Dr Frannie Leautier, Non-Executive Director
Dr Frannie Leautier is the Founder and Managing Partner of the Fezembat Group. Previously, she was Senior Vice President of the African Development Bank where she led the efforts in improving overall operational effectiveness to drive greater developmental impact.
Prior to this, Dr Leautier was the Chairperson and Co-Founding Partner of Mkopa Private Equity Fund, which is focused on private equity investments in small and medium size enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr Leautier joined the World Bank in 1992 and held Transport Economist and Research Economist roles before being promoted to Senior Economist, Infrastructure Division of the South Asia Division, where she worked in 6 Asian countries and helped to build a cohesive team to deliver on infrastructure projects. She later served as Senior Director, Infrastructure (1997-1999), was appointed as Chief of Staff and Director of the Office of the President of the World Bank Group (2000-2001) and then Vice President for the World Bank Group and Head of the World Bank Institute (2001-2007). From 2007-2013, she was appointed as a Distinguished Professor of Leadership in a Globalised World, Sciences Po, Paris, where she taught Masters courses in international management and leadership.
Dr Leautier is a globally respected development expert with over 25 years’ professional experience. She was previously Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation (2009-2013) and has served as a Board member of several organisations, including Women’s World Banking, Institute for Security Studies, African Economic Research Consortium, International Potato Institute, Nelson Mandela Institution for Science and Technology and the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Africa (2013-2014) and the African Institute of Governing with Integrity.
Dr Leautier has extensive Africa and global experience in both the public and private sectors, including strong operations’ management experience in complex multilateral institutions. She is known for being results-oriented and a driver for efficiency, effectiveness and accountability.
Dr Leautier is Tanzanian and has extensive experience in Africa. She holds a PhD in Infrastructure Systems and a Masters degree in Transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Mr Abdoulie Janneh, Non-Executive Director
Mr Abdoulie Janneh is currently Executive Director at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation based in Dakar, Senegal, a role he has held since 2012. He is the former UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) (2005 – 2012). Prior to this, he served as Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Africa, in charge of managing UNDP’s largest Regional Bureau, covering 45 countries in sub-Saharan Africa with a complement of over 1,500 (2000 to 2005). Earlier in his UNDP career, he was Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative in Ghana (1996-1999) and Niger (1993-1996) and Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (1990-1993).
Mr Janneh is an active player in promoting African development and responding to the continent’s national and regional priorities. Throughout his career, he has been an active player in enhancing partnership-building for Africa, aiming to mobilise support and build inclusiveness for shared development objectives. He has established and maintained high level partnership with programme and donor governments, the private sector, civil society and national, regional and international organisations. He has also written articles on African development and delivered policy statements and keynote speeches. He was member of several advisory panels of organisations on Africa’s development.
Mr Janneh remains engaged in supporting the African Union Agenda 2063 vision, NEPAD, the African Peer Review Mechanism and the climate change agenda. He is chair of the African Governance Institute and serves on the Boards of the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA), AO Alliance Foundation, Global Integrity, International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA) and is a member of the Africa Forum of Former African Heads of State , amongst others.
Mr Janneh, a Gambian national, has extensive international and Africa experience and is fluent in English and French.
Ms Delphine Traoré Maïdou, Non-Executive Director
Ms Delphine Traoré Maïdou is currently Chief Operating Officer of Africa Allianz, responsible for developing the Allianz Group’s business on the continent, she remains a non-executive member of the Board of AGCS Africa. In her previous role as Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Global Corporate Speciality (AGCS) Africa (2012 to 2017), Ms Maidou was integral in expanding the team and the range of insurance solutions for corporate clients across the Sub Saharan Africa region. Between 2009 and 2012, Ms Maidou was Head of Market Management for Canada at AGCS, having joined the Group in 2005 as Executive Underwriter – Casualty. Ms Maidou started her career in 1996 as a Commercial Lines Underwriter for Ohio Casualty Group before being promoted to Umbrella/Excess Liability Underwriter in 2003.
Ms Maidou has been recognised widely for her leadership, as well as her insurance and risk management expertise. Notable awards include: Chief Executive Officer of the Year (2017) for the significant contribution made to Africa’s economy as Chief Executive Officer of AGCS Africa (Africa Economy Builders Awards); Outstanding Woman Leadership Award (Africa Leadership Awards 2015), Choiseul 100 Africa Top Economic Leaders for Tomorrow (2014 and 2015) and ranked 11th out of 50 Most Influential Women in Francophone Africa (2017) by Jeune Afrique. Ms Maidou continues to contribute significantly in developing and transforming the African insurance industry as President of the Insurance Institute of South Africa and as a member of the African Risk Capacity’s Outbreak & Epidemic (O&E) Advisory Panel.
