Dr. Frannie Léautier is one of the most illustrious African finance and development practitioners of our times. As a professional, an academic, and an entrepreneur with a long-standing experience at top executive and board of director-levels, she has been in the business of leading and transforming organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit spheres, including in advanced and emerging economies around the globe. She served as Vice Chair of the Board, first independent Board Director, and Special Advisor of the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB). Dr. Léautier became TDB’s Chief Operating Officer on September 1st, 2018. She is the Chair of the Risk and Audit Committee of the African Risk Capacity (ARC Ltd), a company providing market solutions to address the insurance needs of African countries against weather related risks likes floods and drought. Dr. Léautier has occupied the functions of Senior Vice President at the African Development Bank (AfDB), Vice President at the World Bank Group (WBG) and Head of the World Bank Institute. She is a well-recognised author and academic, having published numerous books, articles and papers in international development. She is also a graduate of the Harvard University Executive Development Program. Dr. Léautier received an Honorary Degree in Humane Letters from North Central College in the US, and for her work in infrastructure, she is an Honorary Degree Graduand from Lancaster University in the UK. In addition to winning various awards, including “Best Manager” and awards for excellence at the World Bank Group, she has been featured several times amongst the New African Magazine list of 100 most influential people in Africa.