Cecile Fruman

Director in the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, World Bank

Cecile Fruman is a Director in the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice of the World Bank Group. She was appointed to that position on July 1, 2014 and oversees the delivery of solutions to clients across the world. Previously, Cecile worked on the World Bank Group change effort as Manager of the Knowledge and Solutions Change Team and, subsequently, as Manager of the World Bank Change Team and of the IFC Change Management Office. In that capacity, she led the design and establishment of the Global Practices and Cross-Cutting Solution Areas. Prior to this, Cecile was the Manager of the Private Participation in Infrastructure and Social Sectors Service Line of the World Bank Group Investment Climate Global Practice. As such, she oversaw advisory programs that promote a better investment climate in specific sectors, namely health, education, and infrastructure (with a focus on renewable energy) and incubation of investment climate activities in new areas such as green growth and competition. Cecile joined the Investment Climate Department in July 2008 as Manager for Strategy and Analysis. Prior to this assignment, she worked in the World Bank for ten years—as the Lead Country Officer for North Africa, the special assistant to the Vice President of the East Asia Pacific region, and as the program officer for the \"African Virtual University,\" a distance learning program and as a Young Professional. A French national, Cecile started her career in microfinance and SME development, spending four years in Mali managing a rural microfinance institution and a few years working on a global research program at the Bank (Sustainable Banking with the Poor) and providing project support. Cecile is also a board member of the Society for International Development, Washington Chapter.