Ms Maidou is the winner of the 2017 Insurance CEO of the Year at the AfricaRe African Insurance Awarads. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business/Accounting from University of Pittsburgh and an MBA in Insurance Management from the Boston University School of Management. Ms Maidou is from Burkina Faso and has extensive experience in both Africa and North America , she speaks English and French.
Ms Ladé Araba, Non-Executive Director
Ms Ladé Araba is a senior Development Finance Executive with over 17 years of experience. She is the Managing Director for Africa at Convergence Finance. She previously served as Technical Adviser to the former Minister of Finance of Nigeria and was the Head of the Strategic Monitoring Unit. She was also an Adviser in the Power Sector Team at the Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility (NIAF), a Technical Assistance Program funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Prior to NIAF, Ladé was Technical Adviser to the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) where she advised on the building blocks for financing regional infrastructure projects and promoting intra-African trade. She was formerly a Senior Investment Officer at the African Development Bank, where she played key roles in deal origination and appraisal and led diverse teams to obtain Board approval for senior loans to several infrastructure projects across Africa collectively valued in excess of $2 billion.
Ladé was an Enterprise Development Specialist at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and also worked for the QED Group LLC in Washington, DC. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a dual Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) and International Business from the University of Oklahoma (2001). A native English speaker, she is fluent in French and Italian and has basic knowledge of Spanish.
Ms Sarata Koné-Thiam, Non-Executive Director
Based in Côte d’Ivoire, Sarata KONE is the Managing Director of UBA Côte d’Ivoire since June 2016. She previously held the position of Deputy Managing Director of UBA Côte d’Ivoire between September 2015 and May 2016. Holder of a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Montreal, Sarata is a seasoned banker with more than 22 years of experience in commercial and investment banking, and has occupied senior positions in major international financial groups such as HSBC and Citibank. She had a 12-year tenure with HSBC and, in her ultimate role with the Group, she held the role of Regional Director for West Africa (6 years). In this role, she was entrusted with developing the Group franchise in West Africa through a multi-product offering based out of Nigeria. Sarata’s contribution was key in developing HSBC’s franchise in the region. Ghana and Francophone Africa were also key focus zones to develop. Sarata has established her reputation in the Ivorian banking industry for having led UBA Côte d’Ivoire to being awarded the ‘Bank of the Year in Africa’ prize in 2019 by the Banker magazine for its performance and innovation. She has risen to become an influential woman in the Ivorian financial ecosystem.
Sarata speaks French (mother tongue) and English fluently and has basic Spanish.
Dr Michel Jarraud, Special Advisor to the Board
Mr Michel Jarraud was the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization from 2004-2015. Mr Jarraud was initially appointed by the Fourteenth World Meteorological Congress and was subsequently re-appointed by the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Congresses for second and third, four-year terms.
In 2012 he also assumed the Chair of UN-Water, the inter-agency mechanism that coordinates and strengthens the work of United Nations organizations and programmes on all issues relating to fresh water.
Before joining the WMO Secretariat as Deputy Secretary-General in January 1995, Mr Jarraud devoted part of his career to the internationally renowned European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). He was appointed Deputy Director of the Centre in 1991, having been Director of the Operational Department from 1990. From June 1978 to December 1985, he was a researcher in numerical weather prediction at ECMWF. Mr Jarraud began his career with the French National Meteorological Service, Météo-France, as a researcher (September 1976-May 1978). He joined Météo-France again in January 1986 as Director of the Weather Forecasting Department, a role he held until December 1989.
Mr Jarraud is a scientist and a meteorologist with degrees from the prestigious French Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole de la Météorologie Nationale. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society (USA), a member of the Société Météorologique de France, the Royal Meteorological Society (United Kingdom) and the African Meteorological Society, as well as an Honorary Member of the Chinese Meteorological Society and the Cuban Meteorological Society.
Mr Jarraud holds a degree of Ingénieur de l’Ecole Polytechnique in mathematics and physics, with chemistry and economics as additional subjects from Ecole Polytechnique and a degree of Ingénieur de la Météorologie from Ecole de la Météorologie Nationale. Mr Jarraud is fluent in French and English.