Mr Poulsen joined the African Development Bank in September 2009 and has responsibility for the Bank’s private equity portfolio. Between 2003 and 2009, at the European Investment Bank (EIB), he led the EIB’s private equity investment activities in the African, Caribbean and Pacific regions (03-06) and in renewable energy private equity funds within the European Union (07-09).
Prior to joining the EIB, he was a member of the team that established Kennet Capital, one of Europe’s leading early stage technology venture capital firms. Before switching to private equity, as an employee of the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC), Mr Poulsen worked in Côte d’Ivoire and Swaziland, designing and building factories at CDC-owned agribusiness companies. Earlier, he worked for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) as a change management consultant in the business process re-engineering field.
He has a Masters degree in Manufacturing Engineering and a first class Bachelor’s degree in General Engineering from Cambridge University.