Diane Binder, MSFS'08

Vice-President International Development, Africa-Middle-East-India Business Unit, SUEZ

Diane Binder is an experienced business executive and advisor with 15 years of international experience in consulting and corporate environments, international organizations and NGOs, with a focus on developing policies and channeling business opportunities towards social and economic development. She has done so in various contexts, including the French Caisse de Dépôts private equity firm, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Investment Bank, and as a consultant for institutions such as the World Bank, the French Development Agency (AFD) and the OECD.

Diane is currently working as Vice-President of International Development at SUEZ Group, a global leader in providing water and waste treatment services to municipalities and industrial clients around the world. As such, she is in charge of developing the Group’s activities in developing countries and emerging markets, more specifically in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Near East.

Diane is the president and co-founder of Action Emploi Réfugiés, a leading French start-up organization that aims to facilitate refugees’ access to jobs through an online platform. She was previously engaged as co-founder of the International Forum for Peace, an organization fostering political dialogue and economic cooperation in the Middle East, Secretary General of IPEMed, a leading Euro-Mediterranean think-tank and Director of the Aspen Institute Europe-Africa Program.

In 2014, Diane was recognized as “Rising Talent” by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society and by the French leading newspaper Les Echos as part of the “French touch”, the 100 personalities promoting France abroad. Diane trained towards an MSc in Management at EM Lyon (France) and earned an MSc in Foreign Service from Georgetown University (Washington DC, US). She also graduated from Georgetown with an Honor Certificate in International Business Diplomacy.