Sustainable Infrastructure Fellowship Program

Sustainable Infrastructure Fellowship Program

Bridging the infrastructure gap through capacity building and shared experiences

Promoting a mutual understanding between emerging market infrastructure planning public-sector officials and developed market investors.

Sustainable Infrastructure Fellowship

An executive leadership program that combines academic and practical experience

By better aligning the expectations of planners and investors, the Fellowship seeks to enhance the expertise of emerging market leaders in developing sustainable, investment-ready infrastructure projects, and to give them concrete exposure to the criteria used by institutional investors to evaluate infrastructure investments.

A 6-week program offering academic and practical training for senior-level public-sector officials in emerging markets governments, ministries or agencies responsible for infrastructure planning, development and management:

  • In-class lectures
  • Case study analysis
  • Interactive assignments, site visits and simulations
  • Presentations by leading practioners
  • Training on the SIF-SOURCE platform
  • 1 week spent in-house with an institutional investor
  • Practical exposure to institutional infrastructure investment criteria and processes

Please see the Sustainable Infrastructure Fellowship Program information brochure for complementary information.

Watch a video documenting the 2019 cohort.

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“One of a new breed of 21st century business schools changing the way business is taught”
– Financial Times of London

The Schulich School of Business at York University is a globally ranked business school delivering a full spectrum of graduate degrees in business including the MBA, EMBA, the one-year Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure, and executive education. The Brookfield Centre in Real Estate and Infrastructure in the Schulich School support graduate education, research, and industry outreach in infrastructure from a global perspective.

The Schulich School of Business has over 26-years of educating a highly skilled graduate workforce in real etate and a decade in infrastructure. It has an established international reputation in training, industry engagement, and industry-focused research through a combination of infrastructure-focused full time faculty members and numerous sessional instructors.

“Changing the way infrastructure is developed by leveraging innovation in today’s digital age”

The Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation (SIF) is a non-profit organization based in Geneva which managed SOURCE, the multilateral platform for quality infrastructure led and funded by Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs).

SOURCE encompasses templates for the development of sustainable infrastructure, covering governance, technical, economic, legal, financial, environmental and social issues. SOURCE’s objective is to strengthen the capacity of project developers by providing an online platform for project preparation management, a pipeline of well-prepared projects and an infrastructure intelligence solution.

Program details and FAQ

The Sustainable Infrastructure Fellowship Program was created by the Investor Leadership Network to promote a mutual understanding between emerging market infrastructure planning public-sector officials involved in infrastructure planning and developed market investors.

The Fellowship consists of an Academic program conducted at the Schulich School of Business at York University and an Executive Training program conducted at ILN members offices.

Participating Fellows receive practical experience with the objective of enhancing the expertise of emerging market leaders in developing sustainable, investment-ready infrastructure projects, and gives them exposure to the processes and criteria used by institutional investors to evaluate infrastructure projects.

The goal of the program is to align expectations of planners and investors to build capacity, share experiences and help close the global infrastructure gap.

What are the main components of the Program?

  • A five-week intensive Academic Program at the Schulich School of Business from June 8 to July 10, 2020;
  • An Executive Training Program at select ILN member’s locations from July 13 to July 17, 2020.

What are the main objectives of the Program?

  • Build expertise in the development of sustainable and investable projects;
  • Build relationships between the ILN members, the Fellows and their countries;
  • Share information and experience between ILN members and Fellows (bi-directional) and Fellow to Fellow;
  • Provide Fellows with the perspective of Institutional Investors with respect to investing in infrastructure.

How do I know if I’m eligible to participate?

The Sustainable Infrastructure Fellowship Program is for senior-level public-sector officials with 10+years of experience in emerging market governments, ministries or agencies responsible for infrastructure planning, development, financing and management of infrastructure projects.

To be eligible for the Program, candidates must:

  • Be currently employed in a government ministry, agency or national development body that is responsible or contributes to the planning and execution of infrastructure projects;
  • Have the support of their employer, demonstrated through their completion of the Letter of Support to be submitted with the application;
  • Possess a valid passport and visa obtained for the duration of the program;
  • Be fluent in English (both verbal and written).

The application process will begin on October 1, 2019 and will close on February 28, 2020. For further information on the application process, please contact the Program Advising Team.

What is the Fellowship attendance policy?

The Fellowship is an intensive six-week program that will require commitment and focus.

  • Fellows are expected to attend each module offered in the Academic Program as well as attend every day of the one-week Executive Training Program;
  • Fellows are expected to be active participants in the classroom and workplace and make connections with other Fellows and ILN members;
  • Executive Training Program takes place immediately after the Academic Program is completed, therefore Fellows should plan to return home only after the Executive Training portion of the Fellowship

What are the costs associated with my participation to the Program?

ILN will fund the following expenses:

  • Tuition fees at Schulich School of Business, York University
  • Accommodation and meals at York University for the 5-week Academic Program
  • Transportation costs (economy class flights and local transportation) from the Fellows country of residence to York University, from York University to the ILN member location for Executive Training, and then return from there to the country of residence
  • Hotel costs at the ILN member location during Executive Training
  • Incidental expenses to a maximum amount

“For me the biggest takeaway was the exchange of knowledge which happened not with just the 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.” — NATAŠA VUKŠIĆ, Senior Technical Advisor, Office of the President, 2019 Fellow from Serbia

Source photos: Schulich School of Business, York University

The Sustainable Infrastructure Fellowship Program is made possible through collaboration with the Government of Canada, the Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation (Geneva) and the Schulich School of Business (Toronto).


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