Advisors

Frannie Leautier
She is currently partner and CEO with the Mkoba Private Equity Fund designed to fill a gap in the current range of private equity available to the region. She is involved in activities offering a unique opportunity to investors to participate in private equity investments in Sub Saharan Africa. She is also a distinguished Professor at Sciences Po in France. She has served the World Bank from 2000 – 2007. As Infrastructure Director she oversaw the transformation of the World Bank infrastructure portfolio including developing strategy for investment, implementing risk management approaches and coordinating actions for improvement. As Vice President, she oversaw the transformation of the World Bank Institute positioning it to be relevant for the World Bank in knowledge and learning in addition to finance. Dr Leautier has gained substantial insight and experience in global infrastructure challenges in emerging economies, including in Asia. She was the Executive Secretary of The African Capacity Building Foundation. She holds a PhD degree in infrastructure of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.



Vijay Jagannathan
He brings in over 40 years of experience on development issues, with the first fifteen years as a member of the India Administrative service and the next 25 years in the World Bank. He retired from the World Bank in 2012, and his last assignment was as Manager for Infrastructure in the East Asia and Pacific region, where he oversaw a lending and capacity building program of over US$6 billion a year in energy, water, urban development and transport. Since then he has been leading the sustainable urbanization work in the World Resources Institute, teaching graduate students at the Elliot School of International Affairs, and consulting for the World Bank, Green Climate Fund and the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture in Dubai (UAE). In November 2013 he was elected Secretary General of CITYNET, a network of Asian cities, with the Secretariat based in Seoul and Yokohama. Dr. Jagannathan holds a PhD in Economics from Boston University and has written extensively on a variety of development issues.



Liu Heng
He is Director General of the International Center on Small Hydropower (ICSHP) under auspices of UNIDO and China’s Ministry of Water Resources and Ministry of Commerce, and Vice President of China’s Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute. He graduated from Hohai University of China and UNESCO-IHE of The Netherlands. He is senior engineer and has being engaged in hydrology, water resources and hydropower researches since 1981. Prof. Liu has abundant international experiences. He was a Panelist of United Nations Secretary General Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation / The High-level Expert Panel on Water and Disaster (UNSGAB/HLEP), Chairman of the Regional Steering Committee for International Hydrological Program of UNESCO in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. He has received a couple of awards for his excellent contribution on scientific researches and activities in the fields of hydrology, water resources and renewable energy, and published over 70 papers in national and international scientific journals.