JDInt’l April 2014 Newsletter

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JDInt’l Associates in Nairobi

John Wehner Lecturing in Nairobi (2014)

Dr John Wehner – Lecturing at Kenya School of Government

In line with the Power Africa initiative, the USAID Economic Growth office asked Cambridge Resources International (CRI) to develop a course that would address the challenges around private participation in the power sector in Africa. As a part of this effort, associates from John Deutsch International were invited to work with CRI to assist in development and delivery of the first iteration of this program at the Kenya School of Government (KSG) in Lower Kabete, Nairobi, from March 31 to April 25.

Training is a major part of the Power Africa initiative. The final decisions about the future of the power sector ought to be made by local experts, since on the African continent, this sector is undergoing expansion and improvement at a rate rarely experienced elsewhere.

The course has been a success, attracting more than 30 participants from all the key stakeholders in the power sector including Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC), Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Ministry of Development and Planning, Privatization Commission, Energy Regulatory Commission, Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KeTraCo), and the National Treasury. A number of faculty members from the Kenya School of Government have also participated in the course with the objective of developing local capacity for education and research on various aspects of the Power Sector.

2014 Power Africa - Group Picture

Participants and Faculty at the Kenya School of Government

As a part of this course, a symposium was held to evaluate the current regulatory and capacity issues in Kenya. Topics of discussion included the regional and international status of the Kenyan electricity market, role of project evaluation in this sector, integration of renewables, rural electrification, and regional benchmarking. Juan Belt, Senior Economic Advisor, Economic Policy (USAID) and Conrado Garcia, Mission Economist (USAID Kenya) joined this panel as distinguished guests.

Discussions were lead by Jorry M. Mwenechanya, head of the Zambian Rural Electrification Authority and the former head of the electricity regulatory authority of Zambia and John Wehner, who recently retired as the Principal Financial Analyst at the Florida Light and Power and the Finance Head of NextEra Energy’s Portfolio Management Group. NEE was named No. 1 among electric and gas utilities on Fortune magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies.” The symposium was moderated by Bahman Kashi, the Program Manager at JDInt’l.

Members of the symposium panel

Dr John Wehner, Professor Jorry M. Mwenechanya, and Bahman Kashi

The presence in Kenya provided an opportunity for the representatives from Kenya School of Government (KSG) to work with JDInt’l associates on developing a series of professional courses on investment appraisal to be offered at KSG.

Participants in the discussionsKSG hosts numerous professional programs for government officials from Kenya and other countries in the region throughout the year. These courses are in the form of intensive two-week to four-week modules. Within this framework, JDInt’l associates assisted KSG to finalize the curriculum for three courses covering financial analysis of investment projects, economics and stakeholders analysis, and project finance and risk analysis.

Internalizing the education on advanced project evaluation methods is a necessity for increasing the government’s capacity to design effective projects, optimize the mix of investments, and provide a sustainable PPP frameworks. Demand for such skills are now more than ever in Kenya as the country has recently gone through a devolution process, forming county governments with a significant degree of autonomy on budgeting and investment.

We look forward to further collaborations with the Kenya School of Government and other academic institutions in Kenya.

Posted in International, Training Programs

2014 PIAR: Invitation to Graduate Students from Queen’s University

Given the rising global demand for skills in cost-benefit analysis, investment appraisal and project finance, we want to encourage Queen’s University graduate students to join us for the 2014 Program on Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis.

The regular tuition fee is $11,500, however admitted students will receive a scholarship covering the tuition and course materials. Students will be responsible for arranging their own accommodations.

After successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a professional certificate in Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis from JDInt’l, Queen’s University.

The deadline for application is May 15, 2014. You will be asked to include a copy of your unofficial transcript. Apply early as scholarships are limited.

Below is a list of Queen’s University PIAR alumni:

Ms. Lu Tang
2013 PIAR

Ms. Shuping Liu
2013 PIAR

Mr. Robert Hayes
2013 PIAR

Mr. Adugna Olani
2013 PIAR

Ms. Véronique Fournier
2012 PIAR

Mr. Patrick Alexander
2012 PIAR

Ms. Yasmine Amirkhalkhali
2012 PIAR

Mr. Bobby Samuel
2012 PIAR

Mr. Alex Chernoff
2012 PIAR

Mr. Brett Crowe
2011 PIAR

Ms. Ying Wing Feng
2010 PIAR

Mr. Rui Gao
2010 PIAR

Mr. Davood Motedayyen
2010 PIAR

Mr. Daniel Parks
2010 PIAR

Mr. Chenggang Zhou
2009 PIAR

Mr. Leonard Leung
2008 PIAR

Mr. Luke J. Ignaczak
2003 PIAR

Posted in On Campus Programs, PIAR

Training of Trainers Program Stream

John Deutsch International is excited to announce the launching of a new stream called Training of Trainers (TOT), offered exclusively to professionals who have previously undergone executive training in investment appraisal.

The purpose of this path is twofold. First, it allows alumni to further develop their operational skills to confidently conduct financial, economic, risk and stakeholder evaluations of investments. Second, it enables them to acquire the expertise to educate others in this field.

How TOT works

Those in the TOT stream will join regular PIAR participants for lectures, however are responsible for different casework. Faculty will work closely with the participants to complete a  thorough feasibility study, preferably of a current project from their home office. It is recommended (but not necessary) that participants have a project in advance so that faculty can ensure all the required information for the project is available.

Many governments and organizations have found TOT to be an ideal step towards building local capacity for training on investment appraisal. In addition, it enables participants to interact with the alumni base and initiate future collaborations.

For alumni interested in applying for TOT, please select the “Training of Trainers” stream on our application form. We look forward to seeing you back at Queen’s University.

