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Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems


Wharton-Habitat for Humanity Housing Finance Course


Hong Kong
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Sep 1, 2015 (Tue) - Sep 2, 2015 (Wed), 9:00am-5:00pm

Program Objective

With the increasing demand for quality housing and the worldwide innovations in financial markets, the need for objective and comparative education and analysis in housing finance is growing. The Wharton-Habitat for Humanity housing finance course is in a unique position to provide such education and analysis, combining Wharton’s world class International Housing Finance expertise and Habitat for Humanity’s local market knowledge.

Who should attend?

Policymakers, regulators, private-sector decision makers & executives (mainly in the real estate, banking and finance sectors), international & regional development experts and others whose industries demand constant updating with the latest developments and trends in real estate and housing finance, in the local and regional levels.


This special one-and-a-half-day course on housing finance in Asia-Pacific is a special collaboration between the International Housing Finance Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and Habitat for Humanity’s market development and housing finance department.

The course draws upon the expertise of the Wharton International Housing Finance Program initiated in 1985, the Samuel Zell/Robert Lurie Real Estate Center of the Wharton School, the faculty of the Wharton Finance and Real Estate Departments, as well as specialists from the private sector. Each year, the International Housing Finance Program is offered as a summer course at the Wharton School in Pennsylvania, USA, and as a regional course for sub-Saharan Africa in conjunction with Cape Town University Business School in South Africa.

This is the second time that the modified version of Wharton’s International Housing Finance Program, adapted for an Asia-Pacific market, will take place in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity. The course will run on 1 and 2 September 2015, prior to the 5th Asia-Pacific Housing Forum in Hong Kong.

Joint certificates from the Wharton School and Habitat for Humanity will be issued to all participants on completion of the course. Places are limited.

The course will predominantly be delivered by Drs. Marja Hoek-Smit, Director, International Housing Finance Program, Wharton School.



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