Eng. Shelter Lotsu Yao
Eng. Shelter Lotsu is the Managing Director of GIBB Consulting Services (West Africa) Ltd., located in Accra, Ghana. GIBB West Africa is a subsidiary of GIBB Africa Ltd., Kenya. GIBB provides consulting services in Multi-disciplinary Engineering, Architectural and Real Estate Development, Project Management Consulting, Investment Appraisal and Evaluation, Environmental and Social Safeguards, Value for Money Audit, Public Private Partnership Advisory, Project Finance Services, and Feasibility studies.
Shelter Lotsu is an accomplished Civil Engineer with over 26 years in Civil Engineering Construction and Project Management in public service. Shelter holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, Master of Engineering Degree in Highway and Airport Engineering from Tongji University, PR, China, Master of Science Degree in Global Management from Salford University, U.K., and Certification of Public Private Partnership (PPP) Specialist from IP3 in Washington DC, USA. He also holds the Certificate of Program on Investment Appraisal and Risk Management from Queens University, Canada. He is currently pursuing his Doctoral studies at the University of Business and International Studies, Switzerland.
Shelter has worked on several civil/highway engineering and construction projects and successfully supervised the design and construction of Multi-Lane Highways with major Interchanges. He has held the positions of Chief Resident Engineer, Head of Public Private Partnership, Regional Highway Director, with intimate knowledge of the FIDIC suite of construction contract documents. He has extensive experience resulting from practical application in the management of engineering projects, hands-on delivery of complex civil engineering/highway projects, attendance at seminars and workshops, spanning over two decades.
Shelter is a leading PPP Specialist and has been a Team Lead for the Ghana/World Bank Road Sector Flagship PPP projects in the project Identification, Screening, Selection, Preparation, Structuring and Procurement of Concessionaires. He successfully developed the first generation of PPP pipe line projects for the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Roads and Highways in Ghana. He has served as Key Expert on Committees advising on PPP Regulations and Guidelines for the Government of Ghana. He has been the Head of PPP on the Accra-Tema Motorway and the Accra-Takoradi Motorway PPP projects, the Government Team Lead alongside the Transaction Advisors.
He has served on Panel of Experts at PPP Conferences in Ghana, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Shelter is a strong advocate for the need of Governments to use Credible and Experienced Transaction Advisors for successful PPPs. He advocates that infrastructure PPPs must have Win-Win-Win solutions for the Public Entity, Private Investors, and the Users of the Facilities.
Shelter’s interest is to encourage innovative financing of mega infrastructure projects in Ghana and across Africa to enable Governments to use the alternative finance sourcing such as sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, private equities and debt financing and thereby allow fiscal space for other competing national demands on the budget.