Ms. Laureen Kouassi-Olsson is a rising leader in fund management in Africa. She is the former Head of the West Africa office and of Financial Institutions at Amethis.

She was responsible for Amethis’ investment strategy in the financial sector, including the sourcing, structuring and supervision of deals execution as well as management of Financial Institutions investment portfolio. She also oversaw Amethis West Africa, Amethis’ Investment vehicle dedicated to Francophone Western and Central Africa. She served as a board member for different companies in Amethis’ portfolio. Prior to joining Amethis in 2013, Ms Kouassi-Olsson was Investment Officer in the Financial Institution Group of Proparco where she was responsible for the appraisal and structuring of investment opportunities in Sub Saharan Africa services industry. Previously, she worked in Mergers and Acquisitions for Lehman Brothers’ Investment Banking Department in London.

Ms Kouassi-Olsson holds a Master in Science of Management(MSc) with a specialization in Corporate Finance and Capital Markets from the EM Lyon Business School. She is a native of Cote d’Ivoire.