Xavier, a French national, joined PPIAF in September 2016 as the Senior Infrastructure Specialist for West, Central and North Africa, based in Washington, DC. He joins PPIAF from Agence Française de Développement (AFD). His academic background is mostly in agro economics and economic development policies. Xavier worked within the banking industry for 7 years before joining AFD group in 2003, working with Proparco, the private arm in various French overseas territories. In his last position, Xavier was posted in Ghana as AFD Deputy Country Director, with a specific focus on rural, energy, non-sovereign and private sector activities.