To have a better geographic distribution and to increase our sourcing power, BIO has launched liaison offices for East and West Africa.
Having a local presence in a region allows BIO to monitor opportunities and challenges closely. A local liaison is a contact person for the staff in Brussels, as well as for the entrepreneurs in the area. The function allows for better sourcing, quicker and more efficient due diligence and a more hands-on presence on the board of our equity participation. The local officers also maintain good working relations with both the Belgian and the international players active in the region.
The local liaison office for West Africa was created in 2019 in Abidjan, capital of Côte d'Ivoire.
Maximilien started at BIO as an Investment Officer in 2016. During 3 years and a half he gained experience in various sectors and regions, developing a focus on Financial Institutions, Latin America and Africa. In Sept. 2019, Maximilien moved to Abidjan to take care of BIO’s new regional office in Abidjan. Before BIO, Maximilien worked at EY as a Senior Consultant. Maximilien holds a Master 2 in Management from ESCP (Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris).
Augustin Thibaut de Maisières
Augustin’s started at BIO in 2018 as a Junior Development & Sustainability Officer before joining the investment team in 2019.
In early 2020, Augustin joined the Abidjan Liaison Office as an Investment Officer.
Augustin has a Bachelor in Economics and Business Economics, and a Master in Sustainable Finance from Maastricht University.
The local liaison office for East Africa was created in 2019 in Nairobi, capital of Kenya.
It is being lead by Alexis Losseau.