Marie-Hélène Loison is a graduate of Institut d’Etudes Politiques at SciencesPo in Paris, and the School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC.
She began her career in 1996 at the French bank Société Générale, in export financing. She joined AFD Group in 2000, at Proparco, AFD’s subsidiary in charge of private-sector financing. Marie-Hélène Loison started there as an account manager, organizing Proparco financing in the agribusiness, health, and tourism sectors. She then joined the equity team, which she headed from 2008 to consolidate and develop operations. In 2011 she became Deputy CEO of Proparco in charge of operations, heading a department of around 100 people in France and abroad and working on developing activity, revising strategy, and increasing capital by €200 million.
Marie-Hélène Loison joined AFD as Director of the Middle East and North Africa Department in 2015, supervising a network of field offices in eight countries. She initiated AFD activity in the Western Balkans, and then concentrated on the Middle East in response to the Syrian crisis.
In September 2018, Marie-Hélène Loison was appointed Deputy to the Executive Director of Operations, a division of 1,500 people carrying out approximately €10 billion in financing per year. One of her main tasks was the creation of 17 Regional Divisions to decentralize division operations.
She took up her position as Deputy CEO on July 8, 2021.