AfDB appoints DGs, DDGs for regional offices, as Nwabufo heads East Africa Region

African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, Thursday, announced the appointment of Directors General for the East, Central and Southern Africa regions and Deputy Directors General for the East, Central, Northern, Southern and West Africa regions.

African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina

According to a statement released by the bank, a Canadian citizen, Serge N’Guessan, as Director General, heads the Central Africa Region, while Nigeria’s Nnenna Lily Nwabufo, as Director General, oversees East Africa Region; Tunisian national, Leïla Farah Mokadem, Director General, for the Southern Africa Region.

Also, a national of Côte d’Ivoire, Dr. Solomane Koné, Deputy Director General, Central Africa Region; Sierra Leonean Dr. Abdul B. Kamara, Deputy Director General, East Africa Region; a Swede, Malinne Blomberg, Deputy Director General, North Africa Region; Kennedy K. Mbekeani, Deputy Director General, Southern Africa Region; and Cape Verdean Dr. Joseph Martial Ribeiro, as Deputy Director General, will run the West Africa Region.

Commenting on her appointment, Nwabufo said: “I am very pleased to be appointed by President Adesina as the Director General for the Bank’s East Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office and to support his vision for the continent. I have no doubt that working together with all internal and external stakeholders, we can make a difference and bring much needed development to East African citizens.”

Nnenna joined the bank’s Treasury Department in 1991 where she worked at different professional levels for over a decade. Subsequently, she took on progressive management level responsibilities including, Manager in the General Services and Procurement Department from March 2007, Director of Programming and Budget Department in January 2013, Acting Director, Human Resource Management Department and Acting Vice President for Corporate Services from May 2015 to May 2016. She was on a special assignment to lead the Bank’s Annual Meetings preparation team from June 2016 until her appointment as Deputy Director General, East Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office in January 2017. She was appointed the Acting Director General for the region effective 1st October 2019.

Before joining the African Development Bank in August 1991, Nnenna worked as a Treasury Management Expert in two merchant banks in Nigeria rising to become the Treasury Manager of one of them.

Nnenna holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and a Master of Business Administration from Henley Management College, Henley on Thames, United Kingdom.

Commenting on the appointment, President of the AfDB, Dr Akinwumi  Adesina said: “I am delighted to appoint Nnenna as the Director General for East Africa. Her vast experience and solid track-record in strategic functions across the Bank attest to her capacity to effectively lead the team to rise up to the development challenges and ensure continued development impact to improve the lives of Africans in the East Africa region.”

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