Investor Leadership Network Opens Applications for 2022 Sustainable Infrastructure Fellowship Program

Mar 4, 2022

March 4, 2022–– The Investor Leadership Network (ILN) opens applications today for its third annual Sustainable Infrastructure Fellowship Program. The program will be held virtually and begin in June, 2022.

The Fellowship Program is conducted by York University’s Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada. In addition to the ILN, the Global Infrastructure Hub (GI-Hub), an initiative of the G20, is a sponsor of the Program.

This executive leadership program offers academic and practical training to public-sector officials in emerging market government ministries, municipalities, organizations, and agencies charged with the development, financing, and operation of infrastructure. By better aligning the expectations of private investors with planners, the Fellowship seeks to increase investment-ready projects, diminish the infrastructure gap, and hasten emerging economies’ sustainable transitions.

Upon successful completion of the Program, Fellows will receive a Master’s Certificate in Sustainable Development and Financing from the Schulich School of Business. This year’s Fellowship is expected to attract upward of 30 participants from across the world.

Amy Hepburn, CEO of the ILN, says, “The Fellowship was created in response to the urgent need for an increase in sustainable infrastructure, especially in emerging markets. By sponsoring the Sustainable Infrastructure Fellowship Program, Investor Leadership Network members hope to increase the availability of investment-ready projects, which would help increase the flow of private funds into emerging and frontier markets. This program fills a crucial need for capacity building, and I look forward to watching it grow every year.”

“The Sustainable Infrastructure Fellowship Program exemplifies the benefits of partnership and collaboration, as we work together to help mobilize private capital towards emerging and frontier markets. The third delivery of the Fellowship comes at a time when closing the infrastructure gap is of increased urgency. It is uniquely positioned to support the sustainable development of infrastructure, via capacity building and promoting an understanding of the investor perspective. Schulich School of Business is a proud partner in the Fellowship,” say Prof. Jim Clayton, Director and Timothy R. Price Chair, Brookfield Centre in Real Estate & Infrastructure.

Marie Lam-Frendo, CEO of the Global Infrastructure Hub, says, “Mobilising private capital is key to closing the sustainable infrastructure financing gap and has become even more critical as the COVID-19 pandemic limits the investment capacity of governments. At the same time, there is an urgent need to ensure investments address both fiscal constraints and social inequalities, transforming our economies toward an environmentally sustainable, inclusive, resilient, and digitally-enabled future. Capacity building initiatives like the Sustainable Infrastructure Fellowship Program can help bridge the infrastructure gap and promote mutual learning between emerging market infrastructure practitioners and developed market investors. GI Hub is proud to return as a sponsor of the academic program and looks forward to being part of the 2022 program.”

To apply, please visit: schulich.yorku.ca/sustainable-infrastructure-fellowship-program 

For all questions, please contact Karen Shlesinger, Program Director, Sustainable Infrastructure Fellowship Program, Schulich School of Business, York University, at kshles@schulich.yorku.ca 

To learn more about past Fellowship Programs, visit the ILN website.

 

Testimonials:

“Broadened my view… linking the perspectives of public officials with private investors. The exchanges of ideas in our sessions highlighted the importance of the enabling environment for infrastructure and its impact on investment decisions.– Mia Mary Sebastian, Deputy Executive Director, Public-Private Partnership Centre – 2021 Fellow from Philippines

“The ILN fellowship provides powerful insights and tools… it gives direct access to top worldwide investors and their view on current investment conditions in different parts of the world. – Juan Camilo Pantoja, Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional, 2021 Fellow from Colombia

“For me the biggest takeaway was the exchange which happened not just with professors, but also between ourselves.  We are similar in terms of the infrastructure gap, the issues we are facing and the things we are trying to improve.” – Nataŝa Vukŝić, Senior Technical Advisor, Office of the President, 2019 Fellow from Serbia

Photo source: Schulich School of Business, York University

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