Alphonse Ibi Kouagou, a Benin national, is the World Bank Group Alternate Executive Director representing 23 African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Niger, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal and Togo.
Mr. Kouagou is an international development and finance professional with over 30 years of experience across several sectors. Prior to joining the ED13 team as Alternate Executive Director, he spent 18 years at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). In his current role as Principal Portfolio Officer with the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Regional Infrastructure Operations Team, he works closely with clients and projects sponsor to establish, maintain and leverage strategic relationships with private sector companies’ Senior Management (CEOs and CFOs) to support their Capital Investment needs and the overall corporate strategy. Prior to that he focused on infrastructure investments, investment asset portfolio management and business development in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Mr. Kouagou successfully launched and headed a new unit, the Equity Investment Portfolio Valuation Unit, in the Risk Management Department (CPM), which manages a $16 Billion global equity investment portfolio. Before joining IFC, he held several different roles in consulting, adult education & training, and accounting.
Apart from his professional experience, Mr. Kouagou is an avid social entrepreneur. In 1998, he founded a not-for-profit organization, the Benin Education Fund (BEF), which provides scholarships and educational support to youth in Benin, his native country.
Mr. Kouagou is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Marymount University and an MBA from the University of Maryland, College Park.