Francois Coupienne

Global Digital Lead, UNCDF

Francois joined UNCDF in 2013. He expanded the Digital Finance program and oversaw the digital team in 12 countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, China, Lao, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia).  In 2018, he managed the digital finance program in Africa and Asia and developed the UNCDF strategy “Leaving no one behind in the digital era”.  Since 2020, François manages the UNCDF inclusive digital economies program globally.  The goal of this program is to equip millions of people to use innovative digital services in their daily lives that will empower them and contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

François brings a wealth of experience in digital finance and innovation.  His career started as a consultant at Accenture.  In 2004, he focused on innovation and joined the incubator of BNP Paribas Fortis as venture portfolio manager and grew a portfolio of ideas and start-up companies in the Internet and Mobile businesses.  From 2008 to 2012, he joined a Fintech company to expand its business in Africa and worked as consultant on various digital finance projects worldwide including those led by banks, MNOs and third-parties.

François is passionate about inclusive digital economy, innovation and leveraging the private sector for sustainable development impact.  He enjoys traveling and photography; in 2004, he wrote a book “AfricAsia: Impressions d’Afrique et d’Asie”.