Soula Proxenos

Soula Proxenos

Adjunct Lecturer
International Development

Background and Education

Soula Proxenos is an adjunct lecturer at Johns Hopkins SAIS and the Carey Business School. She is an independent non-executive director of several organizations, consultant, and advisor. 

She was formally Managing Director of International Housing Solutions (January 2017). She led the effort in founding South African Workforce Housing Fund. The fund had its first close in 2006 and has approximately $220million of capital—amongst its investors is OPIC, Citi, MacArthur, and PSP. As founder, she developed the concept, was responsible for staffing, raising the capital, strategy and government relations. She was co-chair of the investment committee since inception. IHS closed its second fund, bringing its AUM to over $500 million. She was with the group for eleven years and remains on its advisory board.

Previous to this she was Managing Director of Fannie Mae’s International Housing Financial Services for seven years. She had responsibility for the P+L of Fannie Mae’s international consulting services and training programs, assisting in the development of market-based housing finance systems in over 35 countries.

Ms. Proxenos has more than 30 years of financial services experience. She has managed P+Ls, opened new markets globally, had responsibility for transforming Old Mutual’s business prior and during the South Africa’s political transformation. 

Ms. Proxenos received a BA from the University of Witwatersrand and an MBA. from the University of Stellenbosch, in South Africa.

2017-08-29 00:00:00 
Spring 2019 
The course has ...
The course has been designed to help students understand what public value can be created and what complex public policy problems can be addressed by employing the techniques and structures used in public-private partnerships (PPPs). Public-Private Partnerships are collaborative structures supported by public, private or even non-profit partners who agree to share risks, resources and decisions in building and implementing certain projects. PPPs address issues with financing, operational capacity, inadequate human capital. The parties to a solution may share powerful motivations to create public value by addressing a particular problem but may not agree on how it should be addressed, by whom, at what risk, and for what incentives. The course will discuss how the integration of economic and social PPPs can improve a country’s competitiveness. While economic PPPs are created to address strategic economic development goals, social PPPs focus more on assets that lack adequate revenue sources and require subsidies. An increasing number of countries are seeking a fusion of economic and social PPPs, especially with regard to water, education, and healthcare. The skills needed to effectively develop and integrate economic and social PPPs include negotiation, political management, innovation, and financial structuring. Case studies and readings will be used to illustrate the wide spectrum of situations and challenges associated with managing PPPs and the types of issues that will benefit from PPPs in international development.