Our Team

The two Principals, Edward “Ned” White and John Buttarazzi, are recognized as senior international PPP experts with more than 50 years of combined PPP advisory and training experience globally in more than 70 countries.

John Buttarazzi

John Buttarazzi is a public-private partnership professional with more than 25 years of experience. John has managed more than $3 billion in P3 projects, including the first commercial airport public-private partnership in the United States. John covers multiple P3 sectors and recently worked on pre-feasibility studies for a new marine fuel terminal in Zanzibar and airport terminal operations for the Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

John has delivered more 100 PPP capacity building assignments. His teaching credentials include serving as a Visiting Lecturer at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and as an Adjunct Professor with the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy where he teaches a graduate level course on public-private partnerships.


John served as Senior Vice President of the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), New York State’s economic development arm. There he simultaneously managed the Public-Private Partnership Unit (which he launched), International, and Business Development divisions.  In that capacity he oversaw the operations of more than 20 foreign and domestic offices as well as the ESDC economic development financing section.


John has also advised hundreds of U.S. and foreign government officials on various public-private partnership matters, including the establishment of guidelines and procedures and building capacity for P3 transactions. In addition to the United States, John has worked in more than two dozen countries.

Mr. Buttarazzi received his Master of Science from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, with a concentration in Development and his Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from Washington & Lee University where he majored in Mathematics with significant course work in Economics and History. 


John is a former David Rockefeller Fellow. He is a member of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Team of Specialists on Public-Private Partnerships and is on the Board of Advisors for Mobilized Construction, which is developing community-based road maintenance programs in Africa.

Edward "Ned" White
Senior Consultant


Ned White is an international PPP and infrastructure investment specialist and with more than 27 years of experience in 58 countries, and he has conducted investment analyses and financing plans for more than $850 million of PPP investments in the ICT, eGov, education, health care, energy, transportation, and environmental services sectors.  His areas of specialization include PPP procurement and transactions management, project finance, PPP feasibility analysis & financial modeling, PPP Guidelines & Manuals, PPP performance monitoring & contract management, as well as PPP capacity building & training. He has advised on over 110 PPP-related technical assistance and investment advisory assignments (many as Team Leader) for international donors and sponsors including the United States Agency for International Development, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank, German Technical Cooperation Agency, and the Swedish International Development Agency and for dozens of developing country governments and public authorities. 


Within Sub-Saharan Africa, he has managed and directed PPP advisory and capacity-building assignments in Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, and Guinea. In Namibia, for the Ministry of Finance’s PPP Directorate and the African Development Bank (AfDB), he directed the PPP capacity building needs assessment and designed a comprehensive, integrated, and cumulative PPP capacity building program (2016). Also in Namibia he served as the PPP Capacity Building Specialist for the Ministry of Regional and Local Government and Housing, where he designed and delivered the 2-week PPP technical training workshop Municipal PPP Financial Analysis & Tariff-Setting (2003). In 2008-2009 he was Team Leader for the design of the PPP Strategy for the African Development Bank. He has also served on several specialist teams to assess and to design PPP policy, legal, institutional, and regulatory frameworks for PPPs in Kenya (2007), Malawi (2008), and Uganda (2010).  He was also a member of the team that designed South Africa’s Municipal Infrastructure Investment Unit (MIIU) and its PPP Project Development Facility Grant Fund in 1997-1998. He has designed and conducted PPP Training Needs Assessments (TNAs) based on quantitative survey analyses and designed comprehensive PPP Training Programs and Curricula for Uganda (2004), Jordan (2011), Bangladesh (2012), Kosovo (2011-12), Azerbaijan (2012), and for the US Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (2014). Mr. White has designed, drafted several PPP Guidelines Manuals and Toolkits for PPP capacity building for Indonesia (2006), India (2006), Egypt (2007), for the World Bank’s InfoDev e-Government Program (2007), Ukraine (2009), Malawi (2009), Kosovo (2012), and Tanzania (2015).


Mr. White’s PPP investment analysis and project structuring experience includes: the $55 million water treatment BOT investment in Behiera, Egypt; the $62 million Independent Power Project at Sapugaskanda, Sri Lanka; the $175 million waste-to-energy incinerator BOT in Zagreb, Croatia; the $350 million Oranjestad Port & Waterfront Concession, Aruba; the $40 million Cloud Computing Project for the Government of Moldova; the $51 million e-Identity Verification PPP Project for Vietnam, and dozens of other investment projects. Over 21 years as an international trainer he has designed and directed dozens of technical training courses for over 11,000 officials worldwide on PPP procurements, transactions management, and PPP financing and investment models.


Ned received his M.A., with Distinction, in International Economics, from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University, and he received his B.A. from Stanford University.  He passed the Level I and Level II examinations for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program of the CFA Institute.


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