Eric Kacou

Co-Founder and CEO, ESPartners, Cote d’Ivoire/US

Eric Kacou is co-founder and CEO of Entrepreneurial Solutions Partners (ESPartners), and author of the book Entrepreneurial Solutions for Prosperity in BoP Markets (Wharton School Publishing, 2011). Prior to starting ESPartners, Eric served as Managing Director of OTF Group, a competitiveness consultancy focused on emerging markets. An expert in post-conflict economic reconstruction, he led the Rwanda National Innovation and Competitiveness (RNIC) Program, an initiative sponsored by President Paul Kagame. The RNIC is credited with helping revitalize Rwanda’s economy and fuelling the growth of entrepreneurship and exports.

Eric also co-founded the Academy of Leadership in Competitiveness and Prosperity (ALCP), a Rwanda-based program for young leaders with more than two hundred and fifty graduates. Eric has served leaders of over a dozen low-income nations including Haiti, Uganda, and Southern Sudan as well as development partners such as World Bank, IFC and USAID. Eric started his career as a strategy consultant with Monitor Company advising Fortune 500 executives.

Eric earned his MBA at University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, and recently completed his Mid-Career MPA as a Mason Fellow at the Kennedy School, Harvard University. He was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, and is an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow.

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