Mrs. Anne Paugam, Inspector General of Finances, was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Agence Française de Développement (AFD) by the French Council of Ministers on 29 May. This decision follows her hearing before the Foreign Affairs Committees of the French Senate and National Assembly on 22 May.
Anne Paugam is the first woman to head the main operator for France’s Official Development Assistance and has devoted most of her professional career to development. She becomes the 10th Chief Executive Officer of Agence Française de Développement, which was founded in 1941.
Mrs. Paugam was born in October 1966 and graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Studies. She joined the Inspectorate General of Finance in 1993, after graduating from ENA (French National School of Administration – Léon Gambetta class).
In 1997, she joined the World Bank in Washington via the Young Professionals’ Program, where she held positions related to strategic management, then operational functions. She was notably in charge of public sector reform projects at the World Bank’s office in Rabat.
From September 2001 to May 2002, she was technical adviser and subsequently Deputy Director at the Cabinet of the Minister for Cooperation and Francophonie, Charles Josselin, where she worked on development finance issues (Inter-ministerial Committee on International Cooperation and Development, Monterrey Conference).
Mrs. Paugam joined AFD in 2002, where she held responsibilities in strategic management (creation and management of the Strategic Steering and Forward-looking Department) and operations (Director of the Department that finances projects in the education, vocational training and health sectors). She was subsequently appointed Secretary General and member of the Executive Committee responsible for the budget, resources, finance and risks.
Since 2010, she has been Inspector General specialized in development at the Inspectorate General of Finance, where she regularly consults with the administrations responsible for the bilateral and multilateral Official Development Assistance policy. She has managed missions on international topics, such as the challenges for aid, and participated in the report on French public expertise operators at international level, prepared at the request of the Parliament under the chairmanship of the State Councilor, Mrs. Christine Maugüé,
She will be taking up her position as head of AFD, a public industrial and commercial institution responsible for the development of Southern countries and French Overseas Provinces, on June 2013.
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