Frannie Léautier

Executive Secretary,
The African Capacity Building Foundation

Frannie Léautier is partner and CEO of Mkoba Private Equity.  She has a rich career in the private sector and in international development, having been vice president of the World Bank, chief of staff to the president, and executive secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF).  She is founder of a risk management company, The Fezembat Group.

Léautier is founding editor of the Journal of Infrastructure Systems, on the Editorial Board of the Journal of African Trade (JAD), and founding board member of the Nelson Mandela Institute for Science and Technology and Africa Institute for Governing with Integrity.  She serves on the board of UONGOZI, a Leadership Institute in Tanzania, MIT Open Course Ware, MIT Corporation visiting committees, and Haiti Task Force of the Qatar Foundation. She was co-chair for World Economic Forum Africa and Council on Youth Unemployment.

Léautier holds a PhD and MS from MIT, and graduated from Harvard University.  She is distinguished professor at Sciences Po in Paris and holds an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from North Central College in recognition of her contribution to Africa’s development.  She is among the top 100 most influential people in Africa and holds title of Nkosuohemaa—Queen of Development.