Philippe H. Le Houérou

CEO, IFC

Philippe Le Houérou is CEO of IFC. Since joining IFC in March 2016, Mr. Le Houérou has led the organization’s efforts to create new markets in difficult environments and redefine development finance by promoting initiatives and reforms to unlock additional private investment.  Mr. Le Houérou previously held leadership positions at the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. As the World Bank’s Regional Vice President for South Asia from 2013 to 2015, he designed a new regional strategy, restructured the Bank’s regional portfolio, and more than doubled new lending. Earlier, he was Regional Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, where he led the Bank’s effort to mitigate the global economic crisis’s impact on the region. Mr. Le Houérou has held a number of other key positions at the Bank, including Vice President of Concessional Finance and Global Partnerships; Acting Vice President and Chief Information Officer; Director of Finance and Resource Mobilization; Macro-Fiscal Sector Manager; and Resident Representative in Madagascar. Prior to his arrival at IFC, Mr. Le Houérou was Vice President for Policy & Partnerships at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He holds an MBA from Columbia University and a Ph.D in Economics from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris.