Cecile Fruman is Director in the World Bank Group’s Trade & Competitiveness (T&C) Global Practice, a joint practice of IFC and World Bank operating in 142 countries with 500 staff and a portfolio of $US5 billion. Cecile oversees the delivery of lending and advisory client solutions in Asia, Europe and Latin America, and leads the agenda on investment climate and industrial competitiveness.
Cecile has dedicated her career to international development with a focus on private sector solutions. She was a manager in the World Bank Group Investment Climate Department for several years, leading new business in the areas of climate change, infrastructure, PPPs, health and education, e-Government solutions, and competition. She has deep experience in strategy development, knowledge management, results measurement, portfolio management and donor relations. Cecile served as Manager of the World Bank Change Team in 2013 where she led the design and establishment of the World Bank Group’s global practices and cross-cutting solution areas.
A French national, Cecile started her career in microfinance and SME development, spending four years in Mali managing a rural microfinance institution and several years working on a World Bank global research program (Sustainable Banking with the Poor). She has also worked on higher education, community driven development, and poverty reduction programs.
Cecile holds an MBA from ESCP Europe, one of France’s top business schools, and furthered her studies at the Osaka University in Japan.