nelson e.

PPP Advisor

MBAColumbia Graduate School of Business



Mr. Edwards has over 35 years of international management experience in both industrial and consultancy organisations and has developed special expertise in the fields of privatisation, public private partnerships, business planning and finance. Recruited directly or via premium consulting firms (e.g. Adam Smith, Chemonics, Castalia, CPCS, IOS Partners, PwC), he has worked throughout Africa on projects sponsored by the World Bank, IFC, European Commission, African Development Bank, and bilateral donors DFID, MCC, USAID, AFD, GTZ and host governments as well as on assignments commissioned directly by private clients. Examples of his recent work: led team in Ethiopia to develop a methodology to support the analysis and prioritization of PPP projects, produce a prioritized list of projects, present and finalize methodology and pipeline; participated in a rapid investigation of the PPP enabling environment in Côte d’Ivoire and the projects being considered for procurement via PPP; team leader for transaction advisory services to the Rwanda Transport Development Agency for a railroad project linking Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi; proposed strategy and then participated in mission to prepare a project to establish the legislative and institutional framework for PPP in Ethiopia; produced strategy to leverage finance from donor and private sources for capital works and services for a water infrastructure programme; proposed PPP structures and financing mechanisms for a Ugandan pipeline project; improving the structure and operations of the Lagos State PPP Office and playing a major role in the preparation and negotiation of large infrastructure projects; evaluating the PPP programme of Maputo. His native English plus French and Portuguese language capabilities enable him to work easily in most of the African continent.


  • development
  • finance
  • private sector development
  • project support
  • monitoring / evaluation
  • rwanda
  • brazil
  • ethiopia
  • burundi
  • tanzania
  • Sectors
  • Funders
  • Countries

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