To have a better geographical 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 closely monitor opportunities and challenges. 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 September 2019, Maximilien moved to Abidjan to take care of BIO’s new regional office in Abidjan. Before, Maximilien worked at EY as a Senior Consultant. Maximilien holds a Master 2 in Management from ESCP (Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris).
Born and raised in Côte d'Ivoire, Dorian has an MBA from Bangalore University, with a specialisation in finance and marketing. After his studies, he worked for the Atlantic banking group, the Banque International pour le Commerce et l'Industrie de la Côte d'Ivoire and First Capital, prior to joining BIO in its Abidjan office in March 2022 as an investment officer.
The local liaison office for East Africa was created in 2019 in Nairobi, capital of Kenya.
Alexis is leading the East Africa liaison office.
Pearl has a degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Nairobi, an ACCA qualification from Strathmore University and a Master of Finance degree from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. After working for KPMG East Africa and AHL Venture Partners in Nairobi, she joined BIO in its Nairobi office in May 2022.