ALN Ventures mentor profile: Pep Bardouille

Company: International Finance Corporation

Industries: Energy, Finance

Pep’s career has been as international as they come, and has brought her to more than 20 countries. Having cut her teeth at McKinsey & Company and then the World Bank, today she serves as a Global Energy Specialist at the International Finance Corporation. As one of the world’s leading development finance institutions, the IFC is a juggernaut of African investment, with positions in funds and companies across the continent.

Pep is an ALN member and Global Angel, and is especially “energized” by bottom-of-the-pyramid (BOP) initiatives: companies catering to the needs of low-income households in frontier markets. These are some of the trickiest business models to get right, but when they succeed, they have a transformative effect on communities. When it comes to BOP, the devil is in the details, and subtle differences in approach can make or break a company. That’s why it’s critical for BOP entrepreneurs to leverage on the expertise of people who have been observing this unique space for years. People like Pep!

If you’d like to know more about Pep and her work, check out this article she originally wrote for the Stanford Social Innovation Review—or her book, Sushi & Tapas. Go ahead and follow her on Twitter at @pepbahdwee, and check out @ALNVentures while you’re at it!

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