Mar­tine Coffi-Studer Côte d’ivoire Chair, Bolloré Africa Lo­gis­tics, Côte d'ivoire

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Dis­creet, well-con­nected and ef­fec­tive, Coffi-studer, a former com­mu­ni­ca­tions min­is­ter in Côte d’ivoire has the po­lit­i­cal touch that can of­ten help get things done on the con­ti­nent. Her re­cent vic­tory in the courts in a dis­pute over a plot of land in the eco­nomic cap­i­tal Abidjan – which had been seized by regime baron Adama Bic­togo – is a case in point. Lis­tened to by both Pres­i­dent Alas­sane Ou­at­tara and his fren­emy Henri Ko­nan Bédié, Coffi-studer also has good in­ter­na­tional links, as chair of the Ivo­rian sub­sidiary of French trans­port gi­ant Bolloré Africa Lo­gis­tics since 2014. The firm is now build­ing a new lo­gis­tics hub on the grounds of Abidjan’s air­port, which is part of a wider plan to cre­ate eight bases in strate­gic ar­eas of the con­ti­nent. At Bolloré, she was vi­tal in the ulit­mately suc­cess­ful fight to win the con­tract for a sec­ond ter­mi­nal at the port in Abidjan. And within the Bolloré Group as a whole, she sits on sev­eral com­pany boards. She was con­firmed at Bolloré Côte d’ivoire for an­other term in of­fice in May of this year. Her ex­per­tise is so­licited else­where, too: Coffi-studer sits on the board of 10 other com­pa­nies, of­ten in an ex­ec­tive role. These in­clude the Com­pag­nie Ivoiri­enne de Pro­duc­tion d'elec­tric­ité, a pri­vate power-pro­ducer that sits in the in­dus­trial zone of Port-bouët. Armed with a de­gree in eco­nom­ics, she started out in ad­ver­tis­ing, cre­at­ing Océan Ogilvy in 1988. The com­pany is now present in more than 20 African coun­tries.

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