CEO and Founder, Blue like an Orange Sustainable Capital
Bertrand is the CEO and founder of Blue like an Orange Sustainable Capital, an investment fund with the objective of financing the Sustainable Development Goals with market-level financial returns. Previously, Bertrand was a managing director and the chief financial officer of the World Bank Group. Prior to joining the World Bank Group in 2013, Bertrand was the group chief financial officer at Société Générale. He also served as the group chief financial officer of Crédit Agricole from 2007 to 2011. Between 2004 and 2007, Bertrand was a managing director of Lazard in Paris and responsible for the Financial Services Group. In 2003, he was invited to join President Jacques Chirac's diplomatic team and was closely involved in the preparation of the G8 summit in Évian. In that capacity, he served as the president's deputy personal representative for Africa and as a spokesman for the working group on new international financial contributions to fight poverty and fund development, which produced the Landau Report. In 2002, he was a member of the World Panel on Financing Water Infrastructure chaired by Michel Camdessus. In 1999 Bertrand joined Lazard, where he spent 18 months as an assistant director in London before transferring to New York as a director of the mergers and acquisitions department with a specific focus on the financial services sector. From 1995 to 1999, he served in the French Ministry of Finance where he led a number of control, audit and consultancy missions for the French National Audit Office. He began his career in 1989 as an assistant group controller for BFI-IBEXSA, a Franco-American company that is now part of Avnet.
Bertrand has served as a director on a number of boards, including the supervisory board of Eurazeo between 2010 and 2012, the board of the Haulotte Group between 2005 and 2013, and various boards of the leading French regional daily newspaper group Ouest France, and represented Crédit Agricole and Société Générale on the boards of a number of their subsidiaries. He is a member of the advisory board of the newly created International Water Bank and of the Paris-based IDDRI (Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations). He is a board member of Getlink, formerly Groupe Eurotunnel, a public company that manages and operates the Channel Tunnel between England and France, and of Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). He is also board member of the French-American Foundation, an honorary member of the Cincinnati Society and a fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He is the chair of the Global Future Council on International Governance, Public-Private Cooperation and Sustainable Development and an adviser for the World Economic Forum. He has taught and is currently teaching in a number of schools and universities, and is the author of several books, the most recent being Money Honnie, si la finance sauvait le monde?, which has been published in English. Bertrand is a graduate of ENA (École Nationale d'Administration) and Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris. He also studied history at Paris IV University (La Sorbonne), and graduated from HEC (Hautes Études Commerciales in Paris) business school.