Managing Director and Senior Partner; Head of Africa
Patrick Dupoux opened Boston Consulting Group's Casablanca office in 2010. Prior to helping found the Casablanca office, Patrick had worked for BCG in Paris since 2001, on assignments in the energy and environment, industrial goods, and corporate finance industries as well as in the public sector. Today, Patrick is Head of the BCG Africa system, and over the last ten years, he has led BCG’s work in Morocco and North Africa, and helped assignments for Morocco’s leading public and private sector institutions. Patrick also leads the Social Impact practice’s global development impact area.
In his career, Patrick has supported more than 50 multinational companies (across industrial goods, fertilizer, consumer goods, transportation and logistics, infrastructure, and commodities) as they expand into Africa. He currently co-chairs the Regional Business Council for Africa of the World Economic Forum.
Patrick also leads BCG’s Public Sector and Social Impact practices in Africa, and has supported several African governments and financial development institutions on economic development topics (industrialization, FDI attraction, development of cities and financial centers, etc.). He leads BCG's work in globalization for the Europe, Africa, and South America region.
Prior to joining BCG, Patrick spent three years in Argentina with Suez Water, one year in project finance with BNP Paribas, and one year in the US and Africa with the World Bank.
The continent is rich in youthful, entrepreneurial energy. Well-planned investments now can help Africa transform itself into a global center of technological and ecological innovation.
Africa is setting its sights on a future shaped by a young population, rapid urbanization, climate change, growing digital capacity, regional cooperation, and entrepreneurial innovation.
Climate change poses a significant threat to the continent. But as global decarbonization efforts intensify, Africa could emerge as a green powerhouse.
Current efforts to combat climate change leave women behind. But drawing women fully into the fight is a win-win—accelerating climate progress and advancing gender equity.
While M&A in Africa remains challenging, five positive trends can serve as a guide for bold and adaptable investors.
African governments must develop a response that is comprehensive, adaptive, and implemented effectively in order to take fast action in several areas.
The impact of COVID-19 in Africa may be mitigated by the youthful population—but a constrained health system and high incidence of other health conditions will intensify the challenge.
Companies in Africa score well below those in other major regions on BCG’s Digital Acceleration Index.
Collaboration between governments and online marketplaces will help these digital platforms create jobs and spur growth across the continent.
Despite multiple barriers, economic integration in Africa is not only taking place, but also gathering speed. The primary drivers of this process are African businesses.