Stefan Kauder is a Senior Program Manager, Infrastructure Specialist and Business Development Executive with an exemplary over 20-year track record in the international development consulting industry. Stefan’s specific area of specialization is private sector participation in infrastructure sectors, but his experience covers a broad range of social and economic development fields, sectors, clients and geographical locations. As an esteemed Policy Advisor and Program Manager, he has an outstanding profile in designing and directing national and regional social and economic reform programs, in raising funds from international and bilateral donors, and in forging strategic alliances with development partners, international NGOs and implementing partners.  


Stefan's successful career demonstrates exceptional leadership qualities, strong ability to formulate policy and strategy visions and to pro-actively and effectively implement these with professional integrity, target-orientation and attention to detail.  He is an eloquent communicator, convincing and skillful public speaker, and accoplished in motivating and guiding large multi-disciplinary teams in a hands-on, efficient and effective manner. He has a proven track record of interacting with diplomacy, sensitivity and effectiveness with high government officials, ministers, corporate and civil society leaders alike. 


From the early years as Project Manager at

Treuhand Osteuropa Beratungsgesellschaft (TOB), one of Europe’s leading consulting firms specialized in economic transformation and reform policies, Stefan has maintained an outstanding personal success rate in business development and in acquiring extensive funds from bilateral and multi-national donors in support of large-scale development projects, in technical and financial assistance as well as co-financing arrangements. He is intrinsically familiar with procurement procedures and regulations of a variety of donor organizations, from GIZ, DFID and USAID to World Bank, African Development Bank and European Union.


Every project or program ever managed by Stefan received contract extensions and additional funding by the financing institution, some of them repeatedly. Stefan’s Ethiopia project received a pledge for an additional 4.5-year extension from GTZ in early 2002 following a successful internal evaluation; in Uganda, DFID attested Stefan’s project for developing and implementing utility reforms a high level of impact in their mid-term review and World Bank funding secured a continuation of the project; the PPP program Stefan led in Jordan received five contract extensions by the European Commission; and USAID’s SUWASA program was extended from four to six years within the first 18 months of the contract while total funding was more than doubled.


Until recently, Stefan was a Senior Advisor for Public Private Partnerships at the World Bank Office in Kenya. As a member of the World Bank Task Team for the Infrastructure Finance and Public Private Partnerships (IFPPP) Project for Kenya, he was liaising with the PPP Unit at the National Treasury in developing a pipeline of bankable PPP projects across all infrastructure sectors (electricity generation, ports and airports, special economic zones, railways, roads and highways, water supply, and social infrastructure), in reviewing RFPs for transaction advisor recruitment on behalf of the World Bank, in providing technical guidance on transaction structures, feasibility studies and other technical reports prepared by World Bank staff and consultants, in overseeing IFPPP disbursements and the implementation of World Bank-executed Trust Funds, and in coordinating periodical World Bank review missions and Aide Memoires.


Previously, Stefan led USAID's Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Africa (SUWASA) program and turned it into USAID's largest infrastructure technical assistance program in the Agency's history on the African continent - more than doubling the initial USAID budget of USD 17.5 million to USD 40-50 million and implementing a portfolio of 16 innovative financing and reform projects in 8 African countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, and Zambia) with over 50 staff at the SUWASA Africa Regional Office in Nairobi and in the project country offices. In 2012, SUWASA acquired further funding for five additional projects to be launched in Kenya, Nigeria and South Sudan in early 2013, building on SUWASA’s widely recognized successes in these countries.


Under Stefan's leadership, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan developed the first national Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Program in the Middle East and the Arab World with a policy, regulatory, institutional framework encompassing al infrastructure sectors - and first infrastructure transactions in a variety of sectors were being implemented successfully as a novelty in the region. At the end of his tenure, he was de facto in charge of the Jordanian Public-Private Partnership Program as sole and lead advisor and succeeded in securing further donor support for the Program exceeding 100 million USD, including both financial and technical assistance. The PPP Program of Jordan is anticipated to reach a volume of USD 7-10 billion in infrastructure investment over the period 2010-2020. The Program was officially launched by HE the Prime Minister of Jordan on 23 June 2008 in a widely publicized event.

As Lead Advisor to the Government of Uganda, Stefan oversaw and coordinated various teams of international transaction advisors, comprising of investment bankers, corporate lawyers and sector specialists to successfully reform the country’s infrastructure sectors, i.e. water, electricity, telecommunications and transport. Stefan’s role as Advisor to the Government was to advise the Minister of Finance as well as the Steering Committee on all policy issues related to the transactions and to structure and negotiate the concessions so that they would be conducive to both the need of attracting private investors and the country’s long-term requirements in developing and expanding the sector.

Stefan was extensively involved in liaising with and building capacity at the newly established Electricity Regulatory Authority throughout the transaction process, so that grid code, licenses and tariffs would be in line with policy objectives and sector needs.  He also directed public awareness campaigns and stakeholder consultations throughout the reform process.

As the Government of Uganda’s Lead Government Advisor for infrastructure reforms, he advocated and structured the first trans-border Joint Railway Concession of Africa, between Uganda and Kenya. Stefan advised the Ugandan delegation in the Joint Technical Working Committee (JTWC), representing Uganda’s lead implementation agency, stakeholders involved as well as the transaction advisors. Stefan also coordinated, on the Ugandan side, the JTWC’s reporting to the Joint Steering Committee, comprising of both countries’ representatives of the Minister of Transport, the Minister of Finance, the Attorney General, and other relevant Government stakeholders. The concession, finally signed in December 2006, was named Euromoney Project Finance Magazine’s African Transport Deal of the Year.

The Uganda utility reforms won the World Bank Award for Best Utility Reform Program in Africa.