November 10 - 12, 2019


Course Description

This executive education seminar builds on the earlier Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) Foundation course. Participants will have the opportunity to gain a deeper and actionable understanding of how to:

  • Screen for public-private partnership suitability: Participants will be able to improve their project selection process, prioritize projects and focus on those with the highest potential for successful delivery as PPPs;
  • Assessing PPP feasibility and determining Value for Money: Government contracting agencies will achieve Value-for-Money through PPPs if the latter compares favorably to traditional public sector provisions in terms of quality of service and related costs over the lifetime of an infrastructure asset.; and
  • Reconcile project affordability and bankability through project finance: Understanding and utilizing modern and innovative techniques to structure and model project finance transactions is critical in today’s markets to ensure that projects reach financial closure and continue to deliver value-for-money for consumers.

Designed for public officials as well as private sector professionals, case studies will be utilized to illustrate advanced PPP concepts and simulation exercises will provide participants a practical hands-on learning experience in the application of public-private partnerships.

By the end of this seminar, participants should be able to:

  • Utilize various PPP analytical tools;
  • Understand how to balance project bankability and affordability;
  • Apply credit enhancement techniques; and
  • Use the knowledge and skills gained in the course to pursue and implement PPP's as part of a private or public sector organization.



  Day 1
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Welcome and introductions
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Keynote address
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PPP Guiding Principles Review
11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Coffee/ Tea Break
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PPP Project Identification & Screening Analysis and Tools
12:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. PPP Screening Exercise
3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Coffee/Tea Break
3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. PPP Screening Exercise Results
  Day 2
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. PPP Feasibility Analysis Review                                        
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Coffee/Tea Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Value- for-Money Analysis
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. PPP Feasibility Exercise
2:45p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Coffee/Tea Break

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Feasibility Exercise Results
  Day 3

9:00 am - 10:30 am

PPP Finance                                                           
10:30 am - 10:45 am Coffee/ Tea Break
10:45 am - 12:00 pm PPP Project Finance Exercise
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm PPP Project Finance Exercise Results
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Certificate Presentations

* Please note this agenda is subject to change.


About the Speaker:

John Buttarazzi
Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy

John ButtarazziJohn Buttarazzi is a public-private partnership (PPP) professional with more than 25 years of experience . John has managed more than $3 billion in P3 projects, including the first commercial airport public-private partnership in the United States ( Stewart Internatinal Airport). He recently worked on a proposal to develop PPP framework for a Middle East government as well as P3 pre-feasibility studies for a new marine fuel terminal and grid-connected solar farms in Zanzibar.

John served as Senior Vice President of the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), New York State’s economic development arm. There he simultaneously managed the Public-Private Partnership Group (which he launched), International, and Business Development divisions. In that capacity he oversaw the operations of more than 20 foreign and domestic offices as well as the ESDC economic development financing section.

John has advised hundreds of U.S. and foreign government officials on various public-private partnership matters, including the establishment of guidelines and procedures and building capacity for PPP transactions. In addition to the United States, John has worked in Argentina, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Ghana, Iraq, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Qatar, Switzerland, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

Mr. Buttarazzi received his Master of Science from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, with a concentration in Development and his Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from Washington & Lee University where he majored in Mathematics with significant course work in Economics and History. He is an adjunct professor with the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy where he teaches graduate-level courses on public-private partnerships. He has also been a Visiting Lecturer at the Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

John is a former David Rockefeller Fellow. He is a member of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Team of Specialists on Public-Private Partnerships and is on the Board of Advisors for Mobilized Construction, which is developing community-based road maintenance programs in Africa.



Early registration: $ 2,655 (Register before October 19, 2019)

Late registration: $ 2,950

**A further 25% discount applies Georgetown University alumni and returning executive or community education students.

***Class size is limited. Registration Deadline November 3, 2019.