2016 Summer Programs Review


From July 18th to August 12, 2016, John Deutsch International Queen’s University hosted the 17th Program on Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis. We were fortunate to have executives joined us from the following governments and organizations:

  • Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Economic Planning and Development – Swaziland.
  • Ghana Water Company Limited, National Investment Bank, and National Health Insurance Authority – Ghana.
  • Bank of Industries – Nigeria.
  • Limpopo Economic Development Agency – South Africa.
  • Caribbean Development Bank – Barbados.
  • Uganda National Road Authority and, Makerere University – Uganda.
  • Export and Investment Promotion Agency and FOMILENIO II – El Salvador.
  • Government officials from Ministries of Finance, Economics, Planning and External Cooperation, and Tourism – Haiti.
  • Ministry of Social Development – Chile.
  • Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and Ministry of Energy and Water – Zimbabwe.
  • The National Treasury and Public Private Partnership Unit – Kenya.
  • New Age Cameroon Offshore Petroleum – Cameroon.
  • Graduate students from Queen’s University and Eastern Mediterranean University.

img_0201Despite 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 scholars and guest lecturers, such as:

  • Professor Harberger of UCLA.
  • Ms. Hanna Zowall, Lecturer, Health Economics from McGill University.
  • Mr. Migara Jayawardena, Senior Energy Specialist at the World Bank.
  • Mr. Savvakis C. Savvides, Former Senior Manager and Head of the Structured Finance Division at the Cyprus Development Bank.
  • Dr. Baher El-Hifnawi, Lead Transport Economist at The World Bank.

Moreover, Outside the classroom, participants enjoyed some recreational activities including the 1000 Islands cruise, the BBQ at the home of Dr. Glenn Jenkins, football games,  a Niagara Falls trip and breakfast and luncheons with the faculty, staff, and students of the Queen’s Economics Department.

With excellent program evaluation results, participants said that they would 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 2017 session. For more details click here: https://jdintl.econ.queensu.ca/training/training-of-trainers/

We want to thank our alumni and participants for making the 2016 Program on Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis such a memorable and fruitful experience.

Click here to see the program’s alumni.

Featured Testimonials from 2016 participants:

Ms. Doris Elizabeth Henriquez QuijadaInvestment Climate Project Analyst – PPPFondo del Milenio II – FOMILENIO IIEL SALVADOR

“A Challenge course and inspirational professors! The knowledge gain in this course will make major changes in how we are doing this back home.”
Ms. Doris Elizabeth Henríquez Quijada
Investment Climate Project Analyst – PPP
Fondo del Milenio II – FOMILENIO II, El Salvador
2016 PIAR

Mr. Everton Hamilton Decoursey ClintonEvaluation OfficerCaribbean Development BankWest Indies

“It was a challenging, highly valuable learning experience that was relevant and highly appropriate. The dedication of the lecturers and assistants was totally outstanding.”
Mr. Everton H. D. Clinton
Evaluation Officer
Caribbean Development Bank, Barbados
2016 PIAR

Mr. Patrick Werre Project Engineer Uganda National Roads Authority UGANDA

“This is the best ever executive program I have attended. The practical aspect is inter mixed well with the theory. The faculty members are very supportive.”
Mr. Patrick Werre
Project Engineer
Uganda National Roads Authority, Uganda
2016 PIAR

Thanks to all the participants and faculty again for making the 2016 PIAR and ToT so memorable.

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