About

Jean-Michel Severino

CEO

Investisseurs & Partenaires

Jean-Michel Severino succeeded Patrice Hoppenot in May 2011 as CEO of “Investisseurs et Partenaires” (I&P), an impact investing and private equity firm, which focuses on small and medium-sized enterprises and microfinance institutions in Africa. He now works on implementing the theories developed in his book “Africa’s Moment,” which he co-authored with Olivier Ray (2010). Mr. Severino chairs the board of Ecobank International. He serves as chair of the audit committee for Danone’s board and is a member of its corporate social responsibility committee. He is also a member of the board of Orange (France Telecom) and its governance committee. He currently serves as a member of the UN General Secretary’s eminent persons’ panel on the post 2015 agenda.
Prior to assuming the CEO role at Investisseur & Partenaire, Mr. Severino served from April 2010 to May 2011 as general inspector of finance for the French Ministry of Economy and Finance, and as chairman of the French Partnership for Water. From 2001 to April 2010, he was chief executive officer of the Agence Française de Développement (French Development Agency).
Mr. Severino’s previous positions also include roles at the World Bank, first as director for Central Europe, then as vice president of Asia; and at the French Ministry of Cooperation and Development as director and head of operations. He sat on the European Investment Bank’s board until January 2011.
Mr. Severino chairs the board of Convergences 2015, a think-tank aimed at bringing together European stakeholders on social business, public-private sector partnership, and Millennium Development Goal work. He is a senior fellow of the German Marshall Fund and of the Foundation for International Development Study and Research (FERDI). He also chairs the board of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund and is a member of the board of the Sanofi Foundation and the Chirac Foundation.

Mr. Severino graduated from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (1978) and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (1980) before entering the Ecole Nationale Administration (1984). He holds a degree in Law (Paris II, 1978) and a Master of Sciences in Economics (Paris IX Dauphine, 1979).