Luc Rigouzzo



Luc Rigouzzo is co-founder and Managing Partner of Amethis, created in 2011 in partnership with the Edmond de Rothschild group. Amethis is an investment fund manager, having already mobilized and invested more than one billion euros on the African continent. Amethis invests in growth capital in high growth companies in a diversity of sectors on the continent. As an engaged shareholder, Amethis offers essential support and expertise through its international network, its external growth opportunities and its quality governance. It offers its investors diversification and financial performance as well as environmental and social impacts. Prior to co-founding Amethis, Luc Rigouzzo was, from June 2006 to December 2010, the CEO of Proparco, the French Development Financial Institution specialized in long-term sustainable investments to the private sector in emerging countries. Luc Rigouzzo, who holds degrees in both agronomy and finance, began his career in Mexico. He devoted the first 14 years of his career to project finance in the agribusiness and food sectors of emerging countries. Initially at Agence Française de Développement and Proparco field offices (Ivory Coast, Cameroun), then at headquarters. Then Luc Rigouzzo went on to join the Agribusiness Department of the International Finance Corporation. Luc Rigouzzo was also the deputy director for the Mediterranean department the AFD Group. In 2001 he led the team in charge of redefining the Group’s strategy. Finally, from 2002 to 2006, he created and led the department of non-sovereign, private and financial sector, structuring and developing AFD’s activities in the infrastructure and banking sectors (sub-sovereign project-finance, risk guarantee, Public Private Partnerships, innovative microfinance schemes, financial engineering and environmental loans). He was also Member of the AFD Executive Committee and Chairman of the Board of European Development Finance Institutions (EDFI), a group of 17 bilateral institutions which provide long-term finance for private sector enterprises in emerging economies. In 2011, he was Chief of Staff of the French Ministry for Development before founding Amethis.