid Transit System (RTS).

Malaysia team lead for joint work group for HSR and RTS sub-committees under the MY-SG Bilateral Agreement.

Team member of the Transport Link Work Group between Malaysia and Singapore on issues related to HSR & RTS.

Key role in the proposal to Malaysian Cabinet on the formation of SPAD, the introduction of SPAD Act 2010 and the Land Public Transport Act 2010.

Responsible for the establishment of SPAD Pro Bhd, Land Public Transport Forum Bhd, Transit Acquirer Sdn Bhd.

Member of Malaysian Team in development of Terms of Reference for JB-Singapore RTS Joint Feasibility and Engineering studies.

Responsible for compliance and governance matters for SPAD and its subsidiaries. Chair for the SOP Panel Review Committee.

  1. School Children Insurance Program - RM40m covering school children in licensed school buses;
  2. School Bus Replacement Program - RM100m allocated as soft loans for school bus replacement;
  3. Driver Information System - Establishment of Online Driver Database to integrate with relevant agencies (JPJ, PDRM, SSM);
  4. Rail Compliance Framework - Establishment of Rail Standards for Design, Construction, Operations & Maintenance for the Rail Industry;
  5. Industrial Code of Practice - Development of ICOP for Land Public Transport Operators.
  1. Establishment of the Terms of Reference for SPAD Members of Commission Meeting - (highest approving body in SPAD & Tender Board A);
  2. Establishment of SPAD Entities / Committees - Land Public Transport Forum, Dispute Resolution Committee, Audit Committee, Licensing Committee, Transit Acquirer Sdn. Bhd.
masaaki   Bhupinder Bedi
Asian Development Bank, India

Bhupinder Bedi has extensive exposure to Infrastructure Financing with IDBI, ADB and on World Bank Projects with India Infrastructure Finance Co Ltd., in India.

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He has over 20 years of experience at the top management level, as General Manager, in Project Appraisal & Corporate Finance with the erstwhile Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI); the largest Development Bank in the sub-continent. Thereafter, he has worked as a PPP Expert for 5 years with ADB till Sept 2012. In this capacity, he has assisted the state governments of Gujarat & Chhattisgarh as well as Ministry of Urban Development, GOI with the structuring of large infrastructure projects in PPP space. During this period, he also worked on the development of 6 HSR projects in India. He has also written a Paper titled "Global HSR Projects - An Analytical Perspective" during his stint with ADB. His services were also engaged by Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd for developing various Rail Projects in PPP Format. In addition, he has also worked with leading corporates in techno commercial functions in India and abroad. He has also served as a Director on the Board of Directors of some large companies in India and as an Associate with CRIS Infra Solutions on an assignment for IFC (W) on a World Bank project for development of an Enabling Framework for PPPs in Tourism in an African country.

He is currently working as a Procurement Specialist with Asian Development Bank in Delhi. His Focus area is Procurement of PPP Concessionaires for Infra Projects.
masaaki   Prof Teh Soo Lee
Head of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Deptartment, School of Engineering
Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

Teh Soo Lee has 40 years’ experience in design, construction, business, management, and academia.

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His experiences were gained across high speed rail, hospitals, commercial buildings, complex mechanical plants, universities, and through running his own business.

Soo Lee worked for Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation (THSRC) from 2001 to 2007. He was a member of pioneering faculty in setting up Nanyang Technological University Singapore for 12 years. He became Professor and Head of Mechanical Engineering Department, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan in August 2016.

His areas of interest are supersonic aerodynamics, flight mechanics, high speed rail, wind energy, HVAC, breast tumour, air quality, and building energy conservation, and he has published in these fields.

Teh was a visiting fellow at Cambridge University Engineering department and is a Fellow of Engineers Australia.
masaaki   Ashok Goyal
Rail Analysis India

He has been the key speaker at various events in the Rail Sector including events by CII etc.

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  • Widely experienced in multiple facets of business at top positions.
  • He is the Special editor of the magazine : Rail Analysis, which is globally distributed among the decision makers in the railway industry.
  • Today Rail Analysis is the most prominent networking portal / media company focused on railway and metro sector of India, having a widely circulated print and online magazine, a powerful research team which specializes in vendor development for the interested manufacturing companies, setting up their plants under the Make In India Policy . 
  • The media team are the partners in all important railway events not only in India but also globally.
masaaki   Abhaya Krishna Agarwal
Partner - Infrastructure & PPP
Transaction Advisory & Government Services

Abhaya leads the Infra PPP Practice in Ernst & Young and has been instrumental in leading many flagship infrastructure and PPP projects over 26 years of his professional career.

