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SouthBridge Group appoints Frannie Léautier as senior partner

Christian Fernsby | Paris, France | May 5, 2020
Frannie LéautierSouthBridge Group, a pan-African financial services firm, announces the appointment of Frannie Léautier as a senior partner.
Dr. Léautier has served as a non-executive Board member and Chairperson of the Group’s Board Risk & Audit Committee.

Dr. Léautier is a highly experienced and well-known finance and development expert, with long-standing global experience leading and transforming organisations in the private, public and non-for-profit spheres.

She has held various leadership roles at The Trade and Development Bank (TDB) Group, including Vice Chair of the Board, Special Advisor to the President before becoming TDB’s first Chief Operating Officer.

She also led the Asset Management business of TDB, including the recent launch of a unique product for trade finance in Africa.

Dr. Léautier graduated from the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) with both a Masters of Science in Transportation and a PhD in Infrastructure Systems.

She went on to work at the World Bank Group (WBG), where during her 15-year career she held senior financial positions across the Group.

She served as Vice-President for nearly seven years of her tenure at the WBG where she also won several awards for her outstanding support and contributions.

She was also Senior Vice President at the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Dr. Léautier has also founded two companies: The Fezembat Group, which was dedicated to providing risk management and support through advisory services to top leadership of companies investing in mining, infrastructure and energy in developing and emerging markets; and, Mkoba Private Equity Fund, which was founded to invest in small and medium size enterprises in Africa in response to the emerging market opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

In addition to her extensive career, Dr. Léautier holds advisory and governance roles on several boards, including the UN Foundation, OCP Group, Orca Explorations, AZA Finance, and ARC (African Risk Capacity) Ltd.

She is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Regional Advisory Group for Africa and has previously served as co-Chair for the Global Agenda Councils of the WEF.

Other advisory and board roles she has held include with MIT, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Institute for Security Studies (ISS), King Badouin Foundation US (KBFUS), and Nelson Mandela Institute for Science and Technology (NM-AIST).


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