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2013 Summer Programs Review

John Deutsch International would like to extend a warm thank you to the outstanding participants of our 2013 Summer Programs.

The Program on Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis (PIAR) which ran from June 24 to July 19, welcomed 23 individuals from various governments, banks, and development agencies, including: Bank of Industry-Nigeria, Volta River Authority-Ghana, Ministry of Social Development-Chile, African Development Bank, National Treasury-Kenya, Geothermal Development Company Limited-Kenya, National Health Insurance Authority-Ghana, Government of Turkey, World Vision Canada, Infrastructure Bank-Nigeria, as well as Graduate Students from Queen’s and the University of Toronto.

In parallel to PIAR, the Program on Cost-Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (CBA) ran from July 1 to July 26, and was delivered to 17 officials and their in country counterparts from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), stationed in areas such as Niger, Egypt, Indonesia, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, as well as the Program Office in Washington DC, USA.

A number of guest lecturers joined the participants for special seminars. Hanna Zowall, a Health Economist from McGill spoke to the PIAR group on Cost Effectiveness Analysis in the Health Sector. The CBA program had William Ward and Juan Belt, Senior Economic Advisors at USAID, lecture on Cost Benefit Analysis of Global Climate Change and Environmental Issues and the Integration of Cost-Benefit Analysis with USAID Programming, respectively. Both groups had the privilege of listening to seminars by Dr. Arnold Harberger, distinguished professor of economics from UCLA.

Outside the classroom, participants enjoyed a number of recreational activities including the 1000 Islands luncheon cruise, the Canada Day BBQ at the home of Dr. Glenn Jenkins, football games and a Niagara Falls trip.

With excellent program evaluation results, participants of both PIAR and CBA said that they would definitely recommend the program to their colleagues.

The continued success of these programs is largely attributed to the tireless efforts of our alumni. We encourage everyone to stay in touch, in particular with the implementation of our “Training of Trainers” stream for the 2014 session. More details to follow.

Thank you again for making the 2013 PIAR and CBA so memorable. Best of luck from John Deutsch International.

Click here to see the 2013 PIAR alumni
Click here to see the 2013 CBA alumni

Posted in Uncategorized

2013 USAID at Queen’s University

The second Program on Cost-Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis will be offered to the professional staff of the US State Department’s Agency for International Development (USAID) from July 1 – July 26, 2013. This year we will have officials from the following missions: Haiti, Niger, Indonesia, El Salvador, and Egypt.

Participants can look forward to seminars by distinguished lecturers such as Al Harberger of UCLA and social events including a Niagara Falls trip and 1000 Islands Cruise.


Posted in Uncategorized

2013 PIAR at Queen’s University

The fourteenth Program on Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis is running from June 24 – July 19, 2013. Some of the organizations and governments represented are: the Ministry of Finance-Kenya,  Geothermal Development Company Limited-Kenya, The Infrastructure Bank Plc-Nigeria, National Health Insurance Authority-Ghana, Volta River Authority-Ghana, as well as graduate students from Queen’s University and Eastern Mediterranean University.

The participants can look forward to seminars by distinguished lecturers such as Al Harberger of UCLA as well as social events including a Niagara Falls trip and 1000 Islands Cruise.

Posted in Uncategorized

2012 USAID at Queen’s University

From July 2 – 27, 2012, Queen’s University hosted the Program on Cost-Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis for 18 professional staff of the US State Department’s Agency for International Development (USAID).

The USAID’s CBA course was a tailored version of the Program on Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis (PIAR), with theory and case work related to the needs of current USAID missions. We were fortunate to have officials from the following missions: Malawi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Armenia, Uganda, Guinea, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Nepal, and Pakistan.

Inside the classroom, some of the highlights were seminars conducted by distinguished lecturers, such as Al Harberger of UCLA, and Lora Sabin from the Boston University of Public Health. Memorable moments outside the classroom were the Kingston 1000 Islands Cruise, socials with the participants from PIAR, and the Niagara Falls trip.

With outstanding reviews, we are excited to announce that the USAID program has been approved to be repeated again in 2013. Thank you again to all the participants of the 2012 USAID program, it was a pleasure having you join us at Queen’s University.

Click here to see the program’s alumni

Posted in On Campus Programs, Specialized Programs

2012 PIAR at Queen’s University

From June 25 to July 20, 2012, Queen’s University hosted the 13th Program on Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis. We were fortunate to have executives join us from the following governments and organizations: Ministry of Finance-Kenya, Ministry of Energy-Ghana, Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment-The Gambia, Volta River Authority, Faisal Islamic Bank of Cyprus, Saudi Industrial Development Fund, Eastern Africa Power Pool, African Management Services Company Ltd, Optimal Solutions Group, LLC, and Eastern Mediterranean University.

Despite a rigorous curriculum, the participants were unfailingly diligent. Their outstanding performance set the bar high for future programs, and allowed them to leave Kingston with the operational skills to apply techniques of finance, financial modeling, applied economic analysis, risk analysis and risk management.

Some of the highlights this year include: seminars conducted by distinguished lecturers, such as Professor Harberger of UCLA, luncheons with the faculty, staff, and students of the Queen’s Economics Department, the 1000 Islands Cruise, and the Niagara Falls trip.

We want to again thank the participants for making the 2012 Program on Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis such a memorable one.

Click here to see the program’s alumni.

2012 PIAR Group Picture at Harberger Seminar

Participants and Professor Harberger, after the seminar on the Economic Opportunity Cost of Capital.

Posted in On Campus Programs, PIAR, Training Programs

Applications are open for 2013 PIAR

Applications are now open for the 2013 Program on Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis, which will run from June 24 to July 19, at Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario.

We encourage all those interested in our upcoming training program, to complete the online application form.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Posted in Training Programs

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