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Laurence Méhaignerie

President, Citizen Capital

She is co-founder and Chairman of Citizen Capital, first French venture fund to provide growth capital to underserved businesses. Prior to this, Laurence had a key role since 2003 in promoting diversity in France : research fellow at the Institut Montaigne think tank, co-author of « Les oubliés de l’égalité des chances » report in 2004 (« Bypassed by equal opportunity »), with Yazid Sabeg, co-author and lauching of the Diversity Chart in October 2004 (initially signed by 35 blue chip groups’ CEOs, now by over 2,000 companies). She was Advisor to the French Ministry in charge of equal opportunity in 2005-2006, before she launched Citizen Capital in 2008 with Pierre-Olivier Barennes.  Laurence started her career as a journalist  at Le Moniteur, French leading newspaper for public local authorities.