Dr. Frannie Léautier
First Vice Chair ExCO
Asset Management Executive Director
Trade and Development Bank (TDB)
Dr. Frannie Léautier is an African finance and development expert, with long-standing global experience leading and transforming organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit spheres. Prior to joining TDB, she served as Senior Vice President at the African Development Bank, Vice President at the World Bank Group, and Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation. In addition to having founded two companies, Dr. Léautier is a Board Member, Trustee, Special Advisor, Founder and Member of a number of prestigious international and regional organisations, including the World Economic Forum (WEF), the UN Foundation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), OCP Group, Orca Explorations, African Risk Capacity (ARC), African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Institute for Security Studies (IIS). She previously served on the boards of the King Baudouin Foundation USA (KBFUS), Nelson Mandela Institute for Science and Technology (NM-AIST), and Uongozi Institute among others. Likewise, she is a well-recognised author and academic, having published numerous books, articles and papers in finance, economics and international development and having taught graduate-level courses at Sciences Po Paris, MIT, Harvard, Duke, and the University of Tokyo. In addition to her Civil Engineering Degree from Dar es Salaam University and a Transportation Masters from MIT, Dr. Léautier holds a PhD in Infrastructure Systems from MIT. She also holds honorary doctorates in humane letters from North Central College and Laws from Lancaster University.
Established in 1985, the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) is a multilateral, treaty-based development financial institution, with assets of close to US$ 5.6 billion. The Bank’s mandate is to finance and foster trade, regional economic integration and sustainable development through trade finance, project and infrastructure finance, asset management and business advisory services.