Bertrand Badré

Bertrand Badré, visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute during March–September 2016, is CEO and founder of BlueOrange Capital. Previouisly he was managing director for finance and World Bank Group chief financial officer and oversees the finance and risk management units across the Group. His areas of expertise include banking, capital markets, the World Bank Group, and international and development finance, including regulation and crisis management. His research focuses on developing the "Billions to Trillions" agenda using capital markets, insurance transformation, and infrastructure investment to spur development.

Prior to joining the World Bank in 2013, Badré was the group chief financial officer at Société Générale. He also served as the chief financial officer of Crédit Agricole from July 2007 to July 2011. Between 2004 and 2007, Badré was a managing director of Lazard in Paris and responsible for the Financial Services Group. In 2003, he was invited to join President Jacques Chirac's diplomatic team and was closely involved in the preparation of the G-8 summit in Evian. In that capacity, he served as the president's deputy personal representative for Africa and as a spokesman for the working group on new international financial contributions to fight poverty and fund development, which produced the Landau Report. In 2002, he was a member of the World Panel on Financing Water Infrastructure chaired by Michel Camdessus.

In 1999 Badré joined Lazard, where he spent 18 months as assistant director in London before transferring to New York as director of the mergers and acquisitions department with specific focus on the financial services sector. From 1995 to 1999, he served in the French Ministry of Finance where he led a number of control, audit, and consultancy missions for the French National Audit Office. During this period, he was seconded to the World Bank in Togo to support the Ministry of Agriculture on budget matters. He began his career in 1989 as assistant group controller for BFI-IBEXSA, a Franco-American company that is now part of Avnet.

Badré has served as director on a number of boards, including the supervisory board of Eurazeo between 2010 and 2012, Haulotte Group since 2005, various boards of the leading French regional daily newspaper group Ouest France, and represented Crédit Agricole and Sociéte Générale on the boards of a number of their subsidiaries. He is a board member of the French-American Foundation, an honorary member of the Cincinnati Society and a fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United StatesHe also serves as vice chair of the Société d'Economie Politique and is chair of the Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Development and an advisor for the World Economic Forum.

Badré is a graduate of ENA (Ecole Nationale d'Administration) and Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. He also studied history at Paris IV University (La Sorbonne), and graduated from HEC (Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Paris) business school.

His publications include:

  • From Billions to Trillions, financing for development report endorsed by the World Bank Group, the International Monetary Fund, and all regional development banks (2015)
  •  Eau, on water with Michel Camdessus and Robert Laffont (2004)
  • New International Contribution for Development, Landau Report, which used a plane ticket fee to support UNITAID, generating over $2 billion for vaccines for children (2004)
  • Le Sursaut (The Wake Up Call), as member of the 20-person high-level panel  on the future of France commissioned by Nicolas Sarkozy and chaired by Michel Camdessus (2004)
  • La Mondialisation a t'elle une âme? on business ethics with Nicolas Tissot and Philippe Chalmin (1998)
  • Entreprises en Révolution, with Philippe Colombet and Jean-Claude Lattes on manufacturing during the French revolution (1990)