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Jean-michel Severino


food and nutrition
Danone
France

Biography

  Jean-Michel SEVERINO was born on September 6, 1957 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He is a graduate of the École Nationale d’Administration, ESCP, IEP Paris and holds a postgraduate degree (DEA) in economics and a degree in law. After four years working at the Inspection générale des finances (French General Inspection of Finance) (1984-1988), he was named technical advisor for economic and financial affairs at the French Ministry of Cooperation (1988-1989). He later became the Head of that Ministry’s Department of Economic and Financial Affairs and then its Development Director. In all these positions, he was particularly active in macroeconomic and financial relations, as well as the management of political and humanitarian crises, in sub-Saharan Africa. In 1996, he was recruited by the World Bank as Director for Central Europe at a time when this region was marked by the end of the Balkans conflict and reconstruction. He became the World Bank’s Vice-President in charge of East Asia from 1997 to 2001 and focused on the management of the major macroeconomic and financial crisis that shook these countries. After a brief stint working once again for the French government as Inspector General of Finance, he was named Chief Executive Officer of the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), where from 2001 to 2010 he led the expansion efforts to cover the entire emerging and developing world, notably in the Mediterranean region, Asia and Latin America, while still maintaining its strong roots in sub-Saharan Africa. He significantly expanded the bank’s development activities and extended its areas of responsibility to a large number of new countries as well as contemporary global issues: climate, biodiversity, poverty, growth, etc. He also implemented a significant restructuring of the AFD  

Research Interest

  Jean-Michel SEVERINO was born on September 6, 1957 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He is a graduate of the École Nationale d’Administration, ESCP, IEP Paris and holds a postgraduate degree (DEA) in economics and a degree in law. After four years working at the Inspection générale des finances (French General Inspection of Finance) (1984-1988), he was named technical advisor for economic and financial affairs at the French Ministry of Cooperation (1988-1989). He later became the Head of that Ministry’s Department of Economic and Financial Affairs and then its Development Director. In all these positions, he was particularly active in macroeconomic and financial relations, as well as the management of political and humanitarian crises, in sub-Saharan Africa. In 1996, he was recruited by the World Bank as Director for Central Europe at a time when this region was marked by the end of the Balkans conflict and reconstruction. He became the World Bank’s Vice-President in charge of East Asia from 1997 to 2001 and focused on the management of the major macroeconomic and financial crisis that shook these countries. After a brief stint working once again for the French government as Inspector General of Finance, he was named Chief Executive Officer of the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), where from 2001 to 2010 he led the expansion efforts to cover the entire emerging and developing world, notably in the Mediterranean region, Asia and Latin America, while still maintaining its strong roots in sub-Saharan Africa. He significantly expanded the bank’s development activities and extended its areas of responsibility to a large number of new countries as well as contemporary global issues: climate, biodiversity, poverty, growth, etc. He also implemented a significant restructuring of the AFD  

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