Sarah Marchand is a business development specialist with over 15 years of experience spanning both the private and development sectors. After joining CDC Group in 2016, Sarah set up CDC Plus, a technical assistance and support facility, which aims to make a lasting difference to the lives of under-served groups by increasing economic opportunity, improving standards of living and creating a more sustainable environment. Funded by DFID, the facility utilises CDC Group’s experience as an investor in emerging markets through identifying and creating opportunities that are beyond the scope of returnable capital. Prior to joining CDC Group, Sarah served as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company in the United Kingdom and South Africa, and as the Director of Regional Programmes, Southern Africa at TechnoServe. Sarah has previously lived in India, South Africa, Swaziland, France and Portugal, and is the proud mother of two wonderful children.