Frank Welffens

Executive Vice President and COO

Silver Spring, MD, Office

Frank leads the organizational development at Laisar, designing and implementing policies to promote company culture and vision. He oversees operations to keep projects and initiatives on track.

About Frank

Frank has over 15 years of experience in managing and implementing sustainable development programs in the United States and international in the areas of economic development, digital economy, social entrepreneurship and start-ups. As Executive Vice President and COO at Laisar Management Group, Frank designs, implements policies to promote company culture and vision and oversees operations to keep projects on track.

Frank combines an effective social entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for translating concepts and ideas into action while integrating innovative and technological solutions. Since 2009, following 9 years of international development and institution governance at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC (2000-2008), Frank has been coordinating and developing strategic partnership initiatives globally between the public and private sectors to foster sustainable human development.

He has extensive knowledge management, harnessing information, data, and programmatic experience, conducting assessments of public and private sector stakeholder engagement, exploring innovative collaborative and financing mechanisms for the implementation of projects with sustainable impact on human development.

Frank holds a Master’s degree in Applied Development with a concentration in International Development from Tulane University. His language skills include English, French (native language) and Spanish (Fluent).

Applied Development

Passionate and driven international development expert with proven experience in program design, planning, corporate management, and implementation across Sub-Saharan Africa in the areas of economic development, global health, digital economy, and social entrepreneurship start-ups. Since 2009, coordinated program strategy and growth for international development, US Government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private sector in 12 countries in Africa. Led more than 70 country engagements, developing and cultivating relationships, building strategic partnerships between program stakeholders including governments, private sector, and civil society organizations.

Frank’s Country experience includes Benin, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Singapore, Sudan, Tanzania (Zanzibar), Togo, United Arab Emirates, United States.

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