Rémy Rioux

Chairman - IDFC; Chief Executive Officer - Agence Française de Développement

Rémy Rioux is an expert in economics and international financial institutions. He has held high-level positions in a career devoted to development, climate and Africa. After serving as chief of staff of the French Economy and Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici, he was appointed by Laurent Fabius as Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Development and coordinated the finance agenda for the French presidency of COP21.

Mr. Rioux has headed the French Development Agency (AFD) since 2016, which has seen its mandate expanded and its resources significantly increased. He was reappointed by President Macron and the French Parliament for two additional terms, in 2019 and in 2022. In 2017, he also became Chairman of the International Development Finance Club (IDFC) – the leading group of 26 national and regional development banks and the largest provider of climate finance globally. A position he has held even since.

In November 2020, Mr. Rioux hosted the first Finance in Common Summit in Paris inviting, for the first time ever, all 530 public development banks from all over the world, which now form a global coalition to collectively shift their strategies, investment patterns, activities and operating modalities to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the objectives of the Paris Agreement. He is chairing the Finance in Common (FiCS) Executive Committee.