Masterclasses 2020

It is the position of the WBAF Business School that when investors have had the advantage of training in the best practices of negotiating deals for early-stage investment, they are in a better position to ensure good returns on their investment. With this in mind, the WBAF Business School offers a wide variety of training programmes using a range of input (case studies, panel discussions, and presentations, to name a few), all of which encourage active participation and interaction on the part of those attending.

The WBAF Business School delivers free Masterclasses to the participants of the World Congress – WBAF 2020.


World Business Angels Investment Forum
2020 World Congress, Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
17 February 2020, Monday, Luzern Hall, 14.30 – 15.45
Executive Masterclass: A practical roadmap to developing public and private partnerships (PPP) to convert public finance to smart finance

WAPPP Masterclass

A practical roadmap to developing public and private partnerships (PPP) to convert public finance to smart finance
How angel investors and early-stage equity market players can incorporate PPP concepts into their operating model to build a sustainable infrastructure and de-risk their investments

By Jean-Christophe Barth-Coullaré
Executive Director, World Association of PPP Units & Professionals (WAPPP)

These days it has become critical to ensure collaboration between public and private sector can solve the diverse challenges faced at the global, regional and local level. Much can be done by governments and the private sector on their own, but for complex matters, we need public–private partnerships (PPPs). In this masterclass, participants will receive a practical WAPPP roadmap that leads to the creation of better public and private partnerships to boost economies. Barth-Coullaré will explain the important facets of the roadmap, which range from good policy guidance to technical support, to capacity building, to PPP promotion and to PPP investments—all of which will foster knowledge exchange and harness the power of public–private partnerships to meet the Sustainable Development Goals outlined by the United Nations.

About Jean-Christophe Barth-Coullaré
Jean-Christophe Barth is Executive Director of the World Association of PPP Units & Professionals (WAPPP) and the owner of HASE Solutions, a boutique specialized in board advisory and deal mediation. He has 19 years of experience in banking, legal affairs and project management in various industries, including work with Bombardier Transportation on complex infrastructure contracts. He serves as Board Advisor for APIA Swiss to establish early-stage governance in scaleups, SMEs and non-profits. He is an accomplished international mediator and was elected co-president of the Swiss Chamber of Commercial Mediation in 2017. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, he builds bridges for a more efficient implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals through smart public–private cooperation (3P+ facilitation) with the World Association of PPP Units & PPP Professionals. He holds adjunct professorships at the Haute École de Gestion in Geneva and at the Geneva School of Diplomacy.



World Business Angels Investment Forum
2020 World Congress, Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
17 February 2020, Monday, Luzern Hall, 15.45 – 17.00
Masterclass: Developing a Credit Guarantee Fund (CGF)  for developing economies

 Executive Masterclass

Developing a Credit Guarantee Fund (CGF)  for developing economies
Critical factors in establishing an impactful Guarantee Fund, including a case study of the successful Kosovo Credit Guarantee Fund (KCGF).

By Michael Gold,
Architect and co-implementer, Kosovo Credit Guarantee Fund (KCGF)

The European Association of Guarantee Institutions recently reported that the Kosovo Credit Guarantee Fund, in such a short time, is already one of the most impactful guarantee programs in all of Europe.

Even in the 21st Century, access to adequate finance remains a major obstacle for startups, early stage companies and established businesses alike. The finance gap for startups and SMEs is well over $2 trillion USD. Many banks around the world have excess liquidity, but various factors prevent them from mobilizing that liquidity in lending to the businesses that need it to launch new products and services, scale up, increase exports, and create employment. Guarantees can efficiently unlock that liquidity and dramatically increase the amount of capital available to startups and SMEs on attractive terms and conditions. This masterclass will detail the critical factors in establishing a successful, sustainable credit guarantee fund/scheme, including form of legal entity, ownership, regulation, independence, corporate governance, capital structure, level of guarantees, staffing and MIS. Mr. Gold will illustrate these principles by presenting a case study of the Kosovo Credit Guarantee Fund (KCGF) of which he was the architect and co-implementer. In only its first 3 years of operations, KCGF has guaranteed over 120 million EUR in new loans to startups and SMEs that would not otherwise have received finance.

About Michael Gold
Michael Gold is a finance & business expert with 43 years of experience, 28 years in the emerging markets of Central/Eastern Europe, Balkans, Africa, Asia, Latin America & former Soviet Union. He specializes in increasing access to finance and financial inclusion, innovation, entrepreneurship, privatization, foreign direct investment, Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), SME development & legal, policy & regulatory reform. His work has resulted in over $6 billion USD in debt and equity financing, foreign direct investments, privatizations and PPPs, and just in Southeast Europe, direct financing of $70 million USD to over 1,400 micro, small and medium enterprises, including 177 startups and early stage companies, resulting in over 10,500 new, direct jobs. He helped found the ICT association of Kosovo (STIKK) and the Innovation Centre Kosovo (ICK) and helped design, structure and operationalize the Kosovo Credit Guarantee Fund (KCGF). He was the co-lead investment banker on the successful privatization of the Macedonia Electricity Distribution and Supply Company and assisted on the Pristina Airport and Kosovo Route 7 Roadway PPPs. Recently, he helped design and launch the new Business Accelerator UKIM (BAU) in Skopje. Previously, Mr. Gold helped manage two major US university technology research institutes