Olivier Pognon

Olivier Pognon

CEO African Legal Support Facility

Olivier is a Beninese national and joins the ALSF after spending 7 years at Airtel Africa Plc (Nairobi, Kenya), a telecommunications company listed on the London Stock Exchange, as the Chief Legal Officer, where he was responsible for the oversight of the group legal practice, including litigation management, legal compliance, corporate governance and merger and acquisition transactions among others.

Prior to joining Airtel Africa, he worked as senior legal counsel for MTN Group in Accra, Ghana and Johannesburg, South Africa(2009 to 2014); legal counsel at Agence Française de Développement (2008-2009) and as an associate specializing in corporate law and project finance, respectively at EY Law, CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre and Mayer Brown in Paris, France.

With 15 years’ experience as an international lawyer, Olivier brings a strong background in strategic leadership, stakeholder management skills alongside a global outlook, and a collaborative and business approach to building organizations.

His responsibilities as Director and CEO will include the day-to-day administration of the Facility and oversight of the Facility’s operations in providing legal advisory services, negotiations support, and capacity building to African countries in relation to debt management and creditor litigation, infrastructure, extractives, and energy transactions, as well as investment agreements and related commercial transactions. As the legal representative of the Facility, he will also foster collaboration with relevant partners and organizations to enhance the impact of the ALSF’s programmes for its beneficiaries in Africa.

Olivier holds a master’s degree in Project Finance and Structured Finance from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, France (2005-2006), post-graduate degree in business law from Paris V Malakoff University, France (1996-1998) as well as qualifications in strategic leadership and finance from INSEAD (France).
He is married with three children.

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Tuesday 10/05/2022

From 14:30 To 16:30

05/10/2022 14:30 05/10/2022 16:30 A New Lens on State Equity Participation: Assessing Africa’s Risks and Rewards in a Changing Global Context

The World Bank and African Legal Support Facility welcome you to the African Mining Legislation Atlas (AMLA) Toolkit Launch. AMLA has developed two knowledge products (“Toolkits”) focused on proposing strategies that enable practical implementation of the Guiding Template’s provisions on (i) state equity participation and (ii) local development and community engagement. These Toolkits will provide publicly accessible information and analysis of various legal approaches to address these two important areas in inclusive mineral development. As part of the launch, AMLA will host a panel discussion to address experiences in and evolving approaches to state equity participation.

 

   

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"A New Lens on State Equity Participation: Assessing Africa’s Risks and Rewards in a Changing Global Context"

Demetrios Papathanasiou Hon. Paul Chanda Kabuswe Mr. Aboubacar Kagbè Touré Nneoma Veronica Nwogu Ntsiki Adonisi-Kgame Olivier Pognon Ronald Chari Scot Anderson Sheila Khama
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Tuesday 10/05/2022

From 14:30 To 16:30

05/10/2022 14:30 05/10/2022 16:30 A New Lens on State Equity Participation: Assessing Africa’s Risks and Rewards in a Changing Global Context

The World Bank and African Legal Support Facility welcome you to the African Mining Legislation Atlas (AMLA) Toolkit Launch. AMLA has developed two knowledge products (“Toolkits”) focused on proposing strategies that enable practical implementation of the Guiding Template’s provisions on (i) state equity participation and (ii) local development and community engagement. These Toolkits will provide publicly accessible information and analysis of various legal approaches to address these two important areas in inclusive mineral development. As part of the launch, AMLA will host a panel discussion to address experiences in and evolving approaches to state equity participation.

 

   

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