Salim Bensmail


Salim Bensmail joined John Laing in October 2018 as the Group Managing Director for Strategy & Partnerships. He is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris, the University of Cambridge and Ecole Nationale d’Administration. Salim has over two decades of experience working as a senior civil servant in France and has been directly involved in infrastructure policy and projects for 12 years. 

From 2014 to 2018, he was the Managing Director of the French Treasury’s Infrastructure Finance and PPP Unit, advising French public sector entities on the structuring of infrastructure projects. He served as Chairman of the OECD Network of Senior PPP and Infrastructure Officials.Prior to that, Salim held various positions at the City of Paris, including Deputy Chief Financial Officer in charge of Concessions & PPPs and Director for Economic Development.

Salim also has experience in the finance sector and was part of the Group Corporate Development and Strategy team at BNP Paribas.