Cecile Fruman is Senior Manager for Financial Intermediary Funds (FIFs) and Partner Relations in the Development Finance Vice-Presidency (DFi). In this capacity she oversees a portfolio of FIFs that disburse in the order of $6 billion a year in grants for key global development priorities to multiple implementation agencies. She also coordinates the World Bank’s strategic engagement with development partners.
Previously, Cecile was Director in the World Bank Group’s Trade & Competitiveness (T&C) Global Practice, a joint practice of IFC and World Bank.
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.