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Alan M. Trager

Alan M. Trager is the Founder and Director of the PPP Initiative Ltd., where he leads an institutional collaborative effort using public-private partnerships to address healthcare and environmental issues in Asia.

Trager is the Principal Researcher of the PPP Healthcare Case Study Program, an independent research project managed by PPP Initiative Ltd., with financial support from Amgen, Inc. The Program will create a set of eight case studies related to healthcare PPPs in China and Singapore. This set of case studies will be widely disseminated through collaborative arrangements with two leading universities in Asia: the National University of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY) and the Tsinghua University School of Public Policy and Management.

Trager serves as Chief Specialist (International Comparative Research) of the Tsinghua University Center for PPP Research (TUPPP) in Beijing. He is also working as an independent contractor under a sole source procurement for the World Bank offering advanced PPP negotiation and healthcare programs in a low-middle income country in Africa. As the Team Leader, PPP Healthcare Standards, for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, he is responsible for developing a set of standards in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Previously, he was a professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a Principal Investigator (PI) at Johns Hopkins. He served as PI of the Mapping PPPs across Countries (China and India) study (2015), which was featured in specially organized meetings at U.S. State Department, in Beijing and Geneva from November 2015 to January 2016.

Trager has focused on Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) for nearly 15 years. Starting in early 2003 as a Senior Fellow with the Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Trager joined the HKS faculty in 2005 and was responsible for designing and teaching HKS’s first PPP course. After 10 years at Harvard teaching PPP in a variety of formats in many countries, he left to accept a faculty position and to create and direct the PPP Initiative Ltd. at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington.

Trager is also a faculty member in the Leadership Academy for Development (LAD), an affiliate of Stanford University. LAD trains government officials and business leaders in developing countries. He has had numerous practitioner roles in PPP for the State of New York, the U.S. Government, Xicheng District in Beijing, and the Riverside Park Conservancy in New York City.

He led or co-led PPP symposiums, executive programs and workshops for Harvard, LAD, or SAIS in Beijing, Singapore, Delhi, Mexico City, Cape Town, Nairobi, Tbilisi, Saudi Arabia, Lesotho, and Washington including for clients of Johns Hopkins Medicine International and the World Bank/IFC. He regularly teaches Chinese leaders at the ministerial, provincial, and district levels through the Tsinghua University School of Public Policy and Management and CELAP (Chinese Executive Leadership Academy Pudong, one of five major national public executive training designations). In the private sector, Trager founded and chaired AMT Capital Management, a private investment firm. He also created and managed ventures for Morgan Stanley, where he was a managing director. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he was manager of planning for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.

Early in his career, he was a VISTA Volunteer in Texas and worked for mayors in New York City, New Haven and Boston. Trager holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Chris Kuang

Chris Kuang is a Research Assistant for the PPP Initiative Ltd.. He is a student at Harvard University studying Applied Math and Economics. Based in Cambridge, MA, he is also the co-founder and Director of Coding it Forward, a grassroots 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks to inspire and empower people to use their technical skills for social good. He has previously written on the subject of PPPs for the Harvard Political Review.

Yuqian Zhang

Yuqian Zhang is a Research Assistant for the PPP Initiative Ltd.. He is a Master’s student in the Johns Hopkins SAIS-Tsinghua Dual Degree Program, concentrating on Energy, Resources and Environment and International Economics. Yuqian has extensive interests in global health and healthcare in China. He has completed multiple global health internships at think tanks, academic institutions, and consulting firms.

Ray Zeng

Ray Zeng is a Research Assistant for the PPP Initiative Ltd.. Ray brings diverse cross-sector insights through her work at A.T. Kearney and the Council on Foreign Relations; she has also facilitated cross-cultural business dialogues between China and Europe. Ray graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell College, with double majors in Economics and Psychology, and an Art History minor. She holds an M.A. in International Development and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies and a certificate in Social Enterprise Management & Impact Investing from Middlebury College.

Fujia Zhang

Fujia Zhang is a Research Assistant for the PPP Initiative Ltd.. He focuses on technology and PPP operating structures in the Amgen Case Study Development Program. Before joining PPPI, Fujia worked on energy analytics and policy, gaining valuable exposure to PPP. Fujia graduated from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, with a concentration on Energy, Resource and Environment.

Yi (Esther) Bian

Yi (Esther) Bian is a Research Assistant for the PPP Initiative Ltd. She is a Master’s student in the London School of Economics (LSE)-Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Dual Degree Program, concentrating on Economics and Development. Esther brings diverse research experience as a research assistant at think tanks and academic institutions. She received a Bachelor degree from University College London.

Johns Hopkins SAIS PPP Initiative Ltd. Student Employment 2014-2017

Ray Zeng, RA, China

Allison Grande, RA, United States

Melania Lotti, RA, Italy

Fujia Zhang, RA, China

Lubna Anantakrishnan, RA, India

So Yoon Sim, RA, Korea

Seva Karpauskaite, RA, Lithuania

Elizabeth Louis, AD, United States

Joseph Coscia, RA, United States

Christine Kng, RPM, Singapore

Tayo Edun, RA, United States

Rupinder Rai, SRA, Austria

Suslie Li, SRA, Indonesia

Erika Chen, RA, China

Selena An, RA, China/US

Nancy Wang, RA, China

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