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Mr Alan Trager
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  • Honorary Professor
  • The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Alan M. Trager is the Co-Founder of the Joint Centre for Public-Private Partnerships and the Founder and President of the PPP Initiative Ltd., an independent, institutional, collaborative effort to address healthcare issues using public-private partnerships.

Professor Trager has focused on public-private partnerships (PPPs) for more than 18 years, starting in January 2003 as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Professor Trager joined the HKS faculty in 2005, designing and teaching HKS’s first PPP course. After 10 years at Harvard, he accepted three positions at Johns Hopkins University: Senior Research Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Principal Investigator at JHU, and Director of the PPP Initiative (PPPI). At JHU, the PPP Initiative completed an exhaustive 18-month research project focusing on public-private partnerships in China and India, ultimately culminating in the 2015 study Mapping PPPs Across Countries.

In June 2017, Professor Trager left Johns Hopkins, reorganizing the PPP Initiative as an independent entity. In his capacity as president of the PPP Initiative, Professor Trager regularly collaborates with high-level academic, private-sector, public-sector, and multilateral partners. He served as a Technical Expert on the WHO’s Independent High-Level Commission on NCDs, continued to support key Commission members throughout 2019, and—at the request of the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Global Affairs (OGA)—drafted the 150-page Healthcare PPP Guide, an in-depth primer on the motivations and incentives that guide decision making in healthcare public-private partnerships.

Professor Trager has served as an educator in PPP workshops, convenings, and classes around the world— including in Saudi Arabia, China, Singapore, Kenya, Georgia, South Africa, and China, where his extensive involvement has spanned ten years. In 2017, he served 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. As President of the PPPI, he has co-sponsored numerous forums with both Tsinghua University and National University of Singapore on the convergence of aging populations and non-communicable diseases and co-authored numerous case studies on China and Singapore. In 2020, faced with the limitations set by the COVID-19 pandemic, the PPP Initiative successfully executed a two-week virtual workshop in conjunction with National University of Singapore’s School of Public Health, and in 2021, Professor Trager partnered with The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment to form the Joint Centre for Public-Private Partnerships. 

Professor Trager has held numerous PPP practitioner roles for the government of the United States, the State of New York, Xicheng District in Beijing, and the Riverside Park Conservancy in New York City. In the private sector, he spent 25 years on Wall Street, first as a managing director at Morgan Stanley and then as founder and chair at AMT Capital, a private investment and advisory firm. He holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.

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