Sebastien Duquet

Head of Development Finance
Institutions & Sovereign Business


Sebastien works today for Mirova, a leading investor in impact investing (with USD 30 bn of Asset under management). As Director, Head of DFI & Sovereign Business, he is piloting Mirova emerging markets funds development.

From 2018 to 2021, he was Chief Investment Officer of Symbiotics (USD 2.7 Bn of AUM in Microfinance and 23 sub funds under management), as such Chairman of the board of the two Symbiotics Sicav in Luxembourg and the CEO of the AIFM company of the group in Paris. From 2016 to 2018, Sebastien joined Oxus as a CEO of this microfinance group of 1200 staff worldwide particularly involved in Central Asia (in Kirghizstan, in Tajikistan and in Afghanistan). From 2009 to 2016, Sebastien managed PlaNIS that merged with responsAbility in 2010. At responsAbility he was directly in charge of the debt investments portfolio of responsAbility in Eastern Europe, Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asia (portfolio size of 820 million USD invested in 103 organizations). As CEO of PlaNet Finance from 2005 to 2009, he fundraised and supervised on a worldwide basis more than 200 programs of technical assistance in microfinance, agriculture value chain, renewable energy access and SME Banks downscaling. He is also a co-founder of FinanCités (microventure capital in France ) and Planet Guarantee (one of the largest worldwide broker in microinsurance). From 1995 to 2005, Sébastien worked for Ernst & Young as a TAS Senior Director (Transaction Advisory Services), as such he was involved in 73 transactions predominantly in emerging markets (in Tunisia, Morocco, Madagascar, Bosnia, Serbia, Czech Republic).

Sébastien holds a diploma from the French Business School EDHEC (with a major in finance) and from the DESCF (Chartered Accountant). He is a teacher at Sciences PO Paris and EDHEC Business School.