Robert Hans

Mr. Hans is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of IOS Partners, Inc., an international economic development consulting firm, as well as the Chairman of IOSsoft, Inc., an E-government consulting firm.

Mr. Hans consults frequently on key international development issues including institutional and private sector development, privatization and public-private partnerships, economic structural adjustment, public sector restructuring, financial sector reform, trade and investment facilitation, transport and infrastructure consulting as well as regulatory framework development. He has over twenty-five years of banking, corporate and consulting experience worldwide. All told, he has assisted multilateral and bilateral agencies, corporate clients and governments in over one hundred (100) countries including multiple assignments and senior level advisory work throughout Africa, Asia/Pacific, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East. He has served as a Resident Advisor in Lesotho, the Solomon Islands, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Madagascar, Ecuador, Poland, Hungary, and Nicaragua.

Mr. Hans has worked extensively in infrastructure and PPP development, planning, promotion and execution including recent assignments as Principal Privatization Advisor to the Comité de Privatisation, supervising the privatization of 45 state-owned enterprises in Madagascar; Chief Advisor to project developer InfraCo to identify and evaluate infrastructure and PPP projects (public transport, housing; energy, water and sanitation) in West and Central Africa, as well as managing the effort to facilitate private sector involvement in the grain sector in Saudi Arabia, serving as Partner in Charge and Chief Deal Maker of the effort to privatize two major industrial companies (paper and glass production) in the Dominican Republic, and serving as Partner in Charge and Marketing Advisor for the World Bank funded efforts to privatize postal services in Ecuador and Honduras. Recently in Pakistan (ADB), he worked as Project Manager and PPP Expert for the effort to develop special economic zones and logistics hubs along the National Trade Corridor.

He served as a Team Leader for the Private Sector Participation and Commercialization Task Order on the World Bank’s Subic Bay (Philippines) Metropolitan Authority Institutional Strengthening Project addressing private sector participation in infrastructure (energy, telecom, water, ports, airports) and services. Also in Saudi Arabia; he recently successfully completed an engagement to facilitate private sector involvement in the grain sector for a private client.

Additional assignments include serving as Resident Team Leader and Principal Privatization Advisor to the Government of the Solomon Islands (1999-2000) under the auspices of the Asian Development Bank. Responsible for the institutional strengthening of the State Owned Enterprises Monitoring and Privatization Unit of the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Hans also provided technical assistance and training related to strategy development and implementation as well as guidance on the actual sales process and investment promotion for the privatization program in the country. He was additionally responsible for managing the diagnostic studies, privatization strategy development, valuation and drafting of tenders and transaction execution for fourteen enterprises including the electric authority, water authority, printing company, construction and industrial enterprises, port, national airline, telecom, postal and tourism authorities. He successfully engineered the sale of 48.1% of Solomon Islands Telekom and supervised the development of new regulatory frameworks for the telecom and energy sectors.

He has also served as Principal Privatization and Private Sector Development Advisor to the government of Madagascar between 1997 and 1999. During his tenure in Madagascar, he supervised the development of liberalized legal and regulatory frameworks for the energy, telecom and transport sectors and provided institutional, strategic, technical and transactional assistance on the previously-mentioned privatization of the 45 largest state owned enterprises in the country. His subsequent assignments in Madagascar include serving on the team (for USAID) evaluating restructuring and privatization options for the Postal Savings Bank.

For the World Bank, he undertook a comprehensive assessment of the privatization program in the Republic of Georgia as well as providing strategic advisory services to the Ministry of State Property in regard to the major PSP transactions (power, agriculture, textiles, ports, telecom, airline, etc.) as well as the policy and institutional reform related to the privatization program. In 2000, also for the World Bank, he reviewed the draft privatization law for the Republic of Georgia.

Also for the World Bank, Mr. Hans provided advisory services related to PPP and privatization assignments including port privatization in the Comoros Islands and infrastructure privatization in Haiti (telecom, transport, energy).