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Infrastructure Finance - Strategy and Execution

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

TBudgetary constraints, changing populations and political demands for economic development and renewal, and now the immense and enduring impact of Covid-19 have produced a continued appetite for private capital to provide much needed infrastructure and social development projects, ranging from hospitals, clinics and schools to airports and ports, business parks, roads and railways. These are the largest, most challenging and important investment opportunities anywhere in the world and the greatest source of employment that Government can inspire and create.
Africa is now seeing a range of different investment routes to PPP as well as an equally wide range of different financial structures. This course is about how private finance is and will continue be used for infrastructure in Africa: the logic, financial structure, risk analysis, legal background, contracts, outcomes and risk management of projects are examined in great depth with a range of relevant local case studies, group exercises and opportunities for one-on-one discussions with the trainer.

This course will teach you all the available techniques and how to practically apply them using Excel. An extensive use of case studies will be adopted to illustrate the principles covered. Ultimately delegates will get practical tips on layout and style in building and analysing user-friendly models, which are available as additional benefits of the course. Delegates will be given assignments to complete in the week between each session.

Course Director

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Julian Roche

Julian holds a first class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, an MPhil in politics from Exeter University and a PhD in agricultural risk management policy from Deakin University. He is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Agriculture Department of the University of Western Australia. He began his career with the UK Civil Service in 1985, specialising in foreign trade and economic modelling, and was then picked for the mainstream Civil Service fast stream. After leaving for the private sector as an economist and forecaster at the firms that now form Global Insight, he then worked on a range of commodity derivative contracts for the London Commodity Exchange, and then set up his own consultancy in 1991 with a range of clients including banks and land brokers. In 1995 he was appointed a senior consultant to a venture capital company, Hudson Venture Partners, where he advised on corporate structure, flotations, trade sales and business valuations, holding that position until 2000. Since then he has been working primarily as a consultant, advising global banks, and government agencies including UNCTAD, on aspects of agribusiness, investment, valuation and restructuring. He has also published a number of books on trade, commodities and finance, including one on commodity derivatives, and most recently a workbook on Agribusiness Investment Modelling. His career in training commenced in 1998 and he regularly presents seminars worldwide on a range of agribusiness and financial topics, with a particular interest in corporate strategy, commodities, valuation, leasing, and due diligence. He has also presented seminars to companies, investment bankers, government agencies, and other financial organisations worldwide and currently delivers around 100 to 120 days a year of training. His particular expertise is in the Middle East, where the majority of his consultancy and training is, and where he has also advised several leading organisations such as the Qatar Sovereign Wealth Fund, the World Bank, and the Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau.

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