The course is designed to put into context the relationship between infrastructure and economic growth and interrogate the depth of the infrastructure gap, with a focus on four (4) sectors: Energy, water, telecommunications, and transportation. It also examines the innovative financing models used in infrastructure finance including Public Private Partnerships, Future Flow Securitisation and Blended Finance. Emerging issues in the infrastructure sector such as gender mainstreaming and building sustainable infrastructure assets are also discussed in the course.
Dr. Fanta holds a doctoral degree in Corporate Finance from Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria. He is a senior lecturer and head of PhD development finance program at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. Prior to joining the University of Stellenbosch, Dr Fanta worked as Data Analysis and Segmentation Expert at FinMark Trust where he was involved in developing segmentation models, developed a new financial indicator, among other projects. Dr Fanta was also involved in the Making Access Possible (MAP) program where demand side data is triangulated with supply side data in drawing a roadmap to financial inclusion in an economy.
Recently, he received the Best-Paper award from Taylor & Francis at International Academy of African Business and Development (IAABD) for his paper published on the Journal of African Business. His research interests include financial development, infrastructure finance, SME finance, financial inclusion and corporate governance of financial institutions.