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FID will be governed by its own Board of directors, chaired by MIT development economist and Nobel Laureate, Esther Duflo.
Economist, President of the Fund for Innovation in Development
Esther Duflo is a French-American economist. A professor at MIT in the United States, she is co-winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics, which she shares with Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer. She is the youngest laureate and the second woman to win the prestigious distinction. A specialist in development economics, Esther Duflo is world-renowned for her work on poverty. In particular, with her research group, she pioneered the use of randomized controlled trials in economics to scientifically validate what works and what does not in development economics.
Representative of the Ministry of Economy and Finance
Representative of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs
Representative of the French Development Agency
President of Investisseurs et Partenaires
Since 2011, Jean-Michel Severino has been President of Investisseurs et Partenaires, a group of impact funds dedicated to small and medium-sized enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa. He was Director of Development at the French Ministry of Cooperation, Vice-President for East Asia at the World Bank (1996 – 2000), and Director General of the Agence française de développement (AFD) from 2001 to 2010.
Deputy of the French Republic
Hervé Berville is a specialist in development studies and Member of Parliament for the second constituency of Côtes-d’Armor. As a Member of Parliament, he is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly and a parliamentary member of the board of directors of the Agence française de développement, where he was an international volunteer between 2013 and 2016. He is the author of the report on the modernization of the policy of partnerships and international solidarity submitted to the President of the Republic in 2018.
Professor of Political Science and Economics at Princeton University
Leonard Wantchekon holds a doctorate in economics from Northwestern University and is a professor of political science and economics at Princeton University (United States). He is also the founder and director of the Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy based in Benin, which focuses on research on public policy evaluation.
Empirical Research in Political Economy
Professor of Economics at Harvard University
Stefanie Stantcheva is Professor of Economics at Harvard University (United States). Winner of the 2019 Best Young Economist Prize, awarded by the daily Le Monde and the Cercle des économistes, her work focuses on taxation and explores in particular the impact of taxation on innovation. Her research aims to optimize tax policy and the tax system.
Executive Director of the Fund for Innovation in Development
En attente de la biographie
Representative of the Ministry of the Economy and Finance Christophe Bories is a French senior civil servant, attached to the General Direction of the Treasury Department. After having been in charge of the offices dedicated to Bilateral Relations and European Financial Instruments and the International Financial System and preparation for summits, he was appointed Head of the Regional Economic Department in Canberra, Australia. Since 2018, he has been Deputy Director of Bilateral Affairs and Corporate Internationalization at the General Direction of the Treasury in Paris.
Representative of the Agence française de développement
Thomas Mélonio joined the Agence française de développement (AFD) in 2005. Before joining the Research Department, he was first in charge of several research publications (La lettre des économistes, Afrique contemporaine, Regards sur la Terre). From 2012 to 2017, he became deputy advisor and then Africa advisor to the President of the Republic. Since 2018, he has been Executive Director of Innovation, Research and Knowledge at AFD.