Morteza Farajian serves as a Program Manager in the Virginia Office of Public-Private Partnerships (VAP3), where he is responsible for leading the development and procurement of multimodal PPP projects and providing input on financial guidance documents. He is currently working on the development of the Transform 66 project, reached financial close on the U.S. Route 460 Corridor Improvement projects as the procurement lead, and serves as the procurement advisor on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel’s Thimble Shoal Tunnel project.
In 2015, Morteza received his PhD at the Project Management Center for Excellence at the University of Maryland. He holds a master’s degree in Project Management from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from American University of Sharjah. He also currently serves as a board member on the Transportation Research Board’s Revenue and Finance Committee.
Morteza has a diverse background in engineering, finance, project management, and business development; he has more than 10 years of experience working in the public and private sectors in the United States and abroad.
Patrick DeCorla-Souza is a Program Manager for Public-Private Partnerships in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau and the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Office of Innovative Program Delivery. In this capacity, he oversees research on PPPs and provides training and technical assistance to state and local governments. Over his 29-year career at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Patrick has led research and developed innovations in PPPs, road pricing, multimodal transportation evaluation, travel demand and air quality analysis, and public involvement. Patrick is a former co-chair of the U.S. Transportation Research Board’s Congestion Pricing Committee.
Prior to his career at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Patrick served as a transportation planner at the consulting firm of Barr Dunlop and Associates in Florida, and at the Toledo (Ohio) Metropolitan Council of Governments, which is the metropolitan planning organization for the Toledo area. Patrick has master’s degrees in Transportation Planning from Florida State University and Civil Engineering from the University of Toledo.
Rob Richards is a PPP & Infrastructure Consultant for the World Bank Group’s PPP Cross-Cutting Solution Area (CCSA). Currently he is collaborating on the development of a PPP screening tool to facilitate governments in better identifying potential PPP projects. Rob has reviewed more than 20 PPP unit identification and screening tools and methodologies. He is leading a webinar series on the same subject matter. He also works with the Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility on database improvement/management, and has worked on the PPP CCSA comments team, Private Participation in Infrastructure Database, and an internal PPP tagging exercise.
Rob has a BA in Political Science and History from the University of Florida and an MS in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University.