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Frannie Léautier

CEO, SouthBridge Group

Frannie Léautier is Expert Chair of the Independent Review of Multilateral Development Banks’ Capital Adequacy Frameworks.

Prior to joining SouthBridge Frannie held senior leadership roles in prestigious international organizations.

She was Chief of Staff to the President and Vice President at the World Bank Group and Senior Vice President at the AfDB.  She held various 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. Frannie has extensive governance experience holding advisory and governance roles on several boards, including the UN Foundation, 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 held include with MIT, OCP Group, 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).

She has authored several books and articles and lectured at Sciences Po, MIT, Harvard, and University of Tokyo.

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