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Program Objective

The need to apply worldwide innovations in financial markets with objective and comparative education and analysis in housing finance, to meet demand for quality housing in Asia-Pacific, is growing. The Wharton-Habitat for Humanity housing finance course is unique in its 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 and executives (mainly those in the real estate, banking or finance sectors), international and regional development experts, and others whose industries demand them to be up-to-date with the latest developments and trends in real estate and housing finance, across local and regional markets.


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 Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter.

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 third time that a 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 4 and 5 September 2016, prior to the 6th 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 and the course very popular, so early registration is recommended.

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

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