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Principals -  Barbara Laflin Treat

Barbara Laflin Treat is President of Infrastructure World (IW), and brings over 25 years experience as a senior executive in the global energy and infrastructure development industries. She is also the founder and chairman of two private equity investment firms focused on energy, technology and financial services.

 Prior to her tenure at IW she was a Principal Vice President with Bechtel Group, responsible for multi-billion dollar project developments as well as senior corporate management functions. She served both as Vice President of Bechtel Enterprises (the company’s project finance and development arm), and later as Principal Vice President of Bechtel Group, where she ran the Global Services arm of Bechtel Civil’s Global Industry Unit (for all civil engineering and construction projects). She covered a broad spectrum of infrastructure industries -- from oil & gas and alternate energy, to surface transportation, ports and logistics, regional planning and water resources. Her international business activities covered projects in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and Europe.

 At Bechtel, her responsibilities included serving as Principal Vice President of Bechtel Civil’s Global Industry Unit – for projects around the world in rail, aviation, water & wastewater, roads & bridges, and buildings & urban planning. She had senior executive responsibility for directing the strategy, bidding, technical and business services to Civil’s global project network and over 4,000 employees. Ms. Treat also served as Principal Vice President & Development Manager for the $20+billion Alaska gas pipeline & LNG project; as Principal Vice President & Development Manager for Bechtel’s investment in International Water --where she led the effort to reposition Bechtel’s global privatized water business and re-focus the company’s 700-person water engineering group in Manchester, England; and as Vice President and Manager of the $8-billion “Daxie Island” port and industrial city in Ningbo, China (south of Shanghai) working with Chinese partner, CITIC. The Daxie project involved almost three years of intensive on-site development efforts in China to negotiate joint venture arrangements with the Chinese partner, design the physical infrastructure for this new mega-port and industrial city, development of the institutional framework for operation of facility, development of the marketing program to promote the new facility and attract private sector investors, and later involved a world-wide effort to promote the island and secure investors.

 Prior to joining Bechtel, Ms Treat was Executive Vice President of Venners & Company, a Washington DC-based alternative fuel and clean coal technology company, where she lobbied for oxygenated-fuels and clean coal legislation. She was also Senior Editor of Petroleum Intelligence Weekly (NYC), the leading oil and gas newsletter in the world, where she had senior level editorial and reporting responsibilities. She was also Director of Research at the Energy & Environmental Policy Center, at HARVARD University’s Kennedy School of Government (Boston, MA) -- leading research projects in international oil and gas policy issues. Previously, she was an oil trader and manager of various crude oil and refined products trading desks for Pacific Resources, Inc, (PRI). She set up their first oil futures hedging program, managed refinery modeling and scheduling, and ran both the crude oil and refined products trading operations part of Australian-based Broken Hill Proprietary (BHP) of the company in Hawaii and California.
 Ms. Treat serves on several corporate Boards, and has authored several publications on oil markets. She has served in research faculty positions at Harvard University’s Kennedy School and taught at the University of Hawaii’s College of Business Administration. Ms. Laflin Treat holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (History) from the University of California Berkeley, and a MBA from the University of Hawaii.