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  • He has been involved in developing a number of infrastructure and PPP projects across many countries in sectors including Urban Infrastructure (including Urban Transport), Highways, Railways, Ports, Airports, Real Estate, Water Supply, SEZ, and Industrial Park.
  • Prior to EY, Abhaya was associated with IL & FS Infrastructure Development Corporation, RITES Limited and Indian Railways.
  • He has worked in 15 countries across the world.
  • Abhaya holds Bachelors and Masters degree in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee and MBA degree from Management Development Institute, Gurgaon.
  • His area of expertise includes financial modeling, bid process management, urban planning, transaction management, feasibility studies, business plan development, strategy formulation, planning for large infrastructure projects like economic corridors etc.
Abhaya has been involved in
  • Pre-feasibility study and Investment Appraisal of the High Speed Railway line for Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor.
  • Chennai Ennore Economic Indus trial Corridor Master Plan.
  • Program management and transaction advisory services for development of a Port Based SEZ (Phase I) at JNPT.
  • Designing of BOT scheme for Infrastructure projects of Indian Railways.
  • Feasibility Study for Mozambique Railways Concessions.
  • Preparation of feasibility report, provision of Technical, Financial and Transaction Advisory Services for Transmission projects in the state of Odisha through Public Private Partnership.
  • Development of Traffic & Transit Management Centre (TTMC) in Hebbal on PPP mode.
  • Financial consultant and Transaction Advisory Services for Public Private Partnership in Chennai and other Airports for AAI.
  • Feasibility study and possible PPP of state roads in state of Tamil Nadu-World bank aided project (IBRD).
  • Financial Consultant for BOT (Toll)/ BOT (Annuity) and OMT Projects under NHDP for 7 corridors.
  • Economic Development Corridor (EDC) and related PPP based Infrastructure projects in Indonesia.
  • Redevelopment and modernization of four World class Railway stations on PPP for Indian Railways.
  • Setting up 1500 Indus trial Training Institutes/Centres (ITI/ITCs) and 5000 Skill Development Centres (SDCs) in PPP mode under "Koushal Vikas Yojna".
  • Assistance for Bid Process Management for Renovation, Re-Construction and Modernization of Indira Gandhi Government Medical College (IGGMC) and Construction of Shopping Complex in the existing premises.
  • Feasibility study and Main streaming PPP in skill education through PPP - a world bank project.
  • Setting up an Education City in Bhutan on PPP.
  • Establishment of Nursing Institutes on PPP basis in the North Eastern Region.
  • Setting up of a Super-Specialty Hospital at Para dip and Mumbai Port on PPP.
masaaki   Ar. Priyanka Kumar
Urban Planner
(School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi)
Regional Centre for Urban & Environmental Studies (RCUES), Lucknow

Priyanka Kumar is a notable Architect and Urban Planner. She completed B.Arch. (Bachelor in Architecture) from Kurukshetra University in 2016 and M.Plan (Masters in Planning Specialization in Urban Planning) from School of Planning and Architecture New Delhi, an "Institution of National Importance" under an act of Parliament(Ministry of HRD. Govt of India) in 2018.

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She had worked in Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi and done internship at Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. Currently she is working in the capacity of Urban Planner at the Regional Centre for Urban & Environmental Studies (RCUES), Lucknow, established by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
masaaki   Apurba Dhar

Mr. Apurba Dhar is a C-suite professional and a renowned personality of Transport sector.

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An Electronics and Communication Engineer who started his carrier as an entrepreneur, being first few those who perceived the concept of start-up in computer manufacturing in India in the pre-liberalization period of 1990-1992. In his words - "it was as enjoyable as a roller-coaster drive but not sustainable, considering that period". However, from 1992 till date he have been working in transport industry - metro rail and railways- excelling in his various roles and responsibilities from Engineer to high level Manager, and now as a board member at CRRC ZELC India. In his diversified roles, he has worked in important projects like High Speed - Airport Metro Express of Delhi and Navi Mumbai Metro rail line1, and also associated with Mumbai Metro Rail Line1. His participation in various initiatives in the areas of tramways, BRTs, waterway, ropeways etc. for green and brown fields’ developments for smart cities and sustainable integrated transport system is highly recognized and appreciated.

His contributions are remarkable as an energetic and passionate business leader. He is results-oriented, driven to manage costs and establish strategic, mutually beneficial partnerships and relationships. Excel at building and retaining high performance teams by hiring, developing and motivating skilled professionals. He has strong work ethic and proponent of empowerment and accountability.
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