MATTHEW HARRIS – BIOGRAPHY
Matt Harris is a founding partner of Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP). GIP is recognized as one of the world’s leading infrastructure investment firms, investing globally in the energy, transportation, water and waste sectors and combining deep industry expertise and relationships with best practice operational management.
During his 15 years as part of the leadership team at GIP, Matt has been intimately involved in all of GIP’s investment, management and strategic activities. He has overseen a period of massive growth for the company, transforming it into a market leader which now manages more than $72.0 billion for its investors in high quality infrastructure assets in both OECD and select emerging market countries. GIP’s impact extends beyond investors, with its portfolio companies boasting combined annual revenues of greater than $43.0 billion and employing approximately 52,000 people worldwide. Matt has championed GIP’s forward-leaning approach to growth and innovation, helping complete 16 strategic partnerships representing a total investment of $19.2 billion by GIP, and leading the firm’s entry into new markets including infrastructure in developing countries and renewable energy as well as its overall focus on energy transition. He previously was responsible for GIP’s global energy industry investment activities. He is a member of the Executive Committee of GIP as well as its Investment and Portfolio Valuation Committees. Matt is also a member of the Board of Directors of Freeport LNG, LLC and Hess Midstream Partners, LLC.
Prior to the formation of GIP in 2006, Matt was Co-Head of the Global Energy Group at Credit Suisse where he succeeded Adebayo Ogunlesi and served as Head of the EMEA Emerging Markets Group. Previously, he was a senior member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group and served as Co-Head of Americas Mergers and Acquisitions at the firm. Before joining Credit Suisse, he was a senior member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Kidder Peabody & Co. Inc.
As a leader in infrastructure investment, Matt has worked on over 150 transactions during his career, aggregating investments in excess of $250 billion in the United States, Canada and Mexico, Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Australasia.
Matt is the founder of Bedari, an impact company innovating at the intersection of sustainability, philanthropy and investment. Bedari’s portfolio is comprised of operating companies, issue-focused investments and philanthropic projects catalyzing change in mental health and wellness, energy transition and environmental conservation. Bedari is a founding investor in Chopra, a next generation healthcare company built around the work and teachings of Deepak Chopra. Through its Bedari Foundation arm, Bedari recently collaborated with the University of California at Los Angeles to establish a $20 million endowment to create the UCLA Bedari Kindness Institute dedicated to the research, education and practice of kindness. On the environmental front, Bedari has partnered with a group of visionary conservationists, investors and African communities to establish Karingani in Mozambique, a first-of-its-kind private reserve, restoring and conserving 150,000 hectares of some of Africa’s last remaining wilderness.
Matt holds a B.A. in Political Science (cum laude) from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is on the Board of Directors of the Chopra Foundation and the World Wildlife Fund and serves as Chairman of the Board of the Columbia University Center for Global Energy Policy.