Caroline Eboumbou joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2018 as a Director based in our Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya. Mrs. Eboumbou’s role focuses on driving large-scale impact through the Foundation’s Power investments in Africa, as well as on mobilizing significant financing for extending electricity access globally. With over 600 million Africans not being served by traditional grid infrastructure, Ms. Eboumbou oversees an innovative portfolio of grants and investments aimed at realizing the full potential of mini-grids, while advancing more effective integrated electrification planning and investment across key markets.
Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Mrs. Eboumbou worked for the African Development Bank in Tunis and Nairobi, and more recently with a Toronto-based private equity firm focused on providing construction and long-term equity financing for solar photovoltaic projects in emerging markets. In these roles, she gained substantial project finance experience and worked on transformative projects to bring electricity to people across Africa. Her project experience spans Francophone and Anglophone countries, and ranges in scope from power generation to transmission projects in both private sector-led and public-private partnerships. This includes the pioneering Kribi Power Development Corporation, a public-private partnership in Cameroon which provided electricity to 163,000 households; as well as, the pivotal Menengai geothermal steam field development project in Kenya which will increase the energy supply in the country by an amount equivalent to the current consumption needs of 500,000 Kenyan households, 300,000 small businesses.
Mrs. Eboumbou holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and a Masters in Economic Policy from Sciences Po Paris. She has received her bachelors’ degree in Economics from Bowling Green State University.