Clarisa De Franco
Managing Director, Head of Africa Funds
CDC Group plc
Clarisa has been at CDC since 2007, most recently leading our Africa Funds team. She manages a team that invests and manages a US$2.5bn portfolio that covers SME, mid-cap, large cap, infrastructure, renewable energy, real estate and agriculture funds across Africa. She is a member of CDC’s Funds Investment Committee and is also actively involved in promoting CDC’s diversity and inclusion efforts.
Prior to focusing on Africa, she had spent 3 years sourcing and managing part of CDC’s South Asia, China and South East Asia fund investments portfolio as well as co-investment opportunities and microfinance investments across CDC’s core geographies. Previously, she spent time at Grupo Financiero Uno (acquired by Citigroup) and before that worked for four years in CDC’s offices in London and Costa Rica making direct investments in Latin America.
Clarisa graduated from Marquette University in Wisconsin with a BA (Hons) in Mathematics and Economics and has an MBA from INCAE Business School, Nicaragua.