CIFE Executive Training: Fragile States, Weak Institutions and Governance

Join us for a day-long Executive Training on Fragile States, Weak Institutions and Governance - Strategy and Policy Challenges to Stem Mass (E)migration, Brain Drain and Capital Flight! 
An exclusive panel of seasoned professionals in the field will address the early warning signs of state collapse, assess the causes and consequences of institutional weakness and analyse the wide range of suitable policy responses. During this online workshop participants will have ample time to participate in the debate and engage with the experts in regular Q&A sessions.


Main takeaways 


  • What are the root-causes of state collapse? What are the main indicators to “define” fragile and failed states? What about early warning signals?
  • How can we measure governance, corruption and institutional fragility?
  • What could be the spillover effects of state failure with local, regional or even global economic and geopolitical implications?
  • How to deal with state collapse and their internal consequences regarding democracy, poverty, human rights violation and migration?
  • What should be the range of policy scenarios for official bilateral and international agencies, as well as for private agents?
  • Analytical approach to risks of systemic shocks: which countries face a risk of “failing” in the wake of the War in Ukraine?

Date: Friday 20.05.2022
Working language: English

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Draft Schedule (all times CEST) - 20.05.2022

9.00  Arnaud Leconte - Welcome and Introduction
9.30 Michel-Henry Bouchet - Introduction to the Issue of Failed States and Institutional Weaknesses, with chat and Q&As
10.30 Cynthia Rocamora The Pioneering Work of Transparency International since the Late 1990s: Measuring Corruption across Countries and across Time, with chat and Q&As
11.30 Sara Brimbeuf - Corruption, Capital Flight and Stolen National Assets, with chat and Q&As
12.30 Break/lunch

14.00 Thierry Apoteker - The Good Governance Data Challenge: How to Gather and Analyse Data to Transform Information into Robust Economic Intelligence Regarding Corruption, Governance and Institutional Strength?, with chat and Q&As
15.00 Jean-Charles Grand - Populism and FDI, with chat and Q&As
16.00 Jean-Louis Arcand - Governance and Multinational Development Programmes: The Case in Maghreb and Sub-Saharan African Countries, with chat and Q&As
17.15 Arnaud Leconte and Michel-Henry Bouchet - Conclusion

Programme Lead

Michel-Henry Bouchet
Michel-Henry Bouchet is Distinguished Global Finance Professor at SKEMA Business School and Strategy Adviser of investment funds. He specialises in global financial issues and country risk assessment. Dr. Bouchet (IEP Paris, Master and Pd.D. USC) has held high-level positions in international banking, including at BNP, the World Bank, and the Institute of International Finance in Washington, D.C., until being CEO of Owen Stanley Financial SA. See also Michel-Henry's blog.

Arnaud Leconte
Arnaud Leconte is Programme Director at CIFE of the Joint Master in Global Economic Governance and Public Affairs and the Joint Master in EU Trade and Climate Diplomacy and former Senior Analyst at Wall Street Systems.





Thierry Apoteker
Thierry Apoteker is the founding Chairman of TAC ECONOMICS, a consulting firm specialising in country risk issues and macroeconomic analysis, providing a unique combination of fundamental approaches and heavy quantitative modelling. Thierry graduated from HEC and obtained a Doctorate in Monetary Economics at University Paris Dauphine. In the early 1980s, he joined Banque Indosuez (now Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank - CACIB), where he set up the country risk division before becoming the bank's chief economist and head of the Research Department. Thierry is a lecturer on international economics, geopolitics and macro-risks in many academic institutions at HEC and Sciences Po Paris.

Jean-Louis Arcand
Jean-Louis Arcand is Professor of International Economics and Head of International Economics Department at the Graduate Institute Geneva.
His areas of expertise are agriculture, land and rural development; decentralisation policies; development, cooperation and aid policies; global health governance; redistribution policies, social inequalities, poverty. He is an expert in the regions of Subsaharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa.

Sara Brimbeuf
A lawyer by training, Sara Brimbeuf heads the Illicit Financing Flows programme at Transparency International France. She has led Transparency International France's advocacy efforts on asset return for the past three years. She also coordinates Transparency International France's strategic litigation (ill-gotten gains and foreign bribery cases).

Jean-Charles Grand
A former student of the ENSAE ParisTech, Jean-Charles Grand is currently doing a PhD in Finance at Skema Business School. His thesis on country risk is supervised by Michel-Henry Bouchet. He has several years of experience in risk management within banks and insurance companies (BPCE, Groupama, Société Générale).

Cynthia Rocamora
Cynthia Rocamora recently joined the NGO Reclaim Finance to campaign for climate justice. Prior to that, she was the Head of Development and Project Officer for Transparency International France. Among her various missions, she has campaigned to expose the impact of corruption on the environment and human rights. She previously worked for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on the topic of sovereign debt sustainability.



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