Clarisa De Franco

Managing Director, Funds and Capital Partnerships, CDC Group plc

Managing Director, Africa Funds, Funds and Capital Partnerships


Clarisa has been at CDC for the last twelve years, most recently leading our Africa Funds team.  She manages a team and US$2bn portfolio that covers SME, mid-cap, large cap, infrastructure, real estate and agriculture funds across Africa. She is also actively involved in promoting CDC’s diversity and inclusion efforts. 


Prior to focusing on Africa, she had spent 3 years sourcing and managing part of CDC’s South Asia, China and South East Asia fund investments portfolio as well as co-investment opportunities and microfinance investments across CDC’s core geographies. Previously, she spent time at Grupo Financiero Uno and before that worked for four years in CDC’s offices in London and Costa Rica making direct investments in Latin America.


Clarisa graduated from Marquette University in Wisconsin with a BA (Hons) in Mathematics and Economics and has an MBA from INCAE Business School, Nicaragua.