Sandrine Boucher, AFD

Sandrine BOUCHER

Director of the Innovation Unit
Innovation Management, Science-Research-Innovation, Data Science, New Technologies, Entrepreneurship, Lean Startup, Collective Intelligence, Design Thinking, Change Management


Sandrine Boucher manages AFD's Innovation Unit, whose aim is to anticipate future development aid challenges, increase the added value of operations in the field, and conduct an ongoing review of AFD's role in an ever-changing world.

Having gained experience in credit financial analysis and mergers and acquisitions in various banking institutions, Sandrine Boucher joined Proparco in 1992, first as Project Manager and then as Head of the Infrastructure Division. The AFD subsidiary is dedicated to financing and supporting private companies committed to sustainable development. In 2000, she was seconded as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director for France of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank

This HEC graduate returned to AFD in 2003 as Deputy Director of the West Africa Department. In 2005, she became Deputy Director of sector-wide policies and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. During this period, she participated in the launch of the multilateral Unitaid initiative. This driver of health innovation, hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO), invests in finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. 

In 2007 Sandrine Boucher was seconded to the Asian Development Bank before taking over management of the AFD’s Beijing office in 2010. In 2014, she became Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Proparco, in charge of the General Secretariat, before being appointed Chief Risk Officer for AFD Group in spring 2016. She has been Director of the Innovation Unit since September 2018.