Emilie Leforestier's academic and research interests include the intersection between the private and public sectors (incl. innovation and job creation, regulation, impact investing, philanthropy), public sector governance, change management and people operations.

Before coming to Yale, Emilie was a management consultant for McKinsey & Co. in Brussels, Belgium. There, she contributed to the design of a system-wide reform for a Western European country’s K12 education system, the implementation of change management programs at major international pharmaceutical companies, and the development of the strategy for a public enterprise’s social initiative, among other projects. Passionate about the Middle East, she took 8 months off to volunteer for an education NGO and support the healthcare component of USAID's Jordan Competitiveness Program in Amman, Jordan. 

Prior to consulting, Emilie worked at the European Investment Bank group, a European Union public body, on strategic issues, performance management and the design and implementation of new equity Funds of Funds in partnership with member states. She is originally from France and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Art History from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.