Dr. Aurèle M. Houngbedji is a Financial Risk Management Expert, Author and pan- African. He leads the Climate Risk, Research and Knowledge Unit in the Corporate Risk Management Department at the International Finance Corporation. His current research focuses on the change-related financial risks management. He also advises IFC’s bank clients in Africa on risk management related issues.
Dr. Houngbedji served from 2012 to 2016 as Special Advisor the President of Benin where he set up a Delivery Unit to lead an ambitious reforms’ agenda to improve investment climate, attract private investments and promote Benin around the world as a good investment destination in Africa.
Prior to joining the World Bank Group in January 2005, Dr. Houngbedji was a Quantitative Analyst in the Capital Markets Department at AmTrust Bank. He was responsible for developing mortgage pipeline hedging models; risk-based pricing models, valuation models for the bank’s loans, servicing assets, and other hedging instruments and assets.
Dr. Houngbedji is an industry expert and professional lecturer of risk management.
Dr. Houngbedji holds a Ph.D. in Mathematical Finance from the University of Pittsburgh. He is an alumnus of both the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Business School. He is also an alumnus of the University of Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership. He is a member of the Directors and Chief Risk Officers Group (DCRO). He is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM) from the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) and a certified Professional Risk Manager (PRM) from the Professional Risk Managers' International Association (PRMIA).