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Francesca Laursen
International Project Manager/Lawyer , Development Bank
Washington, DC, United States
International Project/Program Manager and Corporate Finance Attorney with over 15 years experience working in multicultural development organizations in several regions both in the field and at HQ, seeks challenging opportunity to utilize skills in permanent, temporary or consultancy positions.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Trade, Finance, Economics, Cooperation, Global
Professional Experience:
-Cross-functional experience in International Project/Program Management of World Bank and UN projects/loans, managing multiple country projects/programs at a central/regional level.

-Collaboration with many government officials, corporate clients, local staff and stakeholders of all levels, demonstrated exceptional abilities working with teams while taking a leadership role in the management of large-scale international projects/programs across regions, communicated results, solved problems and forged sustainable solutions to ensure project/program success.

- Worked with complex technical and policy issues, advised on structuring assistance strategies, identifying global lessons learned and best practices, and defining strategic frameworks and program priorities for global field projects.

- Responsibility for implementing, as Project Manager, major projects (for a group of countries) which included adherence with policy criteria, project financing and budgeting, procurement, problem solving, monitoring and evaluation, drafting complex project documents and reports (and editing field staff reports), ensuring compliance with host government and internal Bank policies, as well as, working on and meeting tight deadlines and hiring and supervising consultants and technical staff.

- I was the point-person for my group of projects for all counterpart Government, Aide Agency and NGO involvement and maintained a collaborative and communicative relationship with all parties.

- As an amazing people-person, networker, communicator and business developer, I have managed to foster and maintain long-term productive client relationships in the various countries in which I have worked and I have proven experience working successfully across organizational, regional and multicultural boundaries.

-Successfully developed collaborative working relationships with all levels of internal staff, Government, counterpart organizations, and stakeholders, supervised mission travel to host countries for project management and policy negotiations, evaluation and implementation, lived in developing countries, worked on projects in Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe, hired, trained and managed various levels of project staff

-I am capable at driving my work stream independently, managing program and projects across a group, solving problems, conducting analyses, communicating insights and results and ensuring sustainable and practical solutions to business challenges.
Juris doctor Cum Laude Honors from American University 2000
with membership in NY and DC Bar Associations

Masters in International Business Management from Schiller International University in Heidelberg, Germany 1989

BA from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1988
Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
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    Years of Experience:
    15-20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Spanish
    United States
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