Carole Ramella, Founder and Managing Director of GFA Consulting Ltd

Over the past 15 years, Carole has been involved in close to 50 transactions in Europe, the US and Asia:

  • Acquisitions
  • Sales and divestitures
  • Fundraising
  • Joint-ventures
  • LBOs

Carole began her career in the banking industry at Paribas where she handled client relationships for institutional clients. She then joined Arthur Andersen as a Senior Auditor; as such Carole was involved in several audit assignments in the Manufacturing, Advertising and Financial Services industries.

After her experience at Arthur Andersen, Carole joined Gras Savoye, a French leading insurance broker company where she developed the M&A practice for French and international private equity clients as well as industrial investors. In this role Carole contributed to establishing this practice as one of the major players in France. 

She then joined Duff & Phelps, one of the world’s leading independent financial advisory firms, and helped increasing the brand’s awareness in France with CAC 40 companies and high-growth SMEs. Within a year she was promoted to Vice President at the Duff & Phelps’ Paris office in the Valuation Advisory and M&A Group.

In early 2011, Carole returned to Africa and founded GFA Consulting Ltd. She serves as an advisor on the Rating Council of West African Rating Agency, one of the leading rating agencies in West Africa. As such, she has participated to the review of several of the major firms in West Africa in a variety of sectors (agribusiness, distribution, pharmaceuticals, etc.).

Carole is also one of the founding shareholders of “Les Afriques”, the first pan-African financial and economic newspaper in French.

Carole is currently setting up Fourtrust, a financial group that will be active in real estate advisory, asset management, financial advisory and risk management and that will operate in West and Central Africa.

A French and Cameroonian citizen, Carole is a graduate of Reims Management School with a major in Finance, and she also holds an MBA from INSEAD in France.

Carole speaks fluent French and English, and she is also proficient in Italian.