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Funding for the research and preparation of the case studies, and the Case Development Program and Forums, is provided by Amgen Inc.

Funding for the research, preparation and teaching of the presentations and the KSA Healthcare Advanced Workshop was provided by the Global Initiative for Health and the Economy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


Alan M. Trager

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

Professor Trager is a Visiting Professor at the Tsinghua School of Public Policy and Management. He is also Chief Specialist (International) of the Tsinghua University Center for PPP Research (TUPPP) in Beijing. Trager is the only foreign Chief Specialist at Tsinghua University. Tsinghua University is the leading research university in Asia.

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

Professor Trager collaborates with the National University of Singapore School of Public Health on educational and policy opportunities for PPPs in southeast Asia and with Stanford University’s Asia Health Policy Programs on a series of PPP conferences focused on China’s aging population. Professor Trager was previously 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.

Professor Trager has focused on Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) for more than 16 years, starting in January 2003 as a Senior Fellow with the Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Professor 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 at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington. It was there that he founded the PPP Initiative Ltd.

He recently worked as an independent contractor under a sole source procurement for the World Bank, offering advanced PPP negotiation and healthcare programs for the Ministry of Health in Lesotho. He has had numerous practitioner roles in PPP for the World Health Organization, the United States Government, The State of New York, Xicheng District in Beijing, and the Riverside Park Conservancy in New York City.

In the private sector, Professor 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.

Yuqian Zhang

Yuqian Zhang is a Research Assistant for the PPP Initiative Ltd.. He recently graduated from Johns Hopkins SAIS-Tsinghua Dual Degree Masters 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 Senior 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.

Ethan Simon

Ethan Simon is a Communications Manager for the PPP Initiative Ltd. His focus lies in elucidating the complex concepts of PPPs for the diverse audiences that encounter the PPP Initiative. Before joining PPPI, he worked as a Museum Eductor at the New York Transit Museum, as a Copywriter for Lyndra, Inc., and as a full-time touring musician. He graduated from Harvard College with a Bachelor's in English, and a secondary in African-American studies.

PPP Initiative Ltd. Student Employment 2014-2019

Ray Zeng, RA, China

Yi (Esther) Bian, RA, UK

Chris Kuang, RA, China

Fujia Zhang, RA, United States

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