Laureen Kouassi-Olsson

Project manager


Laureen Kouassi-Olsson joined Proparco in 2009 as a project manager in the Banks and Financial Markets division. She is in charge of examining funding projects for financial institutions in sub-Saharan Africa, and has specialised in private equity. A graduate of the business school EM Lyon, she previously worked with Lehman Brothers in London.

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Proparco is a subsidiary of the AFD Group focused on private sector development. It has been promoting sustainable economic, social and environmental development for over 45 years.

Proparco provides funding and support to both businesses and financial institutions in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle-East. Its action focuses on the key development sectors: infrastructure, mainly for renewable energies, agribusiness, financial institutions, health and education. Its operations aim to strengthen the contribution of private players to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the international community in 2015.

To this end, Proparco finances companies whose activity contributes to creating jobs and decent incomes, providing essential goods and services and combating climate change.