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Research Team

Carter Casady, Ph.D.

Carter recently obtained his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He is passionate about infrastructure development, procurement, governance, public-private partnerships (PPPs), project finance, and public policy. His current interdisciplinary research examines the impacts of deferred maintenance on public sector buildings. Prior to entering the PhD program, Mr. Casady served as research associate for the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, conducting simplified Benefit-Cost Analyses (BCAs) on U.S. managed lane projects.

Robert Wilhelm Siegfried Ruhlandt

Robert is a Ph.D. candidate in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at Stanford University, previously advised by Professor Ray Levitt. Robert’s research focuses on big urban data and digital technologies in cities. He is passionate about innovative ways to address organizational, strategic and technical challenges in the urban environment. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., Robert worked as a consultant at Bain & Company. Robert is a Fondahl Stanford Graduate Student Fellow and holds an M.S. in management science and engineering from Stanford, as well as an M.S. and B.S.

Kate Gasparro, Ph.D.

Kate was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and received her Ph.D in 2019 from Stanford University in Sustainable Design and Construction. Kate’s research bridges the fields of civil engineering and public policy. Using empirical, case-based and novel research methods, she has published work on the use of public private partnerships and the emergence of crowdfunding for infrastructure delivery.

Soh Young In, Ph.D.

Soh Young In is the ESG Integration and Investment Lead at Stanford Global Projects Center (GPC). She is also leading research on financial innovation at the Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFI) of the Precourt Institute for Energy. Her research interest is to align the financial system with a low-carbon economy, and to catalyze sustainable finance. Her research supports investors, entrepreneurs and policymakers to drive positive social and environmental impact alongside financial results.

Dane Rook, Ph.D.

Dane Rook is a Research Engineer at Stanford University’s School of Engineering. Dr. Rook’s work explores the intersection of machine intelligence and long-term investing. Broadly, his research interests are in natural-language processing, alternative data, knowledge graphs, and agent-based models, as well as their applications to responsible finance and asset ownership. Previously, he was a researcher at Kensho (an AI-startup acquired by S&P) and J.P.Morgan. Dr. Rook earned his doctoral degree from the University of Oxford as a Clarendon Scholar.

Antonio Vives, Ph.D.

Antonio Vives is Consulting Professor with the Stanford Global Projects Center (GPC). He also currently serves as Principal Associate at Cumpetere and is a former Member of the Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission of the State of California and the Sustainable Development Department of the Inter-American Development Bank, IDB. For 25 years he was a member of the Investment Committee of the Pension Fund of the Bank which currently has over $3 billion USD in assets, 15 years of which he served as Vice-Chairman.

Bushra Bataineh, Ph.D.

Bushra Bataineh was a doctoral candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. She has since earned her Ph.D. Her research focused on innovative project delivery mechanisms for water infrastructure worldwide. She is focused on private sector participation in water infrastructure projects in developing countries and the emergence of local private water operators. Bushra holds a master’s degree in environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in hydrologic sciences and policy from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Julie Kim, Ph.D.

Julie Kim, Ph.D was the P3 FLIPS Program Developer at the Stanford Global Projects Center and was working to develop sustainable business models for public-private partnerships (P3) in the U.S. market. Julie has over 25 years of experience in large-scale infrastructure projects in the U.S. and Asia, with a special expertise in transportation sector. She is a founder and CEO of BeneTellus, a consulting firm specializing in infrastructure privatization and financing. Dr. Kim holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from M.I.T. as well as a M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University.

Rajiv Sharma, Ph.D.

Rajiv Sharma is Research Director at the Stanford Global Projects Center and a Visiting Research Associate at the Oxford University Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. Rajiv has conducted research and worked in the field of private institutional infrastructure investment. He received his Doctorate in Economic Geography at Oxford University and has worked as an economist for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris and as a research fellow for the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative.


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