28 Oct François Perrot
François Perrot is the Managing Director of 14Trees Ltd, a Joint-Venture company between LafargeHolcim, the world leader in building materials and CDC Group, the UK development finance institution. François has developed LafargeHolcim’s Affordable Housing initiative which addresses the needs of low income families in emerging countries, using innovative offers such as microfinancing and new construction materials. In 2017, the initiative, which is the largest private sector affordable housing program, contributed to build 100,000 housing units, impacting over 1 million people across 20 countries. In 2016, François founded 14Trees Ltd, LafargeHolcim and CDC Group joint venture company dedicated to scaling up affordable housing solutions with a focus on Africa. As an example in Malawi, the company is producing Durabric, an innovative brick which allows saving 14 trees per house built. François joined Lafarge (then LafargeHolcim) in 2006 and started to work in Indonesia as part of his Ph.D. thesis on corporations’ strategies and poverty. His research articles have been published in several peer reviewed books as well as management journals (Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Research…). François holds a Master in Management (Grande Ecole) from ESSEC Business School, a Master in Sociology from Sciences-Po Paris and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Ecole Polytechnique, France.