Founding Principal & Managing Director
Jean-Louis Warnholz is Founding Principal and Managing Director of the BlackIvy Group. Prior to joining BlackIvy, Jean-Louis Warnholz was a Senior Advisor in Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s office, focusing on public-private partnerships in emerging markets. Mr. Warnholz brings a track record of identifying emerging economic opportunities in frontier regions and executing ground-breaking ventures to capture these opportunities. He co-founded fastafrica Ltd. and worked in senior advisory positions for governments (UK, US), multilateral institutions (World Bank, UN) and private entities (Soros Economic Development Fund, S&P). Mr. Warnholz executed projects in complex settings from Kosovo to Haiti to Mongolia to Ghana. In Haiti, he coordinated major investments in new factories, housing, power, port and airport infrastructure in the country’s poorest region.
Mr. Warnholz recognized Africa’s promise early and has written extensively on frontier markets for the Financial Times, New York Times and Harvard Business Review, including ‘Now is the Time to Invest in Africa’ (Breakthrough List of Ideas, February 2009), co-written with Paul Collier. He helped guide implementation of the Obama Administration’s Partnership for Growth Initiative to assist developing nations in becoming fast-growing emerging markets. He holds economic degrees from the University of Bath and the University of Oxford, where he received the George Webb Medley Prize in Economics.