IPSEF Speakers

Paul Smith

Project Director, Brighton Education Group

Paul is a program manager and project finance consultant for education investment projects. He has 20 years of international project finance and infrastructure experience. For the last 10 years he has project managed and consulted on a wide range of education investment projects in UK, Middle East, Kazakhstan, China and South East Asia. His expertise includes originating and managing projects, conducting project due diligence, creating JV structures, building and analysing financial models and investment promotion. Specific projects include; managing and closing a $174 million High School PPP in Scotland, managing the sell side in M&A education transaction in Beijing, consulting on project start up for education PPPs in Kazakhstan, developing the project plan for an international university in Cairo and setting out the bankability criteria and drafting the project plan for blended online learning models in the US/China/SEA.