Ralph OlayeRalph Olaye

Côte d'Ivoire


Occupational Information

Job Title: Director, Business Development and Project Management at Eranove

Professional History

Ralph is the Managing Director of Eranove’s project development and management, the leading pan-African industrial group in public services management and electricity and drinking water production. He directs different projects that are introduced by Eranove. In order to do this, he draws on the expertise that the Group has acquired through several decades of work on the continent in structuring, financing, implementation, and operation in the essential specializations, which are water, electricity, and digital access.

In the African Development Bank, Ralph held several posts, particularly as manager of program performance and execution and, before that, as coordinator of large-scale regional infrastructure programs, leading to the endorsement of 54 African Heads of State from the African Union Programme for the development of infrastructure in Africa (PIDA), and he also lead the infrastructure project preparation facility NEPAD. He directed the mobilization efforts of the African development fund’s resources, marshaling a new contribution record for a total amount raised of 10 billion dollars, helping to support the economic development of fragile, low-income African countries.

Before participating in infrastructure development in Africa, Ralph Olayé demonstrated his entrepreneurial skills by supporting the international development of the Egis Projects (Caisse des dépôts Group) and by launching a startup linked to process automation, in which he remains a shareholder.

Ralph also has the honor of being a Fellow of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, member of the African Leadership Network, of Africa 2.0 and he has been ranked by the Choiseul Institute on two separate occasions among the African continent’s Emerging economic leaders.


MBA, Hautes Ecoles Commerciales (Paris, France)
MSc Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, USA)
Dipl̫me d'Ing̩nieur, Ecole Centrale Paris (Paris, France)


2014 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Additional Tags: Engineering, Economics, Water Production. Energy, Banking, Infrastructure, Economic Development