José Schafik Collazo Handal

José  Schafik Collazo Handal

PPP Executive Director

PROESA (Exports and Investment Promotion Agency of El Salvador)

Mr. Schafik Collazo earned a Specialized Master Degree in Finance from EADA Business School in Barcelona, Spain, one of the top 10 in Europe in financial graduate education. He is also a MBA Candidate with emphasis in finance, from Manchester Business School, United Kingdom, which is known in the financial world and in the Public Private Partnerships (PPP) atmosphere. Schafik’s credentials involve specialized courses in PPP’s such as: Certified Public Private Partnerships Professional (CP3P), a distinguished coursed backed by the Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, PPIAF and the World Bank. As well, the Program on Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis (PIAR) from Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario, Canada, taught by Arnold Harberger and Glenn Jenkins both well renowned by their theories of Cost Benefit Analysis and welfare economics. He attended the Infrastructure in a Market Economy (IME) course from Harvard; among other complementary courses relevant to his tasks. He has an extended experience in financial modeling from project finance transactions stimulated from the public sector.

Schafik has spent his last 7 years of his career as a Public Private Partnerships specialist. From the beginning of the implementation of the PPP scheme in El Salvador, his enrolment has been absolute. He was part of the PPP Law drafting team. After the PPP framework was approved, he began to appraise, select and promote infrastructure projects. As part of his labor he has been leading Value for Money (VfM) Analysis for the International Airport, VfM of a Wind Farm, a Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) for an administrative office complex, Financial Analysis (FA), CBA, VfM of a Technological Park, FA, CBA, VfM of the Air Cargo Terminal of El Salvador, FA of a secondary airport, FA, CBA and VfM of a 140 kms lighting and surveillance project, among others.

As a PPP Director form PROESA, which is the foreign investment promotion agency of El Salvador, he now leads several procurement processes with a total Capex of $340M. In addition, he is in charge of the implementation of a general Capacity Building Program to educate future PPP practitioners from public entities seeking to attract private investment in public infrastructure projects. His knowledge of the ambits of a PPP transaction from the public sector is vast, and the last months he has been focalized in contract drafting and tender documents of projects form different sectors such as transport and public building. Part of his job leading the PPP Unit of El Salvador involves being asked to participate in different events from multilateral banks, PPP international organizations and local institutes related with public works.

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